Sour Apple Saison | Epic Brewing Company

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Sour Apple SaisonSour Apple Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

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!

Added by Wasatch on 06-12-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
467
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
28.09%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
61
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 467
Reviews by thegodfather1076:
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3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Beaver13
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of jonphilipp
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber, no freshness date.

LOOK: Fizzy, very expressive carbonation, hazed yellow hue, good retention

SMELL: Coriander, all-spice, Italian Christmas cookies, green apple taffy, chalky yeast, gummy

TASTE: Very crisp, earthy, tart, estery, grainy, faintly medicinal, coriander, cinnamon, licorice, green apples, yeast, very dry

Very "in your face" type of beer, a Saison can do that on its own but Epic wanted to dial this one up to 11. Spiced to the hilt but not overbearing, tartness resets the palate with each sip and make me want to take another. A fun beer to sip.

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Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of jaminjohnson
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of KingEdward
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of marmstrong1212
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
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