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Brewery Vivant / New Belgium Escoffier

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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 278   ABV: 9.25%
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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 íEscoffierí to celebrate the relationship between great food and excellent beer, and how they elevate each other when enjoyed together. If youíve 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4012) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Good surprise. Golden pour with nice brett presence. Aroma has good floral hops and some mash malt. Leave a bit of sour, a bit of sweet. Medium carbonation. Nice. On tap at Hopcat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8644) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
UPDATED: APR 2, 2014 Wild mildly sharp aroma, enticing. Orange colour orange taste, a long finish of orange and mildl sour. Good drinkability. Brianís can, thanks for sharing. I bought a can and had it 15 months later and found it just as good, brett giving a slight farmhouse aroma and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9090) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Can @ home, courtesy of TheAlum. Thanks Adam! Pours a clear burnt orange appearance with a cream colored head. Tangy dark berry, slightly acetic, a bit funky, vinous aroma. Tart, grape drank, vinous, raisin, plum, somewhat funky flavor. Eh, ok, but this isnít meshing well with my night of drinking old canned beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2013 Can from JPDurden. Thanks Jon! Pours a crystal clear amber color with a trim off-white head that falls until it just rings the glass edge. There is a little lacing, though. Aroma has some dried fruits, maybe cherry, some wood and lots of Brett. Taste is sweet with some earthiness. Perhaps a tad too sweet since Iíd prefer a beer like this to be drier. A little sticky. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
crossovert (7403) - Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Draft. Taste is sweet and underattenuated. For some reason I jsut donít like much of what this brewery puts out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012

Date: November 30, 2012
Mode: Can
Source: Tasting
Appearance: clear copper, fine beige head
Aroma: funky musty aroma, sweet caramel
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, lots of wild brett, touch of sourness, light fruityness, light spicy bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2509) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Can shared by Dave. Pours out an attractive amber color with a solid amount of carbonation and a small white head. Aroma is of spicy brett, some sweet fruity notes, light funk, plastic brett. Taste is of some spicy brett, light plastic, floral notes, fruits, light bitterness and a bone dry finish. a brett beer in a can, man what is next!?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pours light amber. Very little head. Aroma is very funky. Kinda like a lemon rind Taste is fairly sweet. Caramel. Smooth. Tacky. Yeasty funk finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (4604) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Can, gifted by a kind Midwesterner. The pourís clear medium amber with a discreet off-white head that settles into a fine film. Plenty of carbonation. The nose is bright, aggressive brett, plenty of musty white grape. Tart sweetness. Plum concentrate. The taste is somewhat medicinal woodland fruit. Plenty of young plum and peach. Soft brett and barnyard. Fine must. Soft finish. Sweet, syrupy body. Light, easy-drinking. I wouldnít guess the ABV was so weighty. Overall, fairly decent. This looks like it has room to develop. Thereís plenty of structure, just not a whole lot of flavor...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4013) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2012
16oz can via trade, clear dark orange/amber color hardly any head. Aroma of funk, horse blanket, lemon and vinegar. Medium body that finishes very dry, average carbonation. Flavor of dry bread, lemons, vinegar, barnyard, funk. Not bad.

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