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

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89
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 89
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 4.67%
Wants: 96
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Wild Wild Brett Yellow is fermented entirely with Brettanomyces yeast and was inspired by the savory sweet combinations found in Southern Indian cuisine by incorporating turmeric, mango coriander and spices. Yellow pours a golden hue delivering tropical fruit aromas with earthy citrus flavors and a dry tart finish.
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Photo of Beaver13
3.14/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ml bottle - batch 12/2011, bottle 762 / 1488. Pours hazy yellow gold with a smallish creamy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is tart acidic tropical fruits and brett with some bready malts and corriander and Indian spices.

The flavor is tart acidic tropical fruits and some almost minty brett with a dry spicy (pepper, others) and bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer, but probably my least favorite WWB so far. (538 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared courtesy of mrand01.

Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a decent size white head that leaves minimal lacing as the head slowly recedes.

The aroms intially remind me of a curry beer (because of the tumeric), then I get some citrus, mango and a faint earthiness. Turmeric really comes through well and owns the show though. Decent amount of sweet pale maltiness emerges as it warms.

Thankfully the curry is not a major flavor in the tastes as it was in the aroma. Initially I get the fruity mango and sour Brett funk. As it warms I get a bit more earth, spices and barnyard qualities associated with beers of this style.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium (for the style) with a medium to low amount of carbonation. Finish is on the dryer side with a decent amount of bitterness, either from the hops or spices, can't tell for sure.

Overall this is the third beer from this hyped brewery and I have to say I was not wowed by any of the beers to the point where I ever need to have any of them again. I appreciate the innovation and creatively but the flavor profile just misses the mark. (1,118 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is hazy and straw yellow with a lasting, white head. The aroma offers soap, lemon zest, citrus. Good flavor, with a palate coating, creamy citrus vibe. A bit too soapy in both the flavor and feel. A bit unbalanced. Decent...eh... (273 characters)

Photo of nppeders
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - brilliant gold, nice white head that dissipated to a small thin layer that sticks around

smell - whoa...way too spicy. tastes like tons of cardamon, or cinnamon, or maybe it's the turmeric? Either way not as well balanced as I prefer.

taste - Taste starts with fruity, middle has some sweet honey and citrus, and then it hits you with a slight tartness (maybe from the brett). The finish of the sip really makes this beer. Very Nice.

mouthfeel - medium carbonation, thin to medium body

overall - The smell of the spice really overwhelms this beer. I like the honey and the fruity brett. Very clean beer other then the extreme spice. I like it but I don't love it. (683 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Alex's Birthday Bash.

A - Pours golden yellow, frothy white, thin ring, spotty lace.

S - Tropical fruity sweetness, brett funk, some oak, light spice.

T - Mango, citrus, pineapple, brett funk, spices, light tartness, and yogurt. Alcohol is no where to be found. Finish is creamy sweet fruity with some funk.

M - Light body, creamy, a touch high carbonation-wise.

O - A nice funky/wild saison that was enjoyable. I would have again for sure and look forward to the other "colors" in this series. (509 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Murren for sharing 4 of these different WWB colored offerings. This one was third in the lineup during our tasting. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clouded yellow color with a white frothy cap.

The smell of this brew includes some earthy notes that are cuaght in a mixture of brett and under/overly ripe mango. In addition to the mango, there is a supporting fruity quality of citrus that brightens things up a bit. In the background are notes of leathery brett and barnyard with a hint of grassy quality.

The taste is earthy and picks up where the aro a left off. It contributes a greater focus on the straw, earthy and grassy askects of the brett. The mango inclusion is present with a subtle fruity quality but it is faint in comparison compared to the wild nature of the earthy brett. Yogurt is present with almost a stinky foot or cheese aspect along with sulfur and an aftertaste of straw.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The fruit was more readily apparent in the nose than in the flavor. It worked but didn't quite come across as interesting as the label might make you believe. This one has a hint of off character around the edges which kept me from really digging it but overall it wasn't bad. This series has me interested enough to press on and try the rest. (1,342 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Batch 12/11. Bottle # 947/1488.

Pours a murky yellow with an off-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is very floral with a nice Indian food spice aroma. Taste is very much the same with the Indian spices lingering on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but the Brett doesn’t seem to come out very much in either the smell or flavor. (581 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

seven-fifty from the Liquor Mart, Boulder

a: served in a westmalle chalice, deep golden yellow, opaque with yeast, healthy white head

s: pilsner malt and wheat body with a big yeasty compliment and dense with phenolic tumeric aromas, a heady dose of yeasty output and a moderate brett twinge - less big funk and more restrained wildness, hints of old oak, hops of papery grass, some touches of lemon

m: lively bodied, showing a medium-full carbonation and light, crisp mouthfeel

t: clean pilsner malt with touches of sweet wheat malt, phenols from the tumeric again blend with yeasty spice, yeast flavors with a light wild tartness, lemon, grassy hops, cleanly finishing

o: a decent experiment, the phenols are a little overpowering and don’t totally do it for me, but this one was enjoyable as a one-time purchase (821 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden straw color with a white head. A really interesting aroma. Tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango, lots of citrus, and a tart lactic note. There is an interesting tea-like aroma, menthol, and tumeric as well. The flavor is grassy and mildly herbal. Tumeric is present, plenty of mango and lemon, and a light tartness. A bit of ginger flavor, almost no malt character, and a dry finish. Sort of all over the place, but enjoyable. (454 characters)

