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RATINGS: 211   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Bottle shared by a friend. Hazy gold pour with a thin white head. Nose contains a lot of funk, along with citrus and sweet malt. Malty and funky flavor with some apple and citrus tartness. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle @ home. Hazy/cloudy, yellow/golden appearance with a fizzy white head that has moderate retention. Guava, pineapple, lemon citrusy, bretty, vinous, effervescent, Belgian yeasty aroma that’s excellent. Tangy, fairly tart, pineapple/mango/guava citrusy, a touch bready, Belgian yeasty flavor with a light vinous, dry, citrusy, a touch boozy finish. Excellent pineapple/guava flavor and finish. This baby is a winner...great brew! I need to pick up a few bottles of these and stick them in the cellar with the rest of the Crooked Stave shit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle, Release 1. Murky golden with medium sized white sudsy head that fades leaving a solid ring of white lace. Nose is big and bretty. Some pineapple, lemon, dirty socks, granny smith apple. Flavor is a bit messy, lots of white wine character, brett is conflicting and base beer is completely lost. Very white grapey way too much barrel character. Tastes like a golden ale MIXED with a dry white wine. A bit much for me. The nose showed promise, but for me this beer doesn’t make the cut. At least fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbutler1 (1356) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle. Release #1. Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a slight white head that collars around the glass. Nice lacing as the head settles. Citrus lemon in the nose along with an underlying caramel note with apple. Medium mouthfeel. Floral and fruity upfront with a lingering funky note, flirting with a medicinal flavor at the very end. Alcohol shows slightly. Overall, pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1363) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Pours a cloudy, golden color with a white head. Sour aroma with some apple, oak, yeast, and some slight barnyard. Flavor is sweet at first with the fruits then gives way to the sourness and barnyard. Plenty of sugar on the finish on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Cloudy gold/yellow pour. White head. Aroma of a chicken coop!! Flavor is smooth, brett, earthy, light tartness, yeasty. Yes!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (1956) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Bottle release #1 to my Duvel glass. Pours clear pale golden yellow with a quick white soapy head that fades to a creamy looking film and faint spotty lacing. Aroma is tart and sour funk with granny smith apple and wine corks and some white grape. Taste is a nice mix of Saison and sour with light spice and biscuit and leading into tart funk and leather with some corks and apple peel and white grapes. Palate is medium and slick with a crisp warming dry finish. Very nice brew, will be excited to pick up another bottle to let rest for 6 months or so!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - JAN 28, 2012
22oz bottle (release #1) from Epic
Appearance: Hazy yellow with a medium sized white head and good lacing
Aroma: Brett, lemon and pepper
Taste: Dusty caramel, brett and saison spices with a dry wine finish
Very nice and easy drinking smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2311) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 27, 2012
22 ounce bottle. A great aroma of brettanomyces, saison yeast, sour apple, and some hay. The flavor is tame in comparison, the saison yeast dominates with the brettanomyces coming up after that, lots of fruit also and a slight tartness. A nice wild ale from Epic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6333) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2012
22 ounce bottle. The base beer for this is great so I expected a lot. I’m not sure what barrels are used, but seems to me like white wine. Pours a bright and cloudy orange/yellow color with a medium white head. The nose is initially quite sour and dusty with some lemons. A sweet bretty flavor throughout with citrus, zesty lemon peel, some dry earthiness, light vinous fruity barrels (maybe there are some red wine notes?). Very easygoing and nice. The Brett infusion is quite nice, in a way I think the barrel comes in pretty big as well. Quite dry. There’s a lot here to remind me of Brainless of Peaches or Cherries with obvious big differences. Overall, tangy and sweet but also dry and funky. Well done.

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