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Origins - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 489
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 7.14%
Wants: 107
Gots: 151 | 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 UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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 stakem
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
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 Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 7.8.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head with good retention.

S - Tart, lots of oak, dark fruit, leather.

T - Tart dark fruits, earthy, leather, oak.

D - Good carbonation, silky medium body.

O - A touch of tartness over some earthy dark fruits and leather.

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Photo of avalon07
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
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 dirtylou
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap @ falling rock

Nice burgundy body - light beige film. Strong aromas of tart cherry, oak, and vinegar. Leather, wood, cherry, brown sugar, vinous red wine notes from the burgundy barrels. Another really impressive crooked stave beer - batting 1.000 at the moment for me.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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 sweemzander
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a dark burnt sienna color. Some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- A nice oaky acidic vinegared profile with subtle dryness and leathery fruits.

(T)- A very nice combination of dry stony leathery fruits meets a lovely balance of oaky acidity.

(M)- A great carbonation level meets a lovely balance of dry fruits and oaky acidity. The dry finish is quite pleasant.

(O)- Very impressed with this one. An expertly blended and balanced sour that could honestly go up with some of the classics in the flanders style and have nothing to be shy about.

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Photo of popery
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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 cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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 mrn1ceguy
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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 BMMillsy
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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