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)

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Added by DrinkSlurm on 01-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of paul_db
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had my buddy bring me back a bottle from his work trip back home.

Poured into a snifter… very low carb. You can smell a lil bit of the lemon and hops.

Taste was very balanced out, from lemon, almost a bit of a grape fruit tang, some hops. None of the flavors were bold or overpowering which for some might be a 'minus' but for me I liked it.

Great wild ale… enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to blue_bleeder for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow/dark gold with a small bright-white head. Loose and slightly bubbly collar with a spotty cap. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: So much Brett. Lemon zest. Spicy and funky yeast abounds. Damp and earthy with some fresh grass and hay. Fruity with a backing yeasty spice. Pineapple, mango, green apple, and even peach. Tropical and funky, almost like it was hit with a moasaic dryhop. Some esters and a solid biscuity/doughy malt backbone. Definitely bready. A touch sweet from the pale light malts.

Taste: A bit more more tart than the nose indicates. Powdery yeast is light and throws a decent ester collection. Fruity with a slight spicy ester as well. Layers of soft fruit, some vague tropical fruit, but it's mostly lemon flesh. Lightly sweet and a touch bready. Some pale malt sweetness to balance it all out. Powdery and yeasty in good measure. A touch of leather. A nice balance and blend. Brett is solid and adds the typical earthy funky elements.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a moderate carbonation. Wet up front with a slightly drier clean finish.

Overall: Gun-slinging for more soon.

Damn you Crooked Stave and your hard to obtain magic.

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Photo of angrybabboon
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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Photo of danedelman
3.29/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into Pizza Boy Tulip at about 62 degrees

A-Nice hazy orange color with little head but sticks around the entire time of the glass.

S-Warm buttered popcorn, funky horse blanket, hint of citrus, grapefruit.

T-tart citrus fruit up front but then turns into a diacetyl mess in the mid to after taste. Ugh! Horrible. I was easy though as all sours typically get this way when the pedio is dominate at the beginning. Should have waited on this one.

M-medium body, nothing wrong here.

O-probably opened(or the brewery released) too early. I can see where it is headed but now just not there. hold your bottles if you have them.

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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 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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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 MighHighBrewer
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 375ml into tulip on 3/3/2014

A: Straw yellow with a hint of orange. Pretty cloudy - cannot see through to the other side of the glass even though there is no visible sediment. Pours with a 1-inch head that dissapates in ~ minute. Excellent lacing.

S: Fruit-forward. Peaches and oranges mainly, with hints of pineapple and green apple. The slightest hint of funk but you really have to search for it.

T & M: Also very fruit-forward. Pineapple notes dominate with grapefruit, lemon, green apple, and tropical fruits also in the background. Dry-hopped character is there, but definitely not overpowering...not a beer for hop-heads. Very tart on the back-end that lingers on the tongue well after the sip. Dry on the tongue with good carbonation.

O: A good beer from CS, but I'm surprised at the very high ratings this is getting. It's an unapologetic fruit and tart bomb. Unfortunately for me, the fruit notes are all over the place and the tartness is somewhat overwhelming.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

remarkably overrated. I'm a huge fan of crooked stave, but this one is a bit messy, totally pedestrian. the problem is no brewery can live up to expectations like these, but this beer is a big let down for me. not to say it isn't delicious, because it is, but its levels below the best of crooked stave. the color is hazy yellow, pretty thick, but sporting a nice inch of white fluffy head that doesn't really fade much. the nose is a bit hoppy, alpha acids, but more bitterness that interesting characteristics. a little heavy on the wheat malt too, especially in the taste, this is drinking a bit young and may improve over time, but its grain heavy as it stands. the brett is nice, more funk than sour, but there is a bit of acid to this that helps cut its rather large body down to size a bit. its well carbonated, but drinks like a loaf of bread rather than an elegant wild ale. i still love the combination of brett and bugs here, its just the right amount, but the base beer is nothing special this time around. this came across to me as a sloppy and less enjoyably hoppy version of hop savant, which i thought was exquisite. meh, ill try it again with some age and look for change.

