Review: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project Colorado Wild Sage | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

ABV: 7.2

95/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project Colorado Wild Sage

What the brewers say

“Brewed with Colorado in mind as a saison, which embodies the high altitude Rocky Mountains. The raw materials were sourced throughout Colorado, including fresh white sage and lemongrass foraged from the Rocky Mountains.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “A nice lemon-like lactic tartness underpinned by subtle herbal sage and basil notes and esters that hint of orange and pears. Lots of black-pepper phenols. Slight floral lavender aroma with an evident funk.”

Flavor: “The tartness is very pleasant—tastes of fresh-squeezed lemon with a subtle earthiness from the sage, clearly culinary inspired. Finishes clean and fresh with good carbonation. Big herbal sage flavor is cut through with a wonderful tart apple flavor.”

Overall: “Spiced beers can be hard to execute deftly, but this is textbook—the sage is present but not overpowering, and the tartness is just enough to keep me wanting more. Fantastic beer. Bright, herbal, fruity, and tart. The sour-sage combo is nuanced and much better then I would have thought—I’m a convert.”

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