Crooked Stave Raspberry Origins | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Raspberry OriginsCrooked Stave Raspberry Origins

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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 -3.5%
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 NeroFiddled
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of macrosmatic
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12.7 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Dark crimson, almost opaque, and minimal visible carbonation. About a half-finger of pink head fades quickly. A nice looking beer - looks almost like wine in the glass, aside from the few bubbles.

S: Tart and acetic acid, raspberries and oak. Some funk, a red wine vinous character and more dry woody tannins with a mild vanilla component. Nice nose on this.

T: Raspberries – overripe and sweet - up front. Acetic acid that's borderline vinegary but not in a bad way. Oaken dryness and mild funk. Lactic acid and tartness. Incredibly fresh juicy raspberry finish with a lot of acetic acid and less citric acid with the associated dryness.

M: A full-bodied beer – maybe a bit more heft than most AWAs. Carbonation sensation on the low side but not flat. Low alcohol presence.

O: I really liked this one. The fresh raspberry flavor of New Glarus but with an actual amount of tart and acid with some funk that the Wisconsin brew is lacking. Really enjoyable. It's probably too acidic for it to become an everyday or session drinker for me, but really enjoyable.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark purple-reddish body, one finger whitish-pink head, good retention, plenty of lacing. Smells of raspberries, light caramel sweetness, lemon, leather, bits of oak. That typical Brett-forward aroma lies beneath the raspberries. Flavour is essentially Origins with a bunch of raspberries on top. It's not overly raspberry sweet, but is reasonably complex with the Brett leather and lemon profile underneath. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, probably related to the Brett; good carbonation and nice raspberry tartness on the finish. Enjoyed this one a fair bit, price is a bit hefty for a 375ml bottle but fairly accessible in the Denver market.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Zwanze Day 2016, Green Bench Brewery, St Petersburg, Fla.
Looks flat, not much on the nose. taste is tart Raspberries, feels great and overall will seek out in the future if i can find it.

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Photo of Beejay
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Been holding onto this for a while.. been a rough weird week of ups and downs.. Bout time to crack it.

A: Pours like dark grape juice, in the glass it is a very dark red brown color, like dark blood, with a fluffy pink head.

S: Very tart, with slight notes of vinegar, and rich sugary raspberry, and a touch of wood. It's like someone condensed raspberries into a sweet puree of sour goodness.

T: Wow. The sourness on this one is really amazing. Mouth puckering sour notes with raspberries, and oak. Sharp and acidic, with a raspberry jam finish.

M: Light bodied, with effervescent carbonation, and a very acidic kick.

O: Good god, this is good. This beer treads the line between beverage and experience.

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Photo of Marius
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at CBC 2016 - day 2. Dark ruby with a tall pink head. Raspberries, fruit and barrel sourness, very subtle oak and vanilla notes, some barnyard funk.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, bottled December 2015, 7.5% ABV. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a dark reddish/purple color with about an inch light purple head with decent retention. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is fruity and tart, the brew smells like oak, fresh raspberries, raspberry jam, earthiness and tart berries. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some lemon, red wine and vinegar noticeable. Nice balance with the sweet fruity and tart flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's easy enough to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this a lot, glad I bought this when I saw a bottle. $14.99 a bottle.

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Photo of brentk56
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives the color of raspberry jam with a frothy mauve head that hangs around and coats with lace

Smell: Raspberry jam with undertones of burgundy wine and oak

Taste: Raspberry jam and burgundy wine forward, with oak building; sourness builds through the middle, in a rather acetic direction; the finish is exceedingly dry with the fruit lingering

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; puckering

Overall: Tremendous depth of flavor with the wine barrel treatment

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml dated December 2015 into a stemless wine glass.

Deep purple with crimson highlights. Appearance that mimics a pinot noir or cab with no transparency. A tiny bit of foam around the edges. Becomes pretty still while resting in the glass.

Raspberry jam on the nose at first, moves a bit into grape skin and a fresh vinous aroma. A touch of berry seeds and oak on the finish.

Opens with jammy raspberry flavors. Boysenberry and a bit of plum becomes apparent. Currants then a touch of leather, with some berry seeds and oak. Amazing flavors in this.

