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Quick Take: Epic Elder Brett

posted Feb 7, 2013, 9:44 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 7, 2013, 9:44 AM by Heritage Liquor ]


Epic's collaboration beer with Crooked Stave uses four different strains of wild yeast. They could have stopped there and I would have bought a bottle. On top of that they aged it in French white wine barrels for a year. I loved the first batch of this that came out last year, and I was excited to check out this year's batch when it came out recently.

Elder Brett pours out a very clear light golden color. Initially I get a full finger of wispy white head that fades almost instantly and hints at an extremely dry beer. The smell is of light green apple, fresh rain, and slight white bread sweetness. The taste is acidic white wine and a bit of wild yeast funk up front with a surprising slightly sweet bready flavor on the finish. Body is moderately light, with a highish level of carbonation. Finishes mostly dry. Overall a really nice straightforward barrel aged light beer Belgian beer if that is possible. Wine flavors and the base beer dominate right now with only a bit of wild yeast character coming through right now. I would love to see how this beer tastes a year from now as the brettanomyces character develop.