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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 StoutSnob40 on 01-09-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Shared by Sasha - thanks. Corked and caged 750ml.

A: Pours brownish with a thin (1/16-inch) white head which leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Plenty of oaky tannins, some flanders basalmic, and slightly funky brett.

T: More basalmicy flanders type tartness, a trace of cognac, red wine, fruity and funk.

M: Medium body and light carbonation. Finishes tart, vinous and oaky.

O: Not worth the price.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

With the newer and more avant-garde brewers making ales of a century gone by, what's old is certainly new again as the ale makers of Colorado and Alaska join forces for a distinctive sour and toasted taste that harks to historic flemish ale.

Its tawny garnet brown appearance carries a sightly ominous haze- casting bronze and ruby aspirations agains the glass. Piquant aromas strike the olfactories with a sense of red wine vinegar, sour under-ripened fruit, cherry, grape along with a balance and tingle from peppercorn. Its toasty early palate is accompanied with steely caramel, light coffee and heavy kilned vanilla bean.

The tangy acidity overcomes the palate with sharp lime sourness and a backdrop of vinous dry cabernet, light balsamic, sour grape and cherry, crabapple and a salty-sweaty drift to savory things up a bit. Malt contributions are of toasted bread crust, lightly charred grain and oak. As the carmel and vanilla dissipates, the bright acidity becomes paramount along with that tangy fruit and peppery spice balance.

With the toasted char and peppercorn shining it the ale's dry finish, its light and acidic body is as refreshing as it is characterful. As its finish brings about palate-stripping thirst quenching effects, a cloud of sour fruit and wood lifts and seems to evaporate in the aftertaste.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mverity
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep caramel brown with some light tan head. Fair lacing, good legs, thin collar persists. Aroma is dry hay, very light smoke, tart plum and dark cherry all with a big brett funk. Taste is much like the aroma with the dark fruits playing well with the earthy smokiness. I get a faint herbaceousness as well. High carbonation and medium body. Very bubbly on the tongue.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, split

This is a very lovely beer - lots of grape jam, raspberry, oak, tart summer berries. Very vinous in nature - wine, berry, and wood all in harmony. I really enjoyed this and if I see more, i'm buying it. Great collaboration effort

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of cjgator3
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -16%
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Look: Dark ruby-brown with vanilla head that just rims the glass. Legs are very active on this beer.

Smell: Huge straw and farmhouse funk hit the nose. Followed quickly by some tart lemon, sourdough, sour green apple, hints of earthy oak, red wine notes, peaches, barely there vanilla, cognac, more oak, and another big sour funk.

Taste: Hits the taste buds with a sour kick that lingers on the tongue for a bit the flashes away to straw, dark grape and red wine notes, big sour lemon flavors, some fruity peach like esters, earthy oak barrel, then an almost sweet chocolate malt for just a second, that gives way to another sour lemon kick with hints of cognac popping up all around. The aftertaste is a bit more subdued with hints of earthy oak, farmhouse funk and cognac. One very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp at first that bodies up as it lingers to a nice medium body. Hints of lactic and somewhat wine like. It's sticky on the tongue and goes down with a nice sour puckering effect. Very drinkable.

Overall: One tasty American sour. I love how it has that nice sour pucker but yet is balanced with the really nice earthy oak barrel and sweet cognac. This beer holds one of the deeper more complex bodies of a sour I've ever had especially after that initial sour punch this lovely sweet malt, farmhouse, oaky, lightly chocolate, Brett, almost red wine like body just coats the tongue and opens up really nice. One of the easiest drinking sours I've ever had.

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Anchorage / Crooked Stave Between The Staves from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 285 ratings