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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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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 191
Photo of mactrail
2.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Farmer's Cabinet in Philadelphia. Nice amber color in the snifter glass with a slight chill haze. Starts with a fruity touch along with some malt, but takes a turn downhill rapidly into the ashtray. Pepper is a great flavor, but I have not found many good examples in the beer world. The other main flavor is pencil shavings. A shame to do this to the fruit. Apricot is very nice, the flavor lingers for a moment before being submerged. Some fruity sweetness. Sounds great, starts out promisingly, but I found it quite disappointing.

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Photo of Kylo76
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Smell and and look were promising but the taste and mouthfeel were off putting to me. Wished there was more apricot flavor, tasted a bit artificial to me.

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Photo of Verecund
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml opened on April 2, 2011.

A hazy, golden yellow with one finger of still white head.

Fairly clean and refreshing nose featuring citric acidity, white pepper, Belgian yeast, and straw. Lots of lemon and nice white wine barrel treatment.

Huh. Not really what I expected. Bready malt body with a good dose of yeast, light clove, and an underlying earthy and pithy bitterness. It finishes dry. Quite light on the apricot, there is an orange sweetness, but it seems to muddle in with the pepper and earth notes.

Medium bodied with medium-light carbonation. A bit too heavy on the tongue; it doesn't dance as I like in saisons. It also drinks above its ABV - I pinned this for 8-8.5%.

Not bad and it won't keep me from trying some of the other Nebraska Brewing offerings, but a bit of a disappointment. The apricot doesn't come through cleanly and the flavors are very muddled after the clean nose, which I enjoyed.

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Photo of Boonedoggle
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: One finger head with nice golden color. Good lacing.

Smell: A balance of hops and apricot. Dryness alludes to it being a saison.

Taste: The hops are a bit too much on this. If the hops had been less the apricot would peek through a bit more. The oak adds a good angle to the taste.

Mouth: A nice medium body. Good carbonation for a saison.

Overall: A good apricot saison, but not worth the $20 pricetag. I'd be interested in tasting this beer without the barrel aging.

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Photo of mntlover
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a big white head that falls slowly and laces well, very nice looking.

Aroma is some light fruity notes, light funk on sweet malty base. Light chardonnay notes mingled with light peppery spice and yeast notes.

Taste is well saison like until the chardonnay kicks in and makes it eh strange maybe best way to describe it. Wheat notes nice fruits notes, funk and spice. Then the barrel notes kick in and I am not sure if I like my Saison's aged in in barrels. Finish is lingering chardonnay over everything.

Mouthfeel is nice light medium nice carbonation for a saison.

Overall smells good, looks great, wine barrel aging just doesn't seem to make it better for me.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an oversized bottle into a snifter.

A: Slightly hazey golden honey/straw colored beer with plenty of bubbles. One finger head that fades pretty quickly. Very sexy beer.

S: Funky, peppery yeastiness dominates. Some fruity undertones - apricot, pear. A hint of vinegar as well.

T: A barnyard fruitiness up front. Sweet. Apricot and pear, as in the nose. Some faint citrus notes. The apricot really shows up as it warms. Tastes like a syrupy, yeasty fruit cocktail with some pepper sprinkled on top. Finishes with just a bit of the chardonnay quality - sweet and just a little dry. I don't get any of the wood-aged characteristics at all.

M: Medium bodied beer...very smooth, creamy, juicy. Not too dry. This is a very easy drinking beer.

O: A better than average Saison. The tastes are all very well developed, but not as interesting as I was expecting for a limited beer like this. Definitely easy to drink and tasty enough...I guess I was just expecting more. Solid beer nonetheless.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Unfiltered. Ours is spiced with both Apricot puree and Black Pepper."

Pours a very hazy pale gold with a dense one finger head. The foam sticks a round for a long time, leaving a nice lacing behind.

Smell; the pepper really come through in the aroma pretty strongly, even while it's still fairly cold. The apricots come through nicely along with a faint hint of pineapple.

Taste; as with the smell the black pepper kicks things off, but fortunately doesn't overwhelm. Apricots and pineapple, as well as a touch of grassy hops fill out the middle and then this finishes with a dry yeastiness that leans a bit towards chalky, and detracts from the rest of the beer a little bit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with the lack of filtering, which I'm very happy for, and the drinkability is pretty good.

Not my favorite beer from NBC so far, but still pretty good. I'm happy to see them keep trying new styles especially a Saison, now if only they'd do a Doppelbock. Keep it up guys.

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Photo of dbossman
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like apple cider; hazy with a quickly dissipating head; lacing isn't all that present

S: Smells like dried apricot--the packaged kind; slightly smells like feet but oddly enough is still rather pleasant; grainy and earthy along with sweet and spicy nodes

T: Apricot dominates but not in an overly sweet way--tastes more like apricot puree than the actual fresh fruit; something a bit funky here; also grainy and spiciness pervades

F: Decent mouthfeel-- a bit thin

D: Not as refreshing as I'd hope; decent but the packaged/pureed apricot flavoring is a bit wearing

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a Dark Lord mini-snifter.

