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Black Raven Pour Les Oiseaux - Wine Barrel

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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Pour Les Oiseaux is a blend of complex earthy, fruity and light tannic flavors with a crisp and refreshing finish. Brewed with barley, wheat, rye and oats for a golden color and lightly spiced malt flavor. Earthy hay and wild yeast aromas mingle with light notes of Washington wine grapes. Pour Les Oiseaux is aged in French oak white wine barrels with the addition of brettanomyces. Released annually.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12427) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2015
Draft. Minimal white head atop crystal clear pale straw body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Brett, some white wine, light vinegar. Taste is moderately sweet, white wine, some Brett, light funk. Medium body, light acidity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (1297) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Moving my review from the Non-Brett beer. Aroma is a balanced blend of tropical fruit and wine barrel with some light malt character in the background. Could perhaps use some phenolics to balance out the fruitiness, but I think the oak does that fairly well. Appearance is a super clear yellow-gold. Flavor is similar to aroma with tropical fruit, wine and oak dominating. A nice assertive bitterness in the finish helps cleanse the palate. Once again, phenolics are lacking a bit. Perhaps a touch too tannic. Overall a very enjoyable Saison. I am very happy to have discovered this beer when I was in Seattle for NHC. I wish I had brought back more than 3 bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcon25 (309) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Draft pour at brewery. Pours like champagne, and smells like a white wine, hit of sour aroma and taste, slight grape and orange taste wood finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1575) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2015
375 ml bottle with gold wax, thanks to Nick. Clear gold pour with white head. Winey bretty (Belgian) pale ale comes to mind on the nose. Somewhat floral, lightly tart, cracker/biscuit and some mineral. Light+ body, oily texture, average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (4182) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Draught at SB. Pours a clear golden color with a very small white head on there. Nose is sour and floral, with a good bit of that saison funk to it. Taste is slightly sour, but very light and fresh. Nice brew. Good summer drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (989) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2014
375 ml bottle from Met Market. Pours pale orangish copper with thin fizzy white head. Aroma is very light malt, juicy apricot, melon, lemon, and tangerine; with lightly floral tart notes throughout. Taste is clean, thin malt body; quite dry. Some of the light fruit notes from the nose, but much more oaky and vinous. Hardly any sour flavors come through in the taste. Clear viognier flavor. Very interesting beer - there’s lots going in here. Not sure it completely comes together, but there’s enough here to overlook that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle. Golden honey colored with lively head. Mild notes of Brett funk, green apple, white grape and lemon in the aroma. Flavor of white wine, citrus rind and toasted grain sweetness with a bit of oak and wild yeast at the end. Medium-boded mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a dry, tart finish. Overall, a solid BA Saison with a subtle Brett presence.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Bulk_Carrier (2864) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - MAY 15, 2014
I received this in a trade. I poured this into a tulip. The appearance is a somewhat hazy golden yellow almost orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dies within less than thirty seconds. The lacing is slight and tight clinging differentially in spots around the sides of the glass. The smell is a blend of vinous materials such as wine grapes up front and tries to add an earthy funky element of some wheat and barley. The taste is vinous and dry very much like wine. There is no aftertaste and it has a super dry wine-like finish. On the palate, it sits about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable quality to it. The carbonation is severely harsh as I can tell its pounding my mouth and tongue into submission. Overall, this isn’t exactly a good saison. Its more like wine in disguise. It was nice to get it in a trade but no way I’d have this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (8152) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle via trade with Kevin - thanks! Not understanding the mixed reviews on this one - it’s great. Clear orange pour with a small soapy head. White grape and mild apple nose with some yeast, tannins, and slight funk. Fruity taste with some sour funky Brett. So yummy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (1571) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2014
Bottle pour. Pours copper with a nice, tart aroma. A wheaty, slightly sour flavor with a spice finish. A little bland overall, but not too bad. Different. Enjoyable.

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