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

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 96
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% 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 Green is an Empirically Hoppy Brettanomyces Ale. Fermented entirely with Brettanomyces yeast and over 3lbs of hops per barrel of beer. Green pours a golden hue delivering fruity and citrusy aromas from the use of Galaxy hops, while the Brettanomyces yeast add their own tropical fruit and funky undertones to the finish.
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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 28
Photo of riored4v
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to a tulip. Frothy, dense, white head. Clear, golden colored body. 1.5 finger head.

Aroma was full of Brett. Lots of barnyard funk, slight leather, Citrusy hops. Malty and a bit bready.

Taste was excellent. Big citrus and floral hop flavor upfront. Bready and a bit malty. Finished with a floral hop bitterness and solid notes of brett. Leathery and funky.

Medium/light body, high carbonation and a crisp/dry finish.

Solid beer. Hops really come through but the brett adds a great complexity.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a big finger of off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet grainy and wheat malts, grapefruit, tropical, pine, floral, and grassy hops, funky brett, tart green fruits.

T - Sweet grainy and wheat malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, grassy, and floral hops, some smooth bitterness, tart green fruits, funky Brett.

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

D - Interesting wild ale. I like the balance of funk and hop character.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.19.13
Batch 12/2011
Bottle 789/1368

A - Pours a cloudy lighter orange with a huge cream-colored head. This gusher has some good retention once it settles down.

S - Brett and hoppy grass, pine and citrus. Smells heavenly.

T - Brett, buttery wood, earthy and slightly herbal.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Hopped up and tons of Brett. Tastes wasn't quite what it once was or what the nose suggests, but the Brett is rockin.

Photo of fmccormi
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from pry-off 750ml bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; this bottle is, per the label, from the December 2011 batch and bottle #576 of 1368 (BATCH 12/2011 BOTTLE 576/1368), so this is about a year old now.

Appearance (5.0): No shock here, but this is a voluminous, voluminous head: four-plus fingers of tight, crackling, cream-colored foam comes off of the pour, sitting on top of a glowing, hazy orange body. As the head recedes, it leaves a thick cap on top of the body with a raised middle, kinda like a volcano. Which is awesome. Tons of lacing and chunky foam in the head retention. Great-looking beer.

Smell (4.5): Nice mixture of some bright, tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, and even more mango) and some funky, musty, only lightly phenolic brett character. Some light fresh-cut grass tones mix with some light pepper and spice character, over a backdrop of dry straw and some wet hay at the same time, and yet there’s still something else going on here that I can’t quite pin down—it’s like strawberry syrup. Not joking.

Taste (4.0): Lots and lots of brett here. But again, not really a surprise. The hops are really pretty tame, but considering this is a year old, that’s to be expected. They’ve left some nice, tropical fruit tones following the nose, but that could be coming from the brett, too—if anything, they blend into it well. Very smooth, moderately dry, bready, biscuity malt character lends a nice body here. And the brett, meanwhile, is VERY low on phenolic character, thankfully. Only lightly peppery and no trace of band-aids, plastic, or whatever else people seem to pick up on in brett primary brews. The pepper character sits softly in the mid-palate, and the finish is dominated by that funky twang, but it’s not tart at all and it’s not particularly offensive in any way. This is brett done extremely well.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Surprisingly subdued, actually—carbonation is evenly-distributed and tingles lightly, expanding moderately on the way down but it never prickles. It’s very subtle, really. The body is somewhat dry, thanks in part to the ABV presence (which is minimal, but it does dry out the finish) and in part due to a mix of hops (very light) and some starchy, lightly spicy yeast presence.

Overall (4.0): Overall, I’d say this is a pretty damn good beer. I would love to have tried it fresh, but this is definitely enjoyable as it is. It’s like a very smooth, bretty Belgian Pale Ale with some old, but still very clearly tropical, hop character. It’s nice, and very satisfying to drink. Considering how well-handled the brett is here, I’m definitely sold on Chad’s ability—really looking forward to some more Crooked Stave, now!

Photo of Rifugium
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whoever brought this to our Nov. '12 bottle share!

Cloudy golden yellow pour with a good amount of foamy white head that left some soapy lacing on the glass. If I remember correctly, this one was a borderline gusher, but no liquid was lost. Crisp aroma, grassy, citrusy, fairly mild Brett notes, with promises of light tartness. The nose is reflected in the taste, grassy, leafy, earthy, springtime goodness, apple skins, lemon and grapefruit peel--hops have seemingly kept up well with time--underripe honeydew, biscuity malts in the background, and a ubiquitous but very mellow Brett presence. Light-medium body, very well-balanced at this point, and very drinkable overall.

