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Cru D'etat - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 4
Hads: 25
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: n/a
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nmann08 on 10-13-2013

This "wild in the streets" ale was aged for nearly two years in oak foeders.
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Reviews: 4 | Hads: 25
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4.29/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Port Wine, Dark Fruits, Tart, Oak

This "wild in the streets ale" was aged in oak foeders for nearly two years. Out of the bottle there's a push from the left and a shove from the right with a tawny copper hue and a snappy beige foam head. Vinous, oak, plums and soft spices in the nose. It’s smooth and full-bodied with a soft foundation of caramelized sugars. Layers of bold dark fruitiness reminiscent of a port wine fall on top with suggestions of prunes, charred raisin and ripe black cherries. Just enough tartness with a long vinous linger and dry oaky notes. The Circle Jerks nod is only bested by the awesomeness of the beer itself, which is indeed a coup d'état on many levels.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #102 (July 2015). (746 characters)

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4.2/5  rDev n/a
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL swingtop bottle poured into an oversized Belgian tulip.

It has a creamy, chewy, off-white head with plentiful lacing scattered around the upper regions of the glass. The body is a dark brown color with amber hues and suggests good clarity despite being pretty dark. Trickles of carbonation are visible. Looks great. 5

Aroma first suggest dark cherries and brown sugar or burnt caramel. Certain some caramel malt characteristics but followed by a blast of tart/sourness. I'm thinking this beer is an oud bruin from the aroma but I haven't even bothered to check what Ska is calling this beer. There's a light floral quality that suggests a Belgian yeast and a lemon quality to the sour aroma. 4.25

Interesting first sip. It started off tasting like a rich port wine, think heavy raisins and brown sugar, but then veers into a more tart flavor and finishes with a lingering red wine flavor. There's a touch of vinegar here that I don't care for but mostly I'm enjoying the contrast of flavors here. 4

Feel and taste kind of become one with a beer like this; I've already mentioned the tart/sourness on the flavor. It's not overdone though and that's good and the caramel and brown sugar sweetness really work well here. The vinous quality does too. Maybe this was aged in wine barrels, I'll have to look. Finishes dry like wine though. 4.25

Quite surprised. I hardly drink Ska but I'd buy this often if more readily available. (1,437 characters)

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4.05/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle that a friend shared. Hazy amber color. Funky smell, bit of diaper, smells pretty good though Flavor was nice, sour, fruity, hardly any hint of the alcohol. This was actually a pretty impressive beer. (213 characters)

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4.21/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i had no idea ska even made beer like this, a barrel aged sour type, blended, strong as heck. this might be something like 10% abv, although i dont know for sure, you would not know it from the smell or taste, but man did this bring a buzz on awfully quick. cool of ska to do this stuff, and that its up here in denver for gabf week. i love its dark amber color and big frothy tan head. it smells like dark fruits, wine barrels, and is quite tart. not sure the bacterial nature of the beer, but its definitely puckery and funky both, and drinks really nicely. its so smooth, and finishes dry. its as good as any of the big sours around right now, and i just had to keep reminding myself that it was made by ska, a total revelation for me, and likely for them. complex and layered wood and wine characteristics, and a light spice from the yeast. its a cool beer and definitely on to seek out this week, but proceed slowly, this got me hammered. (943 characters)

Cru D'etat from Ska Brewing Co.
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