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
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Ratings: 476 |  Reviews: 141
Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good beer, average saison. While nothing pops in and says, "hey, gag on this!" nothing says the opposite, "wow, get a load of me!"

The sour apple designation is the main problem. I get very little apple, and no sour. I hate that it affects my rating, but as an advocate this is a concern.

The body was a bit thin, too. Under carbonated and lacking some spices. Still, nothing was bad and I'd choose this over BMC 101 times out of 100

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Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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 Whiskeydeez
2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. This is one of 1,800 bottles produced according to the label.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of wheat, yeast, apples and some spices. The flavor is tart Granny Smith apples with a strong Belgian yeast note and some wheat and lighter malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Tart, green apples and saisons seem like a natural fit. I am surprised this was not tried sooner.

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Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair brought this one over to share with buckeyeboy and me. I will say, that I thought it was better than they did.

Pours with a thin white head with only hints of lacing and little retention.. the brew is very hazy lite straw golden... expected.

Pretty phenolic up front... almost too much.. tons of spice and hints of bandaid.. peppery.. lite clove... even cinnamon.. the phenols blow out almost all of the traditional and expected aromas... there is some pear that tries to come in, and the cardomom fucks things up.

Thankfully the palate has some nice fruity esters that come out up front... pear and green apple.. the phenols though are way too heavy in my opinion.. the bandaid plays with bazooka joe.. "real" spice shows toward the finish... cinnamon and lesser nutmeg.. I get how the fruity esters and the apple are "supposed" to get along, but there is a ton of stuff going on here.. I get a hint of ginger burn later.

Honestly, I like this.. It needs some work to meld things up into something more congealed.. but I appreciate it and need to stock up before it is gone!!

4/3.5/4/4/4

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

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -16%

Clear pale yellow/straw colored pour with a minimal head. Aroma has a good bit of yeast and spice and a little grain. Flavor is a very basic saison...yeast and clove are the dominant flavors. There's also a very light tart apple flavor and a touch of ginger. Finishes with a lingering clove flavor. Expected more.

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Photo of Zorro
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly spicy and sour like a granny smith apple. Slight honey scent. Fruity with a strange mint aroma.

Starts out dry with a licorice flavor. Mildly tart and fruity there is a clove and licorice flavor here. Mildly bitter but not as sour as I had hoped. But this has one damned strong clove taste to it and pretty much dominates everything else. Sour spiced apples with too much clove that is what this tastes like.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is a tasted it once don't need another bottle beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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 Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -9%

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 Raziel313
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Bitterbill
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold with a good and long lasting head of foam.

I smell the usual spiciness for the style with some green apple tartness.

Spices of coriander and cloves, hints of barnyard, light tartness of green apples. Not my cup of tea as the tart doesn't compliment the traditional flavours of the Saison.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #4.

A: A glass consuming firm cotton white head dominates from the start even with a gentle pour, most likely thanks to a wild Belgian yeast strain run amok. A volcanic eruption of effervesce is explosive in the glass while the head took forever to drop before I could continue my pour leaving broken stratified rings down the glass. Pale lemon peel coloring with a slight obstruction of clarity. A second pour produces a monstrous mountainous head that was rocky and still steadfast in its holding, shellacking the glass with a full coating for lace.

S: For aroma I detected light hints of wheat and sour green apples, fairly simple, with musky grains.

T: The flavor was sour green apples dominating right from the start smacking the sour taste buds of the tongue with good results. Powerful with a musky citron character, fruity notes of apricots and red grapes perhaps from the yeast. A slight acidic nature true to style, brass upfront and quite the shocker, but becomes much more smoother and mellower with each concurring sip.

M: tight and bubbly, very active on the tongue even after an extended period of time. Soothing apple sourness, turning gentle by time after the swallow.

O: Overall a solid drinking saison with a sour green apple twist. Crisp, tight and bubbly.

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

22oz bomber to bRuges hybrid glass on 9/28/11
*From notes

A: It certainly looks pleasant. The palest of pale goldens. As I pour, I do my best to leave the lees where they belong. A big 2.75 finger white, fizzy head and minor lacing remain.

S: Exceedingly musty. I can't recall the last time I approached a beer quite this dank. Faint fruit and Belgian style yeast round this out.

T: More cellar must and some Asian pear. Once it hits the mid though, the whole thing turns rather green. Some sliced apple comes through on the finish. Not as refreshing as it should be, it's just too dense and cloying. Why do I get the feeling that Epic's used a conditioner here?

M: This saison feels quite nice. Bubbly and alive on the tongue. I couldn't imagine getting through the stickiness of the flavors here with a beer any less carbonated.

O: Epic's Sour Apple Saison sounded like a good idea, and in reality, it wasn't bad. It's simply an ok beer that should be better. Using fresh ingredients would help this be the beer it could be. As it is, it's simply a saison with Belgian yeast and apple sweetener.

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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 kscaldef
2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale straw, something of a disappointing head with large bubbles and little retention.

S: Apple Jolly Ranchers, rubber bands, lightly medicinal

T: More like cider than a saison. Off-dry apple. Band-aid. Bit of yeasty funk in the finish.

M: Pretty thin. Low carbonation. Low bitterness.

O: Not sure what I should make of this: is it a fruit beer or a saison? Or cider masquerading as beer? I don't love it, it's got obvious flaws, but it remains fairly easy to drink despite that.

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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 bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, Release #6, 7.9% ABV. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch white head that went away quickly. There's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like sour apples, bubblegum, herbs, light peppery spice and bready malt. I think the taste is mostly herbal, but there's also some sour apples, peppery spice, lemon peel, bready malt and yeast noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has good carbonation. It's also easy to drink. I think it's a good overall brew. I wasn't sure what to think of it at first, but once I got halfway through the bottle I started liking it more and more. At $7.99 a bottle, I'd buy this again.

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +12%

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