Batch #1 - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.48/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks to the person who brought this to the tasting - shame on me for not remembering exactly who it was. Pours a dark and muddled copper color with almost-ruby looking tints riding the edges of the glass. A dreary, off-white and grey tinted head forms but disappears pretty quickly without leaving a trace. Seems pretty highly carbonated and volatile from the pour.
Whoof! What an aroma... Lifting the glass to my face, my nose is met with a wonderful collaboration of fruits that flirt with the line between sour and sweet. Raspberries, cherries, grapes, and maybe even some pears. The fruit seems to get more and more tart on the nose as each whiff fills my nostrils with more and more ripe raspberries. Overall, slightly acidic and sharp on the nose as well, with a decent amount of wet wood and a slight hint of funk on the tail end. It's abundant enough to contribute to the aroma profile but mellow enough to not overstep its boundaries. If the aroma of this beer tells me anything, it's that the taste is going to be great.
And right it was. Batch #1 hits my palate with a thin-medium body and a hefty helping of carbonation as it almost evaporates in my mouth. I'm immediately jettisoned into a sour heaven - Holy. Shit. Sour, sour, sour, and sour beyond my wildest expectations. A dump truck full of cherries and raspberries are unloaded on my palate and run rampant for what seems like hours. Sour, tart, acidic. Never before have I had something that I recall being so puckering, mouth watering, and lip smacking. Perhaps Beatification, but not much else.
Once the sourness wears down a bit (which takes a while, believe me), it is followed up by a delicate sweetness in the end, which I swear still contains a bit of tartness to it. In all honesty, the funk and Brett flavors were low overall, and definitely lower on the palate than on the nose. Maybe a hint of funk and cork on the very tail end, but this flavor is completely dominated and overrun by the tart fruits. As I finished off my glass, I just remember thinking to myself, "this stuff is excellent."
Wow. Never before have my taste buds been bitch smacked so hard by such an incredible onslaught of sour and tart raspberries and cherries. So mouth watering, so pure, so raw, and so powerful. Not to mention, so easy drinking despite the large amount of acidity and vinegar characteristics. I could polish off bottles of this stuff back to back to back. It's got a flavor that keeps you coming back for more. One of my favorites from the tasting. GET SOME.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2013 13:50:25 | More by tectactoe
More User Reviews:
4.73/5 rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Yes, I am a CS homer
As far as Raspberry type lambic this goes:
3. CS Batch 1
A- Deep dark raspberry jammy looking. Minimal lacing, minimal legs.
S- Smells like Framboos to me. Jammy raspberries with funk. Tart raspberries. So good.
T- So this tastes like a thinner (just by small percentages) and a bit more acidic Framboos. This is very well done. Big raspberry upfront, nice tart acidic in the back. Love it.
M- For a domestic, the mouthfeel is pretty good. Compared with Belgium, it doesn't quite hold up. Not off by much though. I am going off of thickness, carb and overall mouthfeel. Best domestic raspberry sour that I have had.
O- Clutch Crooked Stave offering when I have been mailing everyone that domestic sours have nothing on 3F and Cantillon. This is up there.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2014 23:02:18 | More by gueuzedreg
4.45/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Batch 1 brewed 1/10/10. Thanks for sharing, colonelforbin!
A: Pours a murky opaque cranberry brown with a short lived light brown head that faded into a bubbly collar.
S: Super fresh and tart smelling nose with notes of barrel must, dry oak, and brett, along with a surprising amount of raspberry fruit and earth. Oaky, woody, mustiness and raspberry definitely co-dominate.
T: Tart and slightly acidic notes of raspberries and drying bretty funk hit first. Raspberries are puree-like and very fruity, which I found surprising for being four years old. I also get hints of slight cherry, cranberry, blueberry, and raisins. The finish is tart and lactic and aftertaste is puckering, dry and lingering with raspberry.
M: Drying mouthfeel with a decent amount of countering buttery oak. Oak tannins are gritty and clingy. The carbonation is low and splashy.
O: Very funky and earthy with great brett and raspberry character. Glad I got to try this one, thanks again Mike!
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2014 23:13:33 | More by scottfrie
Batch #1 from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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