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Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

395 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 31
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 csiewert
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of BeerMe42
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of adrian21
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Release #2.

Appearance: This is definitely a gusher. A loud pop and a burst of fog out of the bottle when I open it inform me that I need to pour it immediately. A monster fizzy off-white head forms, bubbling away rapidly to almost nothing. After a few seconds, a lot of carbonation helps to create the head anew. A very strange head for sure. The beer itself is a faded cloudy grapefruit juice color.

Smell: The aroma is on the light side. Some granny smith apple aroma works with a like biscuity malt. Some pilsner malt and wheat and some peppery spice are noticeable as well.

Taste: The flavor starts with a slightly tart green apple flavor before the malt really comes into play. Light malt has a light wheat flavor, and there is an earthy spiciness toward the middle. Some grass and hay fill out the back end.

Mouthfeel: Very bubbly and fizzy carbonation, with a body that is on the heavy side for the style. Slightly tart.

Overall: I was able to easily drink my glass of this, but it was not the best example of a style I don't like that much, so I won't be revisiting it in the future.

Photo of gos42
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reading the label on a beer is always something thats a lot of fun for me. I learned, for example, that the beer I'm holding is only one of 1800 bottles. And the label also indicated which batch it is (I'm drinking release #5) and the ABV (8.1) I'm pretty keen on all that.

So this is a beer that pretty much describes exactly what it is. It's a Belgium ale that is brewed with apples.

It's got quite a bit of apple to the nose, though on the tongue, the apple doesn't hit until after the swallow.

Definitely made with Belgium yeast. All the tell tale signs are there, including a bit of cloudiness to the eye.

It's drinkable, but not one that I'd pursue.

Photo of kscaldef
2.48/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale straw, something of a disappointing head with large bubbles and little retention.

S: Apple Jolly Ranchers, rubber bands, lightly medicinal

T: More like cider than a saison. Off-dry apple. Band-aid. Bit of yeasty funk in the finish.

M: Pretty thin. Low carbonation. Low bitterness.

O: Not sure what I should make of this: is it a fruit beer or a saison? Or cider masquerading as beer? I don't love it, it's got obvious flaws, but it remains fairly easy to drink despite that.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty light yellow color ale with a big white bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of tart apple with some spicy peppery yeast is quite strong. Taste is a very unique mix between some tart apple notes with a strong spicy yeast strain and with some very high carbonation. Body is quite full with strong carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting though not something I would rink everyday. Almost closer to Champagne then beer.

Photo of quaybr
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A gusher upon opening. Huge white head that lingered. Slightly cloudy, much clearer than I anticipated.

Fruity, yeast lends to esters aroma.

Sweet fruits with a bit more than a hint of apple. Not sure if I could say a "sour green" apple, though. Refreshing, the high alcohol content is masked by the saison-sweetness.

Carbonation is a bit too much. Feels more like a sparkling wine than a lite belgian.

Interesting beer. I won't ever get it again, but we enjoyed it.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of cbarrett4
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into taster (4 oz) at Belmont Station:

Some light head that quickly vanished leaving little lace. Clear golden hue. Smells lightly of a saison with some hints of apple.

On the palate I pick up more golden delicious apple than any sour apple. Kind of a let down... Pretty simple. Light body, medium grip, alcohol kept in check though. Medium length finish.

Overall pretty simple yet decent saison with the added apple.

Photo of kbutler1
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of LiquidCucumber
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 8/11/11

A - The color of straw and heavily hazed. Pours with huge white head.

S - Scents of spice and fruit. I'd say coriander and apple for sure. Comes with a hint of grapes and also strong saison yeast.

T - Comes off as very wine-like with lots of fruit and very dry. Also, there is a lot of spice here; especially coriander. Has some normal saison funk but not too much. Also some mouth-puckering tartness as it warms.

M - Fairly bubbly and medium bodied. Sicks all around the mouth.

O - Tasty if only a bit overpriced. Still an excellent value compared to the Belgians (although this is different from most of them) and quite tasty.

Photo of tbrown4
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz -> tulip

A - Hazy yellow, bright white fluffy head, slim carb streams throughout, retention is good

S - Tart apple, funky yeasty, mild bread notes

T - Tart sour fruit, zero sweetness, light pepper, creamy sour finish. As it warms banana and lemon notes come out.

M - Medium to med-thin, slight alcohol warmth in the finish

O - This is a nice change of pace. Def not a typical saison. Well made, enjoyable. I'd get it again if I could find

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clouded, pale yellow body with a moderate-sized, foamy, white head.

Smell: Granny Smith-based apple cider, then, a bit of pils and wheat malt, with hints of ground spices and cobweb-strewn gum as the sour apple scent ramps up.

Taste: Pilsner malts with, perhaps, a trifling bit of wheat. Lightly tangy, lightly sweet upfront. Yes, there are the expected green apples, moderately tart. Also, a myriad of spice hints and a touch of earthy phenolics (bordering on band-aid occasionally) striking the back-of-the-throat. Finishes dry, phenolic, and tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: It's interesting and an appealing combination, sure, though I'm not in love with it, and the one visitation is probably enough for me. Still kinda interesting, though!

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.

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.

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.

Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.