RATINGS: 281   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (8823) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2016
pours unclear bright gold with a small creamy white cap offering some retention and lacing. candied lemons, ginger, minty citrus, tropical fruits, celery salt, golden juicy maltiness, rather fruity bretts, white pepper. moderate carbonation, light body - oily; gently tart and spicy-citrusy finish. solid juicy tart brett concoction.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (5909) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle (22 oz). Shared by czar at tasting, thanks! Clear pale golden with a small white head, moderate retention, leaving little lacing. Aroma is nicely brett forward with bright fruitiness, oak spiciness, funk, white wine barrels, cider notes and floral notes. Taste is nicely funky with fruity brettanomyces, oak spiciness, herbal and floral notes, white wine barrels, hints of vanilla and grass. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Super fruity finish. Really good, easy drinking fruity brett Saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3991) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2016
Blonde body, ring of head. Really pleasant sour bouquet with an appealing, airy tartness. Body tastes similarly of sour and tartness, but is a bit too intense. Overly sweet tart candy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2016
Clear golden. White head. Smells like church. Lots of wood and spice. Fruity aroma and flavor. Light dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9880) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2016
Sample in less than perfect condition, Rel. #5 8.9% Almost no head; faintly veiled ochre-golden beer. Sourish, flowery, green fruit, natural perfume, lactic acid. Sourish, but also spicy/herbal flavours, pharmaceutical herbs. Light body, strange slickness, faint oily feel. Despite the leftover, still excellent sour ale, perfumey and delicate, Bretts unlike the ones Im used from the States. Many thanks to L & M V!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (9267) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2016
655 ml. bottle sampled @ Sir Goatie McGoat S&G Tasting. Thank you Mathieu87 and/or PriorL! Dark hazy orange with no head. Nose is massive sour citrus, sour lemon peel. Taste is big sour lemon, sour yoghurt, some yeast, vinegar, light yeast, puckering. Body is a bit yeasty. Very simple, enjoyable, decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6957) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2016
Draft at Sunset Grill and Tap Alston, MA. Crystal clear appearance, total and complete clarity, light head retention.

Flavor has lasting Brettanomyces character throughout the sip. Traces of oak, light Funk in the finish. Body is correct for a golden Belgain ale. And even if you feel like it isnt complex that is fine because it has a pretty good drinkable quilaty. Well made.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jc1762 (1233) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2016
Poured into a teku showing moderately filtered honey gold with sparse foam. Surprisingly little head for a saison but it is barrel aged. The nose shows a lot of brett and most likely white wine barrels given the Sauvignon Blanc profile in the background (think grapefruit, slight catspee, and tart citric notes). The palate is full bodied and very gently carbonated. A lot of flavors. Begins with brett funkiness and a very gentle tartness with fruit flavors of pineapple, mango, and pear. The mid palate shows off more of the same white wine flavors described above - tart citric notes and grapefruit. The finish is surprisingly malty - a lot of sweet roasted corn. Upon the linger, the same sweet pear flavors appear on the palate once again. Given the lack of a full head and the high ABV doesnt really fit the saison style, I must say this has been an extremely pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogre71 (353) - Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Release #8 9.1%abv a very good golden ale easy to drink smooth. Lightly hopped not bitter, would recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Pours a clear, pale golden orange color with yellowish-gold hues and a two finger, pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down. A bit lighter/paler than expected but otherwise looks very inticing. Musty aroma with a strong funky brett presence that nicely complimented by earthy farmhouse yeast, peppery spice, ester-y light fruit and boozy sweetness. Smells surprisingly similar to Orval but a little less funky and with a delicate vinous wine barrel character. Theres a touch of damp oak along with sweet vinous fruit, especially grape, cider and pear. Some peppery spice along with bread, wild bugs and pale biscuit-like malt. The nose of this beer is very inviting with a great balance of wine barrel, farmhouse funk and wild yeast. On the fuller end of medium body with soft carbonation and a prominent wine barrel presence that slightly overwhelms the saison flavors. Along with the barrel notes, theres a delicate brett character that compliments the funky farmhouse yeast. The brett/wild yeast isnt as strong as the nose suggests which is kind of a disappointment because it was so pleasant in the aroma. The barrel flavors are pleasant with some dry, charred oak and sweet vinous fruit but the saison/farmhouse notes are somewhat buried and the brett character is minimal. Lots of vinous and light fruit sweetness with light grape, apple, pear and banana. Theres a touch of bubblegum and some boozy sweetness in the finish but the high ABV is decently masked. Pretty easy to drink but a bit one dimensional and lacking in complexity. This was a promising collaboration but the barrel notes are too strong for my liking, overpowering the brettanomyces strains and farmhouse funk.

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