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Moment of Truth: Summer Sage Ale

Posted on Aug 2, 2015 by in Beer, Herbs, Liquid Extract, Moments of Truth, Safale US 05 | 0 comments

Summer Sage Ale Tasting

OK, I’m just going to say it… I pretty much hit it out of the park with this brew. It’s really good.

If you recall, I was afraid that this might have too much sage. Sage is so strong and not an herb that I like to be overly prominent in my 1 gallon beer recipes. I think the sage flavor comes in as more of a mild after taste rather than the star of the show and that’s fine by me.

This was the first time that I’ve used licorice root in my beers. I am still not sure what it’s adding to the flavor profile. This is definitely a sweeter beer but I think that’s mostly due to adding the malt extract in addition to the brown sugar. There are strong caramel and smokey notes. Perhaps that’s the licorice root.

I am going to try this again using wild sage to see how the flavor changes. I am guessing the wild sage will come across stronger, but who knows?

This recipe is a keeper. I can’t wait to make another batch.

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