Utah Sage Saison | Epic Brewing Company

Utah Sage SaisonUtah Sage Saison
BA SCORE
3.93/5
141 Ratings
Utah Sage SaisonUtah Sage Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 02-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,408
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
141
pDev:
9.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of huthuty
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium golden with little head
Smells extremely malty with some spicy notes
Tastes of malt and alcohol with some spice noticeable, vinegar finish
Overall my first saison so I'm not sure whether or not to recommend it
(release 46)

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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kagent777
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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4.32/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of fmccormi
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Auraan
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Utah Sage Saison from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 141 ratings
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