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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:
186
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
18.27%
 
 
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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 186
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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 -5.3%
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 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 Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy orange color with a big fizzy head. The lacing is pretty good but not fantastic. The smell of the beer has some really nice aromas of apricot and some light spices. The taste is definitely a saison but as it warms up the apricot flavors really start to show. The taste is very soft and refreshing. The mouthfeel is smooth and very drinkable. Overall This might be the best I've had from Nebraska, they're still very expensive and that's hard to look past. All in all though it's a damn good brew.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is rather hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of oak barrels are present in the nose, along with some notes of apricot and hints of chardonnay.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of chardonnay and apricot are much more apparent and outshine the oak. Some hints of pepper are present in the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is apparent.
O: The barrel aging really adds complexity to this beer and makes the overall taste interesting, but does not overpower the apricot flavors.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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 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 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 mactrail
2.73/5  rDev -30.7%
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 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 mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is hazy and light orange colored with a small white head that leaves random traces of lacing in the snifter. The aroma offers apricot, as expected. Additional scents include yeast, malt, spice. Definitely smells like a saison. Good stuff. Flavorful and fruit forward. A nice white wine quality adds complexity and intrigue. Light to medium bodied. Good stuff.

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

Served in a snifter at a recent tasting with some other dudes. Beer is yellow, hazy, wispy white head, small bubbles.

Aroma is yeasty, tea-like bitterness and some apricot-jam pops up in the nose.

Beer is light in body, creamy at times, mildly dry finish, good yeast, nice fruit, decent little saison, good, I may have another.

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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 TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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 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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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nebraska : Apricot Au Poivre Saison

Pours a pale golden color with a nice sized froth and lace. Aroma of musty, barnyard, funky yeast. In the flavor, sweet apricot coming across alittle tangy due to the chardonnay barrels. Wheat malt base, Belgian yeast, some Belgian funk for sure and apricot honey like sweetness. Alittle wine like and small heat, oaky, nice. Finishes tart and somewhat dry. Medium bodied ale. Overall, a nice twist on a saison and fruit beer, and succeeds quite well at both.

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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 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 sweemzander
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for sharing Andy!

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden apricot orange color. Some nice white froth and lace.

(S)- Light clove. Bits of dry floral-like fruit. A touch of a light funky earth.

(T)- Very very dry. Lots of funky Brett. Some fruit in there with some oak dryness. Mild spice.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Plenty of Brett in this, but supplemented well by the oaky fruit.

(D)- A unique and engaging saison. Good fruit and oak nuances. A bit high on the Brett levels, but enjoyable. The high price point on this would deter me from getting it in the future though.

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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 champ103
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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 trxxpaxxs
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy apricot gold with one full finger of pure white head. The foam takes a bit to settle, and never really leaves. Huge lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is apricots, yeast, mild lemon, grass, and spice. It smells nice. It's very bright and inviting.

T: It starts out sweet and wet with a good helping of fruit and orange citrus. As the beer progresses I get bright lemon citrus, astringent booze, spice, and yeast. The fruit fades, and by the finish it's yeasty and dry.

M: Light bodied beer. Bright and flavorful up front, stinging and yeasty in the middle, dry and astringent in the finish.

O: Solid beer. Flavors are nice up front. It's a little too yeasty for the majority of the beer, but it's not terribly off-putting. I'd drink this beer again if I can across it.

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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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