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

Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Blue"Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Blue"
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Brett Beer
3.91 | pDev: 9.21%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Blue"Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Blue"
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All wild yeast with the powdery charm, earthen character and premiere tartness that only brettanomyces has to offer gives the Wild Wild Brett series a unique almost-sour taste but with a surprise or two lurking around every corner.

"Blue" celebrates the dark side of wile ale and with the decoration of blue spruce that chases the aromas and taste early and often. Its hazy, russet brown hues harbor the toasty, piney and sour fruit scents that play out like dry citrus, leather and dehydrated pineapple. With an earthen waft of saddle leather and fresh soil, the scent carries a mustier perfume than is shown in taste. The flavor of toasted malt is lightly of coffee and cocoa with a woodsy teal-like character to start.

What little malt sweetness started the show has easily dissolved by mid-palate. Its sourish tendencies take hold with the singed citrus peels of lemon, lime, grapefruit, all seeming burnt around their edges. The sticky resins of spruce give an evergreen flavor with a peppery bite that's remiss of old sawdust.

Medium-light in body, the ale offers a pleasant tartness with a refreshing citrus acidity. A late waft of burlap, curing leather and toast billow through the retro-olfactory sense as its aftertaste is oaky, leathery and tannic.

Feb 20, 2016
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is dark brown with a lot of fluffy bubbly tan head. Nose is light with a some dark malts up front, roast and hint of chocolate, a fair amount of citrusy hops and light pine come in behind with a faint note leathery brett. Taste is different, malts are up front with a light roast and tobacco, strong leathery Brett with a piney resinous hop and thick syrupy body. Carbonation is a hint low and the finish has some juicy citrus with a slick feel down the throat. More like a black ipa.

Feb 05, 2014
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sweemzander from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 7/12 Bottle #741/1531. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours almost totally black in color, but with some deep burnt sienna brown highlights. Some tan froth with good retention.

(S)- Quite dry overall, but with some lovely funky Brett and piney wood. Some subtle citrus at the end. Bready in a yeast sense.

(T)- Very complex actually. It is just barely soured but with some rustic dry Brett-like funk. You definitely get a very piney-like hop character in this still.

(M)- A good carbonation level to this. It is very complex, but almost too complex to quite know what it is trying to be.

(O)- Definitely something unique and complex with its earthy funk and tart flavors. I have not had this fresh, but definitely an interesting beer at this stage.

Oct 30, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color capped by a large ecru head that gets rocky as it slowly fades, leaving plenty of lace on the tulip

Smell: Lemon, Spruce and a hint of barnyard

Taste: Opens with toasted brown bread base that is subsumed by lemony tartness; in the middle, both the Spruce and a touch of barnyard funk arrive; the finish is tart and tangy with just a touch of the malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat puckery

Overall: Not sure what this was like when first released (and I read some mixed reviews) but this has developed into a very nice beer (and I note the last few reviews have rated this much higher)

Aug 17, 2013
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a bit of brown and a finger of khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades slowly.

S - Dark caramel and chocolate malts, spruce tips, grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops, funky Brett, some tart green fruits.

T - Dark roasted caramel and chocolate malts, spruce tips, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, some lightly resiny bitterness, funky Brett, and tart green fruits.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a bitter, funky, tart, and lightly roasty finish.

D - Fantastic dark sour. Like the mix of hops and spruce tips.

May 15, 2013
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kubrick215 for sharing!

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a 2.5 finger beige head that has excellent retention, only slowly settling into a thick, lasting ring.  Large streaks of soapy lacing left bind.

I know it's a black ale made with spruce tips but the aroma is surprisingly hop forward for a BA wild ale.  Lots of floral, earthy pine and resinous oils followed by roasted malt, musty Brett and toasted oak.  Some dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean and oatmeal along with musty funk and earthy hops.  Very interesting.

On the fuller end of medium body with a strong hop/spruce tip presence that's complimented  by roasted dark malt, dry oak and funky Brett.  Complex and well balanced with the hops, oak barrel and brett notes bouncing off of each other.  Sligtly spicy spruce tip presence with resinous hop oils, pine needle, dark chocolate, coffee bean and dark fruit.  Some raisin, plum and fig flavor with a dry, spicy finish.

