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Sour Apple Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

329 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 28
Gots: 25 | 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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Lantern


3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

01-18-2013 21:55:50 | More by Lantern
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Opened with a pretty decent pop and poured into a NB tulip glass. VERY heady, pours a slightly hazed yellow straw color with a white foamy head that is slow to settle. Leaves sticky frothy lace as it settles. Belgian esthers in the nose, some medicinal, pepper. I was hoping for a more fruit forward aroma but not so much. Light mouthfeel. The first thing I notice is the alcohol, slightly boozy. Tart and dry start and finish. Banana, pear, and some apple. Ends with a sour apple on the lips taste. Not bad but not as good as I wanted it to be.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 00:07:37 | More by kbutler1
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Spider889

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 08:43:31 | More by Spider889
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jmarsh123

Indiana

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

Pours light straw with a slightly green hew. Very thin white head and little lacing.

Very spicy aroma. Clove and nutmeg. No apple or sourness in the nose.

I'd like to write a lot of descriptors for the flavor, but really the flavor is bland. Belgian yeast dominates with clove and other spices. Very little body to speak of, no sourness and hardly any detectable apple at all. As the beer warms, the spices come out more and are too overpowering for the base.

Good carbonation levels. As mentioned, body is very light.

Thought I may enjoy this one, but definitely did not. The blandest beer I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 15:45:29 | More by jmarsh123
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Release #14, bottled 23 April 2012, per the website. Tasted 2 November 2012, reviewed from notes

Pours a pale, slightly golden yellow. Almost completely clear, just gives a soft fuzzy look to the stuff behind it. Nice column of bubbles streaming up. One finger of white head, decent retention, okay lacing.

Smell is funky, tart, and spiced. Funk is the first wave, earthy. Light tart fruit is next, sweet, lasting, and potent. I really like the balance of funk and fruit.

Taste has a weird side that I'm not digging. It's sour and bitter, but in a sharp way that doesn't really work for me. Beyond that, it's fruity and tart. Loads of apple, that only gets more potent as I work my way through the bottle. Gets better as it warms up, for sure - otherwise I would have rated the taste lower. But it's still sharp.

Medium-bodied, enough carbonation. Nothing really remarkable, other than the fuzz. But that could be the alcohol.

An okay saison, not my favorite. I was intrigued by the smell, but the taste has an off bitter side, and not enough positive to counteract it. I keep going back, looking for a taste without that bite, but I'm not finding it.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 21:05:44 | More by zeledonia
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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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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

08-05-2012 04:06:29 | More by beerwolf77
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13.3%

12-29-2011 19:18:44 | More by savagepm
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

thanks to dak for this.

pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy. little head.

funky apple juice, really. a hint of some spice but very apple and funk forward.

similar to the nose, a strong funky and spicy saison with loads of apple. no so much sour as the name depicts, but more on the lines of apple juice. hint of sweetness and a slight slight pucker at the finish.

mild carbonation. light and easy. some pucker in the finish.

pretty good, VERY apple forward .

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 21:54:13 | More by hooliganlife
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15%

05-12-2013 17:49:13 | More by mikeburd1128
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mntlover

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release number 6 7.8% abv

Pours a pretty pale yellow color with a white head that falls fast with spotty lace.

Aroma is nice malts lightly spicy and fruity with a touch of wet hay funk.

Taste is man nice carbonated malt with good dose of funk right from the start. Moves to lingering sour apples and pears with peppery spice playing out in the dry finish. Even some spicy hints of the alcohol in the finish as it warms the tummy but not not in the distracting way.

Mouthfeel is light with pretty peppy carbonation true to style.

Overall little tarter and sharper then most Saison's but found it enjoyable and well priced as a bonus.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 05:22:29 | More by mntlover
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DCon

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 1 PT. 6 FLUID OUNCE bottle of this from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, NC for $8.50. Poured from the Green Apple labeled bottle w/ "Exponential Series", a flower, & a hop leaf in the background into a Bordeaux Wine Glass. Has RELEASE #6 on the side of the bottle.

Aroma- Has HUGE fruitiness in the aroma and then a light amount of spice. Has soft hops but nothing intense.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger, bubbly head that lasts for an average amount of time. Has a dark blonde/light orange colored body with haze. Leaves tons of lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a huge amount of fruitiness and spicy hops. Not much apple or sour attributes in here. Light-Medium Bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Highly Carbonated, Effervescent, and tons of apple in the finish.

