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

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90
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259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 25
Gots: 33 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 added by: JohnGalt1 on 01-28-2012)
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Reviews by rdickey:
Photo of rdickey
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

rdickey, Feb 08, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

oberon, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of wrycon
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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

wrycon, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

DaftPatrick, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Beaver13, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

xdefeatsy, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

doremite, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of wo87810
4/5  rDev -0.5%

wo87810, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Auraan
4.96/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Auraan, Mar 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

acurtis, Feb 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ste5venla, Jan 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

JMS1512, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

mdaschaf, Jan 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Tuckersmth, Jan 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Sammy, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

markcp, Mar 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Glibber, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of NSXAG
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Acquired the beer... Poured the beer... Drank the beer... Reviewed the beer...

Wasn't horrible, or I wouldn't have even bothered to review it...

Please read the full review "Thumbs Up!! 'Elder Brett'" here ---> http://bit.ly/1va5FET

Cheers - Respect Beer!!

NSXAG, Aug 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Meathead1965, Feb 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

nick_asian, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

blindpiggie, Mar 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

GRG1313, May 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

JeffreyJDavis, Nov 27, 2012
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Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.