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

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 25
Gots: 32 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

ZippyThePinhead, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of kagent777
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber directly from the brewery poured into my perfect pint. This one is from release two, with 9.5 %ABV. Epic website does not have info up for batch two. This was released fairly recently.

Appearance: A nice effervescent crystal clear pale straw. Lots of nice bubbles streaming to the surface, almost looks like champagne. Leaves a sheet of lacing as I drink it down.

Smell: I get a lot of white wine notes that smell very dry and almost sharp. I do not get "horse blanket". I am new to brett beers, so take my review with a grain of salt. I do get a musty cellar sort of smell, I do not recognize it so it must be from the Brett?

Taste: Starts out white wine like, then goes a little funky with a good mix of barrel and brett (I assume). The finish finally returns to more familiar "beer-like" territory at the end. The wine note is a touch sweet with fruit notes as the beer warms, but certainly not cloying. The grain note on the end is light with a cracker taste. Very complex. I do not want the bottle to end.

Mouthfeel: A lighter beer in the body with plentiful carbonation that is still smooth.

Overall: This is a very interesting take on beer and I am glad to have tried it. I certainly will not get it often with it being 12 a bottle, a little steep for my tastes. Very happy to have this available in the market. I hope they are careful with the yeast.

kagent777, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

JeffreyJDavis, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a tasting, thanks. Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a white head, moderate carbonation, a nice set of lacing.

Aroma is brett and there is a nice spicy floral notes.

Beer is decent, a nice brett funkiness and very floral in the palate. It doesn't seem like something i would like but it turns out to work together. I do like this beer, a lot. I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of benjaminahudson
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

benjaminahudson, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +6%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of NotACommunist
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

NotACommunist, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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 FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1470th Review on BA
Bottle to Wine Glass

Batch 1
Purchased for 12.99 at Lone Hill Liquor

App- Its a golden color with a deeper orangy/yellow center. On both 1st pour and second pour the head was slightly off white with only about 1". Semi dotted cling.

Smell- The beer opens with a small Brett aroma and ive only had 1 from each Epic and Crooked Stave but smelled like both their in house strains with a soft funk, hay, grassy aroma.

Taste- I wasnt expecting the base beer to come in so heavily. The base reminds me a lot of Pranqster and just touches of Brett come in with soft flavors and only snippets of funk and grassy hay. A bit of what I will call Pear and Green Apple mixed come in last.

Mouth- A fuller medium body and a medium-low carbonation. A certain fullness all around. Residual Brett, funk and slight pear/apples.

Drink- I felt it was a good beer. Nice collaboration but certainly not a $12.99 beer. A straightforward golden w/o a lot of nuances.

FosterJM, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Diomede
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Diomede, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of SiccarPoint
4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

SiccarPoint, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of kjyost
4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

kjyost, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of cvm4
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

cvm4, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Duff27, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
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
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

bluckbeyes, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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.

Daniellobo, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

szmnnl99, May 08, 2012
Photo of antoines15
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

antoines15, May 06, 2012
Photo of dbmernin83
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

dbmernin83, May 02, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

oline73, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of pirmannt1
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

pirmannt1, Apr 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

PuFtonLyfe, Apr 16, 2012
Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.