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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MatthewHinz (12) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2016 I bought 8 of these and plan to save 5 of them. I’ll drink one a year for the next five years to see how it ages. As of now I like it. I don’t think I can describe it better than the reviewers here already have. Lots of character and tart. Can’t wait to see how it ages. UPDATE 2015: Here I am, at the halfway point. I’m about to open my third of the five cans I packed away in the basement back in 2012. I’ll be changing my rating based on how it shakes out. Okay...here goes............... Wow. This beer is still very much alive as it made a valiant attempt to give me a bath when I cracked the can. I can already tell you, from my only partially successful attempt to contain the detonation with my face, that the banana bread flavors, that have been so prominent up until this point, have died down dramatically. The main characteristic I am getting is a pleasantly balanced tartness with a delightful aftertaste that reminds me of apricots. This is a nice development as the banana flavor from the Isoamyl acetate, while not as unpleasant to me as it seems to be for many brewers, was a bit overwhelming last year. I cant wait to see how next years can tastes, though I’ll be plenty sad as that will mark the beginning of the last year I get to look forward to a can of Escoffier in August/September. But all good things must come to an end as they say. I’m more sad to think that when I drink that last can my daughter, whom was just shy of her first birthday when this beer was released, will be well into the 1st grade....the progression of my life as measured by a beer.....Not so bad when you look at it that way I suppose. Brewery Vivant has achieved a meteoric rise to become one of my favorite breweries (Seriously, if you haven’t had Tart Side of the Moon you are doing yourself a grave disservice. It will be available starting in November. BUY IT!) I can only pray that they choose to create something this unique again. Something I can squirrel away and look forward to experiencing every year as I have with Escoffier. It has genuinely been one of the highlights of the last three years for me. I sure hope New Belgium and Brewery Vivant choose to create another perfect child such as this. Update 2016: Just opened the 4th of 5 cans and it tried to explode all over me again. The color of the beer is the same. Not surprising, but the aroma. Oh man, the aroma. After the pour I took a giant snoot full of it and had a tiny coughing fit. It has become very sharp. Not only in smell, but in taste. This beer has gone into gose territory with how acidic it is. Not unpleasant mind you, I love a good sour, but I was not expecting the tartness to climb so much. It still has the strong characteristic of apricot to me. And the added tartness only increases it. That great horse blanket funk is still there and I’m glad for it. It gives it a nice progression from tart to funky that I’m really digging. Next year will be my last can. I am unhappy about that. The last 4 years with this beer have shown me how fun a good dynamic beer like this can make those years as you not-so-patiently await the time to crack it open every year. If someone offers you a can, I suggest you take it. Even if you didnt get to go on the full journey, its still a great experience. Til next year...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
milewide (2059) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2012 Rerate: Can 2/4. I’ve upped my rating! I’ve never smelled or tasted a more "rotten/horse blanket" bretta brew! Can says that it contains live yeast, and will improve for 5 years. I believe it! Red amber color. Average head. Aroma and taste were funky bretta and sour. Medium body. $19.99/4 16oz. cans.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDurden24 (1673) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (4916) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2013 Croustillante, cuivrée en la versant et déjà l’arôme m’assailli, la couverte de cheval est bien humide. En bouche c’est riche, vivant et brillamment carbonaté, parfait. Les saveurs tourne autour du malt caramel tourmenté par le brett bruxellensis, pas très sûr, juste funky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alliance100 (1113) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2013
16 oz can and draft. One of the best bretts i’ve ever had. Very excited to see how this develops in the can. Hope Vivant does this one again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
firstsip (733) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petkus331 (389) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1379) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluffy (2357) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackflag321 (640) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Can pour into goblet. Reddish amber/gold; small, brief head. Tart, fruity, slightly sour. Very nice tasting now, but I am guessing it will taste more complex with age. I better put some away.

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