Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 436
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 7.54%
Wants: 31
Gots: 46 | 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 Rhettroactive
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber to bRuges hybrid glass on 9/28/11
*From notes

A: It certainly looks pleasant. The palest of pale goldens. As I pour, I do my best to leave the lees where they belong. A big 2.75 finger white, fizzy head and minor lacing remain.

S: Exceedingly musty. I can't recall the last time I approached a beer quite this dank. Faint fruit and Belgian style yeast round this out.

T: More cellar must and some Asian pear. Once it hits the mid though, the whole thing turns rather green. Some sliced apple comes through on the finish. Not as refreshing as it should be, it's just too dense and cloying. Why do I get the feeling that Epic's used a conditioner here?

M: This saison feels quite nice. Bubbly and alive on the tongue. I couldn't imagine getting through the stickiness of the flavors here with a beer any less carbonated.

O: Epic's Sour Apple Saison sounded like a good idea, and in reality, it wasn't bad. It's simply an ok beer that should be better. Using fresh ingredients would help this be the beer it could be. As it is, it's simply a saison with Belgian yeast and apple sweetener. (1,102 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair brought this one over to share with buckeyeboy and me. I will say, that I thought it was better than they did.

Pours with a thin white head with only hints of lacing and little retention.. the brew is very hazy lite straw golden... expected.

Pretty phenolic up front... almost too much.. tons of spice and hints of bandaid.. peppery.. lite clove... even cinnamon.. the phenols blow out almost all of the traditional and expected aromas... there is some pear that tries to come in, and the cardomom fucks things up.

Thankfully the palate has some nice fruity esters that come out up front... pear and green apple.. the phenols though are way too heavy in my opinion.. the bandaid plays with bazooka joe.. "real" spice shows toward the finish... cinnamon and lesser nutmeg.. I get how the fruity esters and the apple are "supposed" to get along, but there is a ton of stuff going on here.. I get a hint of ginger burn later.

Honestly, I like this.. It needs some work to meld things up into something more congealed.. but I appreciate it and need to stock up before it is gone!!

4/3.5/4/4/4 (1,110 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed pale yellow color with a good sized white head that sinks rather quickly. Decent lacing. Aroma definitely packs a sour apple punch; hints of somewhat generic sweet maltiness underneath, with cinnamon, pepper, and other spices.

Taste is lightly funky and sour, not bad but not exactly delicious either. Strong green apple flavor threatens to overwhelm the subtler spice, yeast, and somewhat meek malt notes. A little unbalanced. If you like tart sour apples and Granny Smith peel you’ll probably like this. Restrained but present sweetness. Cinnamon and cloves noticed in the aftertaste.

Body is medium-light with crisp carbonation; definitely a clean drinker with a semi-dry finish and overall refreshing feel. Not terrible but I probably wouldn’t buy this one again. A little heavy-handed and clumsy with the apples, methinks.

Edit: returning to this beer a few years later, I find I have a really different impression , and find it sorely lacking in sourness. There's much more of a sweet and spiced Apple pie note in the aftertaste, coming on the heels of a well executed but somewhat excessively strong and alcoholic saison base. The assertive Granny Smith character I found in my original experience would have helped a bit here. (1,256 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #4.

A: A glass consuming firm cotton white head dominates from the start even with a gentle pour, most likely thanks to a wild Belgian yeast strain run amok. A volcanic eruption of effervesce is explosive in the glass while the head took forever to drop before I could continue my pour leaving broken stratified rings down the glass. Pale lemon peel coloring with a slight obstruction of clarity. A second pour produces a monstrous mountainous head that was rocky and still steadfast in its holding, shellacking the glass with a full coating for lace.

S: For aroma I detected light hints of wheat and sour green apples, fairly simple, with musky grains.

T: The flavor was sour green apples dominating right from the start smacking the sour taste buds of the tongue with good results. Powerful with a musky citron character, fruity notes of apricots and red grapes perhaps from the yeast. A slight acidic nature true to style, brass upfront and quite the shocker, but becomes much more smoother and mellower with each concurring sip.

M: tight and bubbly, very active on the tongue even after an extended period of time. Soothing apple sourness, turning gentle by time after the swallow.

O: Overall a solid drinking saison with a sour green apple twist. Crisp, tight and bubbly. (1,293 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold with a good and long lasting head of foam.

I smell the usual spiciness for the style with some green apple tartness.