Apr 08, 2013
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 2.20.13
Batch 7/12
Bottle 375/1531

A - Pours a pretty dark brown with a huge tan head with great retention.

S - Brett, pine, spruce?

T - Brett, subtle spices, mild pine.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - The most mild of the series up to this point. Pine and pretty subtle at that.

Mar 01, 2013
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a cloudy brown color with a light tan head on top. The retention faded quickly with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The lacing is minimal. The smell of the beer is earthy with some definite spruce in there. The taaste is kind of boring, it's too subtle I think of every aspect. The spruce is there but I don't think it's working too well and then there is some earth tart flavors but it's not jiving with the spruce. The mouthfeel was sharp pretty high carbonation. Overall this beer was average to me, I wasn't a huge fan of it unfortunately.

Feb 17, 2013
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

huge thanks to daniloknezic for this extra beer!

Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 fingers of lite tan head. Drops quickly to a thin cap leaving thick lacing all over the glass.

Smell: The hops and spruce are very interesting and have a hop like smell. A hint of brett and a hint of dark malts.

Taste: Mild bitterness and an herbal / spicy spruce flavor. Hint of oak and earthy brett. Hint of roast from the dark malts. Also a hint of tartness in this beer as well. Interesting flavor profile its complex and unique.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. really easy drinking beer. Carbonation is really well done and has a nice soft and creamy feel to it.

Overall: Really did enjoy this beer alot, but when it warmed up the herbal and medicinal notes just overtook the beer. I suggest drinking this beer cold and dont let it warm up. That will really make your experience with this beer much better. Another nice beer from the WWB series!

Feb 01, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFaa for the share on this one. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a hazy brown color with a khaki head. Some stringy lace sticks to the glass when swirled and the cap fades pretty fast.

The aroma is tangy with alcohol notes initially that give way to chocolate and notes of coffee. It is a bit dusty to musty with grain and an inclusion of spruce that is fairly obvious giving it a hint of pine. Some herbal hop inclusion wraps things up.

The taste is pretty big on pine upfront with a tangy alcohol inclusion. Some dusty to musty grain with bitter herbal hop addition. There is some dark grain quality present that attempts to impart a mild flavor of chocolate and darker grain quality but it gets trumped by the pine and herbal to almost medicinal notes.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to lower level of carbonation. Overwll it was kinda interesting but certainly not something I would want a whole bottle of. I am not the biggest fan of spruce and pine flavors so maybe i am biased here but with the same regard, I havent been inpressed with any of the crooked stave offeringd i have tried. This seems muddled and clashibg collectively.

Jan 10, 2013
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver. Served in a snifter. Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a thin beige head. Mild spotty lacing. Notes of spruce and roast with a touch of earth and Brett dryness. Interesting, but not quite far enough in the direction of hops, spruce, or Brett; instead, it’s a bit stuck somewhere in the middle.

Dec 16, 2012
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KajII from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a thick dark black with a large (2-3 finger) beige head that had great retention, pretty much lasting throughout with excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was up front with a nice dose of spruce and pine hops, that along with an earthy Brett yeast, dark grain malts and notes of chocolate, toffee and a nice touch of berries.

The taste was a little sweetly tart with a chocolate and toffee presence at first, and then progressed with a mild piney hop flavor, a bit of fruitiness and just a touch of spruce at the end. The flavor stuck around for an average duration after the swallow with a with a nice hoppy tartness left to settle in on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and mildly dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a very unique brew to say the least, but then again all of the beer brewed by this brewer usually is. This one balances hops, Brett yeast and a mild fruitiness superbly, making it a very enjoyable drinking experience...

Nov 30, 2012
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Resuin from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to user quirkzoo for sending this beer to me out in Hawaii. Much Mahalo!

This beer pours a beautiful dark, dark brown (dangerously close to black) with a fair size light, tan head. Very appealing appearance. The Smell is interesting & different - I'm having a hard time picking out individual aromas here but it's pleasant, quite strong, there's definitely some spruce which is quite nice.

