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Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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Sour Apple SaisonSour Apple Saison

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BA SCORE
80
good

414 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 32
Gots: 38 | 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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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 bishopgary
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.19/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jdkitchi
4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 JasonLovesBeer
4.11/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from the brewery, $7.50. Release #2, 7.6% alcohol. Into my Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: Pale gold in color with a stark white head of about an inch that receded to an island of bubbles. Nice clarity on the initial pour. Appears to be quite violently carbonated from the nucleation point. Nice spots of lacing as this recedes.

S: Incredibly spicy yeast notes that shine in this one, just how I like a saison to be. Tons of esters, and there is a slight note of green apples as well, not like acetaldehyde, but of ripe apples. Sort of reminds me of cheap hairspray as well, not in a bad way, just what comes to mind.

T: Surprisingly tart, not sour but definitely tart, underneath that is the strong signature ester of a saison yeast. Green apples make up the majority of the tartness. Other notes of allspice come to mind as well. The tartness comes on more towards the end of the sip. Damn tasty. Not quite a 4.5 but close.

M: Spot on, lighter body, high carbonation, and a nearly bone dry finish. No alcohol heat, but just a little bit of warmth in the gullett. Very refreshing.

D: For the high abv, its pretty hidden, I could drink quite a few of these. Interesting enough to keep me coming back, yet not overwhelming in the least. This is a damn fine beer and I won't have any trouble finishing this bomber. Very nicely suited to this warm fall afternoon we're having in Eastern Utah.

Photo of Shudson1348
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of mactrail
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like cinnamon along with the tart apples at first sip. But it after a few sips it tastes strongly of cloves and I get the whole Hefeweizen flavor profile. Great aroma of malt with a long nose of spice. Not much in the way of Belgian flavors. Pours a hazy golden in the chalice. Some buttery taste at the end but only some faint bitterness. Tart, though it has plenty of sweetness, along with a cidery taste.

It's hard to judge this as a Saison, but if you think of it as an apple-flavored Hefeweizen, it's really quite a unique treat. I think the over-abundance of clove flavor keeps it from being more popular. Release #7 and ABV is listed at 8.2%.

Photo of katan
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #4 - 22oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color, very clear. Super carbonation, huge white head formation but it breaks down quickly.

S - A belgian yeast white pepper base, some pilsner malts, and a little bit of funk. Not much for apple.

T - Starts off potent with lots of white pepper and pilsner malts. Mid-stream shows a good note of apple musk. Alcohol is well hidden, a little bit funky. Finishes with a lightly sour apple note.

M - Light body but super strong carbonation. Comes out in the wash. Finishes with a little bit of a sticky sweetness.

O/D - An interesting and very drinkable beer. ABV is manageable. A little bit filling, but normal for saisons. Worth a try.

Photo of jmartinger
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%

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 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

Photo of Jree261
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance-Yellow to pale gold out of the glass with a foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell-The name is pretty self-explanatory. I get a lot of sour apples and not a whole lot else.

Taste-Sour apple, bitter stone fruit.

Mouthfeel-Good light body and a long finish.

Overall-If I'm drinking beer on a hot day, it needs to be something like this.

Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Choppr
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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 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 Strwrs777
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of TrojanRB
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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 Cosmic_Chieftain
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of civicm87
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.