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Origins - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 468
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 5.5%
Wants: 111
Gots: 141 | FT: 23
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Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-25-2013

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Photo of Ryno3031
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Felt compelled to review because this is the first sour I've ever enjoyed/finished. I think it's the oak that is very prominent in the nose and taste. Sourness comes through in the finish. (190 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a 375 ml (12.7 fl oz) bottle purchased at CT Beverage Mart, Newington, CT
11/2014 Batch 4
Served in a tulip

Ruddy, dark crimson mahogany appearance. With an aggressive pour, a foamy, one-finger tall, khaki colored crown topped the liquid. The head dropped fairly quickly to a bubbly cap. Odd shaped patches of lacing trickled all along the glass.

Oaky, vinous notes came through strong in the nose. Very grape-y. A crisp, Belgian yeastiness was apparent. Dry and moderately tart. Sour cherry notes were detectible. There was a slight sweetness as well. Hint of cola and dark fruits. Nice balance of sweet-tart and quite interesting overall.

The flavor profile was much more tart and dry than I was anticipating. Big lactic like sourness up front. Super crisp and tart. Really oaky and dry. Loads of red wine and red wine vinegar. Hefty dose of lemon and rind-like pith. Quite acidic. The beer finished with even more sourness, oaky tannins and acidity.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly thin. Crisp, light and sprightly on the palate. Snappy and dry. Hugely acidic. By the drink's end, I could feel the enamel being stripped from my teeth.

Crooked Stave's Origins reminded me of a cross between a really tart and dry American wild ale and a Flemish red ale. Although I really liked the nose on this, the flavor profile was a bit too sharp for my palate. However, I could see fans of super sour beers going crazy over this. (1,435 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very solid enjoyable sour. Enjoyable nose with a very standard sour taste but a harsh, somewhat unbalanced finish. Not worth seeking out again but very enjoyable if you run into it. (183 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky dark brown in color with not much light getting through. No head at all. I small tart horse blanket and a hint of oak. Taste is fairly bitter and acidic due to Brett. The oak notes are a slightly woody presence at the front of the palate. The mouth is fairly carbonated, dry, and crisp. (297 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Burny amber, no head.

Aroma/Flavor: Dark fruit, cherry cola with moderate acidity on the nose and more on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry. (152 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with red hints. Slightly woody nose with hints of what seems like wine. Big tart taste. As the beer warmed up a bit and coated the glass more, it went from being a good beer to a great beer. If I had another bottle, I’d make sure to swirl it around the glass a few times before drinking. (306 characters)

Photo of CTpilgrim
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark mahogany with a thin head that quickly disolves almost like a sparkling cider. Lots of sour fruit taste which is outstanding. Can definitely taste the barrel flavor with a red wine type finish. Overall this is a fantastic sour (244 characters)

Photo of 14erFan
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always enjoy trying a Crooked Stave brew for the first time and this one was an exceptional treat! The burgundy flavor is so perfectly wrapped in the sour. Just fantastic. (175 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

March 26, 2015

375 ml bottle, snifter

A – Deep copper-red, a touch of mahogany and brown, with high clarity. An inch of head, large bubbles mostly, off-white to light tan, with low retention.

S – Lactic acid, sour and tart, and fruit punch aroma is prominent. Some light complementary barnyard, Brett funk, and souring acetic acid, though no impression of vinegar. A slightly viny, vegetal component. Malt might be light chocolate, a bit of toffee, but mostly hidden along with the hops.

T – Lactic acid / lactobacillus, moderately tart and puckering, with high acidity on the finish and aftertaste. Some sweet fruit, again resembling fruit punch, with cherry or grape juice notes. Malt character is very low, some bready-sweet and light chocolate, no discernible hop flavor.

M – Light and thin, with low carbonation. Mild puckering tartness and acidic on the finish. More sweet and sugary, very low bitterness.

O – A pleasant sour, no major flaws, but not particularly remarkable. (1,008 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml poured into snifter. The brew appears a dark burnt copper to mahogany color with big bubbly off-white cap.

The smell is fruity alcohol mixed with lemon and a soft oakiness like vanilla. In the back is a noticeable amount of mineral character.

