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Brewery Vivant / New Belgium Escoffier

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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1996) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Can. Pours a clear copper with no head. Aroma is funky citrus. Flavor.is sweet with a little funk. Not super sour but very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (4239) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Sour beer in a can? WHAT?!?! Buddy in Michigan sent me 3 cans from this brewery. Never heard of them before. Enjoyed at 60F in a wine glass.

A - Very bright amber appearance. Nice 3 finger solid white head.

S - Currants and some ropey notes on the nose. Some lacto funk but it could just be a fruitiness.

T - Really nice tartness in this beer. More currants and cherries with some pineapple and honey / tart finish.

M - Medium body, very nice carbonation

O - Yeah, sour beer from a can at 9.25%..not exactly sure how to deal with this. It’s interesting, not boozy and nice and fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (3734) - Kansas, USA - FEB 7, 2013
16 oz tallboy can shared by beastiefan2k. The pour is a clear golden amber, with a 1/2 inch light tan head that falls pretty quick. The aroma is some ripe apple skin, some cattiness, and then a general Brett sharpness overriding all of that, particularly pronounced as the beer warms. The taste is grass, straw, light malt sweetness, then bright Brett sharpness, along with the apple skin catty tartness of the nose. Bright active flavors, a touch on the sharp side. The palate is medium to light bodied, soft light carbonation, and a huge aftertaste of the Brett. Bit heavy handed on the Brett for my liking, though very cool to have a Brett beer in a can. Thanks for sharing this one Eugene.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rubbishystuff (2215) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2015 From BandC. Not quite as sweet as flemish reds and not as sour as a gueuze. Maybe not sour enough for sour heads. I quite enjoyed it, tart refreshing, not too puckery. Medium funk complexity. Serving: Can

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (6843) - 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 (10660) - 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. Brian’s 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 (10384) - 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 isn’t 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 I’d 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 (10760) - Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Draft. Taste is sweet and underattenuated. For some reason I jsut don’t like much of what this brewery puts out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - 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

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