Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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Sour Apple SaisonSour Apple Saison

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BA SCORE
80
good

433 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 33
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 06-12-2010

Sweet, yet dry and tart, apples spiced with coriander, grains of paradise, anise, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger. There is no wrong way to enjoy this Saison Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale!
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Ratings: 433 | Reviews: 138
Reviews by Onenote81:
Photo of Onenote81
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Release #17, bottled on 7/26/12. Poured into an Allagash chalice.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a bone-white frothy cap. Fair globs of lace cling to the glass. Sharp scent of spices - coriander, pepper, and a big wallop of apples. This is almost causing my nose to pucker a bit.

Carbonation level is moderate, definitely not as spritzy as many in this style tend to be. Not complaining about that at all. Nice mellow finish. There's enough boldness in flavor to keep this one going. On first sip there's a big smack of herbs and spices. Coriander, lemon pepper, cinnamon, yeast. A lot going on here. But there is a nice puckering tartness to this as well. With my experience as of late, I thought the apple would be downplayed, but it is far from that. Sour green apples, lemons, limes - all make this nice and tart. It's not the most enjoyable or flavorful, but it is sour. As this warms this characteristic develops and opens up even more., but I'm presented with another characteristic I don't care for - nail polish remover. Near the end, this is dang near difficult to finish. I think this one drinks better on the cold side, but that's just me. Interesting beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, release #3. Pours a very light hazy yellow with an extremely fizzy/active white head that bubbles and retains for a while.

The aroma is sweet malts and apple juice with some saison-type spices and a bit of funk.

The flavor is sweet apple juice balanced by some yeast funk with a dry slightly bitter champagne like finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, an interesting blend of apple juice and a saison. The saison qualities balance out the sweet apple surprisingly well. It's still a bit on the sweet side for me though.

Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber, no freshness date.

LOOK: Fizzy, very expressive carbonation, hazed yellow hue, good retention

SMELL: Coriander, all-spice, Italian Christmas cookies, green apple taffy, chalky yeast, gummy

TASTE: Very crisp, earthy, tart, estery, grainy, faintly medicinal, coriander, cinnamon, licorice, green apples, yeast, very dry

Very "in your face" type of beer, a Saison can do that on its own but Epic wanted to dial this one up to 11. Spiced to the hilt but not overbearing, tartness resets the palate with each sip and make me want to take another. A fun beer to sip.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. This is one of 1,800 bottles produced according to the label.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of wheat, yeast, apples and some spices. The flavor is tart Granny Smith apples with a strong Belgian yeast note and some wheat and lighter malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Tart, green apples and saisons seem like a natural fit. I am surprised this was not tried sooner.

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into tulip.

A-Hazy golden straw color with a thin finger of head.

S-Strong crisp apple smell, when first poured smelled almost like fresh apple pie.

T-Like a saison with a hint of cider. Background notes of cinnamon, coriander and ginger.

M-Light body with and carbonation. No lingering taste as the beer progesses on your palate.

O-Very interesting saison. I probably wouldn't buy it again unless I had a taste for it.

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw gold with 3 fingers of rich, rocky, thick head.

Smell is typical of the style, tropical fruit, coriander, hint of bubblegum.

Taste is on the slightly bitter side, but not offensive. Hints of sour apple (I'd certainly hope so in a sour apple beer), grass, and horseblanket come and go. There's a bit of alcohol warming goin on, something I've never experienced in saisons before, but not altogether unwelcomed.

Mouthfeel is nice and soothing, coats the palate, but light and airy enough to keep it intriguing.

Overall, a pleasant beer. Worth seeking out.

Photo of dbossman
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden, crystal clear; no lacing

S: So much tart, granny smith apples; a bit vinous; so tart and fruity and strange but I really like what's going on here

T: Wow, so dry and tart and fruity; this is strange and funky and tart but I think I like it

F: A little bit of carbonation; decent mouth feel on finish

O: I like this beer but it's a bit weird; I don't know if I could drink too much of it but that's okay, I like what I've got here

Photo of hooliganlife
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

thanks to dak for this.

pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy. little head.

funky apple juice, really. a hint of some spice but very apple and funk forward.

similar to the nose, a strong funky and spicy saison with loads of apple. no so much sour as the name depicts, but more on the lines of apple juice. hint of sweetness and a slight slight pucker at the finish.

mild carbonation. light and easy. some pucker in the finish.

pretty good, VERY apple forward .

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with me! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured straw yellow with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grain, spices, banana, and sour apple. The flavor was of sweet malt, grain, spices, banana, and sour apple. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. When I saw the name on this one I was a little concerned on how the sour apple flavors would mix with the Saison spices. However, much to my surprised they actually blended quite well together. The brew was very smooth and drinkable which was a nice touch. The aroma was very good with the sour apple definitely making its presence known. Really glad I got the chance to try this one.

Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp pale golden yellow with a frothy and light layer of airy straight white carbonation.

Apple, cinnamon, ginger, and some funk.

Sour apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, and funk. Someone went way too heavy on the spice.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, funky fruit.

Overall, I honestly expected much more from this. It would have been better without the spices.

Photo of RandyV
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Substantial head on the pour with consistent lacing. Smells of fruit, spice, clove, farmhouse; characteristic Belgian style ale. Spice and clove dominate with subtle sour apple. Finishes champagne dry and tart. Drinkable and light for summer, not a go to for me, though.

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green apple hue with a thin white lace of head. Nose of green apples and funky saison notes. Spicy yeast and clove with an overall earthiness.

Sweet green apples up front followed by classic belgian flavors of candy, clove and spice. Finishes with a puckering green apple tartness. Mouth watering and very very good. Lingering sweetness. A complex and well layered in-your-face saison. Slaps the tongue around and your tongue asks for more. At 8.1% it's pretty damn dangerous. On the fuller side of medium bodied with gentle carbonation. Theres a richness to the body with being too heavy. Just picked up a little bit of a nuttiness to the beer.

Please resist drinking this beer cold, it really does open up magnificantly at room temperature.

SIDE NOTE Mix half sour apple saison and half Brainless on peaches and you have a pretty nice dried fruit refreshing beer in your cup!

Photo of trappistlover
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle). Pours cloudy light yellow-very much like a witbier. Thick white head with some decent lacing. Active carbonation. Aroma has wheat, coriander, clove, cracked pepper and apple. Taste is somewhat sweet with quite a bit of spice typical of a saison. The mouthfeel is thicker than many saisons and the alcohol is noticeable as it warms the throat and chest. Not as much apple as I would have liked, but it is there. A nice, different beer.

Photo of IMPERALEVERYTHIN
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite interesting, never had a sour apple saison before

Appearance: Hazy, golden apple not much head but spritzy carbonation in the mouth

Smell: Huge smooth potpourri nose accented with slight pepper, sour apple, and slight alcohol

Taste: Christmas spices and light clean malt on the palate, with an almost mouth puckering sour apple finish. Too much spice, a little out of balance to be a perfect food beer. Good candidate for aging. Fantastic acidity, would go very well with many types of food.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonation went away too quickly.

Drinkability: Fairly dry, certainly drinkable. Would be inclined to pair this with food over drinking alone.

This is where I want to see beers going, food friendly and delicious. This would give any dry Riesling or Sauvignon blanc a run for the money.

Burgundy glass

50F

Release #3 no born on

Photo of beerthulhu
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #4.

A: A glass consuming firm cotton white head dominates from the start even with a gentle pour, most likely thanks to a wild Belgian yeast strain run amok. A volcanic eruption of effervesce is explosive in the glass while the head took forever to drop before I could continue my pour leaving broken stratified rings down the glass. Pale lemon peel coloring with a slight obstruction of clarity. A second pour produces a monstrous mountainous head that was rocky and still steadfast in its holding, shellacking the glass with a full coating for lace.

S: For aroma I detected light hints of wheat and sour green apples, fairly simple, with musky grains.

T: The flavor was sour green apples dominating right from the start smacking the sour taste buds of the tongue with good results. Powerful with a musky citron character, fruity notes of apricots and red grapes perhaps from the yeast. A slight acidic nature true to style, brass upfront and quite the shocker, but becomes much more smoother and mellower with each concurring sip.

M: tight and bubbly, very active on the tongue even after an extended period of time. Soothing apple sourness, turning gentle by time after the swallow.

O: Overall a solid drinking saison with a sour green apple twist. Crisp, tight and bubbly.

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber, shared with mughugger amongst others.

A: The saison is a pale straw color, lighter in hue that most saisons. The light ale appropriately supports a stark white head. Very foamy, it looks effervescent.

S: The nose has apples and spices, cinnamon and sage principally. The apples, sour as they are, don't seem out of place in this Belgian ale.

T: Sage and mint stand out, very spicy flavors that are almost hot. Cinnamon follows, prepping the taster for the apples to come. Those apples, green and sour, have plenty of sweet juices. The effect of the bubbles is to drive all of the flavor away quickly after each sip is swallowed. Interesting but quite spicy.

M: Syrupy sweet and spicy, the mouthfeel runs all over the place. Those flavors are fast to fade though, disappearing almost instantaneously.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, Release #6, 7.9% ABV. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch white head that went away quickly. There's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like sour apples, bubblegum, herbs, light peppery spice and bready malt. I think the taste is mostly herbal, but there's also some sour apples, peppery spice, lemon peel, bready malt and yeast noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has good carbonation. It's also easy to drink. I think it's a good overall brew. I wasn't sure what to think of it at first, but once I got halfway through the bottle I started liking it more and more. At $7.99 a bottle, I'd buy this again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty light yellow color ale with a big white bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of tart apple with some spicy peppery yeast is quite strong. Taste is a very unique mix between some tart apple notes with a strong spicy yeast strain and with some very high carbonation. Body is quite full with strong carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting though not something I would rink everyday. Almost closer to Champagne then beer.

