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

BA SCORE
89
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:
27
For Trade:
1
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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fall 2013 bottle. Poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter 9/28/2014. This one gushed upon opening.

A- Clear golden body, not much in way of head, thin collar, some lacing.

S- Wooden funk, chardonnay, the light lemon flavours typical of Brett, a bit of sweet pale malt. A little bit of rubber.

F- Chardonnay flavours, lemon, sweet pale malt. A little oak. Slightly tart, a bit of earth.

M- On the thinner side of medium, well carbonated with a dry earthy finish.

O- It's alright. Funk is there, a bit thin; perhaps the Brett went a bit too out of control here. Tricky little buggers, these.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Forgot I had this beer and just found it in the back of the beer cellar.

Poured a cloudy pale gold with a one and a half finger foamy off white head that receded slowly into a thin layer with moderate lacing.

Aroma of wine, grapes and yeast.

Taste followed the nose dominated by the tart wine flavor,oak, followed by some bready yeast.

Mouth Feel was medium body, light carbonation, slightly sour and tart.

Overall the age may have impacted this beer, it was more of a wild ale to me than a pale ale. The wine oak flavor dominated the beer a little too much for me.

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3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Appearance is pale yellow which is slightly cloudy and present a thin head. The Chardonnay character comes through first and foremost on the nose with tons of grape, be an interplay between sweet and tart. The taste brings more Chardonnay, but in an unfortunate way. Cheap wine comes through with nearly cloying sweet notes. The finish is relatively dry. Mouthfeel is thick for the sle and has an appropriate mount of carbonation. Overall, this one doesn't stand out.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.55/5  rDev -12.3%

Thanks to hefman for this bottle, arriving in a well-packed box several weeks ago. Fall 2013 vintage split with my wife.

Fucknutsfuckingfuckloads. I nick the top & it spews like Ron Jeremy: all over my the counter, the floor, my Columbia, probably on the neighbors deck, too. Minus 45 points & several ounces. Two towels & several minutes later, I try to pour the beer gently, with little success. Even a feather-light pour overtops the big snifter I ease it into. After all that, it’s orange. Smells very wine-like, pear, grapes, gentle sweetness. No brett in evidence, but at least the smell didn’t foul my shirt.

Chardonnay Barrel Belgian Ale – Fall Migration might be more appropriately found in the wine aisle. The wine barrels are aggressive, & the drying brett plus wood makes it even more vinous. Even more gung-ho is the spitfire carbonation, which is almost seltzer-like in the mouth, fizzing & distracting. Pop rocks, anyone? Finish is light fruit, pear, grapes, a little banana. Half a bomber is enough, I’ll likely be belching between snores tonight.

The carbonation here is serious miss & really detracts from the beer, even aside from the physical disaster. A good beer, maybe a better champagne.

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3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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Chardonnay Barrel Belgian Ale (Fall Migration) from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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