Pours a nice peach color with a good white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose carries some nice apricot and other stone fruit along with light wheat and faint grain. Light yeast there as well. Flavor falls along similar lines -- the saison yeast is in the background with the apricot up front. Light, spritzy body. Good beer.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been eyeing this one up in the area for a while. Finally broke down and bought it to try. 750 ml bottle poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass...

A - Pours a hazy, light orange color that actually resembles the color of apricots and peaches. A fluffy eggshell white head forms about 2.5 fingers thick and retains nicely.

S - Funky aroma here with lots of pepperiness to it. Slight wine barrel influence, but not as much as I would have expected. Apricots come through but are not overpowering. Some tropical notes as well.

T - Sweet and funky flavors all around. Apricot, pear, and some green apple come through. The wine barrel comes alive in the taste more so than the nose. A little syrupy to me and a dry finish.

M - Lighter bodied bordering on medium bodied. Nice spritely carbonation gives it a refreshing feel on the tongue.

O - It's hard for me to spend $20 on Nebraska's reserve series. Some are hits and some are misses. This falls somewhere in between. It was nice, but not the barrel aged gem I had hoped for.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light peachy orange with with 2 fingers of white fluffy foam
S - nice funky aroma, some mango and apricot fruit aroma, a bit of spicy pepper, some oak.
T - Taste is actually diferent, i still get the fruit, but the wine barrel comes through more along with the pepper, not as fruity as I was hoping
M - light bodied with some nice lively carbonation.
D - very easy to drink, I still wish the flavor was a little bit more upfront but still nice. Maybe just not worth the pricetag.

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very smooth drinker, good mouthfeel. Funky aroma. Distinct apricot flavour. Nice one, with chardonnay barreling adding to the flavour and enhancing the fruitiness.Sour beginning, Sweet finish. Appropriate carbonation.
Pricey bomber, and worth sharing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some malt, apricot, and acidic. Taste is much the same with a fruity apricot flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice fruity aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy honey color with a frothy white head that settles into a puffy cap. The aroma is of musty belgian yeast spices; some green apple, hay, and a touch of horse blanket. Then there is the apricot, not strong but noticable. The tart funky aroma of the apricot works well with a saison. The taste has a fairly strong sweet, tart flavor of the apricot. Must say it overpowers the saison. I was hoping for more of a hint of apricot. With that said, there is some belgian characteristics; candi sugar sweetness, tart green apple, and some light clove. The feel is light to moderate with soft carbonation; pretty much sweet and tangy throughout. A solid beer, pretty easy to drink and the apricot works well though a touch overpowering for some of the subtle saison characteristics. As with most NBC's beers, the price would probably limit me to one purchase.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful rose wine color with a nice white head and beautiful lacing.

I get a strong apricot saison smell in the nose that overpowers the pepper. The taste is a different matter. Upon sipping the Chardonnay aging and pepper shine although I'm not convinced it's a great combo. The apricot plays a much more secondary role in the taste until the very end. The apricot tends to linger on the palate.

Not my favorite offering from their reserve series

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Photo of champ103
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazed, almost cloudy orange color. A dense white head forms, and continues rising to over two fingers. Plenty of sticky lace left behind.
S: Light musty funk mixed with oak barrels. Some sharp fruits come next. Apricot, light sweetness, apple skins, grapes.
T: Like the nose, musty, funky, oak and vinous and tart character. Pithy apricot, grape skins. Pretty enjoyable overall.
M/D: A light to medium body. Substantial carbonation, but soft at the same time. A bit tannin like and pithy. Not really a bad thing, but just a bit scratchy on the tongue. Really enjoyable and easy to drink. A nice fruited saison.

While not a complete nock out, there is nothing wrong with this. Very enjoyable for the most part, it just does not hit perfectly with me. The fruit, barrel, and saison base are there and no flaws. Again, something I do enjoy, maybe not my favorite saison though. That is OK, not everything has to be a favorite. Well worth picking up.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating I can see.

A= Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a three finger high slightly off white head on the top. The head holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is a slightly sour chardonnay odor with a little barrel to the aroma. Nothing over the top. I may be able to make out some pepper. I don't get too many apricots up front they may be hidden deeper in the "sour" aroma smell.

T= Tastes nice and peppery with only a slight sour note. The sour is actually minimal. The apricot comes through a little more with only a slight sourness. The pepper plays nicely with the saison yeast spice. Chardonnay is also a minimal character to it and the barrel flavor is again somewhat quiet.

M= Finishes nice and dry with a lot of bubbles. Very nice for a saison.

O= I was expecting a little more apricot to it. I was hoping for more sour notes as well but I got very very little of both. Worth trying for sure but at the price point I would not buy it again.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a duvel tulip.

A: Hazy golden color. Creamy and bubbly white head retained well and leaves a thick collar of lacing behind.

