Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Green" | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Green"Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Green"

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

Style: American Brett

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wild Wild Brett Green is an Empirically Hoppy Brettanomyces Ale. Fermented entirely with Brettanomyces yeast and over 3lbs of hops per barrel of beer. Green pours a golden hue delivering fruity and citrusy aromas from the use of Galaxy hops, while the Brettanomyces yeast add their own tropical fruit and funky undertones to the finish.

Added by Mebuzzard on 01-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by crossovert:
Photo of crossovert
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml botte. #218/1368.

It pours a semi-hazy orange with a big fuffy white head.

The smell is great, tropical fruit notes along with a biting brett scent with medicine, barnyard, and "funk".

The taste is hoppy, bretty and earthy. Almost in equal amounts, there is a subtle sweetness. An interesting brew.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Batch 12/2011. Bottle 949/1368. Pours a hazy dark golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some earthy spicy brett and tropical fruits with lots of resiny piney hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and lots of tropical fruits (as it warms) with a little brett twang followed by a big resiny piney hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid IPA with some subtle brett notes.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Cloudy, clearly unfiltered, yellow and golden with a huge, pillowy, thick, persistent off-white head that leaves the glass completely messy with thick lines, streaks, and webs of frothy lace. Gorgeous.

The aroma is funk-tastic! I've never quite smelled something so Brett-forward. The hops add both bright citrus fruit elements and floral, earthy characteristics, but the yeast is the star of the show and it's powerful--big, musky notes of barnyard, hay, horse blanket, grass, and rotting apple. Awesome.

The flavor follows the aroma similarly, with the Brett yeast stealing the show alongside tropical fruit and floral hop flavors, and a huge level of bitterness. The bitterness isn't at all distracting but is most certainly complementary.

Full bodied per the style with high carbonation, though fluffy, light, airy, and incredibly drinkable. The mouthfeel is very Belgian-like in it's delicacy.

Simply fantastic.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opens with a little excitement and the foam marks its territory on my countertop. Pours a hazy golden color with three fingers of white head that stay puffy and recede very slowly. It smells like an IPA, no funk, no IPA, it keeps going back and forth in terms of the dominant aroma. This is the first wild beer I have had where I could distinctly smell what I would describe as a stable that has recently housed a horse, or what I am assuming others refer to when they say barnyard or horseblanket. But behind the funk are some really bright citrus and tropical fruit notes. There is also a "dankness" that bridges the gap between hops and funk. Overall there is a very broad and smooth spectrum of aromas. The taste is more of the same. With all the hop aroma I was expecting more bitterness, something akin to an IPA but it was more in Pale Ale territory, bitter but that is not the dominant taste. The bitterness creates a bass note that the rest of the aroma/taste is able to jump off from. As I continue to drink it is definitely the most bitter beer with Brett I have ever had, but it avoids being "aspiriny" which I have experienced before in bitter beers with brett. Overall it was very well balanced and extremely drinkable, I have one more for the cellar and I am interested to see what the brett does with all the hop compounds.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to d4radio for the Crooked Stave goodies!

Pours a murky orange/yellow with a big white head that was still going strong at 3 fingers minutes after the pour. Good sticky lacing as well.

The prominent aroma I perceive is tart apple. Some hay and other earthy type funk as well, a bit more so than I remember the Orange and Rouge having. Also some bright citrus notes which I'm assuming are the hops shining through the funk.

Very interesting flavor. Very hoppy with some bright citrus notes up front. The funky earthiness then invades and lingers. Tart green apple and hay are the dominant flavors before finishing a bit piney and very dry.

A bit of a creamy mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation levels.

Haven't had a ton of soured hoppy beers before, but this is the best. Similar to the Bitter Monk I had a few weeks back, but much better profile. The sourness isn't extreme. It almost tastes like a Belgian IPA at times. I think I still like the Orange best out of this series, but this is still good.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of fmccormi
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from pry-off 750ml bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; this bottle is, per the label, from the December 2011 batch and bottle #576 of 1368 (BATCH 12/2011 BOTTLE 576/1368), so this is about a year old now.

Appearance (5.0): No shock here, but this is a voluminous, voluminous head: four-plus fingers of tight, crackling, cream-colored foam comes off of the pour, sitting on top of a glowing, hazy orange body. As the head recedes, it leaves a thick cap on top of the body with a raised middle, kinda like a volcano. Which is awesome. Tons of lacing and chunky foam in the head retention. Great-looking beer.

Smell (4.5): Nice mixture of some bright, tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, and even more mango) and some funky, musty, only lightly phenolic brett character. Some light fresh-cut grass tones mix with some light pepper and spice character, over a backdrop of dry straw and some wet hay at the same time, and yet there’s still something else going on here that I can’t quite pin down—it’s like strawberry syrup. Not joking.

