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Black Raven Pour Les Oiseaux Viognier Barrel Saison

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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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.

2011 NABA Gold Medal - Specialty and Experimental Category

Malts 2-Row Barley, Wheat, Rye, Oats
Hops Magnum, Styrian Golding


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (3791) - Everett, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (754) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampesinoTino (781) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Bulk_Carrier (2250) - Juneau, Alaska, 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (6961) - Burnsville, 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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (653) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CapFlu (4611) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 23, 2014
Courtesy of Left4Beer. Pours a thin, dissipating white head atop a clouded gold body. Nose of stinky sweatpants. Strong cider front with tannins. Green apple. Somewhat one dimensional. Okay.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2014
Pours a Clear gold. Aroma is apple cidery with slight mustiness. Sips very effervescent with a vinous character. Hop bitterness is low and alc is not noticeable as sipped cold. Middle is slightly dry and fruity which leads to a tanic finish that explodes with bourbon barrel aged flavor. The brett funk is only slightly in the initial sip and also in the afterbreath. Almost a numbing sensation after each sip. Very expressive experimental saison..not that I would expect anything else from Black Raven. Personally it’s just too fruity sweet, and I never care for whiskey flavor in my beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2014
2013 Vintage, Really nice looking 375ml bottle with gold foil and gold writing. Pours a crystal clear golden with a white head. Aroma was very pleasant showing a fruity wine character with some earthy Brett notes. Mild tartness, a little citrus, very subtle in flavors and ends with a pretty weak finish. It seems undeveloped but it had great potential with the packaging, color, and aroma. I will buy the next Vintage and hopefully re-rate.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopwine (384) - Bend, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Good clarity, golden straw. Sauvignon blanc, buttery nose. Grapefruity white wine character, light funk, strong buttery popcorn diacetyl finish. Yikes too diacetyly to truly enjoy but you can tell the beer has potential. Hopefully I can amend this rating at some point!


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