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

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 114
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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: Jason on 08-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brett Ale Fermented w/ Blueberries Aged In Oak
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Ratings: 119 | Reviews: 25
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Photo of Beaver13
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle - batch 7/12, bottle 1150/1516. Pours a hazy amber with reddish-violet hues and a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet bready malts with tart/sour blueberries with a little stink and funk from the brett and some slight vomit notes.

The flavor is sweet blueberries with some tart citric notes and some earthy brett and vanilla. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice blend of tart blueberries and brett. The best blueberry beer I've had. A little too sweet.

Photo of ehammond1
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

A cloudy dark blonde and light purple with a creamy, small-bubbled head. This doesn't foam up like (all?) the other WWB series beers I've had. The creamy, light khaki-clored head remains a thin crown atop the beer and leaves irregular, messy, webs of lace down the glass. Pretty.

Not as Brett-forward as the other beers in the series, with the yeast really only playing a minor role, adding a musky basement note, next to the sweet, plump, authentic, yet earthy blueberry character. Both interesting and enjoyable--two things Crooked Stave does well.

The flavor is marvelously enjoyable; sweet, plump blueberries with just a hint of a tartness, mild but complementary basement funk, a little bit of earth and grass. Marvelously drinkable.

Again, as with many Crooked Stave offerings, the mouthfeel is simply perfect. Creamy, airy, though rich, and disappearing. Marvelously crafted, interesting, delicious, Brett beer.

My drinking buddy only had one word for this beer, "Fabulous."

Photo of jeonseh
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A -Red raspberry with light brown aspects and a white head. Clean body.

S - Sweet blueberry, lactic acid, light lemon

T - Tart blueberry with a light brown ale / bready malt presence that I didn't expect to find. The blueberry is subtle but it adds a definitely nice sweetness.

MF - Medium body with light softness to it. Light carbonation with a dry finish

O - Soft sour/ Saison with muted and balanced flavors including the light blueberry sweetness. Definitely have a lot of subtleness

Photo of nhudson
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Number 811 from 2012, poured into a cellar reserve glass

A: light purple in color, hazy with a lingering white head. Medium to light lacing around the glass

S: mixed fruit with some barnyard funkiness. A mustiness hangs around in your nose. One of the better smelling Brett beers on the market.

T: blueberry fruit with some funk. I am surprised that this beer isn't as tart as the other crooked stave beers. Tastes amazing and one of the better tasting sours on the market.

M: medium body with a nice high carbonation bite that really brings out the flavor of the beer. Beers ends up dry and leaves a great finish in your mouth.

O: has to be my second favorite CS beer. Best f the WWB series hands down. Great beer if you can find it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky pale reddish body. Decent off-white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Very bretty. Blueberry in the back of some grainy malts, but the fruit isn't very intense.

Taste - Even brettier, despite that that seemed impossible. Sweet blueberry juice. Earthy brett. Slightly tangy, at best.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated, but medium heavy body.

Overall - More sweet than sour. The blueberry is nice.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me this one so I could share this one at a recent tasting! Bottle #1283 of 1516! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a half finger slight off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, blueberry, fruit, sugar, funk, and butter. The flavor was of sweet malt, blueberry, fruit, funk, earth, and subtle tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really quite enjoyed this one if I am honest. You could definitely pick up on the blueberries in this one, but the oak was nowhere to be found on my palate which was unfortunate. While it didn’t bring the oak, it was really well balanced and quite easy to drink. The funky aspect going on was really a nice touch that helped amp up the blueberry flavor. A definite must try on this one.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light purple/yellowish color ale with a nice large bubbly head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of tart and funky ester with light berry notes is quite pleasant and complex. Taste is also dominated by tart and funky notes with some light blueberry notes. Light oak notes are also noticeable with light and well balanced acidity. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Better than expected with quite a bit of complexity and good drinkability.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into tulip at falling rock Denver. Pours a blood orange no head. Smells of funk...I mean funk. That's it.
Taste is great funky fruit. Its hard to review really funky beers but this is really nice. Tart, sweet, funky, orange, with a bit of some mild french or german noble hops. Such a good wild. Get it if you see it!

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to stevefinny for this. Batch 7/12, bottle #1344 of 1516.

