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

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 24
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
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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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Danny1217, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Williaar, May 30, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

RblWthACoz, May 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Spiral517, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

starshockey9, May 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

JLapadura, May 20, 2014
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.

JoEBoBpr, May 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Claybully, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Stinger80OH, May 06, 2014
Photo of draheim
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

draheim, May 05, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

rlee1390, May 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ToddBeans, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

HoistinBrews, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Quafftastic, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Braz, Apr 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

JimmyAloysius, Apr 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

wonothesane42, Apr 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

StArnoldFan, Apr 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

SadMachine, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

KevBot89, Apr 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

denver10, Apr 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

markcp, Mar 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Zimm, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jaemeno3, Mar 22, 2014
Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.