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 | website

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
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
110
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
18.49%
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
35
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 110
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 pokesbeerdude
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle Batch #6/11, bottle #240/1600.

A: Quite the gusher when opened, enormous off white/pink colored head that sits on a top of a turbid red beer. Quite a bit of carbonation moves up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent lacing left behind as the head recedes.

S: A lot of funky brett smells, think funky barnyard but it doesn't quite ever hit that full on rotten shit (in a good way) funk. Underneath the funk is a bit of citrus, and a lot of floral notes as well. Smells tart, but not quite sour. Really smells funky and nice.

T: Quite funky in the taste too, a bit medicinal like a few krieks that I've had, but not full on robitussin style. The additional flavors complement the brett nicely to make a very interesting funky, floral, fruity beer. I've never had hawthorn berries, but I have to imagine they are imparting the slight cherry flavor to this beer. Doesn't ever really get sour, but there is a nice tart flavor. No bitterness to speak of. A very intersting, tasty brett beer.

M: Light and highly carbonated, finish is dry with a few lingering flavors of berries.

O: A very interesting beer, first of the Crooked Stave beers that I've had, and I'm impressed. This is a very flavorful example of what wild yeast can do. A lot of flavors going on, but the yeast shines and gives a great example of a true brett beer.

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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 errantnight
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tart, sweet aroma, floral and herbal with an underlying lemon twang. A little simple and clean on the palate, but prickly and medium bodied. Funky and a touch fruity. An entirely solid, drinkable, likeable, if not entirely awe-inspiring beverage. Looking forward to cracking my bottle.

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Photo of riored4v
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a tulip. Very carbed, ended up shooting all over my wall. Hazy red/orange color with a 2 finger, frothy head that lead to good lacing.

Smell was fairly mellow. Some definite Brett aroma of musty and barnyard smells. Slightly grainy and malty. Notes of cherry. Slight berry aroma.

Taste is light and mildy malty. Slight bitterness in the finish. Some flavors of cherry and lightly floral. Mild berry flavor. Musty and funky. Mildly tart finish. Slightly earthy.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body with high carbonation and a bone dry finish.

Overall nice beer to showcase Brett. A bit annoying I lost a good portion of the beer on my wall though.

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Photo of ottovon
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Funkwerks.

A: a deep coppper-orange, with a reddish hue. a subtle pinkish hue head that fell to leave just a coating over the beer.

S: a nice floral aroma. there is a touch of tartness. I also get berries, and hibiscus. there is an earthy funk/mustiness, and some oak. there is some caramel and straw as well.

T: a little disappointed based on the aroma. there is a nice floral flavor, with some light fruit and berries. it has a touch of sweetness. hibiscus definitely comes through. there is a slight brett flavor, and some oak. I was hoping for a touch of tartness based on aroma, and a little more funk. the finish definitely is dominated by brett funk though. the after taste is hibiscus. i get some straw and light grains. just not as full flavored as I was hoping for.

M: medium-thin with a good amount of carb. not overly carbed.

O: this is a pretty good beer, that I would drink again, but i was hoping for more funk. if i had a bottle i would age it for a year or so to see how it develops.

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Photo of jIsh
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crooked Stave, an awesome new concept brewery started by the brett man himself!

I love the design of Rouge, the first installment of the "Wild Wild Brett" series. The label is awesome in its presentation. When I open the bottle, I can tell it is carbonated perfectly. The aroma is dominated by a unique brett character rounded out by a nice tropical/floral presence. A very slight plastic smell is still present, however the beer is very young and I believe this will fade entirely with a little more time in the bottle.

A nice reddish color with a slight brown hue (think barnyard) accents my glass while nice amount of white head covers the beer. The majority of it dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer around the rim of my glass.

The beer itself is very effervescent and tastes rose and hibiscus initially followed by an awesome earthly, barnyard brett character. The slightly tart complexities complements the rest of beer very well. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but once again I think it will change with a little more time.

I'm excited to see how this guy progresses and changes with time!

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Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this in the line at Crooked Stave on Sunday.

Appears a peachy red color that quickly has some sediment sink to the bottom. The color has a mysterious mirky tint, that I thought really resembled what I thought this beer might be like.

Smell was the highlight for me of this brew. I found the aroma to be cherry, which is ironic since that isnt in the bottle. The rose aroma came through loud and clear to me.

Taste was a little disappointing, but still strong for a beer with this age on it. Cherry, nuts, perfume, cranberry, and nutmeg were the flavors I took the most. Just a hint of spice, which I really, really liked.

Overall, a nice brew. I would have loved to try this fresh. Worth trying if you like cherry sours!

Cheers!

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Photo of SuperWhite92
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cool dark pink color with a big, well-carbonated head that fades quickly. Aroma is rather floral, with a noticable brett barnyard note hiding in there somewhere. The beer itself is somewhat thin (expected in a brett beer, I suppose), but full of the same things you find on the nose- a slight floralness with a more distinct brettanomyces presence that shows up in both a barnyard and citrusy fruit way. Finishes very dry- easy to drink without being boring.

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Photo of pkeigs
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love how this beer pours, has a slight pink note, and like a pink lemonade looking head. Smells of Brett, tropical fruit, little barnyard, I pick out rosehips, hawthorne berries, and hibiscus. Swirling it gives me a little more brett, I expect this beer to have a little sourness, but it has some mid palate, that fades to a nice clean/dry finish. The brett is once again the primary focus, little to no hop aromatics, a little spice, but a whole lot of complexity in the yeast. This beer is going to age fantastic, the brett is just going to continue to develop into tropical fruit, pineapple, mango and the like. I am really excited for these beers, and can't wait until his barrel aged blonde comes out!

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

Bottle @ home. Beautiful, dark rose, cloudy appearance with a pinkish cream head with good retention. Really a nice (rosey) floral, lightly funky, mild to moderate barnyard, mildly yeasty, light red fruits (strawberry), some citrus fruits, slightly tart nose. Interesting first taste- light red fruity, yeasty, delicate, lightly tart flavor. With a little more inspection, there’s a mild floral element, mild tartness, strawberry, red fruits, pretty mild, subdued yeasty flavor. Some of the drier elements on the finish with also flavors of straw and more citrus fruits. The floral element is quite nice in the beer. Really a delicate mouth feel and a mild tartness that probably will develop with a little more age. As with some of their other beers, I think aging this a little while will help but leaps and bounds ahead of my previous tasting of their sours/wild ales.

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