Batch #1 | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Batch #1Batch #1

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brettanomyces Burgundy Ale 100% Fermented in French Oak Red Wine Barrels with Raspberries added.

Added by Jason on 08-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by tectactoe:
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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to the person who brought this to the tasting - shame on me for not remembering exactly who it was. Pours a dark and muddled copper color with almost-ruby looking tints riding the edges of the glass. A dreary, off-white and grey tinted head forms but disappears pretty quickly without leaving a trace. Seems pretty highly carbonated and volatile from the pour.

Whoof! What an aroma... Lifting the glass to my face, my nose is met with a wonderful collaboration of fruits that flirt with the line between sour and sweet. Raspberries, cherries, grapes, and maybe even some pears. The fruit seems to get more and more tart on the nose as each whiff fills my nostrils with more and more ripe raspberries. Overall, slightly acidic and sharp on the nose as well, with a decent amount of wet wood and a slight hint of funk on the tail end. It's abundant enough to contribute to the aroma profile but mellow enough to not overstep its boundaries. If the aroma of this beer tells me anything, it's that the taste is going to be great.

And right it was. Batch #1 hits my palate with a thin-medium body and a hefty helping of carbonation as it almost evaporates in my mouth. I'm immediately jettisoned into a sour heaven - Holy. Shit. Sour, sour, sour, and sour beyond my wildest expectations. A dump truck full of cherries and raspberries are unloaded on my palate and run rampant for what seems like hours. Sour, tart, acidic. Never before have I had something that I recall being so puckering, mouth watering, and lip smacking. Perhaps Beatification, but not much else.

Once the sourness wears down a bit (which takes a while, believe me), it is followed up by a delicate sweetness in the end, which I swear still contains a bit of tartness to it. In all honesty, the funk and Brett flavors were low overall, and definitely lower on the palate than on the nose. Maybe a hint of funk and cork on the very tail end, but this flavor is completely dominated and overrun by the tart fruits. As I finished off my glass, I just remember thinking to myself, "this stuff is excellent."

Wow. Never before have my taste buds been bitch smacked so hard by such an incredible onslaught of sour and tart raspberries and cherries. So mouth watering, so pure, so raw, and so powerful. Not to mention, so easy drinking despite the large amount of acidity and vinegar characteristics. I could polish off bottles of this stuff back to back to back. It's got a flavor that keeps you coming back for more. One of my favorites from the tasting. GET SOME.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.67/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, brewed on 1/10/10. Pours dark ruby amber with a fizzy off white head that quickly goes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is a nice blend of sweet candy sugary malts and tart sour raspberries and vinous alcohol. There is a slight note of butyric acid (vomit).

The flavor is sweet candy sugar with a huge acidic tart/sour raspberry flavor. There's some woody notes and vinous alcohol. The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery with low, but sharp, carbonation.

Overall, tastes a little sweet / sour like Duchesse, but with a much bigger tart sourness that overwhelms the sweet - almost a little too much, but fun.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ehammond1
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Very dark ruby and brown in color, though largely clear, with some floating sediment toward the later pours. Small cream-colored head of small bubbles. Leaves the glassy spotted with miscellaneous spots.

Lots of raspberry aroma, along with lots of earth, dirt, and oak, definite lactic sour character, and more earthy, dirty funk. It comes together nicely, and the fruit, and sharp lactic character, make for a very nice combination.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with moderate lactic sour character, earthy, dirt-covered raspberries (in a good way), and some Brett. The funk and earth notes from the Brett really start to shine more and more as the beer comes closer to room temperature. Complete, though I was actually hoping for more complexity with this beer, though it's still darn delicious.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

A wonderful beer with lots of delicious, vibrant raspberry and earth flavors complemented by a moderate level of sourness. This is distinctly, however, a wild/Brett beer, as a opposed to a more traditional Belgian-style framboise.

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Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jeonseh
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml Bottle drank at the NWIBDU tasting. Thanks!

A - Pours a dark ruby red with a off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Smells of tart raspberries, sweet tarts, balsamic vinegar, and lemon. Really a tart nose. There is also a light oak but it gets hit by the overall tart flavors

T -This is really one sour beer. There are ripe tart raspberries that hit as well as vinegar, lemon, and tons of lactic acid. This is a beer that makes you pucker. It isn't just pure tartness though as the raspberries provide some nice flavor as well. It didn't have much funk but I didn't mind because I loved the overall tart raspberry and cherries flavors within this one.

M - Sharp from the carbonation and the tartness as well as a dry finish.

O - I really enjoyed this beer and was struck by how much tartness it brought forward. It also did this in a way that balanced well with the natural tartness of the raspberries. I was definitely impressed by what Crooked Stave did with this one.

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Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of quirkzoo
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pretty much the whole bottle into my Cellar Reserve glass. Much darker than I was expecting, brown with a touch of red, crystal clear with a thin head that recedes quickly.

