Nightmare On Brett - Cherry
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Nightmare On Brett - CherryNightmare On Brett - Cherry
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Brett Beer
Ranked #4
Ranked #1,436
4.34 | pDev: 6.22%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Nightmare On Brett - CherryNightmare On Brett - Cherry
Notes: Dark sour ale aged in Leopold Bros whiskey barrels with cherries
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours coffee colored with ruby highlights; the beige head rises to one finger and then fades to a ringlet, while leaving spots of lacing

Smell: Tart cherry and oak with hints of whiskey and funk

Taste: Bracing and acetic, at the outset, with the tart cherry flavor building; earthy and somewhat funky, in the middle, with an oaky finish; just a hint of whiskey

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet; puckery

Overall: I like the fruited versions of this beer much better than the others I have tried though the raspberry is my preference

May 28, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle bought at Liquor Shed. Harvest 2016.

Pours black, small head of tannish foam. Tilting my glass, hey there's some sticky lacing.

Smells of sour cherries, Brett and oak in that order.

Taste smacks of sour cherries, oh my, barrel adds a bit of oak wood flavours. The Brett is more subdued but I can definitely say it's there. Overall, the sour sensation is very pleasing.

Fairly light bodied with adequate carbonation.

I love sour cherries but I love sour raspberries more. And Crooked Stave has accommodated me with that option...

Dec 23, 2017
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beergoot from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark brown body; nearly opaque; thin yet creamy, 1/2 finger thick head. Dry and woody with some nice brett funk; white oak and dried pine. Tart and oakish flavor. Thick, creamy and smooth body; tart and acidic.

One could wax overly poetic about this beer, but suffice it to say that this beer satisfies in a most righteous and well-rounded manner for a wild ale.

Sep 03, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured at the Brussels Beer Fest in August 2017. Look is extremely dark purple, almost black. Almost no carbonation. Smell is deep cherries, earthy. Taste is amazing. Mouth puckering sour, but also some sweet and wood coming through. Mouthfeel is sticky and dry. Amazing beer.

Aug 27, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, green session. Aroma has flanders style notes with roasted malt, dusty barrel, balsamico, dark cherries and cherry pits. Taste is tart, acidic, fruity and sour with some caramel malt notes.

Jun 05, 2017
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Marius from Netherlands

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Beertemple. Very dark pour with a tall, fine-grained tan head. Notes of macerated cherries, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, red wine, grapes and vanilla. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation and a sour and moderately sweet aftertaste.

Nov 11, 2016
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bowzer4birdie from Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at Edmunds Oast in Charleston, SC. This was my favorite beer from our trip as I don't see CS in Chicago market. Lovely cherries and chocolate as it warms with moderate sourness. I don't go for extremely sour beers so this one worked for me.

Oct 25, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, served in a Crooked Stave cellar reserve 2014 stemmed glass. This is the one aged in Leopold Whiskey barrels with cherries.

Pours a darker brown body, one finger offwhite head, good carbonation, plenty of retention and bits of lacing. Smells of strong vinegar, bit of lactic acidity, tart cherry, whiskey and touch of oak, light chocolate and lemon. Rich, acidic with a touch of chocolate covered cherries on top on the palate, which follows the nose. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, as expected for a brett beer; fairly acidic with 8 on a scale of 10; the cherries provide a nice complement to the already excellent base beer.

Oct 22, 2016
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vfgccp from New York

4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sep 2015 bottle, opened Jun 2016.

A - Dark milk chocolate brown body with a finger khaki head.

S - Outstanding. Chocolate ganache, warm vanilla, soft oak, brown bread, citrusy sours, and fresh French toast.

T - Rich, complex and bold. Puckeringly sour with lemons, oak, vanilla, caramel, a touch of cold brewed coffee, tart dark cherries, leathery tannins, and warm bread crust.

M - Bright, sour, medium body.

O - An outstandingly complex American wild with great integration and a well balanced cherry character.

Jun 12, 2016
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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - A dark brown color with a purple tint... a thick 1/3" head is mocha colored. Dies down quickly, leaving a thin layer.

Smell - Tart cherries, slight whiskey, funky, earthy tones... yeast. Smells acidic, but not overly so.

Taste - Whoa... this is sour. A sweet cherry flavor up front, followed by a mellowing wave of whisky. After that, the finish is crazy tart and sour cherries. Made me shiver!

Feel - Thick body, lightly carbonated.

Overall - Well done, but on the extreme side.

Mar 13, 2016
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have thought reg Nightmare on Brett left a dry, chalky, finish that was lacking. This has even more complex with a nice sweet, cherry finish that fills the void of the reg version.

Jan 23, 2016
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown.

Smell - Funky sour cherries! Very strong nose!

Taste - Super sour cherries! Tangy, tart, delicious!

Mouthfeel - Full body. Low carbonation.

Overall - This is one of the best offerings from Crooked Stave. Highly recommend!

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Jan 07, 2016
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Moose90 from Washington

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Served On-Tap @ CS

A — Pours a deep dark brown hue, almost black, with an espresso brown colored head sitting atop the beer.

S — Smell is incredible, such waves of sour and fruit and malt. Major notes of tart cherries, cherry juice, bitter roast espresso, bitter dark chocolate, over roasted malts, charred oak, Whiskey, oak, vanilla, semi-sweet pie crust.

T — Carries on from the nose, with notes of tart cherries, pie cherries, roasted and charred malts, bitter espresso, barrel aged dark roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, burnt toast, cherry wine. Undertones of Bourbon and loads of barrel character with hints of caramel, custard, creme brulee, just incredible waves of flavor balanced with tart jammy fruit notes.

M — Medium bodied, long lasting finish, some puckering bubbly carbonation, almost Champagne like.

O — Incredible overall, I love the nuances found in "regular" NMoB, but the amplification and elevation of Cherries used here is just phenomenal, very very well done.

Dec 28, 2015
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BenGap from Alaska

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark pour with very little head and moderate lacing. Right away you can smell some musty notes with the underlying fruit and cherry hinys. Taste smacks you up front with the tartness and slowly fades out with the cherry coming on stronger as it goes. Very dry feel. Over all nicely done sour.

Dec 14, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i always thought this beer had a cherry undertone to it, dried and tangy, and it was always really cool as an accent flavor to the pucker and to the dark malts, sort of a unifying element in a very unique and complex beer. the addition of actual cherries though kind of throws off that subtle balance with a fruit punch right to the palate. the cherry here is robust, prominent in nose and taste, and while its awesome, i think i prefer other nightmare versions, its almost too much, and trumps the subtleties in nose and taste that make this one of a kind. the cherry has a slight medicinal thing going on in the nose, but in general is very authentic, it adds a cool fruitiness to the beer, gives it quite a bit more sweetness to tame the pucker, and is a neat feature in general. i just think some of the yeast flavor is lost to it, and it definitely makes it quite a bit more sugary in the finish, seems to expose the alcohol a little more too. let this not sound like a harsh critique though, this is elite level beer with a cool new modification and is absolutely worth seeking out. i wonder if they have plans to bottle this one?

Oct 05, 2015
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 107 ratings