Colorado Wild Sage Mountain Saison
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Colorado Wild Sage Mountain SaisonColorado Wild Sage Mountain Saison
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #322
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,655
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 9.43%
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
272
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Colorado Wild Sage Mountain SaisonColorado Wild Sage Mountain Saison
Notes: Brewed with white sage and lemongrass.
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 272
Photo of DefenCorps
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Market of Choice.

A clear light yellow with a thin white head with good retention and minimal lacing, this looks solid. The nose is bright and refreshing, a blend of lemon, sage, a juniper and orange peel blend that calls to mind gin, and nice lemongrass. Light honey notes are present. The palate opens mildly sour with a clean lactic acid note that's wonderfully complemented by the fresh lemongrass, with the sage adding a pleasant accent. Mildly reminiscent of Special Herbs but not as good. Oily lemongrass and floral honey are present on the mid palate. The potency of the lemongrass obscures the Brett notes that Chad works hard to express here. Drying on the finish with a clean lemongrass note, this beer is medium light in body and moderately carbonated with the alcohol faintly noticeable. Very nice.

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Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose of this beer was really amazing upon pouring. Sweet floral notes with a subtle green apple aroma. The head on the beer was off white in color and quickly disappeared. The beer was light straw colored. The flavor was surprisingly tart. A little bit of sage at the start and that sweet and tart apple at the finish. The beer was very light and bubbly, so bubbly you can feel it on your tongue.

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Photo of GarrettB
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

July 8th, 2015 - I'm already glowing with enthusiasm after my first Crooked Stave beer, but the Wild Sage has caught my eye for its curious but promising flavor. Gold with a light chill haze in the glass, it's the aroma that strikes that first botanical note with heavy sage and cinnamon. There's also a bit of toasted cumin, with an all-around smell of Fall. A puff of lemongrass adds freshness that is more citric than botanical. The appealing intensity of the sage on the smell has been pared back for the palate, offering a balanced, mild and brilliantly designed beer. There's a mild sweet glow in the mid-taste, with a longer aftertaste like fresh rain in the desert, preceded by a well paced tour de force of sage's beautiful flavor and smell.

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Photo of dertyd
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a hazy golden color, with 1 finger of white head------- the aromas are of funk, spice and lime--------- the flavors start off dry with lemon, spice and vinegar, the beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light bitter finish--------- overall this beer was good - this was an interesting take on a saison with the sage and lemon grass but I like the way it turned out, tart and dry with some spice on the finish----

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Photo of AleManDan
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am just getting into saisons and found this one to be amazing. I really enjoyed it and am excited to try another soon.

This particular brew smells of lemony hops but has a light, lemon, sour taste with a slightly hoppy, dry finish. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy translucent gold with a ton of floaties. A small white head, good retention, with streaky/spotty lacing.

S: Sour lemon candy, orange peel, saltwater, grass, cracker.

T: Lemongrass, lemon peel, and lemon candy upfront. Some orange rind bitterness, with a clean cracker malt backbone. Some light funk from the Brett. Just faintly sour. A dry finish of hay, white pepper, clove, and grass.

F: Medium and well carbonated. Crisp, clean, and moderately dry.

O: A really pleasant, well balanced saison with some unique twists.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my short Genesee tasting glass. Pours hazy lemon yellow with a fast falling head of fizzy foam that did not make a tall stand and fell quickly as it popped to reveal temporary sheet of lace then spots. A few loose bubbles to remain. In the right glass the tulip, it made a little bit better showing but the head fell just as fast.

The nose is the lush green scent of sage. A little bit of sweetness. Sharp floral that has been smoothed out by the sage. Crackery malt and the dry scent of lemon grass. The brett adds just a few hints of tart funk to the nose. Drinks firmly but not crisply as all the bubbles had popped in the swallow and without too much sage flavor. Sage can be bitter but in this beer the sugar has given it just a light sweetness. It seems to permeate the beer while the lemongrass stands out. The brett funk and the sage are so evenly matched. The brett helps to give this beer it's characteristic saison tartness not the ideas that the lemongrass presents to the palate. I think that is clever. The beer is dry. A light hop bitter stays on the tongue to cleanse the palate to show you a malty finish that teases you with the flavor of sage. Grasses from the hops billow in the finish and leave you with a sly wink and the sage's earthy green vibrance. The addition of lemon grass helps this beer to achieve dryness in the finish even though the bubbles left it a little flat. No esters form alcohol and no hot mouthfeel from the 7.2 percent abv. You will notice though that the alcohol in this beer seems to lighten the body just enough so that you can see that.

