Blueberry Origins | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Blueberry OriginsBlueberry Origins

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour brown ale aged in oak barrels with blueberries

Added by jaydoc on 02-15-2016

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by deereless:
Photo of deereless
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Being all about the fruit, yet not all about the fruit, its the blueberry flavor, feel and fragrance that takes center stage in a sour ale that's built of masterful complexity yet effortless ease of consumption. One thing's for sure- This isn't your kid sister's fruit beer.

Dark mauve and purple hues strike the eye with near opaqueness. Its zesty eggshell froth casts a fruit-forward spell on the senses in nearly jaw-tightening and mouth-whetting intensity. A strong berry presence carries the vinous tartness and a light vinegar twang. Peppery and citrusy, the scent develops into a juicy blueberry flavor that's bursting with ripeness and plumpness.

As its juicy and fruity taste subsides, the ale trends remarkably sour. Balsamic, red wine, sour berries, blackcurrants, plum, blackberry, black cherry and an earthen richness of prune and date are light of tar. Lime, green apple and sour grape lurk in the recesses of taste and reinforce a sour brininess and a sharp acidity that carries the flavors into a oaken, nutty, vanilla taste with acute peppercorn and mesquite lying just beyond.

Medium dry, the beer's robust fruitiness makes the palate register a more weighted feel, but the beer's acidity breaks up the malt and its generous carbonation ushers in a fast, bright and refreshing after palate. With echoes of blueberry and campfire, the finish is quick and clean.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i liked this one even better than the blueberry nightmare, its really good, this is what sour beer should be, having something this nice really exposes the impostors too i think. purple red in color, some cloudiness, and a short fizzy white head from the tap at the source. the aroma here is amazing, sharp acidity with some lemon notes that immediately bring up the blueberries, fresh and pulpy and tangy sweet, amazing layer to add on top of one of their best beers already. the flavor is even more pronounced with the fruit, less sweet, lots of wood, red wine fruitiness too, oak tannins, sharp lactic sourness, mild but drying brett, and a lot more carbonation to keep it all buzzing than it looks like it should have, really lively on the tongue and expressive. each layer of flavor is distinct, but the whole is where its at, the blueberry takes the edge off the pucker, while the wood unites the beer and the fruit so well. brilliant complexity, improving constantly as the beer comes up to temperature. very few fruited sours out there as good as this one. one of their best beers to date, and of all the recent blueberry releases, this one tops them all for me!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown with a purple tint. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and a third of the middle. Aroma is of tart brettanomyces, blueberries, and dark malt. The taste is tart blueberries and brettanomyces. It is surprisingly well balanced (as overdoing the fruit is easy to do. The mouth is moderately carbonated and acidic.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, blue session. Clear ruby color. Aroma has tart berries and farmhouse funk. Taste is tart with toasted malt, fruits, fruit pits and dry on the finish.

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Photo of zimm421
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle. Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a dark brown to dark purple hued glossing along the sides. Light transparency, ever so slightly. Just a sheet of a semi-foamy to fizzy white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Just a little bit of concave lace bubbled against the sides of the glass nicely.
The aroma had the sweet to tart blueberry fruity/fleshy character up front playing with a little bit of grassy to woody sweet refined quality. Light candy, somewhat like a sourpatch kid, but not as strong warmed up in the entire arrangement.
The flavor started towards the sour side and seemed to bring in the tart and sweet tones of the blueberries with a nice warming blend of the woodiness. Some lemon came out here. Then light acidity in the aftertaste with the blueberries and a little bit of lemon.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation seemed a bit dead, but having a 2015 bottle in early January of 2018, well, what did I expect. I'm not worried. Rating adjusted accordingly because of this. Nothing cloying. ABV felt pretty close to what was projected by the brewer. Finish was all about the blueberries.
Overall, I tried my best to not be biased in this review, but I have to admit, that I am a huge fan of blueberries. They're one of my favorite fruits. So with this in mind, anyone reading this, please understand that this might be over rated to you. To me, nope, I'd love to die with this in my hand.

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Photo of broadway848
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rizzy17
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robertm2152
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nataku00
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours a light brown cola color, but looks like grape juice in the glass.
S: tart and acidic blueberries. I wish the blueberries would pop more.
T: straw and slight blueberries to start, a better blueberry acidic finish.
F: plenty of carbonation to bring tingly bubbles, slightly puckering.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Covenhoven in BK.

Stout, low-ball glass.

An opaque, leggy, dark brown, edging on red.

Smell is brown ale, edging towards a leafy greens, bitter, mixed berry compote. Faint oak.

Taste is bitter-tart upfront, showing deep tannic blueberry skin about halfway through. Finish is dry, lingering bitter pith & slightly pesticidal(itching my tongue & throat).

Solid sour & additives, if a bit direct.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark reddish blueish brown in color. It poured with a thin layer of off white bubbles covering the surface and a collar of moderate-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sour funk are present in the nose.
T: The beer starts out with flavors of sourness has strong flavors of blueberries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a good job with the blueberries, but it seems like these obscure the underlying brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip to a deep mahogany topped by a dense two finger light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of sourness, oak, and funk with some really intense blueberry throughout.
T: Taste is really strong sourness and tartness with a good dose of juicy blueberries, light funk and some oak with a little must and chalk. Swallow is more blueberries and slight chalk with lingering oak along with a touch of vanilla.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body and a slightly slick feel on the palate. Carbonation is effervescent from bottle conditioning but is not prickly while the acidity gives this beer a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really well made beer with some really nice flavors and complexity. Sourness is good but doesn't overwhelm everything else going on with this beer which makes it a very nice drink. Definitely worth a try if you like the style.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

2/18/17 bottle Winking Lizard Barrel Aged Beer Festival

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Photo of BeerBucks
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of loganburgh
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky deep-shade of brown-burgundy that filters almost all the light out. Heads foams up well, with a finger and a half of khaki foam sitting on top. Retention is good, with no lacing left behind. Aroma is fantastic. It's a blend of blueberry, oak, fruits, and a short sour finish. Flavor profile keeps this sour beer drinking smooth, with notes of blueberries right at the front. Blueberries fade more into a cherry flavor, although blueberries never really disappear from the flavor profile. The cherry note is more so on the artificial, almost medicinal, side of the spectrum. Not totally the best there. Finish is sour with blueberries. One more time: blueberries. There is a little oak in the finish of the beer. Mouth feel is fizzy, but smooths out as the beer warms. Thickness is notched right in the median. Overall, a tasty - blueberry - sour. Blueberries are the story, with an oaky, sour back ground. It drinks smooth and easy.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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