Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale - Epic Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden AleElder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

362 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 362
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 27
Gots: 59 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 01-28-2012

Epic Brewing Company’s latest barrel-aged beer brings something new—wild yeast. This brew is a collaboration ale with Crooked Stave Artisan Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado. Chad Yakobson, brewmaster/owner of Crooked Stave, is well known for his skill and knowledge in the brewing of sour and Brettanomyces driven beers. The beer was brewed at Epic by the two brewers. Kevin Crompton, Epic’s brewmaster, and Chad spent several weeks working on the recipe and selecting the proper Brett strains and barrels for the beer to morph from a golden Sasion into a Saison-Brett Golden Ale.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 362 | Reviews: 90
Reviews by rdickey:
Photo of rdickey
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The bottle is stamped Release #3, SLC #1 198. The beer pours a very clear gold into my tulip, with only a thin white head generated by a moderately rough pour. The head drops quickly, but does leave nice lacing.

Smell: Sour green apples explode out of the bottle when it is uncapped, with the funk of the Brettanomyces not far behind. Very enticing.

Taste: The sour flavors are much more moderated in the mouth than the nose would suggest. The Brett brings a barnyard element, vinous elements start to come through (particularly as it warms), as well as some mellow rounding oak notes. There are also grassy and herbal elements lurking around the edges. Overall, it’s quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with relatively high carbonation. The surprisingly high ABV is pretty well masked.

Drinkability: This beer requires a little downshifting to drink responsibly, I think. Knowing the style it is tempting to dive in, but this is definitely a sipper.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large tulip glass a somewhat hazed lighter golden with a thinner than expected white head atop.Alot of tart green apple in the nose,a tinge spice with funk induced brett somewhat subdued wich didn't bother me.Again tart green apples play a big role on the palate with the funkiness being a little more assertive,a decent breadiness holds well thru the finish,the alcohol lends just a little sweet zip.Not bad,it's not as funky as many of the farmhouse brett in fused styles, but it's not overly complex either.

Photo of wrycon
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pretty golden pale straw. Smells deeply of fruit - golden apple and pear. A lot of funk and some hints of Chardonnay. Crisp to start with an acidic tang. The mid is a plump socket of sweet pear. The golden ale makes itself known in the back third, rounding the brew into a highly drinkable package. Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than expected, though not overly so. Good collab.

Like It? Yes, Indeed

Photo of Beaver13
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, release #1. Pours a hazy yellow with a smallish white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing. It has quite a few floaties.

The aroma is floral brett and some slightly metallic overripe fruits and some funk.

The flavor is some fruity apple champagne with brett notes and some funk with a bit of bitterness in the dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I recall this being a much better brett beer when I had it a couple of months ago. Either this bottle is different or it isn't aging well for my tastes. A lot more sediment this time around too.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a good bit of brett in it, as well as some lacto notes, which are complimented by the wheat and lemon characteristics. The flavor has quite a bit of brett and leathery funk it in, with some wheat and a little bit of green pepper and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very odd beer, but one I found pretty enjoyable.

Photo of pat61
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours hazy straw gold with a 1” white foam collar that descends to ¼” and leaves light lace.
S: Barnyard nose with over ripe fruit, some wine notes, citrus, and a faint banana.
T: A funky, sour fruity palate with spicy herbal notes, lemon, some orange hints, a dash of pepper and traces of oak with a dry, tart finish.
M: the beer has the distinctive Brett texture – refreshing, very fine soft carbonation, medium light body.
O: This is a refreshing saison with a big Brett and wine character.

Photo of Auraan
4.96/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy yellowish orange with a thin white head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. Scents of apricot, barnyard like funk, and sour notes. Flavor is pronounced sour notes, some fruity (green grape) notes, a hit of lemon, light hints of pale malt and a dry, white wine-like finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a medium carbonation level. An excellent brett beer, with deep sour notes and a good degree of complexity on the taste and a bit less complex, but still excellent, scent. A very good beer that I'd try again.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big brett aroma, saison brett. Odd spider lacing. Funk aroma, a sour edge. Yellow bodied. Boozy smell in the finish, bigger than the listed abv. A pleasant drinkable sourness.
Bottle from recent US trip.A recommended try for funk and saison fans. A good and unique Brett.

