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Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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134 Reviews
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Reviews: 134
Hads: 440
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 31
Gots: 49 | 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: 134 | Hads: 440
Photo of mdfb79
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of cbarrett4
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of gos42
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of ejyoung
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Bruery tulip. Great straw color with a large soapy white head. Lots of lacing left behind with an uneven ring of the foam around the edges of the glass.

Plenty of yeast in the nose, along with some fruity apple, clove, banana and bubble gum. The latter scents I did not expect.

Taste pretty much lives up to the name - largely tart green apple. It gets more tart as it warms. Some spices from the saison yeast.

Pretty lively mouthfeel but it is a little sweeter than I would typically want in a saison. This makes me sip it a little slower.

Overall an interesting beer. I think it is worth trying, but I'm not sure I need it again. If it was less sweet I might enjoy it more. (708 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (1,102 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

The beer is a cloudy golden yellow/straw color with a white head. An interesting aroma. Lots of apple and a touch of tartness, but it’s got a big spice character to it (mostly cinnamon and clove). Quite a bit of yeast and a light medicinal note. The flavor is almost potpourri-like: very spicy and floral. Some apple, but not quite the sourness I was anticipating. Lots of bread and yeast flavors to it as well. (442 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an orange yellow color w/ a one finger white head that quickly disappears. Nice carbonation and lacing. Light in color, but a little cloudy as well- you can't see through it.

S- Smells like a perm. OK.. sort of. Yeast, sour apple, perm smell. Not great.

T- Tastes like a Christmas spiced cider to me. Yeast, sour apple, spice and some malt. Much better than the nose, but still just OK.

M- Very thin, w/ a slight sour burn in the aftertaste. Very bubbly as well, w/ high carbonation.

O- This is a slightly better than average brew, and really not recommended. Interesting, but not great. (600 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of REDsage
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Epic Brewing's Sour Apple Saison is a Belgian-style ale that is bottle conditioned. This beer is 8.2% ABV and I drank bottle number 25 of 1800. It pours as a rather pale and cloudy yellow color with low levels of carbonation. The apple smell is light and true to its Belgian origins with floral, almost bubble-gumish notes. The first sip is immediately sweet and fruity, with notable, though light, apple flavors. The acidity is also immediately apparent, though this positively acidulous tone is certainly of fruit origins (almost cider-like, as opposed to a sour beer utilizing wild yeasts). The sour-apple taste is carried by the typical bubble-gummy flavor common to hefeweizens that loses itself in the sweet, and dare I say 'crisp' flavor of this beer. Lovers of the Saison may seek this brew out, but otherwise the cost may be prohibitive for this small-batch of 1800 bottles. (883 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, release #3. Pours a very light hazy yellow with an extremely fizzy/active white head that bubbles and retains for a while.

The aroma is sweet malts and apple juice with some saison-type spices and a bit of funk.

The flavor is sweet apple juice balanced by some yeast funk with a dry slightly bitter champagne like finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, an interesting blend of apple juice and a saison. The saison qualities balance out the sweet apple surprisingly well. It's still a bit on the sweet side for me though. (578 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly spicy and sour like a granny smith apple. Slight honey scent. Fruity with a strange mint aroma.

Starts out dry with a licorice flavor. Mildly tart and fruity there is a clove and licorice flavor here. Mildly bitter but not as sour as I had hoped. But this has one damned strong clove taste to it and pretty much dominates everything else. Sour spiced apples with too much clove that is what this tastes like.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is a tasted it once don't need another bottle beer. (567 characters)

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into tulip.

A-Hazy golden straw color with a thin finger of head.

S-Strong crisp apple smell, when first poured smelled almost like fresh apple pie.

T-Like a saison with a hint of cider. Background notes of cinnamon, coriander and ginger.

M-Light body with and carbonation. No lingering taste as the beer progesses on your palate.

O-Very interesting saison. I probably wouldn't buy it again unless I had a taste for it. (438 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (1,141 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fair take at an apple driven saison, which could improve a few aspects.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Paper label with a simple light cream and soft green range, with name of the brew and series branding. Here in particular with this palette, and unfortunately so for a supposed limited series, it looks like the generic brand of a large supermarket. Side narrative Offers a small note about the special and limited character of the brew (1800 numbered bottles, although the number is not apparent anywhere), and encourages to check their website for more details. Notes release #3, and 8.5 % Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pale gold pour, faintly hazy, 1" bubbly head, fades almost instantly, leaving a minimal surface memory with almost no presence, and no lacing. Ultimately, it ends with a bit of a flat and lifeless look a bit too early.

S - Yeasty and fruity nose, distinct apple sense with hint of grassy lemon.

