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Brewery Vivant / New Belgium Escoffier

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (12291) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Draft. Clear deep golden color, white edge head. Aroma of lemon peel. Taste is softly sour, sourdough bread and citrus.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11568) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11255) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 1, 2013
Can shared by Ken at Capitol Beer. Pours amber with little head. Nice sour fruit aroma. Near med body. Flavor is sour, berry, malty. Not extreme, but very tasty. Nice, pleasant, moderately sour finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (11085) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012

Date: November 30, 2012
Mode: Can
Source: Tasting
Appearance: clear copper, fine beige head
Aroma: funky musty aroma, sweet caramel
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, lots of wild brett, touch of sourness, light fruityness, light spicy bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10816) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Draft. Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour funk aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & sweet fruit flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9252) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Can @ home, courtesy of TheAlum. Thanks Adam! Pours a clear burnt orange appearance with a cream colored head. Tangy dark berry, slightly acetic, a bit funky, vinous aroma. Tart, grape drank, vinous, raisin, plum, somewhat funky flavor. Eh, ok, but this isn’t meshing well with my night of drinking old canned beers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9224) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Gold pour, white head. Aroma of yeast, light brett funk, lots of fruit. Flavor is sweet, almost a cidery note. Flavor is lightly funky, yeast, fruit, sweet finish. Odd.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2013
A sour in a can! Golden amber pour with an off white head. Floral, some funkiness, some fruitiness, and citrus. Again, a sour in a can!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8726) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
UPDATED: APR 2, 2014 Wild mildly sharp aroma, enticing. Orange colour orange taste, a long finish of orange and mildl sour. Good drinkability. Brian’s can, thanks for sharing. I bought a can and had it 15 months later and found it just as good, brett giving a slight farmhouse aroma and taste.


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