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Oculus - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom


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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.09%

Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sour Belgian Golden Ale with Vignole Grapes

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 10-28-2012)
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Photo of rudzud


4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Did a trade for this a long time ago...poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice clear golden hue with a quarter inch head that fades pretty quickly in to a wispy cloud and light side lacing.

S - Like someone else stated, this smells like a tart sauv blanc, light oak, floral notes, lemons, maybe a faint flash of honey. Quite vinous.

T - Taste is very, very tart lemony white wine here. Very fruity. Flashes of vanilla thanks to the oak barrel, very nice wild ale must / funkiness towards the end. This is similar to The Bruery's Confession, however, done much much better. The finish though is not quite enamel peeling sour, but its quite close.

M - Mouthfeel is quite tart, lowly carbonated. Alcohol is hidden nicely though.

O - Overall, this is a very well executed wild ale. Quite tasty, glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 01:50:59 | More by rudzud
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as a gift from NJOssie I believe. Os your a great BA!!!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy hazed straw with a BARELY tawny pale orange hue to it. Crown is 1 finger, white, shows moderate retention, and some lace.

Smell: The faintest hint of bandaid (at a level that is a plus) with some mustiness and tropical fruit from the wild yeast. Light lemon zest really ties it together.

Taste: Same as the nose with a perfect level of acid. A touch of tannin from the french oak, but not much flavor contribution from it IMHO.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very nice for the style.

Overall: A pretty fantastic wild ale. Crooked Stave continues to impress me.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 02:19:28 | More by koopa
Photo of brydeen


4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed as part of Blind BIF round 8

A: Pours a hazy light orange color, with little or no head at all. Just a thin white collar around the glass edge. Murky and cloudy in appearance.

S: Sour, tart funkiness. Dry and vinous, with a sharp bite. Lightly earthy and faint citrus notes. I'm thinking Crooked Stave based on my recent visit, the bottle style and smell.

T: Lemony tartness punches your mouth. Sour grapes, with a very subtle grassy funk. Something sweet lurking in there too.

M: Dry & crisp, with a light to medium body. Very little carbonation, making it oddly creamy and smooth.

O: This is among the most tart beers I've ever had. I love the dry sharpness, especially on a warm summer afternoon like today. Just enough funkiness to offset some of the puckering effect. Despite never trying it, my guess is CS Oculus.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 23:12:40 | More by brydeen
Photo of emerge077


4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quick review from written notes, thanks Joe for sharing!

Murky sunkissed orange, champagne streamers rising, sheets of soft white foam lace in the glass, lasting head retention.

Fruity acidic aroma with some funky wild yeast, and a slight minerality.

Tart passion fruit, guava, Hawaiian punch, sweet tarts, dry finish. Light and effervescent feel, thirst quenching. Overall pretty nice, though the Brett d'Or was a shade better.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 02:42:52 | More by emerge077
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.81/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow. Small white head, fades quickly. Faint wisps on the surface.

Smell - Winey character. Strong acidity. Grainy and lemony.

Taste - Really intense sourness right up front. Dies down throughout the drink. Lemony with just a bit of funk before the sourness covers it up.

Mouthfeel - Pretty heavy bodied for a sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Intensely sour. Nice. Not usually the type of sour I enjoy, but it has enough going on to justify it's intensity.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 02:42:07 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin wispy white head. The nose has a touch of acetone and white grape sweetness. The taste is potently sour, far more sour than expected, with a great tart, vinous aftertaste. Huge risisual sourness that lingers until your palate is desert dry and craving more. Terrific barrel characteristics with a white grape sweetness. This beer meets and exceeds expectations with huge barrel and sour characteristics...this beer is completely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 04:37:44 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color with a small amount of fizzy eggshell foam that dissipates quickly to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with ripe white vinous fruit, light sourdough bread, dusty funk and some rustic barrel notes. Not one of the above is greater than the other but all emerge and work well with one another.

The tastes begin with light acedic fruit, white grape, oak, pineapple, lemon and tangerine. I then get some more barrel vanilla and oak with some more emerging funky earth/wet hay.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Thin finish is super farily sour and tart overall, but by no means wrenching.

Overall I will call this beer for comparison's sake, Beatification Lite, which I prefer. Beatification is really over the top sour in my opinion and makes it hard to fully appreciate the various Brett yeast and oak enduced flavors which are lost a little in the Beatification. Don't get me know this is a sour/wild beer for sure but it reaches the perfect balance for me. Chad wins.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 00:52:47 | More by claspada
Photo of mdaschaf


4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Paul for sharing!

A: Pours a hazy bright orange, with a foamy head on top that reduces to some random soapy bubbles on top. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of sour white grapes and white wine. I little bit of grass, oak, and a bit of must/funk.

T: Again, tons of white grapes and white wine, nice sour/tartness/ A bit of oak and vanilla, and a little bit of funk and zest near the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, great sourness. Slightly dry finish.

O: A fantastic beer, need to try some more from Crooked Stave for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 23:09:17 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of jmarsh123


4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy straw/orange with a fizzy finger of white head. Good retention and soapy lacing down the glass.

Tartness on the aroma with a grape-y must and some vinegar tones. Lemons and apples as well.

