WWB Batch #50 | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Grand Cru Wild Ale aged for 22 months in Wine Barrels, will be a taproom-only bottle release with only 100 total cases produced. Brewed in June of 2013, Batch #50 is a blend of some of our oldest barrels, some of which had Colorado peaches added in late 2013.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 05-07-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
69
pDev:
7.57%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
13
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by Prospero:
Photo of Prospero
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, yellow wax. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a hazy, light yellow-orange body, two finger white head that is somewhat short-lived and fades into a thin collar. Not a lot of lacing. Looks a lot like a barrel aged saison.

Smells of bread, peaches, leather, citrus zest, apricot juice, hay. The stone fruits come out even more as it warms up, wow. You can tell that this is a Crooked Stave beer; the house profile comes through incredibly well, supplemented by the unmistakeable stone fruit.

Flavour is excellent; a good amount of peaches that is complemented by lemon zest, overall supplemented with leather, oak, mild green apple tartness, lactic acid and white wine. Moderately sour, about 5/10. There isn't any of that graininess that I've come to associate with the Petite Sour base beer. Quite complex and true to the Crooked Stave house flavour. This may very well be one of the purest forms of that house profile, who knows. The stone fruit is not in your face, but rather contributes a steady presence throughout.

Mouthfeel is on spot for Crooked Stave. Medium body, crisp carbonation, refreshing lemon zest, moderately puckering, way too easy to drink. I wish this came in 750's instead of 375's.

Overall, a very wonderful AWA with a lot of complexity, a nice stonefruit presence, nice mouthfeel and drinkability. I highly recommend getting some for now, and some for later. I think it is a lot like L'Brett D'Or Grand Cru amped up a notch or two, with a decent stonefruit presence.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle poured into an oversized Belgian tulip. Bottle courtesy of strongrepublican.

Peach skin colored beer, a bit cloudy in body with trickling carbonation and a foamy pale white head that starts big but dissipates into a lacy film. 5

Smells gueuze-y. Yeast and malt interplay and create an earthy funk with some peach and apricot, floral subtleties and a tart finish. 4.25

Taste parallels the nose, but there's much more of a fruity bite here, like biting into an apricot or peach or something similarly citrusy, earthy and tart simultaneously. What's fascinating is how the texture of each sip feels like when you bite off of an apricot and fibers of fruit straggle to the seed and deliver a burst of flavor. Pretty impressive. 4.25

Tart and earthy with the feel. As I mentioned, something about drinking this truly resembles munching on a stone fruit. 4.25

Very good stuff. I wasn't sold initially but the more of that fruity flavor and feel I got, the more I got down with this.

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Photo of Sammy
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent wild ale, very tasty and unique. Most interesting smell, which came up again when it finished its rental. Great drinker. Thanks for hookup, Jason.

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Photo of Ace1117
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RAlmeida77
3.51/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle. Pale clear orange with a small white head. Smell is strong peaches. Tropical Light acidity, but peaches are the highlight. Peach is the highlight of the flavor as well. Strong peach. Dry. Bretty finish. Not very sour. Low carbonation. Delicious fruit flavor.

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Photo of Austin32
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of largadeer
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of claspada
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Desp59
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vitaminvert
4.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of threedaggers
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle.
Yellow-orange pour, almost clear first pour, and a very hazy bottom pour. Aroma of stone fruit, citrus, cobwebs. Good barrel in the taste, some stone fruit juiciness, but I felt that a lot of the peach had probably faded. Crisp mouthfeel, and a mild tartness. Good bottle overall.

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Photo of mportnoy
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle sealed in translucent yellow wax with Crooked Stave logo pressure cap under the wax.

poured into Crooked Stave snifter. (keeping it proper with the glass!)

bottled April 2015.

Shout out to Andrew for the chance to try this beer! Thanks!

Appearance: Golden orange bodied beer that is opaque. Thick cap of white head with large bubbles. This quickly dissipates into no head and a very thin ring around the glass. Quick swirl bring back a thin cap of head.

Smell: Immediately smelling that trademark Crooked Stave funk, it is deep and rich. A nice bright sour punch in the nose and lots of citrus mingled with robust oak barrel. Hint of peaches, but this has a more citrusy aroma than a peach presence. You can tell this beer has been in barrels for a long time just from the potency of the aroma and the complexity.

Taste: The peach comes out much more in the flavor of this beer and melds nicely with bright citrus. This has a really nice oak presence and lots of that signature crooked stave funk. Also getting really nice mineral character to the flavor of this beer. Lots of lacto and acetic sour notes from this beer. Intricately layered complexity. This beer just continues to evolve as it warms in the best possible ways. There is just sooo much peach when this warms up.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Semi dry finish that continues to build as it warms, but it is also got a juicy quality about it. Very drinkable for a Wild Ale that is at this level of sourness. It also feels slick on the tongue which lets you know that it is as sour as you think the beer is.

Overall: Man, this is quite a blend by Chad. Very deep and complex flavors and aromas that screams of blending old barrels to make this blend. I would put this on the same level as blending efforts that I have sampled from several Side Project beers. This is probably in my top three crooked stave beers that I have drank. I do tend to wonder if batch 50 is reminiscent of what the original batch of Persica was like... always wanted to try that beer.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chefduff2
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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WWB Batch #50 from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 69 ratings