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Epic Sour Apple Saison-Style Ale

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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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There may not be a more perfect summer ale. Sweet, yet dry and tart, apples spiced with coriander, grains of paradise, anise, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger. Whether enjoying ice cold under the hot June sun or pairing with a light dinner as the sunsets into the evening, there is no wrong way to enjoy this Saison Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale!
Grains: Pilsner, Apple juice, White Wheat Malt, Flaked Oats, and Acidulated Malt
Hops: Saaz, Tettnang
IBU’s ~16
Release #1 - 7.8% abv…. Release #10 - 7.6% abv
Release #2 - 7.6% abv…. Release #11 - 8.0% abv
Release #3 - 8.0% abv…. Release #12 - 8.4% abv
Release #4 - 8.2% abv…. Release #13 - 8.6% abv
Release #5 - 8.5% abv…. Release #14 - 8.8% abv
Release #6 - 7.8% abv…. Release #15 - 8.4% abv
Release #7 - 6.7% abv…. Release #16 - 8.5% abv
Release #8 - 8.1% abv
Release #9 - 8.1% abv


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (1743) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"wish list item that did not disappoint. if they toned down the alcohol just a little on this (it wasn’t hot at all but the body was bigger than most traditional saisons) this could be a prototype for the style. Earthy, dusty, light funk and barn, tart and slightly sweet apple. Very complex and quite tasty. Will buy again."

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HIGHB4LL (529) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2014
On tap at Colorado Brewers Fest in July. Appearance: finger of white head, straw yellow color, clear. Aroma: apple, floral, pine. Palate: light body, soft carbonation, light dry finish, light bitter on finish, thin texture. Taste: sweet apple and malt into a floral bitterness. Very light sour in middle (maybe?). Overall, was expecting some more sourness, but really it was very minimal. Good and drinkable, but nothing to write home about.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
degbert (1116) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a touch of green; the head is extremely lacy and sticky, large-grained, and a creamy off-white. Nose is apples, coriander, nutmeg, and what I can only describe as the air before it rains. Weird. Anyway...on the tongue, it’s recognizably saison, but with a green apple and apple peel tartness and bitterness to it. The spices are more prevalent in the mid-palate; I can really pick up the nutmeg and anise. Finish is long, dry, and bitter, but still fruity. Really nice, complex, and definitely a step outside the norm.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crispy34 (385) - Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bomber bottle. Aroma is a fresh pear with some saison sweetness tucked in there. Appearance is a slightly hazy gold with a white head. Taste is of fresh fruit, more apple than pear in flavor. the saison is present through out. Palate is saison yeast with a sharpness left on the roof of the mouth. Overall, a good take on saisons. Would be refreshing after a hot day.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (1758) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
A nice beer. Pours a pretty golden. Aromas of sour apple(duh) and some Belgian candy. Flavors are more complex. Granny Smith apples, spice, and hops round everything out.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monk191 (928) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2014
A very interesting Saison, and not as sour as the name would suggest. Pours a very ugly yellow. Smells of sour green and a bit of red apple. Taste is green apple all the way, but not too sour. Quite nice. Had on tap at the brewery.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhamp9 (1048) - Corinth, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Clear gold pour with a thin white head that fades to a thin ring. Really nice green apple aroma with light funk and spice. Taste is heavier on the pie spices with a bit of tart apple and barnyard. Light body. Crisp and refreshing. Pretty good but spice is a bit heavy handed for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3654) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Green gold. Little head. Sour, like brett aroma with lots of oak amd a faint sweetness. Tart, woody dry flavor.with some apple peel and cinnamon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2188) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Release number 45. Poured a clear medium yellow with great lacing. Subtle apple notes across the palate. Very refreshing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3209) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Pour is a cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma at first whiff is apples. Some spice and sugar follow. Flavor is a decent apple. It’s not overly sour but some green apples were used. Finish has more of a cinnamon and sugar with apple left on the tongue. More of a fruit beer than saison but this is a decent summer quencher. People not into beer would probably like this.


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