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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: 27
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:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 11-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 18
Photo of ColoradoAleFreak
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

been eyeing this one for a long time, finally found 13 bucks to make it happen. pours a rich honey color with some haze and a frothy head that just floats over this beer. smells a bit sour, funky, but not overpowering brett vibes. fruit rotting on the vine describes the taste well, wheat malts too, and some gnarly yeast. mouthfeel is great, well carbonated, mildly acidic, expanding perpetually. foamy feeling and tart alcohol in the finish. just so unique and rich and enticing. overall i think this one is every bit as goos as their surette, and one of the best colorado beers i have had this year. this is exquisite, stand up to big food, and mellows you right out. i hope this dude opens a brewpub in denver!

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of DividedAvery
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of DCon
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a 1 PINT 9.4 FL OZ. (750 ML) bottle of this w/ ChrisF. Poured from the Brown Labeled bottle w/ Green bubbled writing & "Fresh Hopped Golden Ale" below Fertile Soil into a Non-Stemmed Wine Glass. Has Batch 1-1/11 & Bottle 622/838 on the side of the bottle.

Aroma- Very light, earthy, and fruity from the beginning. There seems to be a good amount of spice added as well. While going in for many smells, tree limbs came out at the end? VERY different!

Appearance- Poured a whopping 6 Finger head! Lasts for what seemed like forever. Very frothy. Has a light copper body that was clear. Left the thickest lacing behind. Carbonated much?

Flavor- Had a nice smooth, pilsner like taste with tons of sweetness afterwards. A soft, yeasty character came out also with BLONDE ALE shouting at me in the background. Light spices and light hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Creamy, and then a sour note on the palate?!?! Whats happening here!

Overall Impression- Enjoyed this brew without question but was guessing what style the whole time? I would LOVE to get some more beer from this brewery soon! While they were @ the Big Beers Festival this month, I wonder when they will be breaking into the market? I suggest this beer for those who love to ponder and enjoy complexed and interesting brews! Cheers Crooked Stave and keep up the good work.

Photo of HWren
1/5  rDev -75.7%

Photo of KajII
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a hazy medium honey orange with a large (2-3 finger) white rocky head that diminished slightly, but lasted throughout and had some really good sticky lacing.

The aroma was a bit funky with floral and grassy hops, a grain malt and a sweaty yeast with notes of citrus, apricot, pineapple, a bit of banana and a mild sourness.

The taste was malty sweet and fruity with hints of apricot and banana at first and mildly hoppy with a slight funk and sourness towards the finish with some nice citrus notes at the end. The flavor lingered for a nice long while after the swallow allowing for the fruity hoppy flavor to take hold.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and a little dry in texture with a somewhat medium carbonation.

Overall a uniquely flavorful brew that had fruit, hops and a sour funk taste all blending together, creating a wonderful drinking experience.

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

Batch 1-11/11 Bottle 292/838

Highly carbonated...maybe a tad too much. Pours a cloudy orange with a fluffy white head. Head dissapted to leave a lot of lacing.

Smells very Belgian...almost like brett, its a little funky in the nose.

Tastes is good, definately a Belgian yeast. I don't pick up too much on the 'fresh hop' aspect. It tastes like a 'regular' Belgian pale. It is good, but I'm just not feeling that it is fresh hopped that much. Maybe it is because the Belgian yeast flavor is very dominate?

It feels good on the mouth. Its not too heavy, nor too light. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall, this is a very good beer. It is the first non sour I've had from Crooked Stave. I don't know that I'll go out of my to find this again, but it is definately enjoyable.

Photo of Ratman197
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at my house poured a clear tarnished gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of earthiness, barnyard funk, pine, bread and grapefruit. Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, earthiness, barnyard funk, pine and grapefruit with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering funky earthy finish.

Photo of mikereaser
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of savagepm
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, batch 1-11/11, bottle 275/838. Pours a hazy dark gold with a huge creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bretty, slightly soured hops...pretty sweet. There's some sweet fruit and floral notes as well.

The flavor is bready malts and a little yeasty banana with some fruit and brett and a good dose of floral hops. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, a very interesting beer. One of the better hoppy Belgian ales I've had. I normally don't care for the mix of Belgian yeast and hops, but this has a nice twang to it (from Brett?).

Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of kiki3drt292
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of RuckusDu
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Good - Wonderful huge white head. Some decent lacing and lumpy as it falls. Body is a light root beer color. Smell is very sweet and candy like. It is mixed with some citrus, very pez like scent.

The Average - Taste is a little to artificial candy-like for me (even though I know it is all natural ingredients). Would like to see some more of the Belgian yeast come through. Flavors of banana, orange, and red apple are present. Not as much sour as in the nose. Mouthfeel is good. Nice carbonation and medium body.

The Judgment - I like the idea of this beer and am a fan of Belgian yeast, but just too artificial tasting for me. Otherwise this could be a wonderful beer.

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

Described on the label as a fresh hopped golden ale, it doesn't lie.

Made with all Colorado ingredients. Pours a light golden, a touch of cloud. Fluffy white head settles to more than a collar and the lacing is quite nice.

Fresh hop aroma. Floral, light citrus. Under current of bread and grass.

With a quick bready malt incursion up front, the hops come on quick. Very faint mint. Orange and persimmon zest. Light hints of banana. While the hops make their presence known they do not dominate. They refresh the beer, and with a nice touch of carbonation the beer is quite easy to drink.

very nice

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Crooked Stave Fertile Soil from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
90 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.