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

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90
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275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 25
Gots: 31 | 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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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
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

DantheMan75, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

salthemonster, Mar 21, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Jmamay22, Mar 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

sanford_and_son, Mar 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

aakerman, Mar 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

thampel09, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Keiferfillinger, Mar 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

bruindre, Mar 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Czequershuus, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

JMUbrewz, Mar 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

acurtis, Feb 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

SkeeterBoganski, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

stephensinner, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

kp29, Feb 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

nick_asian, Feb 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

DaveHack, Feb 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Taperwookie, Feb 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

i4ourgot, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

amishbooze, Feb 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

srgj88, Feb 09, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

rdickey, Feb 08, 2014
Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.