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Photo of ajmitch4
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's hard to pass by any new Crooked Stave offering anymore. Poured into a tulip. Bright peachy color that is cloudy and inviting. Plush white head disappears after the pour.

Get the bready, farmy funk in the smell with a hint of tartness mixed with the dry hops.

I take the first taste, a second, and a minute later I'm halfway through the beer. Wow. Incredibly dynamic, it's changing within each sip and even from sip to sip. The Brett character stands out, giving that nice funkyness and adding a crisp sour edge. The sour apple/tangerine/peach fruit balance out the Brett funk - each sip seems to have a different fruit taste. Fantastic.

Very light bodied and perfectly carbonated.

I only bought one on the trip to the store, but I'll be going back to get at least two more. I don't mind paying a bit more for these. I drink them quick, but at 6.7% abv I tend to doubt if there's any alcohol in this at all. CS continues to impress.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ablackshear for this beer!

375ml bottle sealed with pressure cap and green wax.

poured into crooked stave tulip glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy pale straw yellow bodied beer. 2 full fingers of bone white head with so really good staying power. Thick lacing all over the glass. Head drops to a thick cap that never really goes away.

Smell: Smells of fruity brett and also smells rather juicy. Funk and yeast are also very noticable. Lots of tropical fruits like pineapples, mangos, and papaya. Rotten hay and wheat malts. Hops are slightly dank and slightly catty and musty. Sweet citrus thats orange like. There something in the aroma that I cant quite pick out from the aroma of this beer.

Taste: This beer is almost moderately sweet; its a combination of tangerines and fruity / earthy brett flavors. Not much bitterness from the hops in this beer which surprises me. Lemons are fairly strong in this beer as it warms up. Light tropical fruits mostly mango and pineapples. Hint of concentrated urine and dank cattiness. Slightly sweet malts. Slightly floral. Green apples offers a surprising amount of tartness. Man there is alot going on in this beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low to almost moderate carbonation level.The carbonation is soft and creamy. Almost gets to the level of being semi-dry, but it is a bit lower than semi-dry.

Overall: Really interesting beer. The brett is so massively fruity that is really pushing my limits on the amount of brett in a beer. Its another good crooked stave beer. Very different and very unique.

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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 Mebuzzard
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice mild yellow pour, hints of soft orange. Nice white head, disappeared, thin lacing.

Aroma of flowers, lemon, sweet biscuit and mild spices.

While the biscuit is present in the taste, it's not as sweet as I assumed. It's there, underneath a bouquet of flowers, mild bright spices and lemon. The lemon is more of a tartness than flavor, but it's there. Pomelo and hints of tangerine. But this isn't what some would call a fruity beer. It's bright and tart. Easy drinking and dry on the finish.
Bring on the sea bass!

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Photo of denver10
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange with a white head. Aroma is funky with some barnyard and a good dose of pineapple, some bread, floral and fruity of the citric and slight tropical nature. Quality aroma but have tried enough hoppy wild ales at this point that this one doesn't stand out amongst the group. Does stand up to the field though. Flavor is funky, lots of citrus that starts out juicy and closes out sweet (orange and clementine), a little pine, floral and dry woodiness in the finish. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, thinking these hoppy wild ales could be considered their own sub-category and glad for their presence. Even happier that so many Colorado breweries are leading the way with the style and doing such a great job with it. Great beer from CS here, gonna have to do a side by side with their Hop Savant to choose which hoppy wild ale I prefer from them.

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Photo of lmperialChad
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Crooked Stave's Batch 60 from Mr. B's in Denver. The Batch 60 pours a hazy orangish golden with a thick white head. I get a lot of tart citrus and Brett character on the nose. The taste is composed of tart citrus flavors, lemon, Seville oranges, lemongrass, big floral character, summer honey, and lots of Brett character. I thought the mouthfeel was quite smooth. Batch 60 is really a very pleasurable and welcoming sour ale. I thought all of the tart citrus and floral flavors played together very nicely. Another impressive offering from Crooked Stave.

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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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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 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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