Raspberry Origins | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by funkyaudio on 05-29-2014

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Photo of Gretakae
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TheHopsman
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of probert
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duncian
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bnes09
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep burgundy red. Surprisingly, pours a dense head which is unfortunately short lived. Perfect aroma of fresh raspberries, oak and acetic acid. Fresh and sweet raspberry jam on the palate. Deep brown ale base mingles with the oak and balsamic vinegar seamlessly. Fairly intense acid, acetic beginning to middle then citric then lactic in the finish. Not a lot of funk. Perfect balance cold but the balsamic dominates slightly as it warms. Feel is aggressively dry and puckering. High carbonation is perfect. Raspberry seed texture coats the tongue and adds to the dryness. As I empty the glass, I can detect an interesting peach aroma which was not there before. Unreal. All the flavors are so authentic and well integrated. Crooked Stave has blown me away yet again.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csmrx7
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitch
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml bottle, bottled in December 2015. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: A dark burgundy ruby red colour with a just over one finger off pink with a dark orange hue head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin cap with some nice lacing.

Aroma: Very nice sweet and tart raspberry jammy aromas with perhaps a hint of oak.

Taste: Sour and tart raspberries and lemon to begin, followed by some light sweet jammy raspberries and a hint of oak. It finishes sour again with lemon, some citric acidity and a touch of grapes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to light carbonation and a dry-ish finish.

Overall: The aromas were stunning and while the taste didn’t quite match up to the aroma, it was still very good.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark burgundy with glowing garnet edges and an off-pink head that settles to a thick collar but can be swirled back into existence.

Smell is an absolute abundance of fresh crushed raspberries! I also get toasted raspberry seed, sour red grape and peppery but wet oak.

Taste is mouth puckeringly sour raspberries, again in absolute abundance, with a spritz of lime juice making this quite acidic indeed. There are also touches of sesame and raspberry seeds and toasted dark bread.

This is very very sour, almost Warheads level, yet with a soft fizz and medium body, finishing semi dry.

With so much freshness coming out of a bottle dated December 2015, what better way is there to preserve the aromas and flavors of fruit than this?!

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Photo of Damian
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 375 ml (12.7 fl oz) bottle purchased at Whole Foods Market - Columbus Circle, New York, NY
December 2015
Served in a tulip

The gorgeous, burgundy colored body was capped by a finger-tall crop of bubbly, light pink froth. Solid retention. The crown slowly dropped to a foamy cap. Patchy rings of lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was uber raspberry forward and pleasantly tart. Freshly pureed raspberries came to mind. Nice jammy sweetness too. Bretty and sour but not overwhelmingly so. Big vinous notes. Red wine for sure. Moderately oaky.

Flovorwise, the beer was much more sour and acidic. Raspberry notes appeared briefly up front but they were quickly overshadowed by the lemony tartness and vinegar-like acidity. The beer turned even more sour and acidic as it moved along the palate. Red wine vinegar came through on the back end. More lemon juice on the finish. Some oaky tannins lingered after the swallow. As the beer sat, fresh raspberry notes really came forth and balanced out the flavor profile. Hint of sweetness too.

Light, crisp, frothy mouthfeel. The liquid contained a lively, finely bubbled effervescence. Slick, creamy and smooth once settled on the palate. The beer's acidity level approached "tooth enamel stripping" but fell just shy of it.

I have found most Crooked Stave wild ales to be overwhelmingly sour and acidic, but Raspberry Origins was definitely not so one dimensional. While this beer was quite tart, the raspberry notes were sweet and bright enough to keep things nicely balanced. Hopefully one day I will see fresher bottles of this brewery's fruited wild ales in my neck of the woods, as most of these year-plus old bottles surely do not express their fruity notes as they should.

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Photo of coz
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Petegrieco
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of moose1980
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Minimal head that fades almost before the pour is finished. Beautiful burgundy color though. The smell...so jammy; all pureed raspberries, but with some oak and a hint of a dusty attic. Taste is puckering sour raspberries. Almost too astringent at first, but after the palate adjusts, it makes for a nice sipper. Extremely dry finish, pushing wine territory. Drank at cellar temp, but it should have been slightly cooled.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grover37
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

375ml from Dec 2015. Dark red with beige pink foam. Nice lacing, not much retention. Nose of raspberry and blackberry. Tart cherries up front, sweet raspberry in middle and more big, sweet, lush raspberry on finish. Great balance of sweetness and sharp acidity. Amazing beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absurdity in fruit and sourness has reached a new peak. The culmination of how much fruit versus how sour, versus how dry a beer can beer has met its match with the Raspberry version of Crooked Stave's Origin series.

With an incredibly deep and hazy gaze, the rich ruby ale looks cobbler-like before a scent of earthen, rich and condensed raspberry grabs the olfactory senses and won't let go. Cooked berries lead to a radiant sweet and succulent taste that's jammy, branch ripened and puree-like.

Yet as the ale traverses the middle palate, a transition takes place; one that ushers in a brazen sourness of dry cider, dry white wine and apple cider vinegar with peps of balsamic to dissect the malt sweetness and the berry fructose to a tangy, fruity and tannic remnants of what the fruit once was. Its final taste is premierely sour as crabapple, lime, lemon and sour white grape wash the palate with lactic tartness.

Medium bodied, the beer's lingering sweetness and raspberry identity won't let go. Balancing the sourness fiercely, the malty rebuttal is redolent with raspberry pie, pastry pie crust and all. Dry tart and malty dry, the finish is peppery, earthy with a brisk after aroma of the sea.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Red to pink in color with a fingernail of pink around the rim and the majority of the top. Raspberry limbic aroma is intense. I'm tasting intensely sour raspberries and tart brettanomyces. The mouth is highly carbonated and acidic.

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Photo of gatheredwaters
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project "Raspberry Origins"
375 ml brown glass bottle, "DECEMBER 2015" and sampled on 27 DEC 2016
$13.99 @ Knightly Spirits, Orlando, FL

Look: Clear deep ruby-brown body beneath a fizzy head of pinkish-tan that dies down not too unlike a glass of cola. It drops to a thin collar around a floating island of a foam in the center. Lacing is limited to nil.

Smell: Raspberry, black currant, dried fruits like "Fruit Roll-Ups", some fig, raisin and prune.

Taste: Initially quite tart, and woody and earthy and fruity. It softens a bit as it warms and some of the carbonic acid of the CO2 is released, but it doesn't become any sweeter. In fact, it may become dryer as the woody dryness of the oak becomes more apparent. It's sour but clean, and hardly "funky" at all. For fans of "fruit beers" this is probably not your thing. For fans of sour beers, and oak-aged beers - particularly those with a fruit component - this is more for you. And as far as that goes, this is one of the most elegant examples I've ever had the pleasure to come across. It's reminiscent in many ways of a Flander's red ale, or an Old Bruin, yet it is neither, and is in fact it's own beast. It's clean and clear, and acidic and fruity - very straightforwardly sour, fruit, and oak. It finishes short and dry with quick fading fruit amidst tartness, followed by a rising dryness from the wood. The alcohol never shows (it's just 7.5% ABV); nor is it astringent beyond the norm for any oak-aged beer.

Feel: Light-medium body and sharp with acidity. The fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation gently bristles the palate before warming to become smoother, but it never actually gets to "smooth".

Overall: A stunning beer in its originality; and for those that can handle its dry sourness, splendid! It's a bit like a sour fruit beer blended with a dry European wine, and I've never had anything like it. For those who'd like to expand their concept of what a beer can be it's definitely worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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