WWB Batch 60 - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

315 Ratings
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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 76
Gots: 41 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrinkSlurm on 01-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of Zach136
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed 6/27/15

Appearance: Moderate clarity gold, thin head.

Aroma: Touch of funk and nose-hair tingling acidity.

Flavor: Nice moderate acidity and fruity hop. More barn-y funk than most CS brews at this point.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry and refreshing.

Photo of Devman171
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bottle, pour is fluffy white head and yellow beer. Big citrus and funk aroma, taste is similar with very nice sour finish

Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

opened side-by-side with the batch 60 re-release that happened instead of the primitif release. enjoyed progenitor from the 13 cellar reserve teku and the 60 from a what the funk wine glass. confirmed...these are the same beer.

a - an almost neon orange yellow with a generous froth off cream colored head that left some nice streaks of lace on the on the glass. murky and cloudy to the light, but glowing. some visible carbonation bubbles could be seen dancing to the surface.

s - nose is a wonderful smartie sweet tart egginess. the dry hop also shows itself as an almost tropicana oj vibe of bitterness on the tail of the scent.

t/m/o - as with the first round of batch 60, really a wonderful brew. sweet tart sour that tickles your taste buds like candy. crisp and refreshing. one of my favorite stave beers. really just spot on. i hope that they continue to release this periodically as it is so nice to have that freshish batch 60 again. excited to have a few progenitors and a few batch 60 re-release/re-brew. although i did prefer the name primitif, i'll live as long as the elixir is this good!

Photo of jegross2
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Wild Wild Brett Batch 60, a dry hopped sour ale from the Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project out of Denver, Colorado.

Score: 96

2013 vintage bottle served in a Kate the Great tulip/snifter and enjoyed on 03/01/15.

Appearance: Pours a clean, orange-copper color with nice glow when held up to light. A thin fizzy off-white layer of head from the pour quickly dissipates. 4/5

Smell: A strong, juicy odor of orange and tangerine citrus explodes from the glass. Notes of lemon, pineapple, a kiss of brett and a mild lacto character too. Really lovely, and reminisce of Dry Hopped L'Brett D'or. The nose is absolutely divine. 5/5

Taste: Like the nose, the taste is loaded with sour citrus flavors and a finish that is heavier on the brett/lacto than what was present in the nose. Notes of pineapple, oranges, peach, and apricot upfront. A little lasting funk on the finish. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Very dry finish. A bit sour, but mild on the acidity relative to its profile. 4.5/5

Overall: Now over a year old, the citrus/stone fruit aromatics/flavors of this beer really shine and the buttery diacetyl character that was pungently present fresh is totally gone. Drink 'em if you got 'em.

Cost: $10 for a 375 ml bottle.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Bright light yellow body under a minimal white head.

Awesome aroma of tropical smoothie. Light and fruity funk overlaid on pineapple juice and strawberry smoothie (maybe someone threw a piece of banana in there too). A little swirl brings up a touch harsher brett phenol character, reminding me that this is a serious beer and not just a beach party.

Sharp acidity strikes first and cleans the palate clock promptly. Close behind comes more of the oddly fuzzy and juicy pineapple and lightly funky fruit punch twang. Not quite as dry and the sourness makes it seem, and there is slightly more bitterness than usual for a wild ale (not a bad thing).

The feel is lively, springy, and light. Fizzy and refreshing.

Conclusion: Huge success in my wild ale loving book. The best I have had from CS so far, but I have not had many of their beers to date. The hops are a wonderful addition to the interesting brett complexity.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"batch 60" was quite delicious. this was their recent batch that might be a future beer with a different name. regardless, this pucker bomb was damn tasty. so much citrus and tartness. Crooked Stave continues to put out amazing beers.

Photo of kojevergas
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 60. 6.7% ABV. 375ml brown glass bottle with green wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap served cold into a tulip in high altitude Castle Rock, CO.

Reviewed live as an American wild ale per the label. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. White colour. Average creaminess and thickness. Retains well - for about 5-6 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Shiny complexion.

BODY: Clear orange-copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's far from unique or special for a wild ale, but is generally appealing.

AROMA: Peach, apricot, floral hops, blonde malts, funky brettanomyces yeast, crystal malts, and some mild tartness. No true sourness is detectable. I also pick up on some less distinct tropical fruit - mango and tangerine, primarily.

It's a pleasant aroma of average strength.

No alcohol, off-notes, or bacterial sourness is detectable. For a wild ale, it isn't horribly wild. Mostly just funky and fruity.

TASTE: Fantastic peach and apricot notes boast a subtle sour smackiness, with some excellent albeit mild lactic character. Blonde malts comprise the base. Subsidiary notes of tropical fruit including mango and light tangerine. It's well balanced and built, but could use more complexity/intricacy, subtlety, and nuance - if we're nitpicking. More intense sourness and tartness would also enhance it.