T -Touches of apple, sour apple that is, yeasty touches, a bit of zesty lemon, and fruity sweetness. Touch of spices coming back to the sour apple note. It is fairly well rounded although it is not particularly remarkable.

M - Light to medium/light body, heavy carbonation early on fading to a flat range a bit early.

O - Fair brew, albeit a bit perfunctory. The apple edge is about to work but one reason or another it does not seem to do it in any remarkable way.

Notes: Not a terrible choice but the poorest I´ve had from Epic so far with a difference. (1,504 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release #17.

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a 1-inch white head which fades to a thin cap and rim leaving rings of lace.

N: Sour green apples (check), belgian yeast (check), peppery spices (check), herbal, earthy, with faint melon.

T: Big ginger and other spices are strong and somewhat medicinal, yeast is present along with some over-ripe, off tasting fruit. Tartness is mild and slightly unpleasant.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Spicy, herbal finish.

O: Over the top on the spices. The yeast competes with the sour apples not in a good way.
Makes sense only 1800 bottles produced for this one. (629 characters)

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Release #12. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear straw yellow color with a moderate amount of carbonation bubble streams rising to the top. A small , rocky, white head dissipates quickly to a thin film across the top. Looks very clean but kind of unimpressive.

S: A blast of sour green apple is noticeable immediately after pouring. Belgian yeast and Belgian sugar come through prominently as well. A mild perfume, floral aroma comes through towards the finish.

T: Sour apple up front with significant typical Belgian characteristics at the finish. It has a spicy sort of finish with hints of black pepper.

M: Light bodied with a dry finish. There is minimal carbonation, but just enough to give a refreshing feel and finish.

O: I had high hopes for this one, but it left me a little disappointed. I guess I was expecting more sour apple than what I experienced. I'll have to try a fresher bottle to see if that makes a difference as this one is close to a year old. (992 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: 3.5 - Poured into a straight pint, this is a pale yellow beer with an enormous head--a gentle pour resulted in way too much foaming.
S: 3.75 - Well, dibs to them for getting an aroma that matches the desc--quite green apple-y.
T: 3.25 - Green apple flavor, but lacks the acidic tartness that I was hoping for more, though there's a touch of sourness. Not much else here.
M: 4.0 - Good mouthfeel though, with plenty of carbonation, a nice spritzy mouthfeel.
O: 3.25 - One dimensional, for the most part. (507 characters)

Photo of quaybr
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A refreshing summer beer..not a top notch Saison though. Pours a clear straw gold color. Highly carbonated head...huge on a hard pour...but very poor retention and no lacing.

Smell is very pronounce lemon zest. Taste is lemon zest and sweet apple. What is missing is the Belgian yeast, any degree of subtle flavors, "funk" etc that you would expect in a Saison.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but ok, nicely carbonated,

Overall pretty good, nice flavor but there are better Saisons out there. (488 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is yellow in colour with a huge foamy white head.

The smell is sour apple,quite faint. There's yeast, lemon like a regular saison.

The taste is sour apple, lemon some light hop bitterness. There's a bit of a soapy taste as well.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation, very easy drinking.

Overall not very complex and the sour apple is pretty light but enjoyable still the same. The 8% abv isn't detectable at all. If it didn't have a soapy taste I would've rated it higher. (496 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp pale golden yellow with a frothy and light layer of airy straight white carbonation.

Apple, cinnamon, ginger, and some funk.

Sour apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, and funk. Someone went way too heavy on the spice.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, funky fruit.

Overall, I honestly expected much more from this. It would have been better without the spices. (366 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to whoever brought this one to Ffej of July IX

A - Pours straw yellow with a bright white one finger tall head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of your typical saison but with a big sour apple infusion. Kind of smells like a funky apple pie.

T - Starts off with a nice sour apple punch that fades very quickly into a mix of bright spices and dulled funk. The flavors are good but they all fade quite quickly. The finish is a mix of dryness and light funk, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad by any means but it never really blew me away either. I like the combo of apples and saison tho and with a little bit of tweaking I think this one might be a winner. (753 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber, shared with mughugger amongst others.

A: The saison is a pale straw color, lighter in hue that most saisons. The light ale appropriately supports a stark white head. Very foamy, it looks effervescent.

S: The nose has apples and spices, cinnamon and sage principally. The apples, sour as they are, don't seem out of place in this Belgian ale.

T: Sage and mint stand out, very spicy flavors that are almost hot. Cinnamon follows, prepping the taster for the apples to come. Those apples, green and sour, have plenty of sweet juices. The effect of the bubbles is to drive all of the flavor away quickly after each sip is swallowed. Interesting but quite spicy.

M: Syrupy sweet and spicy, the mouthfeel runs all over the place. Those flavors are fast to fade though, disappearing almost instantaneously. (820 characters)

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