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Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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Sour Apple SaisonSour Apple Saison

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136 Reviews

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 449
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 27.81%
Wants: 31
Gots: 53 | 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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Reviews: 136 | Hads: 449
Photo of Beaver13
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, release #3. Pours a very light hazy yellow with an extremely fizzy/active white head that bubbles and retains for a while.

The aroma is sweet malts and apple juice with some saison-type spices and a bit of funk.

The flavor is sweet apple juice balanced by some yeast funk with a dry slightly bitter champagne like finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, an interesting blend of apple juice and a saison. The saison qualities balance out the sweet apple surprisingly well. It's still a bit on the sweet side for me though.

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Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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 The sweetness has been replaced by sourness....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...

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Photo of emmasdad
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Sam, for sending this wonderful extra earlier this month. Finally tonight, I found the right opportunity to share this bottle. Poured a nice light to medium golden color, with a huge rocky white head (albeit one that quickly subsides to a nice ring around the surface). Aromas of coriander, apple skins and funky Belgian yeast. On the palate, this one is light bodied, crisp, refreshing and tart, with flavors of sour green apples, lemon and Belgian spice.

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Photo of JayQue
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A refreshing summer beer..not a top notch Saison though. Pours a clear straw gold color. Highly carbonated head...huge on a hard pour...but very poor retention and no lacing.

Smell is very pronounce lemon zest. Taste is lemon zest and sweet apple. What is missing is the Belgian yeast, any degree of subtle flavors, "funk" etc that you would expect in a Saison.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but ok, nicely carbonated,

Overall pretty good, nice flavor but there are better Saisons out there.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sour-Apple Saison has a bright, golden-yellow colored body. The off-white head is large but disappears quickly. A little bit of lacing remains.

The aroma has a lot of tart apple to it, with some light sweetness and some spiciness behind it.

The strongest component of the flavor is a some-what syrupy flavored green apple. It isn't necessarily unpleasant, but it does taste artificial. I'm not sure that it actually is artificial, but it does taste a little bit like that. The malt base is very sweet with a lot of bread, and the yeast adds a lot of fruit on its own. A good amount of phenols come through also.

The body doesn't feel too much like a saison, more like a Belgian Pale. It's a little bit heavy, and it lacks the explosive carbonation that really good saisons always have. With “saison” in the name, that is a little bit of a problem.

I do like this one better than Brainless on peaches, but so far Epic's fruited beer aren't my thing.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Clear pale yellow/straw colored pour with a minimal head. Aroma has a good bit of yeast and spice and a little grain. Flavor is a very basic saison...yeast and clove are the dominant flavors. There's also a very light tart apple flavor and a touch of ginger. Finishes with a lingering clove flavor. Expected more.

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Photo of tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the "pumpkin beer" for those idiots that just love beers with spices. layered, complex, refreshing, drinkable, but with those nice spices accompanying. good any time, but would be perfect for outdoor hot days and also for cool autumn nights on the patio (with a bourbon back). i really like this combination of flavors. nuanced and balanced, and with depth.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Release #17, bottled on 7/26/12. Poured into an Allagash chalice.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a bone-white frothy cap. Fair globs of lace cling to the glass. Sharp scent of spices - coriander, pepper, and a big wallop of apples. This is almost causing my nose to pucker a bit.

Carbonation level is moderate, definitely not as spritzy as many in this style tend to be. Not complaining about that at all. Nice mellow finish. There's enough boldness in flavor to keep this one going. On first sip there's a big smack of herbs and spices. Coriander, lemon pepper, cinnamon, yeast. A lot going on here. But there is a nice puckering tartness to this as well. With my experience as of late, I thought the apple would be downplayed, but it is far from that. Sour green apples, lemons, limes - all make this nice and tart. It's not the most enjoyable or flavorful, but it is sour. As this warms this characteristic develops and opens up even more., but I'm presented with another characteristic I don't care for - nail polish remover. Near the end, this is dang near difficult to finish. I think this one drinks better on the cold side, but that's just me. Interesting beer.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

thanks to dak for this.

pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy. little head.

funky apple juice, really. a hint of some spice but very apple and funk forward.

similar to the nose, a strong funky and spicy saison with loads of apple. no so much sour as the name depicts, but more on the lines of apple juice. hint of sweetness and a slight slight pucker at the finish.

mild carbonation. light and easy. some pucker in the finish.

pretty good, VERY apple forward .