Photo of spacecake9
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden color, very limited head.
S - Aroma is yeasty with lemon.
T - Flavor is yeast, just a little sour, others suggest alcohol in the finish but I do not. almost champagne like.
M - As expected, crisp, dry and thin with a lot of carbonation.
O - I'm not an expert on Saisons but this one seems a little different. Perhaps it's the Brett, or the wine barrel aging. I agree it's good cold and it was so good I never really let it warm up. This is not a sour beer, it's a farmhouse ale and if you enjoy that style you should give this a try. Glad I did.

Photo of GabeBoise
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

One of the nicest brett beers I've tried. Vinous tart nose with a strong but not harsh brett flavor. More on the fruity and lemony side with a juicy slightly sweet finish.

Photo of crankdatank
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz poured into a tulip glass. Release #4 9.1% abv. Thin white head which fades quickly. Nice light golden color. Aroma of brett funk, lactic tart and citrus. Taste is tart with nicely balanced brett funk and subtle spice. Finish is dry with lingering tartness and spice with a slight alcohol burn. Very effervescent. Good beer not terribly complex. Drinkable. Happy to get ahold of a crooked stave beer in the Seattle market.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, Release #2 (9.6% ABV, Brewed on December 12, 2011. Packaged on November 14, 2012). Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like apple juice, brett, green grapes, lemon peel, and some peach. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like brett, green grapes/grape skins, white wine, green apples, bready malt/grain, pears, lemon peel and some light peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, I'd like to pick up some more. $11.99 a bottle.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a collaboration with the folks at Crooked Stave... and IMO shows the best of both breweries have offered my palate.

I entered this one as a saison... as it seems to be a saison first and brett/barrel beer second.... if somebody wants to change it to "wild ale", have at it.

Picked up at Bier Thirty.... Poured into my HotD goblet.... surprisingly short lasting white head leaves decent lace spots... the brew is a very slightly hazed very pale yellow.

Nose has a decent pronounced sorta musty brett note and a pretty distinct wine barrel essence that are both tied together with some pear/white peach fruity esters.

Sorta dry and bretty throughout until the finish reveals the above mentioned fruity esters... almost like a dusty sparkling wine... I certainly would never refer to this as "sour", instead just a nice infusion of bretty components and decent woody notes.

Body is a solid medium lightened slightly by a spritzy carbonation and the finish leaves me wanting another sip.

Interesting... I have one more... may get another couple... but it will be nice to see if the brett develops anymore.

Photo of yamar68
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have a huge amount of respect for Crooked Stave, so I just had to give this one a shot. 2012 vintage:

Bright, clear straw gold with loads of quick consistent beading. A finger of stubborn paper white carbonation retains well, leaving a good amount of lacing behind.

Smells as bright as it looks... sour apples, sweet grains, not quite as pungent as I hoped.

Pale fruit skins and white grapes on the palate. Very light, very approachable... not what I would expect from Crooked Stave but it certainly is palatable. A subtle abstract funk surfaces at the finish, along with a rather wet mouthfeel. I'm excited to see what the brett does with some age on it.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at Nathaniel Square Corner store today.

Pours a murky peachy yellow, with a small quarter inch fizzy head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells slightly tart and funky, with some hay and lemon, and dry apple cider.

The taste is similar. This one's great because there are a lot of great wild Brett flavors, but it's subtle and doesn't bang you over the head. The tart fruit flavors are really nice, evoking green apple, lemon, white wine, and lime.

Light bodied, crisp, dry mouthfeel, very dry, and very tasty. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

This one wasn't on my radar, and I'm very glad to have tried it.

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow, some carbonation, one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Wheat, brett, some grass and a very slight lemon as well.

