Apricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay Barrels | Nebraska Brewing Company

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Apricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay BarrelsApricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay Barrels
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Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison brewed with apricot and black pepper then aged in third-use Chardonnay barrels.

This listing is for bottle reviews. The draft version is not aged in chardonnay barrels and is found here - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16504/79625

Added by RedHaze on 05-10-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
188
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
18.53%
 
 
Wants:
21
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19
For Trade:
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Photo of Jsmick
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

S: Served in an Allagash Tulip

A: Light orange and cloudy.... reminds me of an American Wild Ale

S: Funky, again like a wild ale. Notes of olive brine, apricots, and a bit of leather

T: Absolutely fantastic. Taste up front is very much like the smell. Notes of olive brine and leather hit up front just like a wild ale. The flavor fades with a bit of fruitiness from the apricot, and then finishes with a slight kiss of bitterness to even it all out. Slight heat on the back of my palate alerts me to the presence of the pepper.

M: Mouthfeel is very light, even though this is a big beer in terms of flavor. Not thick enough to linger a long time on your palate. Just right for this sort of beer.

O: Overall, I love this beer. To me, it's like a saison meets a wild ale in the best way possible. If you encounter this beer, definitely purchase it.

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Photo of rudzud
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up, oh, roughly 2 years ago (back when it was $20 a bottle). Kind of got lost in the cellar. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured into a duvel tulip a nice almost crystal clear light golden orange hue with a massive, explosive three finger head. This looks like whipped cream piled up high atop this and as it slowly slumps down it leaves chunky, sticky side lacing. What kind of magic is this..completely not expecting this kind of retention.

S - Aroma, which slammed into my nostrils upon popping this bottle, is awash with a very, very appealing blend of chardonnay barrel notes and faint stone fruit. There is some old, musty, vinous funk notes. This is not light, it is assertive and complex. The peppercorn is very muted, but there. Smells incredibly promising.

T - Taste is much more sour than the run of the mill saison. Great deal of funk here mixing very nicely with generic stone fruit, lingering stone fruit. Nice light farmhouse notes, solid white wine notes. Light barrel notes, not much oak just a pleasant wooden background. The peppercorn has become a more floral taste. Malts are not too sweet, this straddles the line of sweet and dry quite nicely. Super mellow and balanced.

M - Mouthfeel goes low carb awfully fast after starting out nice and crisp and clean. By the time the tulip is done the carbonation is very low resulting in it being almost creamy. Still though, it works very nicely.

O - So, I'm not sure if this Batch 1 was just a great batch, or if 2 years made this beer into something more than it was initially. The appearance is absurd all things considered. I would like more apricot, but I understand that after 2 years this would have dropped off immensely. Stone fruit meets a very funky saison. Shocked at what this has become.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours bright gold, sklight chill haze, under a 3” sticky, clingy persistent white foam collar with very fine, uniform bubbles.
S: Big apricot aromas over bread and a hint of funk.
T: Some grain, hint of tart, citrus, apricot, pepper, nice blending of the saison flavors with the apricot, traces of chardonnay barrle and wine. Light bitter accent with traces of pepper on the finish.
F: Well carbonated with a Brett softness, medium to medium light body.
O: One of the nicer things done to an apricot in quite a while.

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Photo of oline73
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a hint of orange. There is a half a finger of white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, juicy apricot, pepper, and a hint of tartness.

Taste: Sweet fruit with some strong spice notes. A bit of pepper and white wine, really refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a great summer beer. The spice notes from the yeast went very well with the fruit. I thought all of the flavors went together perfectly.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

632nd Review on BA
Bottle to small snifter
750ML

Thanks to bman1113vr for this one.

App- A small yellow/orange and peach color. Was a one finger head with a nice pond topper of a head as it fell as well.

Smell- The bottle doesnt lie. It was pepper and peaches. Such a wonderful combination. I had my nose in the glass for a long time. The two P's paired with a gentle yeast worked really well.

Taste- The taste follows the nose and it was briliantly balanced with a citusy, hoppy taste with the peppery yeast. It was a bit small on the taste but was well done. It wasn't meant to over power.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium bodied with a lingering peach note. A bit of a wet fresh citrus taste.

Drink- This was a damn fine saison. I loved Black Betty but the $25 puts a damper into how much I can have it. This was a nice beer all around and proves a good Belgian style can come out of the midwest.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pricey and might not be worth it for some looking for a huge big brew, as this is solid but not quite worth the $18.99 for the 750 at Casanova's.
Cloudy lemon juice yellow with a huge crown of whitish foam that stands for great length. A cake of lacing is sheeted thickly across the goblet.