I do love it, though, and it has a good depth of flavour. Above average flavour intensity and duration.

Sourness is wonderful, albeit limited - it's maybe a 5-6 out of 10 in terms of sour intensity. The brettanomyces yeast lends it unusual diversity of flavour, with wild character in there in addition to the signature funkiness. It's got some wonderful woody characteristics, some welcome lemon and barnyard notes, and tang. Green apple, and some musty cellar wood.

TEXTURE: Smacky, perfectly carbonated, refreshing, smooth, and wet. Light-bodied and fresh. Great overall presence on the palate. This texture elevates the beer and compliments the taste beautifully. Incredible execution. Lightly acidic.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough or scratchy.

OVERALL: Extremely drinkable and very enjoyable. I'll blow through the bottle and will love every sip. Crooked Stave has come a long way since I first tried the beers they were brewing out of Funkwerks. This is a fantastic wild ale with impressively well-executed dry hopping and stunning balance, and it hides its above average ABV well. Great work from Crooked Stave.

A-

Photo of peensteen
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%

Hazed orange colour, ring of white head, no lace. Smell is musty, lots of brett and tropical fruit, nice hoppy presence as well, a nice mix of juicy and musty. Taste is a nice mix of tart and subtle sour flavours, a bit of lemon acidity and tropical fruits, funky and lightly bitter. Medium carbonation, dry medium body. Solid stuff, incredibly drinkable, something that would be easy to drink in large quantities, first beer from Crooked Stave did not disappoint.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a hazed golden yellow with a small amount of tight white head and moderate lacing. Nose is very nice, faint leathery brett, a hint of grain, and huge tropical fruit notes. Mango, tangerine, and subtle peach. Taste follows suit, extremely juicy tropical fruits, very light leathery brett, mild acidity in the back. The mangos and tangerine are strong, a bit of bitterness is a very aggressively carbonated beer with a light body. Reminds me a little bit of HF Juicy.

Photo of F2brewers
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a HF wine glass. Courtesy of Denverbeerdrinker. Served at 50F

A: Coudu straw gold body with a thin 1" head. Tiny bubbles and the head dies quickly. Mild lacing on the glass. Gentle swirling regenerates about 50% of the head.

S: Pale ale all the way. Mild dry hopping and a touvch of earthy funk and lactic sour.Very nice alteration on the style.

T: Sweet, tart, hoppy...what is this? Lemonade, bitter citrus, sweet roasted malt. Elements of lemony funk, barnyard and a touch of wood. Complex, but well balanced. Brett must be lambicus and bruxellensis focused.

M: Light and well carbonated. Clen finish with mild sweetness. It lingers ever so slightly, but the tartness clenses the palate.

O: Amazing example of twisting a classic style. Love this bee. Chad...more please?

Photo of Mongrel
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a pale, hazy, almost milky orange-gold, with soft loose foam that produces some decent lace.

S - Immediately upon cracking the bottle you're hit with a blast of tangy, piney funk. This is when you know you're in for a treat.

T - First sip of this blew my mind. I was stoked for this beer but had no idea it would be so tart. And juicy. And flat-out sour. I hadn't really heard of this beer being billed as a sour, so it was a nice surprise. Think fresh-squeezed lemonade with bits of grapefruit pulp suspended in it for good measure. Very citrusy with a little tinge of earthiness and pine around the edges. A little barnyard funk brings up the rear, just as the sourness dissipates with each sip. There are some vinous notes too. Really nice complex stuff that comes up just short of being too sour. This is a brilliant, highly expressive use of Brett.

M - Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but is rounded out by prickly tartness and some soft wooliness.

Overall, just an awesome, awesome super funky beer. Great for a summer pick-me-up.

Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy lemon color capped by a nice head that leaves copious amounts of lacing

Smell: Funky and musty with a range of fruit elements

Taste: Funky with growing pineapple and lemon element in the middle; woody, with more funk and tartness building in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A lively offering that combines both funk and fruit as well as some oak; very nice

Photo of KevSal
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to homebrew311, I owe ya one buddy!

375ml into a short wine glass

A- pours a murky yellow, reminiscent of beat, you can tell this is gonna be good!

S- fruity funk right up front, I'm loving it! Dry hopping comes through more than I expected and works quite well! As it worms it's hop character grows

T- much like the nose, hopes come through but not like the nose creating a unique and pleasant combo, was not expecting this combo to work so well. Funk and sour are at perfect levels. Fantastic!

M- good carbonation, to a medium bodied ale

O- fantastic! Was not expecting a dry hopped sour to taste this good. If this was in sixers it'd be my go to lol. Best from CS I've had to date.

