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Anchorage / Crooked Stave - Between The Staves - Anchorage Brewing Company

Anchorage / Crooked Stave - Between The StavesAnchorage / Crooked Stave - Between The Staves

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A sour ale fermented in oak foudres with 3 strains of brett, the beer was then aged for 11 months in cognac barrels.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 01-09-2014)
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Photo of spoony


4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle (Batch 1, January 2014) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a dark, dirty brown beer. There is about one and one-half fingers of tan head to start, but the head fades quickly and leaves no lacing. Sort-of ugly stuff, but not terrible for the style.

S-I smell lots of sour cherry, vinegar, a touch of funk, moderate acidity, and an oaky undertone. The brew is pretty sweet -- it reminds me of the Duchesse in that regard -- with little hints of cognac. Pretty inviting and nicely balanced.

T-The taste tracks the smell closely. There is a decent bit of vinegar sourness and acidity that pulls at the back of my palate, but also some cherry, plum, raspberry sweetness that balances the sourness. The cognac barrel flavors grow as the beer warms with a little bit of vanilla and a mild funk.

M-The heft is medium for the style with a good bit of carbonation that hits pretty hard.

O-This is a tasty beer and the first I can recall where cognac really came through. It is well-balanced and reasonably complex with sweet and sour flavors doing their respective things well. As I mentioned above, the beer tends toward the sweet end of things, rather than the funky end, but it works pretty well here. I'm interested to see if this holds up to time in the bottle...my guess is not, but oh well, it drinks great now.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 00:51:16 | More by spoony
Photo of chugalug06


3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This is one dark brew! One-finger snappy off-white head rises and falls fairly quickly. No lacing, and moderate retention.

Dark, deep, sour funk. Tons of red cherrys, green apple, horsey, cider vinegar, cinnamon, kinda medicinal. Spicy.

Kinda thin and missing a bit. Sour is more funk than tartness. Flavors are tons of apple skin, lemon, orange, roasted cider vinegar, farmy funk. Carbonation is very light and enjoyable. Sweetness is also very nice and morerate. Bitterness is more dryness than throat pulling. Very light, airy, and crisp.

A solid brew. But, it's not quite what I had in mind for the collab. It's worthy and nice, but a bit hard to swallow @ $15/650ml. Kinda a standard issue.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 02:28:01 | More by chugalug06
Photo of BastardKing24


4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from Anchorage, so here goes.

Pours a brown color with a half finger white head that sits around for a min, than leaves a ring of bubbles and nothing else.

Smells like heaven. Big wallop of sour berries and cherries before i even finish pouring from about a foot away. Upon inspection, sour notes of vinegar and sour apple invigorate. There also is a bit of funkiness in there, as well as some major oak tannins and barrel aged goodness. This is perhaps one of the best smelling sours I have ever smelled. 5.0 easily.

Taste is not quite as funky and tart as the smell, but once you take a sip you realize this is not your everyday beer. Starts off with a sour apple and cherry pucker, and not so much vinegar. Its very balanced. The tartness subsides after about 2 seconds and leads to a malty and barrel-like presence, where you get the oak and cognac. It then fades to a less tart, less oaky, dry like wine finish that exceeds expectations. Its very rich yet at the same time envelops a restrained quality.

Feel is decently carbed, and has a tart intro with dry finish that leads you to the next sip, and so on. It perpetuates itself with each drink, so as to not become a total mouthwatering, salivating sour experience. Don't get me wrong, this is indeed sour, but it has a unique vibe about it so to speak.

Overall I recommend this to anyone looking for a nice wild ale that won't disappoint.
Serve in a snifter and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 02:09:20 | More by BastardKing24
Photo of pants678


3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Lighter brown body but really no head foam.

Distinct smell of liquor.

Sour, definitely, but not piercing, the barreling may have curbed that. The berries stand out, probably work to the style's benefit. A fuller body would be an upgrade for me, I'm not getting much malt flavor. Or barrel. Still, has a cola-ish finish and is rich yet approachable.

Body's oily and very low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 21:48:41 | More by pants678
Photo of shleepy


4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown. Medium, off-white head.

S: Sour, with citrus, pine or juniper, oak.

T: Moderate sourness. Unsweetened liquorice; wild berries. Good balance.

M: Dry, acidic. Pleasant and very drinkable.

O: Solid but not cheap. Would certainly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 08:13:04 | More by shleepy
Photo of gueuzedreg


3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am guessing this is oud bruin route? If so, not my fav style of sour

A- Dark oud bruin look, minimal lacing.

