Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Nebraska Brewing Company Apricot Au Poivre Saison

The Nebraska Brewing Company is in Papillion, Nebraska, part of the greater Omaha area.

This is a 6.8% ABV bottle-conditioned Belgian-style saison ale that is brewed with apricots and pepper and then aged in Chardonnay barrels for six months.  The beer pours an orange-golden in color, hazy, with an inch of thick, tightly foamy head that is white to just off-white in color, and leaves thick, sticky lacing down the glass.  The aroma is yeasty, white wine, with a hint of fruit and oak.  The taste is well-constructed, the tastes of the yeast (fruit, butter, earthiness) meld into the tastes of the wine barrel (chardonnay with its fruit, buttery, and oak notes).  There is then a note of the apricot.  The pepper is unobtrusive.  The mouthfeel is light, with a smooth creaminess aided by the thick head of foam.  A complex, interesting and tasty beer.

This was individual beer number 2000 that I have tried.

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