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Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

390 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 31
Gots: 30 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 06-12-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 390 | Reviews: 126 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by thegodfather1076:
Photo of thegodfather1076
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Nice looking classy label with a nice color scheme. Label states “Exceptional Series, Bottle Conditioned”, gives a small back story on the beer, AVB info, small bit of brewery info, States “Release #19”.

Appearance: After a 10min warm period I aggressively poured this from its 22oz bomber into a 16oz snifter. Pours out a hazy golden yellow color with a 1½ finger white slightly creamy foam head and champagne like bubbles rising from glass. Head retention was 2min 41sec before fading to a thick frothy coating and ring. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of wheat and bubble gum Belgian yeast with a tart apple aroma and a coriander caper scent.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes if of sour green apples on the front-end that turns spicy with hints of coriander and pepper. A big sweet bubble gum Belgian yeast flavor dominates the midpoint along with hints of sweet white wine. The back-end has a spicy heat along with an apple Belgian yeast finish.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Heavy carbonation least to a medium bodied champagne feel. Drinkable but bloating.

Overall/Comments: Very interesting brew that had a unique flavor profile. The high ABV was not masked very well and the high carbonation both left a lot to be desired. I think this could benefit tremendously from a bit of aging and mellowing. Classified as a Saison/Farmhouse Ale @ 9.8% ABV. Consumed 5/12/2013.

thegodfather1076, May 28, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Beaver13, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of jonphilipp
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

jonphilipp, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Jason, May 16, 2012
Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4/5  rDev +13.6%

SuperbikeShaun, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Mora2000, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of flowbee
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

flowbee, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of jaminjohnson
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

jaminjohnson, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

NilocRellim, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of ExNihilo
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

ExNihilo, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Cynic-ale, May 28, 2014
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

doremite, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

IchLiebeBierZu, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

sgttibbs, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -14.8%

acurtis, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

ste5venla, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
3.38/5  rDev -4%
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.

MeneerBeerSnob, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of JamesStreet
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

JamesStreet, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Varkias41, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of KingEdward
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

KingEdward, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of marmstrong1212
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

marmstrong1212, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Sammy, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Oboogie
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Oboogie, May 13, 2012
Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

RocPorterFanatic, Aug 26, 2011
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Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.