BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from release #3. Pours with a light haze and voracious carbonation. Medium golden-yellow hued body. Very large and lasting white head that leaves great lace. Aromas are strongly herbal and spicy. Slightly green aroma. Sage and coriander. Peppery, phenolic, very spicy and herbaceous, tobacco, light lemon zest, peppery. Medium pear esters, light tropical fruit/mango. Dry finish. Flavors are oddly tropical, lemon verbena, sage, rosemary, pineapple, peppery, lavender, coriander, pepper, mango and passionfruit. Lightly earthy hop character. Low malt and low sweetness, but some perceived sweetness from the esters. Very tasty. Lots of green sage and herbaceous qualities in the finish. Lively bubbles, medium to low bodied, dry, lightly warming. Spice prominent, but completely within reason. A pleasure to drink.
ogre71 (115) - Utah, USA - AUG 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a desert beer the spice’s really stand out. Gets a bit of bitterness from the sage, but its not overpowering. Still smooth very drinkable.
JDBaker11058 (1608) - Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: cloudy orange gold, with two thick fingers of near white-light yellow head and good lacing. Aroma: powerful nose of herb garden (strong sage, of course), light citrus, coriander, decently funky. Taste: bright lemongrass and orange zest, mingled perfectly with freshly-harvested sage, white pepper, rosemary, coriander, and light funk. Finish: lingering zesty, herbal and citrus notes. Notes: Really nice saison. Slightly heavier in the palate than I like, but still good. Creative and just different enough to stand out. Bottle from Sarah for Beerthday 2015.
bubbleflubber (2058) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a translucent golden into the glass, with a stiff 4-finger meringue head that leaves thick, soapy lacing. The nose is of fresh sage plants... the green, leafy herbs are wonderfully accepted aromas. The bouquet transfers directly into the flavor. The sage is hugely predominant, of chewing on fresh green sage leaves. It’s extremely citrusy and lightly resinous, with nice, big lemon notes that finish with dried sage and various herbs (i.e. rosemary and olive oil). The fresh herbal essence lingers appropriately for this vegetal brew. This citrusy, yet savory mouthfeel is satiating and complex, but has a light enough body to provide a cleansing palate that makes for an easy pull for any season. Epic has done it again with a great differential take on the traditional saison!
skmikeg (1402) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy light orange with a foamy two finger white head with nice lacing. Aroma is of spices (including sage, rosemary, and thyme), sour ripe fruits, wet hay, black pepper, medical notes, earthy grassy and herbal hops, and some mustyness. Taste is about the same with a lot of spices up front with some nice farmhouse funk in the background. Has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry, slightly bitter, medium-long finish. Overall, a very interesting and tasty saison that I imagine would pair niceley with food.
trevor211 (1466) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the brewery. This was explained to me as a giant burst of sage, but the sage actually blends into the myriad other spices, including those naturally present in the saison. Coriander and candied lemon. Sage comes through a bit more in the flavor, but despite its strength, I wish there was more. Good, full-bodied, style-appropriate brew with a nicely bitter after, though.
gunnfryd (12932) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fonefan 241014. Golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is citrus, malt, spices, sage ?. Flavour is citrus, malt, hop, yeast, oranges, spices, pine, sage ?. Nice beer.
snoworsummer (3496) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the brewery. Pours hazy gold with a fizzy white head. Tastes like yeast, dry herbs, lemon, grapefruit. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like yeast, herbs, lemon, grapefruit.
wchesser (1533) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy dark straw yellow. Nose of sage, light white pepper, light herbs and light clove. Solid saison and the sage works really well here. Good with sushi.
Itzjerm (1769) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. I only had a sampler but over never seen a nose I could swallow. Nice unique beer. Malty with tons of herbs. Almost like drinking a
Meal. Be ready for it.
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p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great Sage aroma and taste. Such a big complexity between the farmhouse funk and sage.