Spices of coriander and cloves, hints of barnyard, light tartness of green apples. Not my cup of tea as the tart doesn't compliment the traditional flavours of the Saison. (310 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, Release #6, 7.9% ABV. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch white head that went away quickly. There's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like sour apples, bubblegum, herbs, light peppery spice and bready malt. I think the taste is mostly herbal, but there's also some sour apples, peppery spice, lemon peel, bready malt and yeast noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has good carbonation. It's also easy to drink. I think it's a good overall brew. I wasn't sure what to think of it at first, but once I got halfway through the bottle I started liking it more and more. At $7.99 a bottle, I'd buy this again. (717 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Epic's Sour Apple Saison is clear gold with a white head leaving decent lace.

Smell is fairly true to style, a nice mineral pith, with green apple notes, a touch of sourness, it's very pleasant.

Taste is more skewed to the green apple, but it's still aligned with the style, if bastardized...but I'm a huge sucker for saison esters. That said, it gets a little candied as I pull through it, with a slight, over-ripe compost after-taste, and a touch grainy.

Mouthfeel is lighter, it's dry, there's a bit of spritz, with a fairly high carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Fun to try, it's geared to saison fans as an interesting concept that is not quite but reasonably well executed. Cheers to the idea! (763 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into taster

Clear golden straw pour with a bubbly white head, dissipating quickly. A few spots of lacing dot the glass with thin retention.

Crisp green apple and fruit skin in the nose with funky yeast and spice. Citrus peel, zest and soft sweetness.

Tart and refreshing on the tongue with a mix of citrus peel and lemon zest. Coriander and clove with toasted grain and biscuit malts. Funky yeast, cracked pepper, soft spiciness. Finishes with tart apple skins and dry saison yeast.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, dry and bubbly on the tongue. The fruit-forward tartness is pretty tasty, especially if you're an apple lover. (660 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (1,495 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, earthy and sour apples. In the taste, dry green apples, a bit yeasty and a nice dry sourness. A small sour bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry green apple in the aftertaste. Dryer than I would expect, but quite nice. (295 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Very pale. Lots of white head that sticks to the sides. Rocky and interesting. See-through, but also milky/cloudy.

S: Yeast? Wheat? Green apple? A bit sour...

T: Marijuana and white wine. Really herby. Puckery and sour. A bit dry, with the drying aftertaste lingering for ages.

M: Dry and nice. I enjoy it, even though it makes my mouth pucker.

O: Interseting and perhaps worthwhile. I wouldn't have another -- okay, that's a lie, I totally would -- but I guess you should try one? (567 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Pint in West Lafaytte, IN.

Bit of a limp pour, for a saison. Dark gold with a small head.

Smells... pretty good! Phew. I get scared with American saisons. Even excellent brewers routinely fuck these up. The apple nodes dominate, perhaps deftly covering up any imperfections in the yeat profile, but there's still a decent kick of yeast spice near the back end.

Tastes a little better than it smells. Tart apples, spicy yeast. The pallet is simple but well balanced, and it makes for a remarkably sessionable high-ABV beer. (539 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear straw color with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like strong wild yeast and bitter grassy hops and tart vinegar, with some champagne grapes.
T: It tasted like tart apple vinegar and white grapes, with bitter sauerkraut and wild yeast, and a bit of wheat and candi sugar. It had a clean and crisp lasting tart aftertaste.
M: It was thin and very bubbly, like champagne.
D: This was more tart than expected, but not overly puckering. The apple wasn't very noticeable, but it was still an enjoyable saison. The light body helped soften the bold taste, and made it easier to drink. Not delicious enough for me to seek out again, but worth trying once. (684 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing MisterClean!

A: Pours a pale light lemon color with a thick but very active short-lived bright white head.
S: I get notes of light green fruits, leafy scents, parsley(?), spices, cardamom, apples and cinnamon. Strange.
T: I get hints of lightly sour green apples, green herbal and leafy scents, Belgian yeast, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and other spices. Nutmeg in the finish. Dry.
M: Very frothy carbonation, medium body. A bit too bubbly.
O: Very strange but it does taste as it sounds. Reminds me of Saison du Buff. Thanks for sharing! (562 characters)

Photo of mhaugo
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (980 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a translucent light straw with about one full finger of head that takes a good while to settle. The foam leaves a ring along the edges of the glass as it drinks. Solid lacing.

S: The nose is sour apple, sage, rosemary, plastic, and burnt rubber. It's spicy and sweet and sour, and a boat load of confusing. It's wacky, but it's not terrible.

T: The taste is also kinda wacky. It's sweet to start, but then gets sour and funky. It has all kinds of herbal qualities in it and I also get some of that plastic/rubber taste. The finish is back to sweet.