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is amber in color with a tall off-white head. The nose lives up to the beer's name. It's quite "green". A bit of green apple, lime, grass, and honeydew. A bit of sweet bread, lemon, and sugar, too. The flavor has some more tropical fruit notes to go along with the melon, lime, grass, and lemon. A touch of yeast and bready malt flavors. Lightly hoppy as well with some nice floral notes.

Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1414th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Snifter
750 Ml

Thanks to DrewBa for sharing

App- This was a VERY clear yellow and had a very fuzzy head sitting on top. Faded almost before I blinked. The cling was a 0 as well.

Smell- This had to be a ton of dry hopping. It smelled like an IPA did. It was dry, citrus, and had a small funk to it.
Th
Taste- I don't want to bash this beer. It was just a bit awkward in flavor to me. The hops mixed with the brett just made it seem a bit muddled in the middle and didnt flow or blend well in the end.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium dry carbonation. A lot of dryness behind it. The brett really takes over but doesnt mesh that well with hops.

Drink- For the second CS beer, thought the 1st was better but this showed potential I thinik of pushing boundaries.

Photo of Domingo
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very, very foamy but not a gusher. Cloudy. Looks a little like carbonated grapefruit juice.
Hoppy without a doubt. There's something about the hop and brett blend that makes this one have a chemical note. Almost vinyl-like? New car smell? It sounds weird, but it isn't. It's the brett and a combo of citric hops. Unusual, but familiar. Not bad, but maybe unexpected?
Slightly bitter up-front. Bitterness leads into grapefruit peel. A kiss of sourness and funk on the back end. Different flavors, but they blend well. Quite tasty.
Slower to drink than other the other WWB beers, but just as interesting and thought provoking.
Another oddball "thinker" of a beer from CS. Not my absolute fave but still good. These guys are doing some wild things...hence the name I'm sure.
Even when something isn't mind blowingly good, it can still make you question what beers can be.

Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

951;1368

Pours a white head. Good retention with lace rings.

Aroma: Very hoppy. Floral and grassy. Brett funk. Medicinal.

Taste: Lots of brett funk. Mimics Rouge in this department. Very medicinal.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but chewy. Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, better nose than the rouge, but otherwise the same. Boring brett beer.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The "hoppy" one. Pretty good. Probably #3 on my list.

Beer is amber and hazy with a big white head. Some lacing, large amounts of carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is like brett and grapefruit peel. The hops still pop, almost pushing the brett ot the side, very good.

Beer is light in body and not really bitter, there is some hoppiness / fruit in the palate but it is subtle and finishes nicely. I liked it and would probably have it again. These beers were very different. Really enjoyed tasting them side by side.

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Bottle 487/1368

Pours a cloudy golden with a large white head and a good amount of spotty lacing on the way down.

The nose carries some nice tropical fruits along with some orange and grapefruit peel. Somewhat earthy in the background. Most of the character seems to be coming from the Galaxy rather than Brett.

Flavor has a nice hop component that's very fresh. A bit leafy as well. Nice citrus rind and light earth behind the hops. A touch of Brett there as well.

Light body with moderate acidity and good carbonation. Light-medium bitterness leads to a dry finish.

Nice and interesting, though I would have liked a little more Brett to play against the dry-hop character.

Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

And a final thank you to Murren for providing this series of 4 WWB brews for us to sample. This was the last in the series of tastings for us and perhaps the one I was most looking forward to.

Poured into a snifter, this brew pours a hazed orange color with a white creamy topping that retains better tan the rest in the series. A light swirl effortlessly revives the cap back to more than a finger.

The smell is bright with a fresh grassy hop presence. Pine and grass upfront blend into a catty and dank quality. The end of the hoppiness concludes with some herbal aspect which transitions nicely into the straw barnyard quality and dry bretty funk tones.

The taste is quite herbal with dry dirty earth Brett flavor. It contrasts pretty hard and fights for attention on the palate more than blending together. An enjoyable flavor of pine-like resinous hops is conflicting with a veggie quality that seems bacterial more so than from the hops. On their own, the flavors are unique and enjoyable but blended together it doesn't totally work for me.

This is a medium bodied brew with a smooth feel and modest level of carbonation. At times this had a weird herbal mint quality that was interesting but when mixed with the veggie aspect, it didn't quite work. I have no doubt that this brew will continue to developed into an entirely different beast with age. At the present time, I'm not crazy about it. But I'm glad I have a bottle to revisit.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is just an amazing brew. perhaps the best wild beer ive had, even better than their surette i think. pours a murky straw color with a fluffy lasting white head of tiny bubbles. smells a bit sour, with some citrusy hop notes and a fine belgian style yeasty tingle. flavor is unbeatable, complex, strong, distinct, and balanced. first up is a hit of sweetness followed by tart fruit and lively marijuana-like hops, all capped off with a mildly sour funked out yeast that really rounds the beer our well. feel is epic too, well carbonated, medium bodied, and just as velvety smooth as anything. could drink a lot of this, and budget permitting i will. i am extremely impressed with this. its a saison of sorts for the adventurous beer drinker, and impeccably crafted. this is a bigtime winner!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Batch 12/11. Bottle # 560/1368.

