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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2903) - Ocean County, 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 (6357) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (5087) - 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 (1252) - 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 (7403) - 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 (14558) - San Leandro, 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 (3789) - Omaha, Nebraska, 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 (2246) - Ouray, Colorado, 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 (3191) - 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.

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