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Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

Sour Apple SaisonSour Apple Saison

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BA SCORE
80
good

288 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.43%


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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IMPERALEVERYTHIN

Utah

4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
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

50F

Release #3 no born on

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 23:38:05 | More by IMPERALEVERYTHIN
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Domingo

Colorado

4/5  rDev +13.3%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 02:20:40 | More by Domingo
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bishopgary

Utah

4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy pale golden/straw color. Nice white nearly 1 inch head that lingers a bit, but recedes to a slight lacy foam. Carbonation very apparent.

S: Pretty spicy at first, pepper and clove (fairly phenolic) with a bit of citrus. Fades to a light fruitiness. Nice typical Saison yeast notes as well. Interesting.

T: Nice green apple tartness along with some wheat. The apple and yeast both contribute to the tartness. The tartness and slight sweet notes do well to cut the spiciness that comes through near the finish. The lack of strong alcohol is nice.

M: Light, and effervescent as it should be.

D: Very very drinkable, both on its own and with a meal. I have particularly enjoyed it with spicy Thai food and while grilling. Interesting but no where near overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 23:56:06 | More by bishopgary
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Douglas88

Utah

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 250th Utah rating! 22 ounce bottle from Epic. A slight gush at opening, pours a very cloudy yellow color with a initially medium white foamy head, later the head dies down to a small floating mass of bubbles. The aroma is initially a distinctly Belgian Ale; sweet banana esters and rich malts and spices, light grains and a hint of apples. The flavor is very impressive; again a initial sweet and spicy Belgian Ale, later a distinct funky and sour apple flavor comes to the fore. Lots of spices and sour apple overall. A lively mouthfeel. Not overly sour or sweet. Very well made. Extremely quaffable. Impressive design and brewing here.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 18:20:23 | More by Douglas88
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. This is one of 1,800 bottles produced according to the label.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of wheat, yeast, apples and some spices. The flavor is tart Granny Smith apples with a strong Belgian yeast note and some wheat and lighter malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Tart, green apples and saisons seem like a natural fit. I am surprised this was not tried sooner.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 05:34:21 | More by Mora2000
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 21:22:36 | More by pokesbeerdude
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair brought this one over to share with buckeyeboy and me. I will say, that I thought it was better than they did.

Pours with a thin white head with only hints of lacing and little retention.. the brew is very hazy lite straw golden... expected.

Pretty phenolic up front... almost too much.. tons of spice and hints of bandaid.. peppery.. lite clove... even cinnamon.. the phenols blow out almost all of the traditional and expected aromas... there is some pear that tries to come in, and the cardomom fucks things up.

Thankfully the palate has some nice fruity esters that come out up front... pear and green apple.. the phenols though are way too heavy in my opinion.. the bandaid plays with bazooka joe.. "real" spice shows toward the finish... cinnamon and lesser nutmeg.. I get how the fruity esters and the apple are "supposed" to get along, but there is a ton of stuff going on here.. I get a hint of ginger burn later.

Honestly, I like this.. It needs some work to meld things up into something more congealed.. but I appreciate it and need to stock up before it is gone!!

4/3.5/4/4/4

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 06:41:40 | More by JohnGalt1
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Wasatch

Utah

2/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. Bomber
Exponential Series
1800 Bottles Produced
Release #1
$7.29 ea.

Poured into a chalice a cloudy pale yellow color, some carbonation, little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, slight sour apple note. The taste is malty/yeast, tart. Medium body. Not Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 18:57:27 | More by Wasatch
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bambam2517

Arizona

3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2013 01:28:45 | More by bambam2517
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womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 20:51:30 | More by womencantsail
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cbarrett4

Oregon

3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 20:34:00 | More by cbarrett4
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 12:17:53 | More by OWSLEY069
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mdfb79

New York

3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 15:20:41 | More by mdfb79
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Phelps

Arizona

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Flanny's in a tulip.

Pale dandelion yellow with very slight haze. One inch of off white froth descends quickly to merengue-like top layer, leaving lots of pocked lace.

The nose: pears and green apple, like a mix of jolly ranchers. Behind: coriander, white pepper, wheat bread, some floral notes. The apple becomes more substantial as it warms.

The flavor: bananas, pears and booze. Tastes kind of like my first attempt at homebrew, which was a Belgian dubbel that ended up irrevocable solvent and banana-laden. Bright with coriander and a nice snap of tartness, followed by lingering fruits. Just a hint of dryness, before lingering artificial green apple notes.

Light, prickly carbonation. The medium-light body holds together well, exhibiting just a bit of fizz. Alcohol fumes come through the nose.

For a saison, Sour Apple Saison is a bit like a cider. It is, however, interesting, with a refreshing green apple snap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 06:26:50 | More by Phelps
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review is from having it on tap at Bodega. My girl friend really seemed to like it, she drank about 2-3 glasses over a few visits to Bodega. I also tried a little bit of this from the bottle at a recent tasting.

Appearance
This is a super light colored beer. Its a pale straw, one could describe as white. A little bit of haze pushes this beer's whiteness. A short, fizzy cap pops leaving only a few wisps.

Aroma
This has a pretty good smell. Yeast is dominate, but some granny smith apple is there too. The apple doesn't really smell like real, fresh apples, but it smells pleasant enough.

Taste
The yeast is way too dominate here. Its very phenolic. Lots of bandaid, plastic and chalky earth. The apple is there, lending a candy sour apple tartness that helps, but can't quell the yeast.

Mouthfeel
Light and crisp. Luckily it finishes pretty clean.

Overall
Too much yeastiness which is even worse from the bottle. I hope they tweak this since it has good potential. Right now its merely decent from the keg and less impressive out of the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 19:40:14 | More by MbpBugeye
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this saison on tap tonght at Lizardville as part of Epic's rollout party in Northeast Ohio. Poured into a 12 oz tulip glass, this brew pours a very pale, delicate yellow with a mild white head.

Initial presentation is a yeasty fruity smell, with a bit of funk, and an almost biscuity, grassy barley/malt aroma, covered in a blanket of tart grape and crisp fall apple. The clean apple smell -- without any cinnamon -- is am attractive aroma.

The saison portion of this brew is, frankly, buried beneath the tart fruit that dominates. This beer is like a liquid green apple ending with a lemon twist.

A rather thin mouthfeel that, combined with the tart apple, is like burying your teeth in a granny smith apple and leaving them there. There is a sharp, almost metallic uptick in the mid to back tongue near the finish.

I'm not big into tart, but this is tasty, easy, crisp, and clean. While I've noted repeatedly the apple flavor, I cannot emphasize enough that this is nothing like a cider. It is more flavorful, fuller, and tastier than any cider. While not a favorite style of mine, I would have again as a one-off.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 22:44:46 | More by TheHoppiest
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AgentMunky

California

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Very pale. Lots of white head that sticks to the sides. Rocky and interesting. See-through, but also milky/cloudy.

S: Yeast? Wheat? Green apple? A bit sour...

T: Marijuana and white wine. Really herby. Puckery and sour. A bit dry, with the drying aftertaste lingering for ages.

M: Dry and nice. I enjoy it, even though it makes my mouth pucker.

O: Interseting and perhaps worthwhile. I wouldn't have another -- okay, that's a lie, I totally would -- but I guess you should try one?

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 15:46:26 | More by AgentMunky
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Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.