Brewery Vivant / New Belgium Escoffier

 
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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 278   ABV: 9.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Escoffier is our much heralded collaboration with New Belgium Brewing in Ft. Collins, CO. Coinciding with their entry into Michigan in August 2012, this project began with a friendly meeting at our pub. After a few beers and some food, the idea to brew a beer together started to take shape. Surprise!

Auguste Escoffier is considered the master chef of the 20th century. His ideas and methods left an indellible imprint on the culinary world, and are still in use to this very day. We named our beer Escoffier to celebrate the relationship between great food and excellent beer, and how they elevate each other when enjoyed together. If youve ever visited our pub, this is the cornerstone of what we try to accomplish.

Will we make it again? Only the ghost of old Escoffier knows.

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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Can from a trade. Aroma and flavor of a Brett-conditioned pale ale. Definitely get the soured hops. Not a huge fan, but I can see it's selling points. Ok beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2013
From the can, brett, citrus and funk all around. One of the tastiest brett beers I have ever had. Love it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petkus331 (389) - Redford, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Aroma reminds me of a late harvest reisling, acidic apple, pear, some cherry and a hint of metal; banana is the only aroma I get that I would not expect of a late harvest reisling. Appearance is a hazy reddish orange, a tuft of white foam and thick curtains of lace. Taste is acidic, slightly sour, apple and pear stand out prominently with a light oregano like hop bitterness on the end. Palate is beautiful, I almost wanted to give it 5/5; fizzy and creamy, but not syrupy, very nice. Overall, a great beer, a little pricy, but I will still be buying this again. Cheers!

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
firstsip (733) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Can. Cloudy amber. Tons of head on pour. Incredible lacing and a thin layer of head lasting throughout drink. Nose is pure yeast/funk. Thinnish mouthfeel. Bretta yeast defines this beer--tastes very much like a farmhouse. Very mild hop presence felt on tongue. Great beer--too bad its so expensive!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Pours dark hazy orange, three finger fluffy off white head. Smell citrusy, hay, funk and barnyard, light tart. Taste bitter funky brett up front, sweetness, citrusy and fruity middle, funky horse on tail. Full bodied, chewy Nice beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sour and woody with yeast, varnish and a touch of funk. Taste is sweet and yeasty with fruit, candy sugar, orange and caramel with a sour and zippy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (3050) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
A: Hazy Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, Very Thin Off White Head Ring, Mild Lacing S: Funky, Earthy, Oak, Mild Sour Cherries T: Brett, Tart Cherry, Red Plum, Oaky M: Mediocre Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Tart Overall, a really nice brett mild sour, just my can lacked proper carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2015 Can: Translucent copper body; hazy, but not as hazy as Id expect a Brett ale to be. Gray-tinted foam settled rapidly on top, loudly fizzing and cracking to nothing but a collar. Aroma is funky-ass Brett, overripe & funky pineapple with moderate tartness, dirty barn floors, & musty bales of hay. Very horsey with an underlying fruit collage - strawberry, cherry, mild apple & finishing lemon zest. Taste is fruit up front with heavy apple & cherry, followed by a pinapple funk from the Brett. Lightly tart but not puckering. Funky abyss of musty old barns after a nice rain. Earthy must. Finish of lightly tart & bitter cherry skins, mild citrus, funk, and a touch of acetone. Very complex, a pretty good Brett ale. More on the "wild" side than the "sour" side.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Transferring from Beer Advocate. Don remember the details of this one too much.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (9929) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Pouring at NotF in Boston. Pours a lightly hazed amber with a thin beige to white head. Soft floral musk, herbal notes. Sweet, medium-bodied. Gets very sweet, jammy malt, chewy. Light acid, faint acetone. Nutty with some yeast on the finish.


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