Medium bodied with a hint of carbonation. Somewhat sticky.

A decent nose of raspberry and oak, with a lot of flavor to back it up. While this beer isn't incredibly complex, it does showcase raspberry and wine flavors incredibly well.

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Photo of SABERG
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle dated December 2015 into a goblet.
A - Deep ruby colored backdrop, A skateboard punk pink cap borders on neon. Great appearance, mild carbonation keeps a ring of evidence. Laced gently, spot after spot.
S - Huge fruit nose, summer berries, and citrus with lychee, grape skin. A rise in temperature releases, young pinot noir, warm clean oak, milk chocolate. The aromatics are incredibly complex.
T - WOW, where to start, first pass, is all that fruit, raspberry, red grape character leads to a smooth barrel aged sour with subtle minerality, soft oak, lemon rine, and red wheat graininess. The offering glides between flavors, blending with the bacteria and yeast. Simply amazing
F - The tongue recoils at first impact, sour, tart, then after the introduction. A mutual accord and then friendship, adoration. The dry finish is quite a surprise based on the start. The core of the experience is fresh fruit, sour malts and a delightful roll out. The linger is epic and mouth watering.
O - What a treat, the berries start strong then with time the underlying offering reveals a barrel aged sour that stands on its own.


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Photo of dar482
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma offers raspberry jam, crushed berry sees, along with some toasted oak notes.

The flavor follows with the flavor of raspberry seeds as similar when fresh raspberries are eaten. Tart qualities come through as the malt body and some oak lingers on the finish.

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Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My first from Crooked Stave. Which, up until about a week ago, I always misread as "Crooked Steve." So there's that. That's a neat tidbit.

Pours like a goddamn root beer. A tremendously dark red with soda pop fizz and no head of which to speak.

Smells mad tart but also one-dimensional. Huge raspberries and a tiny bit of oak. As it warms up, however, some light spiciness comes into play, as well.

Up front, the flavor is very tart, juicy, and acidic. The acidity and tartness never go away, but the juicy fruitiness gives way to a wonderfully variegated middle with nodes of jam, dark barley, and spice, finishing sweet and lactic without the intense, puckering dryness you encounter in similarly adventurous sours.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

2014 vintage. Bottled 2/2014.

Pours an opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, raspberry, cocoa powder, acidic, and slight wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour raspberry, raspberry juice, acidic, wood, and slight cocoa powder flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with awesome sour raspberry and cocoa characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle sealed with burgundy red wax and a pressure cap.

bottled Feb/2014

poured into CS tulip glass.

Appearance: deep red bodied beer with a brown hue. Dirty white head that has a red hue to it. Head pours 2 full fingers tall and leaves thick lacing on the side of the glass. Head is thick and creamy composed of many tiny and compact bubbles. Head has some staying power and retains a thick cap on top of the beer.

Smell: Tons of raspberry in the nose. Musty funk. Nose does not do this beer much justice.

Taste: full on sourness and very jammy raspberries collide as the opening flavors dominating this beer. Wet oak and moderate funk in the middle of the beer. The beer expresses some spiciness and a minute hint of booze as well. Finishes with even more juicy raspberry flavor and more sourness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied sour with low carbonation. Creamy and velvety mouthfeel. Semi dry finish. As sour as this beer is it interesting that it is not extremely dry. This drinks really easily considering the intense flavors. Its honestly a paradox, but works extremely well here.

Overall: What a way to take Origins to the next level. I think raspberry origins is almost as good a Raspberry Dark Origins which is one of my all time favorite Crooked Stave sours. The raspberry is very intense and the jamminess of raspberries are as big as the sourness of this beer. Superb mouthfeel displayed by this sour and it remains drinkable while having an intense flavor profile. The raspberries really push the boundaries of almost being to much fruit in this sour beer. Slightly surprised to be saying this when this beer was bottled in February/2014.

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Photo of stakem
3.06/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

375ml poured into a teku. The brew is a reddish mahogany color with a finger of pinkish head that fades leaving spotty lace.

The smell includes minerals that to me is perceived like a handful of dirty pocket change with some earth and funk. A grassy and seedy raspberry character is present behind the not so enjoyable opening.

