Oculus | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour Belgian Golden Ale with Vignole Grapes

Added by Mebuzzard on 10-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.25/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of Beaver13
3.74/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz bottle, 3-4 years old. Pours slightly hazy dark gold with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet grapes and dry white wine with a little tartness and funk.

The flavor is sweet fruit (grapes and apple) with a lot of tart lactic sourness and a little funk and some vinous notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice sour.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow. Small white head, fades quickly. Faint wisps on the surface.

Smell - Winey character. Strong acidity. Grainy and lemony.

Taste - Really intense sourness right up front. Dies down throughout the drink. Lemony with just a bit of funk before the sourness covers it up.

Mouthfeel - Pretty heavy bodied for a sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Intensely sour. Nice. Not usually the type of sour I enjoy, but it has enough going on to justify it's intensity.

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3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Lisa Lopes's Bizzaroworld self, I suppose... Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, Brett funk, and coriander. The taste brings in more of the same, only things are tarter, deeper. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, an enjoyable wild ale, one that doesn't overdo it with the sour character. Good times.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the barrel room, took it home. Put in a warm spot for about a month as per Chad's advice. Small bottle

Pours a dull golden color with little head

This smells like a tart sauv blanc with a bit more lemongrass.

flavors in this beer are all over the place, and the tartness brings them together in the end: light vanilla, green stem flower, lemon zest, a bit of mandarin, and that sauv blanc-ness. Dries out well to leave you wanting more.

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4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is clear and pale with a thin coating of dense bubbles on top. Nose has heavy citric acid up front with notes of white grape and oak. Taste is incredibly tart with honey, lemon, and plenty of acid. Super tart on the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat hefty with high carbonation. This is a very flavor packed brew that is super sour with lots of acidic character.

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Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quick review from written notes, thanks Joe for sharing!

Murky sunkissed orange, champagne streamers rising, sheets of soft white foam lace in the glass, lasting head retention.

Fruity acidic aroma with some funky wild yeast, and a slight minerality.

Tart passion fruit, guava, Hawaiian punch, sweet tarts, dry finish. Light and effervescent feel, thirst quenching. Overall pretty nice, though the Brett d'Or was a shade better.

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4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Oculus from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 129 ratings