Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Orange"
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Orange"Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Orange"
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Brett Beer
4.2 | pDev: 8.33%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Orange"Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Orange"
Notes: Wild Wild Brett Orange is an unfiltered, slightly tart wild ale, fermented entirely with Brettanomyces yeast. Brewed with fresh Minneola tangelos, bitter orange peel and coriander, Orange pours a golden color delivering tropical fruit aromas and bright orange citrus flavors with a tart earthy finish.
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dbossman from Nebraska

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Tangerine hue with a thin but stead head; it is a gusher; okay lacing

S: This is funky: barnyard musty funkiness with orange peel and other citrus aromas mingling together; this smells so fricking awesome

T: Crisp, funky, musty; the fruit plays so well of the musty barnyard funkiness--not near as cheesy and funky as aromas indicated but awesome

F: Medium body, creamy and lightly carbonated

O: This is a lightly fruity, funky and awesome beer

Jun 11, 2013
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bitterbeerguy from Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this while getting ready to get some WWBV!

This is the second time I have enjoyed this brew, first from the bottle, now from the tap. Personally, I think the bottle was more developed, but it was a foam nightmare.

This brew looks like the best orange mimosa you have ever seen. It has a rich orange color, with deep effervescence. The foam lingered through most of the consumption (despite being only 10 minutes:))

Aroma is nice. Mandarin orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, and slight hop scents dominate this brew. I found it to be MUCH more orange from the bottle.

Taste is superb. Just so nice. Anyone out there who is willing to sell their soul for Mimosa should try to snag a bottle of this. Really just nice. Orange, pepper, coriander, and ORANGE dominate this Nice sour component too- well balanced.

Feel is where this beer just doesn't match the bottle- seemed almost watered down.

If i could have bought some bottles, it would have taken about 3 seconds to decide to do so. Great beer. Will seek out again.


May 22, 2013
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gusher! Served at cellar temp. Might want to chill this one down prior to opening.

Split with my wife tonight. The beer is hazy orange with a gargantuan, soapy white head. The aroma brings a heavy dose of brett funk, citrus, earth tones. Heavy Brett presence in the flavor, with orange character emerging mid to late palate. Oranges are stronger in the flavor than the aroma. Really clean and easy to drink. Lingering earthy funk and orange zest / peel. Quite tasty. I'll certainly enjoy the rest of this one. I'd happily have this again.

Mar 07, 2013
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 2.15.13
Batch 8/11
Bottle 1042/1125

A - Pours a cloudy, lighter orange with a huge cream-colored soapy-foamy head with good retention. Yet another CS Gusher!

S - Funky, oranges, spices.

T - Funky, buttery smooth lemon and orange, some wheat.

D - Tons of carbonation and a light body.

O - Smooth, tasty, and very appealing. A nice funk.

Feb 18, 2013
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to ablackshear for this bottle!

Bottled on 8/11; bottle number 567 of 1125.

poured into crooked stave tulip.

Appearance: opaque orange bodied beer with huge 3 fingers of head. Head slowely drops down to a thin cap that stays around during the entire glassful of beer.

Smell: oranges, tangerines, mangos, and pineapples; a serious tropical fruit medley! A hint of barnyard and earthy funk with oaky notes. This really smells awesome!

Taste: Orange juice and brett funk start this beer off. This beer just tips towards the bretty/funky side. Nice orange notes that impart a sweet citrusy flavor to the beer and fantastic balance with the brett funk. The beer has a hint of oak, earthy notes, yeasty/bready notes, and a slight tart note towards the middle of the beer. Hints of coriander and white pepper. The beer has a slight bitter bite in the finish that tastes exactly like orange zest. Complex and really well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing carbonation. Yet the beer is still creamy and soft on the palate. Such a drinkable beer.

Overall: I was seeking out a beer that was brewed with oranges and this really gave me just what I was looking for. It kind of like a mix of a witbier, a saison, and a wild ale that is mild on the wild and bigger on the brett. This is really enjoyable beer made by Crooked Stave! I am really digging the Wild Wild Brett series beers from Crooked Stave! This is my 2nd favorite beer in series!

Jan 31, 2013
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womencantsail from California

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a hug white head. Citrus on the nose, in the nose, all over the place. Intense orange and tangerine aroma to this. A subtle tartness and yeast contribution. The flavor is slightly tropical with even more citrus to it. Moderate bread/malt flavors with a nice funkiness from the Brett.

Jul 30, 2012
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KajII from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a murky medium orange with a large white pillowy head that lasted throughout and had excellent sheeting of lacing that totally coated the glass.

The aroma was all about the citrus (tangerine and orange peel) with a big funky Brett yeast, a mild grain malt and a slight sourness.

The taste was about the same as the aroma, lots of tangerine and a sweet tartness early on with the finish being about the same with a slight orange peel bitterness and a sweet sour ending. The flavor lasted a really long time proceeding the swallow and again was all about the tart citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a almost champagne like carbonation.

Overall and exquisite tasting brew that had the sweet and the sour blending perfectly together along with a bold citrus presence and a ticklish carbonation, YUM...

