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

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 370
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 27
Gots: 59 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 86 | Hads: 370
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of DrFayhee
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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. (901 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of timtim
3.8/5  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. (681 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, marked "Release #1".
Lost Abbey tulip

A: Beautiful pour. Hazy golden yellow color. Finger of bright white head. Tons of carbonation bubbles off the bottom of the glass. Head fades down quick. Lots of alcohol feet too.

S: Smelled the Brett as soon as I cracked the bottle. It really dominated the nose. I also get the normal white grape and green apple smells. Definitely pulling some of that wine smell.

T: That is really nice initially. You get that Brett funk and bite immediately on the tip of the tongue. It's weird. The Brett funk kind of takes away from the apple and grape and fruit that I thought I was gonna get. It's sort of flat in the middle of the mouth. The finish is true to type: crisp and dry. Leaves my mouth watering for more. ABV is hidden completely. Can't believe it's 8.8%.

M: Light and dry. Nice carbonation (848 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a white head head. Leaves some decent lace. Color is a slight hazed golden yellow.

Aroma: Very fruity and herbal. Lemon and green apples. Very earthy. A very slight amount of brett. Fairly tart. This beer is smelling awesome.

Aroma: Tart green apples and pears. lemon zest and citrus. Spices. Brett. Yeast. Funkiness is here. Farmhouse flavors. This beer is awesome.

Mouthfeel: Spiced, tart, and clean. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this was a great beer. By far the best Epic beer I have had. A great saison with a nice tart and fruit flavor. The brett was mild, but I liked it. Very enjoyable! Very drinkable! (663 characters)

Photo of b3shine
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deuce to pint glass. Looks good; murky-orange and carbonated. Smells good too; tart and fruity with Belgian undertones. Tastes just like it looks; a refreshing delight. Mouthfeel is good too. Overall, a good beer, especially for the style and price tag. (253 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicate straw color with a cloudy smear. Large white head fades gradually into sticky lacing about.

Amazing nose on this. I can smell the fruity, yeasty goodness and the slight brett funk and earth from across the desk as I type. Very effervescent and fruity. Lemon, white pepper, funk, light barnyard and horse blanket, great strain of brett they are using here. Woderfully complex and bready.

A wonderful easily quaffable saison. Very light on the palate and showing no signs on the big 8.8% ABV. Again that lemon zest fruit, wild berries, and brett funk come across. Brett turns to barnyard then horse blanket deep in the finish. Some alcohol burn does show itself deep in the chest on the finish.

Light, great carbonation, fluffy, then creamy. A fantastic saison with great brett character. (799 characters)

Photo of wrycon
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pretty golden pale straw. Smells deeply of fruit - golden apple and pear. A lot of funk and some hints of Chardonnay. Crisp to start with an acidic tang. The mid is a plump socket of sweet pear. The golden ale makes itself known in the back third, rounding the brew into a highly drinkable package. Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than expected, though not overly so. Good collab.

Like It? Yes, Indeed (399 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a collaboration with the folks at Crooked Stave... and IMO shows the best of both breweries have offered my palate.

I entered this one as a saison... as it seems to be a saison first and brett/barrel beer second.... if somebody wants to change it to "wild ale", have at it.

Picked up at Bier Thirty.... Poured into my HotD goblet.... surprisingly short lasting white head leaves decent lace spots... the brew is a very slightly hazed very pale yellow.

Nose has a decent pronounced sorta musty brett note and a pretty distinct wine barrel essence that are both tied together with some pear/white peach fruity esters.

Sorta dry and bretty throughout until the finish reveals the above mentioned fruity esters... almost like a dusty sparkling wine... I certainly would never refer to this as "sour", instead just a nice infusion of bretty components and decent woody notes.

Body is a solid medium lightened slightly by a spritzy carbonation and the finish leaves me wanting another sip.

Interesting... I have one more... may get another couple... but it will be nice to see if the brett develops anymore. (1,127 characters)

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