Aroma is semi peppy and vibrant, dry and spicy with yeasty white pepper, zesty floral hops, with a light tone of sweet fruityness that brings in a bit of lemon and orange peel, peach, mango, and the mentioned apricot. Quite subtle and low-ended but appetizing none-the-less.

Taste has quite the subtle display of fruityness mixing with a some well balanced spiceyness about it. Zippy and tart with a stretched out squeeze play of lemon rinds and orange peel playing upon a brisk white grape crunchyness. Earthy spiced in dirty citrusy parts within its tartness. Its tartness is tame enough just to let in a light airy pep of pepper spice and floral hops. Only a light touch of apricot sweetness and fuzz appear in a light portion of the finish. Which adds an outstanding little touch to the overall tart tone that carries this the whole way through.

Body is mediumish with a peppy zip of bite to it along with a tart tang of yeast and citric fruit peels that has a long tone and texture of bittering parchyness on the cheeks and palate.

Overall, more white wine-like then what I'd like out of what a maltier Saison would be like for my particular tastes. But the balance here is sublime and very tolerable and I really enjoyed the play of dirty, earthy citrusy tartness, spice, and dryness.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light fizzy head, hazy peach color.

Nose nice apricot, light funk, little vinous white grape, light toasty barrel, hint of floral saison and saison spices, very fruity, faint hint of pepper.

Taste plenty of apricot again, then Brett funk, farmhouse saison, light saison spices and nice peppery flavor with hint of heat, nice toasty buttery barrel, light vinous white wine, little syrupy sweet malts, candy like. Finish is little sweet, more buttery oak, Brett funk, vinous white wine, little bitterness lingering.

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy, nice effervescent carb.

Overall very nice.

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Photo of Forb
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the Brewpub...

Appearance: Hazy golden white body with an enticing creamy, frothy head. Good lacing qualities here.

Smell: Within this test I could smell the apricot puree but with the pepper making a stronger influence.

Taste: The taste is dominated mostly of pepper but in such a positive way. It melts into the smooth characters of the subtle complexities swimming within this one be it the chardonnay oak wood, the apricot puree, or the vanilla reminiscence of this beautiful white saison.

Mouthfeel: Ridiculously easy to drink. I am by no means a fruity beer guy but this is a beer I would be pleased to drink on many an occasion.

Overall: A great rendition is presented here. If you can get your hands on it give it a shot! Prosit!

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

It has the color of apricots but has some hazing and a nice two finger soapy bubbled head with pretty amazing lacing but mediocre retention time. Not only is it colored like apricots but it strongly smells and tastes of apricots as well as a light touch of belgian funk, medium-light white wine acidic tones, and a late sip dry wooden character from the barrel. The cracked black peppercorns do not show up in the nose nearly as strongly as they manifest in the flavor, where they seem to have been used as a sort of deliberate substitution for the role that noble hop spice qualities would normally have played in the Saison. I'm OK with that, because it works well and is different enough to be intriguing. Medium body and carbonation levels, with just a touch of creaminess in texture.

Another good one worth trying out if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy straw golden color with some slight muted orange hues. There is a 1 inch tall white head that is slight dense and soapy

Aroma is immediately of funk. Tart apricot notes follow with some nice slight fruity and sweet esters. Nice barnyard and cornhusk mixed in with the tart. Spicy saison notes of pepper and some slight coriander. Nice dry vinous notes are present with some slight oaky notes as well. A bit mild on the nose.

Flavor is a different story. Very flavorful. Starts off with some nice dry funk notes. Tons of white grape vinous notes mixed in with some nice tart and sweet apricot notes. Quite vinous and dry with some nice yeasty esters and some nice earthy grain notes that play well with the slight fruit juice notes and slight sugary sweetness. There is also some nice earthy grain that flows all throughout the drink. The middle and back end are more woody and spicy with some slight hoppy grass notes balanced by the peppery notes with a dray but slightly sweet finish. Very delicious. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with a bit of fluffy carbonation to it.

Very delicious brew. Nice combination of flavors that play well together but shine very nicely on their own.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-05-05 in Columbia, PA.

A - Straw-gold with a 2-finger bubbly white head and good lacing. Lots of effervescence.

S - Smells nice like a high-end Schlitz with apricot, lemon, light grass; and I mean Schlitz in a complimentary way.

