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

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4.04/5
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444 Ratings
Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden AleElder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 01-28-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,306
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
444
pDev:
9.65%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 444 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of nycwinter
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of DjangoThePackageMang
5/5  rDev +23.8%
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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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Auraan
4.96/5  rDev +22.8%
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 Ryanbux
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Release #2, 9.5% ABV. Purchased from Epic Brewery's store in Salt Lake on 12/14/12 and consumed on the same night. 22 oz. bomber into an epic pint glass.

A- Very light blonde color, crystal clear. Not much head to it, what little head it had dissipated very soon after pouring. No haze or cloudiness to this beer. Some bubbles rising up but not too heavily carbonated.

S- Smells sour,I pick up notes of apple and pear, maybe even some peach. Not much hop aroma but I love the smell of sour that is accompanied by a slight touch of alcohol scent. At 9.5% I would imagine it nearly impossible to hide the boozy smell.

T- Dear God this tastes like heaven as far as Saisons are concerned. Smooth where you want it to be smooth, crisp where you want it to be crisp, and sour where you want sour. It isn't overly winey like a lot of saisons, it still keeps it's beer character. Good malt notes and DELICIOUS fruity esters. It bites the tip of your tongue and finishes smooth. The perfect amount of carbonation. Despite being 9.5% I really can't taste much alcohol. Perfectly well balanced.

M- Light body, well attenuated. Perfect amount of carbonation. Not to sharp on the palate but also not to mild. This beer amazes me. The best Saison I have ever had.

O- As I mentioned, the best Saison I have ever had, and I have had quite a few, several being award winners. Perfect balance of fruity esters and malt. I could drink this often but at $12 a bottle, I' m afraid my wallet will only allow me to drink it on occasion, when released. In short, if you ever have the chance to try this beer...DO IT! Your palate will thank you.

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4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Release #4 brewed 11/24/12
Pack Date: 12/4/13, so it’s got plenty of age on it. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a teku glass. Pours a pretty hazy golden color with an inch of head that lingers some but falls after a bit leaving a ring atop the beer, and even a small swirl brings the head back up. The second the cap comes off, you smell the Brett. You get your nose in that glass, and it’s heaps of grassy barnyard aroma, along with some grapey and lemon fruitiness. Taste starts subtly sweet, with some tartness and vanilla-esque oak character in the finish. Throughout, the funk and the fruity character (the latter of which I’m sure is both from the saison base as well as the stay in wine barrels) interweaving together like a song. And a damn good song at that. Think, Miles Davis level beauty. Feel is surprisingly light in body. Still medium in body, but with no burn and little lingering sweetness, you wouldnt assume you’re drinking 9.1% abv beer. Overall, I’m not sure how this would do without so much age on it, the Brett would be subdued and the alcohol might be more aggressive, but as I’ve got it, it’s symphonic. All the flavors and aromas (and there are so many) work wonders together. A really, really damn well-made saison-Brett.

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Photo of Vaandga
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Claybully
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PuFtonLyfe
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of mjw1200
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of kjyost
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired at Princeton Liquor in Maple Grove, MN. Poured fridge cold into a wine glass. Release #1

Pours a hazy yellow with a nice white head that leaves some nice lacing. Nose is dominated by the strong barnyard brett aromas, and light notes of fruit, which makes me want it even more now. Body is more balanced than the nose with some saison-like qualities in it. Pepper, funk, fermented grapes, light oak, light medicinal aromas and citrus all play through at different times. Quite dry. A very enjoyable beer, I wish I had bought more than one. Sampled back to back with Saison Brett by Boulevard and this beer was preferred by both sampling. Worth having lots of.

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Photo of SiccarPoint
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Release 1, 8.8% ABV. Purchased c. 20/7/12, Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, consumed 27/7/12. 22oz bottle. Poured from fridge.

A - Yellow gold, slightly hazy. Decent, white head, but falls back pretty fast leaving a little lacing.

S - Heavy Brett barnyardyness on the front, but giving way to slightly herbal/floral white grape crispness. Hints of green apple. A lot like a good sauvignon blanc. Is there actual elderflower in here? I think so, but quite subtle.

T - Brett returns, but not overpoweringly sour. Melds very well with the fruitier side - again almost wine-like, with gooseberry, green apple, sauvignon flavours. Wheat makes it way through. Quite bitter, but not hoppy as such; very well balanced. Hints of oak, but just giving structure, not intrusive. Flavoursome, but not overpowering. Crisp end to the flavour, but with welcome lingering topnotes.

M - Love this. Prickly carbonation from tiny bubbles, but not over gassy. Light body, you'd never guess it was 8.8%, but carries the flavour really well. Very impressive.

O - Great beer. Smell, taste and body all work together really well. Very well balanced. Recommended.

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Photo of reizorc
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of will4738
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NEOdrinker
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours hazy straw gold with a 1” white foam collar that descends to ¼” and leaves light lace.
S: Barnyard nose with over ripe fruit, some wine notes, citrus, and a faint banana.
T: A funky, sour fruity palate with spicy herbal notes, lemon, some orange hints, a dash of pepper and traces of oak with a dry, tart finish.
M: the beer has the distinctive Brett texture – refreshing, very fine soft carbonation, medium light body.
O: This is a refreshing saison with a big Brett and wine character.

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Photo of aaholmes
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mcallister
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of polopaul20
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RobertColianni
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vylo
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThaJokerWild
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of esimonoff
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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