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:
#39,166
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
476
Liked:
206
Avg:
3.53/5
pDev:
15.3%
Alströms:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
59
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 476 |  Reviews: 141
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

The beer is a cloudy golden yellow/straw color with a white head. An interesting aroma. Lots of apple and a touch of tartness, but it’s got a big spice character to it (mostly cinnamon and clove). Quite a bit of yeast and a light medicinal note. The flavor is almost potpourri-like: very spicy and floral. Some apple, but not quite the sourness I was anticipating. Lots of bread and yeast flavors to it as well.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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 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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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a translucent light straw with about one full finger of head that takes a good while to settle. The foam leaves a ring along the edges of the glass as it drinks. Solid lacing.

S: The nose is sour apple, sage, rosemary, plastic, and burnt rubber. It's spicy and sweet and sour, and a boat load of confusing. It's wacky, but it's not terrible.

T: The taste is also kinda wacky. It's sweet to start, but then gets sour and funky. It has all kinds of herbal qualities in it and I also get some of that plastic/rubber taste. The finish is back to sweet.

M: Light bodied beer. It starts out sweet, gets sour and funked, and finishes sweet. Nothing lingers too long.

O: Wacky beer. I don't think I'm diggin' it. The flavors are all over the place, and I'm just not that enthused to keep drinking this full snifter.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber, no freshness date.

LOOK: Fizzy, very expressive carbonation, hazed yellow hue, good retention

SMELL: Coriander, all-spice, Italian Christmas cookies, green apple taffy, chalky yeast, gummy

TASTE: Very crisp, earthy, tart, estery, grainy, faintly medicinal, coriander, cinnamon, licorice, green apples, yeast, very dry

Very "in your face" type of beer, a Saison can do that on its own but Epic wanted to dial this one up to 11. Spiced to the hilt but not overbearing, tartness resets the palate with each sip and make me want to take another. A fun beer to sip.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a translucent gold with a small white head, nice retention, spotty lace.

S: Yellow apples, flowers, yeasty notes.

T: Nice apple flavour, though it's never over the top. Some quenching acidity on the back end with a lot of spice. Bready malt, hint of sourdough bread.

M: Medium-bodied, quenching, only lightly tart, crisp there at the end with a cider quality.

O: Another delicious beer from Epic. Very enjoyable, liking the stuff they're doing with fruit.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.67/5  rDev +4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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 MarcatGSB
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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