3.5 A: Murky amber peach color. Two fingers of frothy/foamy off-white head. Retention is around average and just a couple whisps of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Lots of good brett aroma in this. Musty basement, old dry wood, and general woodziness. Blueberry comes next and I'm unsure about what to think about it. It's somewhat tart, somewhat overripened to the point of decay, and somewhat sweet. Perhaps somewhat medicinal and garbagy as well. Sweet overall for a brett beer with caramel, a light toastiness, and a touch of diacetyl butter.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose for the most part. Musty basement, dry wood, outdoors funk from the brett. Surprisingly little tartness from the blueberries. Rather, they come off as on the sweeter side. The problem though, is that there isn't quite enough of them. Many a brewer uses too little and the result is that it comes off as watered down juice or something. It's not too bad in this beer, but it is apparent nonetheless. Again there's a touch of butter, medicine, and the slightest hints of acetone. Malty for a brett beer with caramel, toast, and apple fruitiness.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is very lightly spritzy. Smooth.

4.0 D: A couple categories were borderline next best, so a little boast here.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Crooked Stave stemware. Pours a nice light pinkish color with a nice head and a bit of lacing. The nose is really excellent with notes of blueberry and earth. Funk in the background. Really excellent. Flavor doesn’t disappoint either. Really enjoyed the combination of the Brett and blueberry character with just a bit of backing acidity. Light body; extremely drinkable.

Photo of jlindros
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to rudzud for sharing this great beer.

Light fizzy head, nice for wild, little lacing, mostly clear rosy pale amber color.

Nose is awesome, lots of great funk, tartness, sour fruit, blueberries all over, sour green berry skin and vinous funk, blueberry flesh, little oaky note, floral funk, nice Brett, so much greatness. Dregs just exploded with blueberry.

Taste great sour fruit, sour blueberries, funk, juicy tart blueberry with little green skin and flesh, fresh, with nice tart flavours, and juice. Nice Brett funk, little sour fruit almost apricot like stone fruit but sour. Nice acetic acid, with stem bitterness note, and nice vinous flavours with a touch of oak. Great blend of everything that just goes down so well. Finish is sticky and flemmy but dry, little acidic bite, more fresh blueberry and tartness, and sour fruit lingering.

Mouth is med bod, lots of carb, nice pop, nice acidic bite, no booze.

Overall just phenomenal. Just amazing, so much great Brett funk and blueberry, great acidity and no booze, so tasty.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to daniloknezic for sending this beer my way! Thanks Don!

Batch 7/12

Bottle # 517 of 1516.

Nice big hiss when the bottle is opened up; poured into a cascade tulip glass.

Appearance: a clear pinkish red bodied beer with 2 fingers of an eppervescent white head. Head drops down to a small cap and eventually a thin ring. Spotty lacing.

Smell: fresh tart blueberries. The blueberries smell so big and they are easily detected when I cracked the cap off the bottle of beer. A touch of vinegar and a lite funk note. Sweet and juicy watermelon note and maybe even a tropical fruit note. This nose smells so darn good!

Taste: starts off with a hint of sweet and tart blueberries. The funk is pretty big in this beer compared to the blueberries. Its funkiness is earthy and musty. Wet straw notes as well. Little bit of oak and yeast note mix it up a little bit. The beer finishes with a little bit more blueberry that adds a hint of sweetness in the finish. Not much acidity is found in this sour, really enjoyable drink! Wow.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing beer. It is a really creamy and smooth beer especially where the carbonation level is in this beer. I would guess the beers ABV to be around 4%. It is a really really drinkable beer! Wow!

Overall: I really liked this Crooked Stave beer alot. I like this much better than CS Blackberry Petite Sour. Its got just enough blueberry and a lot of funk, which you really would not think based on the nose of this beer. It still remains very well balanced. It was not as tart as I expected, but the beer did not need to be very tart. Its almost like a fruity saison. I normally enjoy the fruit forward sours better than a funky sour, but this has the best balance of both elements. The drinkability is off the charts! I need to get some more Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett series beers to sample!

Photo of sweemzander
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks Matt for sharing! Batch 7/12 Bottle #957/1516

(A)- A brilliant ruby red grapefruit-like color to it. Some good white froth formed.

(S)- A fairly dry, but acidic oak with subtle funky strawberry/blueberry fruits.

