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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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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-18-2012 02:11:28 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

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

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-18-2012 06:16:29 | More by SocalKicks
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mactrail

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

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

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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

California

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

06-28-2008 22:21:22 | More by Halcyondays
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

07-31-2011 19:19:04 | More by biegaman
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

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

California

4.22/5  rDev +9%

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.

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

California

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

On tap at Fathers Office in Santa Monica

A: The color of golden sunshine and yellow straw. Cloudy with small bubbles streaming to the top in ribbons. The head is white like snow.

S: The smell is fresh like a moist spring day, with a definite essence of Mexican purple sage mixed with lavender. Hints of rosemary and olive oil gives a Tuscan aura to the beer.

T: The first sip explodes with plum, dried apricot, pear and mango spiked with cardamom and all-spice. The taste remains light and airy like a white, yet complex and intriguing.

M: Carbinated to perfection, with bubbles that tickle the mouth delightfully. The body is juicy and round filling the mouth with flavor.

D: This is a beer I won't forget and will crave again and again.

10-22-2006 02:45:45 | More by Westsidethreat
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DeanMoriarty

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-15-2013 22:58:04 | More by DeanMoriarty
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Boilermaker88

California

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

10-05-2005 02:16:58 | More by Boilermaker88
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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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moonknight31

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

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

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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.

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

On tap at Beachwood BBQ.

One truly amazing beer. This one really impressed me. First off, this was an extremely delicate and perfectly balanced beer. Initial tastes were of a tripel crossed with a saison - it had both the complexity and flavor of a tripel, but with the lightness of a saison. Sage was apparent, and added a great layer of complexity to the spice profile. A touch of wheaty earthiness, with some tropical fruits (just a touch).

Alcohol was not apparent at all. 9%?? Where? Mouthfeel leaned toward the creamy. Drinkability was insanely high.

Highly recommended. This is a standout beer.

05-26-2007 05:14:19 | More by rallison
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

California

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

I had this at Stone's 7th Anniversary party.
Appearance: This beer is a cloudy brown color.
Aroma; The nose is savory. The flavors are those you'd find that would go well with roasted poultry (hint sage)
this is a very unique, tasty brew. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

08-24-2003 00:30:34 | More by jcalabre
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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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mpenske

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-07-2014 07:03:16 | More by mpenske
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Craftsman Triple White Sage from Craftsman Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.