Very funky flavors as well. Opens up with lightly tart grapes with a big funk component. A little vinegar and some more tart apple. Some lacto presence probably more than most CS, but still less sour than the typical American wild.

Pretty clean mouthfeel. Goes down pretty easy as it is sour, but not overly so. Finishes very dry with good carbonation levels.

I had a feeling I would like this one and I did. After annointing L'Brett D'Or as my favorite CS a few weeks ago, I now have a new frontrunner. Maintains the funk levels I've come to know the brewery for, but the extra oomph of added lacto sourness gives it great complexity and makes for a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 13:21:00 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of TMoney2591


3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Lisa Lopes's Bizzaroworld self, I suppose... Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, Brett funk, and coriander. The taste brings in more of the same, only things are tarter, deeper. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, an enjoyable wild ale, one that doesn't overdo it with the sour character. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 01:16:53 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of homebrew311


4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is clear and pale with a thin coating of dense bubbles on top. Nose has heavy citric acid up front with notes of white grape and oak. Taste is incredibly tart with honey, lemon, and plenty of acid. Super tart on the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat hefty with high carbonation. This is a very flavor packed brew that is super sour with lots of acidic character.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 03:01:11 | More by homebrew311
Photo of yamar68


4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely gorgeous... bright pear gold body cluttered with loads of tiny beading... a soapy finger of snow white head sinks down to a thick collar, leaving loads of lacing.

Sour grapes ta boot, beautifully sour white wine and vanilla oak, lemongrass, "barnyard funk."

A brilliant sour profile waits until the middle of palate to show itself, not much in the way of bold flavors up front, big tart grapes peak at the finish and dry up the mouth, I'm thirsty for more, mild pale fruit flavors linger... pineapple, orange zest, sour grapefruit... wonderful.

Another home-run from Crooked Stave.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:45:46 | More by yamar68
Photo of cfrances33


4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead glass.

Pour: Body is a gorgeous hazy yellow orange, with a finger os fizzy white head. Head actually manages to have a good lifetime, with some soapy lacing.

Smell: Straight up lactic sourness up front, with some white vinegar next. Big white grape must, followed by some pears and green apples. Finished with a nice funk.

Taste: Big lactic sourness up front again, but gives way to white grapes and pear skins quickly. Stays sour. Some white vinegar, and some tart apples. A nice hay and some funk, mixed with grape must. Finish with oak and lactic sourness.

Mouthfeel: Very sour, with a clean dryness. Some juicy grape juice amplifies the body momentarily mid-palate, but the dry finish owns all here. Nice carb.

Overall: Amazing beer. Thanks to Bennett for the recommendation! I will be seeking this out again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 05:55:47 | More by cfrances33
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle of Ocvlvs Dexter No. 1 opened on 11.9.12

A - Pours a cloudy, pale orange with a half inch bright white head that fades pretty quickly.

S - Lemon, oak, fruity and floral.

T - Very tart lemon, almost white wine-like. Still fruity on the finish.

D - Lower carbonation with a medium body. Tart finish.

O - Tart, lemony, oak infuenced. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 06:58:47 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of RuckusDu


4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very effervescent and the white head quickly disappears. Body is very cloudy and a light amber more on the orange side. The smell consists of white wine, brett, and lemon. Smells very sour but the wine overpowers everything. Flavor is excellent. Super sour but more on the fruit side and less wine than the aroma. Almost like biting into a lemon, but it finishes with a hint of sweet so not quite as puckering. Still bright and refreshing however. Not getting a lot of barrel. The mouthfeel is very puckering and gets the tongue more than anything else. Not a lot of carbonation but body holds up well enough on its own.

Overall I really enjoyed this. The super sourness can only be enjoyed in small quantities, but if you like lemons, you'll love this.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 20:44:11 | More by RuckusDu
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

boo yeah! this is friggen awesome. sour golden ale aged on colorado biodynamic vignole grapes. pours an odd shade of orange, brassy and bold looking, with a small white head. the nose is incredible, really bretty and sour, with a nice sweet fruity tang, tons of funk. the flavor is also incredibly sour, in an escalating way, finishing more intense than it starts. the flavor of the grapes comes through nicely, somewhere between a white wine and a saison in terms of tartness, pleasant as anything. the alcohol is also invisible, which makes this absurdly drinkable. its almost heartburny its so sour, but its something ive really come to enjoy, especially as it warms, it gets even more intense. lighter medium budy and above average carbonation, its dry too at the end. i dont normally get off on beers that cost 11 bucks for a 12oz., but this is exceptional, entirely original, and as good as any sour beer for sale right now. get some!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 00:57:41 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Tieman's tasting.

Batch 2012-2. Best by 4-2013.

Pours a murky yellow 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, tart, and funk with some acidic and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some really nice aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 09:08:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the barrel room, took it home. Put in a warm spot for about a month as per Chad's advice. Small bottle

Pours a dull golden color with little head

This smells like a tart sauv blanc with a bit more lemongrass.

flavors in this beer are all over the place, and the tartness brings them together in the end: light vanilla, green stem flower, lemon zest, a bit of mandarin, and that sauv blanc-ness. Dries out well to leave you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 19:33:54 | More by Mebuzzard
Oculus from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
96 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.