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

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Blue"Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Blue"

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BA SCORE
87
very good

77 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 31
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.30% 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 07-12-2012)
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Bonko_the_sane

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +27.9%

05-12-2013 18:25:05 | More by Bonko_the_sane
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Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

10-16-2012 17:27:17 | More by SupremePie
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Colorado

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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

12-04-2012 20:55:22 | More by BeerNFoodDood
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 841/1531

APPEARANCE: This is a pretty dark beer - deep, dark, reddish-brown. The cream-colored head is fairly thick, but dissipates rather quickly, leaving some gorgeous and full lacing around the top of the glass. The lacing continues to be nearly perfect throughout the glass.

SMELL: The aroma is not overpowering, but it is very pleasant. This beer smells like a forest. The spruce comes through along with a little earthy grassiness. A hint of pine lurks as well. If I had to choose a beer's smell to represent Colorado, this would be it.

TASTE: What an interesting beer. There is a hint of sweet, chocolatey malt up front, but the hops quickly wash it away with a dry, but not overpowering piney and citrus taste. This is an exceptionally well-balanced beer with a pleasant grassy finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and creamy with a slight sparkle. The body is medium to full and the balance is wonderful - slightly sweet up front, followed by a very easy-going bitterness throughout the last 2/3 of each sip. This beer is an absolute pleasure to drink.

OVERALL: There is a surprisingly lack of Brett-like flavors and aromas in this beer for a Crooked Stave creation, but they are there and they'll probably develop quite a bit over time. That said, I am extremely happy to be drinking this beer fresh. I hope this beer gets revisited at some point in Crooked Stave's bright future.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 06:42:47 | More by StoneTSR
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, the Blue WWB...not blueberry (that's Indigo I believe). This one is brewed with Colorado blue spruce tips.

Dark pour, looks rich. A lot of dark beers have a ruby edge or highlights, this one has this but the ruby is dulled. Big fluffy head, off brown, light tan.

Aroma is intriguing. Hops up front at first. Citrus and tropical. Some spruce comes out. Dark malts follow. Roasted coffee, some chocolate, faint baked caramel. Wow, a lot going on here.

The intrigue follows to the taste. Tropical hops up front. Leading to a chewy middle of cocoa, coffee and pine. The pine turns to spruce and the citrus flavors come into play. Light florals and berry on the end.

Finishes dry yet rich. Malt and floral flavors linger until the next sip

The thing about this beer is that in 6 months the Brett will take off and totally change the flavor. While the hops may fade....enter Brett

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 18:02:19 | More by Mebuzzard
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ngeunit1

California

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a bit of brown and a finger of khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades slowly.

S - Dark caramel and chocolate malts, spruce tips, grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops, funky Brett, some tart green fruits.

T - Dark roasted caramel and chocolate malts, spruce tips, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, some lightly resiny bitterness, funky Brett, and tart green fruits.

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

D - Fantastic dark sour. Like the mix of hops and spruce tips.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 05:37:04 | More by ngeunit1
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color capped by a large ecru head that gets rocky as it slowly fades, leaving plenty of lace on the tulip

Smell: Lemon, Spruce and a hint of barnyard

Taste: Opens with toasted brown bread base that is subsumed by lemony tartness; in the middle, both the Spruce and a touch of barnyard funk arrive; the finish is tart and tangy with just a touch of the malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat puckery

Overall: Not sure what this was like when first released (and I read some mixed reviews) but this has developed into a very nice beer (and I note the last few reviews have rated this much higher)

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 22:58:52 | More by brentk56
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blindpiggie

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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Travisnin

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

12-13-2012 22:38:02 | More by cosmonick
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

09-10-2012 00:56:15 | More by ucsbmullet
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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mfield14

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

09-21-2012 06:11:31 | More by mfield14
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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dhbiker0889

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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ehammond1


4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Near black in color, but truly a very dark brown, with dark ruby edges and a moderate, very persistent dark brown head that initially leaves regular dark brown lines of stick down the glass, then eventually a coating sheet. Gorgeous.

Very complex aroma that really improves with agitation and warming. At colder temperatures, the Brett yeast stands out most, with some initial Band-Aid character, transforming into an earthy farmhouse funk. As the beer warms, pine and sap notes emerge along with a bit of traditional dark malt character. Smells like a funky Christmas tree.

The flavor is complex and similar to the aroma, with pine/spruce flavors combining with more traditional dark malt (roast, mild coffee), along with a big wave of funk (Band-Aid, horse blanket, grass), with a bit of sweetness as well.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Disappearing on the palate. Airy. Very Belgian-like. Incredibly impressive. Perfect.

Very impressive and very flavorful. I'm glad I cracked one of my bottles fresh, but am interested and excited to see how this one will develop with some time on it.

A funky Christmas beer? George Clinton would love this thing! We want the funk! Gotta have that funk!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 21:11:45 | More by ehammond1
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to user quirkzoo for sending this beer to me out in Hawaii. Much Mahalo!

This beer pours a beautiful dark, dark brown (dangerously close to black) with a fair size light, tan head. Very appealing appearance. The Smell is interesting & different - I'm having a hard time picking out individual aromas here but it's pleasant, quite strong, there's definitely some spruce which is quite nice.

As for the taste, a very interesting sour start leads into some spruce with a strong pine finish. Right in the middle there's quite a kick of something interesting - maybe some cocoa/coffee flavor combined with a solid amount of spruce/pine. Very little, if any, alcohol at the finish. Nice mouth-feel with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall, I thought this was a very pleasant beer, definitely a new experience for me. It really has a lot of flavor. This is my first brettanomyces beer and it definitely intrigues me into wanting to try more.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 03:48:58 | More by Resuin
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

crooked stave is my favorite brewery right now and this beer is an excellent illustration of why. it pours coffee brown with a very aggressive bubbly tan head. the aroma is the best part of this. it smells like christmas morning. the spruce tips really impart a nice fresh wintertime pine essence, while the brett gives a tart but not sour character off. this is darker than i thought it would be, and the malts give it some impressive depth. the flavor is beautiful as well, although not quite as robust as the smell. the pine is there but its countered by the brett. ive never had anything like this as all, and im liking it more and more as i sip on it. the finish is a little barnyard, but not sour at all, and there is a lot of hops here. not bitter, but pungent and fresh.. feel is good, but id like to see a little more carbonation on it. the body is only about medium despite the dark color, its not a heavy brew. the alcohol is also well hidden, and the whole thing works perfectly in my opinion. this series of beers keeps getting better. yum-o

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 01:18:26 | More by StonedTrippin
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kubrick215 for sharing!

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a 2.5 finger beige head that has excellent retention, only slowly settling into a thick, lasting ring.  Large streaks of soapy lacing left bind.

I know it's a black ale made with spruce tips but the aroma is surprisingly hop forward for a BA wild ale.  Lots of floral, earthy pine and resinous oils followed by roasted malt, musty Brett and toasted oak.  Some dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean and oatmeal along with musty funk and earthy hops.  Very interesting.

On the fuller end of medium body with a strong hop/spruce tip presence that's complimented  by roasted dark malt, dry oak and funky Brett.  Complex and well balanced with the hops, oak barrel and brett notes bouncing off of each other.  Sligtly spicy spruce tip presence with resinous hop oils, pine needle, dark chocolate, coffee bean and dark fruit.  Some raisin, plum and fig flavor with a dry, spicy finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 00:23:46 | More by corby112
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incubuscience

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-20-2013 22:38:40 | More by incubuscience
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Diomede

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

09-08-2012 05:51:14 | More by Diomede
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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Blue" from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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