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RATINGS: 209   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%


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2602) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4004) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2099) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2013 Bottle. Thanks to adnielsen for sending. Pours a clear yellow color with white head. Funky, brett, barn, hay aromas. Tart, hay, cracker, tangy, citrus flavors. Light bodied. Pretty nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Tap at Denver Tap room - new batch, 9.3% - clear light gold - surprisingly light, clean, and crisp for something so strong - mildly phenolic brett funkiness up front, followed by moderate peach sweetness, finishing with strong, medium-dry white wine and a tingly acidity - nicely done.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Appearance: As I pop the cap the beer slowly tries to creep its way up and out of the bottle before I have a chance to pour it in my glass. As I pour the orange and straw hued nectar into my glass, a steady stream of bubbles races from the bottom to the top, regaling my nose of good things to come. A huge cloud white head slowly fades into a thick white blanket. Swirls creamy.
Nose: Bam! Sour lemon and white grapefruit and Pinot Grigio. Sparkling and bright. Homemade unadulterated lemon bars. Kiwi and agave nectar in the middle. Chardonnay grapes and raw white oak barrels. Sourdough breads to soak it all up. Italian and French bread crusts along the edges.
Palate: Creamy, delicate, and sophisticated. Soft oak and sourdough and French rolls mingle harmoniously in the middle while soaking up tart zesty lemon and grapefruit before rolling into guava and kiwi. The mouthfeel is redolent of the finest angel food cake. Pinot Grigio and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Vidalia onions? Lovely lace marks my glass. Green banana peel, chamois, and spice in my breath. Watching over the proceedings are Chardonnay grapes and just a hint of oak.
Final Thoughts: An epic beer from Epic Brewing out of Salt Lake City, Utah, I just wish I had more. The brilliant mastery of Brettanomyces in this beer is thanks to the collaborative efforts of the brewmasters from Epic Brewing and Crooked Stave Artisan Brewing. Fabulous. Divine.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13555) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle, 22oz. 9.5% ABV. A dense, white head forms over a hazy golden body with microfloaties. The aroma is quite citrusy and lightly bretty, disappointingly simple, but nice anyway. Some faint malty hints as well. It’s medium bodied, quite dry and with a nice carbonation level. Citrus, elderflower and some maltyness in the flavor. Some bitterness chiming in towards the finish. Overall, easy drinkable and quite tasteful, but lacking complexity and depth. Refreshing. 131123

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bamsen78 (3139) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle @ Scooper Tasting in Ulfborg. Pours slightly hazy pale yellow with airy white head. Clear, bitter aroma of hops, with touches of citrus and fruit. Bitter flavour of hops anf fermented fruit, with sweetish and flowery overtones. Discernible alcohol presence. Heavy, noozy aftertaste. OK.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7609) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle 650ml @ fonefan
Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, brett, pineapple, citrus and peach. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with a long fruity and bretty finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Ulfborg weekend celebration of nothing in particular. Hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of brett funk, sulphur and manure. Sweet malty flavour with brett and a vegetable note.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (13913) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle @ Invasion U.S.A, Ulfborg 2013. Pours clear golden with a small creamy head. Brett, funk and grass. Funky flavor with a dry bretty note and a whiff of alcohol.


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