Crooked Stave Fertile Soil | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mebuzzard on 11-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
42
Reviews:
18
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
15.4%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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4.62/5  rDev +13%
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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4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at my house poured a clear tarnished gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of earthiness, barnyard funk, pine, bread and grapefruit. Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, earthiness, barnyard funk, pine and grapefruit with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering funky earthy finish.

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Photo of DividedAvery
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a Duvel tulip

A: Pours a very frothy head of about 4 fingers and is maintaining quite the head due to the etching on the bottom of my tulip. Really bubbling away
Color is a bright gold and a very white head with larger bubbles

S: Fruity and earthy. Smelling some nice hops and spices also...really great bouquet.

T: Wow what a great tasting beer. All sorts of fruits are coming out: banana, orange, grape maybe even some guava, they seem to all be there. Some nice earthiness and a slight hop bite with a great malt sweetness are also hiding in here. A wonderful tasting brew in all ways

M: Very bubbly as the pour would suggest. Very tingly but still smooth

O: I shied away from trying this too long. What a wonderful wonderful beer from Chad. Hoping I can grab a few more of these and drink them while they are still fresh.

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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

been eyeing this one for a long time, finally found 13 bucks to make it happen. pours a rich honey color with some haze and a frothy head that just floats over this beer. smells a bit sour, funky, but not overpowering brett vibes. fruit rotting on the vine describes the taste well, wheat malts too, and some gnarly yeast. mouthfeel is great, well carbonated, mildly acidic, expanding perpetually. foamy feeling and tart alcohol in the finish. just so unique and rich and enticing. overall i think this one is every bit as goos as their surette, and one of the best colorado beers i have had this year. this is exquisite, stand up to big food, and mellows you right out. i hope this dude opens a brewpub in denver!

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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

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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4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +0.5%
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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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a 1 PINT 9.4 FL OZ. (750 ML) bottle of this w/ ChrisF. Poured from the Brown Labeled bottle w/ Green bubbled writing & "Fresh Hopped Golden Ale" below Fertile Soil into a Non-Stemmed Wine Glass. Has Batch 1-1/11 & Bottle 622/838 on the side of the bottle.

Aroma- Very light, earthy, and fruity from the beginning. There seems to be a good amount of spice added as well. While going in for many smells, tree limbs came out at the end? VERY different!

Appearance- Poured a whopping 6 Finger head! Lasts for what seemed like forever. Very frothy. Has a light copper body that was clear. Left the thickest lacing behind. Carbonated much?

Flavor- Had a nice smooth, pilsner like taste with tons of sweetness afterwards. A soft, yeasty character came out also with BLONDE ALE shouting at me in the background. Light spices and light hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Creamy, and then a sour note on the palate?!?! Whats happening here!

Overall Impression- Enjoyed this brew without question but was guessing what style the whole time? I would LOVE to get some more beer from this brewery soon! While they were @ the Big Beers Festival this month, I wonder when they will be breaking into the market? I suggest this beer for those who love to ponder and enjoy complexed and interesting brews! Cheers Crooked Stave and keep up the good work.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Described on the label as a fresh hopped golden ale, it doesn't lie.

Made with all Colorado ingredients. Pours a light golden, a touch of cloud. Fluffy white head settles to more than a collar and the lacing is quite nice.

Fresh hop aroma. Floral, light citrus. Under current of bread and grass.

With a quick bready malt incursion up front, the hops come on quick. Very faint mint. Orange and persimmon zest. Light hints of banana. While the hops make their presence known they do not dominate. They refresh the beer, and with a nice touch of carbonation the beer is quite easy to drink.

very nice

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4.09 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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