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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 Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 tobelerone
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Edit: returning to this beer a few years later, I find I have a really different impression , and find it sorely lacking in sourness. There's much more of a sweet and spiced Apple pie note in the aftertaste, coming on the heels of a well executed but somewhat excessively strong and alcoholic saison base. The assertive Granny Smith character I found in my original experience would have helped a bit here.

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

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.

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Photo of pitasoup
2.26/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Release # 9.

Pours a slightly murky light honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, yeast, and a heavy dose of almost medicinal smelling spice aromas. Taste is the same with a slight hint of sour green apples on the finish. The spices linger on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good saison flavor wise but the aroma is very spice heavy in an awkward way.

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Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to tulip, served along side four cheese Pizza Rolls:

Pours a nice hazy pale gold with a finger of expanding white head. The sourness really translates well through the nose plus a mix of clove, banana, ester, the base beer smells lovely. The taste is excellently balanced - all the staple characteristic of a good saison topped with a tart/sour blend of sweet fruits. Very refreshing beer. I'd definitely recommend this one. All 4's.

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Photo of lsummers
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It poured a hazy yet still somewhat clear golden yellow. Not much of a head remained after pouring but left some nice lacing.

It smell of herbs, couldn't really get past that. I could tell there were some sour notes, but mostly just spices and herb. Kind of a dissapointment.

Tasted very spicy upfront and through out. The sour notes come through towards the aftertaste but are still less than I expected.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, it bounces the spices around the tongue. Helps it feel just right for the 8.1%

Overall, I wouldn't recomend this to a friend and I probably won't be buying it again. I would say if someone really like tastes of herb and spices I might suggest trying it, but I was dissapointed. I was really hoping for a belgian sour saison with more apple notes in it.

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Photo of billab914
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into my Allagash glass. It poured a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a ton of spices to it, which given the ingredients isn't surprising. The grains of paradise and coriander are really bold, giving it a strong citrus presence. The nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon all add some earthy, christmasy spiciness. The spices just overwhelm, I don't get much else past them.

In the taste, the spices dominate up front but there is some really good sour apple flavors that do come out in the finish. The coriander and grains of paradise just seem way overdone to me though and unfortunately dominate the beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being above average. Overall, I didn't really care for it. The spices dominated way too much and covered up nearly all of the sour apple flavors. The Christmas like spices didn't work well for it either. I had hoped for a little more sourness out of it given the name.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing MisterClean!

A: Pours a pale light lemon color with a thick but very active short-lived bright white head.
S: I get notes of light green fruits, leafy scents, parsley(?), spices, cardamom, apples and cinnamon. Strange.
T: I get hints of lightly sour green apples, green herbal and leafy scents, Belgian yeast, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and other spices. Nutmeg in the finish. Dry.
M: Very frothy carbonation, medium body. A bit too bubbly.
O: Very strange but it does taste as it sounds. Reminds me of Saison du Buff. Thanks for sharing!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.26/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Release #6 with an ABV of 7.8%.

3.0 A: Big carbonation in this one. First pour yielded five fingers of head. Hazed golden wheat color with a slight greenish tint. Big foamy white head with average retention and moderate amounts of spotty lacing.

4.5 S: Very exciting and complex nose. Sour apples are certainly present. Mindbogling array of spices with corriander, grains of paradise, and anise leading the way. Underneath that there is cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of clove. The base is a fruity/funky combo with apple orchard, earthiness, and a slight woodiness.

4.0 T: The spices coalesce to bring about a potent herbalness. The corriander, grains, cinnamon, and clove hold their individual identities well. Sour apples aren't as strong as I thought they'd be, but instead it plays a welcomed complementary role. Good funk, earth, and fruitiness from the parts mentioned above. Orchard, autumn, woody, hay, damp earth.

5.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good active, spritzy carbonation. Solid creaminess as well. Everything I could ever ask for in a saison.

4.5 D: I'm a little baffled by the rather mediocre reviews. Perhaps the older batches weren't as good. I find this to be one of the better saisons I've had in a long time. Solid flavors that work together and a kick ass mouthfeel.

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

22 ounce bottle, picked up at Vintage Estates, poured into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a hazy light golden color, completely opaque, with a big frothy bone-white head on top that dissipated fairly quicly but held on to a thin lacing around the surface and edge of the glass.

S: Bready yeast, a touch of cloves, lemon zest, and yes, a hint of sour apple. The apple is present, but not pungent, in the nose.

T: The sour apple is certainly more pronounced and distinct in the flavor. It's right there, immediately discernible. And they're really on to something here, as it works nicely with the wild yeasty-lemon flavors of the saison. I just feel like they may have overdone it just a bit.

