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%
 
 
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32
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61
For Trade:
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Photo of thegodfather1076
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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Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle split between a pair of large snifters. Release #41, SLC#1660. Can't read the code printed on the bottom.

Pours cloudy yellow with a small white head, not a great deal of carbonation. Smell is nice. Green apples, funk, greens, slight flower.

Taste is apple juice, tropical sour.

Mouthfeel is creamy and nice. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of dbossman
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden, crystal clear; no lacing

S: So much tart, granny smith apples; a bit vinous; so tart and fruity and strange but I really like what's going on here

T: Wow, so dry and tart and fruity; this is strange and funky and tart but I think I like it

F: A little bit of carbonation; decent mouth feel on finish

O: I like this beer but it's a bit weird; I don't know if I could drink too much of it but that's okay, I like what I've got here

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Photo of DCon
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Epic's Sour Apple Saison is clear gold with a white head leaving decent lace.

Smell is fairly true to style, a nice mineral pith, with green apple notes, a touch of sourness, it's very pleasant.

Taste is more skewed to the green apple, but it's still aligned with the style, if bastardized...but I'm a huge sucker for saison esters. That said, it gets a little candied as I pull through it, with a slight, over-ripe compost after-taste, and a touch grainy.

Mouthfeel is lighter, it's dry, there's a bit of spritz, with a fairly high carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Fun to try, it's geared to saison fans as an interesting concept that is not quite but reasonably well executed. Cheers to the idea!

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Photo of emmasdad
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Sam, for sending this wonderful extra earlier this month. Finally tonight, I found the right opportunity to share this bottle. Poured a nice light to medium golden color, with a huge rocky white head (albeit one that quickly subsides to a nice ring around the surface). Aromas of coriander, apple skins and funky Belgian yeast. On the palate, this one is light bodied, crisp, refreshing and tart, with flavors of sour green apples, lemon and Belgian spice.

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Photo of bambam2517
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
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...

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Photo of Domingo
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this or anything from Epic before in CO. Grabbed it at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins.
Pours a cloudy straw color. Tons of suspended yeast. Heavy carbonation fades into a sheen layer pretty fast. Looks a bit like carbonated pineapple juice.
Smells more or less like a typical Saison. Spicy (slightly funky & tangy) yeast, hearty grains, and citrus zest. The only unusual note is ginger, which comes out more as it warms.
The taste is pretty unusual no matter what you're expecting. A bit of sour apple up front blends into a wave of peppery spice. Malts add a bit of sweetness followed by a hint of dusty hops. The finish has an unmistakable ginger character. The peppery spice is familiar, but everything else is unique...in a good way. If I was blind tasting it I don't even know if I'd have guessed it was a sour apple based brew.
Thick and potent, this isn't anything you'll be drinking a ton of or drinking quickly, but that's just the nature of it. Nothing really wrong with that.
A unique take on a pretty open style, I'm enjoying it and am curious about some other beers from Epic.
More good beer from Utah? Who knew?

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
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 .

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, Release #6, 7.9% ABV. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch white head that went away quickly. There's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like sour apples, bubblegum, herbs, light peppery spice and bready malt. I think the taste is mostly herbal, but there's also some sour apples, peppery spice, lemon peel, bready malt and yeast noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has good carbonation. It's also easy to drink. I think it's a good overall brew. I wasn't sure what to think of it at first, but once I got halfway through the bottle I started liking it more and more. At $7.99 a bottle, I'd buy this again.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with me! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured straw yellow with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grain, spices, banana, and sour apple. The flavor was of sweet malt, grain, spices, banana, and sour apple. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. When I saw the name on this one I was a little concerned on how the sour apple flavors would mix with the Saison spices. However, much to my surprised they actually blended quite well together. The brew was very smooth and drinkable which was a nice touch. The aroma was very good with the sour apple definitely making its presence known. Really glad I got the chance to try this one.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green apple hue with a thin white lace of head. Nose of green apples and funky saison notes. Spicy yeast and clove with an overall earthiness.

Sweet green apples up front followed by classic belgian flavors of candy, clove and spice. Finishes with a puckering green apple tartness. Mouth watering and very very good. Lingering sweetness. A complex and well layered in-your-face saison. Slaps the tongue around and your tongue asks for more. At 8.1% it's pretty damn dangerous. On the fuller side of medium bodied with gentle carbonation. Theres a richness to the body with being too heavy. Just picked up a little bit of a nuttiness to the beer.

Please resist drinking this beer cold, it really does open up magnificantly at room temperature.

SIDE NOTE Mix half sour apple saison and half Brainless on peaches and you have a pretty nice dried fruit refreshing beer in your cup!

