Sour Apple Saison | Epic Brewing Company

Sour Apple SaisonSour Apple Saison
BA SCORE
43.3%
Liked This Beer
3.53 w/ 476 ratings
Sour Apple SaisonSour Apple Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

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
Ranking:
#39,254
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
476
Liked:
206
Avg:
3.53/5
pDev:
15.3%
Alströms:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
59
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 476 |  Reviews: 141
Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down , leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour apples and spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the spices are a little more prominent initially and the sour apple flavors are most noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't dominated by sour apple flavors, but these help keep the spices from being overpowering. It is an interesting take on the style.

Note: Release #15

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Photo of Goldndomer
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of notchucknorris
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an intensely hazy golden color with a thin white head. Leaves some nice tracks of lace.

S: Belgian yeast, a TON of coriander, sage, apple Laffy Taffy and a big, tart wheat aroma. Definitely overspiced for me.

T: Really sweet. The Belgian yeast shows up right away and really takes over. Some faint green apple skin, chardonnay and white grape juice, lemon hard candy and some booze. A touch of ginger on the finish. You can taste every bit of the 8% here and it feels way too heavy for a saison.

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Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into taster

Clear golden straw pour with a bubbly white head, dissipating quickly. A few spots of lacing dot the glass with thin retention.

Crisp green apple and fruit skin in the nose with funky yeast and spice. Citrus peel, zest and soft sweetness.

Tart and refreshing on the tongue with a mix of citrus peel and lemon zest. Coriander and clove with toasted grain and biscuit malts. Funky yeast, cracked pepper, soft spiciness. Finishes with tart apple skins and dry saison yeast.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, dry and bubbly on the tongue. The fruit-forward tartness is pretty tasty, especially if you're an apple lover.

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Photo of Poupae
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mynie
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Pint in West Lafaytte, IN.

Bit of a limp pour, for a saison. Dark gold with a small head.

Smells... pretty good! Phew. I get scared with American saisons. Even excellent brewers routinely fuck these up. The apple nodes dominate, perhaps deftly covering up any imperfections in the yeat profile, but there's still a decent kick of yeast spice near the back end.

Tastes a little better than it smells. Tart apples, spicy yeast. The pallet is simple but well balanced, and it makes for a remarkably sessionable high-ABV beer.

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Photo of RandyV
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Substantial head on the pour with consistent lacing. Smells of fruit, spice, clove, farmhouse; characteristic Belgian style ale. Spice and clove dominate with subtle sour apple. Finishes champagne dry and tart. Drinkable and light for summer, not a go to for me, though.

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Photo of maz
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ottovon
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of mig100
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.6/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ONUMello
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch #45 poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip
A: Light golden color with a 1+ finger head that quickly settles
S: Green apple, a sour note, Belgian yeast and light malt
T: Sour green apple, Belgian yeast and light malt. LIke the nose. But each very individual, not integrated
M: Light-bodied, sour
O: This can't decide if it wants to be a cider or a beer. It has components of each, all of which are tasty but it just doesn't all fit into a coherent blend

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1,800 bottles? OMG.RAR.COM

I poured aggressively and it made a really thick chunky head that is bone white over a crystal clean golden yellow body. Looks nice.
The aroma is really intriguing, green apple is obvious, sage really stands out of the spices, reminds me of this pasta my wife hates and i enjoy. Flowery esters are in attendance too.
Flavors are the green apple and sage, with Lemon zest, yeast, white pepper, and some grain that mingles with the spices to form a rye like note.
Body is medium with medium carbonation, not the driest out there, but nod bad.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release #52. Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy, golden yellow coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout, and a filmy, wispy, white bubbly head on the surface. Aromas of toasted grain, fenegrin, tart granny smith apple, bubble gum, cotton candy, thyme, and some funky barnyard notes. Pretty dynamic nose. Flavors are tart and slightly sour forward, with a definitive apple character, followed by a tangle of grainy notes, horseblanket qualities, undertones of bubble gum, and an herbal blend of thyme and sage. The aftertaste leans more towards the herbal qualities, as well as the funky yeast characteristics, sort of abandoning the apple qualities. The beer is light and crisp, with a dryness that borders on having astringent qualities. It does keep the palate tight and clean, though. The finish is more of the funky and herbal lingers, with a crisp, dry feel. Interesting brew.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AgentMunky
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?

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Liquor Mart in Boulder for and poured it into an Odell's tulip glass.

Release #4 of 1,800
ABV: 8.2%

A: Pours an unfiltered blond hue with a ton of effervescent bubbles that made this somewhat difficult to pour without a massive head that just wont go away, leaving tons of lace when it did finally dissipate.

S: Big time sour funk up front - wood and wet cardboard that gives way to lemon zest, white sage, herbal tea, spices and crackery malt.

T: Follows the nose, but much more of the herbal and sage flavors come through. Some of the funk is lost in the taste that was so prevalent in the nose which is somewhat disappointing.

M: On the lighter side of medium-bodied and dry. Man, what is the deal with the crazy amount of carbonation in this one??? They really need to tone it down a bit in my opinion - it just doesn't ever stop.

Pretty tasty Saison, but a bit too sweet, over-carbonated and the sour funk fails to shine through in this one.

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Photo of goldbot
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bottle poured into wine glasses. Release #6 brewed June 6th 2011.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with maybe a slight greenish haze - an interesting color no doubt. Foamy, silky white head with good retention. Wheaty aroma, plenty of yeast, subtle spice and floral hoppiness. A bit spicy on the tongue with a strong earthy, musty yeast flavor. Slightly sweet and malty/wheaty, becoming sour with just subtle hints of fruit. Aftertaste is lemony and very yeasty. Silky mouthfeel with a slightly grainy texture.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed pale yellow color with a good sized white head that sinks rather quickly. Decent lacing. Aroma definitely packs a sour apple punch; hints of somewhat generic sweet maltiness underneath, with cinnamon, pepper, and other spices.

Taste is lightly funky and sour, not bad but not exactly delicious either. Strong green apple flavor threatens to overwhelm the subtler spice, yeast, and somewhat meek malt notes. A little unbalanced. If you like tart sour apples and Granny Smith peel you’ll probably like this. Restrained but present sweetness. Cinnamon and cloves noticed in the aftertaste.

Body is medium-light with crisp carbonation; definitely a clean drinker with a semi-dry finish and overall refreshing feel. Not terrible but I probably wouldn’t buy this one again. A little heavy-handed and clumsy with the apples, methinks.

Edit: returning to this beer a few years later, I find I have a really different impression , and find it sorely lacking in sourness. There's much more of a sweet and spiced Apple pie note in the aftertaste, coming on the heels of a well executed but somewhat excessively strong and alcoholic saison base. The assertive Granny Smith character I found in my original experience would have helped a bit here.

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Photo of Gtg642
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of That_Turtle
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

White head quickly vanished to straw body. Fruity, strongly medicinal nose. Tart apple and subdued peppermint taste with pleasingly dry finish. Paired nicely with a star anise and grains of paradise heavy homemade potato and leek soup. I don't expect that I would have enjoyed it as much on its own.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 43.3% out of 100 with 476 ratings
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