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Utah Sage Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 124
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-01-2012

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Release # 7. 6.9% ABV per the label.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and sage aromas. Taste is much the same with sage and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with an interesting sage presence. (593 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #3; Posting to help it get a score.

Pours a clear orange amber with a lovely thick, firm and long lasting pure white head. Really nice looking.

Nose is all fruity "saged" esters. Sage is really present but well integrated into the other fruit character of the nose. Really pleasant fresh sage, oranges, citrus and spice.

Mouthfeel is medium thin and crisp with nice medium carbonation.

Flavor profile drives this one. Full and rich assertive flavors of oranges and spice in the front palate that leads into a more complex semi-sweet sage/spice/pepper character. Well integrated and nice flavors without any one element just jumping out. I'm guessing that this would be really nice with Indian, Chinese and Thai food. Very interesting and inviting profiles.

Finish is a bit green herbed to me with a nice green pepper/celery bitter tone that is long lasting. Nice effort on this one. (899 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

absolutely sensational herbal brew here from epic, a seeming combination of saison yeast and belgian ale yeast, its got a nice hazy golden color and some body to it, as well as an inch or so of slowly rising and slowly falling white head. the nose is great, fresh white sage in here, strong but not like an over herbed sage butter, its uncooked, raw, fresh, wild. its more the wild sage than the culinary sage from the grocery store, in so far as the palate can distinguish the two. some color and sweetness to the wheat malt here, but the yeast cleans it up beautifully, and the sage is felt on the middle of the tongue and it expands from there though the finish. i am really glad epic made this again, and look forward to some cool culinary applications for this brew. well carbonated and not as light as some saisons. this really works. i like it head and shoulders above cellar door from stillwater, which is the only other sage saison ive had. this is much cleaner and brighter and the sage comes through much nicer. a real success here. (1,043 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is cloudy yellow in color with a tall white head. Woah, certainly some sage in this beer. It’s really dominating and pretty much all I can smell. Maybe a bit of citrus peel and bread. The flavor is just as heavy on the sage. A light citrus note, some bread, and a hint of yeast. But mostly just sage. I liked it, but a small pour is enough. (351 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden amber brew poured in the big tulip. Very pleasant sparkling mouthfeel. Not a big foam in the glass, but still some head at the nicely sudsy last pour. No sediment.

Really tangy and a little sweet. Lots of yeasty, typical Saison flavors. The sage seems to add some bitterness but is not overly strong with herbal taste. It makes me think of the wild sage so common in these parts, but rosemary can be kind of bitter also. Sharp finish with some distinct sage aromas.

From the 22 oz bottle poured at the Annex by Epic Brewing in Salt Lake (Sugar House). (574 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Release #4

A: Pours a clear medium to dark golden yellow in color with some light amounts of orange highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a big thick cap in the center and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there is a huge amount of sage with some more moderate notes of bready & biscuit malts. There are lighter amounts of lemon, citrus, and coriander with just a hint of tangerine.

T: There is a strong herbal component to the flavors of this beer with sage, coriander, white pepper, basil, and lemon zest. There is a light to moderate amount of biscuity/bready malt flavors along with moderate flavors of tangerine citrus. Just a touch of barnyard funk and hay. Light amounts of bitterness which fade fairly quickly.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy with a light amount of acidity and just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: This is quite an enjoyable beer but the flavors and aromas are quite intense, making it not the easiest beer that I have ever drank - a small serving is enough for me with this beer and it si definitely one to sip on. (1,328 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle with me.

A - hazy copper gold with a soft, white head

S - sage through and through

T - sage, mild yeast, herbal, orange peel, earthy

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This was delicious. I love herbs in beer. This will be over the top for some, but for me this was fantastic. The yeast and malt laid a perfect foundation to play nice with the sage. I probably couldn't have more than one of these at a time, but I'll definitely have it again. (497 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, Release #2,

A: Pours a lovely almost opaque ochre with a full 3 finger Duvel like head. Very creamy bubbles that stick around a lot, still have a 2 finger head well into the glass, reminds me of meringue.

S: Sage city, definitely reminescent of Du BUFF and all of its incarnations. Hints of clove and lemon. Smells like a spring meadow. Also a bit of the seaside/cove/seaweed on the back end. There are a myriad of ways to interpret this. Just lovely.

T: Flavour is quite herbal as I expect. Lemon zest, pepper, very yeasty and spicy. Rosemary and sage dominate with a hint of herbal wood, eucalyptus and lemongrass.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, has a bigger mouthfeel than I expected. Creamy, spicy finish.

O: A very good saison. Fans of Du BUFF will certainly be a fan of this beer by Epic. Very well done, QPR is excellent, and this would make a very intriguing food pairing beer, I want some roast pheasant, who's with me? A first impression like this makes me want to run out and try everything they make. (1,027 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Release #25.