May 26, 2012
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Sammy from Canada

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very drinkable and refreshing wild ale. The brewery's reputation is growing and this was my favourite in the batch sent by JB. Peachy coloured body with lots of fluffy white head. Bretty flavour, and enjoyable if you like that sort of thing. Light, yet a sipper.

May 02, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite out of the 5 we drank that night. Beer is amber and hazy with a big white head, bottle is obviously overcarbonated. Gushed a little upon opening. Retention is lower than the others. Looks good.

Aroma is strong, in my face presence, very yeasty, mild malt, huge funk, mild woodiness and hoppiness. I like the aroma.

Beer is strong and finishes cleanly, a little dry, with a great yeast bouquet on the palate and a mild floral finish, with some bitterness. I like it a lot.

Apr 23, 2012
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another fine wild ale courtesy of Mark, thanks for sharing!
Quick review from written notes.

Pastel orange coloration, slightly hazed with visible trails of carbonation.

Fruity aromas of peach or apricot, pleasant and inviting.

Creamy feel, tart fruity notes up front of orange pith and banana esters from the yeast, and finishing fairly dry. It makes for a nice creamsicle impression, and is very clean and drinkable. Really enjoyed this one, and hope to seek out more someday. Simplicity is underrated, and this comes off as simple at first, but is nicely nuanced.

Apr 09, 2012
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Murren for sharing this at a recent tasting. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a hazed yellow color with a white frothy cap. As it slowly recedes, it leaves patchy lacework on the glass.

The brew smells bright with orange zest. Brett and cheesy yogurt are present throwing a mixture of character that is earthy and funky in contrast to the brightness of the zest. More smells reveal a bit of peppery spice.

The taste includes a flavor of fruity orange, zest, rind and pulp but without the bitterness that usually follows. In its place, you find a bit of yogurt creamy quality of yeast and some peppery spice. There is an underlying note of some veggie aspect like the other wild wild Brett offering I had immediately before this one. It finishes tart from a combination of bacteria and mild barrel presence and wheat tang.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest to higher level of carbonation that slowly gushes when opened. I enjoyed this brew slightly better than the red version due to the citrus notes that really worked with the Brett. This one is worth seeking out.

Mar 06, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Batch 8/11. Bottle # 590/1125.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy white head that fades to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, spices, and a mild Brett aroma. Taste is of malt/grain, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and spices. There is really no Brett flavor to this one. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but the Brett is only really apparent in the aroma.

Mar 05, 2012
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hopfacebrew from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle stamped Batch 8/11 number 608/1125 served to Duvel tulip at 50*. The beer pours a deep hazy orange amber yellow golden color with a nice 3 finger white bubbly head. Great retention and lacing throughout. The nose is a mix of orange citrus character and sour brett tones, though not over the top. Delicate and crisp. The flavor is complex with the same mix of tangerine orange citrus fruity sweetness and brett sour. Very nice. Mildly bitter. Finishes crisp and clean. Good carbonation and lighter medium body. Overall, another excellent brew from Crooked Stave. I really enjoyed it.

Feb 14, 2012
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clarkm04 from Nebraska

4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy, orange hue, nice fluffy white head retention

S- Sour Brett notes and has a light and delicate aroma. The beer was very saison-like

T- Very smooth profile and I really enjoyed the nice Brett complexity. The beer isn't overly sour and it had good orange notes. A very interesting and good drinking experience as different things seem to come out at different points.

M- It seems normal

O- Very complex and very easy to drink. I picked up a bottle at the brewery and wished I purchased two since it was very unique and a great beer.

Feb 01, 2012
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MasterSki from Canada

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one. Seems like every beer I had today was from Chris - what an awesome host! Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Slow gusher. Big white foam settles to a thin cap, with nice retention but no lacework. Murky peach juice body.

S - Funky and brett-forward, with nice notes of tropical fruits, and only mild dusty attic and medicinal character. There's a touch of yogurt-esque lactic tartness mixed in there, but this is all about the funk.

T - Taste is a bit like a funked up creamsicle. Lots of tropical fruits, citrus, vanilla pale malts, and bretty funk here. Even with the sweet flavors it's nicely attenuated.

M - Zesty carbonation that tingles the palate. Medium-light body, smooth texture, and a mildly dry finish. No alcohol. Might be a bit too bubbly for some, but I found it refreshing.

D - I enjoyed this quite a bit more than the Rouge. Reminds me a bit of some funkier Fantôme batches. I'd have this again if it was accessible to me.

Jan 23, 2012
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Beaver13 from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - batch 8/11, bottle 391/1125. Lots of carbonation - open carefully. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a huge fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts with lots of orange rind and brett and some floral earthy notes.

The flavor is milder than expected. Sweet tart oranges and some acidic funky brett. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation and is slightly watery.

Overall, I really like this one. It's milder than expected, but is well balanced. I really like how the orange and brett go together.

