Crooked Stave Bourbon Barrel Aged Sentience
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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
4.13 | pDev: 12.83%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Wild quadrupel ale aged in bourbon barrels.
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 94 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rudzud
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Traded for this a long time ago when it first came out.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a murky garnet hue with no head at all. Decent legs but other than that it's still.

S - Aromas of funk, sour cherries, light bourbon, little oak, complex. Deep inhales though bring up something a little medicinal.

T - Taste is very vinous, tart, tangy cherries, funky, vinegar. Not quite puckering, decent barrel notes, oak, faint faint bourbon. Almost flanders like in the sourness and darkness going on here. No alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is very lowly carbonated, a bit heavy/syrupy. Not flemmy though and the ABV is hidden nicely

O - Overall this beer was unfortunately rather confusing. With more carbonated perhaps the flavour and aroma would pop some more than it did. Kind of boring on the note tart cherries and barrel sweetness. Quite unfortunate.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of SStein
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been holding this for the last year. It poured with no head at all. It is very deep red/ brown in color. There is no carbonation at all, very flat. With the sourness and the heat from the bourbon barrels it reminds me of a boozy Flemish Red. I think they tried to do too much with what could have been a great beer. A wild quad or BBA quad would have been fine, but all 3 and it takes away from the product. Nice to try but don't need another.

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Photo of blackie
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review entered from notes. Draft at the old taproom into a snifter. The beer is a reddish brown in color with just a light wisp of head and a thin ring. The malty quad side of the equation provides some dark fruits - raisin, prune, apple - mingled with a sharply acidic sour side. Nice musty, funky aroma becoming more sour and vinegar on the palate. Unexpected touches of toasted coffee and cocoa here and there. The bourbon barrel presence comes through modestly. Moderate in body with a low to moderate carbonation. I enjoyed this one, but there’s lots of competing character and it’s a little brash at times.

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Photo of stakem
3.14/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BA ShitBirdKing247 for opening this alongside the cognac version. The brew pours a clear mahogany color with a tiny ring of bubbles around the edge that is the only thing reminescent of a head. Some ruby hints are seen through the body with orange on edges when held to the light.

The aroma is a strange yet inviting compilation of unexpected character: coffee and toasty almost caramel and toffee are the first suggestions before oak. Then the funky comes into play which is a strange after-smell that doesnt seem to be fitting.

The flavor is rather tangy and vinous with a mildly musty and oxidized sort of note before blending into vinegar. The barrel aged oaky quality really only becomes noticeable into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a low level of carbonation. It is strange but not that bad. There is something about high octane wild ales that just doesnt strike me the right way. Coupled that with the vinegar notes and well...i dont really have any interest in trying this again. I do appreciate the share though, thanks Josh.

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Photo of Treebs
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by pmoney. Served in a FFF teku.

A: Pours a hazy brown color with a thin head forming on the pour. It recedes to nothing quickly leaving behind no lace. Still looking.

S: Acidic cherry, slightly tart with a sweet malt presence and some caramel. Light notes of bourbon and oak with a little plum as well.

T: Tart and lightly acidic with some red apple and cherry notes. Oak barrle with a sweet cracker malt and caramel presence. Very little bourbon with a hint of vanilla.

M: Low carbonation with a medium high body. Slightly chewy texture.

O: This was a nice beer, but I wish it had a little more base Quad show up. A touch more carbonation would have been nice as well.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown. I can count the number of bubbles on one hand. Dismally dead looking.

Smell - Tons of caramel, some fruits. Dark fruits with an acidity to the nose.

Taste - Sharp acidity covers up a lot of the quad. Still a fair amount of caramel. Sharp clean sourness. Fruity.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium heavy body.

Overall - Not sold on this. The sourness doesn't add to it. Just makes me wonder if it was a quality base quad.

