Utah Sage Saison | Epic Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 02-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
140
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.64%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of jaydoc
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden bronzed brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light speckled lacing glazing along the glass. The smell had a slight rustic earthy and floral content up front with a rounded out herbal and earthy slight yeastiness. I do get the sage but I had to let it warm up a lot. The first couple of times it only came off as just herbal. The taste was earthy sweet with a yeasty herbal quality that could be slightly construed as bready. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat subdued but that was okay to me as it created a fairly nice smooth aspect about it. Overall, decent saison, though cool idea to add the sage in this.

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Photo of mpenske
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitch
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

A 22 fl. oz. bottle, Release #26, brewed on 11th March 2015 and packaged on 6th April 2015. Poured into a d’Achouffe tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a bright but hazy golden orange colour with a just under two finger white head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet orange citrus with touches of tropical apricot, lemon, orange marmalade and a herbal character (although I’m not sure if its sage, maybe thyme).

Taste: Orange honey sweetness, sage, pepper spice, almond biscuit and a bouquet of herbs.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: It’s quite different to any other beer let alone Saison that I’ve tried. It’s perhaps a touch to sweet for me, but the biscuity, almondy, herbally finish is interesting.

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Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnct
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Goatdavemac
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - hmmmmm...sage - not sure if I cotton to the idea of my beer tasting like roasted turkey or Irish stew. Ah well.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some layered swaths of chunky lace around the glass as it very slowly abates.

It smells of sharp, zesty sage, rainbow peppercorns, gritty, grainy pale malt, earthy yeast, a twinge of dried banana, clove, and a further generic herbal and grassy bitterness. The taste is turkey stuffing, damned-near - bready, grainy pale malt, sage, rosemary, and black pepper spice - with a gentle yeastiness, muddled pale orchard fruit, a decent piney, citrusy, and herbal hoppiness, and just a hint of metallic warming alcohol (ya know, whatever it is that you're sipping on while you baste the bird).

The bubbles are quite endearing with their softly rendered and yet pervasive frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and kind of smooth, I suppose, both varied spice and yeast getting a bit handsy as they approach full-on tipsy mode. It finishes off-dry, just, as the base malt continues to not waver, with the mostly herbal spice and fading yeast providing the foil (sorry, I just had to).

Overall, surprisingly tasty and easy enough to drink, even if (or because) the underlying saison characteristics get stomped all over by the guest spiced notes. Whatever, this surely invokes images of dry, dusty, windblown landscapes, the sort one might usually associate with the state of Utah, so, good for them for embracing it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours very hazy golden orange color with a large white rocky foam head. The head fades very slowly over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a peppercorn and herbal smell with the herbal aromas being a mix of sage and rosemary with some other nondescript herbal aromas. Along with these smells comes some aromas of a yeastiness and well as a bit of a sweeter orange citrus smell. With a little bit of banana and some grass and hay, an herbal funked and slightly sweet smell is delivered overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat drier wheat and cracker taste mixed with an herbal taste of a sage and a moderate showing of yeast. As the taste advances a little bit of citrus tangerine and orange sweetness comes to tongue, with it later fading again. As the sweeter citrus fades, it is replaced by some lemon and even more herbal tastes with more sage piling on and being joined by some other herbal tastes, a bit of grass, and some peppercorn. With some hay and a slight resurgence of the sweeter flavors of tangerine coming at the end, one is left with a somewhat funky and herbal yeasted taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average to slightly higher. For the style a little thinner body and a slightly higher carbonation level may have accentuated the mix of sage and sweet slightly better. Even said the overall feel was OK.

Overall- A decent saison overall with a whole lot of an herbal taste. For the price tag, not one I would likely frequent, but it was at least an interesting one to try.

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Photo of gruss004
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MFMB
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beinerso
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vylo
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of benloho
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sd123
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
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 MNBeerGeek
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Poupae
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hydrate
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slight sage taste. IPA like but different in a way I can't explain. Really good.

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Photo of Crusher
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Utah Sage Saison from Epic Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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