Photo of popery
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a bright medium yellow gold. Surprisingly, it's quite clear. The head is medium-sized and white, dissipates pretty quickly leaving little to no lacing. Lots of Indian spice. Good dose of turmeric, coriander and other spices that I mostly associate with curry. There's also some lime and tropical fruit in the mix. Less funk than red but more depth overall. The taste has more of the citrus and pineapple but there's still a spice edge. Turmeric pineapple finish. Medium to light tartness. Light on the palate with fizzy carbonation. Interesting beer. Lots more citrus than expected. I wonder if they threw in some kaffir lime leaves or something. (652 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold with foamy white head fading into a thin ring. Spotty lacing.

Tropical fruit aroma with tons of brett and some spice with a bit of barnyard funk.

Very bright mango and other tropical fruit up front. Very nice on the front side of the palate. Brett funk then takes over and it finishes a little too spicy along with the funk. Little fruit flavor left in the finish.

Light bodied with carbonation levels a touch higher than I'd prefer, but no major flaw.

Enjoyable beer. 2nd only to Orange as far as the CS colors I've had so far. I loved this one up front and would have rated much higher had it held more of the mango flavor throughout. (658 characters)

Photo of riored4v
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Hazy, golden colored body. 1 finger head that faded quickly.

Aroma is funky with brett and very light notes of cherry. Musty and slightly sweet. Some hints of peppey and orange/mango. Tumeric does stand out a bit but blends in nicely.

Flavor was an interesting blend. Tumeric was noticeable but lots of mango and orange flavors. Some light lemon. Slight honey sweetness, lightly malty. Notes of lemon and a clear brett, farmhouse, flavor profile with some subtle cherry. Mildy bitter finish that was lightly citrusy and tropical.

Medium body, medium carb with a very dry finish. No signs of abv.

Overall its an interesting blend of flavors. Very unique but really nice and easy to drink. Light flavors make for a great summer beer and super refreshing. (779 characters)

Photo of Ratman197
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from Toatal Beverage Westminster poured a clear gold with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of coriander, tumeric, straw, mango, light barnyard and light citrus. Mouthfeel was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of tumeric, corinder, straw,barnyard funk, light mango and light citrus with a smooth dry lingering funky spiced finish. (364 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Mike (Thorpe429) - thanks dude! Served in a tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to an incomplete white ring. Hazy peach body.

S - Very odd - smells like curry. Turmeric and coriander are quite present, overlaying a tropical brett claussenii and sweet malt backdrop.

T - Taste is quite similar, with the tropical brett notes nicely complimenting the curry spices. It's almost like some kind of mango curry dish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth texture, with a bit of tannic dryness in the finish.

D - Oddly pleasant. I think this is my favorite of the series so far, and it's one of the few beers with these sort of spices that is actually well-integrated. Would drink this one again. (730 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.18.13
Batch 12/2011
Bottle 523/1488

A - Pours a crystal clear medium orange with a fizzy white head that has decent retention. It gets more cloudy with each pour.

S - Very floral, corriander, and spices.

T - Lemons, tart, subtle spices. Not much pop.

D - Decent carbonation with a light body. Dry finish.

O - Spices and citrus, nice and tart with a dry finish. Pretty light and mild all-around. (418 characters)

Photo of Domingo
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy lemon-peel yellow color. Whipped cream-like head. Lots of lacing, too.
Puckering green apple on the nose. A little citric acid and unidentifiable spice. Not sure what it reminds me of, but it's familiar. Maybe juniper berries?
The taste is a near perfect mix of spices, brett yeast, and sourness. Tumeric, ginger, peach, and cardamom blend with a green apple sourness, fading into just a kiss of hop bitterness.
Just the right mix of spice, sour, and even a little funkiness.
It walks a lot of lines, all of them perfectly.
Really, really enjoyable pairing with spicy food, too. I had it with paella, but I'm certain the intended Indian food pairing would be amazing, too.
One of the best beers of this sort I've ever had (733 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 03/30/12 notes. Thanks to Thorep429 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a straw yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, oranges, fruity malts, herbal notes, earthy and floral notes, light tropical fruits. Very nice nose.

t - Tastes of brett, oranges, citrus hops, fruity malts, floral hops, earthy notes, spice. Not quite as great as the nose but still very good.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, quite easy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit. I've had their WWB Yellow and Orange now and both have been good, though I prefer the Yellow slightly. Ton of brett and oranges, and easy to drink. Would like to have it again. (742 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet wheat and grainy malts, honey, mango and other tropical fruits, turmeric, other spices, funky Brett, and a bit of tart green fruits.

