Origins - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 49
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rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 1.91%
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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 stakem
3.52/5  rDev -16%
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 ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle batch 2 $11.99. Burgundy color with a decent head at first. Looks just fine. Aroma is pretty nice, oak, wood, vinegar (in a good way of course). The flavor is not as good as the aroma, slightly sour, touch of barrel, slightest hint of a milkiness. Overall this is a fine enough beer but at this price point I expect a lot more. When I pay $11-$14 for a Russian River beer I am wowed just about every time despite having had the beer before multiple times. This didn't move me and for $12 it really should. The hardest part for me us that WWBV and WWBI did wow me and they cost less money. (601 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
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 BMMillsy
3.77/5  rDev -10%
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 infinitebruner
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
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 MighHighBrewer
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml purchased for $12 at the brewery. Poured into a tulip.

This is an average-to-good sour in my book. It pours a dark ruby red/burgundy color as expected. Decent head at first that dissipates quickly. This beer smells better than it tastes: vinegary sourness backed up by a prominent oak undertones. Taste is similar - it's not quite as mouth-puckeringly sour as some beers on the market, but it's definitely a sour beer. My biggest complaint is that the beer seems fairly one-note: vinegary sourness with fruit on the front end with a tiny bit of oak lingering in the background. As you sip through the bottle, the characteristics of the beer really don't change, develop, or meld together to create an exceptional beer. This is one of Crooked Stave's "base beers" and you can tell.

I think my biggest problem with this beer is the price: $12 for 375ml - equivalent to $24 for a 750ml bomber. It's simply not good enough to warrant the price. For that price point, Cascade, Russian River, and Bruery are all producing better sours.

One caveat: the raspberry bourbon barrel aged version of this beer is EXCEPTIONAL - the best beer I've had in 2013. (1,156 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle, received as an extra, poured into a Surly goblet today, 1/22/2014 as part of our cellar/extras cleaning tasting.

App- Dark mahogany-red body, one finger tan head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing. Actually looks a lot like Oude Tart.

Smell- Acidity, a bit of oak, tart cherries, but not much malt presence to cut the sourness down.

Flavour- Non-descript acidity with a bit of oak, not much on way of malts. Not very complex but quite sour, 7/10. Good palate cleanser.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, just the right amount of carbonation, aftertaste is vinegary. Again, good palate cleanser.

Overall- Not a very complex beer, disappointing. We thought Oude Tart was more complex, and Oude Tart is most certainly not a complex Flanders red. I actually thought this was not that much different than Nightmare on Brett. The sour acidity is what stands out in these CS sours without a ton of complexity and additional flavours to pick out. That being said, it's still clean and enjoyable so I really can't dock the beer that much. (1,046 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A somewhat anti-climatic 1,000th review. That being said, what beer really is worth the 1,000th review spot? I had some Crooked Stave Origins at Dr. Bill's bottle share a couple of weeks ago, so it will be nice to more consciously visit an Origins selection. This is 2013 Batch 2.

A - Pours a burgundy chestnut brown color with maroon/burgundy hues around the edges.

S - nose is spicy burgundy with citric sourness lingering and a bit of dark fruits in the background

T - starts off with citric sourness as excepted. From here it takes a turn to some to a bit of Brett funkiness, but the sour comes back with a vengeance and asserts itself strongly for the rest of the beer. This beer is finished off with the burgundy character deep on the back of the palate; the sour hardly allows the burgundy to push through, but thankfully it's there.

M - a little thin, nice, spritzy carbonation and a really dry finish

D - Overall, this is a very solid sour offering. I think its level of sourness cuts into the burgundy more than I would like, but choosing sour or burgundy flavors has a positive outcome either route you take. I only bought one of these bottles, but will have to go back and pick up some more! (1,208 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a reddish brown color with a scattered lacing and retention. The smell of the beer is a bit funky on the nose, hits of cherry on the nose as well. The taste of the beer is slightly sour, some natural wood flavors with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice carbonation. Overall is a good brew, not super impressed but really nice to try. (373 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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 spoony
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle (Batch #2, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a quick-to-fade off-white head of roughly one-finger. The brew is dark, dark, purple-hued brown. It is nearly opaque. No lacing.

S-The smell of this batch is very vinous, with lots of juicy red grape notes, a hint of tart green apple, mild acidic tartness, and a healthy dose of tannic oakiness. It smells strangely juicy (grape juice) and dry (oak) at the same time. Very light funk on this bottle (my notes from an early bottle reflect a bit more funk than tonight's bottle)

T-The taste is more tart than the smell...verging on outright sour. There is still red-wine grape and tart apple, but acidity is more pronounced and I get more sour cherry on the palate. The oak really comes out as the brew warms above 50 degrees. Whereas the first hit to the palate is lightly juicy, it becomes quite drying after a few sips.

M-The feel is medium in body with a bit of assertive, chunky carbonation. It is highly carbonated for a Crooked Stave beer.

