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Crooked Stave Fertile Soil - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 28
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 11-26-2011)
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Reviews by DividedAvery:
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DividedAvery

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a Duvel tulip

A: Pours a very frothy head of about 4 fingers and is maintaining quite the head due to the etching on the bottom of my tulip. Really bubbling away
Color is a bright gold and a very white head with larger bubbles

S: Fruity and earthy. Smelling some nice hops and spices also...really great bouquet.

T: Wow what a great tasting beer. All sorts of fruits are coming out: banana, orange, grape maybe even some guava, they seem to all be there. Some nice earthiness and a slight hop bite with a great malt sweetness are also hiding in here. A wonderful tasting brew in all ways

M: Very bubbly as the pour would suggest. Very tingly but still smooth

O: I shied away from trying this too long. What a wonderful wonderful beer from Chad. Hoping I can grab a few more of these and drink them while they are still fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 02:56:53 | More by DividedAvery
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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-21-2014 05:11:16 | More by afsdan
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Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -9%

11-09-2013 02:20:02 | More by dhbiker0889
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05-24-2013 07:31:35 | More by beernads
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-07-2013 20:21:21 | More by imperialking
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

04-03-2013 03:43:01 | More by Gonzoillini
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Haybeerman

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-06-2013 23:01:30 | More by Haybeerman
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Bonko_the_sane

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

12-24-2012 06:38:35 | More by Bonko_the_sane
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Prospero

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

10-08-2012 02:10:30 | More by Prospero
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Travisnin

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

09-13-2012 06:47:43 | More by Travisnin
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California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

08-20-2012 06:50:50 | More by GRG1313
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womencantsail

California

4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pour is a hazy golden color with a tall white head. The nose on this beer is phenomenal. Earthy tones, bready malt, biscuit, and intense pineapple aroma. A touch of citrus and straw, but just so much pineapple. The flavor has a nice crisp malt profile, minimal bitterness, citrus peel, and an overwhelming pineapple flavor that is just amazing. A touch of yeast, maybe some earth on the palate as well, but just overall a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 04:33:35 | More by womencantsail
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

08-07-2012 23:38:02 | More by drewone
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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-06-2012 23:40:25 | More by LotsofLupulin
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter. Beer is yellow and hazy with a big white head of small bubbles, some lacing, good annoyingly good retention, a lot of these crooked stave beers were overcarbonated. Stiff peaks.

Aroma is a grassy brett-i-ness that is really good. I really liked the aroma, oaky and fruity with some funk.

Beer is light in body, carbonated a lot on the palate, aggressively yeasty, strong on the finish. Mildly hoppy but mostly grassy and earthy. An interesting brett beer, pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 15:43:06 | More by drabmuh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Bottle 227/838

Pours a clear, sparkling yellow color with a very large, creamy white head that lasts around for quite some time before eventually falling to a cap, leaving a sheet of lacing on the glass.

The nose carries some mild funk and pineapple character. Light lemon and citrus in the background. Good Brett throughout. Flavor has a light funk and bitterness.

Body is light with moderately-high carbonation and a very dry finish. Nice and funky. Really great finish.

Another solid hit from Crooked Stave. Would love to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 16:30:45 | More by Thorpe429
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml into a couple of tulips. The brew appears a hazed golden color with 4+ fingers worth of bubbly white head. Thick patches of lace stick to the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain the cap.

The smell is fresh and grassy with fruity and floral hop quality that turns to lots of bretty character. Wet leather and earthy tones overtake the hop quality as it gets warmer.

The taste is herbal like garden herbs/veggies. Dank and weedy with leathery brett flavors and cardboard. Somewhat tart and fruity with a wild alcohol inclusion. A strange spicy aftertaste lingers in the mouth that clashes with the rest of what is going on in this brew.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol inclusion gets progressively more bold and aggressive as the experience continues. Its overall an "OK" brew that I just dont get/understand. It is palateable when cold but as it comes up to temp, it becomes a chore to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 14:21:49 | More by stakem
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theminutemen

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -9%

04-17-2012 19:51:36 | More by theminutemen
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quirkzoo

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden color with infinite amount of head. The head literally just continues to grow, seemingly out of nowhere for a couple of minutes. The smell reminds me of orval, lots of brett funk up front with some hoppy bitterness behind it. As I continue to smell it, I get more and more tropical fruits, some pineapple left to rot in some wet hay in the back of a horse stable. Really well balanced on the nose. The taste is more of the same, with just a touch of malt sweetness and a medium bitterness. Really complex brew. The mouthfeel definitely light which I have come to expect from brett beers. Overall a really solid brew, especially if you like the funk. This is the second bottle I have had and I might pick up one more while they last.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 20:52:45 | More by quirkzoo
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Norsebrew

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-27-2012 16:00:34 | More by Norsebrew
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ehammond1


4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Slightly hazed, burnt, golden yellow with a hugely foaming off-white head that lasts and lasts. It eventually leaves thick chunks of lace down the glass. I love beers that look like this.

As has been my experience with other Crooked Stave beers, the yeast is the star of the show in this one. It's very funky and earthy at the same time. The fresh hops provide floral and lemon citrus aromas. Big, expressive, though balanced. I'm a big fan.

The flavor is similarly good as the aroma. The Belgian/Brett yeast is the star of the show, though the fresh hops battle for dominance. This is fairly bitter for the style, though it finishes dry and drinks remarkably easy.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very nice, though for whatever reason, the actual Belgians still dominate the mouthfeel department.

Wonderful. Please send me more!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 01:38:57 | More by ehammond1
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a huge, fluffy white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of oak, hints of bretty funk, pear, some herbal notes. Not particularly hoppy.

Taste is fruity and funky up front that goes into a more bitter brett character and ends on a bitter, slightly astringent note with woody and slightly light-fruit flavors. Apple and pear fruit character and phenolic, spicy (black pepper) Belgian yeast along with bitterness dominate.

High carbonation and medium to light body work well enough. Maybe a bit too carbonated for the bitterness.

This is an interesting Belgian style beer that is a bit too phenolic/woody for the hop and yeast character to really shine, but still worth trying and refreshing in the end.

**Taste gets far more interesting and enjoyable as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:24:32 | More by TenHornsProud
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riored4v

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Normal/tad-heavy pour turned in to the beer gushing out the glass. 5 finger head with a clear, golden colored body. LOTS of bubbles generated from the bottom of the glass.

Smell was slightly malty with some spicey and floral notes. Smells light and drinkable.

Taste had a mild maltiness but a nice fruity flavor and finish. A bit grassy and spicey but a really nice orange flavor came forward in the finish. Light sweetness. No signs of ABV.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body with very high carb. Crisp finish.

Overall it was a good beer. Hop profile was delicate but present. Nice light sweetness and no signs of ABV. Main problem for me was the amount of carbonation made it hard to drink from the glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 00:37:48 | More by riored4v
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-04-2012 16:06:14 | More by JAHMUR
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Crooked Stave Fertile Soil from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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