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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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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

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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 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 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 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 cpolking
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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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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 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 Boonedoggle
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
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 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 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 mntlover
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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 KAP1356
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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 kbuzz
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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 mikereaser
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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 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 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 Patrickbrusil
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Retail1LO
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My god. A saison that I like??? GTFO. Seriously, this is one of my least favorite styles in all of beerdom. I bought this a couple months ago, primarily because I love apricot shit. I have a bottle of Cascade Apricot inbound for precisely the same reason. I've tried SO hard to like saisons, and outside of Cigar City's Table Saison, I just have NOT been able to get into them. Typically the Belgian yeast strain used is just too repulsive for me to enjoy.

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Lost Abbey tulip. This pours a beautiful hazy orange hue with a copious amount of dome that's thicker than sea foam. It does however, dissipate rather quickly. The nose is long in apricot, accompanied by the ever present Belgian yeast, although the yeast isn't dominant, and that's welcome for me. The taste is loaded up on apricot without being cloying or sweet. This really is an easy drinker. The mouthfeel is minutely tart with a dry finish. Reminds me a bit of white wine in that regard. Overall, I'm impressed. A saison I'd actually feel good about purchasing again if it wasn't 20+ fucking dollars. Really Nebraska...you guys have zero excuse for charging so much for your shit right out of the gate.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange colour, mostly cloudy with light just paling the hue around the edge. Head is white, thick and frothy with lovely trails of lace being left behind. Lovely.

Smells very organic. Pleasant fruit complexities with notes of tangerine, strawberry and melon that lends notes to a funky underlay with a touch of wet hay, washed-rind cheese and some mild clovey spice. Very pleasant.

Taste is quite tangy, plenty of that fruit. Starts light and fresh with a mild tartness to it. More complex towards the mid with tangerine, cranberry and a touch of fig. Slight funk towards the finish with an earthy and bitter flavour of barnyard, sweat and grass clippings. Slight bitter lemon rind late on the palate. Very pleasant overall, could have more potent flavour and I'd still be happy.

Medium-bodied, touch of foamy texture midway with a bit of pull from the yeast. Decent.

Yeah, a good balance struck between potentially odd flavours to produce an enjoyable and refreshing brew.

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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 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 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 thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a golden straw yellow with a minimal pure white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, apricot, fruit, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, apricot, and slight sour. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. The apricot flavor on this one was very nice and blended quite well. Would not have guessed this was a saison by aroma and flavor at all... Tasted more like a mild Wild Ale with the sour notes going on. However this one is worth a shot if you see it on the shelves.

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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

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 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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