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

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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
Ratings:
439
Reviews:
99
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
67
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 439 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #9. Bottled in March 1016. Poured a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of peach, white wine and funky Brett. Nice peach taste with white wine, yeast and a funky finish.

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Photo of NonicPanic
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Limited release picked up discount at 10 bucks from the House of 1,000 beers. Pours Surprisingly light for the gravity like light beer with a bit of floaties showing it's age. Head also fizzed out rather fast with just a 1/2 inch that faded to nothing. Smell is a ton of sour brett mixed with peppery malts and faint sweetness. Taste is a actually super balanced brett mixed with bready malts and just a slight twinge of hops to dry malts. Body is super drinkable not gonna lie I kind of chugged a glass so smooth for the ABV. Overall one of the better beers I have had of late with some good balanced sour to saison tones. Pick it up if you see it the beer is still very tasty despite the almost year age on the bottle.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dertyd
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at a tasting a ways back, from notes.
Clear light golden yellow, has a floral cider thing going on, I guessed elder flower but the name might be tricking my brain, well that and all the booze I've had by this point. peppery, woody oak, faint brett, has body but it softens up, floral finish

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

Photo of Prost76
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of their best for sure.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle @ 9.4% ABV - wow, this one's gonna be a doozy!

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some streaky coral reef atoll lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of slightly funky Brett infection, grainy and doughy pale malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, sensible yeast, some plain white wine barrel essences - a light toastiness, indistinct grapes, and some understated vanilla - muddled earthy spices, and some very tame leafy and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, some crackery wheatiness, a mixed Brett/Saison yeast astringency (one surprisingly low-key on the funkitude), white wine lees, a dry vanillan woodiness, and more herbal, floral, and weedy green hoppiness. No real impression of the near 19-proof booze quotient, for the record.

The carbonation is fairly reserved in its unmotivated frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a minor sense of the bacteria/yeast intrusion making for a wee fuss here. It finishes off-dry, the white wine character lingering the hardest (that sounds weird, don't it?), while the guest beasties keep up their charade of good breeding.

Overall, this is actually a more or less pleasant wild/farmhouse/saison ale, with the subtle barrel treatment going a long way in glossing over the effects of the Brett that one might have been expecting. At any rate, not a bad brew, but more evidence that I need to spend my dwindling beer dollars on stuff that really floats my proverbial boat.

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Photo of mattsander
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Severymusic
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stengelfoot
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheHopsman
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heyabbott
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrMindbender
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Nice funky Brett flavor, vanilla, apple, toasted, biscuity, cracker, green apple, spicy, chardonnay grapes, oak, and some alcohol.

Taste: Nice light funky Brett barnyard flavor, vanilla, toasted, biscuity, cracker, pale malts, green apple, chardonnay grapes, oak, warm alcohol, some bitterness, and a little chewy.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a little dry, slightly chewy, sour, tart, some bitterness, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Have to admit that this beer got better with each sip. Can't believe it's 9.4%. I'd revisit this one again.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RobertColianni
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shleepy
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and golden. Small head. Smell has a champagne-like yeast/sugar quality and some Brett. taste is similar - a little residual sugar and plenty of Brett character. Honestly, tastes a lot like some my older, mediocre homebrew that I was recently tasting. Disappointing.

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Photo of rjd722
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of agreenman19
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VashonGuy
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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