The taste is tart with unripe raspberry, earth and funk with some neutral woody character. Minerals and carbonics blend to make almost a meaty feel to this which I kinda dislike. As it warms up, it gets slightly bitter.

This is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. It is sour and interesting but has some unpleasant character to it as well. I would skip on having this again though I appreciated the chance to give it a try.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed side by side with a blackberry dark origins and an origins batch 3...the rasp was enjoyed from a crooked stave tulip.

a - more cherry red looking than the blackberry but fairly close in color to the original...this one, however boasts a generous cream colored head and some streaky lace.

s - nose is also closest to the original not carrying the whiskey of the blackberry, but definitely sings of raspberry over the original...fairly juicy.

t/m/o - way more tart than the original and the raspberry really compliments the beer in a nice way. raspberry is very fruity and juicy and works well on the beer...fairly sour, but not mouth puckering and extremely easy drinking and approachable. another great gateway sour since the juiciness of the fruit really works well with the burgandy base. phenomenal beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

every bit as good as cherry origins, and one of my favorite of the cellar reserve series. almost blood red in color, the head is stained too, intense looking brew to say the least. the raspberry is really forward in this, and way more tart than sweet, playing well with the burgundy malt base of this beer, and only exacerbating and enhancing the already extremely sour finish. its never really fruity exactly, which is cool, but the raspberry is very forward in this. its hard to explain, but the berry is assimilated into the base beer seamlessly, it doesnt seem forced in any way at all. quite a lactic finish to this thing, citric acidity too, and less funk than other crooked stave beers, this one is all sourness and pucker, dry and harsh a little in the finish. i like that its a red sour that avoids the vinegar hit of the flanders style, my palate prefers this type of bacterial integration much more. the berries give it life, and both this and the cherry edition take regular origins to the next level. truly astounding beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown. Nice white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Intense spicy oak. Nice raspberry. Vanilla and acidic.

Taste - Raspberry, but it isn't that sweet. Spicy wood and vanilla. Raspberry persists. Some deep caramel malts blend well with the sour raspberry flavor.

Mouthfeel - Nice tartness. Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - The raspberry is almost too intense, but everything else balances it out really nicely. Superb beer.

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Photo of spoony
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 375 ml bottle (bottled February 2014) to a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about one finger of head that fades quickly to a sparse cap. The foam is tan with a pinkish hue. The beer is nearly opaque with ruby/garnet coloring. No lacing.

S-The aroma is a very tart. I smell big doses of raspberry, as well as cranberry and white grape. There is a bit of oaky dryness and funk, as well as something that suggests bitter almond flavor. Also some vinegar. It is complex and inviting.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely. The raspberry fruit is bright, tart, and intense. I also pick up cranberry, sour cherry, vinegar, white grape, and a bit of oak. This beer is certainly sour, but not mouth-puckering.

M-The feel is a bit off for me. It is medium in heft with a watery constitution and fine carbonation.

O-This is a very solid beer and a close competitor for Raspberry Dark Origins. The fruit shines here because it is not over-the-top in either sourness or sweetness, but the flavors manage to be intense and complex nonetheless. This is not Atrial Rubicite, but part of me likes this more because I could drink more of this without getting fatigued.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark maroon pour, topped with a wispy layer of off white bubbles that rejuvenated with a swirl and left a few strands of lace on the glass. Lacto aroma, raspberry, lemon, red wine, yogurty, with hints of acetic acid. Tart raspberry in the taste, sour vinegar notes, but nothing out of control, lemony lacto, notes of leather and yogurt. Medium body, prickly mouthfeel. Not quite as good as the Dark Origins version, but still a tasty sour.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Homer time!

A- Very dark raspberry in color. Almost comes off black when not put up to the right light. Then the deep dark raspberry hue shines. Minimal coffee lacing with pretty good legs.

S- Raspberry/cherry and the burgundy base sour are 50/50. Tart lactic acid, but very nice dark deep raspberry nose.

T- Again, the raspberry (minus the cherry in the nose) and burgundy base beer are in perfect proportion. Nice acidic bite at the end.

M- A bit thin for me. My raspberry standard is Batch 1, but they were not trying to recreate that beer. They should recreate that beer.

O- A very well done raspberry sour. A bit diff style than Atrial, but I like this more.

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