WWB Batch 60 | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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WWB Batch 60WWB Batch 60

Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DrinkSlurm on 01-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage
Poured into a stemmed Teku glass

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a beautiful, lightly hazy gold with a crisp and tiny bubbled, finger tall pure white head. The head quickly recedes to a mere puck, leaving some light lacing along the glass's edges. Pretty looking sour for sure.

Aroma: (4.75)
Wow, as soon as the beer is poured, you're absolutely blasted by intensely tropical hop aromatics; peach, lemon, papaya, guava, pear and ruby red grapefruit. This smells like an absolute hop monster. There is a perceived lactic tartness that really melds well with the strong grapefruit impression, supplied by the heavy dry hopping of this sour. As the beer warms, some very nice light stonefruit brettanomyces funk begins to poke through the hops, really adding some wonderful complexity; dried apricot, wet hay, lightly musty leather. The brett is very matured, add really avoids being medicinal, or band-aidy in aroma. A light bready malt backbone is barely noticeable

Taste: (4.75)
Just as in the aroma, as soon as the beer touches your palate, you're treated by a wave of tropical, fruity hops; juicy peach, ripe papaya, intense guava, grapefruit and light pine. Adding to the overall fresh, thirst quenching quality of the beer, is a clean and very refreshing blast lightly lemon-y lactic acidity. Just before the tartness becomes abrasive, it is cut by a welcomed slightly biscuit like malt backbone. As this maltiness coats your tongue, complex brettanomyces funk greets you; mostly more of the dried apricot and musty hay that was apparent in the nose. The beer finishes dry and lightly tart with long lingering notes of juicy guava, apricot, lemon juice and peel, more dried apricot, slightly musty barnyard funk and a lightly chewy maltiness. A gentle oaky vanilla character is noticeable as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: (5)
Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: (4.75)
Crooked Stave really blew me away with this beer. I've never experienced a beer quite like this before; It simultaneously seems like both a very hoppy pale ale and a funk heavy sour. The antioxidative charateristics of the brett yeast really encapsulate the hop aromatics and help lock them in throughout the flavor profile without showing any real signs of oxidation or age. If you happen upon this beer, definitely scoop it up posthaste. Highly, highly recommended for both lovers of funky beers and hoppy beers!

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Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The aroma has bright lemons, funk, tartness, apple, fruits.

The flavor follows of that lemon in the front, lots of tartness peaches, apricot, then a really strong funky note of horse blanket and socks.

A wonderfully delicious brew and that funk is really exceptional.

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Photo of F2brewers
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a HF wine glass. Courtesy of Denverbeerdrinker. Served at 50F

A: Coudu straw gold body with a thin 1" head. Tiny bubbles and the head dies quickly. Mild lacing on the glass. Gentle swirling regenerates about 50% of the head.

S: Pale ale all the way. Mild dry hopping and a touvch of earthy funk and lactic sour.Very nice alteration on the style.

T: Sweet, tart, hoppy...what is this? Lemonade, bitter citrus, sweet roasted malt. Elements of lemony funk, barnyard and a touch of wood. Complex, but well balanced. Brett must be lambicus and bruxellensis focused.

M: Light and well carbonated. Clen finish with mild sweetness. It lingers ever so slightly, but the tartness clenses the palate.

O: Amazing example of twisting a classic style. Love this bee. Chad...more please?

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Photo of beergoot
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Soft and cloudy golden hued body with highly animated carbonation with a thin yet foamy, lasting white head. Intense citrus aroma; pineapple, mandarin orange, lime; earthy, yeasty funk a bit later; touch of phenols. Juicy, mouthwatering flavors reflecting what the smell promises with an additional element of red grapefruit. Mouthfeel is dry, tart and puckering; medium light and airy.

I have little experience with wild ales but I know what I like. This has to be one of the most interesting of any style I've had in ages. The aroma and flavors nearly stun with power and punch, all in a most satisfying manner. Dry, fruity and incredibly unique and satisfying.

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Photo of jegross2
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Wild Wild Brett Batch 60, a dry hopped sour ale from the Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project out of Denver, Colorado.

Score: 96

2013 vintage bottle served in a Kate the Great tulip/snifter and enjoyed on 03/01/15.

Appearance: Pours a clean, orange-copper color with nice glow when held up to light. A thin fizzy off-white layer of head from the pour quickly dissipates. 4/5

Smell: A strong, juicy odor of orange and tangerine citrus explodes from the glass. Notes of lemon, pineapple, a kiss of brett and a mild lacto character too. Really lovely, and reminisce of Dry Hopped L'Brett D'or. The nose is absolutely divine. 5/5

Taste: Like the nose, the taste is loaded with sour citrus flavors and a finish that is heavier on the brett/lacto than what was present in the nose. Notes of pineapple, oranges, peach, and apricot upfront. A little lasting funk on the finish. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Very dry finish. A bit sour, but mild on the acidity relative to its profile. 4.5/5

Overall: Now over a year old, the citrus/stone fruit aromatics/flavors of this beer really shine and the buttery diacetyl character that was pungently present fresh is totally gone. Drink 'em if you got 'em.