Pours a murky honey orange with an off-white head that settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of herbal hops and funky Brett. Taste is of grain, herbal hops, and some funky Brett flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but this one smells better than it tastes just like the Rouge.

Photo of ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Cloudy, clearly unfiltered, yellow and golden with a huge, pillowy, thick, persistent off-white head that leaves the glass completely messy with thick lines, streaks, and webs of frothy lace. Gorgeous.

The aroma is funk-tastic! I've never quite smelled something so Brett-forward. The hops add both bright citrus fruit elements and floral, earthy characteristics, but the yeast is the star of the show and it's powerful--big, musky notes of barnyard, hay, horse blanket, grass, and rotting apple. Awesome.

The flavor follows the aroma similarly, with the Brett yeast stealing the show alongside tropical fruit and floral hop flavors, and a huge level of bitterness. The bitterness isn't at all distracting but is most certainly complementary.

Full bodied per the style with high carbonation, though fluffy, light, airy, and incredibly drinkable. The mouthfeel is very Belgian-like in it's delicacy.

Simply fantastic.

Photo of crossovert
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml botte. #218/1368.

It pours a semi-hazy orange with a big fuffy white head.

The smell is great, tropical fruit notes along with a biting brett scent with medicine, barnyard, and "funk".

The taste is hoppy, bretty and earthy. Almost in equal amounts, there is a subtle sweetness. An interesting brew.

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color with a medium size white fluffy head that leaves some spotchy lacing as it recedes.

The aromas begin quite green, much more hope forward than I expected. Light tropical fruit with heavier herbal, resiny and deep earthy notes. Sourness/funkiness emerges more as it warms but is overshaddowed by the resiny hops at this point.

The tastes begin much more tame than aroma, as far as the hops go. The tropical fruitiness isn't as present and the grassy, pine and citrus hops come about more. Brett emerges in the finish highlighted by light sourness, wet hay and light funk makes the finish. Finish is moderately bitter from the abundant hops that must have been added.

The mouthfeel is medium-low bodied with medium-low carbonation. The combination leaves my mouth really dry and the flavors linger after the finish.

Overall I am not a fan of bitter Belgian style beers or overly hopped wild ales so this was a miss for me. I just don't understand why this extreme sour/bitter flavor profile is every desired. I'll take my DIPAs separate from my Wild ales going forward.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO. Around $12. Into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip. Bottle 76/1368, Batch 12/2011.

A: Pours a hazy amber in color with an enormous, billowy white head that will not disappear, excellent lacing left behind as the head very slowly fades away. Nice looking beer.

S: A ton of funk going on here, which pairs surprisingly well with the mango/passion fruit notes that come from galaxy hops. Pretty dank and resinous, but hugely funky. Some serious barnyard in the nose, doesn't quite verge on "shit" but gets there. Great aroma here.

T: Bitter, funky, and resinous this pulls the tongue in a few different directions. Very potent passion fruit hop profile mixed with a sharp bitterness that is definitely enhanced by the brettanomyces almost complete attenuation of any sugars that started in the beer. A lingering battle sticks around on the tongue pitting funk versus hop resins. They both linger and never really fade which makes for an interesting taste. Pretty incredible stuff. The brett is also incredibly present, not that it wasn't in the Rouge, but it really stands out in this beer. Very potent, strong brett profile.

M: Towards the thinner end of the spectrum, finish is bone dry, so much so that I think it glues the flavors to your tongue. Awesome!

O: Really an impressive beer, I'd have to say that this beer is my favorite of the Crooked Stave beers so far. Huge flavors from both the hops and the brett kick the tongue and don't let up at all. Thoroughly impressed with this one.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle today at Lukas. Bottled 12/2011#561/1368 poured to Duvel tulip at 40*. The beer pours a murky golden/orange/straw color. Thick color. A huge 3 finger white bubbly cap with impressive retention and lacing. The head stays forever. I don't know how this beer could look any better. Very impressive. The nose is a complex mix of a heavy brett, citrus and piney hops, earthy tones, and a hint of malty sweetness. Very nice. The flavor follows the tongue closely: a rush of brett on your tongue. The sourness lingers throughout and dominates. The hops provide a gentle backdrop along with the malty sweetness. Mild bitterness. The middle brings out some fruity tones of apple and pear. Medium bodied and full of flavor. Finishes with a almost chewy texture but smooth and crisp. Mildly carbonated and extremely drinkable. Overall, I went into this with no expectations and loved it. I am going to buy another to cellar, if I can find it. Recommended.