Alan thanks for the gem!!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, tropical fruit, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, tropical fruit, and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice combination of tropical fruit and Brett characteristics.

Photo of champ103
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with tjmodica.

A: Pours a hazed golden/orange color. A bubbly one finger white head forms, and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Some basement like funk up front. Fruity esters come next, then more fruity hoppy aromas. The full spectrum, from orange peal, lemon zest, to grapefruit and even some passion fruits. Really nice.
T: Like the nose, a beautiful basement/cellar like funk that is very earthy. Very light oak flavors. Fruity esters and hops come next. Orange rind, lemon zest, and a grapefruit punch.
M/D: A light to medium body. Perfectly carbonated. So crisp, dry and effervescent. Though incredibly smooth at the same time. Very easy to drink. I would love to keep coming back to this again and again.

The Brett and hops work perfectly here. Not to mention the wonderfully dry and crisp body. All around excellent.

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage
Poured into a stemmed Teku glass

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a beautiful, lightly hazy gold with a crisp and tiny bubbled, finger tall pure white head. The head quickly recedes to a mere puck, leaving some light lacing along the glass's edges. Pretty looking sour for sure.

Aroma: (4.75)
Wow, as soon as the beer is poured, you're absolutely blasted by intensely tropical hop aromatics; peach, lemon, papaya, guava, pear and ruby red grapefruit. This smells like an absolute hop monster. There is a perceived lactic tartness that really melds well with the strong grapefruit impression, supplied by the heavy dry hopping of this sour. As the beer warms, some very nice light stonefruit brettanomyces funk begins to poke through the hops, really adding some wonderful complexity; dried apricot, wet hay, lightly musty leather. The brett is very matured, add really avoids being medicinal, or band-aidy in aroma. A light bready malt backbone is barely noticeable

Taste: (4.75)
Just as in the aroma, as soon as the beer touches your palate, you're treated by a wave of tropical, fruity hops; juicy peach, ripe papaya, intense guava, grapefruit and light pine. Adding to the overall fresh, thirst quenching quality of the beer, is a clean and very refreshing blast lightly lemon-y lactic acidity. Just before the tartness becomes abrasive, it is cut by a welcomed slightly biscuit like malt backbone. As this maltiness coats your tongue, complex brettanomyces funk greets you; mostly more of the dried apricot and musty hay that was apparent in the nose. The beer finishes dry and lightly tart with long lingering notes of juicy guava, apricot, lemon juice and peel, more dried apricot, slightly musty barnyard funk and a lightly chewy maltiness. A gentle oaky vanilla character is noticeable as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: (5)
Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: (4.75)
Crooked Stave really blew me away with this beer. I've never experienced a beer quite like this before; It simultaneously seems like both a very hoppy pale ale and a funk heavy sour. The antioxidative charateristics of the brett yeast really encapsulate the hop aromatics and help lock them in throughout the flavor profile without showing any real signs of oxidation or age. If you happen upon this beer, definitely scoop it up posthaste. Highly, highly recommended for both lovers of funky beers and hoppy beers!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 4.11.14

A - Pours a cloudy, pale orange with a smaller pure white head with good retention.

S - Sweet melon, grassy-pine, Brett, oak.

T - Oaky, Brett, sweet middle with a hoppy-tart finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Nice hop-Brett-barrel mix. Good Stuff.

Photo of popery
3.15/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a yellowish, goldish orange color. Quite cloudy. Medium-sized white head. Lots of fine bubbles. Seems to be pretty sticky. Nice enough looking. The aroma is ok. Mostly funk and sour with some hops in the background. There's some nice depth to the funk. Some solid oak comes through. Dusty. Unfortunately, the messiness of the flavor also starts to emerge, though it doesn't really take over until you hit the taste. (Edit: as the beer warms, the diacetyl becomes increasingly prominent in the aroma. Unfortunate.) The citrus hop flavor tries to push it toward a citrus-y sourness but doesn't quite get there. The taste is a big step down. Pretty much from the get go, it has a grainy sourness with a bile note and a bunch of diacetyl. This beer might improve with time as the brett eats away at the buttery flavor. I just think that pedio got a hold of this one, and it wasn't given enough time to clean up. Fairly tart. Some mild hop bitterness. Full mouthfeel. Medium pucker. I don't understand the ratings on this one. It reminds me of the diacetyl-heavy sours from Ale Industries. I love CS, but this is a mess that they threw some hops on top of. Also, this is becoming an increasingly common problem among American sours, and it's terribly disappointing.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.45/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a orangish yellow color. super hazy and near opaque. a finger of an off white head that fades slowly and leaves a pretty strong lacing behind.

Smell: opens up with a strong citric acid. lemons and grapefuit. almost a hoppy citric character. can't pick up any malts or brett character.

