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

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Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden AleElder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale

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Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

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.

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large tulip glass a somewhat hazed lighter golden with a thinner than expected white head atop.Alot of tart green apple in the nose,a tinge spice with funk induced brett somewhat subdued wich didn't bother me.Again tart green apples play a big role on the palate with the funkiness being a little more assertive,a decent breadiness holds well thru the finish,the alcohol lends just a little sweet zip.Not bad,it's not as funky as many of the farmhouse brett in fused styles, but it's not overly complex either.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1470th Review on BA
Bottle to Wine Glass

Batch 1
Purchased for 12.99 at Lone Hill Liquor

App- Its a golden color with a deeper orangy/yellow center. On both 1st pour and second pour the head was slightly off white with only about 1". Semi dotted cling.

Smell- The beer opens with a small Brett aroma and ive only had 1 from each Epic and Crooked Stave but smelled like both their in house strains with a soft funk, hay, grassy aroma.

Taste- I wasnt expecting the base beer to come in so heavily. The base reminds me a lot of Pranqster and just touches of Brett come in with soft flavors and only snippets of funk and grassy hay. A bit of what I will call Pear and Green Apple mixed come in last.

Mouth- A fuller medium body and a medium-low carbonation. A certain fullness all around. Residual Brett, funk and slight pear/apples.

Drink- I felt it was a good beer. Nice collaboration but certainly not a $12.99 beer. A straightforward golden w/o a lot of nuances.

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Photo of SiccarPoint
4.69/5  rDev +17%
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 kjyost
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
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 cvm4
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden in color, there are a few particles floating around in it. Billowing eggshell head.

S - Some tartness, brett funk and belgian IPA notes.

T - Sweet malt at first with some saison spice qualities and ending with a lemon tartness.

M - Light body, effervescent. Finishes wet.

O - It's a unique beer. It straddles the line between a saison and brett beer, obviously. Nothing just stuck out as mind blowing or awesome though. It's in line with what is expected from the style.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a good bit of brett in it, as well as some lacto notes, which are complimented by the wheat and lemon characteristics. The flavor has quite a bit of brett and leathery funk it in, with some wheat and a little bit of green pepper and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very odd beer, but one I found pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes taken on 6/15/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: clear yellow bodied beer with thin white head.

Smell: lemony sour, peppery wheat and fruity nose with a little hint of funk. Interesting nose!

Taste: Mild tartness represented by lemons. White grapes, green apples, pears and mild funk. The fruits add some sweetness to the beer. Finishes with a pepper wheat note and little more funk/mild sour.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its a little bit dry. An easy drinker at almost 9%.

Overall: This in my first Epic Brewing CO beer and its tasty and delicious! Fairly unique too.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, release #1. Pours a hazy yellow with a smallish white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing. It has quite a few floaties.

The aroma is floral brett and some slightly metallic overripe fruits and some funk.

The flavor is some fruity apple champagne with brett notes and some funk with a bit of bitterness in the dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I recall this being a much better brett beer when I had it a couple of months ago. Either this bottle is different or it isn't aging well for my tastes. A lot more sediment this time around too.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasing if a bit mellow bretty Golden Ale.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle . Paper label with a simple light cream and light green range, with name of the brew and series branding noting Crooked Stave collaboration with an image of the torso of a character wearing a tie and a bike helmet as he gives a thumbs up. Side narrative offers a small note about the special and limited character of the brew. Notes release #1, and 8.8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Light hazy pale gold pour, fair frothy head and retention, good surface memory and some lacing.

S - Softly bretty and funky, a bit too soft…. citric touches and a faint vinous insinuation.

T - ...which follows in sync in the palate. Good generic brett, light funk tart apples, light vinous note (chardonnay barrels maybe?) which are soft but pleasing… Citric touches with a small grassy sense.

M - Medium to medium-light body and carbonation with a nice crisp sense in the finish and a light dryness.

O - Pleasing and with a nice flow...

Notes: …but nothing that will dent the memory. All kinds of decent for a brett barrel-aged ale and in line with what is expected of that range.

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Epic Brewing is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries right now.
Pours a bright golden orange with a white head that fades leaving great lacing.
Tart citrus, funk, yeast, a little spice and booze sweetness hanging out just to balance things out. This is what I like in my saisons. a little tart, some funk, and a balancing sweetness.
Carbonation lacking. Not bad, just a little soft. Does give the beer a creaminess, but I tend to like crisper saisons. Oh well. No beer is perfect.
Another solid brew from these Utah boys.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish yellow color with just a small layer of head that goes away as quickly as any beer I've ever had.

Smell: Some brett funk up front with some Belgian spice and a slightly tart fruity note.

Taste: This beer has that slightly funky and tart brett flavor right off the bat. There is a component that is a bit perfume like. Some sweet malt with a green apple like fruity tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tiny, tingly bubbles and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a good beer. I was surprised how fast the head disappeared. The perfume like qualities that show up in some wild ales aren't my favorite.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of DrFayhee
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of timtim
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

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Photo of b3shine
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Photo of wrycon
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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