T - Initially a good amount of pale malt followed by a nice blast of fresh tart apricot, mild-moderate hop bitterness. Dries very nicely and leaves a pleasant apricot skin taste. Well-balanced.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp but a little creamy. My wife and I both enjoyed this one.

O - Just a easy-drinkin', good-tastin' farmhouse ale. Nice job on this one. My wife and I both like this one.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light all around with a beautiful fleshy-fruit nose that carries into the taste. Touch of tart and that je ne sais quoi that only young oaked chardonnay brings. Worked magically well with our Easter ham. It was so surprisingly palatable that before I knew it it was gone.

Bought another bottle, just because I wanted to have it again on a hot summer night.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a really fantastic beer, and easily the best thing to come out of Nebraska in a long time, maybe ever. who knew? not me. this pours a cloudy pale orange color with a bold off white head maybe two inches high. the nose on it is really alive saison yeast, light peppercorn, and jammy fruit preserves. its complex yet not overly aggressive. for me, the first thing I taste is the chardonnay barrel, its really left a lot of wine flavors in this beer, and it combines really well with the yeast, which is farmy, but also very light and summery. the pepper warms my throat just a touch, and excited my tongue, but it stays subliminal, not assertive. the apricots don't really make their appearance until the end, which is reverse from the norm, and I like it a lot. very fresh, and way less sweet than the nose suggests. almost dry in the finish. bright carbonation and a soft medium body makes this extremely drinkable. a very sunny day kind of brew, and an outstanding introduction to this brewery for me. I am now eager to find some of their other stuff if its anywhere near as good as this. overall a creative and well executed brew from a state I thought least likely to do such a thing. bravo!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled yesterday on 3/26/16 at Nebraska Brewing Company in Papillion, Nebraska. Ordered a single -13-ounce brew that came in their snifter glass for $7.50. Didn't see the pour but the brew was a apricot in color with a smaller head. Lacing was seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of fresh apricots with a hint of spice. Taste pretty much followed the nose. Crisp with a tart and slightly sour finish. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation as well. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- This pours up a fluffy cotton white head which dissipates rather color. The body is a hazy orange juice color. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Abounds with stone fruit notes- peaches and apricots that have a scent of greenness to them. Sour cherry and some lemon underneath. As these notes begin to fade, orange and other citrus notes start to take over the aroma.

Taste- Lemon is one of the initial notes as the flavor profile moves into the obvious apricot which mellows out the tartness observed on the nose quiet efficiently. This is much more mellow than I expected and I really like its subdued character. It does not necessarily tastes like pear juice but it reminds me of lot of it. Some might this beer as a bit thin and watery but I would classify it as “well composed”. This beer approaches sublimity with its mile aspects. The biggest negative is the lack of black pepper mentioned in the description.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with minimal carbonation. It's fairly smooth as well.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and a great beer for summer. Unfortunately, it has pretty hefty price tag of 15 bucks a bottle.

Overall- Really good beer and an interesting take on the Saison style. If you enjoy subdued, slightly sour beers, you should try this one. The price, however, is a bit prohibitive. Though I really liked it, I would not repurchase.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split and paired with some spicy soup

"ale brewed with pepper and apricots and aged in chardonnay barrels"

appearance: hazy golden body, big frothy white head with nice lacing. light-bodied but wonderful looking

smell: not to much too the nose - heavy dose of yeast, white pepper, lemon zest, earthy, some light tartness

taste: nebraska brewing co does some really interesting things - this saison has a nice delicate tartness to it, frothy yeast, dry peppery finish, sweetness coming from the apricot but not really a distinguished flavor.

mouthfeel: fresh, frothy and tart

drinkability: good, pairs well with a spicy soup

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip. Bottle conditioned. Poured a pale gold with a couple of fingers of white head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma started out very yeasty. Is there some brett in there? Apricot comes out in aroma as it warms. Light bodied. A bit of tartness, dry (which is what I prefer in a Saision). The pepper comes out in the finish, but it is subtle. Also some oak, but it is subtle as well. Nice complexity in the flavor. Good beer, but overpriced IMO.

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Photo of mcallister
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange colored with a large rising head of white. Long retention with sticky lace.

A bit of funk in the aroma, light barnyard, some lacto type sour notes, apricot, peach, spice, white pepper, sand, oak, very fruity and lively almost tickling the nose with carbonation.

Very nice. As a saison should be lively sprite carbonation brings the taste buds to life. With semi sweet apricot, some brett flavors of horse blanket and barnyard. Nice character from the chardonnay barrels with bitter oak tannins. Peach, pear, white pepper, belgian yeast spiciness. A great food beer with phenomenol carbonation.

