David Cole and Peter Erickson are the founders and co-owners of Epic Brewing Company, and the name is the perfect way to describe their beers. Brewing a bunch of new, creative and adventurous beers, the final products we see on the shelves are certainly nothing short of “Epic.”
The Sour Apple Saison is a great example of something special. The beer pours a bright gold color with a thick, creamy and rich white head. Once the head begins to dissipate, white lacing remains on the sides of the glass. The carbonation is evident throughout.
The bouquet shows bright notes of sour apple right off the bat. There is an undertone of yeasty sweet malts that balance the fruit. Notes of spice, mainly coriander and a hint of cinnamon, add complexity to the nose.
On the palate the spice notes hit first. Coriander, clove, cardamom and again a hint of cinnamon pack the initial punch of flavor and are carried by a light and soft malt note. Bready and sweet apple (think apple juice) notes follow on the midpalate. The apple note lingers and intermingles with a light peppery hop note. The finish is clean, dry and refreshing.
Overall, this sweet and sour fruit beer delivers more than what you would expect. It is complex and well balanced without being over the top. A great beer to harken the Spring – if Spring ever decides to show up! Watch out though, this light tasting beer weighs in at 8.1% ABV and does not taste it at all.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5
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