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a half inch head of white. A partial skim coat on the surface and a few traces of lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with spice-dusted apples and cut grass. Cloves, wet hay and apple cider.

Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

Mulled cider with shades of tart wheat, lemon, and spicy phenols on the palate.

Finishes faintly tart and thin with lingering apple cider and spice.

I like the idea of an apple saison, but this beer needs more of both of those qualities.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Trappist Westvleteren XII glass
From: Palm Springs Liquor in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7.99
Purchased: June 14, 2015
Consumed: June 19, 2015
Misc.: Release #27 (SLC #1166), which is (according to their website) brewed on July 11, 2013 & the ABV is 7.90 pct.

Poured a golden, straw, hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of foamy, white, rocky head, which dissipated pretty quickly. Tons of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled cinnamon, nutmeg, green apple, cloves, coriander, nectarine peel and Big Red gum. Cinnamon dominates here. I’m intrigued. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste pretty much followed the nose with cinnamon dominating. Also got nutmeg, green apple, green grape, kiwi, cloves, apple pie, coriander, Ginger Ale and grassy notes. Like a winter Saison. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Oily-to-thin texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, wintry finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This wasn’t a bad Saison. Should almost be called a Cinnamon Saison, but still. Would have it again. (Overall - 3.75)

3.75 | 85 | B+

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Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle split between a pair of large snifters. Release #41, SLC#1660. Can't read the code printed on the bottom.

Pours cloudy yellow with a small white head, not a great deal of carbonation. Smell is nice. Green apples, funk, greens, slight flower.

Taste is apple juice, tropical sour.

Mouthfeel is creamy and nice. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Release #14, bottled 23 April 2012, per the website. Tasted 2 November 2012, reviewed from notes

Pours a pale, slightly golden yellow. Almost completely clear, just gives a soft fuzzy look to the stuff behind it. Nice column of bubbles streaming up. One finger of white head, decent retention, okay lacing.

Smell is funky, tart, and spiced. Funk is the first wave, earthy. Light tart fruit is next, sweet, lasting, and potent. I really like the balance of funk and fruit.

Taste has a weird side that I'm not digging. It's sour and bitter, but in a sharp way that doesn't really work for me. Beyond that, it's fruity and tart. Loads of apple, that only gets more potent as I work my way through the bottle. Gets better as it warms up, for sure - otherwise I would have rated the taste lower. But it's still sharp.

Medium-bodied, enough carbonation. Nothing really remarkable, other than the fuzz. But that could be the alcohol.

An okay saison, not my favorite. I was intrigued by the smell, but the taste has an off bitter side, and not enough positive to counteract it. I keep going back, looking for a taste without that bite, but I'm not finding it.

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Photo of GJ40
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Flanny's in a tulip.

Pale dandelion yellow with very slight haze. One inch of off white froth descends quickly to merengue-like top layer, leaving lots of pocked lace.

The nose: pears and green apple, like a mix of jolly ranchers. Behind: coriander, white pepper, wheat bread, some floral notes. The apple becomes more substantial as it warms.

The flavor: bananas, pears and booze. Tastes kind of like my first attempt at homebrew, which was a Belgian dubbel that ended up irrevocable solvent and banana-laden. Bright with coriander and a nice snap of tartness, followed by lingering fruits. Just a hint of dryness, before lingering artificial green apple notes.

Light, prickly carbonation. The medium-light body holds together well, exhibiting just a bit of fizz. Alcohol fumes come through the nose.

For a saison, Sour Apple Saison is a bit like a cider. It is, however, interesting, with a refreshing green apple snap.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.74/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of Spider889
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light in color, very clear. Nice pure white head. Mild legs of lace.

