Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale - Epic Brewing Company
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Reviews by corby112:
3.75/5 rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Release #3, SLC #1189
Pours a clear, pale golden orange color with yellowish-gold hues and a two finger, pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down. A bit lighter/paler than expected but otherwise looks very inticing.
Musty aroma with a strong funky brett presence that nicely complimented by earthy farmhouse yeast, peppery spice, ester-y light fruit and boozy sweetness. Smells surprisingly similar to Orval but a little less funky and with a delicate vinous wine barrel character. There's a touch of damp oak along with sweet vinous fruit, especially grape, cider and pear. Some peppery spice along with bread, wild bugs and pale biscuit-like malt. The nose of this beer is very inviting with a great balance of wine barrel, farmhouse funk and wild yeast.
On the fuller end of medium body with soft carbonation and a prominent wine barrel presence that slightly overwhelms the saison flavors. Along with the barrel notes, there's a delicate brett character that compliments the funky farmhouse yeast. The brett/wild yeast isn't as strong as the nose suggests which is kind of a disappointment because it was so pleasant in the aroma. The barrel flavors are pleasant with some dry, charred oak and sweet vinous fruit but the saison/farmhouse notes are somewhat buried and the brett character is minimal. Lots of vinous and light fruit sweetness with light grape, apple, pear and banana. There's a touch of bubblegum and some boozy sweetness in the finish but the high ABV is decently masked. Pretty easy to drink but a bit one dimensional and lacking in complexity. This was a promising collaboration but the barrel notes are too strong for my liking, overpowering the brettanomyces strains and farmhouse funk.
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2013 07:31:51 | More by corby112
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4.04/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours a brilliantly clear golden yellow with a hint of amber. The frothy white head quickly subsides to a thick collar. Strong flavor from the Brettanomyces. The nose has an earthy mustiness with cider apple and pear fruit notes. Very inviting.
The taste is slightly acidic and tart. Begins with a hint of fruity sweetness of apples, but quickly moves to a bone dry crisp tart finish. Very effervescent carbonation. The strong carbonation seems to make the beer even more dry and acidic. Very interesting beer. The flavor does not quite reach the heights of complexity as the scent. I would enjoy having this again, yet I imagine it will soon be hard to find.
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2014 22:51:38 | More by Jmamay22
Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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