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

BA SCORE
89
very good
37 Reviews
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by lackenhauser on 11-10-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
148
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
26
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 148
Reviews by Hojaminbag:
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Evolution Fall Migration was a beer I really wanted to try, so I was pumped when my buddy from DC brought a bottle to my place to share.

An orange body has a slight haze to it, with a dull white head that is quite fluffy looking. The retention is solid, and the lacing sticks around in a few splotches and spots.

The aroma has a lot of brett in it, with some tartness and a lot of funky notes. Wood is noticeable, with some chardonnay tagging along as well. A little bit citrusy and fruity also.

There are a lot of barrel characteristics in this one. Spicy wood is followed by a hint of vanilla and a burst of chardonnay and white grape flavors. The brett is lightly tart with a burst of funk, but not especially powerful overall; it presents itself in the aroma much more strongly. Also, this is far from sour, with the tartness being just noticeable. There are some light, fruity flavors including citrus and white grapes, and a touch of bitterness. The pale malt in the background is fairly sweet without being the least bit cloying or overwhelming.

The body is moderate, and the carbonation is a touch high, making this one feel almost crisp.

Fall Migration did not disappoint. Fairly complex flavors and overall a pleasant beer to drink. I will definitely have to get my hands on their wine barrel-creations in the future.

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Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a vintage date and bottle # 697 of 1350.

LOOK: Pale brassy golden, clear with an amazing looking white lace

SMELL: Wood, vinous, lemon grass, mint, medicinal herb, shortbread, tartness, earthy

TASTE: Peppery, phenolic, lemon, buttery, slightly vinous, tart, bready, oak, white cherries, guava, nutty, dry finish

Excellent barrel work here and of corse there had to be a great brew to put into the barrel to play with the Brett. Intense but still drinkable, complex but not too far off the deep end as to slip away from a true beer geek that loves the funk.

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Photo of tigg924
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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 standardcherry
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of briandaube
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BraveMountie
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of wander4
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of JasonSiedman
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy light golden color with a good sized white foamy head on top. Lots of carbonation bubbles released from the bottom of the glass.

S: Nice aroma with some light fruits - peach, apple, a little bit of grape. There is a light tartness, not overly sour, and a bit of oak.

T: Upfront there is some of the light fruit again, peach, apricot, and apple, but this transitions to a really nice chardonnay flavor as well as some of the oak. There is a little bit of sour/funk, but it blends nicely in with the rest of the beer.

M: Light to medium bodied, active carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Just enough sourness to let you know it is in there.

O: Really nice beer from Evo, hoping that over time the Brett kicks it up a bit and the chardonnay flavor drops off. Look forward to trying this one again in the future.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of bconsidine
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mozim
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of claaark13
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A capped 750 mL bottle, randomly uncovered at the Wine Source a few months back. #926 of 1,350.

A: A bright golden color, transparent. A steady stream of bubbles replenishes the finger of white head that came with the initial pour. Very little head lasts though, quickly whittling away.

S: A strong blend of barrels and buggers. The chardonnay is lush, a sweet fortified vinousness; the buggers are lemony and citric with a bit of acetic acid for good measure. The sourness doesn't grab you, it's not overpowering. Finally, the Belgian pale body comes through with a yeasty fruitiness.

T: The sweetness of the oak, adding chardonnay sugariness, really hits the spot. The mild vanilla and white grapiness overrun the Belgian pale aspects. The sourness seems to have disappeared; I'm really not getting any bite out of the ale. What's there blends into the barrel. That vinous flavor, present throughout, drives the flavor and yields to the pale biscuity body near the finish. The wine barrel shoulders the load and does so effortlessly.

M: I was not expecting to see this on the floor and I'm sure glad I scooped it up. The wine barrel, minus the funk, really makes the ale work.

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Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jsanford
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of DrBier
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into Chimay goblet. #927 of 1350

Hazy golden with tight thin head, thin head lasts til bottom of goblet. Delicate med. lacing. Moderate ring of yeast in bottle for fairly young beer.

Moderate Brett funky aroma, obviously stronger as it warms, nice oak, white wine aromas initially less apparent as it warms.

Beautiful integration of the Belgian blond / strong ale? (a little too malty for a pale), with the Chardonnay barrels in the front end. It's carbonated and winey, funky Brett character kicks in midpalate and lasts through end. Finishes slightly sour from the barrel and moderately dry.

Very easy drinking. Hides the alcohol very very well. With age I think the Brett will kick in alot and this beer will change interestingly but it's really good right now.

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Photo of DubCo21
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Chardonnay Barrel Belgian Ale (Fall Migration) from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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