Recolte Du Bois Apricot
Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co.

Recolte Du Bois ApricotRecolte Du Bois Apricot
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #675
Ranked #5,659
4.1 | pDev: 7.07%
Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co.
California, United States
Recolte Du Bois ApricotRecolte Du Bois Apricot
Notes: Farmhouse ale aged in wine barrels with apricots.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 81
Photo of macrosmatic
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. 2014 vintage 12 oz. bottle poured into a Cigar City Brewing teku glass.

A: Hazy, glowing orangish yellow. Lots of visible carbonation and a thin white that fades quickly.

S: Tart apricots, dry lactic funk. Vinous and dry tannins. Light cracker malts and a touch yeasty. Maybe some lemony Brettanomyces? Or maybe that's just more apricot. Either way, it's a very nice aroma.

T: Funk, lactic tartness, and apricots. Dry vinous and mild wood. A hint of cracker malts near the end. It finishes insanely dry with more tart apricots.

M: Light body with crackly carbonation sensation - nearly a champagne-like mouthfeel. No alcohol presence to speak of.

O: Really enjoyable beer. Despite the label, it didn't have a ton of saison character. But a very nice tart fruity lactic profile, and really tasty.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Moderate fruitiness, dried apricots, lightly funky and tart.

A: Deep orange color, hazy with a very thin white head that quickly dissipates into the glass.

T: Highly fruitiness, with a moderate dried apricot flavor. Moderately funky with a light vinous quality and slight sourness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Alright; the beer could be much better if the apricot component was more prominent and juicer. The base saison is on the yeasty side and coupled with its funky vinous qualities - did not integrate fruit well.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 3/11/16

Split with Goblinmunkey7

A: Medium to burnt orange with some gold around the edges - pours with a medium, bright white head, fades to a nearly solid, wispy cap, retains a small collar, leaves a few spots of lacing

S: Rich apricot and lots of yeasty funk - rich apricot aroma, quite literally like a bag of dried apricots - yeasty, funky, and decidedly weird - somewhere between powdery Brett, damp yeast, musty cellar, and rotting fruit - some barnyard and horse blanket - some wood and wine barrel aromas - floral aromas - some pale malts at the base

T: Funky and fruity - the apricot flavor is big - apricot juice, apricot skin, dried apricots - some rich funk, with some yeasty weirdness, lightly tart and lightly sour flavors, barnyard, hay, and horse - floral and earthy - white wine, white wine barrels - some sweetness, but also dry - some neutral, pale malts at the base

M: Medium body, low to medium carbonation, smooth, finishes with lingering tart

O: Puts the ape in the apricot

I'm curious what the saison base here was, as the apricot and wine barrel flavors really dominate. There's lots of yeast, lots of funk, and lots of fruit. I am looking forward to trying the peach variation, which is also in my closet.

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4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great balance of Brett, dried candied apricot and barnyard funk. Mouthfeel is excellent, nice creaminess that accompanies the white, frothy head. Brett really shines but isn't overwhelming.

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Photo of Myotus
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that dies into a partial line after 3 seconds. Gold in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are very small in size and subtle in quantity. Lacing is thin and almost non-existent.
SMELL: Has very strong aromas of chardonnay that almost overpower the mild aromas of sour yeast and subtle aromas of apricot, oak, hay, and tobacco.
TASTE: Strong flavors of chardonnay and mild sour yeast and oak flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by mild flavors of apricot. Subtle flavors of hay, tobacco, and hints of earthy yeast enter lastly as chardonnay flavors persist, but apricot flavors grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat rough. Finishes with a subtle dryness.
NOTE: As the beer warms, alcohol presence becomes detectable in both aroma and taste, but it is slight. Never before have I had a beer that has absorbed so much of the wine aromas and flavors from barrel aging than this one. It was unbalanced in the smell, but did wonders to the taste. I have this a 4.5 out of 5 for taste, but the appearance and mouthfeel really brought down the overall rating.

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Photo of Tele
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 8.6.15

A: 4.25 Pours a slightly hazy reddish-gold with a very small off-white head. Head doesn’t last more than a minute and doesn’t leave much lacing.

S: 4.25 There’s quite a bit of fresh and dried apricot on the nose with light funk, minerals, and oak following. The smell is really nice, but lacks the complexity of some other tart apricot ales (like Map of the Sun or Fou).

T: 4.5 The taste follows the nose with lots of fresh apricot. Things get a bit more interesting here in that there’s a nice creamy flavor and the mineral quality from the nose is stronger, mixing in with some of the more traditional saison flavors. Tartness is pretty low, offering a little funk and lactic flavor, making it harder to compare to other, more sour apricot beers. The finish is also really nice, with lingering dried apricot.

M: 4 The body is good and there’s a nice dry finish. A bit more carbonation, though, would make this beer feel alive, pushing it to the next level.

O: 4.25 The apricot flavor in this beer is really excellent. There could be a bit more going on, but it’s still a satisfying and interesting beer. I also like how it’s not crazy sour (considering it’s labeled as a saison), but I still think a bit more tartness and carbonation would make this nearly perfect while still in a different category from the other heavy hitters in the apricot sour world.

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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Lots of sediment is seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is sour with malt, grain, funk, Brett, white wine, wood, apricot, and apricot nectar aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, white wine, wood, acidic, and apricot flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with really nice and distinct sour apricot characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Recolte Du Bois Apricot from Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 81 ratings