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Chardonnay Barrel Belgian Ale (Fall Migration) - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

112 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 26
Gots: 23 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 11-10-2011)
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egrace84

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-05-2014 02:21:53 | More by egrace84
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MrDarcy

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

01-11-2014 23:18:08 | More by MrDarcy
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a very cloudy copper color. I can't see much of the carbonation through the glass. There's about a finger worth of off-white colored head, and it features excellent retention and a uniform texture. No lacing is left behind.

S: Wow, there's quite a bit on the nose that's interesting. There are the usual gathering of Belgian yeast esters (apples, white grapes, pears), and a slight funk as well, but the oak here has a distinctly buttery note that really adds to both the barrel qualities and the beer itself. There's also some vanilla, too, along with peaches, cherries, cream, and even - as crazy as it may sound - chocolate. I told myself not to homer it up before reviewing this...

T: It opens up with a very fresh notes of apple and grape. The barrel flavor hits the middle of the palate, bringing oak, vanilla, and even a touch of butter. Afterwards, there's a distinct third act where the brett comes out - though it will take a few sips before the funk really hits the taste buds. Its brett character brings a nice fruitiness that book ends the initial apple and grape tones with something more resembling cherries. The finish is quite fruity in particular, and almost tart at times. Occasionally, some tobacco will try to appear in spots near the back end, and is all the more welcome. It brings the complexity without being moronic, sloppy, or overdone in any manner, and that makes it a fantastic beer.

M: In spite of the fizzy carbonation, it's actually quite soft. It's also not as dry as some Belgian-style ales, rather it has a semi-sweet, long lasting finish. Not so sweet as to loaf around on the palate, thankfully; since the carbonation is long-lasting, it still remains relatively dry and drinkable. Some might be turned off by the carbonation. Don't care, still delicious.

O: First off, it's hard for me to homer on MD beers - sure, what I've had from Stillwater has been good, but half of Flying Dog's line up is meh, three quarters of Heavy Seas' line up is meh, and the rest are mere footnotes. Evolution is the glorious exception to that rule: I'll hype their beers 'til the cows come home, not just to raise their trade value (daddy wants to snag some HT when money's less tight), but because their offerings really are that delicious. This being no exception. It's nicely complex without having to beat the palate down with excessive anything. I could think about killing another 750 of this, it's that damn good.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:32:21 | More by ThisWangsChung
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

01-04-2014 20:31:13 | More by cjgiant
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

12-27-2013 05:41:26 | More by jwat
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bigwebguy

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-24-2013 23:43:20 | More by bigwebguy
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SlothB77

Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager Glass.

Extremely foamy, extremely carbonated pour. Cloudy pale golden color. Cannot see through it. Mild lacing.

Potent nose with grapes, citrus/ sweet fruit, apple, banana and wheat.

It has, as expected, a Belgian ale/ white wine flavor. Grapes, honey, wheat. Very sweet. Very strong flavor. A lot going on here.

The acidity and carbonation do kind of continue to battle in the stomach. Very sweet.

Deductions for the extra carbonation and foam, but the nose and taste pop with flavor.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-24-2013 01:19:15 | More by SlothB77
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mikem0487

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-07-2013 21:23:53 | More by mikem0487
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-16-2013 14:12:59 | More by jacewg
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Zimm

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

10-29-2013 23:50:04 | More by Zimm
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

10-27-2013 16:41:34 | More by whatname
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JasonSiedman

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

10-27-2013 00:16:55 | More by JasonSiedman
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

10-19-2013 22:03:06 | More by bonkers
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

10-17-2013 14:33:37 | More by GeoffreyM
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RWNay

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-08-2013 19:00:23 | More by RWNay
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

09-25-2013 02:03:15 | More by thegerm87
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

09-22-2013 19:59:27 | More by BillRoth
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rct

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

09-07-2013 23:06:55 | More by rct
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-18-2013 19:46:16 | More by mportnoy
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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

08-12-2013 11:13:00 | More by Holland
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eagles22

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

08-11-2013 04:44:46 | More by eagles22
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-26-2013 20:34:39 | More by Boone757
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Forgot I had this beer and just found it in the back of the beer cellar.

Poured a cloudy pale gold with a one and a half finger foamy off white head that receded slowly into a thin layer with moderate lacing.

Aroma of wine, grapes and yeast.

Taste followed the nose dominated by the tart wine flavor,oak, followed by some bready yeast.

Mouth Feel was medium body, light carbonation, slightly sour and tart.

Overall the age may have impacted this beer, it was more of a wild ale to me than a pale ale. The wine oak flavor dominated the beer a little too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 18:02:27 | More by dtivp
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e30todamax

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1%

07-18-2013 13:08:12 | More by e30todamax
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

07-16-2013 13:29:27 | More by xnicknj
Chardonnay Barrel Belgian Ale (Fall Migration) from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.