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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Rouge" - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Rouge"Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Rouge"

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 107
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 98
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pkeigs on 08-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Wild Wild Brett Rouge is an unfiltered, slightly tart wild ale, fermented entirely with Brettanomyces yeast. Brewed with hawthorn berry, rosehips, and whole hibiscus flowers, Rouge pours a reddish hue delivering soft floral aromas and tropical fruit flavors with a tart earthy finish.
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Photo of popery
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish amber color, opaque cloudy. The bottle gushed quite a bit, and the beer initially had a big fizzy head. The bubbles dissipated quickly, leaving behind no lacing and just a very thin ring. The aroma has brett funk and dull malt on top of the mix of citric floral flavors. It doesn't really come together and everything is a bit drab. The brett flavor is the best part and lends some nice tropical fruit and earthy, spicy flavors. The taste is quite similar. Nice funk but the beer just seems washed out to me. It's lightly tart and quite dry. The fruit and floral flavors come out some but they have little depth. It's all just a bit too clean. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is a bit fizzy. This review feels somewhat harsh. I actually mostly like the beer, but the flavors are just sorta shallow. I think it really could have used some bacteria in the mix.

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Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this in the line at Crooked Stave on Sunday.

Appears a peachy red color that quickly has some sediment sink to the bottom. The color has a mysterious mirky tint, that I thought really resembled what I thought this beer might be like.

Smell was the highlight for me of this brew. I found the aroma to be cherry, which is ironic since that isnt in the bottle. The rose aroma came through loud and clear to me.

Taste was a little disappointing, but still strong for a beer with this age on it. Cherry, nuts, perfume, cranberry, and nutmeg were the flavors I took the most. Just a hint of spice, which I really, really liked.

Overall, a nice brew. I would have loved to try this fresh. Worth trying if you like cherry sours!


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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.12.13
Batch 6/11
Bottle 1077/1600

A - Gusher! Pours a very hazy reddish brown with a very fizzy light tan head that fades very fast.

S - Rose, floral, tart, hibicus.

T - Tart gentle floral with a rose push.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Floral, subtle funk, rose, nice and smooth, dry.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip AND a weizen glass. Why two glasses? The answer is that is gushed like a mf'er and I needed another the weizen glass to salvage. Batch 6/11 and bottle #498 of 1600.

2.5 A: Murky reddish peach color. Fizzy peach colored head falls quickly.

3.5 S: Interesting nose. Brett funk is only moderate in strength, but it does give a nice outdoorzy component including wet hay, grass, apple orchard, and a dirty earthiness. Beyond that there is herbs and fruits. I assume what I am smelling are the rose hips, hibiscus, and hawthorn berries, but I'd be lying if I said I had any idea what those smell like. Otherwise, there is a touch of caramel, a touch of roast, some apple and grapey fruitiness, and a bit of peppery spiciness.

4.0 T: Taste is very good. Not as "wild" as I'd like, but well balanced and insanely drinkable. Outdoorzy funk leads the way again in the form of hay, wet grass, apple orchard, etc...(see above). A lot more of the herbal character comes out in the taste though. Potent, though well integrated, it's just the way I like it. Lots of fruitiness as well. A ton of apple with grape, plum, raisin, and a slice of orange. Again the malts are toasty with some caramel. Heavy, savory richness which is a bit strange given the brett involved, but I couldn't imagine it being better any other way. Huge "brett" finish.

4.0 M: Despite the gushing, the carbonation is fine. Heavier medium body. Lots of creaminess. Good here.

4.5 D: Very tasty beer that is far too easy to drink. I haven't had a lot of CS yet, but what I have had has been great.

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Photo of riored4v
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a tulip. Very carbed, ended up shooting all over my wall. Hazy red/orange color with a 2 finger, frothy head that lead to good lacing.

Smell was fairly mellow. Some definite Brett aroma of musty and barnyard smells. Slightly grainy and malty. Notes of cherry. Slight berry aroma.

