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

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 115
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brett Ale Fermented w/ Blueberries Aged In Oak

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-09-2012)
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  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 Thorpe429
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of KajII
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
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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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Romulux
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of sweemzander
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of nhudson
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ehammond1
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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."

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2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of DaveHack
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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 StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
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 Khazadum
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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 DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Indigo" from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
92 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.