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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

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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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 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 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 merlin48
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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 Verecund
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
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 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 LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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 dbossman
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
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 RedHaze
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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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