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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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
 
Colorado, United States
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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 DaddyFist
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This. This was a romantic novel in a glass. So many pages. So many twists and turns. It was as if M Night Shyamalan was writing in a leather bound book just for my peering, unadulterated eyes. There was even a chapter that had my head jammed in a burlap sack, thrown into the back of what felt like, an old weathered, Volkswagen van, with shag carpeting everywhere. My senses were being overthrown with such power. Sheer, intense, power. It was like the battle of helms deep was shrunk and shoved in my un-expecting palate, and Gandalf riding in on Shadowfax with his staff held high, shooting magic everywhere with a wizardly glare!

"Jeepers!" I exclaim! as I gingerly lift the shimmering chalice of Wild Sage towards the heavens! The sun, caresses the condensation that hugs the glass. Golden drops cascade, and reside into the bottom of the glass. Bliss.
Bringing the holy cup back down, I motion it so, towards my nose. Yes. YES! Sage! Lemongrass! Even lilac makes a brief appearance! They Immediately rush into my nostrils, like Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. It is delightfully overbearing, and my senses give a warm welcome with open arms.

My mind now in a trance. Stumbling backwards, dazed, lost. Where am I? Who am I? The only thing that I can remember is this beer. I press on wards to tasting it.

Oh my (Said like George Takei from the original Star Trek). All my memories pour back into my mind, like the chain smoking, bowling lane, bartender women, pouring pitcher after pitcher of bud light into the gullets of a thousand thirst quenching dads who are only trying to escape the disappointment and shame of the lives they had planted and grown.

I now remember who I am, and where I have traveled to. Although I remember my past, this beer startles me, and confuses my taste buds. Right away a clan of shaman, whip me relentlessly with bundles of sage. The fragrance soaks into my pores. Citrus soon follows, and the tartness has me begging for more. Down. DOWN I GO! It tastes like a platoon of men from the army reserve stuff socks with lemons, and initiate me into becoming one of their own. Consistently they slam the sour fruits into my innocent, tender body.

But dear readers, do not fret. The gentle flowing grass has arrived to save the day. The blades wrap around my tongue, and glide between my teeth. They make small incisions into my gums, and slip in. Painless, but it has not gone un-noticed. The grassy meadows now take into my bloodstream, and gallop all over my being. Soon, my whole body has been taken into custody by this beer. My body slowly starts to change form. (Picture the book series animorphs, but instead its a fully grown man, turning into this bottle of wild sage)

Then out of nowhere, my body explodes, and fear strikes the community. Windows are blown out for miles around. Is this the end? Has Russia finally snapped, and attacked our humble tribe? No. They have not. It is just me taking my final form. I have now grown into a beautiful, sleek, shimmering creation of God's final Will and Testament.

And that ladies and gentlemen, is what this beer has done to me.

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Photo of barczar
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very floral and herbal aroma. Barnyard notes are light.

Flavor is very tart, which was not obvious in the aroma. Fairly acetic, with herbal sage notes and a dry, earthy finish.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color capped impressively and leaving streaks of lacing

Smell: Bready, lemon, herbal tones and sage, with Brett prominent

Taste: Bready, with lemon and herbal tones forward; the sage builds in the middle and the finish is dry and leathery, delivering plenty of funk

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The sage adds a unique element to this beer; one of my favorites in a long list of favorites from Crooked Stave

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Photo of frothy_80
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden yellow with a white head. Minimal lacing throughout the entire glass. Aromas of sage and lemon with very little of brett funk. There was quite a bit of an acidic tartness which was surprising. The taste was herbal sage followed by fresh lemon. I did get hints of peppery spice. Carbonation could have been a little higher. Body was quite a fuller than I was expecting from a brett beer, however, it still left a bit of dryness in the finish. An enjoyable easy to drink beer. I had with with thanksgiving dinner and it complimented every dish. The tartness helped cut the richness of the gravy and other fatty/buttery foods. The fresh lemon brightened up the turkey and the sage just went with everything. Fantastic beer to be paired with a holiday meal.

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Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of Rutager
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bits of (presumably) sage floating around the hazy gold, one finger of white head. Sour floral herby nose with a definite sage presence. Taste is similar with less flowal and a bunch of lime. Great smooth medium carbonation. Good stuff.

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Photo of imonhiatus
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

wow, REALLY loved this one. golden sour with BIG lemongrass notes. the white sage adds some of that magic that I love about stillwaters cellar door. really crisp and refreshing. soft sourness. FANTASTIC. one of my fave from stave so far. really a grand slam.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into tulip. golden color, light haze, lots of sediment. left the sediment in the bottle. fluffy head, good retention. plenty of lacing. sage up front, lemongrass in the back. tart. maybe not as funky as i like, but pretty good

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled May 2015. Opened 09/22/2015. Poured into a St. Bernardus Chalice.

Pours amazingly light- bright light yellow. I would mistake this for an ultra-low calorie "light beer" if the head didn't look so distinguished. Pretty cool.

Totally awesome aroma. Reminds me a bit of the last time (many years ago mind you) that I smelled Cantillon Iris, but this has a much fresher quality. The sage is obvious, but the way it melds with the barrel-funk almost reminds me of the interesting smell of the inside of an old piano. In addition to this, there is a nice and bright citrus snap to clean up after the sharp funk. Wonderful aroma.

From the aroma, I expected a "palate blasting" flavor, but it is mellow and light. There isn't much acidity, which is quite nice actually, it allows the light grain to shine on top of the mellow funk and citrus-y brightness. Well integrated sage flavor, my only complaint is that there isn't more of it!

Conclusion: Another well done beer from Crooked Stave. I only become more impressed. I would like even more actual sage flavor in this, but it is already so good. I would be proud to have brewed this!

