Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale - Epic Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
02-08-2014 22:31:42 | More by rdickey
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
02-03-2014 21:21:46 | More by clayrock81
Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.