L'Brett D'Raspberry
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

L'Brett D'RaspberryL'Brett D'Raspberry
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #171
Ranked #1,793
4.3 | pDev: 6.74%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
L'Brett D'RaspberryL'Brett D'Raspberry
Notes: Golden Sour Ale Aged in Oak Barrels with Washington Raspberries
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 105 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of REVZEB
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A lot of golden sours can be too heavy on the golden malts or yeast, not so here, with wonderful balance between all elements, truly letting the raspberry seep through layers of brett, yeast, golden malt, lemon, sour oak and farmyard funk. Smell is more brett heavy, but otherwise the same. Fresh, funky and layered beautifully, if the brett didn't dry out as much we could be talking true greatness.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is raspberries, mild sweetness and very slightly musty. The flavor is strong raspberries, fruit, malts, mild sweetness and a very tart/fetishized finish.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy/hazy pinkish light reddish color with pink colored head. Tartness, raspberries, funk, and oak on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied and crisp on the palate. Finishes with plenty of raspberry fruit, tartness, and funk.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from the 375 mL bottle into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: Mildly hazy and deep red with a half-finger of pink head. The head fades quickly despite average visible carbonation.

S: Brettanomyces up front, nicely funky. Then lactic tartness and huge juicy raspberries. Light cracker malts and some lemony citric acid. A light cheesy funk on the back end as well.

T: Huge juicy raspberries at first sip – the juiciest of any raspberry beer I’ve had this side of New Glarus. Lactobacillus tartness and lactic acid. Less Brett funk than I got on the nose, but still there. Cracker malts are present in the background. It finishes with some Brett dryness as the raspberries fade.

M: Very low alcohol presence. A crackly body – fairly light but not watery - with great carbonation sensation.

O: I really enjoyed this one. Maybe the lack of depth of funk in the taste doesn’t let it be as nuanced as the best fruited sour ales. But for something to grab off the shelf when you don’t live in Wisconsin and want something fruity, you could not go wrong with this one. Really enjoyable.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, bottled December 2015. Served in a Crooked Stave stemmed glass. Pours a medium reddish body with a slight pink hue, one finger white head, short retention, no lacing, but plenty of carbonation bubbles abound. Smells of raspberry jam, light leather, touch of earth, moderate acetic acidity, light oak. Flavour follows the nose; heavy raspberry jam with a touch of lemon and leather, mild earthy oak and a moderate vinegar presence that is certainly fairly tart. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, good carbonation, crisp and dry with a seedy jammy finish. Tasty stuff, seems like they're starting to dial in things a bit more with the whole mass-production schtick.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright red in color. A trace of pink head is barely present. The aroma is of tart raspberry jam with a trace of woodsy oak and tart Brett. I taste very powerful tart raspberry with a trace of Brett in the back of the palate. The mouth is highly carbonated and acidic.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Big jammy raspberry aroma, followed by a light funk and faint sourness.

A: Deep red, almost pink color, clear with a head that quickly recedes to a thin ring around the glass.

T: Huge jammy raspberry flavor that finally gives way to a light lingering tartness.

M: Medium-light bodied, low acidity, with moderately light carbonation.

O: Solid; the beer’s huge raspberry presence, coupled with its low acidity make it refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of bnes09
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Gorgeous, deep, bright red. Aroma of pure fresh raspberries with a little acidic burn on the olfactories. Heavy dose of citric acid with some acetic acid. Tons of tart raspberries. Mildly sweet, juicy flavor. Almost like a raspberry fruit snack. Dry and balanced overall. Hint of wood, wine, and funk in the finish. Super dry feel. Ample carbonation. Exceptional fruit sour in every aspect.

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Photo of cascade_meister
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super sour with very noticeable raspberry flavors, and a very pinkish-red tint. Exceptional wild ale, very sour and delicious. CrookedStave killed it again with this beer.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours stop light red with a finger of frothy white head. Smell is raspberry and oaky funk. Taste follows with raspberry, oak, vinegar and barnyard funk. Dry finish

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Photo of Damian
3.34/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a 375 ml (12.7 fl oz) bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westborough, MA
December 2015
Served in a tulip

Gorgeous appearance. The crystal clear, ruby colored body was topped by a tight and frothy, inch-tall cap of light pink froth. Fairly poor retention. The head quickly dropped to a thin collar. A few dots of lacing trickled down the glass.

