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Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

358 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 358
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 jayhawk73
3.3/5  rDev -6%
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 +2.6%
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 -10.8%
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 +12%
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 +2%
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 -0.3%
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 +0.6%
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 +7.7%
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 +11.1%
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 +6.3%
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
Photo of jjanega08
2.4/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch #4 8.2% ABV

A= Pours a hazy yellow color verging onto a white color. The head is a tall three fingers high with some soapy sudsy looking bubbles and falls at your average pace.

S= The smell is unique. There is for sure some sour apple candy smell to it and a lot of unique spices. I feel like I smell lavender. Clove and a bit of bannana. Bubblegum for sure. Pretty unique.

T= The taste is about where the nose left it. There is a lot a the spice coming through and the apple is very subtle. It hits your mouth like you would expect a spiced beer to, lots of spice and somewhat soft. As it crosses across your tongue it remains soft and spicy but the finish leaves a wave of sour with the apple flavor only coming through for a moment. Cloves and bubblegum are the dominate spices. The finish is a bit odd. Somewhat medicinal and astringent.

D= Weird. The finish is dry and suprisingly so as sweet and flavorful as it starts.

O= This is a really strang beer. I don't know how much more of this one I'll be buying. Not really my cup of tea. This will not however take me away from the brewery. I would pass this one up.

jjanega08, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of ejyoung
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Bruery tulip. Great straw color with a large soapy white head. Lots of lacing left behind with an uneven ring of the foam around the edges of the glass.

Plenty of yeast in the nose, along with some fruity apple, clove, banana and bubble gum. The latter scents I did not expect.

Taste pretty much lives up to the name - largely tart green apple. It gets more tart as it warms. Some spices from the saison yeast.

Pretty lively mouthfeel but it is a little sweeter than I would typically want in a saison. This makes me sip it a little slower.

Overall an interesting beer. I think it is worth trying, but I'm not sure I need it again. If it was less sweet I might enjoy it more.

ejyoung, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle). Pours cloudy light yellow-very much like a witbier. Thick white head with some decent lacing. Active carbonation. Aroma has wheat, coriander, clove, cracked pepper and apple. Taste is somewhat sweet with quite a bit of spice typical of a saison. The mouthfeel is thicker than many saisons and the alcohol is noticeable as it warms the throat and chest. Not as much apple as I would have liked, but it is there. A nice, different beer.

trappistlover, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of JayQue
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

JayQue, May 28, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Daniellobo, May 24, 2011
Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Pencible, May 23, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to mdfb79 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF Round 5.

A: Things come into the mug as a whiter shade of pale than most pale ales (all the young dudes will agree with me, I'm sure), topped by a healthy, tall berg of white froth. Kinda like a light hefeweizen that suddenly got frightened, all of its face-color running away first, a head start before the rest followed suit.

S: A menagerie from many sides, the pleasant shared nightmare of a grocer and a geometry teacher: light lemon zest, light pine, mint, rather light menthol, wheat, orange zest, very light bubblegum, very light banana, light-ish clove, and light black pepper.

T: My tongue's eyes have been growing greener while watching my nose have all the fun. Gotta fix that, as a rebellious tongue is not something I'm willing to live with at this moment (I just don't think I'm ready for such a potentially volatile commitment. Here ya go, buddy: orange zest, lemon zest, that typically saison-like funky-ish yeast, Creamsicle. black pepper, coriander, light lemongrass, clove, and that fake watermelon flavor you may find in certain packs of Bubblicious.

M: Things sit pretty lightly on the tongue, though (and I've sworn of euphemisms with this particular partner, so I've gotta be blunt here) some heft is starting to form in the midsection (still got a ways ta go afore it gets to my level, though...). Bubbly personality, indeed. When all is said and done, I'm left feeling a bit dry, though definitely crisp. Yuppers.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. Once I found out it was a sour apple flavor, I went back and figured out that everything listed above was my brain's way of dancing around that without ever really finding it. Good times nonetheless, though.

TMoney2591, May 20, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy but bright golden yellow. A large three finger head rises quickly to the top of the glass and disappears almost as quickly. Almost no lacing left behind. Carbonation is clearly evident as it appears more like a champagne in the glass than a beer; bubbles everywhere.