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Photo of brentk56
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Aged in a Leopold Bros Small Batch Whiskey Barrel

Appearance: Arrives with an auburn colored liquid capped by a modest head that leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: Dark fruit (prune) with lacto sour elements and mild whiskey tones

Taste: The lacto sourness arrives immediately complementing the prune and other dark fruit flavors that build underneath; after the swallow, there is a hint of milk coffee and almond, though the finish is rather acetic

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; moderate puckering

Overall: Really excited by the flavors in this sour - what inspiration to sour a quad!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

thanks to ablackshear for this awesome extra!

poured into crooked stave tulip glass.

Appearance: murky bodied beer with light cola colored head. After a hard pour you get a thin cap of head composed of large translucent bubbles that drop quickly to no head at all.

Smell: The barrel notes with sour cherries and lemons smelled almost immediately. Smells of malty dark fruits, earthy, and hint of smoke. The beer has big tannic and vinous notes with a hint of lactic acidic note.

Taste: moderately sour lemons, green apples, and red grapes that add a vinous and slightly sharp tart flavor to the beer. Malts are full of dark fruits with raisins mpstly being the focal point and a surprise found as a hint of smoke. Yeah! The beer finishes with the barrel notes... You gotta love the barrel notes that are incorporated into this beer featuring deep tannins, sweet vanilla, and a mellow yet fortified earthy oak flavor that lingers during the finish. The sour notes and the sweet notes build up as the beer warms. Not much of a quad, but I still like this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with very low carbonation. You can pretty much say its flat carbonation levels. The beer has no booze notes at all. It just a little warming towards the end of the bottle.

Overall: I enjoyed the way this beer tastes and the flavor profile does remind me of Oso's Wee on the Lam that I have tried just recently. Unfortunately, Crooked Staves beer is a little rough around the edges compared to Wee on the Lam. Its biggest fault is that its flat. I enjoyed the complexity of the flavor of this beer it was honestly my favorite part of the beer.

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Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Andrew.

Ruddy turbid brown body topped by a thin film. Funky, smoky nose. Very earthy, some mushroom notes, faint bourbon. Nice acidity on the palate, dark fruit, red currant. Full body with medium-low carbonation. Mild bourbon barrel tannins and vanilla notes pop out in the finish. A pretty nice soured quad with impressively well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle from the taproom $11. Dark, dark red color with a thin ring of bubbles circling my wine glass. The first whiff off the bottle is great, bourbon, malt, hints of sour ale. As the beer opens up the alcohol really steps forward in the aroma but its still good, slight cinnamon and spice. Flavor is good with mild bourbon notes, decent alcohol, definite sourness, very solid fruit flavor like grapes possibly. My only complaint is that the body does seem a little watery and I'm usually generous on mouthfeel. This was an interesting beer overall but not worth the price of admission.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Whoa. Very flat appearance. Opaque cloudyness in the dark purple/brown colored brew. No head, merely iced tea bubbles.

Tons of tart cherry, roasty caramel, and "mez-cal" esque wooded aroma. Interesting and VERY unique. The bourbon barrel used must have not had bourbon in it for too long.. There's not too much Quad going on here, it's much more of a wild ale. I can smell the tartness from my table.

Very unique flavors. Dry, silky in parts, perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter. No off flavors and *extremely* drinkable, if you like sours. Tartness is up there, I'd give it a 7.8/10 on tartness. There's tons of near virgin oak lingering on the flavors. A side from being near flat, this is an awesome brew.

Recommended if you think you'll be able to get over the lack of carbonation. In one way the lack of carbonation is kinda nice since it allows you to open up to all the flavors swarming around in this fantastic brew.

Here's to #500!

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Photo of sir-knifes-alot
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark orange-brown, murky, with a VERY slight head that vanishes instantly... looks like a beer you left out over night.

S: Initial smell is all funk. But once you let it breath for a minute, the true aroma comes out, and its very nice. Your typical quad, dark fruits, which lead into the bourbon, leather and wood. Finishes with sweet cherry/vanilla. Extremely pleasant aroma.

