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Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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373 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 373
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 RocPorterFanatic
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.

RocPorterFanatic, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 08/12/11 notes. Had on tap at Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours a murky yellow color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident. No lacing or head retention, pretty average looking.

s - Smells of pepper, yeast, and light sour apples. More pepper than I would like, but still good.

t - Tastes of pepper again, light sour apples, yeast, and floral notes. The pepper dominates the taste and there is not as much apple as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty average saison. Pepper dominates this one so if that's what you like in a saison, you may enjoy this, but I was looking for more fruit/apples. Wouldn't seek it out again.

mdfb79, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of eclipse54
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle that my girlfriend brought to split with me. Batch #4, into a Deschutes tulip glass...

Pours a hazy (to the point of opaque) golden straw color with the faintest green tinge to it. A massive 4-finger head grows inside the tulip glass. It appears a very foamy pure white color, consisting of innumerable tiny white bubbles. Large outcroppings of these bubbles stick to the glass as the head slowly subsides; great retention. The nose is slightly underwhelming, consisting of the typical funky saison scent, straw, and a touch of apple. Typical saison tastes come forward first, yeast, srtaw, wheat, and some grasses. It's followed by a crisp bite of apple, but not so sour that it really makes you pucker. It finishes a touch dry, inviting you back for more. Overall, a refreshing twist on the standard saison that went well on this hot night.

eclipse54, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

thagr81us, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of goldbot
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bottle poured into wine glasses. Release #6 brewed June 6th 2011.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with maybe a slight greenish haze - an interesting color no doubt. Foamy, silky white head with good retention. Wheaty aroma, plenty of yeast, subtle spice and floral hoppiness. A bit spicy on the tongue with a strong earthy, musty yeast flavor. Slightly sweet and malty/wheaty, becoming sour with just subtle hints of fruit. Aftertaste is lemony and very yeasty. Silky mouthfeel with a slightly grainy texture.

goldbot, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of claytong
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

release #4 of their exponential series

appearance - bubbly little fellow. big sea foam head off controlled pour, very golden straw color. head doesnt die too quickly. bubbles keep coming up. pretty

smell - spices, pepper, crisp yeast, pears, coriander, a pinch of cinnamon

taste - tis more apple than pear here, spices arent very present. pretty tart, but more like a champagne than a sour.

mouthfeel - its very light bodied, slides down my throat before i get a chance to taste it. the carbonation is nice.

overall - not sure but for some reason everything seems nice about this beer, but im just not enjoying it as much as its qualities show. seems a bit off somewhere.

claytong, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
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

Bierguy5, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of ottovon
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours out a pale yellow color with a slight haze. huge white head that took a while to fall. you can see carbonation racing up the sides of the glass.

S: orange and coriander. pepper from the yeast, and some earth. i also get apple and hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, and bread.

T: has some sweetness to it. there is also a touch of tartness, and finishes dry, and with just a touch of bitterness. apples, nutmeg, coriander, orange peel, and grape. i get some yeast flavors and pepper in the finish.

M: medium-thin with high amounts of carb.

O: a pretty good beer. i would probably drink this again, but it isnt something i would seek out when looking for a saison, or anything sour for that matter.

ottovon, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

jzeilinger, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Phelps, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of nlmartin
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.

nlmartin, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
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.

MbpBugeye, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this saison on tap tonght at Lizardville as part of Epic's rollout party in Northeast Ohio. Poured into a 12 oz tulip glass, this brew pours a very pale, delicate yellow with a mild white head.

Initial presentation is a yeasty fruity smell, with a bit of funk, and an almost biscuity, grassy barley/malt aroma, covered in a blanket of tart grape and crisp fall apple. The clean apple smell -- without any cinnamon -- is am attractive aroma.

The saison portion of this brew is, frankly, buried beneath the tart fruit that dominates. This beer is like a liquid green apple ending with a lemon twist.

A rather thin mouthfeel that, combined with the tart apple, is like burying your teeth in a granny smith apple and leaving them there. There is a sharp, almost metallic uptick in the mid to back tongue near the finish.

I'm not big into tart, but this is tasty, easy, crisp, and clean. While I've noted repeatedly the apple flavor, I cannot emphasize enough that this is nothing like a cider. It is more flavorful, fuller, and tastier than any cider. While not a favorite style of mine, I would have again as a one-off.

TheHoppiest, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of NCBeerFan
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this sitting on the shelves today and decided to give it a try, especially with the hot temps as of late. Pours a pale, straw yellow with a one-finger head that clings to the edges of the DFH snifter. Wow, I could smell this from several feet away and it's heavy with the sour apple, with some funkiness from the yeast. The taste is similar to the nose, with both the tart apples and funkiness coming through. It has a very dry finish, with those apples lingering around for awhile, albeit pleasantly….but the other flavors that are present seem to just vanish.

