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

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89
very good

239 Ratings
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 24
Gots: 34 | FT: 4
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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:
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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bluckbeyes

Oregon

4/5  rDev 0%

06-04-2012 07:51:13 | More by bluckbeyes
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 15:48:43 | More by Daniellobo
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

05-08-2012 01:51:01 | More by szmnnl99
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antoines15

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

05-06-2012 18:28:53 | More by antoines15
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dbmernin83

California

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 03:03:48 | More by dbmernin83
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 23:30:13 | More by oline73
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

04-21-2012 20:21:53 | More by pirmannt1
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PuFtonLyfe

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

04-16-2012 23:07:16 | More by PuFtonLyfe
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

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

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

04-15-2012 00:42:25 | More by fehrminator
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birchstick

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

04-11-2012 03:11:19 | More by birchstick
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brkstoutfiend

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

04-09-2012 01:43:27 | More by brkstoutfiend
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nycwinter

California

5/5  rDev +25%

03-31-2012 18:32:47 | More by nycwinter
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 02:54:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

03-31-2012 01:15:25 | More by pokesbeerdude
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

2/5  rDev -50%

03-26-2012 23:31:49 | More by DerwinWentworth
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SiRCRX

Michigan

4/5  rDev 0%

03-23-2012 22:17:17 | More by SiRCRX
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DrFayhee


4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer hits a really interesting middle ground between a wild ale and a saison. Beautiful hazy, golden, yellow color with suspended floating sediments. Bright, funky, yeast, green apple aromas. The yeast sourness is softened by a buttery richness that even has some tropical fruit flavors. Refreshing like a late spring zephyr.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 05:52:27 | More by DrFayhee
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station815


4/5  rDev 0%

03-20-2012 01:15:20 | More by station815
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billab914

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a lighter, golden yellow color with a thin, sticky, bright white head covering the beer and clinging to the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of funky, musty qualities to it with the earthy Brett coming out along with a slight sourness. I get a bit of citrus to it mixing in and giving it a little bit of a sour lemon like quality. I get a little bit of oak to it as well.

The taste has a little more citrusy, juicy qualities to it with some notes of orange and lemon. There is a little funky, sourness but it's pretty reserved compared to the aroma suggested. I do get a good dose of the earthy Brett to it though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall it was a pretty nice beer. It was very flavorful and easy drinking and the wild yeasts added some nice complexity to it. Very solid overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 21:39:03 | More by billab914
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours hazy golden color with a finger of bone white head. Head retention is not that great. Some lacing.

S- aromas of white wine, juicy peach fruit and soft oak hit the nose at first. Light funk with a touch of tartness in the middle. Yeasty musty character also comes out with some spice notes. Some sweetness on the finish.

T- some malt sweetness hits the palate at first with some saison spicy yeast character and juicy juicy peach and pear flavors. Lots of white wine and soft French oak hits mid palate with a rustic slight funky Brett character. Some tartness on the finish with white grape and a semi-dryness.

MF- round full mouthfeel. Light medium body and soft carbonation.

D- this beer is amazingly drinkable. Very refreshing and complex.

Overall a very good Brett beer that colored me impressed.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 04:17:02 | More by Viciousknishs
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theformula

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

03-16-2012 04:12:46 | More by theformula
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pierceska

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

03-15-2012 00:26:17 | More by pierceska
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timtim

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy burnt gold with a white head that fades quickly and doesn't leave lace. nose is chardonnay, brett, sweat, lemons, pears, melons and a hint of mineral. taste follows suit with a nice white peppery brett character and an almost salty mineral character mingling with citrus, white wine notes and melon. tasty, but lacking a bit in the middle. dries out in the end nicely. medium body with a hint of prickle, and no alcohol presence. the competition is getting thick in the wild, wine-barrel aged world. this one is fine and tasty, yet doesn't quite stand up to some of the truly epic brews out there. i'm not complaining though. love to see more breweries try this kind of stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 23:25:30 | More by timtim
Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.