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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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter. Beer is amber and hazy with a huge head, off white medium and small bubbles, high retetntion, aggressive carbonation. Lacing is a plus.

Beer is earthy, funky, sulfury, and mildly malty, smells good.

Beer is light in body and mildly bitter, the beer is fine a strong throughout. This is probably my least favorite out of the five but it is still a great great beer. The brett and funk wins out, there is a little grassiness and tastes good. I might have it again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Bottle 779/1600

Pours a cloudy amber color with a large, lasting off-white head that eventually falls and leaves a few rings of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The nose brings some light barnyard and earth notes. Some cherry and light floral character in the background. Flavor has mild Brett, a touch of fruit, and a very light perfume element.

Flavor sticks around for awhile, coating the palate with a light funk, followed by a touch of bitterness on the way to a dry finish. Body is light with good carbonation.

Probably my least-favorite of the series. I didn't get enough of the additives and the Brett wasn't super forward. I liked all the components, but would have preferred for something to push forward to the front.

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Photo of KajII
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a deep murky reddish orange with a huge (3-4 finger) off white fizzy head that quickly receded down to a thin layer with a small collar thus creating some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was funky to say the least of a grain malt and a barnyard scented wild yeast, along with floral and berry esters and a good strong note of Brett yeast.

The taste was sourly sweet with a note of berries early on with a sour acetic taste forming rather quickly along with hints of floral herbs and Brett yeast towards the end. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow, with a tart floral flavor along with a mild berry presence left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just a little beyond light in body and had a strong dry texture with a pronounced prickly carbonation.

Overall a very interesting brew that had a nice tartness and a mild sweetness working in conjunction with one another perfectly, making this one hek of an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Norsebrew
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of hopfacebrew
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 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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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 sliverX
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful story of brett, my love. A good sour, where the bitterness of rose hips and herbs that go into these teas only add to the story. Rouge is red but this baby was cloudy peachy coloured. Smooth for a sour, more of a tart ale. Bottle 1180 out of 1600. Good drinkability and introduction to these guys.
thanks jmbh for this and all the sours.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of slowjohn
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of illidurit
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle shared at the January 2012 Santa Cruz tasting at Sante Adairius. Pours a dark orange color with a huge gushing off-white head. This one was hard to get a bead on. I got a maple syrup sweetness in the aroma along with a chlorinic brett character and a minor pine accent. Flavor was orangey, woody, not particularly flowery. Very dry in the finish. Alright, but pretty subdued.

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Photo of RSchaeffer
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of savagepm
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of ThirstyHerf
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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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Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

WWBR into a pint

A – Pours a deep brown color with a little bit of amber highlights. Head formation is strong, frothy, dirty white in color. Very clear.

S – Incredibly strong brett notes – lots of tobacco, spiciness, an earthy funkiness. Very fruity as well – lots of brett complexity.

T – Starts off with a fruity note, a little bit funky, with some raisins and some cherries. A little coriander spice, and a hair of malts. Finishes with a retained fruitiness. Sweet first, bitterness is almost non-existent.

M – Light mouth feel, and a light carbonation – the latter of which doesn’t seem to make sense with the yeast choice and even the appearance. The finish is somewhat funky and stickyfrom the malt base.

O/D – A very drinkable brett beer – the flavors or the earthy yeast are well reflected without going too over the top. ABV is low and manageable. An interesting beer. Price point is a little high for what you get.

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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 ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of bstyle
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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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