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Sour Apple Saison | Epic Brewing Company

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478 Ratings
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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:
#39,695
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
478
pDev:
15.3%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
60
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 478 |  Reviews: 141
Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of KTCamm
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8/22....pours thick hazy dirty gold, with foam that settles out completely. Buttery, apple rum, butterscotch nose. Quite pleasant. Taste opens with a tart apple and spills into a funky yeasty Belgian blend. Slight bitter buried in their too. Complex and wonderful.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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 arizcards
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at the Tempe Bevmo in early August for $9.99. Release #57 bottled on 4/8/15.

Beer poured straw with a decent white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is slightly medicinal, with Christmas spices.

Taste is slightly medicinal as well, cinnamon, apple juice, slight nutmeg bitterness.

Feel is light to medium bodied with a classic saison feel.

Overall an OK beer, not sure if this is an off batch or bottle. The apple does not compliment the base beer which i have always liked.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the "pumpkin beer" for those idiots that just love beers with spices. layered, complex, refreshing, drinkable, but with those nice spices accompanying. good any time, but would be perfect for outdoor hot days and also for cool autumn nights on the patio (with a bourbon back). i really like this combination of flavors. nuanced and balanced, and with depth.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Release #6 with an ABV of 7.8%.

3.0 A: Big carbonation in this one. First pour yielded five fingers of head. Hazed golden wheat color with a slight greenish tint. Big foamy white head with average retention and moderate amounts of spotty lacing.

4.5 S: Very exciting and complex nose. Sour apples are certainly present. Mindbogling array of spices with corriander, grains of paradise, and anise leading the way. Underneath that there is cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of clove. The base is a fruity/funky combo with apple orchard, earthiness, and a slight woodiness.

4.0 T: The spices coalesce to bring about a potent herbalness. The corriander, grains, cinnamon, and clove hold their individual identities well. Sour apples aren't as strong as I thought they'd be, but instead it plays a welcomed complementary role. Good funk, earth, and fruitiness from the parts mentioned above. Orchard, autumn, woody, hay, damp earth.

5.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good active, spritzy carbonation. Solid creaminess as well. Everything I could ever ask for in a saison.

4.5 D: I'm a little baffled by the rather mediocre reviews. Perhaps the older batches weren't as good. I find this to be one of the better saisons I've had in a long time. Solid flavors that work together and a kick ass mouthfeel.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.19/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.6/5  rDev +2%

Photo of muskiesman
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an intensely hazy golden color with a thin white head. Leaves some nice tracks of lace.

S: Belgian yeast, a TON of coriander, sage, apple Laffy Taffy and a big, tart wheat aroma. Definitely overspiced for me.

T: Really sweet. The Belgian yeast shows up right away and really takes over. Some faint green apple skin, chardonnay and white grape juice, lemon hard candy and some booze. A touch of ginger on the finish. You can taste every bit of the 8% here and it feels way too heavy for a saison.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Ristaccia
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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 JohnBender
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of Beaver13
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Jamison85
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of mhaugo
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
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 ZachT
2.66/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Sour Apple Saison from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 478 ratings
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