Jan 23, 2012
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mdfb79 from New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/14/11 notes. Thanks to ahalloin for sharing this one.

a - Pours a medium orange color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, orange peels, spices, citrus hops, lemons, and fruity malts. Ton of oranges.

t - Tastes of orange peels, brett, spices, citrus hops, floral hops, and yeast. Very nice, ton or oranges again.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Nice crisp body for a wild.

o - Overall a very nice wild. Not super sour, but a ton of oranges and brett. Would like to have it again.

Jan 20, 2012
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, big thanks to ahalloin for sending this brew out my way. Served in a Dark Lord mini-snifter.

Pours a nice, fairly clear golden color with a nice wheat head and some pretty good lacing on the way down. The nose carries a really nice mixture of Brett and orange. Citrus fruit is up front with some earthy dryness in the background. Light funk. Flavor really hits the spot as well. Super clean and refreshing. Dry finish. Light body. Really fantastic use of the Brett here. I'm a big fan and will absolutely seek this out again.

Jan 18, 2012
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ahalloin from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to waltoncfor this very generous extra. I shared it at an epic tasting to beer it forward.

Pours a bright orange fluid with frothy white head receding to lacing around the edge of the glass. Slightly cloudy and highly carbonated.

The smell has a certain citrus character reminiscent of oranges and blunt pineapple. Dry spritzy champagne smell as well.

Flavor is strong citrus. Pineapple and orange pith. Subdued spiciness. Very dry finish.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with high carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall fairly interesting but a little one dimensional.

Jan 15, 2012
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Dreadnaught33 from District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ahalloin for this bottle at a tasting tonight.

A: the beer pours orange ith a little bit of a fizzy white head, pretty nice hazy body and fluid looking. Very nice look.

S: the smell has some nice straw malt with just a bit of Brett tartness and some farmhouse like malt, but really it's not overly funky. A little citrus in the nose for sure and some fresh squeezed OJ.

T: not too bad but a little flat in thbelgian pale ale category almost in taste with straw, some citrus hops with extra citrus on top. Decent flavor but has some metallic edge and not much tartness at all, a little disappointing.

Feel is good, decent carbonation and body, not bad overall.

Eh, it's ok but nothing special.

Jan 15, 2012
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Thanks to Dan for sharing this one, my first Crooked Stave brew.

A: Cloudy, murky orange body under a lively inch of white foam. After a while the entire head disappears without a trace, making the beer go from pretty to ugly. Not bad overall, I suppose.

S: Funky citrus, plain and simple. There's some bright, acidic orange beneath plenty of bright, fresh, floral Brett funk. Excellent.

T: Orange juice at first, with the tanginess quickly being drowned out by dry, floral, slightly earthy Brett funk. Supremely dry, grassy finish. I love the interplay of fruit and funk, with the emphasis always being on the latter. Great stuff.

M: A little light and watery, with moderate, somewhat prickly carbonation. Not its strong suit.

O: This isn't quite as well-integrated as I'd like it to be, but it's still a vibrant, exciting, enjoyable beer. I can't wait to see what else this brewery comes up with.


Jan 11, 2012
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After sampling this several times I finally got a bottle and dove on in.

First pour is rather clear, slightly orange-golden body. Big white head billowed up to about 3 fingers. Settles to a slight film and collar. Some sticky lacing. Later pours provided more cloud cover

Solid aroma. Yeast and spice. Orange zest, some mango. Light biscuit. Sweet but without a sugar-ness to it.

Unobtrusive taste. Flavors are not strong and well balanced. Complex and simple. Biscuit up front with a quick burst of brett. Florals come in with some orange zest. Finishes with a quenching goop of juiciness, but leaves quite dry. Carbonation cleans things up on the end.

A very nice beer. Drinkable at 6%, good for hot days or by the fire

Dec 19, 2011
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jmarsh123 from Indiana

4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light cloudy orange with a finger of white head. Good spotty lacing down the glass. Definitely a gusher.

Smells of tangerines and slight spices. Very unique aroma.

Starts off with some citrus flavor and spice. A little bit of brett peeks in, but it is far from overpowering. Finishes with a nice orange peel bitterness.

Enough body and creaminess on the mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Better as it warmed and a very solid overall beer. Lots of good complex flavors and just a bit of sourness. I approve.

Dec 10, 2011
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bbeane from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8/11
Bottle 396/1125

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip... starts with a big white head with nice decent retention and light lacing. Beer is a cloudy golden color

S- Delicious... lots of sweet citrus and spices with maybe a tinge of the bretty funk coming through

T- Has nice flavor, but not intense as the aroma let's on to be. Pretty much all the flavors are evident. The brett flavor is probably the most overpowering flavor, followed by the citrus and spices

M- Light bodied with light carbonation

O- Not an amazing wild ale by all means, but solid. It would be super enjoyable during the summer as it's got a nice light body and that saison flavor


Nov 18, 2011
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LittleDon from Texas

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber purchased one week prior at Liquor Mart in Boulder.

Golden color with a hint of orange. Cloudy appearance. Decent head and lace. Sour fruit aroma with faint oakiness. Light body and medium carbonation. Understated sour fruit characteristics. The orange adds a subtle citrus twist to the flavor. A bit of bitterness and hint of smoke in the finish.

Nov 13, 2011
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