Monday, March 7, 2011

Nebraska Apricot Poivre Saison

I ordered a bottle of Nebraska Apricot Poivre Saison for our table at the Pliny the Younger Event at Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia. The beer pours an orange color with a frothy white head. The aroma consists of apricot, Belgian yeast, and a sharp pepper bite (not enough to make you sneeze though). The taste is bubbly but smooth with grassy hops the focus early on in the tasting. As the beer warmed, a lot more of the apricot came out to play on the tongue. The beer has a dry earthy finish and a peppery after taste. The Chardonnay flavor from the barrels lingers after finishing the beer and is sweet and quite pleasant. The alcohol content is 6.5% ABV. While I was slightly disappointed in the Apricot Poivre Saison at first due to the lack of apricot flavor, letting the beer warm up revealed its true self and showed me that it was the beer I was expecting it to be.

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