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Brewery Vivant / New Belgium Escoffier

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RATINGS: 89   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.


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3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michaelinwa (611) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Can from trade with Umich03jm. Pours a clear copper color with a moderate head. Fairly light sour aroma with hints of bret. Taste is light sour and funk with a malt balance and with good body and mouthfeel. Makes me think of Orval. Interesting brew and probably worthy of aging with good results.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluffy (1752) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2014
just about as perfect an example of a brett beer as could be imagined. i was this all the time.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
koleminer20 (693) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2014
On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. The pour is a strange pink gold with a thin layer of white head that just won't leave. There is a little bit of lace, but nothing excessively sticky. The aroma is a little sweeter and more of a fruit dominance than a sour, which is a little surprising. The deeper you go, just more fruit. The flavor is strange. It's almost bitter as opposed to sour. No real funk, and the fruit is drowned out by the bitterness. The mouth feel is thin and well carbonated, but the aftertaste is just bitter fruit. Not good bitter fruit, but something you want to leave. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1074) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Another great gift. Pours orange-amber with a fair khaki head that leaves some spots of lace. Nose involves brown sugar, tart yeast, some funky earthy stuff, apple skin, hay and grass. Pretty sweet, fairly tart, slight bitter. Medium to full bodied, oily, snappy, tart, with a lengthy yeasty drying farmy finish. Really enjoying this. Sure it would gain some complexity with a little more age, but as is, it has plenty of good stuff going on and it’s just flat out refreshing and drinkable despite the ABV. Good stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tenacubus (14) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Clear and golden color. Aroma of apples and a bit of funk. Taste is a very mild sour with a lot of apple and some weirdness on the backside

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1380) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2014
2012 can. Caramel with a beige head. Sour and cider aroma. Barnyard and oddly sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Can from a trade. Aroma and flavor of a Brett-conditioned pale ale. Definitely get the soured hops. Not a huge fan, but I can see it's selling points. Ok beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDurden24 (1611) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2013
From the can, brett, citrus and funk all around. One of the tastiest brett beers I have ever had. Love it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petkus331 (273) - Redford, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Aroma reminds me of a late harvest reisling, acidic apple, pear, some cherry and a hint of metal; banana is the only aroma I get that I would not expect of a late harvest reisling. Appearance is a hazy reddish orange, a tuft of white foam and thick curtains of lace. Taste is acidic, slightly sour, apple and pear stand out prominently with a light oregano like hop bitterness on the end. Palate is beautiful, I almost wanted to give it 5/5; fizzy and creamy, but not syrupy, very nice. Overall, a great beer, a little pricy, but I will still be buying this again. Cheers!

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
firstsip (490) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Can. Cloudy amber. Tons of head on pour. Incredible lacing and a thin layer of head lasting throughout drink. Nose is pure yeast/funk. Thinnish mouthfeel. Bretta yeast defines this beer--tastes very much like a farmhouse. Very mild hop presence felt on tongue. Great beer--too bad it’s so expensive!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Pours dark hazy orange, three finger fluffy off white head. Smell citrusy, hay, funk and barnyard, light tart. Taste bitter funky brett up front, sweetness, citrusy and fruity middle, funky horse on tail. Full bodied, chewy Nice beer


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