Silly Cybies
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
4.44 | pDev: 6.08%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Belgian-style Dark Ale aged in oak barrels with raspberries.
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 156 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.01/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to leftpaw for bringing this one to March Madness 2017, was one of my faves that week.

Pours a dark brown color. Surprised to see this is a bdsa, would not have guessed after drinking it. Cool, gonna elevate my average bdsa score with this entry. Light brown head 1/3". Aroma was of brown malt and sourness. The raspberry had an impact, but not its typical one, say goodbye to thinking of bright, dry raspberry, this one was more of a counterbalance role, but it gave a juicier, less dry fruit/berry feel to it in the nose and taste.

This could be my 2nd favorite dark sour beer (Funk Metal is pretty good too). Has a cherry presence despite there being none, like a clean flanders like input here. The dark fruit notes aren't bitter per usual for the style. Hides the alcohol really well. A good sour presence without relying on acidity or too much acetic acid.

Just flat out the most enjoyable bdsa I've ever had, even if far from traditional (that might be why).

Oct 13, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

November 2015 bottle

Pours dark ruby red with a creamy frothy khaki colored foam head. Smells like jammy fresh raspberries, oak barrel, dark fruits, plum, red grapes, cherry, fig, caramel malt, dark toffee, molasses, mild chocolate, floral spice, with some earthy hops. Tastes acidic and sour with pulpy jammy tart fresh raspberries, oak barrel, slightly acetic vinous black grapes, dark fruits, plum, black cherry, fig, caramel malts, dark toffee, molasses, mild chocolate, tobacco, cigar box, red fruit, floral spice, with some earthy hop notes. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice Belgian style dark ale aged in oak barrels with raspberries.

May 23, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big head production, although it is short lived and slightly fizzy. Dark foam ring remains to line the glass long after the pour. The brew itself is dark brown with garnet highlights (quite evident during the pour), and appears to be quite clear - although it settles so darkly in the glass that one cannot truly tell.

Intense aroma! Tons of raspberries, sweet honey, flowers. In the background, raisins, brown sugar, and oak. The BSDA base is struggling to fight through the huge raspberry nose - and most failing, but in an absolutely delectable way. Lacking in depth and complexity for a wild ale (BSDA description notwithstanding).

Sharply sour and tart up front, with a mixture of vinegar-like acidity and impressively tart raspberries. Worlds of tannins, oaky vanilla, cherries; hints of raisins and dates. There's a nearly undefinable musty funk, relatively light; the wild treatment here definitely favors sourness over rustic funkiness.

Brew moves through three phases: an up-front vinegar sourness; quickly moving into a raspberry-dominant profile, which starts out quite tart but eventually becomes slightly sweeter; and a modest presentation of the malt base on the finish, with the raspberries - and quite a bit of sour pucker - lingering.

The three phases are not equal in strength or length; it's not quite thirds. The second phase lasts the longest on the palate, and the first is probably the most pronounced. The malt bill is quite subtle.

Lively and active on the palate; feels "big," but not hot - certainly not 9% ABV hot! Sticky, long finish. Strongly puckering.

Jan 06, 2019
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 750ml bottle.

It pours a really dark reddish brown with plenty of off white foam and lacing.

Big blast of tart raspberries as soon as I removed the cork, bigger when I hold up the glass to my nose. Lots of funky oaky notes...smells grand.

I taste tart raspberries but also, if I am not mistaken, sour cherries as well. Very good oak presence and some funk. Maybe some lemon too.

Medium light body with spritzy carbonation.

Pretty fine brew here.

Nov 21, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a masterpiece. Just so well made, the body has an amazing balance of the sour, dark and funky yeast notes. The smell is near perfect, smells like fresh raspberries in an old oak farm basket, with underlying earthiness, yeast, cocoa, apple and plum. Taste is sour and tart raspberry forward, with the funky yeast bringing out the dark fruits to finish with some apple and hay. Again, just well crafted through and through.