S: Funky and tart on the nose with generous aromas of apricot and tropical fruits. Slight white pepper and spice. Oak provides a backbone that rounds out the nose nicely.

T: Funk and tart acidity up front. Sour green apple and sour tropical fruits. Stiff hit of black pepper cuts through the sour tastes. Juicy apricot picks up toward the end. Vinous white grapes meld into the apricot. Drying oak kicks in and rides into the finish with plenty of yeast and black pepper heat.

M: Medium bodied. Ample carbonation. Creamy. The wine barrel creates a drying and slightly tannic impression.

O: The nose is very nice, but in taste it isn't quite as refined. It almost hits that mark of excellence, but in my my mind it's a few notches below the great ones. It's a pleasant beer to drink, but for the price point Nebraska is demanding it needs to be a little better.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No vintage date was apparent on the label.
Poured in to teku glass.

A - Translucent bright yellow colour with two fingers of thick cream coloured head.

S - Belgian yeast, oak, peppery spice and a big bready malt base adding sweetness.

T - A big oak presence up front with Belgian yeast, peppery spice and some clove notes. Tart throughout with very light apricot and grape notes in the background.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/14/2010. Growler. Pours a hazy golden orange with a thick white head. Aroma of spices, Belgian yeast, pepper, and a hint of light fruits. Flavor of spices, yeast, and bready malts upfront with apricot undertones. This one seemed more spicy vs. apricoty. Very tasty stuff, great saison!

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Photo of mwilbur
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a beautiful hazy orange-apricot hue with 2 inch frothy white head with excellent retention.
S: Black pepper, apricot, soft dry minerals, mild earthy funk, soft oak, and a hint of white wine.
T: Black pepper (maybe a bit too much), apricot, mild earthy funk, and soft oak. Doesn't quite live up to the aroma's promise. Notes of peach, vanilla, and almond emerge with warming.
M: Medium body. Spicy (again, a bit much) and mildly sweet.
D: I was excited by the look and even the aroma, but unfortunately it tailed off after that. Still a solid brew, but I'd tone down the black pepper a tad. Nice complexity and refreshing.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/14/12 notes. Thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one.

a - Pours a hazy dark yellow color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of apricots, brett, spices, white wine, lightly sour fruits, and fruity malts.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, apricots, brett, white wine, oak, spices, and floral hops. A tiny bit more sour than the nose, I like the taste better.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. A pretty easy to drink saison.

o - Overall I thought this was a very nice saison. Lightly sour and some nice apricots, and easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Chardonnay barrel-aged saison with a fair fruity edge.

Presentation: 750 cl brown capped bottle. Busy special release label, a bit blocky with an orange background framed with the branding and details of the brew, including a small paragraph with the main description and intent. Notes 6.8%Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale gold pour with a nice frothy head, moderate to short retention, and lacing, with a small surface memory.

S - Yeasty sense, with a fruity touch emerging over a dry vinous touch...

T - Taste follow with a nice earthy range, spicy yeast, spicy, soft fruit, apricot… sugar. Nice soft tart hint from the Chardonnay...

M - Medium body and carbonation. Pleasing soft dryness as it finishes.

O - Worth and pleasing barrel aged take on a saison, the fruity edge is fair, but does not push down the brew.

Notes: This was pretty pleasing, not outstanding, in particular the fruity edge did not work entirely for me, and the base and barrel sort of made the brew rather solid for my liking. Still very glad to have tried it, and a good impression in terms of looking out for their brews.

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Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml pours a hazed peach hued body with a medium sized vanilla head. Attractive spiderweb lacing.

Aroma is dominated by white grapes with notes of black pepper, floral hops, and a faint hint of apricot.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation. Smooth and dry on the palate.

Taste is dominated by a chardonnay character which becomes a bit tiresome. Black pepper is subtle but about where it should be. There is a vague fruitiness, more like melon than apricots. Actually, I don't pick up any apricot at all. Floral hops provide a nice bitterness to balance the slightly sweet bready malt. Chardonnay comes on strong at the finish and dominates the aftertaste.

More of a chardonnay saison than an apricot/pepper one. Enjoyable and tasty but nothing like a classic saison. Very interesting, but I wish the apricots were in play.

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Photo of cpolking
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle-conditioned Belgian-style saison ale that is brewed with apricots and pepper and then aged in Chardonnay barrels for six months.

The beer pours an orange-golden in color, hazy, with an inch of thick, tightly foamy head that is white to just off-white in color, and leaves thick, sticky lacing down the glass.

The aroma is yeasty, white wine, with a hint of fruit and oak.

The taste is well-constructed, the tastes of the yeast (fruit, butter, earthiness) meld into the tastes of the wine barrel (chardonnay with its fruit, buttery, and oak notes). There is then a note of the apricot. The pepper is unobtrusive.

The mouthfeel is light, with a smooth creaminess aided by the thick head of foam. A complex, interesting and tasty beer.

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