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RATINGS: 236   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcartamdg (2331) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2012
Pours a light golden color with a thin lace. Aroma of funk and sour grapes/apples. Taste follows the nose. Great saison, I wish I could get a lot more of this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11545) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2012
Bottle. Poured a clear golden color with a mostly lasted frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour, yeast and straw aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a good beer for style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Swillbur (62) - Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2012
Pours a golden color with little to no head, seems kinda flat. Smells like a saison but the flavors just are not there for me. Some brett character and mild sourness, not bad for 5.99 i guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3637) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2012
Pale golden pour with thick white head. Bright golden pour with yellow highlights. Thick white head on top. Aroma has a fair amount of brett, manifesting itself as lemon and wet wool, some oak. Some hay and honey bread as well. Flavor is mildly sweet. Very faint brett and lemon notes. Very faint. Very unimpressive. Body is a bit on the light side, carbonation a bit on the low side. I’m starting to think I got hosed on this one. If I believed in aging, I’d say maybe some brett and sour notes might come out. But I don’t. I don’t believe in Santa Claus or Superman either. What does that tell you?

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (9999) - , 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (8255) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewjk (964) - 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.

   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.

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