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Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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134 Reviews
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Reviews: 134
Hads: 439
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: 439
Photo of trappistlover
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle). Pours cloudy light yellow-very much like a witbier. Thick white head with some decent lacing. Active carbonation. Aroma has wheat, coriander, clove, cracked pepper and apple. Taste is somewhat sweet with quite a bit of spice typical of a saison. The mouthfeel is thicker than many saisons and the alcohol is noticeable as it warms the throat and chest. Not as much apple as I would have liked, but it is there. A nice, different beer. (449 characters)

Photo of mchegash
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%

Appearance - 2.5/5
Pours an extremely clear orange-yellow-gold. No head. Can see the carbonation rising up at a moderate rate. The beers clearness makes it looks almost like a cider to me, which I would say earns the beer negative points.

Smell - 2.5/5
Smells of beer and nutmeg. Smells like a pumpkin beer to me. Not what I want with this beer. Besides the nutmeg, there are subtle bready-spicy saison smells as well.

Taste - 2.5/5
Tastes of alcohol, nutmeg (not nearly as strong as the smell though...thank goodness). I am trying real hard to taste the 'sour apple', but the best I can taste is a vague fruity tartness. Overall, this beer is nothing special, doesn't taste like it advertises, and the taste overall is not very good.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Very smooth. Carbonation is fairly light. Light to medium in body. In between creamy and crisp. While the mouthfeel is nothing spectacular, considering all the low ratings for the rest of the beer, the mouthfeel is the best part.

Overall - 2.75/5
I was really expecting a lot more from this beer. I couldn't taste the sour apple at all, and there was the overpowering and seemingly out-of-place nutmeg flavor. There were really no good aspects to this beer. Not something I would ever get again, or ever recommend. This is my first that I can remember from Epic Brewing, and I will probably not be trying anything from them for a long time.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20% (1,475 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 pinotboy007
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle that my girlfriend brought to split with me. Batch #4, into a Deschutes tulip glass...

Pours a hazy (to the point of opaque) golden straw color with the faintest green tinge to it. A massive 4-finger head grows inside the tulip glass. It appears a very foamy pure white color, consisting of innumerable tiny white bubbles. Large outcroppings of these bubbles stick to the glass as the head slowly subsides; great retention. The nose is slightly underwhelming, consisting of the typical funky saison scent, straw, and a touch of apple. Typical saison tastes come forward first, yeast, srtaw, wheat, and some grasses. It's followed by a crisp bite of apple, but not so sour that it really makes you pucker. It finishes a touch dry, inviting you back for more. Overall, a refreshing twist on the standard saison that went well on this hot night. (861 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 bambam2517
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
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... (622 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 busternuggz
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a red wine glass.
Slightly hazy lemon yellow color with a bubbly, soapy 1/2" white head. Leaves persistent soapy lacing. Head retains at 1/8-1/4" and returns nicely with a swirl.
Strong cloves come out first on the nose, followed by semi-tart green apple juice and a little earthy funk, kind of like wet leaves or hay. The cloves calm down some as it warms up, letting more funk and apple come through.
Tart green apple and a little lemon juice lead on the taste, followed by some herbal notes and that wet hay earthiness. Nice yeast presence. A little touch of pepper comes out as it warms. Just a little funky, light, tart and refreshing.
Light-medium bodied and smooth, well carbonated with a somewhat dry finish.
Overall a very nice saison. Not too traditional but it has character, good balance, and some nice subtle saison funk/yeast attributes that played well with the sour apple. Made a good warm weather beer. (946 characters)

Photo of psuKinger
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (978 characters)

Photo of Mississipping
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,523 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Nice looking classy label with a nice color scheme. Label states “Exceptional Series, Bottle Conditioned”, gives a small back story on the beer, AVB info, small bit of brewery info, States “Release #19”.

Appearance: After a 10min warm period I aggressively poured this from its 22oz bomber into a 16oz snifter. Pours out a hazy golden yellow color with a 1½ finger white slightly creamy foam head and champagne like bubbles rising from glass. Head retention was 2min 41sec before fading to a thick frothy coating and ring. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of wheat and bubble gum Belgian yeast with a tart apple aroma and a coriander caper scent.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes if of sour green apples on the front-end that turns spicy with hints of coriander and pepper. A big sweet bubble gum Belgian yeast flavor dominates the midpoint along with hints of sweet white wine. The back-end has a spicy heat along with an apple Belgian yeast finish.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Heavy carbonation least to a medium bodied champagne feel. Drinkable but bloating.

Overall/Comments: Very interesting brew that had a unique flavor profile. The high ABV was not masked very well and the high carbonation both left a lot to be desired. I think this could benefit tremendously from a bit of aging and mellowing. Classified as a Saison/Farmhouse Ale @ 9.8% ABV. Consumed 5/12/2013. (1,395 characters)

Photo of ottovon
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours out a pale yellow color with a slight haze. huge white head that took a while to fall. you can see carbonation racing up the sides of the glass.

S: orange and coriander. pepper from the yeast, and some earth. i also get apple and hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, and bread.

T: has some sweetness to it. there is also a touch of tartness, and finishes dry, and with just a touch of bitterness. apples, nutmeg, coriander, orange peel, and grape. i get some yeast flavors and pepper in the finish.

