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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
87
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Texasfan549, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

kjkinsey, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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...

StonedTrippin, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

mactrail, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

MarkyMOD, Oct 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

drewone, Dec 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Mebuzzard, Sep 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

PEIhop, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 1.11.13

A - Pours a very dark opaque orange with a large fluffy cream-colored head that fades slowly.

S - Buttery oak, floral, spices.

T - Wood, funk, buttery, floral, sweet slight citrus, yum.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Very nice farmhouse, the spices and floral notes merge nicely with a buttery oak.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 22, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.8%

bsuedekum, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Haybeerman, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Axnjxn, Jul 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Lare453, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

KevinGordon, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Gagnonsux, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Florida9
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Florida9, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

ehammond1, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

JohnBender, Jul 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

CelticAleMan, Nov 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

DaveHack, May 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

brandon911, Aug 07, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

WynnO, Apr 20, 2013
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Signal De Botrange from Elevation Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.