M: Light and lively, with great carbonation, this beer is refreshing and doesn't finish overly dry for all of the sour/flavor that it has.

D/O: An enjoyable brew. The apple, although a bit more present than it needed to be, probably helped with drinkability for me. I would have another.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very cloudy golden yellow with a finger of frothy white head. Head faded down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of funkiness with some lemon, tart apple, and some spices.

T - Starts off with some tart green apple flavor with some hay and lemon. Through the middle, some yeast, coriander, clove, and funk come through. The finish is a mix out tart green apple with some sourness, yeast, and some spices.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. It is smooth with a nice tart and crisp finish.

D - Very drinkable. Not as sour as expected, but the tartness does give the saison a nice extra kick.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky, golden apple color with an almost non-existant head that surprisingly has good lacing.

S - Sour and green apples, belgian yeast, cloves, cinnamon and other nice spice notes.

T - Tart and a little sweet, the sour apple comes through but doesn't overwhelm. Nice Belgian flavor as well with hints of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. This does a great job of bringing in the sour apple candy flavor without being too cloying about it.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, a little chewy and sticky. More sour than apple in the finish.

O - I found Epic's Sour Apple Saison to be delightful. It did everything I expected it to and will be a beer I hope to come back to in the future. If you like sour apple flavor and saisons, this is a tough one to beat. Well done!

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

A - pours an apple pie color with a ring of soapy bubbles around the glass.
S - the aroma is a nice cooked apple smell along with some cinnamon. very nice aroma.
T - the taste is a little bit of a let down but not completely. The flavor is mainly the apple but you also pick up the cinnamon along with the saison funkiness. There is some pepper in there and I don't necessarily think it fits with the flavor of the beer.
M/D - The peppery spice does detract from this a bit and makes the drinkability go down a bit. Its medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Enjoyable yet could be tiresome.

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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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Photo of katan
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #4 - 22oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color, very clear. Super carbonation, huge white head formation but it breaks down quickly.

S - A belgian yeast white pepper base, some pilsner malts, and a little bit of funk. Not much for apple.

T - Starts off potent with lots of white pepper and pilsner malts. Mid-stream shows a good note of apple musk. Alcohol is well hidden, a little bit funky. Finishes with a lightly sour apple note.

M - Light body but super strong carbonation. Comes out in the wash. Finishes with a little bit of a sticky sweetness.

O/D - An interesting and very drinkable beer. ABV is manageable. A little bit filling, but normal for saisons. Worth a try.

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

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Epic's Sour Apple Saison is clear gold with a white head leaving decent lace.

Smell is fairly true to style, a nice mineral pith, with green apple notes, a touch of sourness, it's very pleasant.

Taste is more skewed to the green apple, but it's still aligned with the style, if bastardized...but I'm a huge sucker for saison esters. That said, it gets a little candied as I pull through it, with a slight, over-ripe compost after-taste, and a touch grainy.

Mouthfeel is lighter, it's dry, there's a bit of spritz, with a fairly high carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Fun to try, it's geared to saison fans as an interesting concept that is not quite but reasonably well executed. Cheers to the idea!

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Liquor Mart in Boulder for and poured it into an Odell's tulip glass.

Release #4 of 1,800
ABV: 8.2%

A: Pours an unfiltered blond hue with a ton of effervescent bubbles that made this somewhat difficult to pour without a massive head that just wont go away, leaving tons of lace when it did finally dissipate.

S: Big time sour funk up front - wood and wet cardboard that gives way to lemon zest, white sage, herbal tea, spices and crackery malt.

T: Follows the nose, but much more of the herbal and sage flavors come through. Some of the funk is lost in the taste that was so prevalent in the nose which is somewhat disappointing.

M: On the lighter side of medium-bodied and dry. Man, what is the deal with the crazy amount of carbonation in this one??? They really need to tone it down a bit in my opinion - it just doesn't ever stop.

Pretty tasty Saison, but a bit too sweet, over-carbonated and the sour funk fails to shine through in this one.

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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 mactrail
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like cinnamon along with the tart apples at first sip. But it after a few sips it tastes strongly of cloves and I get the whole Hefeweizen flavor profile. Great aroma of malt with a long nose of spice. Not much in the way of Belgian flavors. Pours a hazy golden in the chalice. Some buttery taste at the end but only some faint bitterness. Tart, though it has plenty of sweetness, along with a cidery taste.

It's hard to judge this as a Saison, but if you think of it as an apple-flavored Hefeweizen, it's really quite a unique treat. I think the over-abundance of clove flavor keeps it from being more popular. Release #7 and ABV is listed at 8.2%.

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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 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 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 KickInTheChalice
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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