O-This is a solid, but not mind-blowing, brew. If you like your beers oaky, this is a good choice. My notes from tasting the first batch (in April 2013) reflect similar feelings to my review of tonight's batch, i.e., it is a good sour, but a bit rough around the edges. The strong oaky, vinous character made for a nice pairing with the roast chicken I had for dinner...sort of a beer version of coq au vin, I guess. Maybe a little time in the bottle with smooth things out? (1,501 characters)

Photo of sunnrider
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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 brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The brownish colored liquid with ruby highlights arrives capped by a modest head that leaves a streak or two behind

Smell: Sour grape elements with oak in the background

Taste: Grape flavors, up front, with a growing sour lacto character that brings a cherry aspect into the picture; after the swallow, there is a dry but acetic finish that adds an oaky element

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a nice pucker

Overall: The beer brings a nice blend of wine elements from the Burgundy barrel; the barrel treatment is subtle but very good (570 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is hazy and light brown with a small head. The aroma brings oak, sour tones, barrels. Smells nice tastes nice. Like a Flanders oud bruin. The amber base is a nice change of pace. A bit of cherry with moderate sourness and pleasant barrel character. Acetic finish with some lip smacking goodness. Crooked Stave is churning out some tasty stuff these days. Recommended. (376 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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 StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the source, no pun intended. a fun brew here, but I like its many variants better I think. reddish brown in color, patchy cream colored lace head. hazy. the nose is acidic and wild smelling, more like some of the Flemish reds than the bretty stuff from crooked stave, but absolutely wild fermented. dark fruits are present too, and a caramel sweet malt base. the flavor is not quite as sour as I remember, but is acidic and puckery for sure. the fruit and malt sweetness mellows it towards the finish. I get dried cranberries and dates here, as well as an oaky vibe. the feel is fuller bodied and its quite prickly in terms of carbonation. a little filling, a little unsettling in the belly, not one of their more sessionable brews. the mix of fruit and sour is unique though in this darker format. the bourbon barrel and cherry versions are exquisite. as a base beer its less memorable, but quite enjoyable nevertheless. (931 characters)

Photo of popery
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep burgundy-brown color. Looks pretty clear. Smallish light beige head, fairly fizzy. The bubbles die away to not much after a minute or two. Aroma is sour and wood with a touch of funk. I was expecting a more acidic beer, and while it does trend that way a tad, this beer has a pretty nice balance of sour, wild flavors. There's a lot of sour fruit knocking around. Grapes, blackberries, peaches, cranberries, raspberries, apricots. While the funk is relatively mild, it does contribute and give the beer some depth. Best of all, there's none of that bile note that plagues so many American sours (at least for me). Solid woodiness and bretty funk. The taste has a pretty good acid bite running throughout. There's some soured maltiness, giving the beer a bit of body. Fairly vinous. A bit harsher than the aroma but it still doesn't go overboard. Quite dry. Light body. Very good beer. (897 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #2

Nice dark amber appearance brew with nice, soapy, one-finger straw colored head. No lacing. Moderate legs.

Very nice even, smooth, tart, robust, grassy, oakey, mild boozy green apple-lemon.

Very smooth for being so damn tart. Lots of heavy oak, lemon, blackberry, funky. Nice medium viscosity, strong body with lots to help uphold the base. Thin prickly carbonation pushes though fast acting tart, cranberry, dry, earthy flavors. Sweetness is low, but so is dryness. Kinda unusual.

Lip lickin' good. IMO, Batch #2 is superior to Batch #1. This is a very strong beer that provides a great base for what's to come in the future. Highly recommended, but not sessionable at all. 6oz. is a chore, but a good one. (723 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A blend of sorts of their burgundy aged beers.

Pours a rich chestnut with 1 finger off tan head. Kind of bright

Aroma is all over the place. Rosy, caramel, nut, fig, cranberry, some red grapes...spice

Flavor goes from a sharp quick acidic fruitiness in the front to a warm, caramel popcorn sweetness in the back. In between are fruit, florals, and spices. Listed as one of their sour beers, it is more so than, say, the Saison, but not a mouth puckerer. Very nice (473 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small bottle capped and waxed

Thanks to Mitch from Colo. for sending this one along.

Allowed to wrm up for about 30 mins and poured into a tulip.

Pours a rich shade of darker brown, dark tan head on the looser side, stays around for a short spell. Leaves some slippery thicker webs of lacing.

Lactic sourness on the nose, with some cherry and red wine flourishes.

Moderate pucker, funk, more cherry, and light smoky red wine notes.

Nice sour/wild. Complex sipper. (470 characters)

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 (551 characters)

Photo of deschutes_fan
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

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 metter98
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy dark red in color with some brownish hues. It poured with a thin head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell, except that the sour flavors are a little more pronounced and there are some hints of vinegar.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Slight bits of tartness are noticeable.
O: This beer reminds me a little like a Flanders Red Ale and it is very pleasant to sip. (597 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap for Beachwood Sour Fest at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, fruit, vinegar, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer great sour flavors but the smell is slightly better in my opinion. (542 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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)

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