The taste is lemony tart with oak and vanilla. Just like the nose, a noticeable amount of mineral flavoring is present across the finish.

This is light bodied and moderately carbonated. Overall not bad but not that great either. Im really not sure what this mineral thing is that seems common across each the crooked stave beers ive tried recently. (600 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 4 2014

Pours crimson with a sliver of cream colored head. Sounds lovely. Stays effervescent, alright lacing & head retention

S: Sourness, red grapes, nose falls off quickly, but still nothing to sneeze at

T: Follows the nose, dry, sour. tart all up front. Raspberries, tartness; vinegar notes, red grape skins. Tartness, sourness, oakyness as this warms. Finishes dry, tart & red grapey

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation & acidity, mustiness & dryness

These guys are F..ing expensive, but they make NO duds. These guys deliver (551 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorites from crooked stave...have had the pleasure of enjoying this one many times over the batches, but this review is based on batch 3. Enjoyed from a 2012 cellar reserve oversized wine glass.

a - brew pours a deep burgundy caramel brown, thin off white head doesn't hand and leaves some oil slick like bubbles on the surface of the brew. No lace to speak of.

s - nose is really nice. I am not normally a fan of darker burgundy sours, but this one kills it. Soft oaky vinegar...tart cherry, dark cherry. Very complex but not overdone.

t/m/o - hits the palate with a soft pucker of grape, this could pass for a Kriek all day, soft sour cherry with some oak. Easy drinking, very approachable sour and a killer base beer for variations. A winner all around. Worth hunting down and seeking out. (808 characters)

Photo of sunnrider
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was lucky to get this as an extra in a trade. My first from Crooked Stave.

Pours out reddish brown.
It smells sour, tannic and also some wood comes through.
Taste is pretty complex, I noticed red fruit, lemon sourness and malty almost chocolate like flavors.
Overall it´s a delicious dark sour beer with so many nuances that it shouldn´t work....but it does.

I instantly retraded for a bunch of CS beers of the back of this one. (435 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep ruby brown, basically opaque, with a couple of fingers of tan head that slimmed quickly into a foamy collar

S: lots of tart notes, from lemon to cherry; dry oak, flowers, and bright herbs

T: tart dark fruit, full of sour citrus and accompanied by dry barrels of wood; sugars faint, of juice and jam; wine-like complexity and profile

M: mildly puckering and full of tingle, medium-to-light body, moderate carbonation, dry and sour finish

O: not surprising to say, this is an excellent dark sour, appropriately barrel-aged and of refined character. Recommended. (571 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a deep, dark, mahogany brown color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of light fruit, citrus, and yeast. A little unusual.

T: Tasted of citrus, malt, Belgian-style yeast, a sourness, and a vinous quality. The oak quality is present, but not overly so. Kind of resembles a Flanders Oud Bruin, but with a slightly lighter character. Lively and complex.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A different kind of beer in the best way. Easy to drink and well done. (629 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 2014 batch 4, opened Dec 2014

A - Deep pomegranate body. Head settles into a fine white halo with nice retention and low lace.

S - Tingly sour nose. Grape skins, plums, Brazil nuts, and bright acidic sour lemons.

T - Much softer than the nose. Sour lemon, hazel nut, brown bread, and really nice earthy red beet note. Dry finish.

M - Smooth and medium-full for the style.

O - A nice variant on the style. (418 characters)

Photo of doremite
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

Batch #3. Dark fruit mahogany in color. Nice tart component but far from overbearing. A must try for dark saison\flanders\old bruin fans. Fantastic beer. Personally would just prefer more oak presence in a barrel aged offering. More oak in this would be lights out. (265 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wax topped bottle ( 2013 Batch #2) into a snifter, the beer is a dark, slightly hazed, blood red coloring, with a halo of off-white head. Dark and opaque. Nose of subtle sour funk, tart grape must, berry sweetness, stone fruit, tannins, and earthy notes. Flavors are cherry and grape forward, tart and sour, with a heavily roasted and sugary backbone, woody undertones, and a solid, dry, red wine character. Dry, slick bodied, with a tart grape and berry aftertaste. Dry throughout, straight through to the finish, with a lingering tart feel. Damn near perfect beer! (580 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

2013/Batch 2

Very sour; lemony and jammy with cherry and raspberry flavors. Vinous and mildly funky. Creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. So sour and so nice. (166 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks Keith!!

