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Pour Les Oiseaux | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beertunes on 02-18-2010

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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 24
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Eric for sharing this one!
Quick review from written notes.

Bright gold with an initial head of fluffy foam settling to a thin skim afterward.
Clarity is sharp and there are visible trails of carbonation around the edges.

Oaky sandalwood, lightly floral aroma, mild dried pineapple sweetness.

Tart and fruity apricot, slightly bitter with loads of dry, gripping oak. Big time buttery chardonnay barrel. Spritzy carbonation, smooth feel. Dry tannic aftertaste. Finished my first pour and had a little more. This was great stuff.

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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden color and a sturdy head; sheets of lace are left behind

Smell: Tart apple, cinnamon and other spices, barnyard funk

Taste: Opens with a tart apple character, with the herbacious and barnyard elements picking up by mid-palate; the Brett flavors build, after the swallow, and the vinous flavors wrap up the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nice and refreshing, with the Brett and the wine barrels adding complexity

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to G311 and Damico for this one. Served in a mini tulip.

Pours a nice golden color with a pretty good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some background Brett and earth notes along with some yeasty spice and a touch of white grape. The flavor adds in a bit more grapes with some nice earthiness through the finish. Fairly dry and crisp. Really nicely done.

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3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a recent Philly 'burbs bottle share.

Golden pour, shockingly pristine clarity, with a solid cap of foamy white head; nice retention and lacing. Fruity esters in the aroma, toasted wheat, grass. Taste was pretty light and crisp, essence of apple and grape skins with a twinge of tartness, barnyard funk, herbal hops, lightly toasted cereal grains. Light-bodied and dry, easily drinkable, pretty nice overall.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear golden yellow color with streaming bubbles supporting a 2 finger white froth. Some webby strings of patchy lace stick to the glass.

The aroma includes notes of clove and white grape juice. Quite vinous with slight tropical feel about it. Some sulfur and grass evolves as it warms up.

The flavor is a bit boozy with tropical fruit and herbal to grassy hops. A slight lemon rindy sort of bitterness balances things out.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest to sprity amount of carbonation. It is crisp and light but the overall drinkability suffers a bit from the boozy feel. It is surprising how boozy and warming this is for the list ~7 abv. Certainly worth trying.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of AlexFields
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very yellow with a thick pure white head, very nice appearance.

Smells of brett and wine; more subtle notes of wheat malt, grapes, spice.

Taste is lovely and balanced. Good amount of tartness and brett complexity, but none of the metallic flavors brett sometimes produces; brett doesn't dominate. Wheaty saison malt bill provides a really nice foundation, wine barrels add plenty but don't dominate. Hints of grape, apple, and spice. Pretty complex but extremely well balanced between everything that's going on.

Mouthfeel is odd. Plenty of bubbly carbonation but somehow the beer feels a little flat underneath it. Not terribly detrimental though, this is still easy to drink.

Overall a lovely beverage, exactly my kind of beer. Excellent balance.


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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with active carbonation and a finger hight fine white head constantly renewed by carbonation. Aroma of spicy light pear and apple juice, saison yeast and a hint of lemon. Flavor of light grape, green apple, pepper; finishes slightly dry with oak and a light brett touch. Very understated but well integrated with light flavors that fit together very well and a nice oaky aftertaste. Light bodied with a refreshing mouth feel from the active carbonation. Nicely made saison, the light touch of brett is perfect in this ale for me.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on-tap at WABL Belgianfest 2013 in a snifter taster glass.

Appearance: quite clear; a light gold, almost yellowy hue with a tiny bit of haze and a very light effervescence and a low ivory head.

Smell: the aroma has a nice vinous aroma with a little bit of Brett funk. Sweet, bright and nice; quite like a white wine.

Taste: not nearly as tart as the aroma might suggest. Sweet, but not too sweet; when the tartness falls off toward the end, it definitely has a good white wine character. Subtle, but intriguing.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a satisfying creaminess. Quite good.

Overall: this beer seems pretty straightforward; it's complexity is there but it's subtle. It definitely seems to have picked up some character from its white wine barrels. This beer really rubs me the right way.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy yellow, not quite the color of pineapple juice, with about an inch of white head that had moderate retention and good lacing.

The aroma had a strong apple scent at first, which gave way to to a nice spicy yeast aroma. That apple scent translated into a slightly vinegary taste at the front of the tongue. Across the middle and back was a tart spicyness with a hint of yeast. The beer finished with a nice, dry tang on the very back of the tongue.

The body was pretty typical for the style, perhaps a little more lively than most. Drinkability was very nice, even better if you like your beers dry. Overall, a very decent example of the style. I suggest trying this as quick as possible, because I believe it has limited availability.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I found the Pour Les to be one of the best examples of how to impliment barrel aging, especially on a style that usually doesn't get that treatment (at least that I can think of right now). Most barrel aging is with liquor/spirits that I've found tend to hit you over the head with the booze taste and just leaves the beer for dead.

This saison is done with wine barrels (white) that leaves a great subtlety of taste and almost sweetness in the end product. It works WITH the beer to make a new, more intense, and unique taste and take of saison. One of my favorites as I try it more and more.

In closing, take a trip to Black Raven and get some Pour Les Oiseaux for yourself, as well as other offerings. BR is always trying new ingredients and new takes on traditional styles.

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Pour Les Oiseaux from Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 101 ratings
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