smith4498 (3434) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Sledutah - Secret Santa 2011. Release #3. Pours slightly hazy pale straw color with huge white head. Funky wheat and yeast aromas. Tart green apple and wheat flavors with some dough. Medium body with effervescent carbonation. Thanks Craig.
agl108 (999) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at the Thirsty Monk, Asheville. Poured a hazy peach with little sign of carbonation. Flavor of dry, sweet apples. Bready.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: August 20, 2011
Appearance: opaque yellow, fine white head, lots of drippy lace
Aroma: spicy malt aroma, touch of sweet green apple
Flavor: big apple flavor, starts of sweet before taking a big tart turn, light spicyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
bhensonb (13521) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Brewforia. Pours light dishwater gold with a foamy white head. Smells like ginger/clove over some green apple skin. Near med body. Flavor is sort of like the aroma, but perhaps more so. There’s a lot going on here. There is no escaping the ginger and the apple, but all in all it’s sort of saison.
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hazy golden orange appearance. Juicy tart green apple flavor, bandaids, tons of spice, clove particularly. Nice refreshing saison.
TheRealMGD (552) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Belmont Station. Hazy light yellow pour with a short white head and minimal lace. Nose is funky, medicinal/antibacterial and lightly fruity. Body is light with vigorous carbonation. Green apple, farmhouse, pepper, lemon zest, coriander and a chemical overlay that spoils it a bit. Finish is medium and has more green apple and farmhouse funk. An interesting beer that isn’t a great choice for winter or even a regular choice, but I quite like it for a diversion.
MadIndian (2716) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. First off, this is not one of my favorite styles. With that being said, I have to admit, it has a nice sour bread aroma and a good peppery finish. For what it is, It was decent.
BelgianBeerGal (3653) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Belmont release #6 bottle at 7.8ABV. This is more saison than sour apple. Nice base saison with just a hint of Granny Smith apple and green peel in the finish. Nice.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Springfield VA. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma smells like a scented candle store, I shit you not! Lighter side of medium bodied with somewhat spritzy carbonation. Pale wheaty malt backdrop with notes of white pepper, apple, grass, clove, and muted herbal hops. Overall the combination is sort of odd. I felt like I was drinking liquid scented candle. Not very harmonious as far as flavors. Could use more apple flavor and a different yeast strain or fermentation temp, because the apple made this taste like it had off flavors like acetaldehyde or isoamyl acetate, when it probably didnt.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
In short: Annoying sour green apple flavor dominates this failed experiment
How: Bottle 22oz. Release #3. Consumed when probably 4 months of age. Bottle given to me by Douglas88, thanks Doug
The look: Almost clear yellow body topped by a persistent small white head. I have rarely seen some much visible active carbonation in my glass of beer, like looking at a yellow soda-pop
In long: Nose is unmistakably apples with typical rustic Saison yeast. So far the beer is exactly what it claims to be. Taste is unfortunately a mess. Crackery malts, lemon zest, some other stuff, it’s not important. What’s important is that there was a definite sour green apples flavor in the beer and to me it really tasted like acetaldehyde which is a bad bad thing in a beer. However here I suspect there was no fermentation problem and Epic’s usage of apples just perfectly imitated a poorly made beer with a fermentation problem. I could not drink my bomber. A “nice” beer I got in a trade with Douglas88… Hey Doug, not to say that I’m a vengeful psychotic maniac but you should know that I have a closet full of voodoo dolls that I’ve assembled to look like all the people who gave me awful shitty beers.