RATINGS: 279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Epic Brewing Companys latest barrel-aged beer brings something newwild 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, Epics 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (3224) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Release #3 bottle, because Epic is in WI now...yes! - Pours deep golden with a filmy ring of white head. Nose is plasticy apple juice and white grape, lightly funky and tart, with a bit of citrus and florals. Taste has the same apple/white grape fruitiness with a gentle funky plastic note and a bit of oakiness in the finish. Bitter apple peel on the finish. Pretty quenching and really easy to drink for 9.3%. Thinnish and medium-carbonation. Yay for Epic coming to WI!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11984) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2014
22oz bottle - release 3. Poured a golden color with a smaller sized head. Brett, funky, citrus, fruity, some manure/barnyard (aromas), and grassy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flannelnomad (57) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2014
On tap at Beer Mongers. This is a great winey brett beer. Tart, dry winey apples, crisp and refreshing- enough body on it as well. A beautiful beer to boot, clear and golden. Epic is a fifty/fifty brewery for me- half their beers are home runs and half are duds. This one has a lot of finesse on it and that higher ABV really makes it great and well rounded. Cheers to Utah beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dkrep (14) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2014
From release #3, 9.3% ABV. Pours a perfectly clear yellow-golden color with minimal head that disappeared almost immediately. Smell is the usual brett funk with a little apple vinegar. Taste is crisp with the brett funk and minor apple notes. Overall a good beer for a fix if youre jonesin for the brett.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Golden pour with hint of apple juice. White wine notes, great tart and funkiness. Substantial bretty bandaid notes. Green apple, white wine. Acidic tartness. Really good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3189) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours out an apple juice-like golden color with a small white head. Aroma is of funky brett, light fruity notes, apple, horse blanket, nice light tartness, mild plastic. Taste is complex, apple, light spices, some funky barnyard/horse blanket brett notes, light plastic, grapes, some more funky brett, light fruity notes. Interesting beer, of course I dig it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
Someone had been drinking when these notes were taken. Aroma of Brett. Taste of caramel Brett and sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (6061) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Location: 22 oz bottle from Sparrow, 12/23/13

Aroma: The aroma is brett yeast, barnyard., tart apple, citrus/lemon, spice, and hay/grass
Appearance: It pours a clear golden color with a thin white head with scattered lace
Flavor: The taste is much the same, lead by the funk, with spice, fruit, and grassy flavors as well
Palate: The body is light-medium, it has a soft carbonation, and a clean mouthfeel
Overall Impression: Interestingly, I felt like the brett flavors became slightly more muted as it warms, and the underlying sweetness comes out a bit more, but I like both the cooler and warmer version of this beer. Regardless, the combination really does work nicely. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle from the 2nd release shared with some buds. Aroma is sour wine, great big barnyard funk, white grape juice, and a stilton chesse. Pours golden with very little head but ok carbonation. Taste is sour white grape, barnyard, slight pineapple tartness, and a mild stinky cheese. All in all, this is too sweet and strong. Really takes away from a fantastic flavor profile. Well worth drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Release #3, 9.3% ABV. Bottled November 19, 2013.
Appearance: The body is clear and golden, showing off sparkling carbonation. The head is short and foamy, quickly dissipating to a light coating and a short ring.
Aroma: Very powerful aroma, it jumped from the glass as I poured it exposing a very fruity and slightly tart smelling aroma. Upon settling for a moment theres a complex blend of oak, hay, leather, tart lemon, tart cherries, papaya, and funky barnyard earthiness. Very enjoyable.
Taste: The intro is of mildly sweet wine, honeysuckle and light oak. This leads to a big fruitiness that reminds me a lot of papaya with strawberry tones. The finish becomes a bit tannin present with a sort of astringent quality I find in some wines that comes off a bit like booze. Mild funk is noticed throughout, but mostly present towards the finish. The finish is dry and lingers of oak for a bit.
Palate: Light and crisp, sort of juice body.
Overall: This is a great beer, I love the complexities in it and Ive never had a beer that had a combination of papaya and honey flavors. I look forward to trying this next release!

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