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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%
 
 
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59
For Trade:
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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +12%
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 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 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 corby112
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, slightly funky aroma with a nice barnyard character that is countered by the sweet apple presence. The sour apple character is kind of artificial/syrupy smelling, reminding me of candy/kids juice box. There's also a slight musty scent with some sweet alcohol and bread/yeast in the nose.

Medium bodied with a lot of tight carbonation up front tickling the tongue. Slightly earthy and very sweet up front with a strong sour apple flavor. Again, this flavor is very syrupy and artificial tasting yet the tartness compliments the funky saison yeast. There's a crisp dryness that lingers into the finish with hints of bread, zesty spice and grass.

Overall, this beer is an interesting idea but the result is a beer that is too sweet and artificial for my liking. A decent amount of tartness and subtle funk but the cloying sour apple flavor is a bit much.

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

Had this saison on tap tonght at Lizardville as part of Epic's rollout party in Northeast Ohio. Poured into a 12 oz tulip glass, this brew pours a very pale, delicate yellow with a mild white head.

Initial presentation is a yeasty fruity smell, with a bit of funk, and an almost biscuity, grassy barley/malt aroma, covered in a blanket of tart grape and crisp fall apple. The clean apple smell -- without any cinnamon -- is am attractive aroma.

The saison portion of this brew is, frankly, buried beneath the tart fruit that dominates. This beer is like a liquid green apple ending with a lemon twist.

A rather thin mouthfeel that, combined with the tart apple, is like burying your teeth in a granny smith apple and leaving them there. There is a sharp, almost metallic uptick in the mid to back tongue near the finish.

I'm not big into tart, but this is tasty, easy, crisp, and clean. While I've noted repeatedly the apple flavor, I cannot emphasize enough that this is nothing like a cider. It is more flavorful, fuller, and tastier than any cider. While not a favorite style of mine, I would have again as a one-off.

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Photo of NCBeerFan
4/5  rDev +12%
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 jayhawk73
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an orange yellow color w/ a one finger white head that quickly disappears. Nice carbonation and lacing. Light in color, but a little cloudy as well- you can't see through it.

S- Smells like a perm. OK.. sort of. Yeast, sour apple, perm smell. Not great.

T- Tastes like a Christmas spiced cider to me. Yeast, sour apple, spice and some malt. Much better than the nose, but still just OK.

M- Very thin, w/ a slight sour burn in the aftertaste. Very bubbly as well, w/ high carbonation.

O- This is a slightly better than average brew, and really not recommended. Interesting, but not great.

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Photo of RandyV
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Substantial head on the pour with consistent lacing. Smells of fruit, spice, clove, farmhouse; characteristic Belgian style ale. Spice and clove dominate with subtle sour apple. Finishes champagne dry and tart. Drinkable and light for summer, not a go to for me, though.

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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 busternuggz
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
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 AgentMunky
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Very pale. Lots of white head that sticks to the sides. Rocky and interesting. See-through, but also milky/cloudy.

S: Yeast? Wheat? Green apple? A bit sour...

T: Marijuana and white wine. Really herby. Puckery and sour. A bit dry, with the drying aftertaste lingering for ages.

M: Dry and nice. I enjoy it, even though it makes my mouth pucker.

O: Interseting and perhaps worthwhile. I wouldn't have another -- okay, that's a lie, I totally would -- but I guess you should try one?

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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to whoever brought this one to Ffej of July IX

A - Pours straw yellow with a bright white one finger tall head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of your typical saison but with a big sour apple infusion. Kind of smells like a funky apple pie.

T - Starts off with a nice sour apple punch that fades very quickly into a mix of bright spices and dulled funk. The flavors are good but they all fade quite quickly. The finish is a mix of dryness and light funk, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad by any means but it never really blew me away either. I like the combo of apples and saison tho and with a little bit of tweaking I think this one might be a winner.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber, shared with mughugger amongst others.

A: The saison is a pale straw color, lighter in hue that most saisons. The light ale appropriately supports a stark white head. Very foamy, it looks effervescent.

S: The nose has apples and spices, cinnamon and sage principally. The apples, sour as they are, don't seem out of place in this Belgian ale.

T: Sage and mint stand out, very spicy flavors that are almost hot. Cinnamon follows, prepping the taster for the apples to come. Those apples, green and sour, have plenty of sweet juices. The effect of the bubbles is to drive all of the flavor away quickly after each sip is swallowed. Interesting but quite spicy.

M: Syrupy sweet and spicy, the mouthfeel runs all over the place. Those flavors are fast to fade though, disappearing almost instantaneously.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very effervescent with tiny, tight bubbles flowing quickly upward through the glimmering gold beer to form a very bubbly, ever so slightly off white head that builds high and collapses and lingers across the top of the beer. Taking in a deep smell, the sour apple registers in the back of my mouth w/o taking a sip. Not overpowering, but clearly present and pleasant. As it warms, the sour apple overtakes the saison yeasty notes a bit, but not overly so. Understated but clearly fruity beer with some spicy notes and a bit of alcohol coming off the top. Like drinking apple champagne, disappearing completely off the back of the tongue. Very enjoyable and a fine start to the fruity portion of the Epic brews. As it warmed up, the taste soured a bit and seemed a bit off. Much better cold--I'd drink this one fast.

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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 colt45n
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours light blonde and hazy with a very carbonated bubbly white head, reminds me of a soda

S: The apples are definitely there along with the funkiness from the belgium yeast, light grassy smells

T: The mouthful is very carbonated and you get the sourness from the apples upfront followed by the the funkiness.

Overall a good offering from epic, the sourness and the apples are in full effect, everything lines up perfect.

