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Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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134 Reviews

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 443
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 27.81%
Wants: 31
Gots: 50 | 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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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 emmasdad
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of bambam2517
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft, into a 12 oz snifter.

A - Sneaky to the eye, looks like a light ABV hefe or something common. Nice level of carbonation and a good lasting lace ring.

S - Apple dominant, also crackery and yeasty, little bit of spice mixed in as well.

T - Drinks alot like a chardonnay, one with apple and pear flavors as the backbone. Its sweet, and has a little spiciness feel to it as well.

M - Not like a saison I dont think, that spiciness plays as alcoholic heat to me and this again feels more like a chardonnay than an ale.

O - Made for an interesting change of pace, but back to the beers that come across as beer...

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Photo of Domingo
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this or anything from Epic before in CO. Grabbed it at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins.
Pours a cloudy straw color. Tons of suspended yeast. Heavy carbonation fades into a sheen layer pretty fast. Looks a bit like carbonated pineapple juice.
Smells more or less like a typical Saison. Spicy (slightly funky & tangy) yeast, hearty grains, and citrus zest. The only unusual note is ginger, which comes out more as it warms.
The taste is pretty unusual no matter what you're expecting. A bit of sour apple up front blends into a wave of peppery spice. Malts add a bit of sweetness followed by a hint of dusty hops. The finish has an unmistakable ginger character. The peppery spice is familiar, but everything else is unique...in a good way. If I was blind tasting it I don't even know if I'd have guessed it was a sour apple based brew.
Thick and potent, this isn't anything you'll be drinking a ton of or drinking quickly, but that's just the nature of it. Nothing really wrong with that.
A unique take on a pretty open style, I'm enjoying it and am curious about some other beers from Epic.
More good beer from Utah? Who knew?

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

thanks to dak for this.

pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy. little head.

funky apple juice, really. a hint of some spice but very apple and funk forward.

similar to the nose, a strong funky and spicy saison with loads of apple. no so much sour as the name depicts, but more on the lines of apple juice. hint of sweetness and a slight slight pucker at the finish.

mild carbonation. light and easy. some pucker in the finish.

pretty good, VERY apple forward .

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green apple hue with a thin white lace of head. Nose of green apples and funky saison notes. Spicy yeast and clove with an overall earthiness.

Sweet green apples up front followed by classic belgian flavors of candy, clove and spice. Finishes with a puckering green apple tartness. Mouth watering and very very good. Lingering sweetness. A complex and well layered in-your-face saison. Slaps the tongue around and your tongue asks for more. At 8.1% it's pretty damn dangerous. On the fuller side of medium bodied with gentle carbonation. Theres a richness to the body with being too heavy. Just picked up a little bit of a nuttiness to the beer.

Please resist drinking this beer cold, it really does open up magnificantly at room temperature.

SIDE NOTE Mix half sour apple saison and half Brainless on peaches and you have a pretty nice dried fruit refreshing beer in your cup!

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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 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 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 OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of claytong
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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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 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 NCBeerFan
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Jree261
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance-Yellow to pale gold out of the glass with a foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell-The name is pretty self-explanatory. I get a lot of sour apples and not a whole lot else.

Taste-Sour apple, bitter stone fruit.

Mouthfeel-Good light body and a long finish.

Overall-If I'm drinking beer on a hot day, it needs to be something like this.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
8.4%, Release #30

A - Faint haze forms through the pale yellow beer as it's tight stark white head fizzles out to a ring of bubbles below a dotted ring of thin lacing.

S - Super dry classic Belgian saison yeast billows from the glass with extremely potent clay, white pepper, and lemongrass spiciness. Notes of clove, a drop of lemon oil citrus, and the faintest hint of Granny Smith apple skin pokes through to round out the beer but for being named Sour Apple Saison, there's not much sour apple there.

T - Almost a direct copy of the aroma, Sour Apple Saison's flavor is spice heavy with a clear focus on the Belgian yeast with little of the sour apple emerging through the spice. Lemongrass citrus and a peppery kick overtake the faint notes of green apple skin.

M - Light effervescence prickles the tongue gently while it's light and very dry, moisture-robbing body finishes with a slightly hard feel. A big gulp reveals a little more green apple tartness like taking a big bite from a fresh, chilled Granny Smith as this beer doesn't even remotely express it's higher alcohol content.

O - The name had me overly excited for this mash-up of sorts and while Epic has crafted a wonderful Belgian-style saison, it's far from the sour apple proclaimed on the label. So much so, in fact, that had this beer just been labeled a saison, sour apple may not have even crossed my mind. It's a very good beer but it's title creates false expectations.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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

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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 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 pokesbeerdude
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from the brewery, $7.50. Release #2, 7.6% alcohol. Into my Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: Pale gold in color with a stark white head of about an inch that receded to an island of bubbles. Nice clarity on the initial pour. Appears to be quite violently carbonated from the nucleation point. Nice spots of lacing as this recedes.

S: Incredibly spicy yeast notes that shine in this one, just how I like a saison to be. Tons of esters, and there is a slight note of green apples as well, not like acetaldehyde, but of ripe apples. Sort of reminds me of cheap hairspray as well, not in a bad way, just what comes to mind.

T: Surprisingly tart, not sour but definitely tart, underneath that is the strong signature ester of a saison yeast. Green apples make up the majority of the tartness. Other notes of allspice come to mind as well. The tartness comes on more towards the end of the sip. Damn tasty. Not quite a 4.5 but close.

M: Spot on, lighter body, high carbonation, and a nearly bone dry finish. No alcohol heat, but just a little bit of warmth in the gullett. Very refreshing.

D: For the high abv, its pretty hidden, I could drink quite a few of these. Interesting enough to keep me coming back, yet not overwhelming in the least. This is a damn fine beer and I won't have any trouble finishing this bomber. Very nicely suited to this warm fall afternoon we're having in Eastern Utah.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a crystal clear golden straw - quite pale! I'm not used to my saisons being this clear. It appears very much like an unsherried single malt that has not been inflicted with caramel colouring.

The smell is festive and wonderful - heavy clove notes, lots of tart green apple. Cinnamon.

The taste is similar - the apple is really quite sour, not funky at all, just acidic and very tart. Clove, cinnamon are there from the start and the ginger spiciness really comes through towards the finish.

I really quite like the festive spice blend, strong sour apple notes, and saison body and yeast profile. The flavours are pretty intense though and I wouldn't drink this regularly for that reason - very nice once and a while though.

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4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite interesting, never had a sour apple saison before

Appearance: Hazy, golden apple not much head but spritzy carbonation in the mouth

Smell: Huge smooth potpourri nose accented with slight pepper, sour apple, and slight alcohol

Taste: Christmas spices and light clean malt on the palate, with an almost mouth puckering sour apple finish. Too much spice, a little out of balance to be a perfect food beer. Good candidate for aging. Fantastic acidity, would go very well with many types of food.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonation went away too quickly.

Drinkability: Fairly dry, certainly drinkable. Would be inclined to pair this with food over drinking alone.

This is where I want to see beers going, food friendly and delicious. This would give any dry Riesling or Sauvignon blanc a run for the money.

Burgundy glass


Release #3 no born on

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Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.