Cost: $10 for a 375 ml bottle.

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Photo of Brob245
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured from a 375 ml bottle. Light amber milky color with little to no lacing.

Smell - nice tart aroma with a slight funk.

Taste - tart from the beginning with citrus notes including lemon and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - nice mouthfeel, overall light with a tartness that lingers.

Overall - this would be a refreshing beer for a hot summers day. Very good in my opinion and I will certainly look for more. Great job again Crooked Stave.

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Photo of KevSal
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to homebrew311, I owe ya one buddy!

375ml into a short wine glass

A- pours a murky yellow, reminiscent of beat, you can tell this is gonna be good!

S- fruity funk right up front, I'm loving it! Dry hopping comes through more than I expected and works quite well! As it worms it's hop character grows

T- much like the nose, hopes come through but not like the nose creating a unique and pleasant combo, was not expecting this combo to work so well. Funk and sour are at perfect levels. Fantastic!

M- good carbonation, to a medium bodied ale

O- fantastic! Was not expecting a dry hopped sour to taste this good. If this was in sixers it'd be my go to lol. Best from CS I've had to date.

Alan thanks for the gem!!

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375 into a CS snifter.

A- Cloudy honey saison color. Crazy how murky this one is. Poured half-pinky head with good retention to medium sized lacing with remaining head left over.

S- Definite citra dry hop. Smells like a citra IPA just up to when it hits your tongue. Then the floral notes of the beer itself explode to a beautifully crafted golden sour. It is so complex how they dry hopped this sour. Crazy how floral the sour is.

T- I did 4.75 on this. My grading is getting more and more critical, so yes this one tastes fkn good. This beer bottled, and origins on tap are the best Crooked Stave sours that I have had. Very floral. Citra hop gives a great balance to sour with the lemony floral notes.

M- Just about perfect for a sour. Very frothy smooth without the crazy carbonation. Very smooth. Not thin at all, kinda like drinking a golden sour with whipped cream. Not sure how to put that one.

O- Very complicated (it would seem to me) what CS did here. The ability to craft this sour dry hopped with Citra is amazing. I am really enjoying this one. Got me and a friend quite a few bottles of this.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"batch 60" was quite delicious. this was their recent batch that might be a future beer with a different name. regardless, this pucker bomb was damn tasty. so much citrus and tartness. Crooked Stave continues to put out amazing beers.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Nice white head that doesn't last.

Smell - Smells herbal, citrusy, lemony. Brett. Interesting for sure. Almost smells dry-hopped.

Taste - Lemony and herbal tang. Very bretty. Bright tanginess. Orange citrus flavor. Really delicious.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. Well carbonated.

Overall - I could drink a ton of this. Truly excellent.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

opened side-by-side with the batch 60 re-release that happened instead of the primitif release. enjoyed progenitor from the 13 cellar reserve teku and the 60 from a what the funk wine glass. confirmed...these are the same beer.

a - an almost neon orange yellow with a generous froth off cream colored head that left some nice streaks of lace on the on the glass. murky and cloudy to the light, but glowing. some visible carbonation bubbles could be seen dancing to the surface.

s - nose is a wonderful smartie sweet tart egginess. the dry hop also shows itself as an almost tropicana oj vibe of bitterness on the tail of the scent.

t/m/o - as with the first round of batch 60, really a wonderful brew. sweet tart sour that tickles your taste buds like candy. crisp and refreshing. one of my favorite stave beers. really just spot on. i hope that they continue to release this periodically as it is so nice to have that freshish batch 60 again. excited to have a few progenitors and a few batch 60 re-release/re-brew. although i did prefer the name primitif, i'll live as long as the elixir is this good!

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Photo of Damian
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap
Served in a stemmed glass

The hazy, lemon yellow liquid was topped by small white head that quickly dissolved. No lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was deeply complex and displayed many qualities of a traditional gueuze. Super funky and musty with lots of wet hay and barnyard character. Strong, tart lemony notes came through as well. Quite oaky.

Like the nose, the flavor was also remarkably gueuze-like. Bright, lemony notes led things off and were followed by an intensely musty, barnyard-like presence. Super funky and earthy. The beer was anchored by a pale, crackery malt base. Lots of oak and acidity on the finish. The lemon notes and the sourness intensified with time but never overwhelmed the other the more subtle flavors. Dry, tannic, oaky notes came through on the finish.

