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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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87
very good

107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 97
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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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 36
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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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3.61/5  rDev -7%
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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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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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4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife and I tried this one at Mile High in Lakewood, Colorado, alongside the Pure Guava. I enjoyed this one more, but still nothing special. Poured a hazy dark amber color with a quickly diminishing off-white head. Aromas of funk, horse blanket, bark and dried leather. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, a little tart and kinda funky, with flavors of brett, a little hay and wood.

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3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Funkwerks.

A: a deep coppper-orange, with a reddish hue. a subtle pinkish hue head that fell to leave just a coating over the beer.

S: a nice floral aroma. there is a touch of tartness. I also get berries, and hibiscus. there is an earthy funk/mustiness, and some oak. there is some caramel and straw as well.

T: a little disappointed based on the aroma. there is a nice floral flavor, with some light fruit and berries. it has a touch of sweetness. hibiscus definitely comes through. there is a slight brett flavor, and some oak. I was hoping for a touch of tartness based on aroma, and a little more funk. the finish definitely is dominated by brett funk though. the after taste is hibiscus. i get some straw and light grains. just not as full flavored as I was hoping for.

M: medium-thin with a good amount of carb. not overly carbed.

O: this is a pretty good beer, that I would drink again, but i was hoping for more funk. if i had a bottle i would age it for a year or so to see how it develops.

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4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 bottle, no cork thankfully.

Pours a deep yet bright rose color. Looks very pretty and tasty. Large white head with pink highlights. Clear at first, but Chad suggested that at about half way to pour in some yeast. Did that, and it clouded up, naturally. Crap, looks like it's gonna be very sour, not my thang.

Aroma is quiet but good. More floral than yeasty although the sourness is there. Light malt

Oh, wow. Not all that sour at all. The funk comes on strong, but is quickly subdued. Floral and some tannin. yeast is interesting. It's a puckering type but not 'sucking cheeks into my teeth' type of pucker. Not necessarily sour although it could be. Mild finish. Tart. Some cherry and plum.

Lots of bubbles, but they don't stand out in the feel department. Very drinkable! At 5.2% it went down fast!

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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having some "beta" versions of CS beers a few months ago I was a bit frightened of this, but it turned out fine.
Had this on tap at the Rackhouse Pub.
Arrived a light amber color with reddish highlights. Foam was there as a sheen, which is pretty normal for a draft sour.
The nose was fairly mild. A citric note with just a hint of yeastiness. Nothing off, though.
The flavor was also a bit milder than I expected. A slight sweetness on the front of the palate gives way to a citric note in the middle. The wild yeasts give things a little bit of a funkiness, but it's mild and leaning more in the leather direction, which is okay with me. The finish seems to be missing something, though. It's as though the beer just fades from the middle of the palate. Again, no off flavors, but I kept waiting for something else.
Fairly mild, but still flavorful. Price would really be the only thing keeping you from having several of these in a row, and that really boils down to what the restaurants are charging for it more than the beer itself.
The sweet and sour contrasts make this a surprising food match with cheese-based items.
Not bad at all. I'll definitely try some more items from CS as a result.

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