Uniform body color mostly, with a nice golden glow to it. Slightly opaque and solid looking, a chestnut brown to bronze hue in the middle, and a good middle column of carbonation, although hard to see through the thickness. Head is classic white, slightly creamy, moderate retention and some good soapy staying power, slightly big bubbled too. A very very good looking saison.

Excellent bouquet. Lots of classic farmhouse notes that are noticeable but not overboard, and a great subtle earth green and spicy sweetness. Hints of chamomile and garden herbs, thyme, sage, even an almost lemon sorrel like quality also. Some clove like hints, even some brown dry spiced warmth comes off this also. A sweet earthy delight, great stuff so far.

Palate manages nicely. There's a bit of a shock as the body comes off a little slightly wet at first, but the flavors still manage to transpire. Mid palate brings some good sweetness of thyme and sage, but also some slight sweet mint qualities too. The aftertaste is a big shocker, lingering earth and soft pepper dryness with wonderful matching sage growth and sweetness. Even with a slightly weaker than expected mouthfeel, the quality is very impressive and noticeable.

It's a very unique flavor profile, and this is going to be very appealing to many. It however doesn't have all the great parts of a saison I enjoy immensely, but is still a very worthy brew, and I love it's unique character. Not the saison I want or desire, but one that everyone should try absolutely. (1,587 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #4

Pours a hazy, bright golden orange color with a frothy two finger white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Very fragrant aroma that's bursting with fresh herbs. Lots of sage and basil character along with subtle earthy hops and farmhouse funk. It's hard to describe but they've managed to pack a ton of herbal character into the nose. It smells like something picked fresh out of an organic garden. Very inviting but the only problem is that it takes away from the other elements associated with the style. There are still hints of pice, funky yeast and light fruit but they ate overpowered by the prominent herbs.

Medium bodied with crisp carbonation and a nice balance of zesty spice, funky yeast, light fruit and fresh herbs. The herbal sage/basil character isn't as strong as the aroma suggests but it still the prominent flavor resulting in a slightly vegetal/garden salad feel. Although, it doesn't overpower like it does in the nose, it doesn't translate as well in the flavor. The sage does, however, add freshness and another level of complexity. Underneath, there's is some peppery spice and subtle farmhouse funk as well as hints of light fruit, bready yeast and alcohol. As my palate adjusts, the herbs begin to mesh with the other flavors creating a complex yet refreshing feel. Very odd but a unique experiment that works pretty well once you get used to the flavor. (1,469 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Chill hazed golden colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells Highly hopped with a strong bitter citrus aroma. Minty sage over the bitter citrus scent and that is about it.

Starts off fairly bitter with a bitter citrus flavor. Sage is in here as a minty flavor. Doesn't taste much like the sage from your kitchen. Bitter oranges and mint are all I get from this.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall, I don't need to drink this again. I REALLY wanted to like this but it is just simply bitter with no redeeming qualities at all. (532 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up tonight at Bier Thirty in Bown.... Poured into my small Cigar City snifter.... Pours a hazy light orange with a short lasting white head that leaves only a little lacing.

The nose is herbaceous... hard to pick any one herb out... a predominant lemon element is the bigger player.

On the palate, the herbs play a much larger role.... a significant amount of sage.... and what I think of rosemary comes out... Rosemary always makes me think of antiseptic qualities... again, a lemony note reminds us that this is a saison... light pale malts tie this brew together... but it still finishes fairly dry.

Body seems a touch heavy for the style.... carbonation is also maybe a little light.

3.5/3.5/3.5/3/3.5 (724 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. Bottle says 7.6% ABV rather than the above-noted 7.5%.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and not much in the way of visible effervescence. The head, though, is two thick fingers of tenacious, pillowy ivory foam. Quite attractive!

Smell: very sweet, fruity and floral aroma with a nice level of sage in the mix; it's discernible but not overpowering. There's a bit of a chalky character to it that I like as well. Really, it's a very nice composition, but some may find it too sweet; I kind of like the sweetness here, myself.

Taste: sweet, but not as sweet as the aroma; the grassy farmhouse funk plays very well with the sage. It's an oddball brew, but one that I find myself really enjoying.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good, well-integrated carbonation and a concomitantly satisfying creaminess.

Overall: perhaps not an everyday beer, but I am finding this quite enjoyable. (935 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Release #12

Served in a DC Brau can glass. I just finished a "Corruption," so I just used the same glass.

A: Poured out a glistening, apricot orange color, with a whopping 3-4 finger white head. Murky, cloudy, you know the drill.