The mouthfeel was soft and plush with a fine, mellow effervescence. Once the liquid settled on the palate, it turned smooth and creamy.

Crooked Stave's WWB Batch 60 is an amazingly dynamic beer that is funkier and more complex than most traditional gueuzes. I will definitely make a point to seek out more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of larryi86
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you KevinLA for this!
12.7 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- A hazy strew/orange color with a two finger white head.

S- Tart lemons, some funk, juicy citrus hops, some tropical fruits, earthy , herbal notes.

T- Sour lemons, citrus/tropical fruit hops, funk, some oak, some earthy hops.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry, medium body.

O- A very enjoyable sour like the others I have tried from Crooked Stave. Reminded me of the two other dry-hopped soured I have had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Smooth orange appearance with slight haze, nice white full-fluffy head with decent retention and fantastic lacing and legs. Good viscosity.

Grassy, horsey, nice mild hop (galaxy?) aroma. Subtlety dank and robust.

This brew is fantastic. Slight green apple tartness with very little vinegar factor. Not a pucker bomb. Hops are delicate and profound with rounded dry earthyness. Grassy, horsey...just like the aroma, plus a bit of hidden tartness. Nicely sweet and mildly bitter. Carbonation is high and slightly detracts.

This brew is kick ass. I slightly prefered it on-tap to bottle. @ $10/375ml it's a decent value, not great, but still worthy of a try, or two, or three... Highly recommended for at least one bottle. A smooth, well thought-out, robust, full bodied, sour hopped ale.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden straw color with 3/4" of eggshell white head. Head retention is just okay, basically settling down to a ring around the edges of the glass. Lacing is just okay as well.

Smell: Tart lemons and pungent bretty funk up front, all highlighted by juicy citrus hop scents. Excellent.

Taste: A hint of grainy malts up front, followed by lemony tartness, horseblanket, and floral notes. Back end is punctuated by citrus and mango hop notes. The dry hopping really shines in this beer.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with fairly low carbonation. Immensely drinkable. Overall, a great dry hopped sour. Really enjoyed just about every facet of it. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of champ103
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with tjmodica.

A: Pours a hazed golden/orange color. A bubbly one finger white head forms, and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Some basement like funk up front. Fruity esters come next, then more fruity hoppy aromas. The full spectrum, from orange peal, lemon zest, to grapefruit and even some passion fruits. Really nice.
T: Like the nose, a beautiful basement/cellar like funk that is very earthy. Very light oak flavors. Fruity esters and hops come next. Orange rind, lemon zest, and a grapefruit punch.
M/D: A light to medium body. Perfectly carbonated. So crisp, dry and effervescent. Though incredibly smooth at the same time. Very easy to drink. I would love to keep coming back to this again and again.

The Brett and hops work perfectly here. Not to mention the wonderfully dry and crisp body. All around excellent.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, labeled Batch 60 on the back. Thanks to Mark for sending me this one as an extra. Cheers man! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/30/2014.

App- Similar to the other saisons I've had from CS. Pours with an orange-amber body, effervescent 1.5 finger head with good retention and seemingly random splotches of lacing as the drink gets consumed over time. Looks good, but again very typical of CS's other saisons.

Smell- Very tart, lots of lemon zest, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and a bit of vinegar, orange peel, a bit of sweet biscuit. A small bit of Brett earthiness. Smells an awful lot like grapefruit juice which certainly does work for me here. Definitely on the citrusy side overall.

Flavour- Very tart with a very nice grapefruit juice acidity that literally dances on my palate. Sour quotient is about 5/10 so very pleasant and not heart-burn inducing. Very citrus-forward with grapefruit notes, lemon zest and a bit of funky, rotten orange peel. This is a beer that most clearly evokes the descriptor "citrus saison" for me.

Mouthfeel- Good body that is medium bodied but well carbonated. Feels light on the palate. This beer would be even better if it was a 80 degree night and I was drinking this on the balcony. Very refreshing and crisp. Finish is dry and citrusy, lingering grapefruit bitterness and acidity. I could drink 3-4 of these bottles right now.

Overall- Really a very well done dry hopped saison/wild ale. Literally tastes like a dry complex grapefruit juice, which is really striking the spot for me right now. I love how refreshingly easy this beer is to drink. Crooked Stave should make this at least a spring/summer seasonal beer because I would happily come back to this over and over again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 4.11.14

A - Pours a cloudy, pale orange with a smaller pure white head with good retention.

S - Sweet melon, grassy-pine, Brett, oak.

T - Oaky, Brett, sweet middle with a hoppy-tart finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Nice hop-Brett-barrel mix. Good Stuff.