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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 ejyoung
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Bruery tulip. Great straw color with a large soapy white head. Lots of lacing left behind with an uneven ring of the foam around the edges of the glass.

Plenty of yeast in the nose, along with some fruity apple, clove, banana and bubble gum. The latter scents I did not expect.

Taste pretty much lives up to the name - largely tart green apple. It gets more tart as it warms. Some spices from the saison yeast.

Pretty lively mouthfeel but it is a little sweeter than I would typically want in a saison. This makes me sip it a little slower.

Overall an interesting beer. I think it is worth trying, but I'm not sure I need it again. If it was less sweet I might enjoy it more.

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

(22oz bottle). Pours cloudy light yellow-very much like a witbier. Thick white head with some decent lacing. Active carbonation. Aroma has wheat, coriander, clove, cracked pepper and apple. Taste is somewhat sweet with quite a bit of spice typical of a saison. The mouthfeel is thicker than many saisons and the alcohol is noticeable as it warms the throat and chest. Not as much apple as I would have liked, but it is there. A nice, different beer.

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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 Daniellobo
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fair take at an apple driven saison, which could improve a few aspects.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Paper label with a simple light cream and soft green range, with name of the brew and series branding. Here in particular with this palette, and unfortunately so for a supposed limited series, it looks like the generic brand of a large supermarket. Side narrative Offers a small note about the special and limited character of the brew (1800 numbered bottles, although the number is not apparent anywhere), and encourages to check their website for more details. Notes release #3, and 8.5 % Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pale gold pour, faintly hazy, 1" bubbly head, fades almost instantly, leaving a minimal surface memory with almost no presence, and no lacing. Ultimately, it ends with a bit of a flat and lifeless look a bit too early.

S - Yeasty and fruity nose, distinct apple sense with hint of grassy lemon.

T -Touches of apple, sour apple that is, yeasty touches, a bit of zesty lemon, and fruity sweetness. Touch of spices coming back to the sour apple note. It is fairly well rounded although it is not particularly remarkable.

M - Light to medium/light body, heavy carbonation early on fading to a flat range a bit early.

O - Fair brew, albeit a bit perfunctory. The apple edge is about to work but one reason or another it does not seem to do it in any remarkable way.

Notes: Not a terrible choice but the poorest I´ve had from Epic so far with a difference.

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Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear straw color with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like strong wild yeast and bitter grassy hops and tart vinegar, with some champagne grapes.
T: It tasted like tart apple vinegar and white grapes, with bitter sauerkraut and wild yeast, and a bit of wheat and candi sugar. It had a clean and crisp lasting tart aftertaste.
M: It was thin and very bubbly, like champagne.
D: This was more tart than expected, but not overly puckering. The apple wasn't very noticeable, but it was still an enjoyable saison. The light body helped soften the bold taste, and made it easier to drink. Not delicious enough for me to seek out again, but worth trying once.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to mdfb79 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF Round 5.

A: Things come into the mug as a whiter shade of pale than most pale ales (all the young dudes will agree with me, I'm sure), topped by a healthy, tall berg of white froth. Kinda like a light hefeweizen that suddenly got frightened, all of its face-color running away first, a head start before the rest followed suit.

S: A menagerie from many sides, the pleasant shared nightmare of a grocer and a geometry teacher: light lemon zest, light pine, mint, rather light menthol, wheat, orange zest, very light bubblegum, very light banana, light-ish clove, and light black pepper.

T: My tongue's eyes have been growing greener while watching my nose have all the fun. Gotta fix that, as a rebellious tongue is not something I'm willing to live with at this moment (I just don't think I'm ready for such a potentially volatile commitment. Here ya go, buddy: orange zest, lemon zest, that typically saison-like funky-ish yeast, Creamsicle. black pepper, coriander, light lemongrass, clove, and that fake watermelon flavor you may find in certain packs of Bubblicious.

M: Things sit pretty lightly on the tongue, though (and I've sworn of euphemisms with this particular partner, so I've gotta be blunt here) some heft is starting to form in the midsection (still got a ways ta go afore it gets to my level, though...). Bubbly personality, indeed. When all is said and done, I'm left feeling a bit dry, though definitely crisp. Yuppers.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. Once I found out it was a sour apple flavor, I went back and figured out that everything listed above was my brain's way of dancing around that without ever really finding it. Good times nonetheless, though.

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Photo of Mississipping
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy but bright golden yellow. A large three finger head rises quickly to the top of the glass and disappears almost as quickly. Almost no lacing left behind. Carbonation is clearly evident as it appears more like a champagne in the glass than a beer; bubbles everywhere.

S: Straw and hay up front with a hint of golden apple. The apple is much more subtle than I was hoping for, and it doesn't smell sour, but rather sweet. Earthy and slightly funky and peppery.

T: The apple is certainly there in the taste. Tart, slightly sour, yet slightly sweet apple really makes its presence known right at the beginning of the sip, accompanied by a slightly sweet breadiness and nutmeg. (As it warms, the sour apple and acidity really come through). The taste quickly shifts to a spicy/peppery middle that lasts through the finish. Finishes with pepper and alcohol in the throat, producing a slightly drying effect.

M: Medium bodied and very highly carbonated; a bit too high, in my opinion. Really lively and tingly on the tongue. Slightly sour at the beginning and moderately drying at the finish.

D: This was moderately drinkable, aside from the apparent booze burn at the finish. The alcohol is hidden well until the end, and then it's an unwelcome characteristic that detracts from the flavor and quality. This is an interesting variation on the style that has its ups and downs. I'm hoping that Epic works out the kinks with the next batch; it certainly has the potential of being an decent saison.

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