T: Yes, its sour. A very well played sour. Enough to let you know its there with out going over board and taking over. Next, the flavors work in the oposite direction as the nose would have you to think. Starts sweet, then finishes with the oak/bourbon. Very layered. Very complex. And flat out delicious. Easily one of the best tasting beers I've ever had.

M: One word...FLAT. Great body, and very smooth but I'm drinking beer here, not bourbon. I need some carbonation.

O: I don't post reviews (this is only my second), but I just had to review this one since there isn't that many of them. Like I stated above...easily one of the most complex and best tasting beers I've had to date. A fantastic brew, but the lack of carbonation is keeping it from being a world-class brew. With that said, if you are a sour fan I highly suggest you seek this one out.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle opned on 11.9.12.

A - Pours a dark, murky brown with only a few dark bubbles on one side.

S - Raisins, bourbon, oak, wood, vanilla, and toffee.

T - Tart cherry, bourbon, wood, vanilla, and carmel.

D - Low carbonation, heavier body.

O - Very, very complex and great. Tons going on here. I love it.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep purple with zero head, somewhat murky and a heavy visual appearance. Nose is fruit forward with grapes and cherries with vanilla, and heavy oak. Notes of earthiness come through with more heavy grape. Taste is tart up front with candi sugar and fruit with a nice lactic tartness. Mouthfeel is heavy with minimal carbonation. Overall, a intriguing take on a quad. Worth a try.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a wild quad? who does this? nobody. pours a plane jane looking redish brown color, cloudy, with an invisible head, just a froth of caramel. nose is bretty and sour, spice and sweet, fally and wintery, strong and easy. many many contradictions here. the flavor is sour first, funky though, not just brett. alcohol comes in too, not a little beer, i feel this after a few sips. woody vanilla whiskey flavors get stronger towards the finish, and some belgian yeasty candy element makes this one of the more complex beers out there. feel is great too, full bodied, boring carbonation is its only weakness, so much happening, its hard to track it all, raisins and butterscotch now, this is wild. truly one of the most different but enticing beers ive ever had. this one is a classic already, and would make a perfect thanksgiving brew. go get it

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Photo of spoony
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a small bottle into a chalice.

A-The beer poured cloudy and dark brown with orange highlights. There was no head despite a relatively aggressive pour. No carbonation to be seen.

S-Surprisingly sour smell of cherries, raisins, wood, vanilla, and booze. There is touch of funk to go along with it. Complex, concentrated, unique and pleasing (gimme moar adjectives!).

T-The taste is not quite as sour as the smell would lead to you believe. Instead, there is a touch of bread and lots of funky dark fruit (raisins, plums, dates, and prunes) with just a hint of sour. As it warms, the taste gets a little wilder, with a bit of tobacco and medicinal alcohol thrown into the dark fruit mix.

M-Pretty much flat, which was a bummer, because it made an otherwise fine tasting beer feel a little watery. That being said, it was medium bodied, and it did not feel heavy or syrupy like you might expect.

O-This was a fantastic smelling and tasting beer that was let down by being almost complete without any carbonation. The flavors are wild and complex, and the booze is just visible enough to keep things from getting too sweet on the palate. I hope that my other bottle will have a bit more pop because if so, this beer would be a winner.

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Photo of yamar68
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like an over-steeped cold black tea... swampy brown body with little to no head, thick boozy legs ta boot.

Mushy cherries, dates, caramel/toffee, hot wood bits, more dark fruits, nothing obviously 'wild' about this judging by the nose alone. Some faint leather, bourbon, slightly tart yeast notes far and away.

Ooh, yep... there's the sour. Such a unique tasting beer. Sort of reminiscent of a sour brown? Overripe cherries, sweet tobacco, figs, the bourbon and the tartness have such a strange and tasty relationship, some sweet fruit, no real discernible alcohol presence - such a massive and complex drink. Incredible.

Feel is just as thin as it looks but I actually quite enjoy it - it allows for an uninhibited experience of the vast and complex flavors.

Wow. Many thanks to quirkzoo for this beer. Fantastic.

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