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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%

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3.9
Doofgoblin (513) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2014
The ale really varies from release to release. Currently, drinking release #4 (about a 3.5) which is funky, fermented tropical fruit, and slightly astringent on the palate. Release #6 is far better I’d say easily over a 4.0 rating. The #6 is much more tart and more along the lines of a sour (a less aggressive petrus). Great aroma a little spicy with a very tart sour fruit taste and finish. I’m not sure about the other releases, but I’d recommend finding the #6.

4.6
milewide (2315) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2014
I’ve never had a more brett forward ale! The aroma and taste stinks, just like us brett lovers expect. Make this in 16 oz. cans, year around, and it would never leave my frig!

2.1
tderoeck (10195) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2014
4/III/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - release#4, SLC#1367 whatever that may mean (2014-243) Thanks to ajax25g for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark yellow beer, small big bubbled head, actually just some big bubbles floating on top, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: very dirty, urine, infected stuff, sourish, overripe to rotten fruits. It doesn’t just smell weird, like the first time I had geuze, but it smells really horrible actually. MF: no carbon, medium body. Taste: sourish, bit lemony, fruity, bit sugary even, which is weird, soft bitterness. Aftertaste: lemon rind, bit nasty, bitter hops, lemony, sour touch. Maybe I’m spoiled because of all the good lambics we have here in Belgium, but hey, if you’re stealing our bugs, then don’t be surprised if we compare them to our own beers as well.

3.2
BoBoChamp (5878) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2014
65cl, Release 4, at 9.1%Vol, new exclusive American collab. brew Anno 2012, with Brettanomyces, thx to tderoeck!, complex brew, malty/woody and slightly fruity/vinous, yet not balanced, hazy, small head, nice brew

4
Jerm719 (195) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Some barnyard funk. Sour apples. Mild yeast, bit of clove. Light bodied. Alcohol well hidden. Very nice!

3.9
beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours golden yellow with white head. Aroma of mild funk. Taste is sweet with mild funk.

3.5
Jayb0 (1218) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Excellent aperitif beer, light, mildy tart, lemony and spicy. golden in color, slightly spritzy.

3.7
KyotoLefty (10689) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 24, 2014
Tap at Garage 39. Lactic, slightly acidic nose, melon, lemon, yogurt. Clear golden color. Lovely lemon and horse blanket flavor, very clean but a bit too sweet. Only lightly sour, crisp and tasty. Good. Would probably be better if ratcheted down a couple degrees.

3.8
KansaiBeerLvrs (5373) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 23, 2014
On tap at Garage 39. A clear light golden copper color, with a thin filmy head. Great spicy zesty saison nose. Light bodied, fruity citrus, sour, light metallic notes, Brett but the smooth Brett variant. Damn tasty stuff.

3.4
Johnsense (1755) - - FEB 15, 2014
gold apple juice pour with a fast disappearing head. aroma of apple cider and white wine, horseblanket, barnyard funk. Taste of sour granny smith apple, funk, oak, white wine, funk. Lighter body but the carbonation is weak. I’ll revisit this on the next release.


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