Crooked Stave / Upslope Ferus Fluxus Wild Belgian Pale Ale | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by spoony on 02-18-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 87
Photo of cpetrone84
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is hazed golden amber with a thin tight white head. Nose is dusty and light cheese funk with a leathery brett, hints of mineral and salt, a faint plastic ester, and notes of lemon and tangerine but very light. Taste is much more fruit forward. The funk isn't near as present, still a fair bit of brett offering a leathery mineral and hint of salt. Fruity esters, juicy lemon, ripened tangerine and a faint touch of citrus. Nicely balanced beer, fairly bright and integrated. Lighter body, softer carbonation, and smooth.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial pint sized can with labled on sticker that says it's 375ml. Batch 1. Fridge temp.

Appearance- Slightly cloudy amber with no real head.

Smell- Bretty citrus, light citric hops, floral and earthy, apple and pear and lemon. Light woody/vanilla notes too.

Taste- Spice up front with green grapes/apple tartness. Light vanilla, and earthy spice mix well with brett dryness.

Mouthfeel- Heavily carbed, nice smooth mouthfeel, lightly tart, pretty dry, ho hint of the 8% alcohol.

Overall- A nice take on a Brett Belgian pale. Similar to Orval (though more sour). Gotta love that huge can

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color capped by a nice head - good retention and lacing

Smell: Stone fruit, lemon, white wine grape and some funk

Taste: Fruity, up front, with pear, lemon, and white wine grape flavors joined by funk and lactic tones; the tartness grows in the mid-palate, where it is joined by spicy yeast elements; the finish has both sweet and sour elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Somewhat disappointed in this beer when compared to other Crooked Stave offerings; the clash between the vinous tartness, the sweetness and the Belgian yeast just doesn't work well for me

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Buckeyeboy provided this at an impromptu summer tasting.. Thanks Jeremy. Pours a hazy light orange with a minimal white head and no real lacing.

Nose is bretty with plenty of background pale malt that sorta mutes things IMO.. a bit of a fruity estery note that combines with some minor sour element that reminds me of apricots.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the aroma... sweet/tart thing going on... is a bit muddy and seems soft and on dimensional despite the brett and fruity esters... not very well done given the good portfolio I have had from CS in the past.

Body is heavy for the style and even more so given the brett... Okay, but 3x geeks didn't jump to be the one to finish the bottle.

Thanks again Jeremy, but this was pretty flimsy.


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Photo of Stevedore
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, Volume 1. Thanks to Mark for this one. Poured into a Lawson's snifter today, 4/1/2014.

App- Hazy dark orange body, one and half finger white head, good retention, splotchy lacing. Looks like a typical saison/wild ale here.

Smell- Tart pear skins, apricot, lemon zest, oak, slight vinous qualities, a bit of moldy cheese and Brett funk. A nice slight lactic presence reminds me of a good Berliner Weisse. A bit of pale malt sweetness attempts to temper these different flavours. But luckily, it's not enough to really take center stage. Very good smelling beer.

Flavour- Grape skin tartness, pear juice, hint of apricot, lemon zest, oak, quite vinous, good bit of funk and mustiness, about 4/10 lactic acidic sourness. Less sour than a typical CS beer. For some reason, the totality of the flavour isn't as good as I think it could be; could be that it could come together better. Nevertheless, this is a fairly complex and enjoyable flavour profile.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, just the right amount of carbonation. Not quite fizzy but not too creamy either. The vinous quality of this beer is fantastic, but it does leave a nice Bretty dryness on the backend accompanied by a non-descript, perhaps earthy, bitterness that slows me down a bit in drinking this beer. Doesn't taste like an 8% ABV beer to me either though.

Overall- This one reminded me a good bit of a nice acidic Berliner Weisse like Schell's Star of the North because of the lactic acidity, moldy cheesy funkiness. Really easy to drink, but just as easy to sip on and enjoy. This is a very good wild Belgian Pale Ale and definitely worth a try if you enjoy Crooked Stave or enjoy a good Berliner Weisse.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium golden color with a nice big white head and good lacing

S-grain, yeast, sour, hint of caramel, light lemon and orange

T-toasted grain, yeasty bread, orange, light lemon, slight vinous, aftertaste of sourdough bread

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and tart

O-a nice marriage of a belgian golden ale and sour, enjoyable drinking

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Photo of spoony
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Source into a snifter (also some notes from a 375 ml bottle).

A-The beer is murky and pale-honey in color. There is some fine carbonation visible in the glass that supports a thin (maybe a finger) head of dense, white foam. No lacing.

S-The aroma is lightly tart and juicy with some apricot flavors, a mild funk, and a bit of brett. Sourness is very low (for a CS beer) and there is more dough and pale malt than I would expect.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with a light tang of apricot and lemon, but no real sour punch or vinous complexity. It is a bit musty and earthy with a light funk that has a little brett fruitiness underneath. The flavor is very doughy.

M-The feel is medium heft with a pleasant amount of carbonation. Despite the carbonation, the beer has a sort-of slick feeling.

O-This is a decent beer that drinks easy, but will not blow your hair back with complexity or intrigue. No one flavor really stands out. For a beer packing 8% ABV it is easy to drink, but for a beer packing 8% ABV, I would like a little more flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

crooked stave has been underwhelming lately, and this one i dont think is up to the very high standard that they have set. its a great beer, dont get me wrong, a belgian style pale ale in collaboration with upslope out of boulder, who is capable of greatness but puts out B level beers for the most part. this is pale and cloudy, dense looking, with an inch of white head and a dull golden color. it smells cereal heavy and minimally wild. there is some funk, but hardly any sourness, and not enough hops to make it interesting, its like their batch 60 in a lot of ways, intentionally hoppy, very carbonated, but dominated by grain in a long finish and very well carbonated, there are of course subtle differences, this one isnt so bretty, much more approachable to the uninitiated, but its lackluster in may ways. not funky enough, hoppy enough, or refreshing enough. well made of course, and i love the feel, with a fuller splashy body and lots of bubbles. its fun beer, session beer, but its not at the crooked stave level i expect now.

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Crooked Stave / Upslope Ferus Fluxus Wild Belgian Pale Ale from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
3.92 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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