Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev +24.6%
A - Pours a murky, golden apple color with an almost non-existant head that surprisingly has good lacing.
S - Sour and green apples, belgian yeast, cloves, cinnamon and other nice spice notes.
T - Tart and a little sweet, the sour apple comes through but doesn't overwhelm. Nice Belgian flavor as well with hints of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. This does a great job of bringing in the sour apple candy flavor without being too cloying about it.
M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, a little chewy and sticky. More sour than apple in the finish.
O - I found Epic's Sour Apple Saison to be delightful. It did everything I expected it to and will be a beer I hope to come back to in the future. If you like sour apple flavor and saisons, this is a tough one to beat. Well done!
02-16-2012 00:34:08 | More by WMEugene
4.34/5 rDev +22.9%
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip. 7.9% abv, Release #27
A: Straw colored body, slightly hazy. White colored head builds fast and quickly recedes to a thin film of tight bubble son the surface, with a white ring and lacing on the glass.
S: Belgian yeast scents abound on the nose: white pepper, cloves, lemongrass, and a hint of green apples.
T: Follows the nose. Slightly malty up front with a quick transition to the yeast flavors of spices, pepper and cloves, that hold all the way through to the finish. The apples are more notable in the flavor than aroma, but not excessive. Finishes clean, with minimal after taste.
M: Light body, with a gentle carbonation. Body is dry. The tartness of the apples is present but again the apple character is not overwhelming.
O: If you never read the label, you'd think this was just a high-quality saison, with a slightly more fruity character. The apple character is definitive, but not overwhelming. It complements and enhances a very high-quality example of a great style. Great beer, maybe even greater because it comes in such small batches you have no choice but to savor every sip.
02-01-2014 22:39:41 | More by Badger6
4.3/5 rDev +21.8%
22 ounce bottle poured in a wide tulip glass. I’ve been sitting on this bottle for quite some time. Label says “Release #4”, which the Epic website informs me was brewed on March 22nd, 2011. It has been properly stored since purchase.
Appearance: Translucent gold with a cap of fat bubbles. The head slowly sinks until it’s floating an eighth of an inch above the surface.
Smell: Imagine creating an apple and banana fruit salad, and dusting it with ground cloves.
Taste: It’s like eating a slice of refrigerated apple pie on an unseasonably hot October afternoon. Tart apples, cloves, and cinnamon. There’s also a hint of mint, which gives the aftertaste the suggestion of apple flavored bubblegum.
Mouthfeel: Light body, very bubbly. Slightly tongue-numbing from the cloves and ginger.
Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this eccentric saison. As noted above, it would probably be the perfect compliment to a hot Indian summer. Perfect timing for me since it’s June.
06-23-2013 15:32:27 | More by mhaugo
4.25/5 rDev +20.4%
Poured into a tulip. Release #6 with an ABV of 7.8%.
3.0 A: Big carbonation in this one. First pour yielded five fingers of head. Hazed golden wheat color with a slight greenish tint. Big foamy white head with average retention and moderate amounts of spotty lacing.
4.5 S: Very exciting and complex nose. Sour apples are certainly present. Mindbogling array of spices with corriander, grains of paradise, and anise leading the way. Underneath that there is cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of clove. The base is a fruity/funky combo with apple orchard, earthiness, and a slight woodiness.
4.0 T: The spices coalesce to bring about a potent herbalness. The corriander, grains, cinnamon, and clove hold their individual identities well. Sour apples aren't as strong as I thought they'd be, but instead it plays a welcomed complementary role. Good funk, earth, and fruitiness from the parts mentioned above. Orchard, autumn, woody, hay, damp earth.
5.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good active, spritzy carbonation. Solid creaminess as well. Everything I could ever ask for in a saison.
4.5 D: I'm a little baffled by the rather mediocre reviews. Perhaps the older batches weren't as good. I find this to be one of the better saisons I've had in a long time. Solid flavors that work together and a kick ass mouthfeel.
