tennisjoel (1211) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden pour with a very creamy frothy white head. Definitely get the sour apple combined with typical saison aromas of pepper, honey, biscuit. Interesting palate. Slightly tart from the apple. Saison characteristics are subdued. Slightly watery. Interesting, but I wish the flavor was stronger on the saison, to balance the sour apple.
tmoreau (2902) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bomber poured to snifters, displaying a hazed, orangey gold color, with a modest layer of bubbly, soft white head foam, and spots & streaks of lacing. The nose was lightly dank, with light yeastiness, various spice hints, and an apple core like scent. Light bodied, with soft malt, but lively enough carbonation, the taste included a lemony tartness, fairly hidden alcohol presence, and a bit of dryness on the finish. The apple influence was a pleasant variation.
BucannonXC5 (1060) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Trappist Westvleteren XII glass
From: Palm Springs Liquor in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
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+
GarrettB (1203) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
August 28th, 2013 - Epic Brewing’s Sour Apple IPA is a puckering punch in the gums, but beer explorers will find something new and interesting here. The aroma is packed with cinnamon and herbs, even massaged kale. For me, it smells like the interior of a small, gourmet suburban food shop near where I grew up. Inside its cramped quarters the smell of the produce section, the bakery and even the deli all mix together, and that somewhat confusing bouquet of expensive freshness is found here, too. Cinnamon and spice appear in the taste too. Apple is a dominant theme (shock!) but it leans towards apple skins, thickened and mashed. In a broader description, I’d say this is like a baked, unsweetened apple pie, though sour and puckering in a way that brushes up against discomfort.
Mep3222 (834) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dry Apple taste with a nice spicy saison base beer. Tart and refreshing but borders almost on being a cider to me. Has a bit of a funky barnyard finish.
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bubbleflubber (1978) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy straw into the glass, with a wispy head that leaves soap lacing. The nose is of Granny Smith apples and cider. Flavors are similar, of sour green apples, light grains and esters, and finish with a curt sourness and hay/grassiness. Substantive mouthfeel, but smooth and juicy to the palate. Easy quaff here, and a great sour apple (my favorite fruit) take on the traditional saison. Delicious!
bigskyolattic (8) - - MAY 3, 2015 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer can be dangerously good, it has great flavor and good head... High in alcohol content-yummy
Petkus331 (334) - Redford, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very ginger aroma. Appears like very bubbly applejuice. Very juicy bright peachy ginger flavor, crisp, with a touch of hay bitterness. Small bubble fizz palate. A standout saison.
firstsip (652) - Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Bubbly. Not much head. Clearish dark gold. Apple cider nose. Nice spotty lacing. Very apple ciderish quality with very mild notes of ginger and cardamom and nutmeg.
snoworsummer (3131) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the brewery. Pours almost clear gold with a fizzy white head. Tastes like green apples, light yeast. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like light yeast, green apple.
Fritz123 (1285) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Cindy and Alex. Snifter pour was murky wheat colored with a small white head. Aroma was slight apples with cinnamon. Smelled like an apple cobbler. Taste was some green apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Very dry all the way through. Light body, moderate carb. I thought it was alright.