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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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%


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3766) - Kansas, USA - JUL 17, 2012
22 oz bottle shared by John. The pour is hazed gold, with a smallish off white head. The aroma is soft lemon, along with a lot of the yeast. Barnyard, dirt and sweat. The taste is some malt up front, followed by sharpness of the lemon, then opens up to the Brett yeast - barnyard, hay, floral. The flavor had less of the dirt and sweat of the nose, fortunately. The palate is lighter to medium bodied, active carbonation and a clean dry finish. Nice, thanks for sharing John.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6138) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a good bit of brett in it, as well as some lacto notes, which are complimented by the wheat and lemon characteristics. The flavor has quite a bit of brett and leathery funk it in, with some wheat and a little bit of green pepper and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very odd beer, but one I found pretty enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12593) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2012
(22oz bottle, release #1) Pours a hazy pale yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of yogurt, barnyard, grass, and lemon. Flavor of brett, herbs, grass, hay, wood, and sweet tarts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Bottle at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Pours a neon yellow-orange with a small head. Nose and flavor are both marked by very bright and fruity brett characteristics, apricot, orange flesh, grapefruit, touches of lemon-lime. Maybe lacking the bready, funky characteristics that really set the upper echelon of this style ahead of the pack. Delicious and quenching, but not quite as complex as I was hoping.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2012
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a two finger thick, pale, just-off-white colored head that leaves some nice lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a bright, pale gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale, yellow-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells like musty Brettanomyces, a hint of medicinal plastic, lemon grass, dried straw, an ample green apple note, pale cracker like malt, and a hint of herbal character. The green apple note starts to get almost candy like in its character if you really start digging around in the nose.

Softly creamy, with some effervescence, the beer is definitely light and quaffable. Green apple like fruitiness accentuates a perceived sweetness in this otherwise dry beer. There is a pale cracker like chewiness here, as well as a touch of clean wheat baguette breadiness, and some straw like notes that speak to the grain character. The phenolic, musty, Brettanomyces character is here, especially towards the finish were it lingers on the palate; having said that, this beer still manages to be quite clean somehow. As the beer warms up the green apple character becomes a bit more balanced by the grain character; it is still quite prominent, but doesn’t quite get to annoying levels like it almost did at first.

Somehow this beer tastes exceedingly clean, despite being brewed with Brettanomyces it is lacking the necessary rusticity to make this great; it has me wondering if this was overly filtered. This has some potential, but ultimately doesn’t quite seem to get where I would have liked; having said that, this is still a decent beer that is nice enough to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Bottle:   Pale golden, lots of fine sediment floating about, large frothy white head, nice lacing.   Strong bretty nose, seems also a bit woody.   Interesting, bretty on the tongue, some bright floral notes, and also a champagne like flavor, perhaps white wine like.   A very interesting brew to say the least.   Clean, a bit sweet up front, tart in the back, becoming a little dry.   Also has some aspects of Cider.   Body and moutheel are moderate.   Hides its alcohol well, albeit it does get a little warming if you sip it too fast.   Good brew, well balanced, nothing is over bearing.   Wished the brett and dryness were a touch stronger tho, help with the finish.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2014 Nothing makes a beer more enjoyable then sharing with a good friend. A wonderful presence of Brett ( but not overwhelming ) mixed with lemon aromas. This beer held its head thru out my tasting. A little sweetness mixed with citrus flavors, followed by a mild dryness. What a great combination of Saison and Brett. Hardly any sourness. Very refreshing and would buy more, but a little on the pricey side. June 22, 2012. Rls #4. 9.1% Bright luminous clear pale gold color. Like the earlier releases, with more vinous flavors

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RB1 (118) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2012
22oz. bottle, shared by my bud, Joel. Pour is hazy yellow, with big white head which sticks around for the duration of the pour. Aroma is barnyard funk, citrus, with big lemon notes. Taste is bitter up front, followed by lemon and lesser citrus, with a nice tartness. Finish is tart, sour and funky with a lingering bitterness. Very nice saison. Good job on this one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Really enjoyed this one! 14 karat pour with a nice ivory head. Musty, dusty, dirty, dank. Little peppery, touch of spice, some citrus, bit yeasty. The brett definitely adds an interesting dynamic. Almost get some sage and coriander. Delicious and refreshing!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Hazy straw blonde pour, white head, good retention/lace. Aroma of tropical brett, dust, white grape, pineapple. Taste is is tart, lemon, pineapple, brett. Palate is dry, soft, tart finish.


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