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Brewery Vivant / New Belgium Escoffier

Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 278   ABV: 9.25%
Escoffier is our much heralded collaboration with New Belgium Brewing in Ft. Collins, CO. Coinciding with their entry into Michigan in August 2012, this project began with a friendly meeting at our pub. After a few beers and some food, the idea to brew a beer together started to take shape. Surprise!

Auguste Escoffier is considered the master chef of the 20th century. His ideas and methods left an indellible imprint on the culinary world, and are still in use to this very day. We named our beer ’Escoffier’ to celebrate the relationship between great food and excellent beer, and how they elevate each other when enjoyed together. If you’ve ever visited our pub, this is the cornerstone of what we try to accomplish.

Will we make it again? Only the ghost of old Escoffier knows.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alliance100 (1113) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2013
16 oz can and draft. One of the best bretts i’ve ever had. Very excited to see how this develops in the can. Hope Vivant does this one again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Tallboy into snifter. Hazy gold pour, some head, tons of lace. Yeasty aroma needs to push forward more.
<br> Soured yeast and grain up front. Funky, barnyard yeast grows in intensity with a healthy sour base to fall back on. Not sure I've had a good canned sour before, but I'm a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (6750) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2013
16 ounce can bought near Detroit. A dark golden with a beige head that settles into a thin layer. The aroma is funky bret and complex fruit. Lots of wildness is tasted first and it is more than bret. Lots of malts add plenty of sweetness. A light hop profile adds some spice and bitterness. Fruit is apples and tropical fruit. Cinnamon was tasted late as was sulfur. It was just a bit medicinal. Alcohol was not tasted but was felt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Peppery with flavors or orange zest and strong brett. Good, but nothing terribly interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshwoodward (575) - - JUN 6, 2013
On tap at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor. Not my style. Quite heavy and boozy, too much sweetness. Just a hint of sourness. Tasty and well made for what it is, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Can! Pours a clear copper color with a very light tan head. Funky aroma; sour and some barnyard. At this point is have a more sour note than funky though. Medium mouthfeel. Pear, apple, some sweetness, pineapple, all mixed in with some funk. Not overly sour though. ABV really doesn’t show. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
delamie6 (20) - - APR 21, 2013
This is a special seasonal beer they are trying out. I wasn’t a big fan of it. It actually tastes sour like it was skunked or old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5468) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2013
Poured a translucent copper with a ring of white foam. Aroma has a cidery, cotton candy essence. A little sour with a drying finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (2626) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2013
Nice balance between belgian spices and sour. Very drinkable. Some sour apples and berries. Not my style but enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9220) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 2, 2013
Pours reddish copper with a modest beige head and a sour fruit aroma. There is a medium-bodied light malt flavor with brett-fueled sourness that is substantial but not overwhelming. A dry fruity finish.

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