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Photo of Moose90
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a super foamy and frothy pale yellow color into the glass, there is a stark white head that is tall, puffy and takes forever to settle down, once it does there is a nice ring of lace left behind with each sip.

S — Smells peppery and herbaceous, lightly vegetal as well, there are some real savory notes in this one. Featuring white pepper, fresh sage, fresh lemon as well.

T — Tastes much like the nose, though it is much more yeast forward and focused, the sharp herbaceous character on the nose settles and takes a back seat to the rest of the flavors. Bready, crackery, yeast forward.

M — Medium bodied, light and effervescent, its quite refreshing actually.

O — Pretty good overall, but really quite mellow for CS, it shows some real savory character which is nice, but it's not the sour bomb that some might expect.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is spices, funk and slightly medicinal. The flavor is lemon, fruit, very mild sweetness, malts, spices, slight funk and a long and very sour/tart finish.

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Photo of SABERG
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a modified tulip glass.
A - Deep golden straw, slight haze, fine thin cap supported by a Brett train of carbonation.
S - Lemongrass, blood orange, light crisp cracker. Strong Brett astringent, wonderful.
T - Beautifully tart, snaps at each moment. Lemongrass, tropical fruit and a light bitterness.
F - Light feel, crisp, edges are everywhere. Striking in the clean feel of the finish.
O - A wonderful, saison. Super crisp, light in footprint, big on flavor.
Cheers all

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Photo of Todd
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of Benish
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Bright hay color with little tranlucence. Very little head retetion. Dissipated quickly.

Smell: barnyard, lemon, white wine, and yeasty. The aromas are bright and refreshing.

Taste: instantly lemony and sour and then citrusy toward the finish. Also somewhat vinegary. Did not expect this for a saison. It leaves an acidic taste after sipping. Not finding much sage. Probably due to my lack of familiarity or the unexpected sour. After I finish the sip, the aftertaste reminds me I'm indeed enjoying a saison with it's subtle notes of yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied; it has an acidic finish.

Overall: It's good, just didn't except it for what it is. I was wondering how it may compare to Utah Sage Saison brewed by Epic (which is fantastic by the way) but they both are completely different beers.

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Photo of markgugs
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a beautiful pale wheat beer, or a slightly turbid Berliner. Blindfolded, the nose would make me think "Hill Farm." And the taste, well it's just bursting with bright, herbaceous, lemon tang. Excellent saison, could crush these all day.

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Photo of SamN
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hnadsome beer, fine soapy head of one-and-one-half finger depth, thick and pillowy. Very active carbonation through the hazy golden-straw color. Pits and rockiness appear in the head after sitting. Smell has lots of saison characteristics to it. Funkiness and lemony tartness, hay, nice malt backbone supports the delicate aromas. The sage was present at first, but has faded into the background after a minute or two. Maybe even hints of lavender in this. Really evocative of a remote Colorado meadow. Taste is sour and tart, lots of that lemony flavor. Almost too much, kind of overwhelming. Key lime comes through a bit, lots of sour characteristics, classic Crooked Stave. Tartness lasts on my lips, too. Very little hops to decipher in this. Getting almost puckeringly tart.

A Colorado saison that is quite tart. Although a bit high in alcohol, this makes a decent beer for picnics by a river in the mountains.

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Photo of tikk
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

#498 picked it up at Cable Beverage in Bardonia.
Pours a milky yellow with a very thin, quickly disapating head. Smells like lemongrass and sage. Tastes amazing. The lemongrass and sage go very well with the peppery yeast from the saison. Had to ding it a tad for the oily finish from the lemongrass. Highly recommend this beer, pick it up if you see it.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright yellow with foamy white head. Nice and clear when decanted, cloudy banana color when the dregs are mixed in. The nose is a nice balance of funk, heavy lemon, and some nice herbal sage notes which accent the lemon. The sage works well with the style as is plays off of the brett. Taste is slightly tart, moderately funky, with strong lemon and sage throughout. Finished crisp and refreshing. Overall, I really like what sage does with the saison base, it's similar to the hop savant, however, the sage brings a more savory note to the table. Would be nice to pair with food.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of pat61
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Photo of Dikfour
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Slightly hazy golden yellow. Quite a bit of suspended sediment drifting about. Light carbonation.

Smell: Lemon grass, spicy green onion, crushed pepper and of course sage.

Taste: Belgian like yeast evolves to quite clearly Brett throughout the sip. Bready Malt backbone. Certain grasses; lemon grass and dusty sage of course.

Feel: Perfect body for a Saison. Extra Dry finish. A little creamy, also.

Overall: Love it. Crooked Stave rarely seems to mess up. Fairly complex.

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Photo of beergoot
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale, cloudy gold color; thick, foamy, white head. Sweet sage aroma with a bit of phenolic edge. Mild malt backbone with a good bit of sage enhancement; yeasty; mild tartness. Medium bodied with a very smooth yet rich and velvety feel on the palate; very dry finish.

I very satisfying sage saison. The mouthfeel is very pleasant. All in all, nice balance and fair depth of flavor make for an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of infinitebruner
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

January 15, 2015

Draft, Taster Snifter

A – Light amber and very clear. Frothy white head with moderately long retention.

S – Definitely highlighted with fresh sage, that is the first thing that hits the nose. Light Brett funk follows closely behind, then Chardonnay, wine-like grapes, along with hints of peach.

T – Fruit, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio type flavors, followed by barnyard funk. Sage is lighter here, staying mostly in the aroma, but providing mild herbal flavor.

M – High carbonation and very dry. Moderate to full body. Moderate sweetness but very well-balanced by the dryness throughout. Drinks very similar to a carbonated version of a Pinot Grigio.

O – This is a very good base beer, with the Brett coming in at such a great level, and the sage adding something to take it over the top. Outstanding.

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