S: Hmmm... Not a coriander bomb which is a pleasant departure. Actually, this had quite a gingersnap/sage disposition (hence the name, I guess) as well as some quality, orange juice infusion.

T: Exactly like the smell, and with a strong piny backbone imbedded in the spice component. Not too sweet and the fresh-filtered water flair was to die for.

M: Spritzy and bubbly, just the way I like my saisons. No syrup in this puppy.

O: I really dug it. I'm gonna have to remember the whole sage thing for my next saison home-brew. (761 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, Release #2. Pours clear yellow-gold with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet malts and turkey cooking spices (rosemary and sage?) that seem a bit out of place.

The flavor is sweet bready, slightly vegetal malts with a big spice finish (sage and rosemary) and a little mint. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, an interesting concept, but a bit overly spiced and I wasn't really digging those spices in beer. (509 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Release #18, SLC #1762.

Light golden hue to the body with a very thick, rocky, billowing white head (4.0). Big spicy, sage nose; peppery; hay; yeasty (4.25). Pepper and sage flavors; phenolic; tart and bitter (4.25). Medium bodied; very dry finish (4.0).

A most interesting and heady beer. The aroma is perfumy and pungent right away and it and the flavor just keeps on going. I don't know what spices were actually used (other than sage), but the whole enchilada exudes depth and complexity throughout the aroma and taste. For something different, this beer is it. It's bold yet approachable and, if it's to your tastes, quite drinkable. (640 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

thanks dak!

pours a cloudy hazy golden yellow. loads of thick creamy fluffy head, tons of sticky lacing. great retention

fresh herb, spicy, funky, malty. a bit complex mix of flavors. sage and funk really shine.

very sage forward with a nice rounded sweetness. mixed in is a light spice and moderate funk. lots of herbal earthy flavors. again, very sage forward.

light and airy, moderate carbonation which adds to the feel.

pretty good, love the sweet herbal flavors. pleasantly surprised. (495 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a gorgeous cloudy orange body with golden highlights and one finger of rich, foamy head. A wonderful looking saison. Scents of strong fruity esters upfront with notes of apricot, citrus, marmalade, a spicy yeast character with notes of white pepper, light clove and limited amounts of lemon zest and safe in the background. Overall impression is of a typical Saison base, rich in esters with lesser spicy phenols playing a good supporting role and just enough of the sage coming through to add some depth. Not a fabulously unique saison, but well executed. Flavor begins with medium sweetness with notes of apricot, white pepper, slight herbal/floral flavors, a light tang and some medium citrus character. Middle continues citrus flavors, along with white pepper, adding a bitter herbal touch that I believe is from sage, and a light touch of lemon zest and floral/herbal hops. Finish is medium-dry with notes of lemon zest, white pepper, some light sage bitterness and a touch of bright citrus. Aftertaste is white pepper, giving way to an herbal bitterness that from past experience I know to be the aftertaste of sage. Overall impression of flavor is of a nice saison, true to style, but with a little depth added by the sage. It could stand to be a more robust part of the overall flavor profile however. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with high, effervescent carbonation and a wonderful light acidity keeping it bright and balancing the dry finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a classic saison, true to style, refreshing and well done. Overall this is a very good saison. It has a classic armor and flavor, enhanced somewhat by the sage addition, though it could stand to be more robust. It is aided by a classic mouthfeel that is fantastic. A good saison and quite refreshing. (1,802 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into an oversize wine glass to a hazy light yellow with a three finger dense and soapy head that is slow to fade and leaves excellent lacing
S: smells of sage, peppery yeast and bready malt with a touch of honey
T: taste is peppery yeast, sage, some grassy qualities, spices, slight sweetness, some fruity esters and dry crackers. swallow is fairly phenolic and bordering on medicinal with more sage, spicy yeast, and a slight residual sweetness
M: this beer sits on the palate on the lighter side but isn't watery. carbonation is somewhat prickly but not overbearing and a slightly drying finish
O: A nice and spicy saison. Very well crafted, lots of nice flavors without anything dominating. (703 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; no clear bottling date here, but “RELEASE #5 7.5%ALC. /VOL” is printed in black ink on near the bottom-right corner of the label, parallel to the edge. According to the Epic website, this was brewed on July 20, 2012, and bottled on August 17, 2012 so this is about six and a half weeks old.

Appearance (5.0): The pour yields a solid 3-4 finger head that takes a very long time to die down, webs and spots of lace evenly-spaced all over the sides of the glass. The head is milk-white and cratery, and pretty much perfect. The body is a hazy yellow gold color. To be honest, I’m not sure the appearance can get much better, this is great.

Smell (4.0): Sage. Sage, sage, sage. Not surprising, quite frankly, and I do enjoy it. There’s some coriander underneath, along with a sweet, citrusy character like tangerine juice. There’s a nice, biscuity / bready malt character like fresh bread.

