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

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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 25
Gots: 44 | 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.
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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden body with one finger head and massive lace retention and there is an aroma that I would say is both sweet and sour; minimal funky Brett notes and sour fruit along with some of that typical barnyard funk aroma and sour fruits but also some sweet fruit touches like green apple and light tropical fruits (or even white grapes for that vinous effect). Light bodied, easy to drink, there seems to be a little oakiness in this beer that keeps it smooth and the sharp crispness (touch of citric) is noticeable on finish but doesn't cut through beer while I drink, there is again this great balance of both sweet and sour components. Sour, tart fruits which I can only really think of sour apple or sour grape along with the yeast almost sweet (the funky Brettness is not overpowering at all and even a little subdued at times) compared to funk and an almost Belgian sweet vibe but not as much sugary as tropical fruit like. A really pleasurable saison to relax with.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

batch #4 9.1% ABV poured from a 22 oz bomber into a NB goblet

Appearance: CLEAR golden color with a nice white head that disappears very quick.

Smell: smells like a belgian ale/yeast but with a more of a funkiness to it. some fruits i can't put my finger on.

Taste: a great saison flavor with a little more of that funkiness from the nose but not to over powering.... If you weren't to tell me that this beer used brett, i would just think it is a great saison.

Mouthfeel: light on the tongue that disappears very quickly off the palate.

I can't believe that this Saison-brett is only $12.99, i would totally buy it again. Great introduction into a brett beer, I will have to recommend this to some of my beer novice friends.

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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is a really solid brew, but one that likely will improve with a little age. its drinking a bit young from a brett standpoint, but is still loaded with flavor. rather clear for a wild ale type, bright golden in color with a slowly fading inch of white head. green skinned pears and floral saison yeast are the primary smells, but i get some bretty funk in there as well as a sweeter wheat malt with a hint of honey-like sugar. the taste is less fruity than the nose, and i really do taste a saison as a bade before i taste a wild bretty brew. the brett is subtle, and it comes on late simultaneously with the leftover sugar, unconventional to say the least. its herbal and sturdy, not quite as dry and bubbly as i expect brett beers to be, but it may get there with some time. as it is, its a complex and interesting brew with lots of yeast character and body, and its definitely worth the roughly 12 bucks they ask for a bottle, but it may be cool to buy a few for later. some age may make this really pop off.

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Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.