I really liked this beer. I thought the flavors extremely well crafted. I think the brewer had his eye on the judicious use of hops and I can tell because of how they reserved all their grasses until the finish. Also no mouthfeel at all from hops. The flavors were abundant yet not overdone. The perfect balance the brewer achieved was evident in the fact that even with the carbonation leaving the beer just after the pour, it still drank gently and very well even with a strong abv.

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Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a hazy, pale golden color with a good-sized, white head of foam. It smelled of sage, yeast and lemon. Strong herbal taste, sage, tart lemon and hints of sweet caramel.

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Photo of Kristydrinksbeer
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm terrible with words when describing beer.

My first sip of this... I did not like it. But I didn't hate it, so I kept drinking it. The more I drank it, the more I loved it. I love the herbal flavor with a punch of lemon! To me, it was a cross between drinking fresh, barely sweetened lemonade mixed with what you would imagine a Ricola lozenge would be like if it came in liquid formation.

I am so sad that I cannot find this beer again. I managed to snag one at a local liquor store by making a "build your own" 6-pack.

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Photo of rockaday
2.76/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

From three 12oz cans that read Crooked Stave - Colorado Wild Sage Brett Saison (note difference from picture, which says "Mountain" instead of "Brett").

If you want an extremely floral, herbal beer -- or if your tastebuds have been dulled to the point that most things taste like styrofoam -- then this might be the beer for you. Otherwise I would look elsewhere.

I love saisons because I love yeast esters. You don't make a good saison by pouring a bunch of oregano in your drink and stirring. This isn't oregano, but if you add strong flavorings in a way that completely covers up every beer-like taste then I don't know why you went through the work of brewing a saison instead of making soda pop.

It's drinkable with a strong banana-chocolate food pairing.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty nice saison, nice lemon/citrus notes, dry and earthy herbal qualities, with a touch of funk that melds with the citrus. The beer drinks a bit on the dry sider but its pretty easy to kick back, the funk and brett aren't over the top or crazy, just a nice touch. Quite like this one.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

7/1...pours dirty gold, translucent. Light ring of white foam. Yeasty wheaty bubblegum nose. Strong yeast flavor, and with a latent bitter throughout. Remarkably tasty, quite complex.

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Photo of beertrek
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rating: Just drink it, cold
Price: $$$$

It's all about whether you'd drink the beer again and I'd drink this one again bc it's well balanced.

I like herbs and this one is subtle. I wouldn't say sage is prominent. I don't like gose sour beers, but the Brett yeast makes this beer a little sour but not too much. Less than kombucha. The hop rides on the sour. I wouldn't let this beer get too warm. It's refreshing when it's cold. Flat when it's warm.

On the flip side, my beer trekker friend says, meh.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lumpy shaving cream over hazy blonde. 4
Perfume, flowers, lemon rind, cheese. 4
Wheat cracker, lemon zest, hit of barnyard, lime sorbet, Thai notes, white pepper, herb, chalky finish. 4.25
Oily floral comeback.
Crisp, light, fizzy. 4

Sage + lemongrass

Way faceted. Saison + Brett both kickin’. Refreshing + nuanced, though “too little heart,” sez Carter. 4.25

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Photo of Riff
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow orange color with about two fingers of foamy, white head. Smells strongly of lemon, spices, and a hint of malt. Tastes tart, lemongrass up front, fades into a sage finish with a bit of bitterness at the back end. Finishes off the palette fairly quickly. Very crisp and fresh tasting. Interesting take on the style.

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Photo of Gus_13
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden, relatively clear after a semi aggressive pour. Notes of the sage and lemongrass do come out with a little hint of funk and tartness. Can't really pick up yeast character over the sage but I really enjoy the aroma. The flavor follows through but more muted than the aroma for me. It's also not as drinkable as I'd like but it's still very nice stuff! One of the better priced CS beers I've had as well.