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

Bottle opens with a little excitement and the foam marks its territory on my countertop. Pours a hazy golden color with three fingers of white head that stay puffy and recede very slowly. It smells like an IPA, no funk, no IPA, it keeps going back and forth in terms of the dominant aroma. This is the first wild beer I have had where I could distinctly smell what I would describe as a stable that has recently housed a horse, or what I am assuming others refer to when they say barnyard or horseblanket. But behind the funk are some really bright citrus and tropical fruit notes. There is also a "dankness" that bridges the gap between hops and funk. Overall there is a very broad and smooth spectrum of aromas. The taste is more of the same. With all the hop aroma I was expecting more bitterness, something akin to an IPA but it was more in Pale Ale territory, bitter but that is not the dominant taste. The bitterness creates a bass note that the rest of the aroma/taste is able to jump off from. As I continue to drink it is definitely the most bitter beer with Brett I have ever had, but it avoids being "aspiriny" which I have experienced before in bitter beers with brett. Overall it was very well balanced and extremely drinkable, I have one more for the cellar and I am interested to see what the brett does with all the hop compounds.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to d4radio for the Crooked Stave goodies!

Pours a murky orange/yellow with a big white head that was still going strong at 3 fingers minutes after the pour. Good sticky lacing as well.

The prominent aroma I perceive is tart apple. Some hay and other earthy type funk as well, a bit more so than I remember the Orange and Rouge having. Also some bright citrus notes which I'm assuming are the hops shining through the funk.

Very interesting flavor. Very hoppy with some bright citrus notes up front. The funky earthiness then invades and lingers. Tart green apple and hay are the dominant flavors before finishing a bit piney and very dry.

A bit of a creamy mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation levels.

Haven't had a ton of soured hoppy beers before, but this is the best. Similar to the Bitter Monk I had a few weeks back, but much better profile. The sourness isn't extreme. It almost tastes like a Belgian IPA at times. I think I still like the Orange best out of this series, but this is still good.

Photo of phishsihq
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looking up at the giant 100 tap board at the Mayor of Old Town, we asked the server what the difference between the Wild Wild Brett Yellow and Wild Wild Brett Green. One is an IPA and the other a Pale Ale, ah we will go with the IPA. Wild Wild Brett Green is a sour IPA that pours a somewhat hazy peachy-orange color with a frothy, white head that leaves good lacing. Aromas of citrusy hop sweetness are met with a funk, reminiscent of barnyard smells, brought on by the Brettanomyces. The flavor seems to be of restrained a bit, with grapefruity citrus, tartness, and some earthy notes following through on a good balance. Sourness and bitterness are less then expected, but subtle and somewhat lingering. The body is medium, with a lighter amount of carbonation. Overall, an interesting take on an IPA, next time we will have to give the yellow a try.

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got last bottle on shelf, #632, from Lukas Liquors in Denver (Lone Tree).

Foamy head that slowly goes down till its just a film of it on top. Light, subtle hop notes on the nose. Cloudy and medium golden in color. Everything about this beer is subtle and balanced. Slight carbonation.

This drinks like a light IPA/Pale Ale but toned down and with way less carbonation. Smooth and slightly tart with hints of grapefruit.

Crooked Stave makes solid, drinkable beers and this one is no different. I may have to go find another bottle to cellar.

Photo of potbeercollege
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml. Man, i can't get enough of this beer. Pours cloudy orange, totally unfiltered, large lacy white head, very attractive brew. Nose is bright tropical fruit hop, very clean and bright single hop aroma (Galaxy). Brett lends a subtle horsey background and complements clean hops extraordinarily well, smells unlike every IPA i've had. Taste is clean tropical fruit hop upfront with light funk in aftertaste.

Overall: probably my favorite of the WWB series, though the orange and yellow are phenomenal as well. Will be interested to see how brett affects bright hop character with some age, Chad said he expects it to preserve hop character longer. Regardless of how the Green with age, it is the best of the series fresh out of the bottle. Buy em while you can.

Photo of Beaver13
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Batch 12/2011. Bottle 949/1368. Pours a hazy dark golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some earthy spicy brett and tropical fruits with lots of resiny piney hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and lots of tropical fruits (as it warms) with a little brett twang followed by a big resiny piney hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid IPA with some subtle brett notes.

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Green" from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
90 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.