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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 rlee1390
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
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 birchstick
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
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 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 homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at the Crooked Stave tap room. Appearance is a dark burgundy (imagine that!) with razor thin head and spotty lacing. Nose features deliciously tart notes of balsamic vinegar and oak with light waves of cherry and vanilla. Taste is very tart on the tip of the tongue and is followed by delicate fruity notes, rounded out by vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel is moderate with somewhat low carbonation. Overall, another delightful sour from Crooked Stave.

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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 rawfish
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ThePorterSorter
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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 ONovoMexicano
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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 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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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 spoony
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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 inlimbo77
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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 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 Goblinmunkey7
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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 angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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 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 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 chugalug06
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
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 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 brianmandell
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

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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 gcamparone
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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 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 Tuckersmth
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Origins from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
92 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.