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:
435
Reviews:
97
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
9.73%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
66
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 435 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of BarleyAndBrett
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Redrock
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Elder Brett pours a clear gold-yellow, with a thin head that fades in a heartbeat into a slight film that laces the glass. This saison’s name articulates, there’s a hefty amount of Brettanomyces in this golden ale, and the barnyard funk really evident on the nose, earthy, funk and hints of sour green apples. But the first taste is citrus, white wine, and sweetness, rounded out with a hint of oak and white pepper come out, ending with a crisp finish. For a 9.1% ABV brew, it’s very drinkable.

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Photo of alostplot
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lots of brett in the nose. Very champagne like in smell. Taste is almost funky apple cider like with a grainy finish. Very different and pretty decent.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of suckaj
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VAcrossr
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent gold/honey with pinky of pearl white head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, hell I smelled it as soon as the bottle cracked! Grassyness as well, horse blanket, wet hay

T: Pears, grassiness, sourness & dryness up front. Some grapefruit, pineapple & more Brett sourness as this warms, a little white grape as well. Grapefruit & sourness dominate, a little sweet fruittyness with some breadynesss, a little more pear as well. Finishes with sourness, pineapple, dryness & white grape skin

MF: Medium body, pretty firm carbonation, tails off as this warms

Drinks too easy, another great beer from these guys. Sourness done right

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Photo of esimonoff
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fordknox
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whatname
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NateMac13
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 21Maestro8
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IPAchris
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oceanman907
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an interesting and insanely funky brew, maybe a little bit under carbonated, hence the head disappears quickly, the beer itself if bright golden, lovely color crystal clear which is not so important for this style, I like a little cloud. Smell is funky, musty, almost thom Ka gai soup like with its citrusy qualities. Very fungal with the taste as well, this is one funky beer, really barnyard flavored, but the alcohol is not present in the flavor. Good light body. Overall a solid, Brett ale more on the funky side than the lemon sweet side.

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Photo of maz
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dannycohen62
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanforthPewter
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbryan5
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MUTINY
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quick review. Big-time brett going on here. Looks & smells pedestrian but kills it on the palate. The wine barrel aging is detectable but subtle, just as it should be. Like I said, very nice brett-funk, some citrus & yet it still reveals its crisp, yeasty saison roots. Brilliant stuff!

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Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 435 ratings.
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