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

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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 29
Gots: 54 | FT: 6
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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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Ratings: 331 | Reviews: 85
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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....

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

Release #2

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot/peach highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy sudsy white head that slowly reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film and a thin to medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing.

S: Wonderful moderate to strong aromas of brett funky/sourness with some lighter aromas of grainy pale malts and light fruit (green apple, pear, and grape). There are some light hints of white wine and oak.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of grainy pale malts with some light to moderate flavors of light fruits (sour green apple, pear, and grape). There are some light to moderate flavors of white wine and oak from the barrel aging as well as a bit of spiciness (white pepper). Additionally there is a moderate flavor of brett which imparts light amounts of tartness and some barnyard funk.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness with some prickly acidity.

O: I love the brett flavors in this beer and the tartness/funkiness that it imparts - I have really enjoyed the Crooked Stave beers I have tried and this collaboration is better than the sum of it's parts. I would definitely get this one again.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Release #2, bottled 14 November 2012, and 9.6% ABV. Tasted 2 July 2013.

Pours a paleish golden yellow, crystal clear from the top of the bottle, hazy from the bottom. One finger of fizzy white head, okay retention, decent lacing. Not bad, not amazing.

Smell is a lovely blast of brett. Musty, funky, and just a touch floral. Perhaps the most brett-forward saison I've smelled. It's all about that earthy, dank funk. Excellent.

Taste is cleaner and more grainy. There's still a big brett presence, but I get more of the light hop bitterness, a touch of spice, and a heavy dose of both mildly sweet pale grains and delicate flowers. More like a saison, less like a brett-heavy beer. And a pretty good saison at that. Only downside is a slight sharpness, like the yeast got a bit carried away and left some carnage behind.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, smooth and just a touch slick. Carbonation is fizzy and fiery at first, then after the bottle's been open for a bit it's a mellower flare-relax. The bubbles shift and shade the flavors, adding complexity (as they should, IMO).

This is a really good saison. I'd put it in the middle of the brett-fermented saisons I've had, which puts it in the middle-upper tier of all saisons. Strong brett presence, could be better if the rest of the beer were better integrated.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Cracked open a 22oz bottle of this. Label indicates 'Release #2, 9.5% ABV'.

Pours a straw color with bright white head. Smell is of pilsner malt, light funky brett, pineapple, and hops. Taste is slightly tart, hops, a bit of funk, and some out of place sweetness. No barrel. Medium to full body. Mouthfeel is a weak spot for me. A little slick. A bit too full for the style and many typical saison characteristics were missing. Overall its an okay beer that hides the alcohol well. There are some nice flavors but it needs some work.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like tart white grapes and funky oak, with some crisp citrus zest and tannic and earthy character.
T: It tasted like crisp apricot and citrus zest, with some tart and tannic grasps and funky oak and waxy hops. It had a clean sweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little fine carbonation. Nice light body.
D: This was a great Brett saison, with bold and complex scent and taste. The body was good, and the finish was surprisingly mellow. And it had well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. I really enjoyed this beer, especially on a warm evening.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Release #2

A: Pours a hazed pale gold color with a one finger cream colored head. Leaves some fine strings of lace down the glass. Lots of tiny bubbles visible rising in the glass.

S: Oh man. This smells awesome. The wine is definitely there and the Chardonnay smell is present, but not overpowering. Lots of stonefruit here. White peach, white nectarine, tons of juicy pear. Just a hint of booze along with a good dose of brett. Really nice.

T: There's an initial hit of chardonnay alongside white peach juice, underripe white grape, Some faint belgian yeast sweetness, brett, some white pepper and some peach pit. Finishes with a bit of wine-like sourness. No trace of the alcohol at all. Definitely reminds me of a funked up golden ale. Almost like Duvel gone wild.

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