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Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

Sour Apple SaisonSour Apple Saison

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BA SCORE
80
good

286 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%


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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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to mdfb79 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF Round 5.

A: Things come into the mug as a whiter shade of pale than most pale ales (all the young dudes will agree with me, I'm sure), topped by a healthy, tall berg of white froth. Kinda like a light hefeweizen that suddenly got frightened, all of its face-color running away first, a head start before the rest followed suit.

S: A menagerie from many sides, the pleasant shared nightmare of a grocer and a geometry teacher: light lemon zest, light pine, mint, rather light menthol, wheat, orange zest, very light bubblegum, very light banana, light-ish clove, and light black pepper.

T: My tongue's eyes have been growing greener while watching my nose have all the fun. Gotta fix that, as a rebellious tongue is not something I'm willing to live with at this moment (I just don't think I'm ready for such a potentially volatile commitment. Here ya go, buddy: orange zest, lemon zest, that typically saison-like funky-ish yeast, Creamsicle. black pepper, coriander, light lemongrass, clove, and that fake watermelon flavor you may find in certain packs of Bubblicious.

M: Things sit pretty lightly on the tongue, though (and I've sworn of euphemisms with this particular partner, so I've gotta be blunt here) some heft is starting to form in the midsection (still got a ways ta go afore it gets to my level, though...). Bubbly personality, indeed. When all is said and done, I'm left feeling a bit dry, though definitely crisp. Yuppers.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. Once I found out it was a sour apple flavor, I went back and figured out that everything listed above was my brain's way of dancing around that without ever really finding it. Good times nonetheless, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 08:03:29 | More by TMoney2591
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Mississipping

Mississippi

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy but bright golden yellow. A large three finger head rises quickly to the top of the glass and disappears almost as quickly. Almost no lacing left behind. Carbonation is clearly evident as it appears more like a champagne in the glass than a beer; bubbles everywhere.

S: Straw and hay up front with a hint of golden apple. The apple is much more subtle than I was hoping for, and it doesn't smell sour, but rather sweet. Earthy and slightly funky and peppery.

T: The apple is certainly there in the taste. Tart, slightly sour, yet slightly sweet apple really makes its presence known right at the beginning of the sip, accompanied by a slightly sweet breadiness and nutmeg. (As it warms, the sour apple and acidity really come through). The taste quickly shifts to a spicy/peppery middle that lasts through the finish. Finishes with pepper and alcohol in the throat, producing a slightly drying effect.

M: Medium bodied and very highly carbonated; a bit too high, in my opinion. Really lively and tingly on the tongue. Slightly sour at the beginning and moderately drying at the finish.

D: This was moderately drinkable, aside from the apparent booze burn at the finish. The alcohol is hidden well until the end, and then it's an unwelcome characteristic that detracts from the flavor and quality. This is an interesting variation on the style that has its ups and downs. I'm hoping that Epic works out the kinks with the next batch; it certainly has the potential of being an decent saison.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 22:25:06 | More by Mississipping
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vtfan77

Virginia

2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Very light-colored, almost like the skin of a Golden Delicious apple. See, that's the problem with naming a beer literally; now I know what's in it and I've got apples on the brain. Anyway, it also pours with a huge fizzy white head that goes down extremely quickly.

S- Cotton candy and juicy fruit gum right away, quite appealing. After it warms a little the smell changes completely, going very tart and funky. Odd.

T- Some bubblegum and banana sweetness upfront is quickly bulldozed by a huge dose of sourness. It's kind of strange; I want to say it's like apple skin, but again, I've got apples on the brain so I'm not sure that's really what it is. I'll go ahead and say apple skin. It sticks around into the aftertaste, gaining a bit of a metallic taste and becoming more and more unpleasant. It is joined by a touch of bitterness on the finish.

M- Pretty good. It's medium-bodied and quite fizzy which works well for this sort of beer.

Overall the beer is marred by the unpleasant taste. It's not balanced and the weird sourness just overpowers everything else. The beer has its merits and is not undrinkable, but I won't be revisiting it. Just an odd concept that didn't quite work out.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 04:13:05 | More by vtfan77
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bmanning for opening up this bottle. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a light straw color. There is a bit of a white head, though that dies quickly. The nose has a bit of light green apple plus a bit of hay and straw. There's only a slight bit of yeast and earth. The flavor has a sharp green apple character to it with a strong bite in the finish. Nothing much else there. Maybe light grain. Light body with big carbonation. Just okay.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 20:54:39 | More by Thorpe429
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 04:59:15 | More by Beaver13
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timtim

District of Columbia

2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 13:02:30 | More by timtim
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a Hazy golden color with one finger of white head. Head retention is very weak and with a vigorous swirl you can't even revive it. Looks a bit like pineapple or mango juice.

S- Begins with a tart slightly sour green apple skin with notes of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Hints of coriander resonate in the middle. Earthy slightly spicy yeast characters of dried hay and ginger with some baked sugary sweetness on the finish.

T- Sweet tart green apple and cinnamon like a baked cinnamon apple fresh from the oven. Some spicy pepper in the middle with a nice ginger note gives the saison some girth and brings in classic style characteristics. Dry on the finish with a lot of residual sweetness from the beginning. It's a little too sweet for my tastes but overall a really tasty rendition of a saison with a little twist.

MF- Acidic slightly puckering mouthfeel. Average carbonation and a medium body

D- This was actually very drinkable except for the barely oversweet finish. Medium drinkability. This was a very fun beer to drink and got the old noodle working from a complexity of flavors. I'm liking Epic and there brews!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 01:02:38 | More by Viciousknishs
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pinotboy007

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 20:21:58 | More by pinotboy007
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 05:44:43 | More by emmasdad
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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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Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.