Oculus | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

OculusOculus
BA SCORE
4.38/5
129 Ratings
OculusOculus
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
129
pDev:
7.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
225
Gots:
18
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 20
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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Photo of brydeen
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed as part of Blind BIF round 8

A: Pours a hazy light orange color, with little or no head at all. Just a thin white collar around the glass edge. Murky and cloudy in appearance.

S: Sour, tart funkiness. Dry and vinous, with a sharp bite. Lightly earthy and faint citrus notes. I'm thinking Crooked Stave based on my recent visit, the bottle style and smell.

T: Lemony tartness punches your mouth. Sour grapes, with a very subtle grassy funk. Something sweet lurking in there too.

M: Dry & crisp, with a light to medium body. Very little carbonation, making it oddly creamy and smooth.

O: This is among the most tart beers I've ever had. I love the dry sharpness, especially on a warm summer afternoon like today. Just enough funkiness to offset some of the puckering effect. Despite never trying it, my guess is CS Oculus.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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