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Anchorage / Crooked Stave Between The StavesAnchorage / Crooked Stave Between The Staves

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A sour ale fermented in oak foudres with 3 strains of brett, the beer was then aged for 11 months in cognac barrels.

20 IBU

Added by dwagner003 on 01-09-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 285 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shehateme
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share from Matt. Light, effervescent, sweet, all around great. A nice break from the crowd(bottle share and tons of styles) and palate cleanser.

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Photo of stephens101
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a quickly diminishing tan froth. Smells tart as hell with plenty of freely floating vinegar and sour fruit notes. More balanced than expected, which is a good thing. Grapes, prunes, slight vinegar, taffy and black licorice to the tongue. Dry-ish and medium in body. Could easily get to this one again.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dar482
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Th beer hits of oak, fruity notes from the cognac barrel, caramel, dried plum, red berries, along with tart cherry and toasty malts. It follows with a tart vinegary quality like a Flanders red.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.51/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pour is dark brown with off white head. Nose has an off plastic, burnt wood, booze, toasted grain, and sour cherry. Flavor is better, still overly sweet and singular. Sour cherries dominate, faint booziness, light wood, acetic acid. Soft feel, low carb, semi dry.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Branded black hood-and-wire cap over a cork. Appealing printed-on label with intricate art. 2014 vintage. Brown glass. Batch #1 (JAN/2014).

7% ABV. 20 IBUs.

Reviewed live as a sour ale per the label. Expectations are high given the two breweries involved. Served cold into a stangenglas and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 1.5cm wide. Off-white colour. Recedes inside 25 seconds - somewhat pathetic. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Deep brown colour of average vibrance. No yeast or sediment is visible. Has a nice glow about its bottom.

It's an appealing appearance for a sour ale, but is far from unique or special, and boasts no stand-out attributes.

AROMA: Brettanomyces funkiness, barnyard straw/hay, dampened oak wood, fruity must, vaguely fruity hop notes, lactic acid, and faint sourness (maybe a 3/10 in terms of intensity).

I find no overt cognac. There're also no overt hop notes, off-notes, or boozy notes.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a brettanomyces-driven sour ale with a fairly simple build.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Acidic and somewhat vinegary/acetic, which coaxes out more of the oak & barrel notes. I pick up on no cognac whatsoever. There's a cardboard-y barnyard character indicative of overdampened oak barrel. Time has not been kind to this bottle. Vague fruit. Backgrounded oak. Some barrel sugars. Wine-like lychee-ish fruity acids.

Brettanomyces funkiness is present but not dominant, and the sourness isn't as bacterial or truly spontaneous/wild as that of the best beers in the style. Sourness is a 3/10 in terms of intensity, and seems tame and clinical. Hints of jammy fruit and Balsamic vinegar.

Balanced and enjoyable, with some nice brettanomyces complexity, but not a horribly intricate brew for a sour ale.

Mouthfeel is acidic but not puckering or smacky. Smooth and wet, with subtle undercarbonation (probably a result of its age). Light-bodied. Not too hefty or thick on the palate. Not syrupy, chewy, gushed, hot, booze, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. Damp. Unrefreshing.

OVERALL: It's not the tip-top quality beer you'd hope for given Crooked Stave and Anchorage are behind it, but it's a competent brettanomyces sour ale that will please the discerning drinker. the cognac isn't noticeable at all; maybe it's reticent, maybe it's absent. Drinkable but not world-class, Between The Staves will satisfy, but won't impress. Lacks a harmony of texture and taste, and a gestalt build. But I do like it, and will enjoy finishing the bottle with company.

Low B-

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Deep brown with a khaki collar. Heavy brett and toasted malt. Light acidity. Taste is dark fruits and strong tartness. Heavy brett earthiness. Dark fruit sourness in the back end with some toasted malt bitterness. Medium body. Pretty interesting. I don't get any barrel, though.

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Photo of wheresblue
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RajaSTL
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jas45678
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sweemzander
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours a very dark burnt sienna brown color with some ruby red highlights. Reminds me of port in the glass. Minimal tan froth.
(S)- Big notes of dry funky oak. The cognac is evident. Metallic fruits with a deep funk.
(T)- A deep oaky maltiness meets a complex dry funky Brett. Bits of dark fruits. Lots of Brett funk and barrel in this.
(M)- A good carbonation level. Very complex with big barrel and big Brett funk. Not overly tart, but there is some.
(O)- Anchorage always pulls off very complex and dynamic beers and this one is no different. Great stuff

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Photo of Goatdavemac
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Farinag16447
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pmangold
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ricoslim
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgator3
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed a bottle of this at a recent bottle share. This is a sour with with nice touches of brett, oak, and cognac giving it an added layer of complexity.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into snifter. Batch #1, bottled January, 2014.

A: Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a thin but fluffy light tan head that slowly faded into a thin, bubbly collar. A few spots of wispy lace was left down the glass.
S: Funky, musty, and earthy brett on the nose with scents of red grapes, cognac, and a clean bright tartness. I get hints of red wine vinegar, stone fruits, and cherry skins.
T: Oak and cognac barrel, black cherry, red wine, mild vinegar, stone fruit and a clean but very mild acidity. The finish is buttery with a heavy, sticky fruity sweetness. The aftertaste is full of musty earth, stone fruits, slight caramel, and a hint of dark wine. Flavors are vinous, dark, and full of red fruit tones, and I get lots of cherry pits and just a faint hint of cheese as the beer warms.
M: Greasy and slick mouthfeel, oily, with a full and heavy body and very mild carbonation. The acidity is light, and there is no real tartness to the beer like you would have if lacto was involved.
O: A very approachable and flavorful dark sour beer. Definitley different than most other Anchorage beers with more acidity coming through than creamy yeast. Good, well executed, but not my favorite.

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Photo of nmann08
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stofko1992
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Knapp85
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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