Signal De Botrange | Elevation Beer Co.

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Signal De BotrangeSignal De Botrange

Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison Aged in Chardonnay Barrels.

Added by ehammond1 on 10-17-2012

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Photo of stephens101
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first brew from Elevation.

Ruby red with orange hues at the light. A smooth tan froth settles into a thick quilting. Booze and sour fruit flow forth prolific. Bread, booze, persimmon and peach in the aroma upon closer inspection. Tastes tart and spicy with a medium fruit core, fruit juice, wine, and sour dough. Slightly phenolic in the finish. Medium to heavy.

A few things right and a few things wrong, but not a bad start at all.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a sunny orange-gold. One finger of head flops over to a persistent film.

Fantastic aroma, subtle notes of wine and oak, orange, pepper and spice

Flavor has nice spicey pepper note, hints of apricot and raisen. Not much of the wine and oak from the aroma, sadly just a hint in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel is moderate, appropo for the style. Seems like carbonation is a bit scant

Over all a damn fine farmhouse, pretty and smells heavenly. I'll buy this again if it is around when the weather gets hotter.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy (naturally -for a saison of this style) and a dark golden color. A good frothy head comes out with a moderate pour. Great head retention and ample amounts of carbonation throughout.

Musty and Dank smells waft up. Some sweet malt scent cuts through. There are also hints of fruit and wine.

First up is a slight bitterness, then a strong tart fruitiness (this one sure drew out some Chardonnay from the barrels). The bitterness and sourness is offset by rich sweet malts. There are flavors of roasted nuts, wine, and charred oak. The sweetness fades eventually and the finish becomes dry and tart once again. This one has those authentic Belgian Farmhouse Ale grassy and herbal notes. Also, with a lot of Belgians, that tang you get that seems almost metallic.

Medium mouthfeel with a slight dry pull at the end. Stays effervescent the entire time in the glass. Large amounts of bubbles that are quite tingly on the tongue.

This one blew open like a bottle of champagne. There was a very large POP! when uncorked. I didn't have any beer leave the bottle though. This was very good. It was well balanced where it wasn't too sweet or sour. Maybe the barrel aging helped all of the flavors meld together. Would buy again.

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Photo of stortore
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy straw color, three finger head with an average pour, lots of foamy cling. Smell brings lots of Belgian yeast and white wine, light malt, some black pepper, little bit of funk. Taste follows the nose with the yeast, a little less wine but it's still substantial. Also malt, a little oak, lemon, a tartness overall. Very dry and refreshing, solid body, well carbonated.

Really liked this one. Lots of wine in the aroma and taste, but not overbearing. Strong saison base. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

9 Ju1 15
On-Tap 12oz. (The Ale House)
9.8% ABV

Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden amber color, with a nice one-finger creamy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some nice banana note, coriander. The taste is malty, yeasty, with some nice banana/coriander notes. Medium body, the ABV is hidden very well. Overall a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are okay. Nothing special. Has a Belgian farmhouse aroma with slight souring and dark grapes (chardonnay). Belgian yeast taste with a peppery spice, slight sourness and wine taste at the end. Has a decent taste but wish it was a little more sour tasting and a little less wine tasting. Very drinkable, though.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass. Pours a very deep gold almost going to orange/amber. Moderate haziness. Foamy creamy colored head recedes quickly. Thin layer of creamy looking bubbles left behind with some moderate lacing on the glass. Lacing disappears quickly.

Smells of white grape, mild citrus, fresh cut grass and mild oakiness.

Taste is tart grape and lemon. Chardonnay flavors from the barrel aging is very evident. Oak, leather and sour green apple. Some coriander and more lemon, almost Witbier-ish. Mild dry earthiness.

Moderate body with a dryness on the tongue. Medium carbonation gives some crispness. Flavors linger.

An excellent wine barrel aged saison. Prominent wine notes without being overpowering. Moderate body and 7.5% make this fairly easy drinking. I like the mild tartness but would prefer a touch less dryness.

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Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

If you like a good, buttery, oaky, dry but a bit sweet chardonnay, then you'll love this beer. In fact, if it wasn't for the beer mouthfeel (carbonated and creamy), I would swear this was a wine. I've had many wine barrel aged beers, and this one is clearly well-crafted and quite unique.

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Photo of Guden
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- golden, clear, persistent ring of white bubbles

S- fruity pineapple with some movie theater popcorn, a bit like some Chardonnays.

T/M- buttery, dry, lightly tart, moderate carbonation, just a touch of hoppy bitterness in the mix.

O- a very different beer. Wine like in its dryness and diacetyl but still enjoyable as a saison.

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Photo of Andonato
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy gold color
Nose of pear, oak, barnyard funk, and a little golden raisin.
Taste is of biscuits, barnyard funk, lime zest, huge pear and tart green apple notes from the Chardonnay. With a crisp yet still creamy and off dry finish.
Mouthfeel is sharp and clean, yet smooth and medium bodied.
Overall a touch too sweet but the complexity is nice. Maybe a little less time in barrel would have done it for me. Nice overall though

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Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quite lovely foamy appearance in the Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Dark amber color with lots of lacing. Tangy and spritzy mouthfeel. A fruity champagne.

Aromatic yeasty and fruity nose. Pear skins and apple flavors. The dry finish give it the classic Belgian sensation-- fruit, grain, a sharp touch. Thoroughly drinkable and the sudsiness is quite pleasant. A little barrel booziness, some grapey tang, and a faintly sourish finish.

From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Grapevine Wine & Liquors in Denver. This one is a year old and has held up better than a lot of beers.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a wedding snifter.

