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

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87
very good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 100
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:
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.

(Beer added by: pkeigs on 08-02-2011)
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Photo of Haybeerman
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Haybeerman, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

bsuedekum, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

thagr81us, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev +3.1%

kscaldef, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of illidurit
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

illidurit, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of popery
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

popery, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $12.99. Cloudy pink color, really interesting, decent foamy head with lacing. Smells like Brett, rustic and farm-like. The flavor was heavy Brett but also had a sweetness, maybe that was the hawthorn berries? Either way I liked this one more than the pure guava petite sour, enjoyable.

ArrogantB, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

tom10101, Jun 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.93/5  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.

DavoleBomb, Dec 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

tommyguz, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Sean9689, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

DarthKostrizer, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of emmasdad
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.

emmasdad, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of vonnegut21
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

vonnegut21, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, batch 6/11, bottle 346/1600. Pours a clear light pinkish copper with a huge creamy pink-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruits (cherry), perfumey floral spices and dry brett.

The flavor is pretty mellow - some overripe fruit, musty leather, and some dry brett and slight sourness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall, interesting, but a little too reserved for me. I definitely look forward to future beers.

Beaver13, Aug 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

MinorThreat, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of SpdKilz
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.

SpdKilz, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of DaveHack
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.

DaveHack, Sep 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of savagepm
4.5/5  rDev +16%

savagepm, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev +3.1%

bauermj, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

katan, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of claytong
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - pink in color, raspberry tint. bubbly like champagne but controlled head. lacing stays to the rim.

smell - brett, sourness, rose, citrus

taste - brett dominates, some horse blanket, minor citrus

mouthfeel - interesting. certainly very nice for a 5.2 as far as body goes. light enough though to drink a decent amount if you like the sourness. carbonation is solid. a bit dry but that can be nice.

claytong, Aug 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

sliverX, Feb 21, 2012
Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Rouge" from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
87 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.