Brewery Vivant / New Belgium Escoffier

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 278   ABV: 9.25%
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 you’ve 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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DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2013
16oz can, thanks to Aaron for this. Clear orangered color. Ample khaki heads, leaves little loose lace. Fizzes away to a ring and a web. Bigger body. Medium, but smooth carbonation. More on the dry side, overall. Moderate sour taste, little alcohol bite. Light herbal hop aroma, light caramel malt. Kind of bready. All that is hard to taste amongst the sour. Nice one to enjoy with my sandwich, though.

Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Big thanks to Gtg642 for this one. Served in a mini tumbler. Pours clear golden with a short fleeting head. Nose is earthy and fruity. Background funk. Flavor has nice Brett plus tropical and citrus fruits. Dry and moderately funky. Some citrus rind and light black pepper in the nose as it warms. Reminds me of the character from the White Labs Brett Trois strain. Goes down quite well. Quite nice.

gonzosauce (196) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2013 On tap at the brewery. Honey gold in color. An understated aroma, and flavor, that is yeasty and enjoyably floral, but the brett’s sourness only barely comes through. A wine mouthfeel! Overall, very much appreciable, but certainly understated.

hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2013
A sour in a can! Golden amber pour with an off white head. Floral, some funkiness, some fruitiness, and citrus. Again, a sour in a can!

TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Can. Pours a clear copper with no head. Aroma is funky citrus. sweet with a little funk. Not super sour but very enjoyable.

AdamChandler (5206) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Sour beer in a can? WHAT?!?! Buddy in Michigan sent me 3 cans from this brewery. Never heard of them before. Enjoyed at 60F in a wine glass.

A - Very bright amber appearance. Nice 3 finger solid white head.

S - Currants and some ropey notes on the nose. Some lacto funk but it could just be a fruitiness.

T - Really nice tartness in this beer. More currants and cherries with some pineapple and honey / tart finish.

M - Medium body, very nice carbonation

O - Yeah, sour beer from a can at 9.25%..not exactly sure how to deal with this. It’s interesting, not boozy and nice and fruity.

theisti (4237) - Kansas, USA - FEB 7, 2013
16 oz tallboy can shared by beastiefan2k. The pour is a clear golden amber, with a 1/2 inch light tan head that falls pretty quick. The aroma is some ripe apple skin, some cattiness, and then a general Brett sharpness overriding all of that, particularly pronounced as the beer warms. The taste is grass, straw, light malt sweetness, then bright Brett sharpness, along with the apple skin catty tartness of the nose. Bright active flavors, a touch on the sharp side. The palate is medium to light bodied, soft light carbonation, and a huge aftertaste of the Brett. Bit heavy handed on the Brett for my liking, though very cool to have a Brett beer in a can. Thanks for sharing this one Eugene.

rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2015 From BandC. Not quite as sweet as flemish reds and not as sour as a gueuze. Maybe not sour enough for sour heads. I quite enjoyed it, tart refreshing, not too puckery. Medium funk complexity. Serving: Can

solidfunk (9729) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Good surprise. Golden pour with nice brett presence. Aroma has good floral hops and some mash malt. Leave a bit of sour, a bit of sweet. Medium carbonation. Nice. On tap at Hopcat.

Sammy (12995) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
UPDATED: APR 2, 2014 Wild mildly sharp aroma, enticing. Orange colour orange taste, a long finish of orange and mildl sour. Good drinkability. Brian’s can, thanks for sharing. I bought a can and had it 15 months later and found it just as good, brett giving a slight farmhouse aroma and taste.

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