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Colorado Wild Sage Mountain Saison - Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Colorado Wild Sage Mountain SaisonColorado Wild Sage Mountain Saison

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BA SCORE
89
very good

28 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 173
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 21.38%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-04-2013

Brewed with white sage and lemongrass.
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Reviews by kylemckinnis:
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sage, Lemongrass, Spice, Crackery

Brewed with white sage and lemongrass. Decanted carefully for a slightly hazed pale yellow and a fluffy white head. The nose is of full of sweet sage, spice and faint botanicals. Light, lively and creamy on the palate. More sage up front with a refreshing lemongrass edge, which helps cut the crackery malt base and pushes back on the sage. Some pleasing funk and a hint of tartness come to play, but are sidelined by the sage again. Dry and pithy with husky tannins and a yeasty finish that lingers, Crooked Stave's artful use of sage yields a sublime twist on the Saison.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #102 (July 2015).

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold to yellow in color and extremely hazy in complexion. There's a fingernail of off white surrounding the rim and covering the vast majority of the top. Moderate lacing. Aromas are comprised of lemongrass and peppery sage. Faint notes of tart Brett are also present. The overall impression is a bit intense to the nose. I taste an interesting mélange of tart lemongrass, tart Brettanomyces, and earthy sage. The mouth is very carbonated and dry.

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4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw under a very finely bubled clingy 1” white foam collar that quickly descends to a thick film.
S: Two or three different layers of lemon aroma along with sage and light grains joined by saison yeast aromas..
T: Starts with a light honey sweetness with a little biscuit seasoned with sage and then lemon grass and yeast driven lemon break through and pull everything together. Tart but the malts and spices mellow it so it is not as tart as it smells.
F: Exceptionally creamy, drinks like a cloud, medium to medium light body, soft in the mouth, very fine soft carbonation.
O: I am going wild over the texture and the amazing balance between the added spices, wild yeasts, saison yeasts and malts.

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4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a chalice. Date on label is May 2015.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger white head that slowly recedes into a thinner creamy layer. Lots of lacing.

Smell: A spicy, fruity, and funky Saison style aroma with a big scent of sage, lemongrass, and fruit. Belgian yeast along with some spice hints of sage, white pepper, and Brett funk. Big scent of lemongrass along with some other fruit hints of white grapes, orange, pear, and green apple. Bready hints of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, funky, and fruity Belgian style taste with notes of sage, lemongrass, and fruit. Belgian yeast with notes of sage, white pepper, Brett and farmhouse funk. Big presence of lemongrass. Fruit notes of pear, white grapes, green apple, and orange. Fairly tart and acidic. Soft bready notes of wheat, grains, cracker, and straw. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and drying.

Overall: A very good spin on a Saison. Nice drying fruit flavors with a good kick of tart funk along with the sage and lemongrass.

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Slightly hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is a very pleasant mix of fresh, green herbs and brett funk. Taste starts tart and refreshing with the lemongrass very present at first. To the end you can taste the sage too but it's not too intense. Mouthfeel is quite soft but the crisp carbonation balances it out. Alcohol is very well hidden. Really good combination, all the components of this beer are integrated very well.

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June 2015 date on the bottle,
Keeping the lees in the bottle, I am left with a clear golden color beer with minimal head. A little bit of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Mild funky aroma but also notes of lemon and herbal sage just as expected. Surprising level of acidity for a brett beer. Must have used some lactobacillus in fermentation as well. Mild herbal and earthy notes. Not as funky as I would of like. A bit of lemongrass in the finish. The carbonation is a little low and the beer is pretty big bodied for an acidic beer. An enjoyable beer but not what I was expecting from reading the label.

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Colorado Wild Sage Mountain Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
89 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.