L'Brett D'Cherry - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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L'Brett D'CherryL'Brett D'Cherry

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 17
Gots: 5 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MarkyMOD on 06-26-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 375 ml bottle (bottle February 2014) to a tulip.

A-The beer is somewhat watery looking with only a thin cap of pinkish head that fades to a collar quickly. The beer is murky and just a bit lighter in color than the flesh of a ruby red grapefruit (odd description, I know, but that is what it looks like to me). There is one or two streams of fine carbonation.

S-The arome is heavy on the cherry flavor. It has a candy-like sweetness that reminds me of cherry lifesavers candy. The beer is more musty and earthy than outright funky or hugely brett-forward. There is a touch of muddled acidity and sourness that lean toward lemon juice.

T-The taste is tart, but not quite sour. The cherry lifesaver flavor is strong against the wet, musty, damp-earth funk. There is a touch of vanilla cream and almond that adds some intrigue, but the brew is low-intensity for a Crooked Stave special release.

M-The feel is typical Crooked Stave; that is, medium body with fine, almost creamy carbonation. The carbonation is softer on the palate than many American wild ales.

O-This is not my favorite CS beer. The lifesaver flavor is a bit fake in aroma and taste, which is out of character. The base funkiness was decent, and it worked well with the acid levels, but a little more authentic fruit would have gone a lone way here.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale reddish body. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Cherry. Lots of brett. Some oak and pale malt. The cherry really dominates.

Taste - Sour cherry. Quite sour. Grainy malt and a bit of pale malt. Oak. Cherry becomes jammy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Quite tart. Astringent and oaky. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The cherry overwhelms a lot of what I like about the L'Brett Grand Cru.

Photo of Rifugium
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Crooked Stave poured into a CS snifter.

Murky, vermilion color, with a small layer of bubbles on top that receded to a tiny ringlet; dots of quickly dissipating lacing upon swirling. Lots of funk and lacto in the aroma, light cherry essence. The taste was a little more thinned out than other CS offerings, cherry, mild tanginess, but not very tart/sour as the nose would indicate, underlying candy sweetness, mineral. Light-medium body, mouthfeel on the thinner side, with lower carbonation. Overall, this was still quite good, just not great.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle sealed with silver pressure cap and blood red wax.

poured into CS tulip.

bottled on Feb/2014.

Appearance: opaque pink bodied beer with almost 2 full fingers of white head. Head drops down to thin ring around the beer.

Smell: Mild sourness in the nose with hint of barnyard funk; nice balance between these to elements. Also smelling some faint yet boozey and slightly sweet cherries. Almost smells like cherry 7UP kind of cherry aroma profile.

Taste: Moderately sour (4.75 out of 10) with a hint of faint cherries, but more of a citrusy lemon going on. Lots of brett flavor that has plenty of barnyard characteristics and some fruitiness about it. hint of oak barrel. In the finish, you have a lingering mild sourness and a nice lacto kick that has a mild level of cheesy funk.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation. Semi dry finish, yet the beer feels slightly watery at the front end of the beer. Pretty drinkable concerning the sourness level. It gives you a good pucker, but does not hinder the drinkability.

Overall: This beer is over 6 months old now and the bug are really making the beer something nice. I really liked the lacto presence in the finish of the beer as well. Another nicely done sour beer by Chad and company at Crooked Stave.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle opened on 7.3.14
Bottled: Feb/2014

Oak, subtle tartness, the cherry is mild and balanced, but there for sure.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%

Pour is dark amber with a red hue and foamy white ring. Nose has a ton of oak and vanilla up front, huge lime presence, faint cherry and dusty brett. Taste follows suit, lots of lime, a good bit of oak, moderate dusty brett, lingering vanilla and sawdust. Very dry finish, syrupy feel, high carb.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

2014 vintage. Bottled 2/2014.

Pours a hazy light reddish-orange with a foamy off-white 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 slightly sour with cherry, Brett, funk, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry, funk, Brett, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of cherry and Brett qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Bottle shared by daknole. Thanks bro!

The beer is light pink with a small head. Sour cherry aroma with brett. A touch of lemon. Moderate acidity with a pleasant puckering sensation. Solid.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

maybe my least favorite of the cellar reserve beers in this round. not to say it isnt delicious because it certainly is, but less compelling than the others for sure. its pink tinted, and it looks a little flat. the brett and fruit almost cancel each other in the nose, rather than enhancing. the fruit is subtle in the taste, possibly underdone for my tastes, and the sourness i always loved in the base beer is largely absent. more of a cheesy funk to this than i remember in the base beer, less clean, less refined. the fruit comes out a bit more in the finish, tart cherry rather than ripe fruit, which gets lost a little in an already puckery brew. carbonation is better than it looks but still a little under done. its hard to be critical of a beer, and indeed a brewery that does such consistently awesome stuff, but this bottle has me wanting them to do something else. i am l'bretted out a bit, ready for a new recipe, not just a new fruit or a new barrel on an existing beer. keep evolving please.

Photo of FutureMan91
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Given to me by my uncle. Impressed by the design and wax. 1st crooked stave beer.

Poured from 375ml bottle into my woodshop 9 snifter

A: pinkish with heavy carbonation nice whitish head.

S: sour candy, cherry pie filling, moderate sour funk, very distinct.

T: strong upfront tart and hints of sour cherries, finishes so smooth and leaves you wanting more.

O: very pleasurable experience. Crooked stave is for real. Sad to hear the cellar reserve is done but this beer really opened my eyes to this brewery. Have a bottle of the nightmare on Brett port barrels and I'm gonna sit on that guy.

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Looks like a light strawberry lambic. No lacing, So obviously strawberry in color, watery looking.

S- Tart cherry, then acidic notes, but the backend void of complexity.

T- Kinda cherry upfront; but more void watery. Not much complexity here.

M- Watery, needs more carb and body.

O- There is not much to say here; glad we were limited to only a few bottles maxing out on this one. Not up to CS standards for me

L'Brett D'Cherry from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
90 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.