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Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

320 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 27
Gots: 23 | 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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timtim

District of Columbia

2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

woah... even though it says "sour apple saison", i was not expecting what i got here. pours golden with a white head that doesn't hold well, and doesn't leave much lace. nose is jolly rancher all the way. sweet, slightly sour green apple and spice, but mostly sweet jolly rancher. taste is more of the same with the flavors being a tad bit more refined, but just not working for me. dryness and acid cut through the sweetness a little bit, but not enough to create harmony. just too much residual sugar here, not enough funk and not enough zip or crispiness to turn my gears. i don't "get" saison and i don't find the choice of apple that was used to be appropriate either. i hate to bash a beer, and maybe i just didn't get it, but i thought this one was just a mess. a little cloying in the mouthfeel and overall, a big let-down for me from a beer/brewer that sounds intriguing on paper. reminds me of homebrew made with whatever they could get their hands on for cheapest. first drain pour from me in a long time. sorry epic... thumbs down.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 13:02:30 | More by timtim
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nlmartin

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a new beer to the Cincinnati market was in the mood for something a bit funky and this sounds like it fits the bill. The beer was chilled and served in a tulip.

A- The body of the beer is a hazy straw yellow coloration. The beers head is white and about a finger high. The head is rapidly desolving. A few whisp of lace mark the beers passage.

S- High marks on the aroma. The aroma of the beer definitely kicks up some sweet / sour / tart apple cinnamon, ginger and cloves a bit of funky earthyness brings in the rear.

T- Sadly the flavor cannot live up to the aroma. Tart and semi sweet apple peaks out from under an assertive twist of lemon saturated bandaides and crushed asprin. No amount of temperature tinkering improved this.

M- The beer has a light effervescent body. Frankly the body keeps this from being a drain pour.

O- This beer shows some promise. I think the yeast needs to be brought to heel a bit and Epic will have a winner. Not a drain pour but having to work a little to finish the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 09:03:29 | More by nlmartin
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

10-17-2012 04:18:33 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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Taperwookie

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

03-10-2014 03:43:13 | More by Taperwookie
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Mudawg

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

04-03-2012 02:10:02 | More by Mudawg
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Jsproat

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

10-08-2012 00:15:10 | More by Jsproat
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oline73

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

12-21-2013 16:25:26 | More by oline73
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, slightly funky aroma with a nice barnyard character that is countered by the sweet apple presence. The sour apple character is kind of artificial/syrupy smelling, reminding me of candy/kids juice box. There's also a slight musty scent with some sweet alcohol and bread/yeast in the nose.

Medium bodied with a lot of tight carbonation up front tickling the tongue. Slightly earthy and very sweet up front with a strong sour apple flavor. Again, this flavor is very syrupy and artificial tasting yet the tartness compliments the funky saison yeast. There's a crisp dryness that lingers into the finish with hints of bread, zesty spice and grass.

Overall, this beer is an interesting idea but the result is a beer that is too sweet and artificial for my liking. A decent amount of tartness and subtle funk but the cloying sour apple flavor is a bit much.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 03:44:30 | More by corby112
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-12-2012 01:25:52 | More by acurtis
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RocPorterFanatic

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 22:20:10 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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zimm421

Ohio

3/5  rDev -14.8%

03-02-2014 02:11:54 | More by zimm421
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rolandboy

Michigan

3/5  rDev -14.8%

12-31-2012 04:27:37 | More by rolandboy
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-19-2014 21:57:19 | More by Lanstrum
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.8%

05-12-2013 17:49:13 | More by mikeburd1128
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erha2

New York

3/5  rDev -14.8%

09-04-2013 21:31:26 | More by erha2
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LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.8%

03-07-2014 23:35:31 | More by LooseMoose1978
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csiewert

Oregon

3/5  rDev -14.8%

11-29-2011 20:04:02 | More by csiewert
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JackRB

Ohio

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-21-2013 02:05:15 | More by JackRB
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Raziel313

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-08-2014 09:49:14 | More by Raziel313
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abcdefghijkyle

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.8%

11-03-2012 00:19:53 | More by abcdefghijkyle
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deskim

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-15-2013 02:02:28 | More by deskim
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mccallisters_dali

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.8%

05-01-2013 03:56:05 | More by mccallisters_dali
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14.8%

11-19-2011 05:46:49 | More by DoctorB2B
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hilgart1

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-28-2014 06:20:49 | More by hilgart1
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review is from having it on tap at Bodega. My girl friend really seemed to like it, she drank about 2-3 glasses over a few visits to Bodega. I also tried a little bit of this from the bottle at a recent tasting.

Appearance
This is a super light colored beer. Its a pale straw, one could describe as white. A little bit of haze pushes this beer's whiteness. A short, fizzy cap pops leaving only a few wisps.

Aroma
This has a pretty good smell. Yeast is dominate, but some granny smith apple is there too. The apple doesn't really smell like real, fresh apples, but it smells pleasant enough.

Taste
The yeast is way too dominate here. Its very phenolic. Lots of bandaid, plastic and chalky earth. The apple is there, lending a candy sour apple tartness that helps, but can't quell the yeast.

Mouthfeel
Light and crisp. Luckily it finishes pretty clean.

Overall
Too much yeastiness which is even worse from the bottle. I hope they tweak this since it has good potential. Right now its merely decent from the keg and less impressive out of the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 19:40:14 | More by MbpBugeye
Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.