(T)- A nice dry tartness that flows into a really nice, almost creamy vanilla oakiness. Very dry finish with subtle blueberry fruit.

(M)- A really nice crisp carbonation level. So smooth and creamy with that little bit of vanilla with the oak and fruit combo. Not a ton of Brett, but this sure is velvet-like.

(O)- A really intriguing and engaging beer. Would be extremely curious what some time would do to this if the Brett would integrate more into the main profile of the beer or not. Whatever the case, the way this beer is now is at a really interesting stage where the oak profile is almost creamy with the vanilla and blueberry fruits is really enjoyable.

Photo of DaveHack
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, hazy orange color. A billowy head settles leaving a thin film over the beer and very nice lacing down the glass.

Smell is very must, like my grandparents basement...I love it. There is just a hint of fruity sweetness in it.

First taste is very tart. I taste the blueberries that you get in a pack that are not quite ripe, a 'green' blueberry if you will. Beyond that is a nice funky finish with a great balance of sweet fruit and dry wine-like qualities,

The mouthfeel is great on this. It is a medium body with just the right amount of dryness to make you come back for more. Drinkability is awesome, it is not too sour, nor does the ABV show at all (it is 7%, not exactly hige, but still a bit higher than most sour.

This, in my opinion, is one of the best of the WWB series. Worth a try for sure.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.21.13
Batch 7/12
Bottle 1443/1516

A - Pours a reddish-amber with a fluffy large cream-colored head that fades slowly.

S - Funk, brett, stinky cheese, fruity sweetness.

T - Blueberry, then oak, finishes with a touch of cheese.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Very tasty and nice, the previous bottle was much more dominated by the stinky cheese than this bottle. One of my favorites of the series.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm...as with all CS beers, this one is hard to describe. Even the name, "Indigo" doesn't really describe it well. Blueberries? Well, not really.

Pours a slightly hazed tan/golden perhaps rusty, with some big foam up front, then it settles down to a collar

Aroma is tart and apple-skin-ish. hard to pick out blueberry, but that's not a concern. If you want something like Wild Blue or Lindemans-like fruit beer, this ain't it. Light sweet caramel underneath.

I really liked the WWBB with the brett, hops and spruce playing off each other. In WWBI I don't get the cooperation as much between the brett and blueberry. The esters are fine, more tart and green apple or Gala leaning. Faint blueberry hangs around, more of the metallicness I get out of these berries.

Great feel to it, as always with CS beers. Tart and clean. Just finishes nicely

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

After some beers I though were okay, but nothing amazing, Crooked Stave is killing it now. While the WWB series is known for pushing boundaries a bit, this one is more of a "traditional" sour fruit beer.
Cloudy khaki color with blue'ish/purple'ish highlights. Tons of foam.
The nose has a mix of funky brett yeast, green apple/citric sourness, and just a little bit of fresh fruity sweetness.
One the palate, the tartness hits first, with the yeast following and adding a little bit of natural bitterness and even a bit of savory character. The back end has a sweet fresh fruit note and finishes tart with the yeast popping back up a little, too. The fruitiness comes across as unmistakably blueberry when you know that what's there, but I'm curious if it would be as obvious blind. Either way, it's good, and highly drinkable. I love how every sip goes through a progression.
Probably my second favorite WWB beer behind the unfortunately discontinued Yellow.
Unique and tasty, while being a bit more familiar than some others, too.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour is orange gold, transparent, with a tight off white head. The nose is bright with strong Brett and acetic presence. Blueberry blended in pretty nicely with a leathery Brett and soft dusty presence. Taste is solid, blueberry is the focus but not sweet at all with a lighter Brett presence. Dusty and faint leather with a hint of bandaid. Body is light and airy with a solid softer carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Batch 7/12. Bottle # 1397/1516.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruity and berry aromas. Taste is much the same with lots of berry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice fruity aromas and flavors.