T - Honey, sweet wheat and grainy malts, mango and other tropical fruits, turmeric, coriander, and other spices, some tart green fruits, peach, and funky Brett.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, tart, and funky finish.

D - Great Brett beer. Nice mix of spices. (507 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: As I opened the bottle it started to fizzle out quickly. out. A nice white head developed and stuck around for a little bit once poured into my glass and a little layer remained on the surface throughout the remainder. Slightly hazy and orange/golden in appearance.

S: Sweet and spicy and very inviting. This is my first Crooked Stave beer and one of my first wilde ales and I like what I am smelling. With my limited experience my take in the aroma is that of caramelized, cinnamon apple.

T: The spiciness component of the smell is the dominant flavor up front. The fruitiness is definitely there as well but not quite as dominant as it was in the aroma. There is some honey, which seems to be mixed with some ever so slightly tartness, present as well. I get some earthiness in the aftertaste.

M: Definitely some carbonation to this thing with creamier body to it than I expected, which is a nice surprise.

O: I definitely liked this one a lot more than I thought I would as I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this. My score might be a little inflated due to being so pleasantly surprised by this. . I will definitely have to check more Crooked Stave stuff in the future. (1,185 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second favorite of these beers. Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a white head, one of hte only ones that wasn't over carbonated. No lacing, moderate carbonation, an interesting beer.

Aroma is very tea like, there is a list of ingredients on the label that I don't recall what those are but the spices win out, the brett is secondary.

Beer is light and the spices from the nose carry on in the palate, a very strong nice presence. I enjoyed this beer a lot. Very enjoyable. The brett takes a back seat in this one but it is still good. I'd have it again. (560 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

It pours a hazy orangeish gold with a foamy white head that doesn't leave too much lacing. More and more floaties in secondary pours.

The smell of this one is great. Nice mango, some "honey" (sugar), lemon, turmeric, and coriander. Of course the brett is there but not as up front as I was expecting.

The flavor is pretty nice. I feel like brett+mango+tumeric is a pretty obvious combo. The flavors, as expected, work nicely here. The honey doesn't add a huge amount of sweetness actually, the flavor is rather spicy and fruity but not too sweet. It is extremely refreshing.

Next up Asafoetida+brett? (618 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO for $12. Into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip. Batch 12/2011, bottle 1132/1488.

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold in color with a bone white head that foams up to about an inch and quickly falls away leaving a few splotches of lacing.

S: Fruity and spicy, lots of mango and other tropical fruits, some citrus and a fair amount of coriander as well. Brett is a bit more subdued in this as opposed to the Green, it is still there, just doesn't kick you in the nose as much. Funky and musty as opposed to funky and staaaanky. Not bad at all.

T: Funk is much more pronounced than in the nose, nice little bit of musty barn in here that mixes with the bright notes of mango and coriander to make a light, very "bright" tasting beer. Light bit of tartness on the finish. Mango is in there as well, just not as pronounced. Fairly respectable wheat malt profile in here. Tastes a lot like what I wish all witbiers tasted like.

M: Very light, prickly carbonation and an insanely dry finish. Spot on here.

O: Another interesting beer here, thoroughly enjoyed this and this will be an awesome beer to pair with food. Glad to know that they plan on making this a year round offering as well. (1,238 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a lovely orange/bronze shade with a one inch white head quickly fading. smells incredible, so much going on here. sour from the brett, but tempered with tropical fruit and indian spice. cardomom? no its turmeric the bottle informed me. flavor is yeasty bite up front with only the slightest sour finish. all kinds of spicy fruit in between. actually like the juice of some funky rare tropical fruit. mouthfeel is perfect, or just short of it. bright and zesty. really nice everything here. only slightly undercarbonated in my opinion. this is bomb (553 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to fortsambo for sending a bottle of this out my way. Served in a SAVOR glass.

Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a nice white head. Good retention and a few rings of lace on the way down.

The nose has a good mixture of spice, citrus, mango, and a faint earthiness. Turmeric comes through really well. Nice and earthy in the background. Good complexity through the cool-to-warm cycle, with the emphasis changing during that time.

Flavor was a really nice display of fruit and Brett. Hops were there contributing to the mango, and a bit of earth and hay carried through on the back end. Medium body with good carbonation and a bitter, dry finish. Great mix of spice and flavorings coming through.

Like nearly all the other Crooked Stave brews I've had, I was a pretty big fan of this one. It really grew on me over the course of the bottle, and after having a second bottle, I like this one even more and have nudged up my scores accordingly. (962 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer of New Year's celebration. I have the "Green" on standby....

Pours a light, yet "glowy" golden, hazy yellow color. Go figure. Nice fluffy white head and medium lacing going on.

Spicy aroma. The turmeric really pounces on the nose. Spicy ginger and Earthy spice. Some tropical notes and sourness.

Taste has the spice coming in full throttle. Ginger and Earthiness again, but has some more fruit to it. It seems a coriander starts to emerge and then is thrown back by some other spice and honey. And the honey is a nice touch, not too much to make it sweet, but it seems to keep the spice from going crazy.

Finishes dry and clean. (657 characters)

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Yellow" from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.