Chardonnay Barrel Belgian Ale (Fall Migration) | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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4.02/5
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152 Ratings
Chardonnay Barrel Belgian Ale (Fall Migration)Chardonnay Barrel Belgian Ale (Fall Migration)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
evolutioncraftbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by lackenhauser on 11-10-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,550
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
152
pDev:
9.45%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
29
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BabaBeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoatmanBrewsMD
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance was a nice somewhat hazy amber to brown color with a nice one finger white foamy head that must last for at least a good freakin’ two minutes before it really dies to a nice coating of head to lacing at the top of the body. The smell - uh... gee weez where do I start, ok, here goes: light somewhat tart to sweet apple to go to a nice pear intake and leading me onto a super nice resusicating sort of intake of a Belgian sort of spices invading the previously stated fruits. The taste - once again, wow, ok, there is a decent sour to tart start to the flavoring but once it starts to warm a bit, it balances out and begins to let the fruits and Belgian spices overtake it a bit. The aftertaste, well, its a good one, hmmm.....everything previously stated does end up leading into this however the finish I get is somewhat dry but nothing misleading. On the palate, there is nothing obscure about this beer as it sits a nice medium on the body but yet still tries to proclaim a decent sessionability about it. Does it? Yeah, in my opinion, it does. Overall, ok, I get it, oaked in Chardonnay barrels and I still get a decent oakiness to it for the most part, complex - sure is!

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Photo of Ctb6582
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wander4
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of briandaube
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cmillarn
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tigg924
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, orange-brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is chardonnay, white grape, apple, gentle oak. Medium bodied, sweet, and crisp. Interesting and complex. Would get this again.

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Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Delmarvabeer
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 version
Bought 4/2016

L: On initial opening/Pour you get a thick foamy white head. The beer itself is cloudy with a peachy orang/yellow color. Looks very similar to peach nectar.

S: Very sour and funky. Hints of wine vinegar, wine, aged cheese

T: wine (chardonnay), white grapes, dried fruit like apricots, slight bitterness on the back end with a sourness at the front. Some club soda type flavor as well.

F: smooth but has the same carbonation you would expect from club soda

O: Not normally my type of beer, but EVO has done a wonderful job with their migration series. Their winter migration tends to be my personal favorite. I am also aging a bottle to see if some aging causes any difference. If you like a little funk to go with your beer, this may be for you.

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Photo of AceMartin31
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of csurowiec
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TNT
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely get chardonnay barrel, a white grape tartness, and a nice malt backbone. This beer is killer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DRBiser
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingjohnh
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottles gushes on opening, poured into the glass with a huge foamy head thy quickly dulls down to a foamy layer of off-white bubbles. Body is a light Amber with lots of chunky floaters and a cloudy appearance. Aroma is of Bretty funk, white grapes, oaky white wine and hints of toasted oak. Flavor is much of the same, the barrels come through heavily, lots of toasted oak, lots of earthy Brett. Mouthfeel is tart, with big, prickly carbonation. Feel is somewhat "dirty" as well, with the floaters and the earthiness coming in play. All in all a pretty unique beer. It is rare that so much barrel comes through as it does in this one.

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Photo of parris
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gobuccos
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Chardonnay Barrel Belgian Ale (Fall Migration) from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 152 ratings