Silly Cybies
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
4.43 | pDev: 6.32%
Jul 23, 2021
Dec 26, 2015
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Notes: Belgian-style Dark Ale aged in oak barrels with raspberries.
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3.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Jul 23, 2021
4.21 by minterro from California on May 08, 2021
4.35 by Cmm1985 from Nebraska on Jan 18, 2021
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4.01/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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
4.44 by BeerBucks from New York on Oct 03, 2020
5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jul 08, 2020
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4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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
4.24 by yancot from Canada (ON) on Mar 14, 2019
4.5 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Mar 09, 2019
4.46 by WickedBeer from Alabama on Feb 26, 2019
4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Jan 29, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Roguer from Connecticut

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
4.08 by festizio from California on Dec 31, 2018
4.45 by wordemupg from Canada (AB) on Dec 17, 2018
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4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

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
4.27 by Nunya from Ohio on Nov 11, 2018
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4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

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
4.24 by Rimbimhoot from Illinois on Oct 13, 2018
4.5 by jtk21351 from California on Sep 09, 2018
4.56 by Lerxst from Florida on Sep 02, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SHODriver from North Carolina

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
4.5 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Aug 02, 2018
4 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Jul 15, 2018
4.75 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Jun 27, 2018
4.43 by cp45 from New Jersey on Jun 09, 2018
4.1 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Jun 05, 2018
4.92 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on May 11, 2018
4.43 by TheHopsman from Nebraska on Mar 13, 2018
4.24 by Jhfinn from New York on Feb 18, 2018
4.62 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Dec 25, 2017
4.17 by jrenihan from Canada (ON) on Sep 23, 2017
4.18 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Sep 12, 2017
4.35 by Hootie159 from Massachusetts on May 14, 2017
4.49 by paresis from Massachusetts on Apr 28, 2017
3.71 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Apr 20, 2017
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4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by bubseymour from Maryland

Sour cherries and dark fruit blended so perfect.

Apr 15, 2017
4.5 by Jacob17 from Maine on Apr 02, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

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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4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by kitch from Hong Kong

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
4.98 by Tigerbrau from Louisiana on Feb 20, 2017
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