Taste: opens up with a little bit of lemon. grapefruit juice. some earthiness. slight funky yeast. some souring at the end

Mouthfeel: lightly sour. almost refreshing but needs a strong carbonation to get there.

Overall: My first venture into crooked stave. not quite impressed. it drinks a little bit too much like a juice. could use more brett and more carbonation.

Photo of larryi86
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you KevinLA for this!
12.7 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- A hazy strew/orange color with a two finger white head.

S- Tart lemons, some funk, juicy citrus hops, some tropical fruits, earthy , herbal notes.

T- Sour lemons, citrus/tropical fruit hops, funk, some oak, some earthy hops.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry, medium body.

O- A very enjoyable sour like the others I have tried from Crooked Stave. Reminded me of the two other dry-hopped soured I have had the pleasure of drinking.

Photo of zhanson88
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden straw color with 3/4" of eggshell white head. Head retention is just okay, basically settling down to a ring around the edges of the glass. Lacing is just okay as well.

Smell: Tart lemons and pungent bretty funk up front, all highlighted by juicy citrus hop scents. Excellent.

Taste: A hint of grainy malts up front, followed by lemony tartness, horseblanket, and floral notes. Back end is punctuated by citrus and mango hop notes. The dry hopping really shines in this beer.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with fairly low carbonation. Immensely drinkable. Overall, a great dry hopped sour. Really enjoyed just about every facet of it. Definitely recommended.

Photo of Brob245
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured from a 375 ml bottle. Light amber milky color with little to no lacing.

Smell - nice tart aroma with a slight funk.

Taste - tart from the beginning with citrus notes including lemon and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - nice mouthfeel, overall light with a tartness that lingers.

Overall - this would be a refreshing beer for a hot summers day. Very good in my opinion and I will certainly look for more. Great job again Crooked Stave.

Photo of Damian
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap
Served in a stemmed glass

The hazy, lemon yellow liquid was topped by small white head that quickly dissolved. No lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was deeply complex and displayed many qualities of a traditional gueuze. Super funky and musty with lots of wet hay and barnyard character. Strong, tart lemony notes came through as well. Quite oaky.

Like the nose, the flavor was also remarkably gueuze-like. Bright, lemony notes led things off and were followed by an intensely musty, barnyard-like presence. Super funky and earthy. The beer was anchored by a pale, crackery malt base. Lots of oak and acidity on the finish. The lemon notes and the sourness intensified with time but never overwhelmed the other the more subtle flavors. Dry, tannic, oaky notes came through on the finish.

The mouthfeel was soft and plush with a fine, mellow effervescence. Once the liquid settled on the palate, it turned smooth and creamy.

Crooked Stave's WWB Batch 60 is an amazingly dynamic beer that is funkier and more complex than most traditional gueuzes. I will definitely make a point to seek out more beers from this brewery.

Photo of Stevedore
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, labeled Batch 60 on the back. Thanks to Mark for sending me this one as an extra. Cheers man! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/30/2014.

App- Similar to the other saisons I've had from CS. Pours with an orange-amber body, effervescent 1.5 finger head with good retention and seemingly random splotches of lacing as the drink gets consumed over time. Looks good, but again very typical of CS's other saisons.

Smell- Very tart, lots of lemon zest, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and a bit of vinegar, orange peel, a bit of sweet biscuit. A small bit of Brett earthiness. Smells an awful lot like grapefruit juice which certainly does work for me here. Definitely on the citrusy side overall.

Flavour- Very tart with a very nice grapefruit juice acidity that literally dances on my palate. Sour quotient is about 5/10 so very pleasant and not heart-burn inducing. Very citrus-forward with grapefruit notes, lemon zest and a bit of funky, rotten orange peel. This is a beer that most clearly evokes the descriptor "citrus saison" for me.

Mouthfeel- Good body that is medium bodied but well carbonated. Feels light on the palate. This beer would be even better if it was a 80 degree night and I was drinking this on the balcony. Very refreshing and crisp. Finish is dry and citrusy, lingering grapefruit bitterness and acidity. I could drink 3-4 of these bottles right now.

Overall- Really a very well done dry hopped saison/wild ale. Literally tastes like a dry complex grapefruit juice, which is really striking the spot for me right now. I love how refreshingly easy this beer is to drink. Crooked Stave should make this at least a spring/summer seasonal beer because I would happily come back to this over and over again.

Photo of paul_db
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had my buddy bring me back a bottle from his work trip back home.

Poured into a snifter… very low carb. You can smell a lil bit of the lemon and hops.

Taste was very balanced out, from lemon, almost a bit of a grape fruit tang, some hops. None of the flavors were bold or overpowering which for some might be a 'minus' but for me I liked it.

Great wild ale… enjoyed it quite a bit.

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WWB Batch 60 from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
97 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.