Pours a deep maroon body with an off white head that reduces quickly to a ring of foam.
Aroma is oaky, musty, funky, citrusy, with a tinge of vanilla. Upfront it's sour on the tongue, with dry sour grape notes, some funky basement, and oak /caramel / vanilla on the finish. Very complex. Medium carbonation, easy drinker with a medium body.

Absolutely delicious.. Super complex and balanced. (452 characters)

Photo of deschutes_fan
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

Batch 3, dated April 2014.

Malty with cherry tartness, vinegar and lacto sourness.
A tasty and well balanced sour. Good but not great. A bit young tasting right now, could develop well with some age. (201 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Mr. B’s on my trip to Denver. Brew No. 3 of my night of BA Sours for the last day of my 20’s. Pours dark brown with barely any light showing through and an of white head that fizzes off rather quickly. Aroma has the requisite oak and sour vinegar, dark fruits, and some brown sugar notes on this one. Flavor is lightly sour with some candi sugar sweetness, vinegar, acidity, dark fruits, some black cherry. Dry tart finish, medium body, with medium low carbonation. This is nice, but takes a back seat to the Rufus Corvus and Red Poppy I had just before it. (573 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Brown and reddish. Nice off white head. Very wispy surface. Thick collar.

Smell - Bretty. A little acidic. Cherry aroma. Oak. Faint caramel malt.

Taste - Cherry is more.prominent. Tart turns to genuinely sour as it warms up. Bretty and earthy. More caramel malt. Maybe more toasty than caramel. Very dry and oaky in the back.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation and light. Very dry. Medium sourness.

Overall - Not what I expected. Improved as I drank more of it, as always seems to happen with Crooked Stave. (558 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 3/26/14

Appearance: Deep, dark ruby with some brown highlights - small, light beige head, fades to some wisps of a cap, leaves a few specs of lacing

Smell: Sour and tart, with some ripe oak - acidic and lactic sour, with some yeasty funk - touch of damp cellar - amber malts at the base, kind of like a Flanders Red - some dark fruits - some vinegar and a ton of oak

Taste: Fruity tartness - nicely tart, with some dark berry-like fleshy tartness - some red wine tannins - lactic, damp tartness - grape and cherry skins - more tartness, with a light touch of vinegar - big, chewy oak - barrel in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, with a tart, refreshing finish

Overall: Tart, sour, tasty

I'm not surprised that Crooked Stave made (another) great sour. I'm not really sure what category this falls into, but I guess the phrase "burgundy sour" makes sense. It's kind of like a Flanders Red, but also not. Definitely worth a try. (998 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to randum_ink for the bottle.

Appearance: Dirty brick reddish dark copper. Or burgundy. Head is light tan bubbly, thin with minimal retention. Loose bubbly colhay. . Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Dark cherry fruit leather. Worn and juicy with some tart cherry juice. A touch of blackberry and balsamic vinegar. Acetic with some lemon peel and a powdery citric acid push. Tart with a backing malt sweetness. A touch bready with some darker amber and caramel malts. Earthy with some straight damp funk. Some grass and hay. Fruity and tart like a leather wrapped shock tart.

Taste: Powdery citric bit up front. A touch of raw bready malt. Some caramelized malts add a mild sweetness and bready undertone. Sweet to balance everything else out. Powdery yeast adds some funk leaning earthy with some damp stone. Herbal with a floral edge. Tart. Cherry flesh and tannic skin coupled neigh a distinct blend of lactic and acetic acid. Some raspberry and a solid compliment of oak barrel. Oak and vague dark fruit. Dusted tart. Worn leather strips and cherry fruit leather. A lingering pale malt sweetness. Lemon zest, flesh and juice. Straight puckering tart.

Mouthfeel: Light leaning toward medium body. Minimal carbonation. Dryish on the finish with astringency throughout. A bit damp overall.

Overall: Born primordial.

You want a tart sour? Drink this. Do it. (1,373 characters)

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