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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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 24
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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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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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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -16%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of stakem
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Mebuzzard
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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