Crooked Stave Wild Sage Mountain Saison

Posted: December 1, 2015 in Crooked Stave Brewery and Taproom, Reviews, Saison/Farmhouse Ale

It’s the first day of December, which means that I really need to get on my Christmas shopping. This is a beer that I picked up from Half Time, and I’m always excited to try Crooked Stave stuff.

wildsage

ABV: 7.2%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Salvia officinalis (sage, also called garden sage, or common sage) is a perennial, evergreen subshrub, with woody stems, grayish leaves, and blue to purplish flowers. It is a member of the family Lamiaceae and is native to the Mediterranean region, though it has naturalized in many places throughout the world. It has a long history of medicinal and culinary use, and in modern times as an ornamental garden plant. The common name ‘sage’ is also used for a number of related and unrelated species.”

Random: Sage grew relatively well in my garden this year.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing n the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with some visible yeast remnants and moderate carbonation. The nose was incredibly fragrant. The sage came through the most and gave it this really pleasant herbal note. White pepper and lemon came through too. The taste was very similar to the nose, but had much more yeast characteristic to it. It had lemon and white pepper as well. The sage was present, but took a back seat to the yeast and bready notes. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a long finish with white pepper and lemon. This was $8.99 for the bottle, which was $.71 per ounce, which is on the pricier side, as Crooked Stave bottles normally are. I enjoyed this beer, don’t get me wrong, but I really wish it had that same sage note that was apparent on the nose.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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