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

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89 Reviews
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Reviews: 89
Hads: 386
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.4%
Wants: 29
Gots: 61 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #003. Brewed 11/12 and bottled 11/13.

What good fortune. This was the beer I was most interested in trying while visiting Utah in 2012 but had just missed everywhere. And lo and behold, I found the last bottle on the shelves at Vintage Estate.

Thin white head on a fogged golden hue. Nose is leather, wet straw, and barnyard and wild yeast funkery. Flavor is lemon citrus, rather sharp, that wild yeast funk, grass. I like it. Kind of firm though and not really bringing much grace or finesse. Either way, it's a shame I didn't get to try the release back in '12, but I am definitely glad I had the chance to try it now.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a long stemmed tulip glass.
Release # 9
Collaboration with Crooked Stave

Beer pours a nice bright golden color with a nice half inch white head of medium density that recedes quickly down to nothing. A very bright yet slightly hazy brew.

Aroma is of yummny saison spice with great barrel note. Slightly vinous notes with some chalky yeast phenols and some funk. Also some mild citric tartness in the nose.

Flavor starts off with some nice vinous character. White wine notes. Dry grape and earthy wood. Notes of slight tartness with mild citrus notes combines with nice grape juice and wine sweetness. Buttery Chardonnay notes with some nice mineral and dry notes of a Pinot Grigio. Overall a very complex flavor profile. Nice slight alcoholic burn with some nice notes of tartness and dry woody funk to finish things off. Nice dry body and overall a well carbonated profile that cleans the palette leaving you wanting more.

Awesome brett based beer. Wine barrels give it a nice touch.

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Photo of draheim
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear pure golden color w/ a 1-finger pure white head.

Aroma is grassy and tart, earthy. Green apples, pale biscuity malt, lemon and spice.

Taste is clean and dry, crisp. A gentle bretty tartness brings a mild citrusy quality. But this beer lacks the distinctive saison funk I expect from the style; it seems like it's trying to be some kind of gateway beer, but ends up feeling kind of like a cross between a saison and a pilsner. There's also a distracting grainy crushed-aspirin taste that I get in some brett saisons.

Mouthfeel is a little light, lacks body. Carbonation is a bit prickly. Lacks the soft mouthfeel I expect from the style.

Overall a decent beer but it lacks the body and complexity that separates the great from the good.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow, some carbonation, one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Wheat, brett, some grass and a very slight lemon as well.

T-Wheat, slight funk, more tart than sour. Tad bit of rubbery flavors though. Slight grass in there as well.

M-Lighter, slight carbonation.

O-The rubbery flavors were the only bad thing about the beer, if it didn't have them it would have been rather yummy.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a brilliantly clear golden yellow with a hint of amber. The frothy white head quickly subsides to a thick collar. Strong flavor from the Brettanomyces. The nose has an earthy mustiness with cider apple and pear fruit notes. Very inviting.

The taste is slightly acidic and tart. Begins with a hint of fruity sweetness of apples, but quickly moves to a bone dry crisp tart finish. Very effervescent carbonation. The strong carbonation seems to make the beer even more dry and acidic. Very interesting beer. The flavor does not quite reach the heights of complexity as the scent. I would enjoy having this again, yet I imagine it will soon be hard to find.

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Photo of rdickey
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of DjangoThePackageMang
5/5  rDev +24.4%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
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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Photo of Etan
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a cervoise. Looks like this is the 3rd release, weighing in at 9.3% ABV.

A: Pours a translucent gold with a small white head.

S: Very bretty nose. Gamey, horseblanket, white grapes, vinous oak, wet hay, mild green apple acidity. Funky with a lot of wine barrel in the nose.

T: Taste brings more wine barrel tannins, cidery, white cake, cloves, some bretty pineapple, coarse grain. More on the dry than sweet side, but there is a bit of malty/vinous sweetness to it.

M: Light-body with mild carbonation with a bit of a wine-y bite from the barrels.