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Photo of puck1225
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Cloudy yellow with a white fluffy head and nice lacing. The smell is fruity and spicy. The taste is tart, lemony, earthy. Great feel in the mouth. Very nice beer.

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Photo of arizcards
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 12 oz bottle from the Belmont Station in Portland in late August for $7.79. Bottled in July 2015.

Beer poured golden with an excellent white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is light funk and citrusy.

Taste is delightful, lemon grass forward that is slightly tart and funky finishing with a touch of sage and a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is awesome, very light and effervescent as it dances across my palate with each sip.

Overall a very good beer if you are into the saison style, comparable to the best of the Belgians of this style.

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Photo of avalon07
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. Lots of floaties. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A big, fruity aroma of spices, citrus, brett, and some malt.

T: Tasted of a lot of citrus (lemon, in particular), a lot of the typical saison barnyard funk, light malt, a decent amount of the advertised sage, a little bit of hops, and a peppery quality. An extremely lively flavor that's incredibly complex. Fruitier than most saisons, but very tasty.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick, yet vibrant finish. Light-bodied.

O: Like every other Crooked Stave beer I've tried, this one is excellent. Quite well made and drinkable.

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Photo of budzNnugs614
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright yellow with gold tent and solid fingers worth of head. Stick your nose deep into it and get a bright burst of brett earthiness and a clean tartness. This is coupled with more subdued but very apparent notes of lemon grass. Sniff a little deeper and you get hints of sage. The funk from the brett masks some of the sage. Taste is similar to smell. Brett and lemongrass upfront. Finishes pleasantly with a clean pucker, slight bitterness, and notes of sage. Again not too prevalent because the Brett's profile masks it. Feel is slick on the tongue with medium carbonation. Overall a solid, pleasant experience. I wish the sage was a little more in balance with the brett because it is an excellent flavor, but all complaints aside I could drink this everyday.

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Photo of calmasahinducow
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty clear light tan look. Smells like brett: spicy, like chili and coriander. Taste is very tart and lemony. This is labeled as a brett saison. Doesn't taste like a typical saison but boy is this uniquely delicious. Hard to believe this is 7.2%.

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Photo of TH28
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle. August 2015 bottle date. Appearance: Light golden, mostly clear, with a light white foam cap. Aroma: Brett earthy funk dominates with moderately strong lemongrass and a bit of herbal sage. Taste: Strong acidic tartness, with and underlying earthy brett funkiness and a fresh lemon zest. Moderate bitterness with a touch of sage that shows up in the swallow. Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body with high carbonation. Finish: Dry and earthy funk that lingers. Acidic and lemon character leaves a puckering tartness. Overall: Awesome beer. Earthy funkiness and acidic lemon dominates the overall profile of the beer. I detect very little sage character, more apparent on the swallow

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Photo of Emersonio
4.93/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pour: 12.7 oz bottle at the Churchkey in D.C. Poured into a tulip glass. Appearance: Hazy light straw with a prominent white head. Lots of lacing present on the glass. Aroma: Lemongrass and mint. Sage comes through in proper amounts as well. Very different and funky. Grassy, earthy and barnyard elements come through as well. Taste: OMG! Incredible. The nose is totally different than the taste. What a taste! Explosion of sour...wince inducing in a good way. Way more sour than funk. Lemongrass is their and is big and bold. Aftertaste. Huge linger and finishes very tart and sour. Overall: This is one of my favorites from an excellent brewery! Excellent: 5 out of 5.

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Photo of datalager
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I rated this beer pretty highly. I admittedly didn't love the ale, as the sage/lemon flavor just hit me wrong. However, I can only give accolades for how flavorful and fresh the beer is. I'm rating on quality, and for achieving the goals of the style.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell is lemongrass, mint, Belgian yeast, citrus, and some general funkiness.

Taste is sour lemon, pineapple, lemongrass, with a bit of spiciness and a crisp finish.

Another awesome beer from Crooked Stave - really accessible Brett beer that is very drinkable and makes it hard to believe this beer is over 7%.

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Colorado Wild Sage Mountain Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 272 ratings