Taste (4.0): Lots and lots of brett here. But again, not really a surprise. The hops are really pretty tame, but considering this is a year old, that’s to be expected. They’ve left some nice, tropical fruit tones following the nose, but that could be coming from the brett, too—if anything, they blend into it well. Very smooth, moderately dry, bready, biscuity malt character lends a nice body here. And the brett, meanwhile, is VERY low on phenolic character, thankfully. Only lightly peppery and no trace of band-aids, plastic, or whatever else people seem to pick up on in brett primary brews. The pepper character sits softly in the mid-palate, and the finish is dominated by that funky twang, but it’s not tart at all and it’s not particularly offensive in any way. This is brett done extremely well.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Surprisingly subdued, actually—carbonation is evenly-distributed and tingles lightly, expanding moderately on the way down but it never prickles. It’s very subtle, really. The body is somewhat dry, thanks in part to the ABV presence (which is minimal, but it does dry out the finish) and in part due to a mix of hops (very light) and some starchy, lightly spicy yeast presence.

Overall (4.0): Overall, I’d say this is a pretty damn good beer. I would love to have tried it fresh, but this is definitely enjoyable as it is. It’s like a very smooth, bretty Belgian Pale Ale with some old, but still very clearly tropical, hop character. It’s nice, and very satisfying to drink. Considering how well-handled the brett is here, I’m definitely sold on Chad’s ability—really looking forward to some more Crooked Stave, now!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color with a medium size white fluffy head that leaves some spotchy lacing as it recedes.

The aromas begin quite green, much more hope forward than I expected. Light tropical fruit with heavier herbal, resiny and deep earthy notes. Sourness/funkiness emerges more as it warms but is overshaddowed by the resiny hops at this point.

The tastes begin much more tame than aroma, as far as the hops go. The tropical fruitiness isn't as present and the grassy, pine and citrus hops come about more. Brett emerges in the finish highlighted by light sourness, wet hay and light funk makes the finish. Finish is moderately bitter from the abundant hops that must have been added.

The mouthfeel is medium-low bodied with medium-low carbonation. The combination leaves my mouth really dry and the flavors linger after the finish.

Overall I am not a fan of bitter Belgian style beers or overly hopped wild ales so this was a miss for me. I just don't understand why this extreme sour/bitter flavor profile is every desired. I'll take my DIPAs separate from my Wild ales going forward.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got last bottle on shelf, #632, from Lukas Liquors in Denver (Lone Tree).

Foamy head that slowly goes down till its just a film of it on top. Light, subtle hop notes on the nose. Cloudy and medium golden in color. Everything about this beer is subtle and balanced. Slight carbonation.

This drinks like a light IPA/Pale Ale but toned down and with way less carbonation. Smooth and slightly tart with hints of grapefruit.

Crooked Stave makes solid, drinkable beers and this one is no different. I may have to go find another bottle to cellar.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Bottle 487/1368

Pours a cloudy golden with a large white head and a good amount of spotty lacing on the way down.

The nose carries some nice tropical fruits along with some orange and grapefruit peel. Somewhat earthy in the background. Most of the character seems to be coming from the Galaxy rather than Brett.

Flavor has a nice hop component that's very fresh. A bit leafy as well. Nice citrus rind and light earth behind the hops. A touch of Brett there as well.

Light body with moderate acidity and good carbonation. Light-medium bitterness leads to a dry finish.

Nice and interesting, though I would have liked a little more Brett to play against the dry-hop character.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to a tulip. Frothy, dense, white head. Clear, golden colored body. 1.5 finger head.

Aroma was full of Brett. Lots of barnyard funk, slight leather, Citrusy hops. Malty and a bit bready.

Taste was excellent. Big citrus and floral hop flavor upfront. Bready and a bit malty. Finished with a floral hop bitterness and solid notes of brett. Leathery and funky.

Medium/light body, high carbonation and a crisp/dry finish.

Solid beer. Hops really come through but the brett adds a great complexity.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whoever brought this to our Nov. '12 bottle share!

Cloudy golden yellow pour with a good amount of foamy white head that left some soapy lacing on the glass. If I remember correctly, this one was a borderline gusher, but no liquid was lost. Crisp aroma, grassy, citrusy, fairly mild Brett notes, with promises of light tartness. The nose is reflected in the taste, grassy, leafy, earthy, springtime goodness, apple skins, lemon and grapefruit peel--hops have seemingly kept up well with time--underripe honeydew, biscuity malts in the background, and a ubiquitous but very mellow Brett presence. Light-medium body, very well-balanced at this point, and very drinkable overall.

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Green" from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 84 ratings