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RATINGS: 204   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%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4392) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2246) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (5898) - 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.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
russj117 (5) - Utah, USA - JAN 26, 2012 does not count
i love the sour style, so that’s my bias. very sweet and tart. smells almost like champagne. taste is initially sweet, then tart, with hints of apple and peach. the 8.8% is VERY well masked, and this beer is quite drinkable. finish is lingering tart. overall an amazing beer from epic. this is what i had hoped the sour apple saison would taste like. and as an ex-mormon i find the name hilarious. very good!


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