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

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Blue"Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Blue"

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Mebuzzard on 07-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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

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4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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)

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4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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4.23/5  rDev +9%
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!

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4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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

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4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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