Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Grand Cru - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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3.91/5 rDev -6.9%
Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.
Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, fruit, whiskey, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and slight cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a medium 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 good beer that is quite sour and puckering.
11-04-2013 06:05:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.26/5 rDev +1.4%
Bottle had at The Festival in Portland.
Pours a dark murky brownish black color, nice creamy head with bit of lacing.
Nose tons of sour and light lacto funk, pedio too I think, a horseradish aroma, nice toasty buttery oak, light acetic, light sour cherry, light phenolic booze.
Creamy lacto funk sour but not super, tons more buttery oak and barrel notes, dark caramel malts soured, hint of choc covered tart cherries, light acidic bite and acetic acid, some warming phenolic booze again.
Mouth is med to fuller bod, light flemmy and sticky, decent carb.
08-12-2013 16:07:04 | More by jlindros
3.99/5 rDev -5%
more cellar reserve series stuff courtesy of drlovemd83, a fantastic BA and friend. the grand cru came with lofty expectations, and maybe I overbilled it, but I liked this less than its simple single barrel forefathers. the pour is that same nefarious red tinted dark brown nectar with a minimal off white head, and the nose is still piquantly sour, vinegary, and lactic, but the taste is very different. instead of the big vanilla and oaky char notes like the bourbon barrel version, this one falls flat on the finish, as if lacking an identity of its own. there is more of a tannic red wine sort of vibe to the taste and feel, which is fine in its own right, but the smoothness is absent from earlier versions. the alcohol is also more apparent in this edition, and the body seems less, although that may be in my head. its hard to look at a crooked stave beer objectively anymore for me, they are so intriguing, challenging, complex, and of course fantastic. its hard to be critical of such a good brew, and by almost any other standards, this is flawless, but I am trying to rate this one in the crooked stave context, and in that regard its a step below the other nightmare beers in my opinion. still outstanding and worth going after.
06-21-2013 13:21:56 | More by StonedTrippin
4.23/5 rDev +0.7%
First had: bottle from the '13 Cellar Reserve
Deep brown-black pour, opaque, with a small but firm cap of tan head that retained well and left gentle lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark roasty malts with a burst of tartness, dark fruits--cherries and red wine. This beer reminded me bit of Tired Hands' Guillemot Nebula, and that's a good thing. The taste followed the nose, tart black cherries, red wine, lacto, good notes of bourbon-soaked oak, all backed up with dark malts bringing in hints of burnt caramel and unsweetened chocolate. Medium-full body, tart, but not overly puckering, moderate carbonation, and a warm boozy kick. Very nice overall.
10-02-2013 12:10:10 | More by Rifugium
Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Grand Cru from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
93 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.