Taste is light and mildy malty. Slight bitterness in the finish. Some flavors of cherry and lightly floral. Mild berry flavor. Musty and funky. Mildly tart finish. Slightly earthy.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body with high carbonation and a bone dry finish.

Overall nice beer to showcase Brett. A bit annoying I lost a good portion of the beer on my wall though.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5



A: Hazy orange with a frothy white head.

S: Prominent hibiscus nose with lots of leather. Whisper of pineapple and some stone fruit. Earthy with some mineral.

T: Grainy and leathery with light orchard and stone fruit. Lightly tart with some earth. High level of Brett accompanies medicinal notes.

M: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good beer if you like Brett.

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Photo of mothman
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Gusher. Lots of head. Lace left. Color is a golden orange.

Aroma: Tons of brett. Floral and herbal. Very funky. Grassy.

Taste: Super brett flavored. Medicinal funk. Floral and herbal. Mimics nose. All brett.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but chewy. Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, very meh. Boring brett beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter. Beer is amber and hazy with a huge head, off white medium and small bubbles, high retetntion, aggressive carbonation. Lacing is a plus.

Beer is earthy, funky, sulfury, and mildly malty, smells good.

Beer is light in body and mildly bitter, the beer is fine a strong throughout. This is probably my least favorite out of the five but it is still a great great beer. The brett and funk wins out, there is a little grassiness and tastes good. I might have it again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Bottle 779/1600

Pours a cloudy amber color with a large, lasting off-white head that eventually falls and leaves a few rings of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The nose brings some light barnyard and earth notes. Some cherry and light floral character in the background. Flavor has mild Brett, a touch of fruit, and a very light perfume element.

Flavor sticks around for awhile, coating the palate with a light funk, followed by a touch of bitterness on the way to a dry finish. Body is light with good carbonation.

Probably my least-favorite of the series. I didn't get enough of the additives and the Brett wasn't super forward. I liked all the components, but would have preferred for something to push forward to the front.

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Photo of KajII
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a deep murky reddish orange with a huge (3-4 finger) off white fizzy head that quickly receded down to a thin layer with a small collar thus creating some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was funky to say the least of a grain malt and a barnyard scented wild yeast, along with floral and berry esters and a good strong note of Brett yeast.

The taste was sourly sweet with a note of berries early on with a sour acetic taste forming rather quickly along with hints of floral herbs and Brett yeast towards the end. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow, with a tart floral flavor along with a mild berry presence left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just a little beyond light in body and had a strong dry texture with a pronounced prickly carbonation.

Overall a very interesting brew that had a nice tartness and a mild sweetness working in conjunction with one another perfectly, making this one hek of an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 6/11. Bottle # 1107/1600

Poured to Duvel tulip the beer appears a hazy golden brown color with a nice 2 finger off-white head, decent retention and come lacing. The nose is dominated by the hibiscus and rose. The brett seems to take a backseat to these flavors. The taste builds on these herbal and floral characteristics, though the brett is more defined, though not dominant. Mildly bitter with an earthy hop character. Lower carbonation leaves a crisp finish with a lingering herbal tone. Overall, this is the weakest of the WWB series. The lack of carbonation doesn't help and the hibiscus and rose are too dominant. Glad to have tried, would easily purchase the others in this series over this again.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Murren for sharing this at a recent tasting. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a hazed peach color with a white frothy head that leaves patchy lace patterns on the glass.

The smell is quite earthy with brett that blends into a strong scent of peppery quality. Beneath the funk is a veggie aspect mixed with something along the lines of cheese/yogurt. Oak is a bit raw in nature and is subtle but comes out a bit more as it warms.

The taste of this brew is strong with brett. It comes across to me as wet leather leaning a bit towards cardboard with enjoyable barnyard aspects as the latter. Like the aroma, there is a flavor of veggies and garden herbs. A bit of cardboard becomes more noticeable as it warms up with a touch of...well vomit.

