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Brewery Vivant / New Belgium Escoffier

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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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 ’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 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 (5466) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Can, gifted by a kind Midwesterner. The pour’s 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 wouldn’t guess the ABV was so weighty. Overall, fairly decent. This looks like it has room to develop. There’s 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 (4538) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thome50 (1192) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Can, thanks to oakagedgravy, thanks Michael! Pours a light orange, deep yellow with big white head. Aroma is very pronounced brett, funk, slight sour green apple peal. Taste is green apple, slight funky sock and some toffee. Overall, not bad for just being a brett "sour" but because there were no bugs, it seems, the sourness was not there and just left a mild brett beer that was not off putting but didn’t stand out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (6358) - Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2012 16 oz can to pint. Looks solid; a transparent orange with white lacing. Smells and tastes doughy, yeasty, and spicy with mild brett notes. Average on the palate. Not bad, but should probably be aged for a year or two.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (12479) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Thanks for the tick, Adam. Orange pour with a white head. Tart fruit and sweet malt on the nose. A bit of peach, toffee, green apple, and perhaps some cherry. A little bit of metal and booze, too. Interesting flavor. Lightly metallic and boozy, some tart fruit, and sweet malt. Notes of green apple, lemon zest, peach, and cherry. Sweet bread and toffee, and a little bit of yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ads135 (3329) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Not a fan of this one. This beer may be past it’s prime, but for a Brett beer, this is not that sour. Lacks the sweet, tart sourness you would expect and instead has a staleness to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
16 oz can from Manny57. Thanks. Pours a translucent copper color with a small off-white head that quickly vanishes. The aroma is pungent with Belgian style yeasts, sweetened grains, tart fruits and some funky brett. The flavor features sour green apples(a few other sour fruits are present but I can’t pick them out individually), some bitter nuts, sweetened grains and earthy hops. The palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes medium in duration and dry. Overall: A sour in a can--I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Draft at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Medium to dark, slightly hazy orange body, thin/medium off-white head. Sour nose, wispy and thin with tart fruits and nuts. Thin body with sugars, some tart (but not puckering) indistinct fruits, toast, spice, and warming alcohol in the finish; sharp. Had some champagne/sparkling grape juice qualities, neither very sweet nor very sour. Tastes like a winter beer. Warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
16 oz can from a 4-pack from Binnys SL (Chicago, IL). Pours a copper orange hue, firm deep hues and glow, a bit of haze, lively carbonation. Cakey tannish head stays firm sized, laces well. Deeper ruby copper body and orange sunset edges glow fiercely. Aromas are straw, dust, gentle tart apple. Grass, some bready and biscuity malts. Cobwebs, gentle horseblanket, and funk is mellow yet growing quantities. More gentle wafts of crab apple, straw, and gentle Beigna yeast, spice. Estery fruit qualities, straw, a bit sweet at times, touches of tartness at others. Initial is medium bodied, a touch lighter with some fizzy life up front. Straw, yeasty funk, and dryness hit the palate. Some tart apple, gentle lemon gives some pleasant tartness, a touch of cranberry. Dry middle, touches of bread, grass, gentle cobwebs and funk, some dryness and horseblanket, straw. A touch of sweet biscuit into the backend, but playing well with some funk and mellow yet inviting tartness and fruit. Gentle kiss of cherry, cranberry back there linger with funk, bread, yeast, and earthy funk. Pretty solid offering, smelled a bit sweet for me but really settled in as it warmed a touch. Good flavors, balance. Fun experiment that grows on me further in.

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