Craftsman Triple White Sage - Craftsman Brewing Co.
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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
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
02-06-2011 21:53:30 | More by Beernf
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
05-05-2008 02:22:07 | More by aquaderek
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
12-15-2008 20:07:48 | More by route66pubs
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
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
09-24-2004 19:30:52 | More by garthwaite
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
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
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
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
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
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
4.55/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
07-13-2005 02:34:10 | More by ithacabaron
Craftsman Triple White Sage from Craftsman Brewing Co.
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