Nov 10, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip to a deep brown with some mahogany hues topped by a dense finger and a half of tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass leaving some lacing.
S: Smells intensely of juicy raspberries, oak and toffee with just a little spice
T: Taste is a really nice and bright tartness up front with a ton of juicy raspberry flavor along with a little funk. On the swallow this one has some oak and vanilla with some lingering raspberry and sourness
M: This beer is one the moderate side of things when it comes to body and mouthfeel. The beer has effervescent carbonation which is not prickly while the acidity gives the beer a drying finish.
O: Overall this is an outstanding beer. It has some nice flavors and complexity and the juicy raspberry flavor is incredible. This one is definitely one to try if you like fruited sour beer.

Aug 10, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark murky brown with a finger and a half of light brown head. Head foams up quite nicely for a sour. Very little lacing left behind. Aroma is of Belgian yeast esters, and raspberry. Flavor profile is very similar with notes of Belgian yeast esters hidden behind a sour, twangy raspberry shell. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a full, smoothness to it. Overall, a fun and funky little Belgian ale. The raspberries are nice. It's fun to drink without any sour sucker punching.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Mar 08, 2017
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 375ml bottle, bottled in November 2015. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A clear and extremely dark red colour with a two fingered tan-ish red head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.

Aroma: Intense freshly crushed raspberries and raspberry jam.

Taste: Sour and tart with a combination of mixed berries; raspberry, blackberry and blueberry. It is also very jammy but the sweet only lightly shows through the tartness.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is amazing. I don’t get any of the 9% ABV which is great, but I’m also not getting much of the oak barrels that it was supposedly aged in, which while disappointing, actually meant that it was very raspberry jammy and tasty. Crooked Stave have done it again with Silly Cybies, which is a must buy for me.

Mar 01, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Off white head. Raspberry mahogany red.

Lots of tap berries. Funky and fruity. Sour and tart. Light acidity.

Big raspberry fruit flavor. This is one of the better CS beers out there.

Nov 24, 2016
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bobv from Vermont

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice looking dark raspberry sour, superb nose, great flavor, wonderful mouth feel.
Damn, this is one stellar offering from Crooked Stave!
Seek it out!

Oct 20, 2016
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Vonerichs from Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark burgundy with a red head. Once the head goes away it looks like a glass of grape juice.

Holy cow those raspberries! Fruity punch to the nose, dominated by raspberries. Jammy.

Jammy and tart flavor. The raspberries completely dominate. Slightly acidic, but no overly so.

Great carbonation and level of acidity. It's sweet but is cut well by both.

Great beer, probably my favorite from Crooked Stave.

Oct 12, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown in color with red highlights and a fingernail of creamy pinkish white. I smell woodsy oak,tart raspberries, and dark malt. I taste tart raspberries, woodsy oak, and Stone fruit. The mouth is highly carbonated and bone dry.

Jul 24, 2016
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours Crimson brown in color with a thin head. Loads of tart raspberry aroma with pie crust like malt, Belgian candied sugar, and a slight acidic aroma. Flavor follows nose with bright fruity raspberry and a nice pie crust malt presence. Sweet caramel flavors balance with a mild tartness in the finish.

Jul 18, 2016
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a reddish brown color with a tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer has a nice raspberry note with some oaky funk in there too. The taste is slightly roasted, with some raspberry in there too. The feel of the beer is lighter bodied with a dry finish. Overall it's a good brew.

Jun 25, 2016
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beergoot from Colorado

4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reddish-brown body with a soft, red head; foam is thick and creamy. Huge, fruity aroma; cherries and raspberries; fresh cut grass. Tart, tangy flavor; reinforcing the raspberry aroma. Heavy body; acidic; tart and dry.

This is one unique looking and tasty beer. The grass element of the aroma stays with each tangy sip of this beer, each element nicely complementing the other. The tangy character just makes your mouth water. This is unlike any other Belgian dark ale I've tried and reminds me more of a tasty sour. Regardless, this is one very fine beer...