M: medium-thin with high amounts of carb.

O: a pretty good beer. i would probably drink this again, but it isnt something i would seek out when looking for a saison, or anything sour for that matter. (707 characters)

Photo of Badger6
4.34/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip. 7.9% abv, Release #27

A: Straw colored body, slightly hazy. White colored head builds fast and quickly recedes to a thin film of tight bubble son the surface, with a white ring and lacing on the glass.

S: Belgian yeast scents abound on the nose: white pepper, cloves, lemongrass, and a hint of green apples.

T: Follows the nose. Slightly malty up front with a quick transition to the yeast flavors of spices, pepper and cloves, that hold all the way through to the finish. The apples are more notable in the flavor than aroma, but not excessive. Finishes clean, with minimal after taste.

M: Light body, with a gentle carbonation. Body is dry. The tartness of the apples is present but again the apple character is not overwhelming.

O: If you never read the label, you'd think this was just a high-quality saison, with a slightly more fruity character. The apple character is definitive, but not overwhelming. It complements and enhances a very high-quality example of a great style. Great beer, maybe even greater because it comes in such small batches you have no choice but to savor every sip. (1,134 characters)

Photo of Douglas88
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of tbrown4
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz -> tulip

A - Hazy yellow, bright white fluffy head, slim carb streams throughout, retention is good

S - Tart apple, funky yeasty, mild bread notes

T - Tart sour fruit, zero sweetness, light pepper, creamy sour finish. As it warms banana and lemon notes come out.

M - Medium to med-thin, slight alcohol warmth in the finish

O - This is a nice change of pace. Def not a typical saison. Well made, enjoyable. I'd get it again if I could find (452 characters)

Photo of LiquidCucumber
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 8/11/11

A - The color of straw and heavily hazed. Pours with huge white head.

S - Scents of spice and fruit. I'd say coriander and apple for sure. Comes with a hint of grapes and also strong saison yeast.

T - Comes off as very wine-like with lots of fruit and very dry. Also, there is a lot of spice here; especially coriander. Has some normal saison funk but not too much. Also some mouth-puckering tartness as it warms.

M - Fairly bubbly and medium bodied. Sicks all around the mouth.

O - Tasty if only a bit overpriced. Still an excellent value compared to the Belgians (although this is different from most of them) and quite tasty. (652 characters)

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of BrentLepping
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of pitasoup
2.26/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

from a 22oz, shared with neorunner.

a: huge cloudy billowing head. one might say overcarbonated since the cap removed itself with an angry cat like hiss. cloudy body and straw yellow, perfect color for what seems like a lighter bodied saison. very much looking forward to the first sip, as soon as this damn head settles down.

s: cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, then saison yeasts. similar to wlp670 w/o the brett, which seems to indicate nice clean and tart, oh man am i excited. though the spices are kinda meh, i hope it's due to high-ferm temps and not silly over-compensation spices... cardboard, mint, and wheat grains come through a bit later. so i'm guessing this is an xmas saison? doesn't exactly smell sour or appley

t: tart, then over-nutmeg'd numbing, then cloyingly dull saison yeast and wheat. yes the the smells come through, but are an ugly ass mess of xmas spices. i've had worse homebrews, and other over-spiced beers, with the fantastically horrible standard of short's gambler as the worst spiced beer ever. this is a close second tho, muddled and rude. i cant taste any more, if you tell me there's apple in here, i'll believe you. it's like a belgian christmas apple pie that got drenched in cider-mix. so close to drainpouring...

m: numbing and effervescent, if that combo is possible. bodywise the base is light-medium and unoffensive. the tastes don't help any mouthfeel though.

o: Epic Brewing...fail? in the words of sir charles...turrible. tastes like acetaldehyde and mulled cider, fermented at way too high of a temp. brewers need to stop overcompensating with saisons by adding spices. they are ugly and distracting. ugh, call this beer a spring-glug and i'd be much happier drinking it because i had warning. (1,753 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
1.91/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

App: Gradient golden hue, almost like that of cider. Very thing head with little to no lacing.
Smell: Peppery, thin aroma, almost like that of wintergreen. Overall unpleasant.
Taste: Not as spicy as expected from aroma. Has a good, crisp tartness to it, but overall not a lot of saison kick. Lingering acidic bitterness like that of a granny smith peel. Complex and unpleasant, fading to a sort of artificial twinge.
Mouth: Thin and almost watery. Medium carbonation, and very light on the tongue like cider. (511 characters)

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of GarrettB
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

August 28th, 2013 - Epic Brewing's Sour Apple IPA is a puckering punch in the gums, but beer explorers will find something new and interesting here. The aroma is packed with cinnamon and herbs, even massaged kale. For me, it smells like the interior of a small, gourmet suburban food shop near where I grew up. Inside its cramped quarters the smell of the produce section, the bakery and even the deli all mix together, and that somewhat confusing bouquet of expensive freshness is found here, too. Cinnamon and spice appear in the taste too. Apple is a dominant theme (shock!) but it leans towards apple skins, thickened and mashed. In a broader description, I'd say this is like a baked, unsweetened apple pie, though sour and puckering in a way that brushes up against discomfort. (783 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 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)

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