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Craftsman Triple White Sage - Craftsman Brewing Co.

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Craftsman Triple White Sage
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 42
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 20.15%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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 magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of ronricorossi
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Sage aromatic and flavor is pronounced and really sets this beer apart. A unique herbal quality layered over a sweet belgian ale. High marks for originality.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of jcalabre
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of biegaman
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of rallison
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Craftsman Triple White Sage from Craftsman Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.