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

BA SCORE
89
very good
148 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:
148
Reviews:
37
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
27
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of Texasfan549
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of csurowiec
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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 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 oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 kingjohnh
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottles gushes on opening, poured into the glass with a huge foamy head thy quickly dulls down to a foamy layer of off-white bubbles. Body is a light Amber with lots of chunky floaters and a cloudy appearance. Aroma is of Bretty funk, white grapes, oaky white wine and hints of toasted oak. Flavor is much of the same, the barrels come through heavily, lots of toasted oak, lots of earthy Brett. Mouthfeel is tart, with big, prickly carbonation. Feel is somewhat "dirty" as well, with the floaters and the earthiness coming in play. All in all a pretty unique beer. It is rare that so much barrel comes through as it does in this one.

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Photo of parris
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gobuccos
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | 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 imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of maximum12
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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Photo of harryhops
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of cj8311
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Jspriest
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Stevedore
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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Photo of Dactrius
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.89/5  rDev -4%

750ml bottle poured into a wine stem.

Fall of 2013; consumed 9/12/14. Bottle# 380 out of 1500.

Appearance: pale yellow bodied beer with massive fluffy and rocky white head. Great head retention and lots of thick lacing left on the side of the glass. Head eventually falls to a thin head.

Smell: Lots of white wine. Oak and earthy brett. Lots of vanilla notes.

Taste: This tastes like a white wine cream sickle. Yeah, I just made that word up, but this is exactly what it would taste like if you swap the orange profile in a cream sickle for white wine flavor profile. It is both weird yet it seems keeps my interest. Got some pale malts in there too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels.

Overall: I think that this bottle did not age well. Was hoping that the brett would help the beer stay more carbonated than it actually was. This beer must have had a very strong white wine barrel presence when it was fresh based on how big the white wine still was in this beer.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BraveMountie
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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