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

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 25
Gots: 34 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

08-21-2012 21:45:57 | More by Diomede
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4.73/5  rDev +18%

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.

07-28-2012 01:06:08 | More by SiccarPoint
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.73/5  rDev +18%

Bottle acquired at Princeton Liquor in Maple Grove, MN. Poured fridge cold into a wine glass. Release #1

Pours a hazy yellow with a nice white head that leaves some nice lacing. Nose is dominated by the strong barnyard brett aromas, and light notes of fruit, which makes me want it even more now. Body is more balanced than the nose with some saison-like qualities in it. Pepper, funk, fermented grapes, light oak, light medicinal aromas and citrus all play through at different times. Quite dry. A very enjoyable beer, I wish I had bought more than one. Sampled back to back with Saison Brett by Boulevard and this beer was preferred by both sampling. Worth having lots of.

07-18-2012 18:33:22 | More by kjyost
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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

A - Light golden in color, there are a few particles floating around in it. Billowing eggshell head.

S - Some tartness, brett funk and belgian IPA notes.

T - Sweet malt at first with some saison spice qualities and ending with a lemon tartness.

M - Light body, effervescent. Finishes wet.

O - It's a unique beer. It straddles the line between a saison and brett beer, obviously. Nothing just stuck out as mind blowing or awesome though. It's in line with what is expected from the style.

07-15-2012 19:45:58 | More by cvm4
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

07-04-2012 19:10:47 | More by Mora2000
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

reviewed from notes taken on 6/15/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: clear yellow bodied beer with thin white head.

Smell: lemony sour, peppery wheat and fruity nose with a little hint of funk. Interesting nose!

Taste: Mild tartness represented by lemons. White grapes, green apples, pears and mild funk. The fruits add some sweetness to the beer. Finishes with a pepper wheat note and little more funk/mild sour.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its a little bit dry. An easy drinker at almost 9%.

Overall: This in my first Epic Brewing CO beer and its tasty and delicious! Fairly unique too.

06-21-2012 03:41:57 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

06-16-2012 17:35:57 | More by Duff27
Photo of Beaver13


3.38/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

06-13-2012 04:55:22 | More by Beaver13
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-04-2012 07:51:13 | More by bluckbeyes
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District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -9%

Pleasing if a bit mellow bretty Golden Ale.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle . Paper label with a simple light cream and light green range, with name of the brew and series branding noting Crooked Stave collaboration with an image of the torso of a character wearing a tie and a bike helmet as he gives a thumbs up. Side narrative offers a small note about the special and limited character of the brew. Notes release #1, and 8.8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Light hazy pale gold pour, fair frothy head and retention, good surface memory and some lacing.

S - Softly bretty and funky, a bit too soft…. citric touches and a faint vinous insinuation.

T - ...which follows in sync in the palate. Good generic brett, light funk tart apples, light vinous note (chardonnay barrels maybe?) which are soft but pleasing… Citric touches with a small grassy sense.

M - Medium to medium-light body and carbonation with a nice crisp sense in the finish and a light dryness.

O - Pleasing and with a nice flow...

Notes: …but nothing that will dent the memory. All kinds of decent for a brett barrel-aged ale and in line with what is expected of that range.

05-13-2012 15:48:43 | More by Daniellobo
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-08-2012 01:51:01 | More by szmnnl99
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

05-06-2012 18:28:53 | More by antoines15
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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%

Epic Brewing is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries right now.
Pours a bright golden orange with a white head that fades leaving great lacing.
Tart citrus, funk, yeast, a little spice and booze sweetness hanging out just to balance things out. This is what I like in my saisons. a little tart, some funk, and a balancing sweetness.
Carbonation lacking. Not bad, just a little soft. Does give the beer a creaminess, but I tend to like crisper saisons. Oh well. No beer is perfect.
Another solid brew from these Utah boys.

05-02-2012 03:03:48 | More by dbmernin83
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

04-24-2012 23:30:13 | More by oline73
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

04-21-2012 20:21:53 | More by pirmannt1
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

04-16-2012 23:07:16 | More by PuFtonLyfe
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-16-2012 01:32:49 | More by savagepm
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-15-2012 20:10:16 | More by TheBeerologist
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-15-2012 00:42:25 | More by fehrminator
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-11-2012 03:11:19 | More by birchstick
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

04-09-2012 01:43:27 | More by brkstoutfiend
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

03-31-2012 18:32:47 | More by nycwinter
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4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

Release # 1.

Pours a murky light yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Lots of sediment is seen floating in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, tart fruit (sour green apples, etc.), funk, and some Brett. Taste is of grain, sour fruits, funk, light Brett, and some buttery flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice Brett presence that isn't too in your face. Very tasty and easy to drink too.

03-31-2012 02:54:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-31-2012 01:15:25 | More by pokesbeerdude
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2/5  rDev -50.1%

03-26-2012 23:31:49 | More by DerwinWentworth
Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.