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Brewery Vivant / New Belgium Escoffier

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 278   ABV: 9.25%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5333) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (10780) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ads135 (2911) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2116) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3167) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5687) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2377) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served showing a clear, ruby/amber hue, with modest, rapidly diminishing, soft white head foam, and light spots & streaks of like fading lacing. The aroma was tart fruit as cherry, and light yeasty funk. The flavor exhibited similar notes along with a light syrupy texture and medium body. With tartness having the upper hand over the sweetness, heightened effervescence, and a moderately dry mouthfeel throughout, a flavorful freshness was achieved. Enjoyable and impressed!.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6605) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2012
On tap at fountainhead. Pours a clear amber with a tan head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sour acidic fruit with a bit of underlying funk. Flavor has more of a syrupy sour fruit note with a hint of acid and underlying barnyard notes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3338) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
16 oz. can. Orangish amber pour with a small off white head. Aroma of strong beligan yeast, apricot, cherry, caramel. I get some dust, some basement aromas, mild overripe fruit. Flavor is fruity, lots of dust and strong funk. Quite dry, with plenty of dried fruit undertones. Funkiness develops towards the finish, with moderate over ripe fruit. Interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Big can. Pour is a fairly clear orange with lots of sudsy head that dies down to a thin film fairly quickly. Aromas have a thick apple edge to them with a little bit of white pepper and some faint funk. Flavor is similar to the nose. Lots of fruit (although it is more white grape juice than apple here), a little spice and just a hint of funk. The Brett presence is a kind of tingly pepperiness that adds nicely to the beer, but the sweetness of the fruit profile is nearly cloying. I have three cans left, and they will be aging for a long time.


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