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Signal De Botrange - Elevation Beer Co.

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Signal De BotrangeSignal De Botrange

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BA SCORE
88
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Saison Aged in Chardonnay Barrels.

(Beer added by: ehammond1 on 10-17-2012)
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WynnO

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

04-20-2013 11:51:03 | More by WynnO
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bccocx

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

07-08-2014 19:41:04 | More by bccocx
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a wedding snifter.

Bottle #02848. Been hanging on to this bottle for a little while, just waiting to see what hides inside. It pours a clear sunset brass-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises boozy white wine, light butter, oak, and a twinge of funky lemon rind. The taste is basically a blast of oaked chardonnay with some mild saison yeast veins coming through every so often. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, though not all that bad, it seems as though the barrel speaks much louder than the beer itself. It's almost as if a chardonnay was aged in saison barrels.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 17:29:11 | More by TMoney2591
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-20-2013 23:34:34 | More by DaveHack
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

10-09-2013 01:05:26 | More by PEIhop
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afsdan

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-22-2014 20:51:11 | More by afsdan
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Bottle # 00211. Bottled Summer 2012.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, fruit/grapes, and wood. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 23:06:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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spoony

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml (brewed summer 2012) into a globe glass.

A-The brew poured with one finger of dense, off-white head. The foam was slow to fade, but did not leave any lacing. Beneath the foam, it was mostly clear and amber colored.

S-Smell was mildly tart with lemon and orange zest up front, a touch of hops, some bread-like yeasty notes, and a bit of funky wet earth. Inviting.

T-The taste was not as complex or interesting as the smell. There was a bit of lemon curd, some slick alcohol, a lot more bread dough, and just a hint of straw and white pepper towards the end. Not as much oak/barrel character as I was hoping for.

M-The brew is medium bodied with a smooth carbonation and a slightly creamy feel. Pretty much typical for the style.

O-I usually enjoy chardonnay barrel aged brews, but this one was a touch weak. The smell got my hopes up, but the flavor was a bit of a let-down. It was missing that sharp, oaky, vinous barrel component that I enjoy. That being said, I have tasted worse beers, and this would not make for a bad summertime brew, but it was spendy and did not carry my interest for very long.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 04:35:37 | More by spoony
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ehammond1


3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

A murky, hazy dark blonde or light orange with a moderately-sized off-white head. Decent retention and minimal lacing.

The chardonnay is more than present in the nose. If given this blind, I'd immediately say, "Chardonnay" or, more simply, "White wine." The grape and barrel influence is dominant, though when concentrating, there are other sweet elements at play as well: toffee and mild Belgian yeast presence.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with white wine and barrel character leading the way, along with some graham cracker and toffee sweetness, and a very mild Belgian yeast character.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy for the style. Nice.

An interesting and fairly drinkable white wine barrel-aged saison, though the sweetness hurts it somewhat. I'd prefer it to be more dry.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 15:02:27 | More by ehammond1
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Florida9

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light whiskey brown in color. Forms a smallish off white head. Reduces down to a spotty surface coating. Light lacing. Pleasant aroma. Light sweetness. Grapes, floral, madly vinous. Moderate oakiness. Taste is similar, though the vinous quality is more apparent. Light pale malts, white wine, light grapiness. Oak. Neither dry nor sweet. Moderate drying astringency on the back end. Overall, decent, but not sure this beer was big enough to take the barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 20:26:03 | More by Florida9
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BKotch

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-03-2014 05:15:37 | More by BKotch
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blindpiggie

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

10-23-2012 17:20:28 | More by blindpiggie
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-05-2012 08:47:15 | More by drewone
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Lare453

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-14-2014 09:03:52 | More by Lare453
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CelticAleMan

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-27-2012 19:31:15 | More by CelticAleMan
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-21-2014 17:08:06 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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Cheesecole

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-25-2014 03:13:00 | More by Cheesecole
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cfh64

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-12-2013 01:33:09 | More by cfh64
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a wonderful amber color with haze and a nice white head that is readily swirled back into place.

Aroma is dominated by wine, probably from the barrel. Very pleasant with notes of pineapple and light tropical fruits. Earthy tones also accompany the fruit.

The taste fruity, vinous, some caramel, hops eathiness predominates the palate.

Smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied.

Very enjoyable beer. Wine really goes well with the funk of the yeast. Not sour but still a crisp finish. I would certainly recommend this beer to a friend.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 23:45:45 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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mactrail

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quite lovely foamy appearance in the Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Dark amber color with lots of lacing. Tangy and spritzy mouthfeel. A fruity champagne.

Aromatic yeasty and fruity nose. Pear skins and apple flavors. The dry finish give it the classic Belgian sensation-- fruit, grain, a sharp touch. Thoroughly drinkable and the sudsiness is quite pleasant. A little barrel booziness, some grapey tang, and a faintly sourish finish.

From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Grapevine Wine & Liquors in Denver. This one is a year old and has held up better than a lot of beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 04:20:53 | More by mactrail
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Andonato

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy gold color
Nose of pear, oak, barnyard funk, and a little golden raisin.
Taste is of biscuits, barnyard funk, lime zest, huge pear and tart green apple notes from the Chardonnay. With a crisp yet still creamy and off dry finish.
Mouthfeel is sharp and clean, yet smooth and medium bodied.
Overall a touch too sweet but the complexity is nice. Maybe a little less time in barrel would have done it for me. Nice overall though

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2014 05:58:08 | More by Andonato
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my second brew from elevation. pours a darker than expected cloudy strawbeery blond color, more brown in there than red i guess, but its close. its got a couple inches of bubbly white head on top, and smells intensely of white wine. its grapey and a little sweet, with some more interesting sugars behind it. molasses is present, and with the belgian yeast make a pretty unique aromatic profile. the flavor is a little less heavy on the wine than the nose, but the woody element comes in for the acidic element in the smell. the sweetness is there too, but not too sugary. maybe honey more than molasses now. the yeast provides some mild spice and some very bright carbonation. this is a drinkable beer at 7.5% abv, and a fun take on a saison. i liked this quite a bit.

edit: just had this on tap for the first time and its way different. less wine heavy but way way way more oaky. in fact oak seemed to be the dominant flavor, even over the yeast. i loved it, so take advantage if you see it. i had mine at kaos pizza on pearl street in Denver. go get it.

edit: way stronger booze this year (2014). almost 10% abv, and its unflattering a little bit. still awesome with tons of barrel character, but less subtle and refined. not sure how i feel about it yet...

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 21:58:30 | More by StonedTrippin
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G-Hawk

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-17-2013 00:44:49 | More by G-Hawk
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JohnBender

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-05-2014 03:16:27 | More by JohnBender
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trebbates

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-20-2014 23:15:28 | More by trebbates
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Signal De Botrange from Elevation Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.