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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Added by funkyaudio on 05-29-2014

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Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -8.3%
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 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 brentk56
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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 StonedTrippin
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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 mynie
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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 t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Marius
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Prospero
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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 sourdog
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of williamjbauer
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Iparedman
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Indytruks138
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Murky dark red color with pinkish head. Aroma has some balsamic vinegar notes and intense fruit character. Taste starts quite sour up-front, really fruity, quite acidic, really dry on the finish. Light body, dry, medium carbonation. Really sour and fruity ale.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of qcbrewer
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Crooked Stave Raspberry Origins from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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