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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flannelnomad (57) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2014
On tap at Beer Mongers. This is a great winey brett beer. Tart, dry winey apples, crisp and refreshing- enough body on it as well. A beautiful beer to boot, clear and golden. Epic is a fifty/fifty brewery for me- half their beers are home runs and half are duds. This one has a lot of finesse on it and that higher ABV really makes it great and well rounded. Cheers to Utah beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dkrep (14) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2014
From release #3, 9.3% ABV. Pours a perfectly clear yellow-golden color with minimal head that disappeared almost immediately. Smell is the usual brett funk with a little apple vinegar. Taste is crisp with the brett funk and minor apple notes. Overall a good beer for a fix if you’re jonesin’ for the brett.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (6326) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Golden pour with hint of apple juice. White wine notes, great tart and funkiness. Substantial bretty bandaid notes. Green apple, white wine. Acidic tartness. Really good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2579) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours out an apple juice-like golden color with a small white head. Aroma is of funky brett, light fruity notes, apple, horse blanket, nice light tartness, mild plastic. Taste is complex, apple, light spices, some funky barnyard/horse blanket brett notes, light plastic, grapes, some more funky brett, light fruity notes. Interesting beer, of course I dig it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4729) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
Someone had been drinking when these notes were taken. Aroma of Brett. Taste of caramel Brett and sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4253) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Location: 22 oz bottle from Sparrow, 12/23/13

Aroma: The aroma is brett yeast, barnyard., tart apple, citrus/lemon, spice, and hay/grass
Appearance: It pours a clear golden color with a thin white head with scattered lace
Flavor: The taste is much the same, lead by the funk, with spice, fruit, and grassy flavors as well
Palate: The body is light-medium, it has a soft carbonation, and a clean mouthfeel
Overall Impression: Interestingly, I felt like the brett flavors became slightly more muted as it warms, and the underlying sweetness comes out a bit more, but I like both the cooler and warmer version of this beer. Regardless, the combination really does work nicely. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle from the 2nd release shared with some buds. Aroma is sour wine, great big barnyard funk, white grape juice, and a stilton chesse. Pours golden with very little head but ok carbonation. Taste is sour white grape, barnyard, slight pineapple tartness, and a mild stinky cheese. All in all, this is too sweet and strong. Really takes away from a fantastic flavor profile. Well worth drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1539) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Release #3, 9.3% ABV. Bottled November 19, 2013.
Appearance: The body is clear and golden, showing off sparkling carbonation. The head is short and foamy, quickly dissipating to a light coating and a short ring.
Aroma: Very powerful aroma, it jumped from the glass as I poured it exposing a very fruity and slightly tart smelling aroma. Upon settling for a moment there’s a complex blend of oak, hay, leather, tart lemon, tart cherries, papaya, and funky barnyard earthiness. Very enjoyable.
Taste: The intro is of mildly sweet wine, honeysuckle and light oak. This leads to a big fruitiness that reminds me a lot of papaya with strawberry tones. The finish becomes a bit tannin present with a sort of astringent quality I find in some wines that comes off a bit like booze. Mild funk is noticed throughout, but mostly present towards the finish. The finish is dry and lingers of oak for a bit.
Palate: Light and crisp, sort of juice body.
Overall: This is a great beer, I love the complexities in it and I’ve never had a beer that had a combination of papaya and honey flavors. I look forward to trying this next release!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2907) - Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Release #1, bottled 1/23/2012. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big peach, pineapple, pear, apple, lemon zest, floral, hay, grass, white wine, oak, clove, pepper, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of brett, yeast, and wine barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big pineapple, peach, pear, apple, white wine, lemon zest, oak, clove, pepper, hay, floral, grass, musty funk, light honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, peach, pear, apple, white wine, lemon zest, oak, clove, hay, grass, light honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of brett, yeast, wine barrel, and light malt flavors; with a crisp malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Brett saison! All around great complexity and balance of brett, yeast, and wine barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4274) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2013
22oz 3rd release 9.3% bottle purchased at Crossroads. Poured a watery deep bronze body with a large fluffy white head. Aroma is FUNK-e, notes of band aid, lemons, brett, dough, hay, straw, lemons, tart cherry. Body is thinner and light with stronger carbonation and a dry finish with a funky finish. Flavor is dry overall, some crusts, lemons, brett, funk, dry bread. Aroma is the best part of this beer but this is still a nice beer.

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