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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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This poured out as a golden color with a slight haze to it. Thin white head on top that fades quickly. The smell of the beer is funky, definitely white grape notes in there though. The taste of the beer is similar to the aroma, I thought the taste of the beer is excellent. The feel is good, sweet upfront then some sour notes and finished with a grainy aftertaste. Overall I really enjoyed this one.

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4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead glass.

Pour: Body is a gorgeous hazy yellow orange, with a finger os fizzy white head. Head actually manages to have a good lifetime, with some soapy lacing.

Smell: Straight up lactic sourness up front, with some white vinegar next. Big white grape must, followed by some pears and green apples. Finished with a nice funk.

Taste: Big lactic sourness up front again, but gives way to white grapes and pear skins quickly. Stays sour. Some white vinegar, and some tart apples. A nice hay and some funk, mixed with grape must. Finish with oak and lactic sourness.

Mouthfeel: Very sour, with a clean dryness. Some juicy grape juice amplifies the body momentarily mid-palate, but the dry finish owns all here. Nice carb.

Overall: Amazing beer. Thanks to Bennett for the recommendation! I will be seeking this out again for sure.

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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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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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Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely gorgeous... bright pear gold body cluttered with loads of tiny beading... a soapy finger of snow white head sinks down to a thick collar, leaving loads of lacing.

Sour grapes ta boot, beautifully sour white wine and vanilla oak, lemongrass, "barnyard funk."

A brilliant sour profile waits until the middle of palate to show itself, not much in the way of bold flavors up front, big tart grapes peak at the finish and dry up the mouth, I'm thirsty for more, mild pale fruit flavors linger... pineapple, orange zest, sour grapefruit... wonderful.

Another home-run from Crooked Stave.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of claspada
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color with a small amount of fizzy eggshell foam that dissipates quickly to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with ripe white vinous fruit, light sourdough bread, dusty funk and some rustic barrel notes. Not one of the above is greater than the other but all emerge and work well with one another.

The tastes begin with light acedic fruit, white grape, oak, pineapple, lemon and tangerine. I then get some more barrel vanilla and oak with some more emerging funky earth/wet hay.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Thin finish is super farily sour and tart overall, but by no means wrenching.

Overall I will call this beer for comparison's sake, Beatification Lite, which I prefer. Beatification is really over the top sour in my opinion and makes it hard to fully appreciate the various Brett yeast and oak enduced flavors which are lost a little in the Beatification. Don't get me know this is a sour/wild beer for sure but it reaches the perfect balance for me. Chad wins.

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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%

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