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Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

365 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 30
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 tbrown4
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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

tbrown4, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

beerthulhu, Sep 09, 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 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 Fordknox
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%

Fordknox, Sep 23, 2014
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 dbrauneis
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Release #15

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a couple of small patches of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there are moderate to strong aromas of spices - ginger, cinnamon, coriander, and anise. After that, the light to moderate aromas of sour apple come through.

T: This beer has a really unusual flavor but one that I enjoyed - it started out with some light flavors of wheat and spices (cinnamon, ginger, coriander, and just a touch of anise stand out. Then there are some lighter flavors of sour apple that come through in the finish. Minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This one is really interesting with the plethora of spices upfront and the sour apple flavors in the finish. Quite refreshing and easy to drink - would be great on a hot summer afternoon.

dbrauneis, May 19, 2013
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kristougher, Yesterday at 06:12 PM
Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.