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Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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Sour Apple SaisonSour Apple Saison

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357 Ratings

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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 29
Gots: 29 | 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 +4.8%

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 Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

Halcyondays, May 15, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
3.65/5  rDev +4%

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.

facundoCNB, May 14, 2012
Photo of Oboogie
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Oboogie, May 13, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

tobelerone, May 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

MarcatGSB, May 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

antoines15, May 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14%

BeerShman, May 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

PluckyDucky, May 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

PtypeNtype, May 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

rmank, Apr 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14%

Njstoutlover23, Apr 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Supergenious, Apr 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

lpotter, Apr 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14%

Jstark5150, Apr 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

doucmehu, Apr 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14%

BrewtifulMind, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +14%

purchased from the source for about 10 bucks poured into an epic snifter. looks like a belgian golden, clean and clear honey color with an expanding white fizzy head. smells like granny smith apples, green and crisp, with some spicy belgian yeast there to back it up. flavor actually carries a bit of grassy hops that works very well with the understated apple flavors going on. the fruity notes in the yeast also add a perfect complement. the apple isnt in your face, and its not particularly sour, just tart and clean in the finish. mouthfeel is well carbonated but not too intense, and the body is just under medium. this beer is quite drinkable because it lacks that gnarly sweetness many of the fruity beers have. the apple is not dominant, rather just another player on the team. i liked this one a lot, although im not sure it fits with what id call a saison, but its an excellent bottle of beer.

StonedTrippin, Apr 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

flowbee, Apr 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

dragomni, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of pitasoup
2.15/5  rDev -38.7%

from a 22oz, shared with neorunner.

a: huge cloudy billowing head. one might say overcarbonated since the cap removed itself with an angry cat like hiss. cloudy body and straw yellow, perfect color for what seems like a lighter bodied saison. very much looking forward to the first sip, as soon as this damn head settles down.

s: cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, then saison yeasts. similar to wlp670 w/o the brett, which seems to indicate nice clean and tart, oh man am i excited. though the spices are kinda meh, i hope it's due to high-ferm temps and not silly over-compensation spices... cardboard, mint, and wheat grains come through a bit later. so i'm guessing this is an xmas saison? doesn't exactly smell sour or appley

t: tart, then over-nutmeg'd numbing, then cloyingly dull saison yeast and wheat. yes the the smells come through, but are an ugly ass mess of xmas spices. i've had worse homebrews, and other over-spiced beers, with the fantastically horrible standard of short's gambler as the worst spiced beer ever. this is a close second tho, muddled and rude. i cant taste any more, if you tell me there's apple in here, i'll believe you. it's like a belgian christmas apple pie that got drenched in cider-mix. so close to drainpouring...

m: numbing and effervescent, if that combo is possible. bodywise the base is light-medium and unoffensive. the tastes don't help any mouthfeel though.

o: Epic Brewing...fail? in the words of sir charles...turrible. tastes like acetaldehyde and mulled cider, fermented at way too high of a temp. brewers need to stop overcompensating with saisons by adding spices. they are ugly and distracting. ugh, call this beer a spring-glug and i'd be much happier drinking it because i had warning.

pitasoup, Apr 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

BDeibs, Apr 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

TGS, Apr 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

VncentLIFE, Apr 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Mudawg, Apr 03, 2012
Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.