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

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very good
149 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by lackenhauser on 11-10-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
149
Reviews:
38
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
28
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of TNT
5/5  rDev +23.5%
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 Cmillarn
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of doughanson78
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of jmfc8237
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes : Poured at the pickled pig beer dinner in Rehoboth beach tonight. Appearance was a hazy golden amber with champagne like ferocious carbonation. Silky layer of laced head covers the top like a frosting. Mild lacing with no legs and head retention was nothing to speak of. Smells strongly of acid and sour apples. Bright notes of farmhouse funk and grapes are evident amongst the Brett yeast strain. Taste is dry and entertaining but lacks the sour finish I was expecting. Hay and spice make everything nice with a hint of cedar wood.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle (587 of 1350) courtesy of my secret santa 2011, lackenhauser...one of the last remaining gifts, no less. Pours a crystal clear (at least initially) cider color with a large cap of off-white head. Decent retention and lacing. Ive really enjoyed the other Evo brews I have had, so cheers to them!

Nose is moderately tart grapes along with a noticeable chardonnay aroma. Brett has not imparted an overly earthy, rotting wood aspect yet, which works well in this case. It is still bright and crisp smelling.

Taste shows a nice balance of bright white wine and woody, brett character. The wild yeast is more noticeable on the flavor than in the aroma, unfortunately, and covers up much of the usual saccharomyces characteristics of a BSPA. Minor complaints though, as this is one of the better brett beers I have had and overall quite tasty. I am glad I did not age this one further. Mouthfeel is nice and highly carbonated in true BSPA fashion. I cant believe Im saying this, but I think I could do without the brett. The base beer tastes like it is pretty amazing stuff and if they could get the chard barrel without the wild yeast, this might be one for the ages. As it warms it gets better and better and swirling some of the carbonation out does good things to the flavor, makes it a little more wine-like and seems to serve the beer well. I feel very lucky to have gotten to try this super tasty treat, thanks a ton man!

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale amber in color with a decent enough head on top. The chardonay really is present in both aroma and flavor. Quite wine like. Very well balanced against the oak too. Distinct hop bite-not as noticeable at first but as you get into the beer you can really pick it out. Some nice BRETT going on. Lingering chardonay flavor. Solid mouthfeel, has an almost creamy finish. Just outstanding in my book. Really, really enjoyable. Damn I love these guys.

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Photo of BraveMountie
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of claytong
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of larryi86
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011- 750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- A hazy golden color with a four finger white head.

S- Chardonnay, oak, tart apples, grapes, light fruits.

T- Chardonnay, tart light fruits, oak, hint of funk, nice complexity, well balanced.

M- Smooth, dry, medium body, good carbonation.

O- An awesome beer and easy drinking. Best beer I have had from Evolution. The barrel really comes out but does not overpower the beer. Very happy I was able to get a second bottle in a trade.

2012- Just as good as 2011, finding some bottles more sour than others and getting some peppercorns in the finish that work nicely. Still feel this is one of my favorite beers from Evolution

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Photo of mikem0487
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of RWNay
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Hophead101
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of russwbeck
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: It pours out of the bottle with a really nice yellow orange pour. Bubbles burst out of the liquid as soon as it touches the glass and builds up a large white head. Retention and lacing are very nice.

S: Belgian yeasts and really sweet. The floral aroma shares a lot of white wine notes from the Chardonnay barrels, but the Belgian Strong Pale Ale characteristics still assert their refreshing qualities.

T: Uniquely Belgian, the taste is light but packed with unique flavors. Really dry white wine and oak flavors blend with the yeasty and sweet Belgian qualities. The barrel aging has added a really nice aspect to the taste, and I'm starting to understand the how wine barrels can improve beer. The Brett is there, but not overwhelming. The taste is more yeasty than sour, but every once in a while you get a real nice, tart kick.

MF: Very light and refreshing. The carbonation is great and the dry sweetness of the taste makes it deliciously drinkable.

O: This beer was great. A really nice Belgian Strong Pale aged delicately in wine barrels that improve the taste. I really recommend this one, it might even age nicely.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 408 of 1350

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach color with a massive head that patches lace all around the tulip

Smell: Vinous oak, honeydew melon, pear, bread and a hint of funk

Taste: Buttery chardonnay, up front, with melon and pear flavors forward; by mid-palate, the oak and brett kick in to add a woody, sour and funky character, all of which is understated; in the finish, everything dries out, but there are lingering elements of everything that was tasted in the front end

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit puckery

Overall: A really impressive beer; after having some false starts with wine barrel aged beers I am finding that I am really appreciating the impact they bring to the base beer - this beer is right up there with the Westbrooks as far as the East Coast brewers go

Thanks, mdaschaf, for the opportunity

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Photo of Ctb6582
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DRBiser
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LehighAce06
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A - Orange in color with a ton of head. Almost over poured not remembering how carbonated this one can be.

S - Nice sweet smell with some oak and funk. Some of the sweeter fruites in there. Grapes, apples and others that you would expect from a Chardonay(ed?) beer.

T - Really dig this part. The wine comes through almost immediately, and then you get a bit of the graininess from the brew. Finishes with a good amount of funk, but nothing over the top.

M - Lots of carbonation, and a bit dryness. Light bodied.

O - Best beer Evo has done in the series. Lots of flavors, and hopefully it will just get better.

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