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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
Reviews:
140
Ratings:
471
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
15.13%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
59
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 140 | Ratings: 471
Photo of mhaugo
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured in a wide tulip glass. I’ve been sitting on this bottle for quite some time. Label says “Release #4”, which the Epic website informs me was brewed on March 22nd, 2011. It has been properly stored since purchase.
Appearance: Translucent gold with a cap of fat bubbles. The head slowly sinks until it’s floating an eighth of an inch above the surface.
Smell: Imagine creating an apple and banana fruit salad, and dusting it with ground cloves.
Taste: It’s like eating a slice of refrigerated apple pie on an unseasonably hot October afternoon. Tart apples, cloves, and cinnamon. There’s also a hint of mint, which gives the aftertaste the suggestion of apple flavored bubblegum.
Mouthfeel: Light body, very bubbly. Slightly tongue-numbing from the cloves and ginger.
Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this eccentric saison. As noted above, it would probably be the perfect compliment to a hot Indian summer. Perfect timing for me since it’s June.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.32/5  rDev -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 elNopalero
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Release #66
This pours a clouded golden color with thin foaming. There's a prominent green apple aroma, and for once it's not by accident. I get a hint of funky esters underneath, with a light hint of peach and wet hay. The flavor is surprisingly tart, perhaps due to the extra time I sat on the bottle, with a drying finish. Overall muddled, but subtract the green apple and I might have more kind things to say.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: 3.5 - Poured into a straight pint, this is a pale yellow beer with an enormous head--a gentle pour resulted in way too much foaming.
S: 3.75 - Well, dibs to them for getting an aroma that matches the desc--quite green apple-y.
T: 3.25 - Green apple flavor, but lacks the acidic tartness that I was hoping for more, though there's a touch of sourness. Not much else here.
M: 4.0 - Good mouthfeel though, with plenty of carbonation, a nice spritzy mouthfeel.
O: 3.25 - One dimensional, for the most part.

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Photo of JayQue
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A refreshing summer beer..not a top notch Saison though. Pours a clear straw gold color. Highly carbonated head...huge on a hard pour...but very poor retention and no lacing.

Smell is very pronounce lemon zest. Taste is lemon zest and sweet apple. What is missing is the Belgian yeast, any degree of subtle flavors, "funk" etc that you would expect in a Saison.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but ok, nicely carbonated,

Overall pretty good, nice flavor but there are better Saisons out there.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +12%
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 BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Trappist Westvleteren XII glass
From: Palm Springs Liquor in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7.99
Purchased: June 14, 2015
Consumed: June 19, 2015
Misc.: Release #27 (SLC #1166), which is (according to their website) brewed on July 11, 2013 & the ABV is 7.90 pct.

Poured a golden, straw, hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of foamy, white, rocky head, which dissipated pretty quickly. Tons of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled cinnamon, nutmeg, green apple, cloves, coriander, nectarine peel and Big Red gum. Cinnamon dominates here. I’m intrigued. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste pretty much followed the nose with cinnamon dominating. Also got nutmeg, green apple, green grape, kiwi, cloves, apple pie, coriander, Ginger Ale and grassy notes. Like a winter Saison. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Oily-to-thin texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, wintry finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This wasn’t a bad Saison. Should almost be called a Cinnamon Saison, but still. Would have it again. (Overall - 3.75)

3.75 | 85 | B+

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Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed this one upon recommendation from a friend.

A: Poured a cloudy, bleached apricot color, with a finger or so head that settled quickly. If I didn't know any better, I would have pegged this as a Witbier.

S: Yeasty and Belgian-y, with ever the slightest hint of sour fruit, that I might not have even noticed if the name didn't dictate otherwise.

T: I get it now. The sweetness has been replaced by sourness.... and of the apple variety. Still, this tasted more like a Wit with added Granny Smith apple juice as apposed to a farmhouse brew. My wife just describe this as a Jolly Rancher, beer-like, wine cooler. Yep, She's a genius!

M: Bubbly, not too sweet, and peppery dry on the finish. The lacing was minimal.

O: Not pretentious, gimmicky as hell, and pretty tasty. Hell, I'd pay $7 for this again...

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Photo of emmasdad
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Hojaminbag
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sour-Apple Saison has a bright, golden-yellow colored body. The off-white head is large but disappears quickly. A little bit of lacing remains.

The aroma has a lot of tart apple to it, with some light sweetness and some spiciness behind it.

The strongest component of the flavor is a some-what syrupy flavored green apple. It isn't necessarily unpleasant, but it does taste artificial. I'm not sure that it actually is artificial, but it does taste a little bit like that. The malt base is very sweet with a lot of bread, and the yeast adds a lot of fruit on its own. A good amount of phenols come through also.

The body doesn't feel too much like a saison, more like a Belgian Pale. It's a little bit heavy, and it lacks the explosive carbonation that really good saisons always have. With “saison” in the name, that is a little bit of a problem.

I do like this one better than Brainless on peaches, but so far Epic's fruited beer aren't my thing.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Onenote81
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Release #17, bottled on 7/26/12. Poured into an Allagash chalice.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a bone-white frothy cap. Fair globs of lace cling to the glass. Sharp scent of spices - coriander, pepper, and a big wallop of apples. This is almost causing my nose to pucker a bit.

