Crooked Stave Fertile Soil | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Mebuzzard on 11-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 18
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pour is a hazy golden color with a tall white head. The nose on this beer is phenomenal. Earthy tones, bready malt, biscuit, and intense pineapple aroma. A touch of citrus and straw, but just so much pineapple. The flavor has a nice crisp malt profile, minimal bitterness, citrus peel, and an overwhelming pineapple flavor that is just amazing. A touch of yeast, maybe some earth on the palate as well, but just overall a solid beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter. Beer is yellow and hazy with a big white head of small bubbles, some lacing, good annoyingly good retention, a lot of these crooked stave beers were overcarbonated. Stiff peaks.

Aroma is a grassy brett-i-ness that is really good. I really liked the aroma, oaky and fruity with some funk.

Beer is light in body, carbonated a lot on the palate, aggressively yeasty, strong on the finish. Mildly hoppy but mostly grassy and earthy. An interesting brett beer, pretty enjoyable.

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4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Bottle 227/838

Pours a clear, sparkling yellow color with a very large, creamy white head that lasts around for quite some time before eventually falling to a cap, leaving a sheet of lacing on the glass.

The nose carries some mild funk and pineapple character. Light lemon and citrus in the background. Good Brett throughout. Flavor has a light funk and bitterness.

Body is light with moderately-high carbonation and a very dry finish. Nice and funky. Really great finish.

Another solid hit from Crooked Stave. Would love to try this one again.

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3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml into a couple of tulips. The brew appears a hazed golden color with 4+ fingers worth of bubbly white head. Thick patches of lace stick to the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain the cap.

The smell is fresh and grassy with fruity and floral hop quality that turns to lots of bretty character. Wet leather and earthy tones overtake the hop quality as it gets warmer.

The taste is herbal like garden herbs/veggies. Dank and weedy with leathery brett flavors and cardboard. Somewhat tart and fruity with a wild alcohol inclusion. A strange spicy aftertaste lingers in the mouth that clashes with the rest of what is going on in this brew.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol inclusion gets progressively more bold and aggressive as the experience continues. Its overall an "OK" brew that I just dont get/understand. It is palateable when cold but as it comes up to temp, it becomes a chore to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden color with infinite amount of head. The head literally just continues to grow, seemingly out of nowhere for a couple of minutes. The smell reminds me of orval, lots of brett funk up front with some hoppy bitterness behind it. As I continue to smell it, I get more and more tropical fruits, some pineapple left to rot in some wet hay in the back of a horse stable. Really well balanced on the nose. The taste is more of the same, with just a touch of malt sweetness and a medium bitterness. Really complex brew. The mouthfeel definitely light which I have come to expect from brett beers. Overall a really solid brew, especially if you like the funk. This is the second bottle I have had and I might pick up one more while they last.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Slightly hazed, burnt, golden yellow with a hugely foaming off-white head that lasts and lasts. It eventually leaves thick chunks of lace down the glass. I love beers that look like this.

As has been my experience with other Crooked Stave beers, the yeast is the star of the show in this one. It's very funky and earthy at the same time. The fresh hops provide floral and lemon citrus aromas. Big, expressive, though balanced. I'm a big fan.

The flavor is similarly good as the aroma. The Belgian/Brett yeast is the star of the show, though the fresh hops battle for dominance. This is fairly bitter for the style, though it finishes dry and drinks remarkably easy.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very nice, though for whatever reason, the actual Belgians still dominate the mouthfeel department.

Wonderful. Please send me more!

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3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a huge, fluffy white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of oak, hints of bretty funk, pear, some herbal notes. Not particularly hoppy.

Taste is fruity and funky up front that goes into a more bitter brett character and ends on a bitter, slightly astringent note with woody and slightly light-fruit flavors. Apple and pear fruit character and phenolic, spicy (black pepper) Belgian yeast along with bitterness dominate.

High carbonation and medium to light body work well enough. Maybe a bit too carbonated for the bitterness.

This is an interesting Belgian style beer that is a bit too phenolic/woody for the hop and yeast character to really shine, but still worth trying and refreshing in the end.

**Taste gets far more interesting and enjoyable as it warms.

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3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Normal/tad-heavy pour turned in to the beer gushing out the glass. 5 finger head with a clear, golden colored body. LOTS of bubbles generated from the bottom of the glass.

Smell was slightly malty with some spicey and floral notes. Smells light and drinkable.

Taste had a mild maltiness but a nice fruity flavor and finish. A bit grassy and spicey but a really nice orange flavor came forward in the finish. Light sweetness. No signs of ABV.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body with very high carb. Crisp finish.

Overall it was a good beer. Hop profile was delicate but present. Nice light sweetness and no signs of ABV. Main problem for me was the amount of carbonation made it hard to drink from the glass.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1-11, Bottle 585/838 poured to Duvel tulip the beer pours a murky yellow amber color with a huge 3 finger white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Looks great. The aroma has hints of sour tartness and funk from the yeast. Hints of sweet fruit, wheat. The flavor takes the nose a step higher and consists of a pleasant blend of light wheat malt, mild bitterness, and yeast funk as a foundation from which the sour tart character found in the nose comes alive. Clean. Crisp. Medium bodied. Finishes with a lingering sweet funk. Well carbonated. Overall, another home run for Crooked Stave, which is becoming one of the absolute favorites in town. Highly recommended.

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