Utah Sage Saison - Epic Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
04-24-2013 00:38:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
07-30-2012 19:02:37 | More by womencantsail
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
07-14-2012 23:27:29 | More by GRG1313
4.23/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
01-04-2014 06:45:02 | More by StonedTrippin
3.96/5 rDev +1%
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).
11-13-2013 05:44:59 | More by mactrail
4.48/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
05-12-2012 22:58:58 | More by Halcyondays
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
10-04-2012 08:33:52 | More by corby112
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
02-16-2013 00:16:52 | More by dbrauneis
3.25/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
01-03-2014 02:35:48 | More by Zorro
4.43/5 rDev +13%
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.
09-28-2012 00:08:44 | More by tdm168
3.45/5 rDev -12%
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.
02-01-2012 05:25:57 | More by JohnGalt1
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
08-01-2013 01:57:24 | More by flagmantho
District of Columbia
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
05-20-2014 15:49:42 | More by Chaney
Utah Sage Saison from Epic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.