S: Straw and hay up front with a hint of golden apple. The apple is much more subtle than I was hoping for, and it doesn't smell sour, but rather sweet. Earthy and slightly funky and peppery.

T: The apple is certainly there in the taste. Tart, slightly sour, yet slightly sweet apple really makes its presence known right at the beginning of the sip, accompanied by a slightly sweet breadiness and nutmeg. (As it warms, the sour apple and acidity really come through). The taste quickly shifts to a spicy/peppery middle that lasts through the finish. Finishes with pepper and alcohol in the throat, producing a slightly drying effect.

M: Medium bodied and very highly carbonated; a bit too high, in my opinion. Really lively and tingly on the tongue. Slightly sour at the beginning and moderately drying at the finish.

D: This was moderately drinkable, aside from the apparent booze burn at the finish. The alcohol is hidden well until the end, and then it's an unwelcome characteristic that detracts from the flavor and quality. This is an interesting variation on the style that has its ups and downs. I'm hoping that Epic works out the kinks with the next batch; it certainly has the potential of being an decent saison.

Mississipping, May 06, 2011
Photo of vtfan77
2.48/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Very light-colored, almost like the skin of a Golden Delicious apple. See, that's the problem with naming a beer literally; now I know what's in it and I've got apples on the brain. Anyway, it also pours with a huge fizzy white head that goes down extremely quickly.

S- Cotton candy and juicy fruit gum right away, quite appealing. After it warms a little the smell changes completely, going very tart and funky. Odd.

T- Some bubblegum and banana sweetness upfront is quickly bulldozed by a huge dose of sourness. It's kind of strange; I want to say it's like apple skin, but again, I've got apples on the brain so I'm not sure that's really what it is. I'll go ahead and say apple skin. It sticks around into the aftertaste, gaining a bit of a metallic taste and becoming more and more unpleasant. It is joined by a touch of bitterness on the finish.

M- Pretty good. It's medium-bodied and quite fizzy which works well for this sort of beer.

Overall the beer is marred by the unpleasant taste. It's not balanced and the weird sourness just overpowers everything else. The beer has its merits and is not undrinkable, but I won't be revisiting it. Just an odd concept that didn't quite work out.

vtfan77, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bmanning for opening up this bottle. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a light straw color. There is a bit of a white head, though that dies quickly. The nose has a bit of light green apple plus a bit of hay and straw. There's only a slight bit of yeast and earth. The flavor has a sharp green apple character to it with a strong bite in the finish. Nothing much else there. Maybe light grain. Light body with big carbonation. Just okay.

Thorpe429, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Beaver13, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of timtim
2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

timtim, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a Hazy golden color with one finger of white head. Head retention is very weak and with a vigorous swirl you can't even revive it. Looks a bit like pineapple or mango juice.

S- Begins with a tart slightly sour green apple skin with notes of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Hints of coriander resonate in the middle. Earthy slightly spicy yeast characters of dried hay and ginger with some baked sugary sweetness on the finish.

T- Sweet tart green apple and cinnamon like a baked cinnamon apple fresh from the oven. Some spicy pepper in the middle with a nice ginger note gives the saison some girth and brings in classic style characteristics. Dry on the finish with a lot of residual sweetness from the beginning. It's a little too sweet for my tastes but overall a really tasty rendition of a saison with a little twist.

MF- Acidic slightly puckering mouthfeel. Average carbonation and a medium body

D- This was actually very drinkable except for the barely oversweet finish. Medium drinkability. This was a very fun beer to drink and got the old noodle working from a complexity of flavors. I'm liking Epic and there brews!

Viciousknishs, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of pinotboy007
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Big, bright white head that quickly subsides to a ring; no lacing. It has the look of a cloudy Italian lemoncello with some gold highlights.

S-Belgian saison-like with a touch of what I would describe as "moth balls," only in a good way. There's a citrus swing going on for sure.

T-Somewhat sour with bracing citrus but elegant and complex; this is a neat ale, complemented with some trace of apple that becomes a bit more ample as it warms.

M-Crisp with a perky fizz that is quite nice.

D-More than drinkable! It's refreshing and enjoyable.

pinotboy007, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.93/5  rDev +12%
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.

emmasdad, Mar 01, 2011
Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.