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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 14/20
TheAlum (6956) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3747) - 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!.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10213) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2738) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Tap at CK. Pours a clear lighter orange. No head. Nose is acetic, some red wine, paper, pepper. Taste is not acetic, more aerated, spritzy, lightly sour and funky. Minerally. Palate is lightly bitter, herbal, minerally and spicy Brett character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Poured with a golden hue. Smelled of ketchup. Lots of Carbonation, Tasted of citrus and had a bitter grapefruit finish. Also had some sweetness. Not as sour as I had hoped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Copper with modest, creamy off-white head / Mild, sweet, stylish nose of cherry, oak, spun sugar, and light oak / Medium body, some woody astringency, a touch thin, / Flavors of oak, cherry, toast, and resin / Lacking in sufficient fruit and any real brett character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Draft. Clear amber body, small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, some cherry/sour, funk, light spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry/Brett, some funk, light alcohol warming. Medium-full body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2012
1 pint can. Good drinking here. Earth and funk are prominent in this solid collaboration. Pours with a thin layer of starch white head, and bold, opaque, burnt orange. Aroma is of earth, barnyard, bread, caramel, and mild citrus. A good, hazy, funky nose. The palate is quite wet, decently carbonated, with prominent funk, as the other notes come off slightly muddled. Cheese, wood, bread, sour berry, pears, and more funk. Overall, I enjoyed. This is close to being great.

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