T-Wheat, slight funk, more tart than sour. Tad bit of rubbery flavors though. Slight grass in there as well.

M-Lighter, slight carbonation.

O-The rubbery flavors were the only bad thing about the beer, if it didn't have them it would have been rather yummy.

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quick review. Big-time brett going on here. Looks & smells pedestrian but kills it on the palate. The wine barrel aging is detectable but subtle, just as it should be. Like I said, very nice brett-funk, some citrus & yet it still reveals its crisp, yeasty saison roots. Brilliant stuff!

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into tulip at papago in Scottsdale. I am such a huge fan of crooked stave so im pumped for this.
The initial pour is a bit of a let down...poured an aggressive foam but diminished to nothing pretty quick. Really awesome funk aroma mixed with some sweet grape like aroma. Taste is slightly sweet grape or white wine funk...but somewhat tart. Some floral or herbal notes as well.
Super easy to drink this brew and so enjoyable.
Awesome.

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish yellow color with just a small layer of head that goes away as quickly as any beer I've ever had.

Smell: Some brett funk up front with some Belgian spice and a slightly tart fruity note.

Taste: This beer has that slightly funky and tart brett flavor right off the bat. There is a component that is a bit perfume like. Some sweet malt with a green apple like fruity tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tiny, tingly bubbles and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a good beer. I was surprised how fast the head disappeared. The perfume like qualities that show up in some wild ales aren't my favorite.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Epic Brewing Company's Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale a couple months ago for $11.99 at Cork N Ale. I've never had this beer, but I've always wanted to try a beer from Crooked Stave and since they don't make it to Michigan I figure this will be the closest I can get to it at the moment and I thought I would give it a shot, so lets see how it goes. Bottled November 19th 2013 Batch #3 9.3%abv. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's similar to the other beers in this series, but it's got drawing of what looks like a businessman wearing bike helmet, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a fairly hazy bright yellow color that took more of a golden color when held to the light and it had just about two fingers worth of bubbly and slightly creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This was a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness and it's followed by a lighter amount of medium tartness that's followed by the brett being the first to show up and imparts a nice funky aroma that's just slightly vinegar like with some lighter wet straw and horse blanket aromas coming through along with a slight musty aroma. Up next comes the fruits which are like a combination of lemon and apple cider like aromas that mix together pretty well. Towards the end comes the barrel which imparts some light woody aromas with some white wine aromas sticking out the most. This beer had a very nice aroma, all the different aspects worked really nice with each other.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness and it's followed by a lighter amount of medium tartness that seems to be at just the right level and it lead right in the brett which imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma and it's not overpowering at all. Up next comes the fruits which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they seem to show up just as much, but this time there's also a little pear showing up and it seems a little juicer than it was in the aroma. Towards the end comes the wine barrels which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the white wine still sticking out the most and it had just a little bitterness at the end that lead to a tart, fruity and slightly funky aftertaste. This was a very nice tasting beer, all the different aspects worked very well with each other and the balance was really good.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, a little refreshing, a little dry on the finish, not too acidic, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a really nice mouthfeel that worked really well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a really nice beer and I thought it was a great example of a brett beer and it had all the aspects that i look for in the style and the wine barrel worked really well with this beer and they kind of helped tie everything together and it made for one tasty yet easy drinking beer. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, fairly crisp, a little refreshing, a little dry on the finish, not too acidic, not filling at all and the taste did a great job at holding my attention and I think the full bomber would be the perfect amount for me, I would have no problem drinking a full bottle and I think that may be my limit and I think it would make for a great beer to enjoy during the warmer months of the year. What I like the most about this beer was the balance, each aspect worked really well with each other and no aspect was too overpowering, they were all at the right level. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't a single thing that I disliked or would change, it's great just the way it is. I would buy this beer again and I wouldn't mind keeping some in the cellar to see how it develops with more time. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes brett beers, I would say it's a must try. All in i was impressed with this beer, I've had a couple disappointing beers from Epic, so I was a little leery about spending over $10 on a bottle, but this one turned out to be a great beer and I'm glad I took a chance on it. It's now my favorite beer from Epic and it's one of the better brett beers I've had. This makes me really want to try some beers from Crooked Stave and I think this made for a good collaboration beer and I hope they get together for another collaboration in the future. . Great job guys, this is one hell of a beer, keep up the great work.