The smell is very lactic up front, make no mistake, this is a sour beer. Not as much funk as I was expecting from a beer that was brewed with 100% brettanomyces almost 3 years ago. Some definite sour fruitiness, raspberries, sour cherries. Some oakiness behind that.

The taste is wonderfully balanced, I had no problem sipping on this one throughout the night and taking care of the whole 750ml myself. Like the aroma it is sour up front but not over the top. A touch of acetic acid cuts through on the palate but not so much that it dominates. More fruitiness and oakiness behind that.

The mouthfeel is very good, decent amount of carbonation without it feeling sticky or prickly.

Overall this is a great beer, very complex, very balanced, my only knock on it is that it didn't have as many funky brett flavors as I was expecting, much more like the "cleaner" acidity of a flemish red.

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Photo of Beerontwowheels
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another Jason gift. A lace sheet on reddish. A good sour, very raspberry, that beats Cantillon on raspberry. . A big sour. Very drinkable for a sour. Almost 4 years aged. Meedium mouthfeel, sour yet very drinkable. Worth breaking in people to Crooked Stave.

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Photo of leschkie
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of nhudson
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad I am lucky enough to get these beers. Everyone is one of a kind, this one especially. No bottle number, poured into a tulip glass.

A: a murky dark red to light plum color, I have come to expect murky/turbid looking beers from Crooked Stave. I would love to rate this higher but I just can't.

S: smells of fruit at first then it winds into tart and funky. Though the funky smell is muted from other CS beers. The raspberry aroma is up front and center. I also get a slight hint of red wine, which aim sure comes from the barrel.

T: dry tart fruit. There is some funk in there but it's not very present. I would never have though this is a Brett beer. The raspberry again stands out in the taste which is nice. This beer is quite tasty and quite drinkable. When it lingers in my mouth I get a ton of dried fruit and apples.

M: medium body, maybe on the lighter side. There is some moderate carbonation even though the head is no where to be found. Silky smooth going down. Wish all sours were this way.

O: an amazing beer. Glad I have plenty to last the next year or so. It will be interesting to see how this one changes over time. This could possibly be their best beer from CS that I have had as of yet.

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Photo of k47k
3.56/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of mozim
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of blindpiggie
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of StarRaptor
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of montrealbcr89
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iadler
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Thanks to the BA that brought this over to Mista's "whale" party a few weeks ago.

A- Pours a murky brown with red highlights that has a small white head that dissipates fast, leaving minimal lacing left behind.

S- Lots of berries upfront with red cherries, cranberries, strawberries and raspberries followed by a hint of cheese, oak, some vinegar and lacto.

T- The red wine barrels come through initially with a variety of red berries, oak, vanilla, berry vinaigrette and some lacto. The berries provide a nice balance of tartness/sweetness.

M- Low carbonation with a medium body and a dry finish.

O- I found this quite enjoyable and unique. Not overly sweet or tart. I'd love to try more of Crooked Staves offerings.

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Photo of claspada
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark pink color with a small, off-white eggshell head that dissipates rather rapidly to leave a small cap and minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with fading raspberry fruit flesh, oak, must, earth and berry juice. Nothing really else, but all the above emerge more as it warms as expected with more oak and funk with less berry.

The tastes begin with a stronger sourness than expected from the aroma. Light amount of berry sweetness with bigger tart boisenberry tartness. Oak and earthy funk emerge more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Finish is fairly tart and moderately dry, with lingering fresh berries.

Overall this was quite enjoyable and one of the better Crooked Stave beers I have had to date. If this was the initial batch of the WWB beers, I am glad that I joined there Cellar Reserve society this year so I can enjoy all that is going to be coming down the pipeline.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to stevefinny for this. There are words all over the label, so the actual name of this is anyone's guess. Here they are: "Batch Number 1 Wild Wild Brett 100% Barrel Fermented, Burgundy Ale with Raspberries."

3.5 A: Murky burgundy plum color. Two fingers of frothy, beige head with perhaps a touch of pink tinting to it. The head falls fast, but leaves a short ring of lacing.

4.0 S: Good balance of tart, fruit, and funk. Tart, not-quite-ripened raspberries to kick things off. Musty basement funkiness is nearly as strong. Vinous red grape from the barrel along with oak and some vanilla. Dry rotted wood and some apple orchard. Quince and some mixed berries to round things out. Quite nice. It's very well refined, especially for having just been bottled. I can only imagine the depth that will come when the brett has a bit more time to develop.

4.5 T: I must say this is tasty. Big raspberry right off the start with the accompanying red grape, apple, and assorted other berries. Tartness is just right - not too much and not too little. Beyond the fruit there is plenty of bretty funk. Earthy dirtiness, basement mustiness, musky woodziness, rotting root, apple orchard, and dry rotten socks. Superb balance between the components. Well done.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation that has a light spritziness to it. Super smooth with an almost silkiness to it.

5.0 D: Super easy to drink. Great complexity. No real complaints. Damn good, solid all around beer that makes me wish I joined the reserve society.

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Batch #1 from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 131 ratings