Outstanding aroma. Raspberries dominated. Super fresh and pure. Semisweet and tart. Somewhat jammy. Perfect in its simplicity.

The flavor profile was outrageously tart and acidic. Some underripe berries appeared up front but they were quickly overshadowed by intense lemon notes. This literally tasted like I was sucking on a lemon wedge. Bit of tart, underripe berry notes and more lemon in the center. I would say a 90/10 lemon to berry split. Lemon rind appeared on the back end and the finish. Hint of oaky dryness. Bit of white vinegar too. The lemony acidity lingered long after the swallow.

Nice lighter bodied, frothy mouthfeel. Fluffy and smooth on the palate. Soft and supple. The acidity in the beer felt like it was stripping the enamel from my teeth.

I have tried a number of super sour and acidic beers but this one definitely took the cake. After a few sips, I literally felt my stomach churning. This is an interesting beer that should be reserved for only hardcore fans of sours.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In high celebration of raspberry fruit in sour ale making, the brewers and blenders of Crooked Stave rest upon a bright and sour taste that's both challenging and irresistible .

L'Brett d'Raspberry pours a seductive ruby-mauve casting a faint diffused glow. Surprisingly froth in its cap, the scent lures in the senses with jolly rancher, candied raspberry, red wine, cider and the saline scent of the sea. Creamy and sweet to the palate, the malt and fruit medley sees a fast break-up.

Sweetness dissipates rapidly and the middle palate fends for itself with a fruit-forward flavor and a souring taste that frames a light pastry-tarte character. Sheer acidity finishes the taste as the snappy, gripping and teeth-grinding sourness proves supreme. Salty sea water, salt-water taffy, and a vinegar-sharp soaken sense of raspberry lays a highly citrus and lightly funk finish.

Creamy early and dry late, the medium-dry ale shows a lightly wheaten upstart but trails into a dry and tart taste that's likely to woo the red wine aficionado. Extreme sourness is nearly heartburn inducing while the fruit of raspberry remains identifiable, in control and nearly painfully sour.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: bright red with little to no head. It's clear and looks like cranberry juice
S: big sourness, tart raspberry and a slight funk
T: big sourness, sweet raspberry, but flavors wash away fast
F: very thin with tons of carbonation

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium red bodied beer with small cap of bone white head. Smells of raspberry jam and smells like it will have a decent sour bite. In the taste, you have authentic jammy raspberry and moderate sourness that lingers. Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp carbonation and moderate dryness. Fantastic balance between fruit and sour here. Crooked Stave makes a really fantastic fruited sour; they never cease to amaze me with their sour beers.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

crooked stave kills it most of the time, but almost always with raspberries. this is maybe the fourth or fifth different raspberry beer they have put out, and its as good as any of them, except for maybe the cybies, which stands as one of their best of all time. this is bright red to deep pink, very very clear for a wild ale, and has a quickly fading airy pink head. the nose is really jammy fruit, but as sweet and preserved it is, its also tangy and fresh, sort of the best of both worlds on the fruit. it seems really sour for a purely brett beer, assuming by the name thats what the base is here. i dont recall the original being anywhere near this acidic, although its also not out of place in the least. for me its still plenty funky, and there is enough sugar from the fruit to balance some of that sour out. layered in its yeast though too, funky and tangy, acidic and lemony, sharp but also not too clean, really a lot happening on that front. very little wood to this one, if any, but i think the fruit is so forward and authentic it doesnt need much mellowing. a little too acidic to be considered fully easy drinking, but this was delicious, as good as any of the fruited versions of this i have had. fantastic overall.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad I go to try this one, it poured out as a very nice vibrant red color with a thin pink head on top. The smell of the beer had lots of fresh raspberry on the nose. The taste of the beer has a raspberry tartness to it with some additional sour notes. The feel of the beer is juicy with a dry finish. Overall it's a good brew, I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

i loved this beer. like a lot. raspberry works well with the house yeast used by crooked stave. looks pretty and deep pink. aroma is also a clean raspberry note. nothing medicinal.

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L'Brett D'Raspberry from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 105 ratings