Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Rouge" | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Rouge"Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Rouge"
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wild Wild Brett Rouge is an unfiltered, slightly tart wild ale, fermented entirely with Brettanomyces yeast. Brewed with hawthorn berry, rosehips, and whole hibiscus flowers, Rouge pours a reddish hue delivering soft floral aromas and tropical fruit flavors with a tart earthy finish.

Added by pkeigs on 08-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
110
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
10.68%
 
 
Wants:
96
Gots:
35
For Trade:
1
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Andre. Thanks!

A: The pour is a hazy amber color with a tall off-white head. A small gusher from the bottle.

S: Only a light tartness with lots of the floral contributions of the hibiscus. Lightly fruity Brett with only a touch of funk. There is a bit of grass and straw and some oak. Just a touch of berries.

T: Slightly sweet and fruity with some wet straw and grass and a bit of a cereal flavor (Cheerios?). Some mild Bretty funk and musty oak. The floral/hibiscus notes are definitely there, too. When cold, it's slightly metallic, but that goes away as it sits.

M: Medium bodied with a rather high carbonation.

O: Sort of a middle of the road sour beer. It's a decent start for what seems to be a fairly new brewery.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Chris. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter. Gusher alert!

A - A white foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and a few spots of lace. Murky peach juice body.

S - Funky and farmy, with some 'green' notes to it. Heavy on tropical, dusty, and medicinal brett aromas. Some sweet malt and a bit of yeasty bread.

T - Taste is pretty similar - heavy on the yeast, medicinal brett, and malt sweetness, with faint citrus and a lightly phenolic finish. Don't get much of the advertised flowers and spices.

M - Smooth and dry texture, medium body, chewy and bready, with no heat and a clean, crisp finish.

D - Decent stuff, but not something I'd seek out again. There are many substantially better beers of this style out there that are cheaper and easier to acquire.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to Charles for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Bottle #1316 of 3000! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured orage with a minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, earth, tart, and subtle earthy funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, tart, fruit, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Ovearll this was a decent brew. With a name like this, I was honestly expecting to be kicked in the face with Brett... However, this did not happen. I was a little letdown by this fact if I am honest. However, this was a nicely balanced brew that let you know Brett was present, but it wasn't the star of the show. Worth trying if you get the chance, but that is about it.

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3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ultraman9000 for sharing this one during Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Batch 6/11. Bottle # 415/600.

Pours a murky honey brown with an off-white head that settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of herbal and floral aromas along with a dose of funky Brett. Taste is of herbal and floral flavors but the Brett presence is only slightly funky in the flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the taste is somewhat lacking compared to the smell.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Drew for opening up this bottle last night, seems like a beer I would have never seen otherwise...

A: Very hazy rosy and orange hue, nice ring of head and lacing. looks like a healthy wild ale to me.

S: Smells doughy with malt with brett poking out and some hearty vegetable notes. Tomatoes. I pick up on the berry and the rose hips as well. Overall it's ok.

T: Follows the smell mostly with some extra lemon zest and semi metallic yeasty malts. Berries have a stronger showing here with some straw malts accented by the rose. Some brett but not much really. Ends up being sort of like a farmhouse ale in some ways.

M: Soapy, sudsy feel. Nice over the palate.

O: Overall I'm not crazy about this one, but it certainly isn't bad.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

7/7/2012

Thanks!

A: Hazy orange with a frothy white head.

S: Prominent hibiscus nose with lots of leather. Whisper of pineapple and some stone fruit. Earthy with some mineral.

T: Grainy and leathery with light orchard and stone fruit. Lightly tart with some earth. High level of Brett accompanies medicinal notes.

M: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good beer if you like Brett.

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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 6/11. Bottle # 1107/1600

Poured to Duvel tulip the beer appears a hazy golden brown color with a nice 2 finger off-white head, decent retention and come lacing. The nose is dominated by the hibiscus and rose. The brett seems to take a backseat to these flavors. The taste builds on these herbal and floral characteristics, though the brett is more defined, though not dominant. Mildly bitter with an earthy hop character. Lower carbonation leaves a crisp finish with a lingering herbal tone. Overall, this is the weakest of the WWB series. The lack of carbonation doesn't help and the hibiscus and rose are too dominant. Glad to have tried, would easily purchase the others in this series over this again.

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Photo of popery
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish amber color, opaque cloudy. The bottle gushed quite a bit, and the beer initially had a big fizzy head. The bubbles dissipated quickly, leaving behind no lacing and just a very thin ring. The aroma has brett funk and dull malt on top of the mix of citric floral flavors. It doesn't really come together and everything is a bit drab. The brett flavor is the best part and lends some nice tropical fruit and earthy, spicy flavors. The taste is quite similar. Nice funk but the beer just seems washed out to me. It's lightly tart and quite dry. The fruit and floral flavors come out some but they have little depth. It's all just a bit too clean. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is a bit fizzy. This review feels somewhat harsh. I actually mostly like the beer, but the flavors are just sorta shallow. I think it really could have used some bacteria in the mix.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Chris! Huge gusher...poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a mirky darker yellow/orange color, off-white colored head, thin collar, spotty lace.

S - A nice level of brett, funk, and slightly tart. Some floral notes and a hint of spices in there as well. Very pleasant and enjoyable.

T - The funk is at a slightly higher level the the nose. The floral notes are subtle as well as the spices. Some light fruity notes are on the finish along with a slight tartness.

M - Light body, high carbonation, dry finish.

O - A solid beer, but not necessarily an American Wild, by my standards. I think it's more of a Farmhouse Ale with a touch of tartness, rather then an all-out Wild. Decent, nothing crazy.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of emmasdad
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife and I tried this one at Mile High in Lakewood, Colorado, alongside the Pure Guava. I enjoyed this one more, but still nothing special. Poured a hazy dark amber color with a quickly diminishing off-white head. Aromas of funk, horse blanket, bark and dried leather. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, a little tart and kinda funky, with flavors of brett, a little hay and wood.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Murren for sharing this at a recent tasting. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a hazed peach color with a white frothy head that leaves patchy lace patterns on the glass.

The smell is quite earthy with brett that blends into a strong scent of peppery quality. Beneath the funk is a veggie aspect mixed with something along the lines of cheese/yogurt. Oak is a bit raw in nature and is subtle but comes out a bit more as it warms.

The taste of this brew is strong with brett. It comes across to me as wet leather leaning a bit towards cardboard with enjoyable barnyard aspects as the latter. Like the aroma, there is a flavor of veggies and garden herbs. A bit of cardboard becomes more noticeable as it warms up with a touch of...well vomit.

This is a medium bodied brew. It boasts a modest level of carbonation but is a slow gusher when opened. It has a strange yogurt-like creamy feel. This was an interesting ice-breaker for my first experience with this brewery. Strange mix of character but not entirely enjoyable. However, it is worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Rouge" from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
3.84 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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