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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
nebraskabrewingco.com

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
Ratings:
193
Reviews:
61
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.35%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
20
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of thudean
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of st9647v3
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of sludgegnome
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of derkfromwi
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of EFR94
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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 Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of rudzud
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
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 Unchi
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Etan
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky dark orange with a spongy white head.

S: Definitely some lactic action, a bit of musty oak, mild apricot, some sweet grain and cloves, and a hint of pepper.

T: Taste brings bright stone fruit (peach, apricot), pleasant white wine on the edges, a bit of peppery spice and dry oak tannins, cakey pale malt.

M: Medium-bodied with crisp, almost-frothy carbonation.

O: I wasn't sure whether this would be soured or not. There's a bit of a lactic character in the nose but the taste is clean, focused on the fruit and oak and base beer. It's a nice saison, but like most things Nebraska Brewing, a bit overpriced.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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 artoolemomo
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- This pours up a fluffy cotton white head which dissipates rather color. The body is a hazy orange juice color. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Abounds with stone fruit notes- peaches and apricots that have a scent of greenness to them. Sour cherry and some lemon underneath. As these notes begin to fade, orange and other citrus notes start to take over the aroma.

Taste- Lemon is one of the initial notes as the flavor profile moves into the obvious apricot which mellows out the tartness observed on the nose quiet efficiently. This is much more mellow than I expected and I really like its subdued character. It does not necessarily tastes like pear juice but it reminds me of lot of it. Some might this beer as a bit thin and watery but I would classify it as “well composed”. This beer approaches sublimity with its mile aspects. The biggest negative is the lack of black pepper mentioned in the description.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with minimal carbonation. It's fairly smooth as well.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and a great beer for summer. Unfortunately, it has pretty hefty price tag of 15 bucks a bottle.

Overall- Really good beer and an interesting take on the Saison style. If you enjoy subdued, slightly sour beers, you should try this one. The price, however, is a bit prohibitive. Though I really liked it, I would not repurchase.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Jsmick
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
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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Apricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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