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Oculus - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 236
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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nsh221

Colorado

5/5  rDev +14.2%

04-03-2013 22:01:27 | More by nsh221
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.81/5  rDev -13%
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
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Quackus

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

04-01-2013 19:37:13 | More by Quackus
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3%

03-30-2013 06:43:30 | More by nickfl
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%

03-27-2013 14:53:02 | More by thewimperoo
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jampics2

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

03-22-2013 14:55:00 | More by jampics2
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beertunes

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

03-12-2013 23:39:14 | More by beertunes
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jegross2

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-06-2013 06:39:20 | More by jegross2
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

02-26-2013 02:11:36 | More by largadeer
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
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
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claspada

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-17-2013 18:03:25 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-17-2013 01:16:18 | More by GRG1313
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

02-16-2013 23:09:23 | More by kjkinsey
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adkieffer

Washington

5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-16-2013 19:04:39 | More by adkieffer
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-13-2013 04:21:49 | More by Urbancaver
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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
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SupremePie

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-09-2013 00:48:40 | More by SupremePie
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-02-2013 01:28:55 | More by bsuedekum
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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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FalconA

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-22-2013 15:14:03 | More by FalconA
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readbaron

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%

01-18-2013 20:57:45 | More by readbaron
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%

01-16-2013 15:40:16 | More by Thorpe429
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -3%

01-14-2013 22:43:44 | More by hiphopj5
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makdeco

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

01-12-2013 22:05:55 | More by makdeco
Oculus from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
96 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.