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Origins - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 508
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 6.89%
Wants: 111
Gots: 148 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
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 ClavisAurea
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5 from May 2015 served in a wine glass

Appearance: dark ruby with brown notes as well, tons of carbonation. Nice and complex lacing.

Nose: cherries, lactic sourness, raspberries, vanilla, some Barrel character, some chocolate notes as well

Taste: initially verty tart. Cherries, raspberries and lactic acid dominate the palate, candy like tartness, like smarties, well carbonated, delicious and complex.

Overall: wonderful Crooked Stave offering. I liked the creamy lactic sourness and thought it was very well balanced with the lactic and acetic acids. Nice acid profile. I have another bottle that will stay hidden away for years to come. This is a beer that I will buy more of in the future.

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Photo of Jusdolive09
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, deep burgundy in color, moderate carbonation. Smell is fruity/citrusy, reminds me of lemons and black currant. Taste is out of this world, perfect level of sour and tartness, hints of citrus and berries with a surprising hoppiness at the end. Would buy over and over, absolutely worth $16 for just under 13 oz.

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Photo of grover37
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4 from Nov 2014.

Dark reddish brown with orange highlights. Large ring of big bubbles.

Cherry pie nose. Sharp dark fruits and oak. Funk is prominent but the cherry and plum dominate.

Taste is like a tart Oud Bruin. Stinging acidity hits first with sour cherries and some oak tannin. Other dark fruits through the middle with some malt sweetness. Sweet and sour lingers with a drying sensation.

This is one of the better Oud Bruins I have had to date. Wasnt expecting it to be so squarely in that flavor profile, plus some extra acidity. Well balanced anyway and really well done. Worth seeking out if you are into this style.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not the most funky smelling but the taste is extremely sour with a nice dark fruit sweetness in the finish. An excellent sour beer but wished it had more funk in the smell dept.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - black/plum color, off white head with plum tinge, attractive lacing
A - sour/salty, fig, lime, dark fruit
T - prune or plum, cherry? dried fruits
F - light bodies (not thin), dry, and sour

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark fruits, lacto, cherry, cherry skin, and oak. Very nice depth of flavor. Real sour, but has a mellow, dry finish. A ramped up Flanders Red type of beer. It's good.

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Second bottle of this. Purchased last year while at the brewery over the summer.

A- Deep maroon body from a waxed 375ml into several snifters. A small sheet of foam forms atop the beer but has poor retention eventually dying out completely. No lacing as it looks almost like a wine.

S- Oaky, vinous and acidic; first sniff causes instant cheek puckering. Lactic acid, sharp sour red grapes, wet wood, toasted nuts and dark fruit like raspberry and cherry.

T- Sour with the usual lactic beast mode Crooked Stave terroir. Sour lemony acids, wet woody oak barrel, winey fruit like sour grapes, green apple skin, toasted nuts, cherry and slight musty funk horse basement. Generally wine feeling between the oak and fruity flavors.

MF- Light bodied and comes off a bit thin with a medium carbonation and sour oily slickness. Intensely sour after some time.

Super sour with a great usage of oak, honestly spot on with the woody but balanced notes. My favorite thing about this beer is the medium toasty, amber tones balanced by the oak woodiness and the high sourness.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2014.

Pours dark chestnut with a quickly fading head of beige. A partial skim coat and zero lacing though the glass.

Aromatics lead off with acid-laden red fruit and mild roast. Winey and intense.

Medium bodied with a sharp, puckering mouthfeel.

Rich, ripe fruit with shades of balsamic and wine barrel fill the palate. Bracingly sour and intense.

Finishes with lingering acid, soured fruit, and a mild throat burn.

Tasty, complex, and challenging.

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Photo of Ryno3031
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Damian
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of CTpilgrim
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of 14erFan
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of sunnrider
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of doremite
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

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Origins from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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