This is a medium bodied brew. It boasts a modest level of carbonation but is a slow gusher when opened. It has a strange yogurt-like creamy feel. This was an interesting ice-breaker for my first experience with this brewery. Strange mix of character but not entirely enjoyable. However, it is worth a try.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ultraman9000 for sharing this one during Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Batch 6/11. Bottle # 415/600.

Pours a murky honey brown with an off-white head that settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of herbal and floral aromas along with a dose of funky Brett. Taste is of herbal and floral flavors but the Brett presence is only slightly funky in the flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the taste is somewhat lacking compared to the smell.

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Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful story of brett, my love. A good sour, where the bitterness of rose hips and herbs that go into these teas only add to the story. Rouge is red but this baby was cloudy peachy coloured. Smooth for a sour, more of a tart ale. Bottle 1180 out of 1600. Good drinkability and introduction to these guys.
thanks jmbh for this and all the sours.

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Photo of illidurit
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle shared at the January 2012 Santa Cruz tasting at Sante Adairius. Pours a dark orange color with a huge gushing off-white head. This one was hard to get a bead on. I got a maple syrup sweetness in the aroma along with a chlorinic brett character and a minor pine accent. Flavor was orangey, woody, not particularly flowery. Very dry in the finish. Alright, but pretty subdued.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Chris! Huge gusher...poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a mirky darker yellow/orange color, off-white colored head, thin collar, spotty lace.

S - A nice level of brett, funk, and slightly tart. Some floral notes and a hint of spices in there as well. Very pleasant and enjoyable.

T - The funk is at a slightly higher level the the nose. The floral notes are subtle as well as the spices. Some light fruity notes are on the finish along with a slight tartness.

M - Light body, high carbonation, dry finish.

O - A solid beer, but not necessarily an American Wild, by my standards. I think it's more of a Farmhouse Ale with a touch of tartness, rather then an all-out Wild. Decent, nothing crazy.

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Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

WWBR into a pint

A – Pours a deep brown color with a little bit of amber highlights. Head formation is strong, frothy, dirty white in color. Very clear.

S – Incredibly strong brett notes – lots of tobacco, spiciness, an earthy funkiness. Very fruity as well – lots of brett complexity.

T – Starts off with a fruity note, a little bit funky, with some raisins and some cherries. A little coriander spice, and a hair of malts. Finishes with a retained fruitiness. Sweet first, bitterness is almost non-existent.

M – Light mouth feel, and a light carbonation – the latter of which doesn’t seem to make sense with the yeast choice and even the appearance. The finish is somewhat funky and stickyfrom the malt base.

O/D – A very drinkable brett beer – the flavors or the earthy yeast are well reflected without going too over the top. ABV is low and manageable. An interesting beer. Price point is a little high for what you get.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Chris. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter. Gusher alert!

A - A white foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and a few spots of lace. Murky peach juice body.

S - Funky and farmy, with some 'green' notes to it. Heavy on tropical, dusty, and medicinal brett aromas. Some sweet malt and a bit of yeasty bread.

T - Taste is pretty similar - heavy on the yeast, medicinal brett, and malt sweetness, with faint citrus and a lightly phenolic finish. Don't get much of the advertised flowers and spices.

M - Smooth and dry texture, medium body, chewy and bready, with no heat and a clean, crisp finish.

D - Decent stuff, but not something I'd seek out again. There are many substantially better beers of this style out there that are cheaper and easier to acquire.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle Batch #6/11, bottle #240/1600.

A: Quite the gusher when opened, enormous off white/pink colored head that sits on a top of a turbid red beer. Quite a bit of carbonation moves up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent lacing left behind as the head recedes.

S: A lot of funky brett smells, think funky barnyard but it doesn't quite ever hit that full on rotten shit (in a good way) funk. Underneath the funk is a bit of citrus, and a lot of floral notes as well. Smells tart, but not quite sour. Really smells funky and nice.

