Craftsman Triple White Sage | Craftsman Brewing Co.

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86
very good
44 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Craftsman Brewing Co.
California, United States
craftsmanbrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jcalabre on 08-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
19.9%
 
 
Wants:
4
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4
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Photo of Wiiiiil
1/5  rDev -74.8%

Tastes like mouthwash.

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1.25/5  rDev -68.5%

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2/5  rDev -49.6%

Photo of MiScusi
2.78/5  rDev -30%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.24/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Craftsman Triple White Sage from Craftsman Brewing Co.
3.97 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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