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Batch #1 - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 146
Gots: 33 | FT: 3
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.

Brettanomyces Burgundy Ale 100% Fermented in French Oak Red Wine Barrels with Raspberries added.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-09-2012)
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1/5  rDev -77.2%

BlackHoleBrew42, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Crooked Stave wine glass. Pours mahogany. Nose had heavy raspberry; light acetic. Dry and a bit brisk. Light oak. Not much Brett character. I'm really hoping this one develops a bit more with some time, as the description is really quite promising.

Thorpe429, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

ygtbsm94, Feb 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

kscaldef, Nov 11, 2013
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3.56/5  rDev -18.7%

k47k, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, brewed on 1/10/10. Pours dark ruby amber with a fizzy off white head that quickly goes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is a nice blend of sweet candy sugary malts and tart sour raspberries and vinous alcohol. There is a slight note of butyric acid (vomit).

The flavor is sweet candy sugar with a huge acidic tart/sour raspberry flavor. There's some woody notes and vinous alcohol. The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery with low, but sharp, carbonation.

Overall, tastes a little sweet / sour like Duchesse, but with a much bigger tart sourness that overwhelms the sweet - almost a little too much, but fun.

Beaver13, Mar 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Beeradelphia, Jan 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

GRG1313, May 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

mendvicdog, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

DarthKostrizer, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

drewone, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

seeswo, Nov 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

mikereaser, Jan 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Sean9689, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

LoveStout, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Todd at his 30th birthday. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - White foam quickly settles to nothing. Murky burgundy body.

S - Lots of wine barrel, with vinous flavors and spicy oak. Raspberries are assertive, and there's some residual malt sweetness in this one; Flanders-esque but with more funk to it.

T - The taste is significantly more sour than one would anticipate from the aroma. Lots of lactic sourness and tart raspberry flavors, with vinous oak rounding things out. It's a little more one-dimensional, with less of the funky notes.

M - Medium body, zesty carbonation, very tannic and super dry, with no obvious alcohol presence. Moderate acidity that builds over time.

D - This is pretty solid, but there's a bit more oak and wine than I'd prefer and a too little raspberry for my tastes. It's like an American take on the Flanders Oud Bruin, but with the heavy-handed oak and aggressive lactic sourness for which our New World palates yearn.

MasterSki, Nov 10, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this one is weird here, because i dont reckon its outstanding in any one category, but the whole experience is near perfect. hard to describe really. drove up to the taproom today to try this. it pours a really cloudy burgundy color, with just patchy white spots, no real head. this is a couple years old afterall. it has a huge brett nose, with notes of sweet raspberries and red wine tannins. the oak is more obvious in the taste, and the acidity from the wine makes a really tart flavor combined with the brett. raspberries provide some sweetness, like preserves. it gets more and more sour as it warms. mouthfeel is very smooth due to the big body and almost nonexistent carbonation. overall a lot of flavor packed into this beer, and its one you should hurry up and get before its gone.

StonedTrippin, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another Jason gift. A lace sheet on reddish. A good sour, very raspberry, that beats Cantillon on raspberry. . A big sour. Very drinkable for a sour. Almost 4 years aged. Meedium mouthfeel, sour yet very drinkable. Worth breaking in people to Crooked Stave.

Sammy, Sep 01, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - the head on this thing is slightly red/cherry in color. Maybe a finger tall and falls quickly. The body is cloudy and is a deep, slightly burnt raspberry color.

S - One of the best aromas I have seen from CS. Beautifully tart raspberry with slight hint of sweet strawberry. Some green berries and lots of Brett.

T - Super tart in a green raspberry way. Comes around well with the mouthfeel to be very pleasant. Maybe some barrel in there, but hard to spot.

M - The tart doesn't really hit the back of your mouth as one would expect. A little all around puckering. Nice carbonation and a little lacking on the body.

O - A wonderful beer that is simple but very well done. The raspberries take over the entire beer and dominate.

RuckusDu, Aug 12, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Thanks to the BA that brought this over to Mista's "whale" party a few weeks ago.

A- Pours a murky brown with red highlights that has a small white head that dissipates fast, leaving minimal lacing left behind.

S- Lots of berries upfront with red cherries, cranberries, strawberries and raspberries followed by a hint of cheese, oak, some vinegar and lacto.

T- The red wine barrels come through initially with a variety of red berries, oak, vanilla, berry vinaigrette and some lacto. The berries provide a nice balance of tartness/sweetness.

M- Low carbonation with a medium body and a dry finish.

O- I found this quite enjoyable and unique. Not overly sweet or tart. I'd love to try more of Crooked Staves offerings.

iadler, Dec 09, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark pink color with a small, off-white eggshell head that dissipates rather rapidly to leave a small cap and minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with fading raspberry fruit flesh, oak, must, earth and berry juice. Nothing really else, but all the above emerge more as it warms as expected with more oak and funk with less berry.

The tastes begin with a stronger sourness than expected from the aroma. Light amount of berry sweetness with bigger tart boisenberry tartness. Oak and earthy funk emerge more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Finish is fairly tart and moderately dry, with lingering fresh berries.

Overall this was quite enjoyable and one of the better Crooked Stave beers I have had to date. If this was the initial batch of the WWB beers, I am glad that I joined there Cellar Reserve society this year so I can enjoy all that is going to be coming down the pipeline.

claspada, Jan 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Very dark ruby and brown in color, though largely clear, with some floating sediment toward the later pours. Small cream-colored head of small bubbles. Leaves the glassy spotted with miscellaneous spots.

Lots of raspberry aroma, along with lots of earth, dirt, and oak, definite lactic sour character, and more earthy, dirty funk. It comes together nicely, and the fruit, and sharp lactic character, make for a very nice combination.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with moderate lactic sour character, earthy, dirt-covered raspberries (in a good way), and some Brett. The funk and earth notes from the Brett really start to shine more and more as the beer comes closer to room temperature. Complete, though I was actually hoping for more complexity with this beer, though it's still darn delicious.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

A wonderful beer with lots of delicious, vibrant raspberry and earth flavors complemented by a moderate level of sourness. This is distinctly, however, a wild/Brett beer, as a opposed to a more traditional Belgian-style framboise.

ehammond1, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

SPRichard, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

acurtis, Jan 13, 2013
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Batch #1 from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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