Carbonation level is moderate, definitely not as spritzy as many in this style tend to be. Not complaining about that at all. Nice mellow finish. There's enough boldness in flavor to keep this one going. On first sip there's a big smack of herbs and spices. Coriander, lemon pepper, cinnamon, yeast. A lot going on here. But there is a nice puckering tartness to this as well. With my experience as of late, I thought the apple would be downplayed, but it is far from that. Sour green apples, lemons, limes - all make this nice and tart. It's not the most enjoyable or flavorful, but it is sour. As this warms this characteristic develops and opens up even more., but I'm presented with another characteristic I don't care for - nail polish remover. Near the end, this is dang near difficult to finish. I think this one drinks better on the cold side, but that's just me. Interesting beer.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a half inch head of white. A partial skim coat on the surface and a few traces of lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with spice-dusted apples and cut grass. Cloves, wet hay and apple cider.

Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

Mulled cider with shades of tart wheat, lemon, and spicy phenols on the palate.

Finishes faintly tart and thin with lingering apple cider and spice.

I like the idea of an apple saison, but this beer needs more of both of those qualities.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Release #14, bottled 23 April 2012, per the website. Tasted 2 November 2012, reviewed from notes

Pours a pale, slightly golden yellow. Almost completely clear, just gives a soft fuzzy look to the stuff behind it. Nice column of bubbles streaming up. One finger of white head, decent retention, okay lacing.

Smell is funky, tart, and spiced. Funk is the first wave, earthy. Light tart fruit is next, sweet, lasting, and potent. I really like the balance of funk and fruit.

Taste has a weird side that I'm not digging. It's sour and bitter, but in a sharp way that doesn't really work for me. Beyond that, it's fruity and tart. Loads of apple, that only gets more potent as I work my way through the bottle. Gets better as it warms up, for sure - otherwise I would have rated the taste lower. But it's still sharp.

Medium-bodied, enough carbonation. Nothing really remarkable, other than the fuzz. But that could be the alcohol.

An okay saison, not my favorite. I was intrigued by the smell, but the taste has an off bitter side, and not enough positive to counteract it. I keep going back, looking for a taste without that bite, but I'm not finding it.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Photo of ONUMello
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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 GJ40
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a chalice. Purchased at Triangle Wine in Morrisville, NC. Release #6.

A - Light golden with a slight haze and a moderate white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Tropical fruits and sour apple with a touch of honey. Vinous (especially as it warms). The Saison aromas come through despite the strong sour apple.

T - Very sour and tart. Starts nicely but ends a little flat. Too one dimensional with the sour. I think less could have accentuated the Saison flavors without killing everything else off.

M - Silky with a moderate carbonation.

O - Interesting but not one I'd go back to.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +12%
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 nlmartin
2.74/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a new beer to the Cincinnati market was in the mood for something a bit funky and this sounds like it fits the bill. The beer was chilled and served in a tulip.

A- The body of the beer is a hazy straw yellow coloration. The beers head is white and about a finger high. The head is rapidly desolving. A few whisp of lace mark the beers passage.

S- High marks on the aroma. The aroma of the beer definitely kicks up some sweet / sour / tart apple cinnamon, ginger and cloves a bit of funky earthyness brings in the rear.

T- Sadly the flavor cannot live up to the aroma. Tart and semi sweet apple peaks out from under an assertive twist of lemon saturated bandaides and crushed asprin. No amount of temperature tinkering improved this.

M- The beer has a light effervescent body. Frankly the body keeps this from being a drain pour.

O- This beer shows some promise. I think the yeast needs to be brought to heel a bit and Epic will have a winner. Not a drain pour but having to work a little to finish the bomber.

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Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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 larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp pale golden yellow with a frothy and light layer of airy straight white carbonation.

Apple, cinnamon, ginger, and some funk.

Sour apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, and funk. Someone went way too heavy on the spice.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, funky fruit.

Overall, I honestly expected much more from this. It would have been better without the spices.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass, color is gold, opaque, head is off white and presents thin then dissipates to a ring.

Smell is tart, then light off yeast, than it reminds me off a lighter spiced warm cider with cloves and ginger coming through prominently.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a big tart start, then some yeast dryness and a big finish of the spice mixture, anise, coriander, ginger, cloves are prominent.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry with a touch of sour pucker.

Overall, this is a unique brerw, something I could see pairing with dessert at thanksgiving as it has enough sweetness and spice to mingle well with those flavors.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

slightly hazy golden yellow with nice foamy white head which quickly diminished. smells almost like a pilsner.. very bready, lemon zest, pepper, celery, slight hint of green apple. initial bitterness turns into a slightly tart funk.. almost tastes like chicken with lemon pepper seasoning. grassy herb flavor, faint taste of grapes, cherry, apple.. definitely tasting the belgian yeast. light body with very fizzy carbonation, slight creamyness towards the finish.

overall, this is a solid thirst quencher, though a bit off tasting. i probably wouldn't pick this one up again, though after a month or so seeing it on the shelf, i'm glad i gave it a try.

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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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Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 471 ratings.
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