S - Oddly I got hints of a smoked malt aroma, then herbal spice. The sour apple was being rather elusive on the nose unfortunately.

T - Now I am starting to get the sour apple. Tart, almost bretty, and then still more spice comes through. At times it can be a bit twiggy and sprucey.

M/O - Dry. Overall not bad, though I wasn't really digging any of the Epic saisons we tried that day.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release number 6 7.8% abv

Pours a pretty pale yellow color with a white head that falls fast with spotty lace.

Aroma is nice malts lightly spicy and fruity with a touch of wet hay funk.

Taste is man nice carbonated malt with good dose of funk right from the start. Moves to lingering sour apples and pears with peppery spice playing out in the dry finish. Even some spicy hints of the alcohol in the finish as it warms the tummy but not not in the distracting way.

Mouthfeel is light with pretty peppy carbonation true to style.

Overall little tarter and sharper then most Saison's but found it enjoyable and well priced as a bonus.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

slightly hazy golden yellow with nice foamy white head which quickly diminished. smells almost like a pilsner.. very bready, lemon zest, pepper, celery, slight hint of green apple. initial bitterness turns into a slightly tart funk.. almost tastes like chicken with lemon pepper seasoning. grassy herb flavor, faint taste of grapes, cherry, apple.. definitely tasting the belgian yeast. light body with very fizzy carbonation, slight creamyness towards the finish.

overall, this is a solid thirst quencher, though a bit off tasting. i probably wouldn't pick this one up again, though after a month or so seeing it on the shelf, i'm glad i gave it a try.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours light straw with a slightly green hew. Very thin white head and little lacing.

Very spicy aroma. Clove and nutmeg. No apple or sourness in the nose.

I'd like to write a lot of descriptors for the flavor, but really the flavor is bland. Belgian yeast dominates with clove and other spices. Very little body to speak of, no sourness and hardly any detectable apple at all. As the beer warms, the spices come out more and are too overpowering for the base.

Good carbonation levels. As mentioned, body is very light.

Thought I may enjoy this one, but definitely did not. The blandest beer I've had in a while.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Opened with a pretty decent pop and poured into a NB tulip glass. VERY heady, pours a slightly hazed yellow straw color with a white foamy head that is slow to settle. Leaves sticky frothy lace as it settles. Belgian esthers in the nose, some medicinal, pepper. I was hoping for a more fruit forward aroma but not so much. Light mouthfeel. The first thing I notice is the alcohol, slightly boozy. Tart and dry start and finish. Banana, pear, and some apple. Ends with a sour apple on the lips taste. Not bad but not as good as I wanted it to be.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Light and crisp. Luckily it finishes pretty clean.

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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch #45 poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip
A: Light golden color with a 1+ finger head that quickly settles
S: Green apple, a sour note, Belgian yeast and light malt
T: Sour green apple, Belgian yeast and light malt. LIke the nose. But each very individual, not integrated
M: Light-bodied, sour
O: This can't decide if it wants to be a cider or a beer. It has components of each, all of which are tasty but it just doesn't all fit into a coherent blend

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Photo of DCon
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 1 PT. 6 FLUID OUNCE bottle of this from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, NC for $8.50. Poured from the Green Apple labeled bottle w/ "Exponential Series", a flower, & a hop leaf in the background into a Bordeaux Wine Glass. Has RELEASE #6 on the side of the bottle.

Aroma- Has HUGE fruitiness in the aroma and then a light amount of spice. Has soft hops but nothing intense.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger, bubbly head that lasts for an average amount of time. Has a dark blonde/light orange colored body with haze. Leaves tons of lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a huge amount of fruitiness and spicy hops. Not much apple or sour attributes in here. Light-Medium Bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Highly Carbonated, Effervescent, and tons of apple in the finish.

Overall Impression- Awesome Saison but where is sourness and apple? More fruitiness blended with spice. Never found the Sour Apple qualities that I was very interested in. Still would recommend for an awesome Saison but don’t go looking for any “sour apple” beer here.

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Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.