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Nebraska Brewing Company – Apricot au Poivre Saison (Reserve Series, Chardonnay Barrel Aged)

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/260/59048405/files/2014/12/img_2304.jpgRecently, a friend visited the Craft Beer Cellar in Newton, Massachusetts and offered to bring me back some beer. At the top of my list was the Apricot au Poivre Saison (Reserve Series, Chardonnay Barrel Aged) by Nebraska Brewing Company. A multiple-award winner, this saison has garnered countless rave reviews, and I couldn’t wait to try it. My expectations were ridiculously high, and it surpassed them by a country mile.

From the brewery: An artful interpretation of a Belgian-style Saison created with Apricot Puree and Black Pepper. Aged for 6 months in third-use French Oak Chardonnay barrels. Delicate flavours and aromas of oak, apricot, chardonnay, and pepper intertwined in the barrel to achieve a flavour profile that is simultaneously complex and delightful.

2011 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition Silver Medal Fruit & Vegetable Beer
2012 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition – Gold Medal – Fruit Beer
2014 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition – Silver Medal – Fruit Beer

Appearance: Like a golden sunrise in the glass, with a thin eggshell head that hangs on stubbornly. Tantalizing lacing.

Aroma: Beautiful aroma of fresh baked bread, dried apricot and lemongrass. My mouth is watering.

Taste: What a complex, well crafted beer. Apricot sweetness, nicely tamped down by a hit of black pepper. Slight vinous quality from the oak-barrel aging. Complex, but not too rich. Every mouthful is an experience.

Mouthfeel: Light and lively, champagne carbonation.

Overall: This is simply one of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s complex, it’s delicious. It’s the kind of beer that makes you want to run down the street high-fiving strangers.


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Regular contributor and guest reviewer Trevor J. Adams is senior editor with Metro Guide Publishing and the editor of Halifax Magazine. In 2012, he published his first solo book, Long Shots: The Curious Story of the Four Maritime Teams That Played for the Stanley Cup (Nimbus Publishing). You can see what Trevor is drinking on Untappd and follow him on Twitter.

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Bad Apple Brewhouse – Barrel Aged Black and Tackle Russian Imperial Stout

IMG_2038.JPGBad Apple Brewhouse is a new brewery on the Nova Scotian craft beer scene that’s making a big splash. Located in Somerset, N.S., it’s recently taken home some hardware from the Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards, including Brewery of the Year. It’s Black and Tackle Russian Imperial Stout is also a winner, taking a Silver and a Bronze.

From the Brewery: “Our Black and Tackle RIS is truly a flavour adventure. Very dark with a creamy head this brew has distinct tones of espresso and cocoa giving it a bold rich taste that is sure to impress.”

Appearance: Inky black, the only way I could see light through it at all is looking through it as I poured a thin stream. Slight head that is tan in colour. Some lacing, but the head fades.

Aroma: There’s a big hit of alcohol in the nose right up front, like a smack in the face. The whiskey barrel aging comes through with lots of the whiskey in the aroma. There are notes of liquorice and some of the malt does come though. These a slight fruity note as well, maybe a yeast character.

Taste: First impression is how smooth this beer is for being so big (11.6% ABV). The alcohol is there, but its not hot at all and displays the whiskey traits. There is some roast, but its rather subdued and the hop bitterness is balancing. Neither sweet nor overly bitter. Some hop flavours come though as a slight fruity/floral back-note to the beer. Malt shines as a bready/biscuit flavour holding together the other flavours. A complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation.

Overall: Well done, a well made beer showing off the skills of the brewmaster. In high demand for good reason; if you find it, buy it. Sip and enjoy. Smooth: pace yourself.


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