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:
438
Reviews:
98
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
67
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 438 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of tbryan5
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MUTINY
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of ThaJokerWild
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cfinch2
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Moose90
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served into two tulips

A – Pours a bright pale yellow with almost greenish hues, reminiscent of the label coloring. Tall bright white head fades rather quickly to leave a think cap with spotty lacing behind.

S – Smells of tart and crisp green apple, ginger, lemon, allspice, vinegar, funk, oats, brett featured wonderfully.

T – Taste builds upon tart and sweet granny smith apple notes, as well as a nice bitter lemongrass tone, slightly spicy and funky brett finish.

M – Medium bodied, highly effervescent, really nice balance here.

O – Fantastic collaboration between two great breweries, there is a great balance within this one.

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Photo of will4738
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Reedbrew
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paresis
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Texasfan549
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stingraystripe
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a glass. Color is clear and golden, and effervescent. Good lacing. Nose is winy with hints of citrus. Mouthfeel is tightly bubbly. The wine comes out in this one very strongly but complements the saison style incredibly well. I don't think this one is for everyone, certainly not for the stout and malt drinkers, but if you're into saisons, and have no aversions to white wine, this one is just excellent. One of my late spring favorites for sure. (and the label's a pure bonus if you've ever lived in Utah or anywhere close. Just sayin'.)

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Photo of brureview
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light golden color with one finger in a tulip glass.

Aroma: very Brett forward. Almost like a vinegar aroma.

The taste is a good balance between the strong Brett character and the wine- barrel. The Brett is a bit overwhelming, with undertones of wine in the flavor.

Overall: a very good beer. I prefer Boulevard Saison Brett and Seizoen Bretta -from Logsdon Farms. They were not aged in Wine barrels ( to my knowledge) so the Brett character works well in those beers.

I am questioning whether a Brett Saison does well aged in wine barrels. Perhaps the taste is almost towards a vinegar type of taste.

Overall, though, a very good beer which will appeal to a certain tastes. If you are an over the top Brett fan, you will greatly enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattWhite
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Haybeerman
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ken_P
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Bung
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Celtics76
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Elder Brett: Saison-Brett Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 438 ratings.
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