As for the taste, a very interesting sour start leads into some spruce with a strong pine finish. Right in the middle there's quite a kick of something interesting - maybe some cocoa/coffee flavor combined with a solid amount of spruce/pine. Very little, if any, alcohol at the finish. Nice mouth-feel with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall, I thought this was a very pleasant beer, definitely a new experience for me. It really has a lot of flavor. This is my first brettanomyces beer and it definitely intrigues me into wanting to try more.

Oct 19, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

crooked stave is my favorite brewery right now and this beer is an excellent illustration of why. it pours coffee brown with a very aggressive bubbly tan head. the aroma is the best part of this. it smells like christmas morning. the spruce tips really impart a nice fresh wintertime pine essence, while the brett gives a tart but not sour character off. this is darker than i thought it would be, and the malts give it some impressive depth. the flavor is beautiful as well, although not quite as robust as the smell. the pine is there but its countered by the brett. ive never had anything like this as all, and im liking it more and more as i sip on it. the finish is a little barnyard, but not sour at all, and there is a lot of hops here. not bitter, but pungent and fresh.. feel is good, but id like to see a little more carbonation on it. the body is only about medium despite the dark color, its not a heavy brew. the alcohol is also well hidden, and the whole thing works perfectly in my opinion. this series of beers keeps getting better. yum-o

Oct 06, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Near black in color, but truly a very dark brown, with dark ruby edges and a moderate, very persistent dark brown head that initially leaves regular dark brown lines of stick down the glass, then eventually a coating sheet. Gorgeous.

Very complex aroma that really improves with agitation and warming. At colder temperatures, the Brett yeast stands out most, with some initial Band-Aid character, transforming into an earthy farmhouse funk. As the beer warms, pine and sap notes emerge along with a bit of traditional dark malt character. Smells like a funky Christmas tree.

The flavor is complex and similar to the aroma, with pine/spruce flavors combining with more traditional dark malt (roast, mild coffee), along with a big wave of funk (Band-Aid, horse blanket, grass), with a bit of sweetness as well.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Disappearing on the palate. Airy. Very Belgian-like. Incredibly impressive. Perfect.

Very impressive and very flavorful. I'm glad I cracked one of my bottles fresh, but am interested and excited to see how this one will develop with some time on it.

A funky Christmas beer? George Clinton would love this thing! We want the funk! Gotta have that funk!

Sep 30, 2012
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StoneTSR from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 841/1531

APPEARANCE: This is a pretty dark beer - deep, dark, reddish-brown. The cream-colored head is fairly thick, but dissipates rather quickly, leaving some gorgeous and full lacing around the top of the glass. The lacing continues to be nearly perfect throughout the glass.

SMELL: The aroma is not overpowering, but it is very pleasant. This beer smells like a forest. The spruce comes through along with a little earthy grassiness. A hint of pine lurks as well. If I had to choose a beer's smell to represent Colorado, this would be it.

TASTE: What an interesting beer. There is a hint of sweet, chocolatey malt up front, but the hops quickly wash it away with a dry, but not overpowering piney and citrus taste. This is an exceptionally well-balanced beer with a pleasant grassy finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and creamy with a slight sparkle. The body is medium to full and the balance is wonderful - slightly sweet up front, followed by a very easy-going bitterness throughout the last 2/3 of each sip. This beer is an absolute pleasure to drink.

OVERALL: There is a surprisingly lack of Brett-like flavors and aromas in this beer for a Crooked Stave creation, but they are there and they'll probably develop quite a bit over time. That said, I am extremely happy to be drinking this beer fresh. I hope this beer gets revisited at some point in Crooked Stave's bright future.

Sep 11, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to ssuggs01 who shared this one with me while hanging out ticking! Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head signature snifter. Poured dark brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, funk, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, fruit, funk, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I really liked what I found here once I smelled it. I had another brew from this series a little while back at a tasting and really enjoyed it. This one was pretty decent, but not on the same level as the last one if you were to ask me. Worth your time trying it at least once, but I wouldn’t go out of your way to trade big for this one in the series.

Sep 04, 2012
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mmapes from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy head started coming out the bottle. Pours muddy brown (into tulip glass). Moderate head lasts a long time (90 seconds or so?). Apricot or stone fruit on the nose.