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Photo of Etan
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky dark orange with a spongy white head.

S: Definitely some lactic action, a bit of musty oak, mild apricot, some sweet grain and cloves, and a hint of pepper.

T: Taste brings bright stone fruit (peach, apricot), pleasant white wine on the edges, a bit of peppery spice and dry oak tannins, cakey pale malt.

M: Medium-bodied with crisp, almost-frothy carbonation.

O: I wasn't sure whether this would be soured or not. There's a bit of a lactic character in the nose but the taste is clean, focused on the fruit and oak and base beer. It's a nice saison, but like most things Nebraska Brewing, a bit overpriced.

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden straw with a big pillowy white head that lasts, leaving some lacing.
Tart, a little chardonnay, and some fruit sweetness on the nose.
Starts with tart funk, chardonnay playing, followed by nice apricot sweetness, and finishes with a light hop bite. Alcohol lightly kisses the apricot.
Great carbonation.
This is what I look for in a saison. Fruity, not overly sweet, a little funk, a touch of hop. Delicious. I need to grab another bottle for the summer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler fill from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. No major bargain at $10 and change for the halfie.

Pours heavily clouded darker apricot amber, frothy and loose off white head, stays then leaves a nice tiny bubble film, detached collar then all kinds of high and well developed lacing.

Nose is softly of fruit, apricot? and Belgian yeast and light spice.

Complex, quality and tasty saison with carbonation on the low side and flavor on the... Blend of soft pepper, fruit, muted smoke. Quite dry hopped up late, with more then a hint of apricot fruity tartness.

Enjoyable company for a dinner of grilled salmon w/ greek cucumber/celery salad

Coating and lasting flavors in the finish...well done...more fine craftsmanship from NBC..well worth seeking out...

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden apricot in color with some orange highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium sized medium thick patch with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of apricot light fruit and pepper spices along with a moderate aromas of chardonnay from the barrel aging. There are some subtle notes of oak as well.

T: There is a subtle amount of pale malt flavors upfront but then vinous chardonnay flavors from the barrel aging take over. There are some subtle notes of oakiness throughout and a pleasantly light apricot flavor towards the finish. Light amounts of pepper spiciness are also observed. Very light amounts of bitterness which fade almost immediately.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy with some light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I think the chardonnay barrel aging and the addition of the apricot/pepper to this beer are very complementary to the Saison style and this is a very enjoyable and easy to drink example. The alcohol is very well hidden and the flavors are complex and enjoyable.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to TATURBO for sharing this bottle! Thanks Chris.

Appearance: yellow orange bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head. spotty lace.

Smell: Earthy, wheat malts, hints of fruity peach notes. peppery.

Taste: wheat and white pepper. earthy and a hint a tartness. peaches. a little bit of barnyard funk too.

Mouthfeel: light body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: really solid saison from an unexpected place... Nebraska! This is a really nice saison with nice complexity and it would drink great on a hot day.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at New Beer Distributors in New York, brought back to Australia to share with @laituegonflable and @tobeerornottobe

Pours a cloudy, bright yellow-orange colour, with a fluffy and light head of pure white. Pleasantly light body. Decent lacing. The colour, the head, the vibrancy; it all speaks of brightness and freshness—it's a great look for a saison.

Nose is quite sharp, tart and incredibly vinous. The Chardonnay barrels give it a dry but crisply acidic note, that takes on a little of the sweet fruit from the apricot to give an aged white wine cork character. Quite green and dry, as well—everything screams wine here. The barrel characters come through a lot.

Taste is interesting, and actually quite well realised. On the front is the tart and quite sharp phenolic saison character, but instead of the dry and refreshing acidity on the finish, it gets ambushed by a pleasant smooth apricot sweetness, that swims around the back before allowing the dryness to come through. Not a lot of input from the pepper, although some of the saison spice is probably accentuated somewhat by the addition.

A nice beer, and what's more a reasonably decent saison. Instead of overriding the saison characters, the apricot and pepper just nestle in amongst them, giving them a prod in an odd direction every now and then.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of apricots with some wheat and biscuit malt notes mixed in.

The flavor is considerably more complex. I get a lot of apricot notes, but I also get a lot of character from the wine barrel aging. I get some nice oak and white wine notes, as well as some green grape notes. There is also some biscuit malt and some spiciness from the Belgian yeast.

Medium moutfeel and medium carbonation.

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Apricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
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