Origins - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 6.54%
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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 Zach136
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Raziel313
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very solid dark sour. Just nothing interesting. Very average. Tastes like a red flanders style

Photo of doremite
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Photo of rawfish
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of spoony
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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?

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of chugalug06
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of brianmandell
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Photo of kkleu357
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of gcamparone
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lucked out with new tasting room schedule and visited on Sunday. guy working there was super friendly and really knew his stuff. He ended up giving us a tour to show us the new mega sized wine barrels they bought from wineries in NorCal. He also gave me some great recommendations for taprooms in Denver. Makes me wish I lived in Denver so I could join their club.

Now to the beer. I am a huge fan of Sours and the Burgundy Sour was impressive. Best Sour I have ever had outside of the Russian River collection. I have high expectations of this brewery as they expand operations. Hopefully this means more distribution towards the Pacific.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of deschutes_fan
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

Photo of Doodler
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Crooked Stave. Poured a beautiful ruby color with small white head in to a CS snifter.

Nose is light with dark fruit notes and vinous aromas as it warms. It has light fruited flavors of strawberry, cherry and zin fruit grapes, along with some oakiness on the finish. Mouthfeel is soft and sessionable. for a wild ale / sour...

This was very balanced and light on the sour characteristic I expected would grab me. Could drink dangerous amounts of this. =)

The CS gang told me it was aged for 12 to 18 months on wood and made from a blend of batches Chad had been saving for this project.

Also told it will likely be bottled - so get some. Good stuff.

Photo of sunnrider
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of Joey2timer
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Older batches are better, fell of around batch 3

Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of 14erFan
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of CTpilgrim
4.41/5  rDev +3%
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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Origins from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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