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Craftsman Triple White Sage - Craftsman Brewing Co.

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Craftsman Triple White Sage
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BA SCORE
86
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 17.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Craftsman Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jcalabre on 08-24-2003)
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SavageHopHead

Texas

1.25/5  rDev -67.7%

09-19-2012 04:28:19 | More by SavageHopHead
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khall

California

2/5  rDev -48.3%

08-21-2012 07:09:19 | More by khall
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MiScusi

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Craftsman Fest, poured a semi-cloudy gold with a white head, left good lacing. I picked up a bit of hops in the smell, along with quite a big belgian type aroma. The taste also started out a bit on the belgian yeast side but then progressed methodically to a Sage plant taste. The taste turned from plant-ey to more of a dull dry bitterness (expected from the Sage). I didn't enjoy this taste much, just a personal preference and it wasn't for me. The beer was fairly well balanced and they did not go overboard on the Sage. I expect those who find the taste of Sage pleasant would enjoy its balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 05:44:22 | More by MiScusi
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mactrail

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm glad to see this categorized as Fruit/Vegetable. It's certainly a Tripel in the general sense, but the seriously herbal flavor is what dominates. Strong and sweet is the other main impression.

Clear amber in the tall tulip. A little darker than the usual Tripels. Not much head, but a tang of carbonation. A different taste, but seems to go along with the Belgian taste, and the sage is quite a nice herbal flavor. There is just a lot of sage. The nose is very strong of sage. A little seems to go a long way. Still, it doesn't remind you of turtkey dressing.

Carbonation is nearly gone before the glass is empty. I think Craftsman should try this sage flavoring in a scratchier, drier, bitter Saison. On tap at Pizza Port in OB.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2012 06:11:35 | More by mactrail
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Zbeetleman

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

07-07-2013 05:15:21 | More by Zbeetleman
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moonknight31

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

09-23-2013 05:16:25 | More by moonknight31
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beerpadawan

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-27-2012 15:21:08 | More by beerpadawan
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leodarko

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-19-2012 08:35:23 | More by leodarko
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's

A: The pour is a light golden color with a fair amount of haze and a large, fluffy, white head.

S: There is definitely some sage in this beer. The sage actually dominates the aroma to the point where very little else comes through. Maybe a bit of sweet malts.

T: I was surprised by how well balanced the sage is in the flavor. Certainly, there is a lot of it, but it is nicely balanced by an intense malt sweetness and even some hints of vanilla and coconut (strangely enough). There is just a hint of bitterness on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a clean, smooth carbonation. Almost creamy, in fact.

D: I was not expecting to enjoy this one much, and my fears were reinforced after smelling the beer. But I suppose that's why we drink it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 16:59:01 | More by womencantsail
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Father's Office
This beer has a hazy, honey color and a very thin, pale white, wispy head that never quite covers the top of the beer. A nicely herbaceous note of sage hits my nose; it is very aromatic, green, a touch savory and something even like fresh weed. Scents of orange zest, honey and clove are noticeable at times underneath the dominant sage aromatics.

The flavor has a certain sweetness to it, yet somehow the herbal character allows the over all perception of this beer to be dry. The beer tastes of sage, of course, but interestingly enough it is note nearly as pronounced as it is in the nose. Notes of honey, biscuit-like malt, a hint of bergamot and even some peach-like pear flavors are found here. The sage & yeast character evokes notes of mint, perhaps a touch of rosemary, pitch and perhaps even some coriander notes. The carbonation, though somewhat light, adds some sharpness via carbonic acid, as does some peppery / ginger fermentation derived flavors.

This has a fairly full mouthfeel to it; the malt almost sticks to the palate. It is certainly not rich, though it is in line with many examples of Tripels. I wonder if the honey notes, which are certainly malt influenced, are accentuated in my mind by the sage; after all sage-honey is a tasty nectar. This pairs really well with food, which plays up the honey and malt flavors and allows the sage to pair and meld with the food flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2007 22:50:50 | More by Gueuzedude
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and herbal aromas (sage, jasmine, etc.). Taste is much the same with a mild amount of herbal and spice 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 some nice herbal aromas and flavors that make it tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 01:09:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BWH999

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-08-2013 06:13:56 | More by BWH999
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Beernf

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at LA Beer Week Festival at Union Station from Craftsman booth.

