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Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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Sour Apple SaisonSour Apple Saison

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380 Ratings

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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 31
Gots: 30 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -29%

BMos, Jun 21, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

superceleb, Mar 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

beernads, Jun 07, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

capuchinpilates, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of timtim
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
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
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2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a new beer to the Cincinnati market was in the mood for something a bit funky and this sounds like it fits the bill. The beer was chilled and served in a tulip.

A- The body of the beer is a hazy straw yellow coloration. The beers head is white and about a finger high. The head is rapidly desolving. A few whisp of lace mark the beers passage.

S- High marks on the aroma. The aroma of the beer definitely kicks up some sweet / sour / tart apple cinnamon, ginger and cloves a bit of funky earthyness brings in the rear.

T- Sadly the flavor cannot live up to the aroma. Tart and semi sweet apple peaks out from under an assertive twist of lemon saturated bandaides and crushed asprin. No amount of temperature tinkering improved this.

M- The beer has a light effervescent body. Frankly the body keeps this from being a drain pour.

O- This beer shows some promise. I think the yeast needs to be brought to heel a bit and Epic will have a winner. Not a drain pour but having to work a little to finish the bomber.

nlmartin, Aug 02, 2011
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2.74/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottom line: this is an ok Saison. My only problem is that the description is nowhere close to how the beer actually tastes.

There's absolutely zero sour and there's not much of any apple flavor, either.

Tastes like a straight-up farmhouse Saison to me.

Not saying to pass on this one, but don't expect any acidity or tart flavor.

BrentLepping, Jul 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

JeffreyJDavis, Oct 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Taperwookie, Mar 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Mudawg, Apr 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Jsproat, Oct 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

oline73, Dec 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

katieapainter, Jul 14, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Clemskis, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of corby112
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, slightly funky aroma with a nice barnyard character that is countered by the sweet apple presence. The sour apple character is kind of artificial/syrupy smelling, reminding me of candy/kids juice box. There's also a slight musty scent with some sweet alcohol and bread/yeast in the nose.

Medium bodied with a lot of tight carbonation up front tickling the tongue. Slightly earthy and very sweet up front with a strong sour apple flavor. Again, this flavor is very syrupy and artificial tasting yet the tartness compliments the funky saison yeast. There's a crisp dryness that lingers into the finish with hints of bread, zesty spice and grass.

Overall, this beer is an interesting idea but the result is a beer that is too sweet and artificial for my liking. A decent amount of tartness and subtle funk but the cloying sour apple flavor is a bit much.

corby112, Aug 02, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

acurtis, Jan 12, 2012
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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.

RocPorterFanatic, Aug 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

zimm421, Mar 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

rolandboy, Dec 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Lanstrum, Jan 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

mikeburd1128, May 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Sanchezrox23, Sep 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

erha2, Sep 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

LooseMoose1978, Mar 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Clear pale yellow/straw colored pour with a minimal head. Aroma has a good bit of yeast and spice and a little grain. Flavor is a very basic saison...yeast and clove are the dominant flavors. There's also a very light tart apple flavor and a touch of ginger. Finishes with a lingering clove flavor. Expected more.

Karibourgeois, Sep 04, 2014
Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.