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Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

375 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 30
Gots: 31 | 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)
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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 GJ40
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a chalice. Purchased at Triangle Wine in Morrisville, NC. Release #6.

A - Light golden with a slight haze and a moderate white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Tropical fruits and sour apple with a touch of honey. Vinous (especially as it warms). The Saison aromas come through despite the strong sour apple.

T - Very sour and tart. Starts nicely but ends a little flat. Too one dimensional with the sour. I think less could have accentuated the Saison flavors without killing everything else off.

M - Silky with a moderate carbonation.

O - Interesting but not one I'd go back to.

GJ40, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clouded, pale yellow body with a moderate-sized, foamy, white head.

Smell: Granny Smith-based apple cider, then, a bit of pils and wheat malt, with hints of ground spices and cobweb-strewn gum as the sour apple scent ramps up.

Taste: Pilsner malts with, perhaps, a trifling bit of wheat. Lightly tangy, lightly sweet upfront. Yes, there are the expected green apples, moderately tart. Also, a myriad of spice hints and a touch of earthy phenolics (bordering on band-aid occasionally) striking the back-of-the-throat. Finishes dry, phenolic, and tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: It's interesting and an appealing combination, sure, though I'm not in love with it, and the one visitation is probably enough for me. Still kinda interesting, though!

ChainGangGuy, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Bricelyn
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24oz bomber, into two glasses of the pokal shape, this beer is a beautiful on style hazy yellow.

Smell, straight outta the gate I smell garbage, not knockin it but it took a minute to get my sniffer right. After you get over the garbage smell I do smell sour apples with clove and ginger in the mix as well.

Taste, Is definitely on par for a sour saison, it has the lacto sour and the up front, and mellow saison in the middle with more garbage for the finish.

This is an ok beer and im glad i tried it it cut the heat from my spicy spaghetti and meat balls.

Bricelyn, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of maximum12
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't visited Epic in a while - they kind of came in a flood & are now much harder to find on MN shelves. My wife recommended this 22 oz. bomber, so open it we are.

Pour is unfiltered, hazy yellow - is that right for a saizzzon? Smells like straight up tart apples & spice, like a cold, lovely mulled apple cider after sledding.

Sour Apple Saison is aptly named. Tart green apples in the flush of autumn mix it up with the saizzzon yeast to frankenstein a slick, slightly sour experience. Cute spices invade the mid-palate, lemon zestiness. Touch of must on the back-end, but not enough to mess this up. Really easy to drink.

The apples & saizzzon make very nice nookie, but don't quite make it all the way home. Solid, nice twist, good beer.

maximum12, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Mississipping
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy but bright golden yellow. A large three finger head rises quickly to the top of the glass and disappears almost as quickly. Almost no lacing left behind. Carbonation is clearly evident as it appears more like a champagne in the glass than a beer; bubbles everywhere.

S: Straw and hay up front with a hint of golden apple. The apple is much more subtle than I was hoping for, and it doesn't smell sour, but rather sweet. Earthy and slightly funky and peppery.

T: The apple is certainly there in the taste. Tart, slightly sour, yet slightly sweet apple really makes its presence known right at the beginning of the sip, accompanied by a slightly sweet breadiness and nutmeg. (As it warms, the sour apple and acidity really come through). The taste quickly shifts to a spicy/peppery middle that lasts through the finish. Finishes with pepper and alcohol in the throat, producing a slightly drying effect.

M: Medium bodied and very highly carbonated; a bit too high, in my opinion. Really lively and tingly on the tongue. Slightly sour at the beginning and moderately drying at the finish.

D: This was moderately drinkable, aside from the apparent booze burn at the finish. The alcohol is hidden well until the end, and then it's an unwelcome characteristic that detracts from the flavor and quality. This is an interesting variation on the style that has its ups and downs. I'm hoping that Epic works out the kinks with the next batch; it certainly has the potential of being an decent saison.

Mississipping, May 06, 2011
Photo of Justin-m
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%

Justin-m, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of trappistlover
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

trappistlover, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of colt45n
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours light blonde and hazy with a very carbonated bubbly white head, reminds me of a soda

S: The apples are definitely there along with the funkiness from the belgium yeast, light grassy smells

T: The mouthful is very carbonated and you get the sourness from the apples upfront followed by the the funkiness.

Overall a good offering from epic, the sourness and the apples are in full effect, everything lines up perfect.

colt45n, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of DaveBlack
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Slightly cloudy, straw colored beer. Not as much head as I would expect, but what there is is off-white.

S: There is an amazing crisp, sourness to the aroma as soon as it comes out of the bottle. When you get closer the predominant aroma is yeast. Also some grains. Not super complex, the yeast and apple overpower.

T: Wow, an interesting blend between a saison and a sour. Punch of sour apple upfront, almost puckering, and then it fades into an earthy yeastiness. There is a biterness to the finish that balances out the sour. The lingering taste on the palette is green apple.

M: Light and crisp, a little sticky in the back of the throat.

O: Not an everyday type of beer, but really interesting. A nice balance of sweet, sour and bitter.

DaveBlack, May 19, 2014
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Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.