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
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
Ratings:
476
Reviews:
141
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
15.13%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
59
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 476 |  Reviews: 141
Photo of ocelot2500
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy slight golden yellow color that leaves little lacing behind.

Smells of cinnamon apples, like applesauce.

Tastes of a bit of herbs, followed by fruits and some spice. Starts off with some mint and thyme flavors. A bit of apple and pear comes through, but is very light and a bit tart. Spices end everything with some cinnamon, white pepper, and a bit of clove. To me it feels like I am drinking spices mostly, but they are only spicing a very small amount of fruit, and it feels very unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I am not a fan, I get mostly an applesauce type feel where there is way too much cinnamon.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

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Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kbutler1
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of impending
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.07/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rdooley
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TrojanRB
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of DCon
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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 CreightonSM
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Kuges
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.57/5  rDev 0%
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 jjanega08
2.46/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

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Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of bauermj
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Ajlvt
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of katan
4.07/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 476 ratings.
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