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Origins - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 492
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 7.14%
Wants: 108
Gots: 149 | 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 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 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 angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, deep ruby when pouring, two finger off white head.

S-Oak, funk charred notes, horse blanket.

T-Acidic, funky, lots of it. Oak and smoke as well. Green apples, grapes and cherries.

M-Medium bodied, nor much carbonation, tad watery but sour.

O-A solid sour, very funky. A very hit you in the face sour. Well made.

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Photo of rawfish
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Extra gifted by MinorThreat. Pours mahogany into a Odell globe glass, a small off white head forms with barely any retention and flecks of lacing left on the glass.

Cherries with a lemon and sharp green apple bite to it. Oak is very prevalent as is a dark toffee malt sweetness. Acidity is very high.

Lots of fruit tartness, white grapes, cherries, and more green apple and lemon. Sweetness brings in some dark fruit and oaky character. Finishes with some chalky funk, tartness and a pleasant drying feel.

Active carbonation helps to kick up the sour and medium body. The tartness and acidity makes the palate feel dry and crisp when cold but that feature is lost as the beer warms.

Medium to high acidity, a refreshing crisp sour much like a Flanders. Tartness and fruit acidic notes are featured with adequate wood without any funk. Not overly complex but a very good beer.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.16/5  rDev -1%
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.

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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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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Crooked Stave a few months back and loved it. I brought a bottle home to enjoy and cracked it last week. This review is from my notes. \r\n\r\nI poured the beer into a Chimay goblet. \r\n\r\nOrigins had a very thin head, but abundant lacing about the glass and atop the liquid. The beer\'s color is intriguing, dark brown with hues of rouge. \r\n\r\nIt certainly had a unique smell, with cherries hitting my nose immediately, sour/tart notes, then dried fruit and dark malt. I definitely get something on the nose that suggests a brown ale. \r\n\r\nThe taste is similar to the nose, as the cherry notes are still prominent, but some chocolate notes make their way in, as do other sour fruit hints and the brown roasted malts. \r\n\r\nAs you\'d expect, the beer is very tart, has a biting sourness that makes the mouth pucker, and is quite smooth. There\'s low carbonation, which adds to the smoothness.\r\n\r\nOverall, a tasty beer that certainly stands apart from your average everyday beer. I enjoyed it.

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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 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 inlimbo77
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml, Batch 2, 2013
Hill Farmstead glass

A: Pours a deep dark brownish red. Tannish bubbly head. Forms a collar around edges of glass. Sticky lacing.

S: Get that CS funk. Chalk. Not as much balsamic and dark cherry as I was expecting. More like Kriek style sour on nose.

T: Tip of the tongue, little flashes of tartness. Getting dark tart cherry. Not overly balsamic character. Getting that chalk funk. Finish is dry. Not overly dry.

M: Lighter side of medium.

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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 birchstick
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
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!

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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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 spoony
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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?

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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 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 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 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 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 ThePorterSorter
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks trxxpaxxs for sharing this bottle

The beer pours a dark brown with flecks of ruby in the light and a thin tan head. The nose is potent and distinct - slightly molassesy with some acetone and funk. The taste is definitely a fully torqued sour with great acetone fruity ester sweetness. The mouthfeel is a light medium bodied, semi-dry, with a sour lingering aftertaste, but not as drinkable as I'd hoped for. This beer met my expectations for a crooked stave sour and was a tad different than many other sours.

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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 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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Origins from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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