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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Epic Brewing Company’s latest barrel-aged beer brings something new—wild yeast. This brew is a collaboration ale with Crooked Stave Artisan Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado. Chad Yakobson, Brewmaster/Owner of Crooked Stave, is well known for his skill and knowledge in the brewing of sour and Brettanomyces driven beers. The beer was brewed at Epic by the two brewers. Kevin Crompton, Epic’s Brewmaster, and Chad spent several weeks working on the recipe and selecting the proper Brett strains and barrels for the beer to morph from a golden Saison into a Saison-Brett Golden Ale.
Rel 1. - 8.8%
Rel 2. - 9.6%
Rel 3. - 9.3%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4058) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 25, 2013
pale golden color. Tons of Brett from start to finish with a bit of oak, light body, slightly acidic. Dry well balanced . Phenolic. Wow, great sour beer without being in your face.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukaduke (2652) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle thanks to adnielsen, Bitchin bottle man ! Pours a light golden straw color with a three finger fizzy foam. Aromas are a touch of sweet tarts, pineapple, barnyard brett funk and a touch of vanilla. The palate is a tad thin but the flavors are spot on and very well balanced. Nice tropical peachy pineapple notes mingle with more rustic barnyard brett character with a nice vinous acidity that carries the finish out in a tongue tingling hey you want to guzzle this shit kind of way ! Tasty !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Yellow pour. Tart fruits on the nose with a bit of barnyard as well. Sourness fades into peach and apple flavors. A very dry and crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Mail-order bottle. Pours a deep gold with a huge head. Nose is funky and tart. Drew’s right, smarties. Earthy with a lemon note and some sweetness to the nose. Low phenol, faint peppery notes. On tasting, it is quite sweet and overbodied. A touch boozy. Does have some drying from the brett, along with that smarties tart note but not really a great example overall. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3896) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear gold white head. Aroma pineapple, vanilla, band aids, horsey. Flavors are really tannic, pineapple syrupy sweetness, some horsey, smarties, odd vinous character that seems out of place.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - MAR 16, 2013
Classy stuff. Lots of brett, but it has an austere nature rather than too barnyardy. Good, weighty though not too heavy body presents the funk on a platter and a dry quenching finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9437) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2013
Big brett aroma, saison brett. Odd spider lacing. Funk aroma, a sour edge. Yellow bodied. Boozy smell in the finish, bigger than the listed abv. A pleasant drinkable sourness. Bottle from recent US trip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4189) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured clear golden with a thin white head. Nose was insane on this. Great yeast funk and acidity with mild wood notes and a dab of candied grains. Tasted just as good but the nose was so inviting on this beer. Acidic and tart but insanely well balanced. Some sweetness with light fruits like apples or apricots. Some funk and wood but all balanced and working well together. I could drink this all day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2013
In short: An original, refreshing, very bright and moderately wild/barnyard amber Saison. Truly excellent.
How: Bottle 22oz, batch 1, consumed 9 months after the beer release. Bottle sent to me by tyler_mn, thanks a lot Tyler.
The look: Cloudy glowing golden-amber body topped by a small white head.
In long: Nose is moderately bretty with a very bright farmhouse character, a nice breeze in a coutryside flower field and a not-so-dirty horse blanket. Taste is also very bright. A nice bright restrained brett character, very clean for a brett beer with the brett bringing sharp funky grapefruity edges. A wheat-like malt backbone, a refreshing mild acidity/tartness, a fresh bowl of fruit salad, pleasant cheesy notes. Sweetness sensation is very low. Salty/minerals mouthdrying finish along with some white grapefruits. Everything worked so well in this beer, nothing is overdone, it tasted unique in a way I have a hard time to put into words. Brett beers can be tricky, never know when is the best time to open them, not sure if it because I just waited the perfect amount of time before opening this particular bottle, but I thought this beer was fantastic, an wonderful surprise considering the so-so ratings indicate. I liked it so much that I texted my friend who sent me the bottle a “:)”, the first time I text a smiley face, because the last time I was this happy there was only rotary phones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Good stuff. Similar in aroma and flavor to the colaboration between Sierra Nevada and Russian River Brux ale. Very light oak. Seems young. Tasty though. Raw lemon, tart apple, wheat. No sediment. Aroma sour tart Belgium. A bit too sweet & slick. Nice carbonation. Think of a Leffe gone sour. Delicious.

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