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Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to tulip, served along side four cheese Pizza Rolls:

Pours a nice hazy pale gold with a finger of expanding white head. The sourness really translates well through the nose plus a mix of clove, banana, ester, the base beer smells lovely. The taste is excellently balanced - all the staple characteristic of a good saison topped with a tart/sour blend of sweet fruits. Very refreshing beer. I'd definitely recommend this one. All 4's.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of psuKinger
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, earthy and sour apples. In the taste, dry green apples, a bit yeasty and a nice dry sourness. A small sour bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry green apple in the aftertaste. Dryer than I would expect, but quite nice.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy pale gold color with a massive foamy three fingered head. Carbonation is very sprightly and active but dies down rather quickly.

S - Crisp smelling, yeasty, sour fruit in the way of apples, green pears, and lemons, spicy presence.

T - Sweet bready yeast strikes first and stays throughout the entire sip while sour, tart apples, pears, white grapes, and lemons fall in over the top of the malt. Working through the glass, there also emerges coriander and a peppery paradise seed flavor. Cinnamon, cloves, and some nutmeg is also coming through on the palette.

M - Light medium body, lots of prickly carbonation on the tongue, super dry finish and crisp. The sourness leaves the mouth watering after all the spit just got sucked off the tongue.

O - Refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of claytong
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very cloudy golden yellow with a finger of frothy white head. Head faded down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of funkiness with some lemon, tart apple, and some spices.

T - Starts off with some tart green apple flavor with some hay and lemon. Through the middle, some yeast, coriander, clove, and funk come through. The finish is a mix out tart green apple with some sourness, yeast, and some spices.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. It is smooth with a nice tart and crisp finish.

D - Very drinkable. Not as sour as expected, but the tartness does give the saison a nice extra kick.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased from the source for about 10 bucks poured into an epic snifter. looks like a belgian golden, clean and clear honey color with an expanding white fizzy head. smells like granny smith apples, green and crisp, with some spicy belgian yeast there to back it up. flavor actually carries a bit of grassy hops that works very well with the understated apple flavors going on. the fruity notes in the yeast also add a perfect complement. the apple isnt in your face, and its not particularly sour, just tart and clean in the finish. mouthfeel is well carbonated but not too intense, and the body is just under medium. this beer is quite drinkable because it lacks that gnarly sweetness many of the fruity beers have. the apple is not dominant, rather just another player on the team. i liked this one a lot, although im not sure it fits with what id call a saison, but its an excellent bottle of beer.

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Photo of NCBeerFan
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this sitting on the shelves today and decided to give it a try, especially with the hot temps as of late. Pours a pale, straw yellow with a one-finger head that clings to the edges of the DFH snifter. Wow, I could smell this from several feet away and it's heavy with the sour apple, with some funkiness from the yeast. The taste is similar to the nose, with both the tart apples and funkiness coming through. It has a very dry finish, with those apples lingering around for awhile, albeit pleasantly….but the other flavors that are present seem to just vanish.

This is a pretty solid saison, and I really love the sour apple component, but there's something missing that I can quite put my finger on…but it does have promise. This is one that I might come back to, especially at a reasonable $8 a bottle.

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Photo of Jree261
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance-Yellow to pale gold out of the glass with a foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell-The name is pretty self-explanatory. I get a lot of sour apples and not a whole lot else.

Taste-Sour apple, bitter stone fruit.

Mouthfeel-Good light body and a long finish.

Overall-If I'm drinking beer on a hot day, it needs to be something like this.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
8.4%, Release #30

A - Faint haze forms through the pale yellow beer as it's tight stark white head fizzles out to a ring of bubbles below a dotted ring of thin lacing.

S - Super dry classic Belgian saison yeast billows from the glass with extremely potent clay, white pepper, and lemongrass spiciness. Notes of clove, a drop of lemon oil citrus, and the faintest hint of Granny Smith apple skin pokes through to round out the beer but for being named Sour Apple Saison, there's not much sour apple there.

T - Almost a direct copy of the aroma, Sour Apple Saison's flavor is spice heavy with a clear focus on the Belgian yeast with little of the sour apple emerging through the spice. Lemongrass citrus and a peppery kick overtake the faint notes of green apple skin.

M - Light effervescence prickles the tongue gently while it's light and very dry, moisture-robbing body finishes with a slightly hard feel. A big gulp reveals a little more green apple tartness like taking a big bite from a fresh, chilled Granny Smith as this beer doesn't even remotely express it's higher alcohol content.

O - The name had me overly excited for this mash-up of sorts and while Epic has crafted a wonderful Belgian-style saison, it's far from the sour apple proclaimed on the label. So much so, in fact, that had this beer just been labeled a saison, sour apple may not have even crossed my mind. It's a very good beer but it's title creates false expectations.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 7.8% abv. Slight hazy pale gold. Great white head, excellent retention & lace.

Apples, spices, hay, corriander, a bit yeasty. Earthy as well

Pale malt, spices, sour grannysmith apples. Some belgian spice and earthyness. Finishes dry.

Lighter body, good carbonation. Alcohol shows just a bit, but in check overall. Nice beer

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Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
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