Bottle #02848. Been hanging on to this bottle for a little while, just waiting to see what hides inside. It pours a clear sunset brass-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises boozy white wine, light butter, oak, and a twinge of funky lemon rind. The taste is basically a blast of oaked chardonnay with some mild saison yeast veins coming through every so often. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, though not all that bad, it seems as though the barrel speaks much louder than the beer itself. It's almost as if a chardonnay was aged in saison barrels.

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Photo of Florida9
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light whiskey brown in color. Forms a smallish off white head. Reduces down to a spotty surface coating. Light lacing. Pleasant aroma. Light sweetness. Grapes, floral, madly vinous. Moderate oakiness. Taste is similar, though the vinous quality is more apparent. Light pale malts, white wine, light grapiness. Oak. Neither dry nor sweet. Moderate drying astringency on the back end. Overall, decent, but not sure this beer was big enough to take the barrel aging.

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Photo of mevett89
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours an orange gold, with a nice fluffy but dense white head. No lacing.

Smell: of sweet malt. The wheat is readily present with a nice fruity hop aroma as well, some spice present.

Taste: nice, delicious melding of flavors! The barley and wheat malts blend together in the fore, with the hops in the background for good balance. The chardonnay barrels add a delicious light fruitiness. There are also nice vanilla notes, as well as some oak and spice.

Mouth Feel: medium to light bodied, with just a tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: an excellent ale! I have a general weakness for ales brewed with wheat, and the aging of the beer in chardonnay barrels makes it simply delectable!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 1.11.13

A - Pours a very dark opaque orange with a large fluffy cream-colored head that fades slowly.

S - Buttery oak, floral, spices.

T - Wood, funk, buttery, floral, sweet slight citrus, yum.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Very nice farmhouse, the spices and floral notes merge nicely with a buttery oak.

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Photo of spoony
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml (brewed summer 2012) into a globe glass.

A-The brew poured with one finger of dense, off-white head. The foam was slow to fade, but did not leave any lacing. Beneath the foam, it was mostly clear and amber colored.

S-Smell was mildly tart with lemon and orange zest up front, a touch of hops, some bread-like yeasty notes, and a bit of funky wet earth. Inviting.

T-The taste was not as complex or interesting as the smell. There was a bit of lemon curd, some slick alcohol, a lot more bread dough, and just a hint of straw and white pepper towards the end. Not as much oak/barrel character as I was hoping for.

M-The brew is medium bodied with a smooth carbonation and a slightly creamy feel. Pretty much typical for the style.

O-I usually enjoy chardonnay barrel aged brews, but this one was a touch weak. The smell got my hopes up, but the flavor was a bit of a let-down. It was missing that sharp, oaky, vinous barrel component that I enjoy. That being said, I have tasted worse beers, and this would not make for a bad summertime brew, but it was spendy and did not carry my interest for very long.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Bottle # 00211. Bottled Summer 2012.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, fruit/grapes, and wood. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a wonderful amber color with haze and a nice white head that is readily swirled back into place.

Aroma is dominated by wine, probably from the barrel. Very pleasant with notes of pineapple and light tropical fruits. Earthy tones also accompany the fruit.

The taste fruity, vinous, some caramel, hops eathiness predominates the palate.

Smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied.

Very enjoyable beer. Wine really goes well with the funk of the yeast. Not sour but still a crisp finish. I would certainly recommend this beer to a friend.

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Photo of denver10
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honey/copper with a white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity some pear and grae with even a little honey too it. Flavor was also sweet and fruity, with some honey, some pear, grape, and the wine barrel. A fuller, soft & velvety mouthfeel with some activity. Overall, Elevation has really impressed with the 2 beers of their I have tried. I really enjoyed this take on a saison, a lot more to it than I expected from it going in. Always nice to be surprised like that.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my second brew from elevation. pours a darker than expected cloudy strawbeery blond color, more brown in there than red i guess, but its close. its got a couple inches of bubbly white head on top, and smells intensely of white wine. its grapey and a little sweet, with some more interesting sugars behind it. molasses is present, and with the belgian yeast make a pretty unique aromatic profile. the flavor is a little less heavy on the wine than the nose, but the woody element comes in for the acidic element in the smell. the sweetness is there too, but not too sugary. maybe honey more than molasses now. the yeast provides some mild spice and some very bright carbonation. this is a drinkable beer at 7.5% abv, and a fun take on a saison. i liked this quite a bit.

edit: just had this on tap for the first time and its way different. less wine heavy but way way way more oaky. in fact oak seemed to be the dominant flavor, even over the yeast. i loved it, so take advantage if you see it. i had mine at kaos pizza on pearl street in Denver. go get it.

edit: way stronger booze this year (2014). almost 10% abv, and its unflattering a little bit. still awesome with tons of barrel character, but less subtle and refined. not sure how i feel about it yet...

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Photo of ehammond1
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

A murky, hazy dark blonde or light orange with a moderately-sized off-white head. Decent retention and minimal lacing.

The chardonnay is more than present in the nose. If given this blind, I'd immediately say, "Chardonnay" or, more simply, "White wine." The grape and barrel influence is dominant, though when concentrating, there are other sweet elements at play as well: toffee and mild Belgian yeast presence.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with white wine and barrel character leading the way, along with some graham cracker and toffee sweetness, and a very mild Belgian yeast character.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy for the style. Nice.

An interesting and fairly drinkable white wine barrel-aged saison, though the sweetness hurts it somewhat. I'd prefer it to be more dry.

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Signal De Botrange from Elevation Beer Co.
4 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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