The Sage

North Carolina
United States
The Sage, Archetype Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
96
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Historically, the Sage archetype is one of wisdom, knowledge and power. It represents the innate spiritual aspect of our personality in the unconscious. The Sage is a seeker of truth, and this archetype operates from a fundamental principle that ‘the truth will set you free’.

Throughout literature and film, the sage often takes the form of a mentor, someone (or something) who guides the hero on their journey, while at the same time letting the hero choose their own path towards destiny. Yoda, Gandalf, Dumbledore…just to name a few.
The Belgian Strong Ale is a beer very close to our hearts. Big berry bouquet of cranberry, tart cherry, and blueberry mix with notes of figs, raisins, caramelized sugars, and Belgian candi syrup. Classic Belgian flavor, with a medium body and dry finish, makes this a deceptively drinkable strong ale.

Profile

ABV: 
11.7%
IBUs: 
35
Served at: 
50 - 55º F
Hops: 
Chinook
Malts: 
Two-row, Flaked Oats, Extra Special Roast, Munich, D-180 (Candi Syrup), D-240 (Candi Syrup)
Judges Review 
Sal Mortillaro II's picture
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The Sage by Archetype Brewing is being evaluated as a Belgian Dark Strong (Category 26D) according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.

This beer pours a deep amber color, bordering mahogany, with clear clarity and a slight ruby hue when held up to the light. A sudsy, tan-colored head is persistent as the beer is consumed. The overall aroma is fairly subdued with a low malt sweetness is apparent with subtle bready and raisin notes. Light wisps of ethyl alcohol and CO2 are in the background. There are no hop or ester notes in the aroma. The intensity of the flavors of this beer are much more than the aroma suggests. The malt sweetness is medium-high with a medium malt flavor of toasted bread crust and medium-low raisin and prune with low dark cherry and slight caramel. There is a medium bitterness and low spiciness that appears to be derived from the alcohol character. There is no hop or ester flavor in this beer. This eventually finishes off-dry with lingering alcohol and dark fruit character. This beer has a medium-light body with high carbonation. A well-tempered note of alcohol warmth fills the mouth but is not hot or solventy. There is a lovely smooth creaminess in this beer. Overall, this is an extremely well executed Belgian Dark Strong. A lovely marriage of alcohol and malt complexity add depth and character to this beer. Though the aroma was much more subdued than I expected of the style, the flavor and quality of execution make up for the lacking aroma. I recommend this beer if you are a fan of Belgian Dark Strongs.