S- Some oak, cognac; deep dark cherry sour though muted a bit with fruit.

T- Its aight, nothing special but then again I don't like the style. Had to try it though. Wet oud bruin, with some nice play of black cherry and cognac at the end.

M- Pretty smooth with just about the right amount of carb.

O- For people who like this style, this could be a 4.25 or so; and as much as I would like to judge by style, I just wasn't thrilled with it with the CS collab.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 21:25:31 | More by gueuzedreg
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nearly a year in cognac barrels has payed dividends for this collaborative brew. light brown in color, bubbly, and holding on to over an inch of almost purely white head with tons of lace. not sure why i was expecting a blonde beer, but the color surprised me. the nose is great, a mix of lactic sourness and sweet dessert wine punchy but mellow cognac. as much cognac as i have tasted in a beer here, its really robust. the malt is dark in color, but rather light in flavor, or at least well balanced. some dusty cocoa notes, but its got a more whole grain vibe overall than a sweet one. there is a soil quality to this, almost like dirt, but in a good way, it enriches and balances the forwardness of the cognac. not as much straight wood as i would have thought for a beer with this name, but its barrel use is fantastic, so much flavor comes through. the sourness is medium on the scale, but the lighter body and all these bubbles before the dry finish make it seem quite a bit more puckery than it probably really is. it also gets more intense as it warms up. a good bottle to share, just like cognac itself, as that aspect can be tiring, as good as it is. on par with everything anchorage puts out, and one of the better recent crooked stave offerings. definitely unique and tasty enough to be worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 17:59:00 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of artoolemomo


4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Also received with very little head. The head is a light beige with hints of khaki while the body is a dark amber with hints of maroon that appears as a mix of almost opaque maroon and dark amber when held up to the light.

Nose- Piercing acetic acid that recalls formic acid. Very tart with definite notes of stone fruits that arrange from peach, cherries, to apricot. Some other dark fruits. Swirling doesn't reveal much more than that.

Taste- This is a fairly interesting sour. The aroma seems a little more tart than the actual palate. Obvious fruit esters that range from cherries, plums, peaches, to apricot but also notes of vanilla and even hints of chocolate- nothing that I've ever encountered in a wild ale. Very fleshy with intonations of wine (red), perhaps something Spanish? Doesn't have much of a pucker effect as the finish is very dry and crisp. Cherry seems very much like Bing cherries. Slight funk and grassiness in the background. Minor straw. Almost great, I just wish it had a little more funk.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with very light carbonation. This seems to give it a little more structure. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability- This may be the easiest drinking sour I've ever had. While I haven't had that much of it, this seems like a sour I could drink a good amount of. Don't think I would pay the 17 bucks a bottle but as a part of this flight, it seems to be a deal.

Overall- Really good to great beer- pretty much in between. Definitely worth a try, especially if you can find it as a small pour.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 17:30:49 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of draheim


4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL (batch 1, January 2014) into a tulip. Pours a dark translucent brown w/ a minimal head.

Aroma is sour and oaky. Lots of wood and wild yeast, similar to a Flanders oud bruin.

Taste is clean and sour, sweet and oaky. Dark sweet malt, countered by a puckering tartness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a clean dry finish.

Overall a tasty, moderately complex wild ale, similar to Collage, Silver City LeFat, and maybe a handful of others. Really nicely put together.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 04:16:33 | More by draheim
Photo of dirtylou


4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, split

This is a very lovely beer - lots of grape jam, raspberry, oak, tart summer berries. Very vinous in nature - wine, berry, and wood all in harmony. I really enjoyed this and if I see more, i'm buying it. Great collaboration effort

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 01:25:30 | More by dirtylou
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ML bottle.

Batch #1

Into a tulip:

A: dark brown colored body with a slight transparency to it, thin less-than-a-half finger white foamy head that dies within thirty seconds, barely any lacing

S: mostly vinous through some strong soured raspberries and cherries, also with a light funk, the Brett is there but super light, and after some warming I do get the oak

T: strong sour and tart through the wine-like qualities of raspberries and cherries, super dry wine-like aftertaste and finish

M: she sits about a medium on the body with not much of a sessionable quality to her, carbonation is dry and harsh like wine

O: well, its another American Wild Ale that seems to be unimpressive, one of these days, I'm going to quit trying sours altogether, this is wine in disguise, not beer to me. I'll stick with Bitter Monk from them.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 06:06:16 | More by BeerKangaroo
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