This is a pretty solid saison, and I really love the sour apple component, but there's something missing that I can quite put my finger on…but it does have promise. This is one that I might come back to, especially at a reasonable $8 a bottle.

NCBeerFan, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an orange yellow color w/ a one finger white head that quickly disappears. Nice carbonation and lacing. Light in color, but a little cloudy as well- you can't see through it.

S- Smells like a perm. OK.. sort of. Yeast, sour apple, perm smell. Not great.

T- Tastes like a Christmas spiced cider to me. Yeast, sour apple, spice and some malt. Much better than the nose, but still just OK.

M- Very thin, w/ a slight sour burn in the aftertaste. Very bubbly as well, w/ high carbonation.

O- This is a slightly better than average brew, and really not recommended. Interesting, but not great.

jayhawk73, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of RandyV
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Substantial head on the pour with consistent lacing. Smells of fruit, spice, clove, farmhouse; characteristic Belgian style ale. Spice and clove dominate with subtle sour apple. Finishes champagne dry and tart. Drinkable and light for summer, not a go to for me, though.

RandyV, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy slight golden yellow color that leaves little lacing behind.

Smells of cinnamon apples, like applesauce.

Tastes of a bit of herbs, followed by fruits and some spice. Starts off with some mint and thyme flavors. A bit of apple and pear comes through, but is very light and a bit tart. Spices end everything with some cinnamon, white pepper, and a bit of clove. To me it feels like I am drinking spices mostly, but they are only spicing a very small amount of fruit, and it feels very unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I am not a fan, I get mostly an applesauce type feel where there is way too much cinnamon.

ocelot2500, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of busternuggz
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a red wine glass.
Slightly hazy lemon yellow color with a bubbly, soapy 1/2" white head. Leaves persistent soapy lacing. Head retains at 1/8-1/4" and returns nicely with a swirl.
Strong cloves come out first on the nose, followed by semi-tart green apple juice and a little earthy funk, kind of like wet leaves or hay. The cloves calm down some as it warms up, letting more funk and apple come through.
Tart green apple and a little lemon juice lead on the taste, followed by some herbal notes and that wet hay earthiness. Nice yeast presence. A little touch of pepper comes out as it warms. Just a little funky, light, tart and refreshing.
Light-medium bodied and smooth, well carbonated with a somewhat dry finish.
Overall a very nice saison. Not too traditional but it has character, good balance, and some nice subtle saison funk/yeast attributes that played well with the sour apple. Made a good warm weather beer.

busternuggz, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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?

AgentMunky, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to whoever brought this one to Ffej of July IX

A - Pours straw yellow with a bright white one finger tall head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of your typical saison but with a big sour apple infusion. Kind of smells like a funky apple pie.

T - Starts off with a nice sour apple punch that fades very quickly into a mix of bright spices and dulled funk. The flavors are good but they all fade quite quickly. The finish is a mix of dryness and light funk, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad by any means but it never really blew me away either. I like the combo of apples and saison tho and with a little bit of tweaking I think this one might be a winner.

orangesol, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber, shared with mughugger amongst others.

A: The saison is a pale straw color, lighter in hue that most saisons. The light ale appropriately supports a stark white head. Very foamy, it looks effervescent.

S: The nose has apples and spices, cinnamon and sage principally. The apples, sour as they are, don't seem out of place in this Belgian ale.

T: Sage and mint stand out, very spicy flavors that are almost hot. Cinnamon follows, prepping the taster for the apples to come. Those apples, green and sour, have plenty of sweet juices. The effect of the bubbles is to drive all of the flavor away quickly after each sip is swallowed. Interesting but quite spicy.

M: Syrupy sweet and spicy, the mouthfeel runs all over the place. Those flavors are fast to fade though, disappearing almost instantaneously.

akorsak, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very effervescent with tiny, tight bubbles flowing quickly upward through the glimmering gold beer to form a very bubbly, ever so slightly off white head that builds high and collapses and lingers across the top of the beer. Taking in a deep smell, the sour apple registers in the back of my mouth w/o taking a sip. Not overpowering, but clearly present and pleasant. As it warms, the sour apple overtakes the saison yeasty notes a bit, but not overly so. Understated but clearly fruity beer with some spicy notes and a bit of alcohol coming off the top. Like drinking apple champagne, disappearing completely off the back of the tongue. Very enjoyable and a fine start to the fruity portion of the Epic brews. As it warmed up, the taste soured a bit and seemed a bit off. Much better cold--I'd drink this one fast.

FightingEntropy, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of Chaney
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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...

Chaney, Jun 21, 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
Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.