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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%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13346) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bamsen78 (3078) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7385) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11054) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (13802) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (10842) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, yeasty, bretty and fruity. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate acidic. Dry and moderate acidic finish. 231113

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (10875) - DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle, "release #2" 9.5%. Clear golden with small white head. Aroma is malt, eldeflower, fruit, little brett and vinegar. Flavour is malt, fruit, elderflower, little sweet, little brett, little sour, little dry and a little bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (13851) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are brett, flowers, citrus, malt and hops and has a nice bitter sour finish. Easy drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2035) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
A: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Mild Lacing S: Brett, Hay, Mild Apricots T: Brett, Hay, Mild Apricots M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sour, Mildly Funky Overall, a pretty nice balanced brett beers with a mild sour finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (698) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Release #2. Aroma is fairly fruity with a lot of pineapple and cherry notes. Lighter aromas of pear and red apple cider. A light vinous oak note helps tie the fruitiness together. No real barnyard character. Pours a fairly clear hay colored yellow gold with a thin white head that quickly recedes to the edges. No lacing or legs. Flavor is slightly sweet upfront but there really isn’t much malt character. Lighter pineapple and cherry notes but still plenty of pear and red apples. A lot more oak nots to the flavor with a strong oak and white wine character. Medium light bitterness with a light alcohol spice in the finish. Lingering oak and white wine tannins with a hint of fruit and some grapes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to medium high carbonation. Low tannic astringency and medium alcohol warmth. Overall I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer but I found the flavor to be a bit too dominated by the wine barrels. I also wish this beer were smaller as 9.5% is way too high for a saison.

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