Jun 12, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby color with pink head. Aroma has huge raspberry jam and some earthy notes. Taste follows with intense raspberries, tart but not acidic, fruity but slightly bitter with fruit pits on the finish. Medium body, dry but quite soft on the palate. It's really tasty, extremely fruity but lacks some complexity.

May 19, 2016
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JEdstrom from Nebraska

4.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh lord. The raspberries! Dark raspberry red. HUGE RASPBERRY nose and taste! Super jammy with a nice sour tartness. This is the BEST Crooked Stave beer that I have had.

Apr 20, 2016
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frontrangefart from Colorado

4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks awesome. Good smell and tastes amazing. The funk and raspberries are perfect. Couple it with the high ABV and this is definitely a winner. The better of the two available cybies

Apr 19, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Deep, dark, ruby red. Almost no head.
S- Tart, Funk, Fruit, sour raspberries
T- Big raspberry flavor followed up by the funk, then rounded out with the oak barrel.
M- Low carb, but perfect for the flavor profile
D- a very, very good beer. Will definitely pick more of this up.

Mar 27, 2016
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Todd from California

4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Raspberries, Raspberries, Raspberries, Raspberries!

This Belgian-style Dark Ale is aged in oak barrels with raspberries. A brilliant, deep red hued beer. Quite mesmerizing, and except for the pink stained foamy head, this looks more like fruit juice or wine. The nose is all raspberries. And holy bursting raspberries in my mouth! Jammy, tart, sharp, puckering, lip-smacking and gland teasing. Oaky notes are nearly lost, but lurk in the background. And dark malts break through just enough to balance out the acidity, while still allowing the berries to control the palate. The only thing silly about Silly Cybies is how deliciously silly it is.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #110 (March 2016).

Mar 24, 2016
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jws6w7 from Florida

4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First thing you notice is the amazing color, bright red. This beer is one of the best crooked stave offerings I've had. It was the perfect amount of tart, lots of raspberry

Mar 20, 2016
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vfgccp from New York

4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nov 2015 bottle, opened Mar 2026

A - Beautiful deep cranberry body with two fingers of pink, cherry soda foam. Nice retention and lace.

S - Sweet raspberries, dank, cheery jello, oak, and a touch of sour cranberry.

T - Super tart. More like a double lambic than a Belgian strong ale. Deliciously dry. Raw cranberries, tart cherry, bitter unripe raspberries, fresh wood, and cumquats.

M - Mediym body with a crisp, super dry finish.

O - Bold, tart and dry with a great fruit character.

Mar 19, 2016
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thatoneguymike from Georgia

4.87/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Good job, Crooked Stave. Completely unexpected that this one and Serenata Notturna both are classified as Belgian styles and are by and large my favorites that CS does.

Pours dark dark dark with a pinkish purplish head of foam that pretty quickly dissipates. Nose of a metric ton of raspberries, which follows through on the taste and is jammy and sticky on the mouthfeel. Perfect amount of carb for this one. Just damn. Great beer, this is one to praise.

Mar 19, 2016
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MileHighBeerGuy from Colorado

4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites so far from Crooked Stave. Everything they do is top notch but this one is the top notch of the top notch. So so much raspberry on the smell and the taste, super funky, beautiful color, perfect amount of tartness and carbonation. Really great stuff. Going to have to stock up on a handful of these and see how they age.

Mar 15, 2016
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep dark red.

Smell - Huge raspberry nose!! Absolutely awesome!

Taste - Raspberry Bomb!! Tart, sweet, delicious! Think liquid raspberry preserve.

Mouthfeel - Really juicy!! Full body. Low carbonation. Excellent!!

Overall - This is one of the best if not the best offering from Crooked Stave. Highly recommend!

Grade (A+)

Mar 07, 2016
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