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Utah Sage Saison - Epic Brewing Company

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88
very good

106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-01-2012)
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of derekbphotography
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Release #3, brewed 1/30/12 bottled 3/30/12
Poured into wine glass from bomber.

A - Hazy gold/orange color with a half inch head that dissipates quickly to a thin fine head
S- Yeasty earth with a bit of rosemary. Slightly floral no sign of the sage to me.
T - Slightly sweet and funky with the rosemary hitting first and then the soapy sage hitting the back.
M - Medium body with good constant carbonation. Nice and dry.

Overall a beer that I would drink again, curious to try other batches that are more fresh.

Photo of kagent777
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this one up on Small Business Saturday from the brewery. This is release 11 and was bottled Nov 12, 2013, So I am having it less than 3 weeks in the bottle. Good Deal! All breweries need to put this info on their websites, it can't be too hard to do. Bell's does this also.

Appearance: A slightly hazy light golden beer with a thin film of foam. No problems

Smell: Some nice herbs and spices picked up in the smell. A distinct, but not overpowering sage and floral aroma. I also get rosemary and the website confirms it. Awesome smell, reminds me of a spring garden.

Taste: The beer starts with a spicy note. I am not sure if this is from the yeast or the sage added or if the two just really work well together. A touch of floral hoppy bitterness keeps what little sweetness there is in check. A balanced, but not weak, mix of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Fine prickly carbonation lift the already lighter beer a little higher. There is a bit of slickness as well.

Overall: I really like this beer. Give this one a try for a nice recasting of a traditional saison. I really enjoyed it.

Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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).

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of TrojanRB
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of NYR_Rob
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Zbeetleman
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

Photo of beercanman
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of marlow
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Dirksen
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jsmith6051
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BAsbill
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of im4beer
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A= poured a very light amber color with nice lacing and about a 1.5 finger head that disappeared quickly.

S= typical Belgian ale with initial citrus smells then yummy smells of of yeast and malt and then finishing with a piney-sage end note.

T= crisp initial citrus taste with a bready middle tone and finishing with pine and hops.

M= light mouthfeel with consistent carbonation

O= good tasting beer. I like the pine finish. Not my favorite from Epic. But it's a solid beer that I will drink again.

Photo of SvenHayden
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Utah Sage Saison from Epic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.