Crooked Stave Cognac Barrel Aged Sentience
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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
3.76 | pDev: 15.69%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12.7 oz bottle, 3-4 years old. Pours hazy amber brown with no carbonation (bad bottle seal?).

The aroma is tart and sour vinous fruit with some sweetness.

The flavor is sweet sugary fruit with lots of tart sourness followed by some maltiness and some slightly harsh leathery alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with no carbonation.

Overall, there's lots of sweet fruity sourness, but no carbonation and some odd notes.

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Photo of DVMin98
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Buddy brought to bottle share. Great nose. Sour fruits. Tart. Nice. Taste was decent. Very fruity. There was zero carbonation. Also, it was very dry, but that was ok. The lack of carb, though, was detractor.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.91/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with zero head or any lacing. Aroma of stale caramel malt with some residual brown sugar notes is more or less pleasant. Taste is also dominated by stale caramel malt notes with light barrel-aged notes and some gross brown sugar residual notes. Body is light for style with zero carbonation and no real apparent alcohol notes. I either got a bad bottle or I just really didn’t appreciate the zero carbonation and stale notes associated with this beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BA ShitbirdKing247 for sharing this and the bourbon version back to back at a tasting a little while back. The brew appears a clear mahogany color with a tiny ring of bubbles around the edge. Some ruby is seen through the body with orange along the edges much like the other version.

The aroma includes notes of oak and coffee. A very raw oak character emerges moreso smelling than the typical cognac character along with a tangy almost vinous alcohol note later that is the first indication of this being cognac. At times, this brew almost smells beefy and smoked but not quite.

The flavor of this brew includes an unexpected note of coffee before blending to chocolate, oak and a vinous yet tangy alcohol inclusion that is no doubt like cognac gone wild. More funk developes as it warms up and it progressively gets more acedic.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. Having a chance to try both barrel versions was a nice treat. You could this one was cognac by the vinous tang it had while the bourbon you could have lied and told me it was anything. While I liked what the cognac did to this, I coincidentally did no like the combination of alcohol and acedic character.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with toasted malt and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

(Aged for 6 months)

Opens without a hiss. Zero carbonation. Color of cola or root beer. Leaves the glass clean. Not a pretty beer.

Very, very nice aroma. Sharp, sour cherry character, red wine vinegar, red berries, and sweet cognac combine. This really needed to come to room temperature before the aroma became properly expressive and enjoyable. It didn't have much aroma at all at colder temperatures.

Quite sour, sharp berry notes, dried cherry, some vinegar, some caramel bread sweetness on the finish, and complementing oak. Very drinkable and the alcohol is hidden exceptionally well. I like this quite a bit.

Full-medium bodied with zero carbonation. While it doesn't seem distracting or detracting in the moment, this would probably be much, much better with proper carbonation. It may even be spectacular. Disappointing only because of the massive potential available.

I like this quite a bit. Looking forward to drinking this again!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 3.22.13

A - Pours a very dark amber-brown with only a few dark tan bubbles that disappear quickly.

S - Tart, dark fruit, and barrel-cognac.

T - Tart cognac, sweet dark fruit, cherry, blackberry, wood.

D - Low carbonation with a medium to heavy body.

O - Lots of cognac and barrel here with minimal carbonation. A touch on the sweeter side as well.

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Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to quirkzoo for gifting me this one!

Ugly as sin... pours like a glass of warm root beer... swampy brown body topped with not much of anything at all. Doesn't look like anything you would want to swim in, let alone drink.

Earthy tart berry notes, some toffee malt qualities, strawberry shortcake, maybe some cinnamon, sour fruit, incredibly dynamic. I could sniff at this one for quite a while before getting bored with it.

Lovely... as is the case with other Crooked Stave sours, the powerful sour whop doesn't show itself until about mid palate... overripe pale fruits, lemon, wheat grass, tons of sour plum, tasty stuff.

If this beer had some body it would really woo me.

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Photo of nhudson
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crooked Stave Sentience Cognac Barrel Quad. No bottle number, but it was limited to Cellar Reserve members. Served out of a 375ml bottle.

a: Deep ruby red to brown in color. Looks beautiful in the light. No head to speak of as the bottle let out the faintest of hisses. Beer is somewhat clear with some murkiness to it. Not clear but not turbid looking. Beer is beautiful to look at though.

s: Amazing aroma. I don't really know how to describe it. Some underlying funk with sweet malt aroma. Cognac comes through slightly. I get a heavy cheery aroma in the front that goes away quickly. I can see where someone would say it has a BBQ sauce vibe.

t: I find the taste quite different than the aroma. Not sweet at all as the aroma would suggest. Maybe the sourness cuts through the sweetness. Dark fruit really comes out along with cognac and oak. The more I taste it the more acetic it becomes up front. Kind of a strange but good mixture of fruit, oak, cognac and lemon.

m: Beer seems heavier than it should in the mouth, especially with the sourness. The alcohol really is hidden here at 11.5% abv. So far I am not perceiving any hot flavors. The body is spot on here in the upper medium range.

o: I think with time this will be an exceptional beer. I am going to take the remainder of my bottles and place them in a warm dark place for a while and see what happens in 6-12 months. Great beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Todd for sharing this one. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Thin tan foam settles to nothing. Dark brown body with good clarity to it.

S - A nice blend of sweet caramel malts, vinegar, and cognac barrel. The mixture of sweet and savory flavors gives this a slight BBQ sauce vibe to it, but the integration is surprisingly successful. No much alcohol at all for 11.5%.

T - The taste has a bit less sour vinegar edge to it, but it still sufficiently offsets the sweet quad and cognac flavors. There's a bit of dry oak here, and more dark fruit and bread from the base quad rather than the sweet caramel in the aroma.

M - Medium body, moderate-to-low alcohol, dry and tannic texture, and perhaps the faintest touch of alcohol warmth.

D - There's not an overwhelming amount of cognac here, but this is a very good sour quad that is evocative of Oerbier Reserva in flavor profile and deceptive alcohol content. Crooked Stave has been a bit inconsistent in the inaugural year, but this one goes in the win column. Would happily drink this again.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wild Quad. Had the bourbon barrel aged version yesterday (no review yet) at the brewery and wanted to see how this compared. Figured this would be a good beer for the Cellar Reserve wine glass.

No pop upon opening. Some rootbeer colored bubbles but no head on a vigorous pour. Body is a deep cloudy brown in color with only some slight red to it. Aroma is very nice with some bourbon (or more likely cognac) and sweet caramel. If you dig deep you can pick up some brett funk but it doesn't dominate. A little dust. Not to dark but some cherry smells. Flavor is different. Not as sweet. Dark sour I would call it. Some lemon and strong horse blanket. Not as complex as the straight quads. Gives you a little pucker in the back of the mouth, almost no carbonation, and a medium body.

Overall, I think this beer grows on you as you drink it. Put a little more carbonation in there (maybe some age would help) and this could be a spectacular beer. Very similar to the bourbon version. I compare both to Boulevard BBQ except these are both more sour than the sweet BBQ.

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