M: Light bodied beer. It starts out sweet, gets sour and funked, and finishes sweet. Nothing lingers too long.

O: Wacky beer. I don't think I'm diggin' it. The flavors are all over the place, and I'm just not that enthused to keep drinking this full snifter. (820 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,313 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an intensely hazy golden color with a thin white head. Leaves some nice tracks of lace.

S: Belgian yeast, a TON of coriander, sage, apple Laffy Taffy and a big, tart wheat aroma. Definitely overspiced for me.

T: Really sweet. The Belgian yeast shows up right away and really takes over. Some faint green apple skin, chardonnay and white grape juice, lemon hard candy and some booze. A touch of ginger on the finish. You can taste every bit of the 8% here and it feels way too heavy for a saison. (507 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fair take at an apple driven saison, which could improve a few aspects.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Paper label with a simple light cream and soft green range, with name of the brew and series branding. Here in particular with this palette, and unfortunately so for a supposed limited series, it looks like the generic brand of a large supermarket. Side narrative Offers a small note about the special and limited character of the brew (1800 numbered bottles, although the number is not apparent anywhere), and encourages to check their website for more details. Notes release #3, and 8.5 % Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pale gold pour, faintly hazy, 1" bubbly head, fades almost instantly, leaving a minimal surface memory with almost no presence, and no lacing. Ultimately, it ends with a bit of a flat and lifeless look a bit too early.

S - Yeasty and fruity nose, distinct apple sense with hint of grassy lemon.

T -Touches of apple, sour apple that is, yeasty touches, a bit of zesty lemon, and fruity sweetness. Touch of spices coming back to the sour apple note. It is fairly well rounded although it is not particularly remarkable.

M - Light to medium/light body, heavy carbonation early on fading to a flat range a bit early.

O - Fair brew, albeit a bit perfunctory. The apple edge is about to work but one reason or another it does not seem to do it in any remarkable way.

Notes: Not a terrible choice but the poorest I´ve had from Epic so far with a difference. (1,504 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy pale gold color with a massive foamy three fingered head. Carbonation is very sprightly and active but dies down rather quickly.

S - Crisp smelling, yeasty, sour fruit in the way of apples, green pears, and lemons, spicy presence.

T - Sweet bready yeast strikes first and stays throughout the entire sip while sour, tart apples, pears, white grapes, and lemons fall in over the top of the malt. Working through the glass, there also emerges coriander and a peppery paradise seed flavor. Cinnamon, cloves, and some nutmeg is also coming through on the palette.

M - Light medium body, lots of prickly carbonation on the tongue, super dry finish and crisp. The sourness leaves the mouth watering after all the spit just got sucked off the tongue.

O - Refreshing and enjoyable. (794 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: 3.5 - Poured into a straight pint, this is a pale yellow beer with an enormous head--a gentle pour resulted in way too much foaming.
S: 3.75 - Well, dibs to them for getting an aroma that matches the desc--quite green apple-y.
T: 3.25 - Green apple flavor, but lacks the acidic tartness that I was hoping for more, though there's a touch of sourness. Not much else here.
M: 4.0 - Good mouthfeel though, with plenty of carbonation, a nice spritzy mouthfeel.
O: 3.25 - One dimensional, for the most part. (507 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very cloudy golden yellow with a finger of frothy white head. Head faded down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of funkiness with some lemon, tart apple, and some spices.

T - Starts off with some tart green apple flavor with some hay and lemon. Through the middle, some yeast, coriander, clove, and funk come through. The finish is a mix out tart green apple with some sourness, yeast, and some spices.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. It is smooth with a nice tart and crisp finish.

D - Very drinkable. Not as sour as expected, but the tartness does give the saison a nice extra kick. (638 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed this one upon recommendation from a friend.

A: Poured a cloudy, bleached apricot color, with a finger or so head that settled quickly. If I didn't know any better, I would have pegged this as a Witbier.

S: Yeasty and Belgian-y, with ever the slightest hint of sour fruit, that I might not have even noticed if the name didn't dictate otherwise.

T: I get it now. The sweetness has been replaced by sourness.... and of the apple variety. Still, this tasted more like a Wit with added Granny Smith apple juice as apposed to a farmhouse brew. My wife just describe this as a Jolly Rancher, beer-like, wine cooler. Yep, She's a genius!

M: Bubbly, not too sweet, and peppery dry on the finish. The lacing was minimal.

O: Not pretentious, gimmicky as hell, and pretty tasty. Hell, I'd pay $7 for this again... (817 characters)

Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.