Overall Impression- Awesome Saison but where is sourness and apple? More fruitiness blended with spice. Never found the Sour Apple qualities that I was very interested in. Still would recommend for an awesome Saison but don’t go looking for any “sour apple” beer here.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 23:38:14 | More by DCon
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pixieskid

Germany

4/5  rDev +13.3%

02-05-2012 17:34:54 | More by pixieskid
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

12-27-2011 04:23:32 | More by DrBier
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

03-19-2014 01:51:10 | More by Dave_Treat
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4/5  rDev +13.3%

06-24-2012 23:58:09 | More by szmnnl99
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

08-04-2013 04:11:00 | More by Sludgeman
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bauermj

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

01-17-2014 19:08:27 | More by bauermj
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katan

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #4 - 22oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color, very clear. Super carbonation, huge white head formation but it breaks down quickly.

S - A belgian yeast white pepper base, some pilsner malts, and a little bit of funk. Not much for apple.

T - Starts off potent with lots of white pepper and pilsner malts. Mid-stream shows a good note of apple musk. Alcohol is well hidden, a little bit funky. Finishes with a lightly sour apple note.

M - Light body but super strong carbonation. Comes out in the wash. Finishes with a little bit of a sticky sweetness.

O/D - An interesting and very drinkable beer. ABV is manageable. A little bit filling, but normal for saisons. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 01:05:38 | More by katan
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a chalice. Purchased at Triangle Wine in Morrisville, NC. Release #6.

A - Light golden with a slight haze and a moderate white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Tropical fruits and sour apple with a touch of honey. Vinous (especially as it warms). The Saison aromas come through despite the strong sour apple.

T - Very sour and tart. Starts nicely but ends a little flat. Too one dimensional with the sour. I think less could have accentuated the Saison flavors without killing everything else off.

M - Silky with a moderate carbonation.

O - Interesting but not one I'd go back to.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 20:39:42 | More by GJ40
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jjanega08

Minnesota

2.4/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch #4 8.2% ABV

A= Pours a hazy yellow color verging onto a white color. The head is a tall three fingers high with some soapy sudsy looking bubbles and falls at your average pace.

S= The smell is unique. There is for sure some sour apple candy smell to it and a lot of unique spices. I feel like I smell lavender. Clove and a bit of bannana. Bubblegum for sure. Pretty unique.

T= The taste is about where the nose left it. There is a lot a the spice coming through and the apple is very subtle. It hits your mouth like you would expect a spiced beer to, lots of spice and somewhat soft. As it crosses across your tongue it remains soft and spicy but the finish leaves a wave of sour with the apple flavor only coming through for a moment. Cloves and bubblegum are the dominate spices. The finish is a bit odd. Somewhat medicinal and astringent.

D= Weird. The finish is dry and suprisingly so as sweet and flavorful as it starts.

O= This is a really strang beer. I don't know how much more of this one I'll be buying. Not really my cup of tea. This will not however take me away from the brewery. I would pass this one up.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 22:11:00 | More by jjanega08
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claytong

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

release #4 of their exponential series

appearance - bubbly little fellow. big sea foam head off controlled pour, very golden straw color. head doesnt die too quickly. bubbles keep coming up. pretty

smell - spices, pepper, crisp yeast, pears, coriander, a pinch of cinnamon

taste - tis more apple than pear here, spices arent very present. pretty tart, but more like a champagne than a sour.

mouthfeel - its very light bodied, slides down my throat before i get a chance to taste it. the carbonation is nice.

overall - not sure but for some reason everything seems nice about this beer, but im just not enjoying it as much as its qualities show. seems a bit off somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 00:14:36 | More by claytong
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours an apple pie color with a ring of soapy bubbles around the glass.
S - the aroma is a nice cooked apple smell along with some cinnamon. very nice aroma.
T - the taste is a little bit of a let down but not completely. The flavor is mainly the apple but you also pick up the cinnamon along with the saison funkiness. There is some pepper in there and I don't necessarily think it fits with the flavor of the beer.
M/D - The peppery spice does detract from this a bit and makes the drinkability go down a bit. Its medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Enjoyable yet could be tiresome.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 07:15:16 | More by mikereaser
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dunix

Vermont

2/5  rDev -43.3%

10-29-2012 15:40:36 | More by dunix
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hiphopj5

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

06-25-2012 15:08:59 | More by hiphopj5
Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.