Tastes like a basic brown ale. Not watery but not bursting with flavor. Get spruce toward the middle? Quite crisp. Dry. Brett funk shows up on the finish but is subtle.

Was served very cold but seems like might offer more at slightly warmer temperatures (the bottle suggests allowing the beer to breath as you swirl it in your glass).

Minutes later: has along finish that isn't noticeably sprucy. Good, interesting beer with subtle character. Maybe a little "dirty" from the Brett, well balanced by the hops and spruce. Unexpectedly crisp for something so dark.

Aug 30, 2012
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kscaldef from Oregon

3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fortsambo for the bottle. 7/2012 release.

A: Very dark in color with minimal wisps of bubbles.

S: A harmonious mix of piney hopes, spruce and earth

T: Tastes like dirt (in a good way!), roast coffee, cocoa. Floral hop notes.

M: Medium-low carbonation and light body.

O: A crazy and unusual beer, but good. Happy to have gotten to try a bottle.

Aug 21, 2012
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Domingo from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one twice, once on tap at Oskar Blues, and once from a bottle. While some beers vary a little, this one was more or elss the same.
Pours a deep brown. Pretty foamy without much of an aggressive pour.
The nose is big on PNW hops. A little spruce in there, but it's somewhat mild on the nose. The nose is pretty similar to a hoppy black ale.
The spruce kicks in on the palate first, but immediately gets hit by a wave of hops. Pine-y and slightly tropical. Dark malts give things a little bit of a roasty character, with just a little cocoa. Unlike the other WWB beers, the actual brett yeast doesn't play that big of a part in this one. I imagine that can change, especially as the hops mellow, but for now it's pretty similar to an everyday black IPA. Yes, I hate that term, too, but it's better than "cascadian."
Drinkable and tasty, but probably the most mainstream of the WWB beers, at least more or less fresh. The spruce is mild enough that I'm not sure it adds a whole lot at the moment.
Another good beer from CS. I imagine this is probably their most mainstream brew for the time being.

Aug 20, 2012
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, batch 7/12 bottle 1266/1531. Pours brown with a medium creamy light brown head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted malts with bitter spruce and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a lot of spruce. I get a slight tart sourness from the Brett, but not much. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and rather watery.

Overall, a nice hoppy roasted spruce beer, but not overdone. It will be interesting to see how the Brett affects this down the road.

Aug 06, 2012
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denver10 from New Mexico

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a slight off white head. Roasty aroma filled with the spruce tips, a little chocolate hiding back there. Tastes develops as it warms; roasted barley, SPRUCE, cocoa. A nice medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I generally enjoyed this one. Not sure I need to come back to it again and wouldn't buy a whole bomber of it, but worth a try on tap.

Jul 20, 2012
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $12.99. Dark, dark brown, might as well be black, ok head. Smells like pine and spruce and just evergreen trees. taste is more spruce, pine and evergreen trees, pine needles. I really could not taste the brett in this beer though I suspect it had an effect on the mouthfeel because it was real soft. If U had to call it I'd say this is a black IPA and a very overpriced one at that. Why oh why do I keep buying these bottles when I know better? I keep telling myself that I will stop buying Crooked Stave beers because while they are decent beers they are never worth the price tag. I would have been much better off buying a Wookey Jack or a Hop in the Dark than this beer.

Jul 15, 2012
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, the Blue WWB...not blueberry (that's Indigo I believe). This one is brewed with Colorado blue spruce tips.

Dark pour, looks rich. A lot of dark beers have a ruby edge or highlights, this one has this but the ruby is dulled. Big fluffy head, off brown, light tan.

Aroma is intriguing. Hops up front at first. Citrus and tropical. Some spruce comes out. Dark malts follow. Roasted coffee, some chocolate, faint baked caramel. Wow, a lot going on here.

The intrigue follows to the taste. Tropical hops up front. Leading to a chewy middle of cocoa, coffee and pine. The pine turns to spruce and the citrus flavors come into play. Light florals and berry on the end.

Finishes dry yet rich. Malt and floral flavors linger until the next sip

The thing about this beer is that in 6 months the Brett will take off and totally change the flavor. While the hops may fade....enter Brett

Jul 12, 2012
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