Photo of Etan
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a cervoise. Looks like this is the 3rd release, weighing in at 9.3% ABV.

A: Pours a translucent gold with a small white head.

S: Very bretty nose. Gamey, horseblanket, white grapes, vinous oak, wet hay, mild green apple acidity. Funky with a lot of wine barrel in the nose.

T: Taste brings more wine barrel tannins, cidery, white cake, cloves, some bretty pineapple, coarse grain. More on the dry than sweet side, but there is a bit of malty/vinous sweetness to it.

M: Light-body with mild carbonation with a bit of a wine-y bite from the barrels.

O: This is a very pleasant brett beer. Pretty well-executed in all regards.

Photo of Santanax
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not too bad.... this is an interesting tart beer cant hardly tell there is alcohol untill it rests in the belly for a minute or 2....the flavors come off with mild barrels with alot of acetic/citrus funk rushes of green apple along with some grape residual from the wine barrels... If this was more sour id be a real winner... not bad tho....

Photo of SiccarPoint
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Release 1, 8.8% ABV. Purchased c. 20/7/12, Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, consumed 27/7/12. 22oz bottle. Poured from fridge.

A - Yellow gold, slightly hazy. Decent, white head, but falls back pretty fast leaving a little lacing.

S - Heavy Brett barnyardyness on the front, but giving way to slightly herbal/floral white grape crispness. Hints of green apple. A lot like a good sauvignon blanc. Is there actual elderflower in here? I think so, but quite subtle.

T - Brett returns, but not overpoweringly sour. Melds very well with the fruitier side - again almost wine-like, with gooseberry, green apple, sauvignon flavours. Wheat makes it way through. Quite bitter, but not hoppy as such; very well balanced. Hints of oak, but just giving structure, not intrusive. Flavoursome, but not overpowering. Crisp end to the flavour, but with welcome lingering topnotes.

M - Love this. Prickly carbonation from tiny bubbles, but not over gassy. Light body, you'd never guess it was 8.8%, but carries the flavour really well. Very impressive.

O - Great beer. Smell, taste and body all work together really well. Very well balanced. Recommended.

Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Americo via Sammy, 650ml into a tulip. Release #2 as stated on the bottle.

Translucent golden yellow, with a light white head. Light retention and lacing. Nose of brett, oak, pear, vanilla and a touch of booze-y sweetness. Taste has more oak, vanilla, pale fleshed fruits, pear and a delicate barrel notes. Medium full body, sweet finish with a touch of alcohol. Well done, only improves as it warms and I move through the glass.

Photo of cbutova
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Bomber split for a tasting pours with a slightly hazy golden body. A white head builds to over one finger with a frothy consistency and pretty good retention. Medium ring leaves a huge sheet at first with spots and drizzle.

S- Quite Brett ridden here with a funky fruity mix bringing notes of barnyard, must, big vinous fruits from the barrels, white grapes, yeast spice and straw.

T- Wine really breaks out to the forefront here with semi sweet white grapes and apple coming to mind. Musty barnyard, straw and cherry pits round it out with a Belgian yeast spice and slight oak. A lot of wine, very distinct.

MF- Medium bodied with a texture between creamy and foamy, smooth. Carbonation is pretty high with a vinous tart finish. Bitterness grips the palate somehow seems dry and sweet at the same time.

Wine really shows up massive with time and grapes dominate with a nice Brett Saison character underneath. I like parts of this but I think having more than half of the bomber would be fatiguing due to the wine domination. This was a fairly tough beer to rate for me, at times I loved it and at times I thought there was flavor clashing. Would I have it again, most likely.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.