T: Quite funky in the taste too, a bit medicinal like a few krieks that I've had, but not full on robitussin style. The additional flavors complement the brett nicely to make a very interesting funky, floral, fruity beer. I've never had hawthorn berries, but I have to imagine they are imparting the slight cherry flavor to this beer. Doesn't ever really get sour, but there is a nice tart flavor. No bitterness to speak of. A very intersting, tasty brett beer.

M: Light and highly carbonated, finish is dry with a few lingering flavors of berries.

O: A very interesting beer, first of the Crooked Stave beers that I've had, and I'm impressed. This is a very flavorful example of what wild yeast can do. A lot of flavors going on, but the yeast shines and gives a great example of a true brett beer.

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Photo of adnielsen
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle @ home. Beautiful, dark rose, cloudy appearance with a pinkish cream head with good retention. Really a nice (rosey) floral, lightly funky, mild to moderate barnyard, mildly yeasty, light red fruits (strawberry), some citrus fruits, slightly tart nose. Interesting first taste- light red fruity, yeasty, delicate, lightly tart flavor. With a little more inspection, there’s a mild floral element, mild tartness, strawberry, red fruits, pretty mild, subdued yeasty flavor. Some of the drier elements on the finish with also flavors of straw and more citrus fruits. The floral element is quite nice in the beer. Really a delicate mouth feel and a mild tartness that probably will develop with a little more age. As with some of their other beers, I think aging this a little while will help but leaps and bounds ahead of my previous tasting of their sours/wild ales.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to Charles for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Bottle #1316 of 3000! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured orage with a minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, earth, tart, and subtle earthy funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, tart, fruit, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Ovearll this was a decent brew. With a name like this, I was honestly expecting to be kicked in the face with Brett... However, this did not happen. I was a little letdown by this fact if I am honest. However, this was a nicely balanced brew that let you know Brett was present, but it wasn't the star of the show. Worth trying if you get the chance, but that is about it.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Drew for opening up this bottle last night, seems like a beer I would have never seen otherwise...

A: Very hazy rosy and orange hue, nice ring of head and lacing. looks like a healthy wild ale to me.

S: Smells doughy with malt with brett poking out and some hearty vegetable notes. Tomatoes. I pick up on the berry and the rose hips as well. Overall it's ok.

T: Follows the smell mostly with some extra lemon zest and semi metallic yeasty malts. Berries have a stronger showing here with some straw malts accented by the rose. Some brett but not much really. Ends up being sort of like a farmhouse ale in some ways.

M: Soapy, sudsy feel. Nice over the palate.

O: Overall I'm not crazy about this one, but it certainly isn't bad.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BeermmanuelLewis for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a mahogany color. About a finger of white head is achieved that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving nice lacing.

Smell – Quite a bit of floral notes, slight tartness, a bit of barnyard funk, lemon zest, oak, and wet hay.

Taste – Quite similar to the nose. A nice brett flavor mixed with the wet hay and other barnyard funk. The floral notes form the aroma are prominent. Just a hint of lemon zest, not very sour, and just a bit of other citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – An interesting “American Wild Ale” though not one I’d have again. I wish it was a bit more tart and sour.

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Photo of errantnight
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tart, sweet aroma, floral and herbal with an underlying lemon twang. A little simple and clean on the palate, but prickly and medium bodied. Funky and a touch fruity. An entirely solid, drinkable, likeable, if not entirely awe-inspiring beverage. Looking forward to cracking my bottle.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into Lost Abbey stem.

Cloudy orange with a huge head that settled down and it leaves a mild lacing around the glass.
Smells very invigorating for lack of a better word. You can smell the funk, but in a ver refreshing, crisp way.
The taste is mild and refreshing in floral sort of way and then there is a sour punch right as it goes down.
It feels really good in my mouth, light and a lot of carbonation make it really satisfing.
It took a lot of effort to trade for these, but it was very worth it. I've got one more bottle of this that I'm going to try to sit on for a while and see how it ages.

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Rouge" from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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