O: This is a very pleasant brett beer. Pretty well-executed in all regards.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Release #1, bottled 1/23/2012. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big peach, pineapple, pear, apple, lemon zest, floral, hay, grass, white wine, oak, clove, pepper, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of brett, yeast, and wine barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big pineapple, peach, pear, apple, white wine, lemon zest, oak, clove, pepper, hay, floral, grass, musty funk, light honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, peach, pear, apple, white wine, lemon zest, oak, clove, hay, grass, light honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of brett, yeast, wine barrel, and light malt flavors; with a crisp malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Brett saison! All around great complexity and balance of brett, yeast, and wine barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of corby112
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Release #3, SLC #1189

Pours a clear, pale golden orange color with yellowish-gold hues and a two finger, pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down. A bit lighter/paler than expected but otherwise looks very inticing.

Musty aroma with a strong funky brett presence that nicely complimented by earthy farmhouse yeast, peppery spice, ester-y light fruit and boozy sweetness. Smells surprisingly similar to Orval but a little less funky and with a delicate vinous wine barrel character. There's a touch of damp oak along with sweet vinous fruit, especially grape, cider and pear. Some peppery spice along with bread, wild bugs and pale biscuit-like malt. The nose of this beer is very inviting with a great balance of wine barrel, farmhouse funk and wild yeast.

On the fuller end of medium body with soft carbonation and a prominent wine barrel presence that slightly overwhelms the saison flavors. Along with the barrel notes, there's a delicate brett character that compliments the funky farmhouse yeast. The brett/wild yeast isn't as strong as the nose suggests which is kind of a disappointment because it was so pleasant in the aroma. The barrel flavors are pleasant with some dry, charred oak and sweet vinous fruit but the saison/farmhouse notes are somewhat buried and the brett character is minimal. Lots of vinous and light fruit sweetness with light grape, apple, pear and banana. There's a touch of bubblegum and some boozy sweetness in the finish but the high ABV is decently masked. Pretty easy to drink but a bit one dimensional and lacking in complexity. This was a promising collaboration but the barrel notes are too strong for my liking, overpowering the brettanomyces strains and farmhouse funk.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Bright golden orange with modest head

S: Tart apple skins, acidic grape, and a hint of oak.

T: Big saison notes of apple, pear, saison yeasts and peppery and a pretty gentle and complimentary acidic sourness. Finishes with slick apple and dry wine like acidity.

M: The peppery spices of the saison followed by the drying effect of the acidity and sourness is really pleasant and rather complex without being at all harsh at any point.

O: Very much enjoyed this beer, hope to get a hold of more in the future. This was a perfect example of brett being used to enhance, rather than create flavour.

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Photo of Santanax
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of zeledonia
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of mroberts1204
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
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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Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of notchucknorris
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Francois for sharing at his bottle share.

Nice fizzy head, hazy golden peach colored.

Nose nice fruit funk, light tangerine guava like fruit, some Brett funk, light sweet blond malts,

Taste nice Brett barnyard funk to start, grassy hay, grainy, then guava fruit and some stone fruit skin must, little juicy citrus fruit as well and touch of lemon zest, sweet blond malts. Pretty tasty, but not much for saison flavors, more of a blond ale with Brett.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, nice effervescent carb.

Overall not bad, some nice barnyard funk but a bit too light, I do like the idea of blond ale instead of real saison characters, but I love my saisons more so I would have preferred that, and nice fruit flavors, but a bit too malty sweet.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, Release #2, listed at 9.5%

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark goldenrod with a creamy large white head, good sticky lace.

S: Notes of white wine, oak, pear and golden apple. Musty leather as well.

T: Bretty, but not over the top. A nice balance to everything. Dominated by white pepper spice, pears and apples. The barrel character just adds more of that on to everything. Light notes of funk, but in the end, a fairly straightforward beer.

M: Medium-bodied with a very soft ethereal carbonation. Light crisp acidity brings everything up a notch.

O: A very good effort. Do I like the price - no. Do I like the beer - yes, quite a bit. Certainly a must try once for the adventurous beer geek.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an unbranded tulip glass

Pours a very slightly hazy deep gold capped by a one and half finger bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly stil leaving behind a bit of wispy lacing. White grapes, accents of chardonnay, hints of oak, grass, and light earthy notes on the nose. Light citrus, fresh grass, yeast, pear and hints of fresh apricot initially. Earthy, hints of funk, and yeasty notes midpalate; finishes with fresh cut oak, chardonnay, and white wine vinegar. Lighter side of medium-bodied, silky smooth. Collaborations can always be a bit of a crapshoot, but this one is a huge success. An excellent, complex brew I cracked with absolutely no preconceptions. Consider me impressed.

