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Oculus - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 235
Gots: 18 | FT: 3
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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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
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
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4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
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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.

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

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Oculus from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
96 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.