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:
27
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 38
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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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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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Chris for opening this in line at Dark Lord Day 2012. Served in a taster glass. Pours a nice golden color with a fairly-foamy white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose carries a good dose of Chardonnay plus a touch of Brett-induced funk. Nice dryness and crispness to the flavor with earthy notes underneath a nice oak presence along with dry white grapes. Good body and dry finish. Very nice.

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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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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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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/18/11 notes. Picked this up at Whole Foods in Clarendon, VA for $11.99. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bell's tulip. Bottle 355 of 1350.

a - Pour a hazy medium orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass and the head lasts for several minutes.

s - Smells of brett, oak, chardonay, Belgian yeast, spice, light funk and earthy notes, and floral hops. Brett is strong and a little funky, and not overly sour, but very nice. Really like the nose.

t - Tastes of brett, oak, white wine, Belgian yeast, spices, light funk, floral hops, and light citrus hops. A little less funky than the nose, but still, very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink.

o - Overall I really liked this one. While it is not too sour there is a lot of brett in the nose which I loved, and the light sourness and funk comes through, especially in the nose. Haven't had the 2011 Winter Migration but liking this fresh a lot more than the 2010 Winter Migration, and excited to see what else they do with barrels in the future. Would buy it again.

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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Bobby.

Pours a somewhat cloudy golden orange color with a tall white head. A nice bit of oak barrel aroma to this one as well as some must. Quite heavy on the white wine. There are some mild funk and tart notes to it, too. Just a hint of melon. The flavor is also lightly tart and funky with quite a bit of chardonnay flavor. Oak and mild vanilla along with some light fruits such as green melon and apple.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for the share. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A thin white foam settles to some wisps, thick collar, and a few spots of lace. Murky peach flesh body.

S - Heavy Chardonnay influence, and more of the wine and less of the buttery oak I tend to get from those barrels. Tropical fruits, and a nice does of earthy and barnyard funk. I think Belgian Strong Pale Ale is a bit misleading here.

T - Taste isn't quite as strong. There's some nice stone fruit malts and bretty tropical fruit flavors mingling with a light dash of vinous sourness. More malt-forward and less funky - I can see the BSPA base a bit more here. There's a slightly distracting playdough-esque flavor in the finish that brings this down a notch.

M - Medium body, medium-low carbonation, and a very dry and lightly tannic texture. Perhaps a hint of warming alcohol after a few ounces as well.

D - I'd consider this more of an American Wild Ale, as it has the characteristic wine barrel and brett combo that American breweries seem to love. Thankfully the strain that Evolution is using produces some nice flavors. I'd drink this again as it's a solidly crafted beer.

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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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