Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Sour Apple Saison | Epic Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Sour Apple SaisonSour Apple Saison
BA SCORE
3.53/5
Good
478 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:
#40,371
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
478
pDev:
15.3%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
60
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 478 |  Reviews: 141
Photo of spoonhawk
1/5  rDev -71.7%

Photo of rojapa
1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

Photo of ajzy
1.75/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of ZoomanCru
1.91/5  rDev -45.9%
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 cannabanaceae
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of Diomede
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of Andyourdog2
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of Bjeerfalls
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of Wasatch
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.

 331 characters

Photo of dunix
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of BlackBeer
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of diamond_mind
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of kornkid8600
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of pitasoup
2.26/5  rDev -36%
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 Whiskeydeez
2.33/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of adamdescott
2.42/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Drain Pour.

11 characters

Photo of jjanega08
2.46/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

 1,131 characters

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

A: Pale straw, something of a disappointing head with large bubbles and little retention.

S: Apple Jolly Ranchers, rubber bands, lightly medicinal

T: More like cider than a saison. Off-dry apple. Band-aid. Bit of yeasty funk in the finish.

M: Pretty thin. Low carbonation. Low bitterness.

O: Not sure what I should make of this: is it a fruit beer or a saison? Or cider masquerading as beer? I don't love it, it's got obvious flaws, but it remains fairly easy to drink despite that.

 486 characters

Photo of JohnBender
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of maryd837
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of KlayWey
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of Myst
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 478 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.