03-15-2012 01:28:31 | More by DavoleBomb
4.22/5 rDev +19.5%
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.
11-18-2010 05:34:21 | More by Mora2000
4.22/5 rDev +19.5%
A: Cloudy pale golden/straw color. Nice white nearly 1 inch head that lingers a bit, but recedes to a slight lacy foam. Carbonation very apparent.
S: Pretty spicy at first, pepper and clove (fairly phenolic) with a bit of citrus. Fades to a light fruitiness. Nice typical Saison yeast notes as well. Interesting.
T: Nice green apple tartness along with some wheat. The apple and yeast both contribute to the tartness. The tartness and slight sweet notes do well to cut the spiciness that comes through near the finish. The lack of strong alcohol is nice.
M: Light, and effervescent as it should be.
D: Very very drinkable, both on its own and with a meal. I have particularly enjoyed it with spicy Thai food and while grilling. Interesting but no where near overwhelming.
11-28-2010 23:56:06 | More by bishopgary
4.2/5 rDev +19%
Served in a glass mug.
Thanks to mdfb79 for this bottle!
Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF Round 5.
A: Things come into the mug as a whiter shade of pale than most pale ales (all the young dudes will agree with me, I'm sure), topped by a healthy, tall berg of white froth. Kinda like a light hefeweizen that suddenly got frightened, all of its face-color running away first, a head start before the rest followed suit.
S: A menagerie from many sides, the pleasant shared nightmare of a grocer and a geometry teacher: light lemon zest, light pine, mint, rather light menthol, wheat, orange zest, very light bubblegum, very light banana, light-ish clove, and light black pepper.
T: My tongue's eyes have been growing greener while watching my nose have all the fun. Gotta fix that, as a rebellious tongue is not something I'm willing to live with at this moment (I just don't think I'm ready for such a potentially volatile commitment. Here ya go, buddy: orange zest, lemon zest, that typically saison-like funky-ish yeast, Creamsicle. black pepper, coriander, light lemongrass, clove, and that fake watermelon flavor you may find in certain packs of Bubblicious.
M: Things sit pretty lightly on the tongue, though (and I've sworn of euphemisms with this particular partner, so I've gotta be blunt here) some heft is starting to form in the midsection (still got a ways ta go afore it gets to my level, though...). Bubbly personality, indeed. When all is said and done, I'm left feeling a bit dry, though definitely crisp. Yuppers.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. Once I found out it was a sour apple flavor, I went back and figured out that everything listed above was my brain's way of dancing around that without ever really finding it. Good times nonetheless, though.
05-20-2011 08:03:29 | More by TMoney2591
4.15/5 rDev +17.6%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pours a translucent gold with a small white head, nice retention, spotty lace.
S: Yellow apples, flowers, yeasty notes.
T: Nice apple flavour, though it's never over the top. Some quenching acidity on the back end with a lot of spice. Bready malt, hint of sourdough bread.
M: Medium-bodied, quenching, only lightly tart, crisp there at the end with a cider quality.
O: Another delicious beer from Epic. Very enjoyable, liking the stuff they're doing with fruit.
05-15-2012 03:36:13 | More by Halcyondays
British Columbia (Canada)
4.11/5 rDev +16.4%
This pours a crystal clear golden straw - quite pale! I'm not used to my saisons being this clear. It appears very much like an unsherried single malt that has not been inflicted with caramel colouring.
The smell is festive and wonderful - heavy clove notes, lots of tart green apple. Cinnamon.
The taste is similar - the apple is really quite sour, not funky at all, just acidic and very tart. Clove, cinnamon are there from the start and the ginger spiciness really comes through towards the finish.
I really quite like the festive spice blend, strong sour apple notes, and saison body and yeast profile. The flavours are pretty intense though and I wouldn't drink this regularly for that reason - very nice once and a while though.
08-29-2013 04:22:30 | More by JasonLovesBeer
Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.