Not sure if i had a special version of this triple white sage, but from reading other reviews i may have. The 3x White Sage I tried was a sour or wild ale and completely floored me. The sage popped through in the nose, dominating anything else, but when tasted it was very complex, with a fruity tartness giving way to the sage at the back of the palette. Very sour at first which made me pucker up, and think twice about finishing it. But after getting through my first 4oz pour i had to go back for another. Not sure i have had a wild ale as good as this since. Wish it was easier to get a hold of.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 21:53:30 | More by Beernf
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-18-2013 04:07:53 | More by Gobzilla
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-11-2013 09:24:49 | More by zestar
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-17-2012 19:43:55 | More by John11486
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DeanMoriarty

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-15-2013 22:58:04 | More by DeanMoriarty
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-18-2012 02:11:28 | More by t0rin0
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aquaderek

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at Father`s Office ,the beer is attractive creamy white head that lasts. The nose of this beer is intereting sweet and spicy. The taste mimics the nose in that it is sweet followed by a nutmeg, cinnamon, and honey. The mouthfeel is pleasant, not overly carbonated and slightly slippery. i would definately drink more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2008 02:22:07 | More by aquaderek
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route66pubs

California

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was first poured this when I asked the bartender at Father's Office in Santa Monica for something lighter in color, with a lot of flavor, and somewhat higher in alcohol. I had no idea what he poured me and was almost turned off at first. He encouraged me to taste it anyway. It's now one of my favorite beers, partially because it is not ALWAYS around.

A - Pours a cloudy, yellow-brown. Big, thick white head on the top.

S - Incredibly, overwhelmingly has the aroma of an herb garden. It's almost off-putting at first in that the aroma is so intense, you almost cannot get past it. This was quite distracting originally, but now that I know this beer, I love this aroma incredibly. I long for it on some ocassions.

T - Extremely crisp and refreshing, with a definite "organic" and earthy flavor. The overwhelming aroma gives way to a less intense taste of herbs.

M - Crisp, with even notes of maltiness and bitterness. Almost has the feel of a soda, which helps cover the 9% ABV. Extremely even and comfortable throughout.

D - Low drinkability score due to its uniqueness and high alcohol. This is defninitely NOT a session beer, and for how wonderful it is to drink, it's hard to drink much of. That aroma just kicks back after awhile, especially as the alcohol kicks in.

Overall, this is still a favorite of mine, and something I always drink when it is available.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2008 20:07:48 | More by route66pubs
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Boilermaker88

California

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I paid a visit to the newly opened Lucky Baldwins east branch in Sierra Madre yesterday and opted for this unusual beer from Craftsman, a local Pasadena nano-brewery that has produced some real treats so far, IMO.
Served in a tulip glass, White Sage Tripel had a slightly cloudy golden color, vibrant carbonation and was topped by a sticky white head that was quite durable and left gooey lace. Quite nice to the eyes.
The nose left no doubt as to how the beer came by its name. Sage aroma fairly erupted from the glass, applying an herbal counterpoint to the sweet grain and boozy alcohol notes. Some even lighter notes of coriander and white pepper make for an intriguing blend of aromas.
The taste was intensely herbal; all about sage with accompanying pepperiness. Tropical fruit and candy sugar sweetness combine with alcohol to create a nice contrast of flavors that work quite well together. The sage might be a a bit over the top but it's not really a bad thing here. Without it, I think the alcohol would run rampant and skew the beer into something bordering undrinkable. The feel was medium-bodied, creamy and velvety-smooth.
Overall, I really enjoyed this unique twist on the Belgian strong pale ale theme. If you don't like sage, save yourself the trouble and pass on it. But if sage is a favored spice, Craftsman's White Sage Triple could be a real treat. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2005 02:16:58 | More by Boilermaker88
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garthwaite

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica. Bright pale yellowish-white with a substantial white bubbly head. Enticing aroma of fresh herbs, lemongrass, and minty clove. Crisp & bubbly in the mouth with strong but fresh sage taking a front seat. Additional complexity comes through in the form of pale wheat, lemon peel citrus, & mild peppery hops. Medium bodied and amazingly fresh, crisp, & clean throughout. One-of-a-kind creation & one I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to taste.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2004 19:30:52 | More by garthwaite
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magictrokini

California

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold with a frothy white head. Perfume aroma of bubblegum, yeast, and sage. The taste is massive; it feels like it fills up my sinuses. Loads of yeast esters, bubblegum, clove, and spice. I could not really detect the sage (unlike in a beer like the Mammoth 395 IPA), as the other flavors overwhelmed my senses. This is a very, very good beer, but in small quantities. I found myself almost relieved when the glass was empty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2008 22:54:25 | More by magictrokini
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ste5venla

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-17-2012 22:06:09 | More by ste5venla
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Beerbuddy21

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-17-2012 22:38:34 | More by Beerbuddy21
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Craftsman Triple White Sage from Craftsman Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.