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Craftsman Triple White Sage - Craftsman Brewing Co.

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Craftsman Triple White Sage
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86
very good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 20.94%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jcalabre on 08-24-2003)
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Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of biegaman
4.38/5  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 +4.7%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of route66pubs
4.05/5  rDev +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.

Photo of magictrokini
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +2.1%
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
2.75/5  rDev -28%
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.

Photo of rallison
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of ithacabaron
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with burnished orange touches at the tips, and a creamy white head. The head soon fades down, but it is easily revived by a little swishing of the glass.

Smell is rediculous. Golden sweet pale malt, a touch of alcohol, and savory, rich, herbal sage. Just beautiful. Makes me yearn for a roasted chicken. Could sniff this one all night.

Taste is muted candi sugar, the yeast minimized, and appearing as a slightly musty underlying sensation on the sides of my tongue. The herbal nature of the sage keeps the usual tripel alcoholic sweetness at bay, and creates a drying, balanced beverage. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is pillow soft and foamy, keeping things bright and interesting. Very appropriate.

Drinkability could actually get a higher number, but the 9% ABV (well hidden, by the way), makes having only one glass a prudent decision. Then again, I had this several times during the week when I saw it on tap, and I've kept having an unusual craving for more of it. Oddly alluring.

All in all, a great take on what is too often a misunderstood style. Time and time again, I've had US interpretations of tripels that end up all too simple, all too one-dimensional, and all too boozy. This gives me faith that there are better domestic examples out there...and it's made me start drawing up recipes of my own so that I can brew with sage as soon as possible.

Photo of garthwaite
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of jcalabre
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Craftsman Triple White Sage from Craftsman Brewing Co.
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