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RATINGS: 203   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%


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1316) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Pours golden with a white head and nice sour, tart, fruity aroma. Taste is a very drinkable sour, not overpowering, with tart, fruit, brett, with floral and dry yeasty notes into the finish. Delicious brew, great sour

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoostIPA (1186) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - APR 21, 2014
Bomber from craftshack. Batch 3. Pours and looks exactly like bud heavy. Aromas of some peaches and a light bretty must. Taste is semi sweet and only lightly bitter. Flavors of sweet apple, peaches and a touch of funky brett. Not tart, not puckering, just slightly bretty. Finishes sweet. Not very good.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (2810) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2014
Bottle. Golden pour with white frothy head. Tart lacto, brett, and fruit aromas. Malty fruit, sour tones. Aroma outshines the flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2723) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2014
Bomber of release 4 at 9.1 % abv purchased from Epic Brewing. Pours hazy light golden with a tall white head. The aroma is the perfect marriage of what I expect from Epic beers and Crooked Stave beers. It has the assertive body and esters I associate with Epic’s Belgian style beers and it has the perfectly incorporated funky Brett that I associate with Crooked Stave’s beers. There are strong vinous notes of muscadine wine in the aroma along with cloves, barnyard and light flowers. The mouthfeel is full, and though I generally prefer a medium/light or very spritzy mouthfeel for this kind of thing, it works well here. Drying, sour notes of muscadines are in the flavor also along with cheese, barnyard, lemon juice and flowers. As the beer warms, the alcohol starts to become a little noticeable, but not too bad. This is tasty stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beekgeek2000 (2) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2014 does not count
From bottle purchased in Portland. Nice head. Slightly hazy. Good aroma. Very pleasant, moderate tartness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 12, 2014

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ Courtesy of my Secret Winter Santa ]. ABV: 9.5%. Clear medium orange yellow colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, leather - brett, light to moderate hoppy, flowers, grass - dry gras, elderflowers. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet, light acidic and light moderate bitter with a long duration, elderflowers, sweet malt, brett. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20131123]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (1995) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2014
On tap at Falling Rock. Aroma of brett, earthy hops, funky yeast, tart fruit and light malts. Similar flavor, crisp and lightly tart. OK.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2014
$11.99 at Olive Tree Market in OB many months ago, release #2. Uh-oh--poured slowly with no head, vigorously the last half of the pour with only a few big bubbles... For a brett-spiked beer? These are usually overcarbonated...pineapple brett and green apple in the nose, some leather funk. Flavor follows with the apple, but then I got a good amount of berry white wine and oak, lightly buttery--perhaps a chardonnay barrel? I suck at wine. Also a touch of leather. Touch of warming alcohol. Earthy dry finish, tartness peaked at a 3ish. only the slightest hint of carbonation pretty well flat, with a thinner body than I like. The carbonation and body kill this beer for me. Definitely better as it warmed to room temp--otherwise it’d be a 3.3

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dr_Fellini (356) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is dry, with acetic acid, brett, sour apple. Flavor is quite tart, also a bit dry, with hints of apple. Light in body with a lingering sour long into the finish. Not bad. Love the label.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (588) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2014
22oz bottle - release #3 - pours a transparent gold with fluffy white head . Aromas of sour citrus , with some grassy barnyard funk . Taste is tart green apple skins , medium funk . Finishes pretty clean . Overall pretty tasty . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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