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Photo of Zach136
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed 6/27/15

Appearance: Moderate clarity gold, thin head.

Aroma: Touch of funk and nose-hair tingling acidity.

Flavor: Nice moderate acidity and fruity hop. More barn-y funk than most CS brews at this point.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry and refreshing.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a pale, hazy, almost milky orange-gold, with soft loose foam that produces some decent lace.

S - Immediately upon cracking the bottle you're hit with a blast of tangy, piney funk. This is when you know you're in for a treat.

T - First sip of this blew my mind. I was stoked for this beer but had no idea it would be so tart. And juicy. And flat-out sour. I hadn't really heard of this beer being billed as a sour, so it was a nice surprise. Think fresh-squeezed lemonade with bits of grapefruit pulp suspended in it for good measure. Very citrusy with a little tinge of earthiness and pine around the edges. A little barnyard funk brings up the rear, just as the sourness dissipates with each sip. There are some vinous notes too. Really nice complex stuff that comes up just short of being too sour. This is a brilliant, highly expressive use of Brett.

M - Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but is rounded out by prickly tartness and some soft wooliness.

Overall, just an awesome, awesome super funky beer. Great for a summer pick-me-up.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter from tap at the brewery the day after its draft release. Pours a cloudy golden orange with thick fluffy white head. I love a cloudy brew.
aromas of tart citrus and apple with lots of brett character. Taste of citrus fruit..pineapple orange apple...so nice.
its pretty tart and nicely dry.
At $10 pour it was pricey but glad to try it since I won't be around for the bottle release next week at the same price.
as always.. a fantastic brew from crooked stave.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A zesty, lemony Brett nose with a hint of hops. And the taste.... ahhh, this beer wonderfully blends the trademark Crooked Stave wild ale flavor with hops. I love it when this brewery takes this approach (..then again, I love most anything they do!) A nice dry finish, for a very drinkable beer. I think this beer can attract sour fans and hop-heads, and hopefully expand the horizons for both.

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4.34/5  rDev +0.7%

Hazed orange colour, ring of white head, no lace. Smell is musty, lots of brett and tropical fruit, nice hoppy presence as well, a nice mix of juicy and musty. Taste is a nice mix of tart and subtle sour flavours, a bit of lemon acidity and tropical fruits, funky and lightly bitter. Medium carbonation, dry medium body. Solid stuff, incredibly drinkable, something that would be easy to drink in large quantities, first beer from Crooked Stave did not disappoint.

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Photo of spoony
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle (labeled...Batch 60, no date) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of dense, white head. The retention is less than a minute and there is only a hint of fine lacing on the glass. The beer is quite hazy and is a bright, apricot-like color. Very little carbonation is visible.

S-The aroma is tart mixture of juicy orange citrus, pineapple, peach, and white grape. The brett comes through more as a floral, fruity mixture than as truly funky (floral notes aided by the dry-hopping, no doubt). Tartness is high and the brew has a sort of must aroma. Pretty nice.

T-The taste tracks the smell, but provides a bit more complexity and more fruit flavors. I taste juicy tangerine/orange, peach, musty white grape, and pineapple. Once again, the brett is subdued and floral instead of outright funky or barnyardy. The lemony acidity is pretty high...this is a sour beer.

M-The feel is medium body with a fine, slightly creamy carbonation. The acidic tartness lingers on the palate.

O-I really enjoyed the first half of this bottle and was thinking it might be one of my favorite CS beers, but my love affair faded a bit by the last drop. Nevertheless, this is a very good and complex sour beer. I would take this all day over the Hop Savant varietals or regular L'Brett D'Or. I think this beer is more complex and I like the fruit profile better here than with those two brews. A very solid beer.

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4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 3/25/14

Appearance: Hazy gold with some light orange, tangerine tones - some nice clarity around the edges - pours with a medium-sized, off-white head - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Potent, pungent Brett - truly a ridiculous amount of Brett funk - some barnyard aromas, with a touch of lemon - some nice citrus from the dry-hopping - floral citrus - some straight-up sour, with acidic and lactic notes - remarkably aromatic - I haven't been this dumbfounded by an aroma in quite some time

Taste: Hoppy and sour with a ton of Brett - moderately sour, with some tartness - lemon, green apple, and some white grapes - some nice hops, with citrus that interacts in some strange ways with the funk - plenty of Brett - finishes with some grass, some acidity, and some bright tartness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, tart but not puckering, nice carbonation

Overall: We are the wild Brett

This beer is fairly ridiculous on a couple of levels. It's extremely aromatic with some really interesting flavors. There are a number of components of this beer, and they work together oddly well. This is a gem worth seeking out.

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WWB Batch 60 from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
4.31 out of 5 based on 323 ratings.
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