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Photo of Auraan
4.96/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy yellowish orange with a thin white head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. Scents of apricot, barnyard like funk, and sour notes. Flavor is pronounced sour notes, some fruity (green grape) notes, a hit of lemon, light hints of pale malt and a dry, white wine-like finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a medium carbonation level. An excellent brett beer, with deep sour notes and a good degree of complexity on the taste and a bit less complex, but still excellent, scent. A very good beer that I'd try again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded silver pressure cap and simple lime green/beige label served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I loved Big Bad Baptist and I love a good saison, but I'm not big on Crooked Stave. Release #2. 9.5% ABV according to my bottle.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger white colour head of fair cream, nice thickness, and pretty decent (~4 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not a great appearance for a saison, but it's not unappealing.

Sm: Pear, white wine, white grapeskin, lightly tart brettanomyces - nowhere near as funky as I expected, pale malts, crystal malts, light lemon citrus esters, cidery character, buried delicate wood barrel, and light pale grains. A subtly executed aroma of mild to moderate strength. No alcohol is detectable. It's not quite what I expected, but it's good. More a golden ale than a saison based on the aromatics. Any hopping is light and floral in character. Intriguing.

T: Hm. There's good and bad here. White grapeskin is the first thing I get. It has an overly sweet pale malt body. Hopping is floral and generic. The white wine aging takes a turn for the worse around the climax, where it quickly devolves into a crappy white wine mixed with cheap pear cidre. Ugh. Overdone crystal malt is prominent. Where's the subtlety of the aroma? I'm not liking this one at all; I didn't expect it to be this bad. Terribly balanced. Poorly built for a saison. I don't get hardly any brettanomyces; no funkiness and only a bit of tartness. What went wrong here? Is Batch #2 considerably different than Batch #1?

Mf: A bit acidic. Coarse and wet. Unrefreshing. Overly thick. Overcarbonated. Poor presence on the palate. Horribly executed for a saison. Doesn't suit the flavour profile or the style hardly at all.

Dr: I used to think Epic was crappy based on the Brainless beers I tried. Then I had Big Bad Baptist and wanted to try more Epic. Now, I'm moving back towards leaving their beers on the shelf. Is this brewery really this hit and miss? Or can I pin this one on Crooked Stave? Terribly done for a saison, lacking any degree of subtlety, balance, or sophistication. Really disappointing. I'll have trouble killing this bottle due to the low quality. Not at all recommended. Unexpectedly bad.


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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love what Brettanomyces does to beers, even when they aren't considered a sour style. The teeth churning dry, funky-fresh earthen character adds complexity and seduction to nealry every beer that attemps this feat. This time- Saison!

Opening with a densly hazed light gold appearance, the beer sheds an tall column of foam that's comprised of both tight knit froth and loosely knit bubbles. Strong in its retention, it randomly laces the glass with clumped pockets here and there- somewhat pelicle-like.

A brisk whiff of sulfury sea air wafts over the nose, en route to aromas of apple cider, dried limes, weathered wood, cellar-like must, and sweat that layers on a grainy-sweet scented bed of light malt.

Earthy in taste, the supple grain sweetness of baking bread and light honey rise first, just ahead of the tart fruit flavors of crab apple, dried limes, white wine and citrus peels. As the beer gains earthen character, other complements of dust, must, brine, and plaster rise to greet a bitter-tart interplay in finish.

Medium-light in body, the already dry Saison textures are further ripped appart by the powdery smooth dryness from the wild yeast. Bone dry to finish, the ale is almost more completely appreciated in aftertaste where the carbonation keeps all those flavors and aromatics captured hovering above the tongue.

Elder Brett is a fantastic and whimsical ale that really goes back to the true farmhouse brewed ales. Similar to Boulevard's Saison-Brett, this one also carries all those intangibles of Brettanomyces in its look, aroma, taste, and all the way through texture.

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Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.