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

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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:
#4,757
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
151
pDev:
9.45%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by mozim:
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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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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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

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

Photo of BraveMountie
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of JasonSiedman
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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

Photo of claaark13
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of DrBier
3.94/5  rDev -2%
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 +5.7%

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