Photo of goldbot
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bottle poured into wine glasses. Release #6 brewed June 6th 2011.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with maybe a slight greenish haze - an interesting color no doubt. Foamy, silky white head with good retention. Wheaty aroma, plenty of yeast, subtle spice and floral hoppiness. A bit spicy on the tongue with a strong earthy, musty yeast flavor. Slightly sweet and malty/wheaty, becoming sour with just subtle hints of fruit. Aftertaste is lemony and very yeasty. Silky mouthfeel with a slightly grainy texture.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy slight golden yellow color that leaves little lacing behind.

Smells of cinnamon apples, like applesauce.

Tastes of a bit of herbs, followed by fruits and some spice. Starts off with some mint and thyme flavors. A bit of apple and pear comes through, but is very light and a bit tart. Spices end everything with some cinnamon, white pepper, and a bit of clove. To me it feels like I am drinking spices mostly, but they are only spicing a very small amount of fruit, and it feels very unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I am not a fan, I get mostly an applesauce type feel where there is way too much cinnamon.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
8.4%, Release #30

A - Faint haze forms through the pale yellow beer as it's tight stark white head fizzles out to a ring of bubbles below a dotted ring of thin lacing.

S - Super dry classic Belgian saison yeast billows from the glass with extremely potent clay, white pepper, and lemongrass spiciness. Notes of clove, a drop of lemon oil citrus, and the faintest hint of Granny Smith apple skin pokes through to round out the beer but for being named Sour Apple Saison, there's not much sour apple there.

T - Almost a direct copy of the aroma, Sour Apple Saison's flavor is spice heavy with a clear focus on the Belgian yeast with little of the sour apple emerging through the spice. Lemongrass citrus and a peppery kick overtake the faint notes of green apple skin.

M - Light effervescence prickles the tongue gently while it's light and very dry, moisture-robbing body finishes with a slightly hard feel. A big gulp reveals a little more green apple tartness like taking a big bite from a fresh, chilled Granny Smith as this beer doesn't even remotely express it's higher alcohol content.

O - The name had me overly excited for this mash-up of sorts and while Epic has crafted a wonderful Belgian-style saison, it's far from the sour apple proclaimed on the label. So much so, in fact, that had this beer just been labeled a saison, sour apple may not have even crossed my mind. It's a very good beer but it's title creates false expectations.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair brought this one over to share with buckeyeboy and me. I will say, that I thought it was better than they did.

Pours with a thin white head with only hints of lacing and little retention.. the brew is very hazy lite straw golden... expected.

Pretty phenolic up front... almost too much.. tons of spice and hints of bandaid.. peppery.. lite clove... even cinnamon.. the phenols blow out almost all of the traditional and expected aromas... there is some pear that tries to come in, and the cardomom fucks things up.

Thankfully the palate has some nice fruity esters that come out up front... pear and green apple.. the phenols though are way too heavy in my opinion.. the bandaid plays with bazooka joe.. "real" spice shows toward the finish... cinnamon and lesser nutmeg.. I get how the fruity esters and the apple are "supposed" to get along, but there is a ton of stuff going on here.. I get a hint of ginger burn later.

Honestly, I like this.. It needs some work to meld things up into something more congealed.. but I appreciate it and need to stock up before it is gone!!

4/3.5/4/4/4

Photo of jmarsh123
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours light straw with a slightly green hew. Very thin white head and little lacing.

Very spicy aroma. Clove and nutmeg. No apple or sourness in the nose.

I'd like to write a lot of descriptors for the flavor, but really the flavor is bland. Belgian yeast dominates with clove and other spices. Very little body to speak of, no sourness and hardly any detectable apple at all. As the beer warms, the spices come out more and are too overpowering for the base.

Good carbonation levels. As mentioned, body is very light.

Thought I may enjoy this one, but definitely did not. The blandest beer I've had in a while.

Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to tulip, served along side four cheese Pizza Rolls:

Pours a nice hazy pale gold with a finger of expanding white head. The sourness really translates well through the nose plus a mix of clove, banana, ester, the base beer smells lovely. The taste is excellently balanced - all the staple characteristic of a good saison topped with a tart/sour blend of sweet fruits. Very refreshing beer. I'd definitely recommend this one. All 4's.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 7.8% abv. Slight hazy pale gold. Great white head, excellent retention & lace.

Apples, spices, hay, corriander, a bit yeasty. Earthy as well

Pale malt, spices, sour grannysmith apples. Some belgian spice and earthyness. Finishes dry.

Lighter body, good carbonation. Alcohol shows just a bit, but in check overall. Nice beer

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Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.