Photo of denver10
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely hazy, glowing ruby red fused with some orange with a nice thumb and a quarters width khaki head and nice lacing. The play between the blueberries and brett provides some fantastic sweetness paired with tartness, the barrel provide some woodiness. Overall, the funkiness is nicely controlled and well used. Flavor starts off sweet and tart like the aroma suggested; the brett shows itself first in a very present but also very controlled manner, the blueberries then come out to play, and lastly the oak shows itself providing a nice woody finish. A nice level of tartness to this. An active, crisp mouthfeel. Overall, my favorite Crooked Stave brew I have tried. As mentioned below, I too often find my interest in checking out a CS to be > than my actual enjoyment of the beers, but in this case my expectations for it were definitely surpassed. Great beer, IMO.

Photo of rudzud
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shared with JLindros, bottle 1359/1516.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very nice clear brown with faint juicy hues with a thin white halo and thin blanket that fades to leave thin clouds.

S - Aromas of blueberry skins, vinous barrel notes, oak, brett funk, super inviting.

T - Taste is tart blueberry skin, brett funk, lemons, great vinous notes, oak, wild yeast, funk.

M - Mouthfeel is really nice, great balance crisp, refreshing.

O - Overall this beer was really, really fun. Super funky, delicious blueberry and brett. Really really pleasant. Delicious delicious beer.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I keep swearing I'm going to stop buying Crooked Stave beers because I never feel like they are worthy of the price tag and then I see a new one and it sounds so interesting I buy it and repeat the cycle of disappointment. I was hoping this one would be the one that broke that cycle and it was. I think this is the one that is actually worth the price tag, maybe they are finally hitting their stride. Purple, pink color, huge head that swiftly dissipated. Smell is funky, sort of manure like, hints of blueberries. Taste is nice and funky with a strong fruit component, blueberries. I almost wonder if they used a concentrate or just really good berries because the fruit really shows up well here. Nice job, crooked stave, I might buy a second one.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really neat beer, not quite dialed, but delicious. it pours a dense cloudy beige color, tinted blue, but slightly. it smells really bretty, tart and funky, with the sweetness from the fruit coming in next. the flavor is good, the blueberries add acid and tartness too, but the brett isnt as vibrant as it is in some of the others from this series. its sweet a little too, mostly from the fruit. the mouthfeel is a little too thick on the body, and a little too weak on the carbonation. i think i might have been near the bottom of the keg, and a bottle might serve this better, but it felt a little weighty for a sour fruit beer. overall not as exciting as some of the other WWB beers, but i liked it very well. crooked stave just makes epic beer, everything is clever and intriguing.

Photo of KajII
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a hazy dark burnt orange with an average (1-2 finger) off white fizzy head that dissipated quickly, down to a scattered layer of residue with a very small collar which produced not so good runny lacing.

The aroma had a bold tartness right up front with a grain malt and a musty Brett yeast along with notes of blueberry, cherries, yogurt and a bit of oak cask.

The taste was sweetly tart and rather fruity throughout, progressing with a bold sourness, a hint of oak cask and a somewhat light berry presence at the end. The flavor was gone way to fast after the swallow for such a tasty brew, basically fading very quickly from the taste buds leaving almost nothing behind.

Mouthfeel was just past light in body and dry in texture with a strong ticklish carbonation.

Overall this was a fantastic tasting brew with a very smooth and easy drinkability, what can I say this brewer did it again...

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Photo of spoony
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle (Batch 7/12, Bottle 781/1516) into a tulip.

A-The beer has a nearly white head almost three fingers tall after an aggressive pour. It is an acid-trippy color mixture of reddish, blue-ish, purple-brass. There are a few bubbles of carbonation visible.

S-There is some juicy blueberry aroma left in here, along with big sourness. The sour flavors tend toward green apple and white grape, and acidity is high. The beer is medium-dry with a musty aroma that has just a hint of brett funk.

T-The taste is more sour than the smell with big acidity that suggests white grapes and lemon. The blueberry flavor is pretty mild, but you know it is there, and it gives just a bit of juice. There is a bit of brett and oak funk that creeps past the acidity as the beer warms up.

M-The feel is medium in heft with a chunky carbonation that fits the flavor profile well.

O-This is perhaps the most sour beer I have tasted from Crooked Stave. It mostly works and the light blueberry flavors are a nice compliment to the clean acidity, but even for a sour-fiend like me, this beer gets a bit tiresome towards the bottom of the glass. I could have used just a bit more brett to balance out the sour with some fruit and funk. That being said, this is a great choice for fans of sour beer.

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Indigo" from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
93 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.