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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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%


1.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
theebeermonkey (1) - - MAR 31, 2012 does not count
I come from the land of serious Belgian inspired sour /wild ales. This does not compete at all. Lifeless body, No head or carb. A lot of residual particulates. Good Saison aroma but carries through as apricot, chicken and dirty socks. I was really hoping for something of better quality based on the collaboration with Crooked Stave and the knowledge that Chad brings to the table which leads me to believe that the brewer at Epic had way to much say in this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmonster (997) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Release #1. Bottle served in a tulip. Very hazy light orange with a medium sized white head. Good retention and decent lace. The bright aroma is fruit driven with brett and oak. As it warms, the oak and brett provide some delicious nuances of earth, toasty funk vinousness, and swimming pool. Medium fruity sweet and light yeasty flavor. Light-medium body, creamy-acidic texture, average carbonation, and yeasty-sticky, tart finish. Well done.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (9992) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Bottle thanks to Dallas. Pours clear yellow with white head. Nose is terrific lemon, brett, white pepper, wild yeast, sage-like spices and soured lemon peel. Taste is similar but very muted and more spice heavy. Medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (8062) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2012
22 oz. bottle, split with manuchampions and uhlan, pours a cloudy golden yellow wit a small white head. Aroma of soap, underwear, brett, yeast and lemon peel. Flavour of lemon / citrus peel, soap, some tartness, and some white wine barrels. Well-balanced with a nice tart vinous quality. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewjk (958) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2012
poured from 22 bomber - Not sure what to say? I like the candied green apple aroma and taste--high yeast with some bread. You have to love the champagne and acidity! But everything about this is subtle--including the alcohol. I have to say that this is one of the most unique beers I have ever tried, but no where near the best.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2012
(22oz bottle. Release #1). Pours hazy golden with white head that falls quickly. Active carbonation. Quite a bit of yeast in suspension. Aroma has tart green apples, grapes, and a bit of earthiness. Taste is sweet and sour. I was surprised about the tartness here. Actually, its what I was hoping for in their sour apple saison. Thin bodied with a dry finish. The alcohol is hidden very well and its drinks easily especially on a hot day. I’d drink a gallon of this on a hot Arizona summer day if the abv was cut in half.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8389) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2012
bottle. tutti frutti candied fruit nose early softens with time and warmth into basement must, lime and chardonnay notes. the acid is a tad strong, especially late on the back of the tongue, where it feels like it catches fire with ethanol. front to back it goes from soft and delicate to brash, prickly and potent. still the candied generic fruit flavor remains long into a sour apple jolly rancher tannic oak barrel finish. though the first few whiffs seemed like cotton candy, it blossomed into something pretty astounding, aroma-wise. flavor, well, it’s a bit too off-balance in favor of alcohol and acids and rough tannins.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4243) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Soft straw yellow pour with one finger of white head. Nose is tart and vinous, slightly horsey with some band aid and green apple skins. Lightly grsay with some wet hay and bready grain. Dry and spicy/zesty palate with a mildly phenolic character.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franks (28) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Pours a hazy golden color with medium sized white head. Aroma is funky and full of Bret and hay. Taste is a light sour not to mouth puckering and a bit acidic. Palate has lively carbonation and feels a bit thin. Over all a good saison an would drink it again. Franks

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5348) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of sweet citrus, lemon, floral notes, light band-aid, and straw. It pours hazy dull gold with lots of sediment and a two finger white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is some decent webbing left behind on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of sweet citrus notes. Light-moderate apple (somewhat cider-ish) notes come into play in the middle. The finish has light-moderate lemon, straw, light floral notes, a touch of band-aid, and pepper. As it warms, some signs of the 8.8% start to come through. It’s light-medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Overall, it’s pretty refreshing and quite an easy drinker for 8.8%.


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