Taste (4.5): Like with the nose, the sage sticks out pretty clearly here, giving a light, earthy character along with a moderately bitter herbal flavor. The hops add a nice dimension here, with a moderate, pithy bitterness and moderate grapefruit note. The malt body fleshes it out, with more of that biscuity, fresh bread character. It finishes with a mild to moderate but long-lasting herbal bitterness; this is very nicely balanced, and just lovely.

Mouthfeel (3.5): A little subdued on the carbonation, tingling near the end but mostly just subtle for the duration. It’s just on the light side of medium and finishes slighty dry; no sign of any alcohol. Not a bad feel, but not as effervescent as it should be.

Overall (4.5): I love saisons, and I love sage. This does both very well, and the product is nicely balanced and drinks very well for a saison at 7.5% ABV. I’d love it if something like this was available in 12oz packages, this is too good to be a limited release in my opinion. The only thing I’d love to change with this is to bump up the citrusy hop flavor, especially considering this was hopped with Centennial, Citra, and Calypso, and dry-hopped with Citra. But this is great, and I enjoy it quite a bit. (2,206 characters)

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a couple of beers from Epic before, but this is the first I have gone back to -- and I've done it a couple of times. So it's time to review.

A: Even a moderate pour into my goblet yields a big white foamy head of fine bubbles, which doesn't want to recede, and leaves a ton of lacing. The beer itself is pretty -- pale and hazy.

S: This is all about the sage. Sage is everywhere. Oddly enough, there seems to be some type of menthol in there, too. Or eucalyptus. It's great.

T: The first time I tried this beer, I couldn't taste the sage. Don't get me wrong -- you can't help smelling it. But my first impression was: "smells like sage, tastes like saison". But this time around, it's as if someone put eucalyptus in my saison. It's really striking.

M: Very light and drinkable, with solid carbonation.

O: This is a fun beer with high drinkability. It's probably a good beer for sharing, since I'm not sure I want to drink a whole bomber, but I'm not complaining too loudly at having to do so. (1,007 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks really good,a solid inch of bone white head over a lemony orange body.
The nose is full of floral esters and big spice. white pepper, rosemary and sage, just like this pasta my wife hates from applebees. It is a little much though.
The spices are more subtle on the palate though, and this comes across as more of a well done saison here. The cabinent full of spices if there working with Lemon crispness, esters, white pepper and grass.
Mouthfeel is medium-full. (471 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thick foamy white head that leaves gobs of lacing with each sip. The scent is very strongly influenced by the sage and I love it. I would like to see more use of various herbs in beer. It makes sense with this style too. In addition to the sage is a scent of pepper and a musty yeast influence.

The taste is similar to the scent with a strong sage influence. It then progresses briefly to a unique citrus yeast flavor and sharply finishes with cracked pepper dryness. Great progression of flavor that is refreshing and unique. The mouthfeel is very lively with a lighter body. As the first beer I have had from this brewery I was very impressed and enjoyed the herbal qualities. (713 characters)

Photo of lsummers
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well this beer really surprised me, I didn't expect the herbal qualities in the smell to begin with.

It poured a very nice color, golden clear with a fairly carbonated head. Had to wait for the head to go down, didn't quite dissapear but leaves a 1/8th inch white head the entire way.

Smell was that between a christmas tree, rosemary, and fresh cut lawn. It was pleasant but a little unexpected for me.

The taste was just as herbal as the smell. The rosemary came through even more, but I tasted a good bit of lemon as well. It's very interesting and unique, I could see this pairing well with some seafood.

The mouthfeel was pleasant, I thought it was just right for the amount of flavor coming through. For other beers it may be too carbonated but it helps smooth out the herbal tones so it's not too strong of a taste.

Overall I would recomend this for a friend to experience. I feel it's something I glad to have tasted but I might not purchase again. (962 characters)

Photo of Benish
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 16. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: beer presented a hay like color with a slightly opaque appearance. A delicate white head built up quickly with gentle pouring and broke down quickly after setting the glass down.

Smell: notes of Belgian yeast and some herbs, and a little bit of sugar. Can't quite describe the herbs but it has a nice fruity essence. May almost seem cloying but it's not.

Taste: while I find most saisons quite tamed (in a good way), this one is really in your face. Picked up Belgian yeast, sweet bread, and fruity tones. There's also an herbal bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: clean, smooth, carbonation perfect, medium bodied. No notes of alcohol.

Overall: a great buy for the price it sold for (I think a bomber was 6-7 dollars). It's about the only saison I've tried that stood out from other saisons. I don't want to say it was an oddball one (with its sage added) but it certainly was different. (950 characters)

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Utah Sage Saison from Epic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.