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RATINGS: 300   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2011
bottle. batch 2. pours cloudy yellow, almost golden with massive head and insane carbonation. aroma of coriander, clove, and spice...smells just like the brainless on peaches with maybe just a touch of tartness. harsh mouthfeel gives rise to some green apple, coriander, clove, banana, and a touch of ginger...at least the apple comes through a bit

2.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (4005) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2011
On tap at vintage estate. Smells very fruity and perfumy, i thought I smelled it as soon as the Very thin head. Saison it is but it has many of the attributes of my homemade apple cider, apple cider that has had all the sugar fermented out. A little dull overall. Although there is lots of apple in the aroma, very little ’apple’ carries over to the taste. Yes, it IS a saison, a little farmy in there.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2011
On tap at Vintage Estate in OH. Pours a light whitish yellow with an almost greenish tinge to it, but it’s probably my eyes playing tricks in the dim light. Head is fairly large for a draft pour, but nothing over the top or obnoxious. Aromas are pungent with tart green apples, lemon and grass, and flavor is just more of the same. The sour apple flavor gives it a very unidirectional quality... There are other subtleties there, but they are mostly washed out in comparison to the main event. I liked this quite a bit.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2011 Bottle from Gription79. Release #6. This pours a hazy yellowish gold color with a good fluffy head. A thin layer of foam sticks around allowing for some scattered blotchy lacing. The aroma is citursy and a little yeasty with quite a bit of spices. What comes to mind is cardamon, thyme, and nutmeg. This is fairly sweet tasting and citrusy with a lot of spices kicking in and lingering towards the finish. I can’t say apple specifically comes to mind. The same spice notes in the flavor as in the aroma but they are a little distracting and seem overdone. The finish is slightly dry but still with some lingering sweet fruit and quite a bit of spices hanging around. The body is thicker than I’d like, seeming mealy at times. There is some sourness but it’s hardly worth noting and I’m probably just doing so because of the name. The truth is, at first I seemed to focus on the various flaws, but by the end of the beer I did actually enjoy it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5127) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Somehow, a little less than the sum of it’s parts. It smelled great - apples, as you might expect, plus lemon and an odd medicinal note. Tasted good, too - citrusy, apple, nicely tart. As it warms, the apple flavors really open up, but so did the rather unpleasant medicinal note. A lot of good here that just misses the mark. Barely... Release #6

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6595) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Bottle thanks to Dak! Pours a pale yellow with heavy haze and a white head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma had a bit of apple and a good amount of yeast with a hint of sour apples. Flavor starts with apple and a good amount of must and yeast. A bit of sourness comes out in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (3906) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2011
22 ounce thanks to Gription79. Release #4. Tart apple. Big carbonation. Lemon. 8.2% abv. I like it a lot.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2674) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Release # 5 - 8.1 ABV Maybe because it was around 95 with huge humidity but this one hit the spot. Poured a cloudy yellow with a big head. The aroma was sour apples along with some funk, bread and yeast. Very good. The flavor was similar with a lot of the sourness coming through. Very dry and refreshing. Try it ice cold on an oppressively hot day.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Man I hate overpowering coriander in my beer. This was basically shit moon (blue moon) with some light saison yeast characteristics and a touch of apple in there. Fail

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dmac (3990) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2011
22 oz bomber of total disappointment from EZ. Poured a cloudy piss yellow with a large bubbly white head. Aroma of corriander, cloves, pepper, apple cider and grains. The body on this is so carbonated it actually hurts my mouth, well that I burnt the roof of my mouth on some overheated ribs but it seriously hurts it, thinner bodied hidden behind the super potent carbonation. Flavor is awful, somewhere between old band aids, bad cough medicine and enjoying wet bread with a horrible saison. Epic needs to stay away from fruit and concentrate back towards their solid hoppy beers.


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