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Craftsman Triple White Sage - Craftsman Brewing Co.

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Craftsman Triple White Sage
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85
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 21%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Craftsman Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jcalabre on 08-24-2003

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Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of biegaman
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Monk's Kettle, in San Francisco.

Triple White Sage of course has no green colour to it at all, but it does contain many different tones of orange, ranging as light as apricot to as dark as cantaloupe, showcasing pristine clarity and a dazzling array of highlights along the way. Its head is slightly downsized from that of a true Belgian example, but is every bit as constant (and decorative).

When most non-Belgian brewers try their hands at this style, the resemblance is often purely superficial. Sure, it's easy enough to make it spicy and fruity, but negotiating the balance between the two can be a tricky ordeal, especially with this much alcohol to get in the way. But this brewer has done so well - so well, in fact, that no sage is noted.

Sure enough, however, beneath all the peppery, perfumy phenols and the soft, orange-y and pear-like notes of tree fruits, the taste showcases a very pronounced sage flavour. It isn't obtrusive what so ever, but rather blends in well with the marriage of bready malts, fruit esters, spices and leafy bitterness - you've got yourself a thanksgiving dish in a glass.

All these different elements - the silk road spices, the summer fruits, the herbal sage, etc - is like a mishmash of flavours that come together like a Yo-Yo Ma ensemble. I wouldn't have thought such a complex beer needed (or would even suit) something like sage, but the addition of savory to a beer that is already spicy, sweet and strong is noting short of genius.

When a brewery starts tinkering with such an established and timeless style, you can’t help but wonder if they’re going up a blind alley. Triple White Sage, however, not only has the character and quality to pass for an old-world offering - which itself is quiet a feat - but that little something extra that seems to, if anything, accentuate all its classic characteristics.

Photo of Beernf
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy yelllow with a small white head, fair retention, limited lacing.

S: Smells of sage predominately and yeast esters typical of a tripel, though not particulary strong, but a pleasing, soothing scent.

T: Strong tripel flavours of apple and pear esters, light earthy hoppiness, but the hops are definitely there. Sage is strong, but it doesn't dominate the other flavours, there is certainly a nice balance betwixt the Belgian and the herb.

M: Mouthfeel is strong, light ethanol character, no phenol, alcohol is very well hidden, creamy.

D: Probably my favourite Craftsman to date. The flavour is wonderful. Easily drinkable and quite complex. Not available in bottles, but I could sit and drink this in a bar all day if the price was right.

Photo of aquaderek
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of MiScusi
2.78/5  rDev -27%
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.

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Craftsman Triple White Sage from Craftsman Brewing Co.
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