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

Apricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay BarrelsApricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay Barrels
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Apricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay BarrelsApricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay Barrels

Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

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

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Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml Bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - Golden orange hue.

Smell - Light apricot nose.

Taste - Complex, subtle light apricot, slightly sweet. Very nice.

Overall - Super tasty. Highly recommended.

Grade - A

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Photo of frank12
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of LehighAce06
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of mjwellman
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JEdstrom
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jsmick
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
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 +17.4%
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 +15.4%
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 FullObs
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of oline73
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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 +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

632nd Review on BA
Bottle to small snifter

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 +11%
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 Jsalz21
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xdefeatsy
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JMS1512
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blanco
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of st9647v3
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of seth72104
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +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 brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Morey
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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