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:
139
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.64%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of GRG1313
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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 largadeer
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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).

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

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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 smakawhat
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 Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
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

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Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Utah Sage Saison from Epic Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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