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Origins | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mebuzzard on 01-25-2013

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Reviews:
65
Ratings:
546
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
20%
 
 
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Photo of stortore
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #5, bottled 5/2015, had 5/29/16.

Pours exceptionally dark for a Wild Ale, opaque, with a one finger head, some lacing. Smells of oak, red wine, some funk and Brett, cherries, purple grapes. The taste is a little more malty, red wine, Brett, sour- but really more tart, purple grapes, less oak than the nose, cherries- stronger as it warms, some plums, a little vanilla. Smooth, full bodied for the style, good level of carbonation.

Certainly has lots of layers of flavor, well made and well blended. The Burgundy barrels really add a lot to this. A bit of a high price point, but well worth a purchase.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage
~1 year since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a dark reddish-brown, burgundy color, some glistening light flashes through. Half finger thick, light tan colored head, fizzy and soapy, spotty head lacing, dissipates to fine layer.

Aroma- Tart fruits, cherries, blackberries, red wine grapes, vinous. Slight jammy fruitiness and sweetness. Dry oak, dried nuts and raisins, herbaceous notes, hints of vanilla and even chocolate.

Taste- Acidic, tart lemon mixed with berry notes. Sour cherry, sour grape, tart raspberries. Sweeter red wine grape, vinous notes, jammy fruits, candied sweetness. Dry oak on the finish w/ slight creamy flavors.

Feel- Sharp tartness up front but does not linger into the finish or aftertaste. Medium body w/ moderate carbonation, slightly creamy finish.

Overall- Exploding with juicy and tart fruit flavors. Upfront tartness is balanced well by a fruity sweetness akin to a jammy dessert. Tartness is not too abrasive, hits up front but then goes away, doesn’t linger on and lets some sweetness come forward. Dry oak barrel and vinous notes on the finish, not too much to lose the other flavors.

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Photo of Marius
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

37cl bottle. Gusher. Pours a deep burgundy red, with visible carbonation and a beige head with no retention. Smells of red grapes and wine, dark fruit, prunes, raisins, caramel and quite a bit of oak. Sour and very rich in flavour, with notes of unripe grapes, red currant, gooseberries and a very feint but perfectly integrated caramel background. Very nice.

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Photo of Raj
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch 4, 11/2014, consumed 1/31/16. Aged room temp, consumed 50F

A: dark brown, opaque red highlights, wispy khaki colored head that quickly dissipates.
S: a little muted at first, may have been a little cold. Once it warmed get a lot of of tart dark fruit- red apple and cherry skins, sour plum, malt, caramel, wood
T: Tart upfront but there balanced by some sweet. Sour dark fruit continues with red apple, sour cherry, slight fig notes. Also some sweet caramel and wood. The flavor was a little muddy when cold, but felt more integrated with bright fruit flavor as it warmed up. Some wood notes towards to the finish.
M: Medium, a little carbonation at first but flat by the end of the glass
O: Decent flanders style / sour brown ale but nothing special. I wish the tart fruit flavors were brighter, but this may be related to aging. Compared to some of the my favorite beers in this style (La Folie, Rodenbach grand cru) the flavor was a little muddy and lacked barrel character.

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Photo of KyleDavis
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle poured into Teku glass

Pours nearly black despite it being a "burgundy sour." Aroma is a touch cloying. Lots of acidity throughout the taste with some good oak character and hints of cherry.

More oak and fruit comes out as it warms.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015-12-11
375ml bottle served in a pair of Georgetown samplers. 11/2014 Batch 4.

Pours translucent reddish brown with very little head and very little carbonation. Smell is tart and oaky, dark fruit, but mild.

Taste is very tart, sweet tart but not very sweet. Tasty, but not much detectable character to it.

Mouthfeel is super dry, cottonmouthy. Overall, pretty good, but not great.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5 from May 2015 served in a wine glass

Appearance: dark ruby with brown notes as well, tons of carbonation. Nice and complex lacing.

Nose: cherries, lactic sourness, raspberries, vanilla, some Barrel character, some chocolate notes as well

Taste: initially verty tart. Cherries, raspberries and lactic acid dominate the palate, candy like tartness, like smarties, well carbonated, delicious and complex.

Overall: wonderful Crooked Stave offering. I liked the creamy lactic sourness and thought it was very well balanced with the lactic and acetic acids. Nice acid profile. I have another bottle that will stay hidden away for years to come. This is a beer that I will buy more of in the future.

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Photo of Jusdolive09
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, deep burgundy in color, moderate carbonation. Smell is fruity/citrusy, reminds me of lemons and black currant. Taste is out of this world, perfect level of sour and tartness, hints of citrus and berries with a surprising hoppiness at the end. Would buy over and over, absolutely worth $16 for just under 13 oz.

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Photo of grover37
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4 from Nov 2014.

Dark reddish brown with orange highlights. Large ring of big bubbles.

Cherry pie nose. Sharp dark fruits and oak. Funk is prominent but the cherry and plum dominate.

Taste is like a tart Oud Bruin. Stinging acidity hits first with sour cherries and some oak tannin. Other dark fruits through the middle with some malt sweetness. Sweet and sour lingers with a drying sensation.

This is one of the better Oud Bruins I have had to date. Wasnt expecting it to be so squarely in that flavor profile, plus some extra acidity. Well balanced anyway and really well done. Worth seeking out if you are into this style.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not the most funky smelling but the taste is extremely sour with a nice dark fruit sweetness in the finish. An excellent sour beer but wished it had more funk in the smell dept.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - black/plum color, off white head with plum tinge, attractive lacing
A - sour/salty, fig, lime, dark fruit
T - prune or plum, cherry? dried fruits
F - light bodies (not thin), dry, and sour

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark fruits, lacto, cherry, cherry skin, and oak. Very nice depth of flavor. Real sour, but has a mellow, dry finish. A ramped up Flanders Red type of beer. It's good.

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Second bottle of this. Purchased last year while at the brewery over the summer.

A- Deep maroon body from a waxed 375ml into several snifters. A small sheet of foam forms atop the beer but has poor retention eventually dying out completely. No lacing as it looks almost like a wine.

S- Oaky, vinous and acidic; first sniff causes instant cheek puckering. Lactic acid, sharp sour red grapes, wet wood, toasted nuts and dark fruit like raspberry and cherry.

T- Sour with the usual lactic beast mode Crooked Stave terroir. Sour lemony acids, wet woody oak barrel, winey fruit like sour grapes, green apple skin, toasted nuts, cherry and slight musty funk horse basement. Generally wine feeling between the oak and fruity flavors.

MF- Light bodied and comes off a bit thin with a medium carbonation and sour oily slickness. Intensely sour after some time.

Super sour with a great usage of oak, honestly spot on with the woody but balanced notes. My favorite thing about this beer is the medium toasty, amber tones balanced by the oak woodiness and the high sourness.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2014.

Pours dark chestnut with a quickly fading head of beige. A partial skim coat and zero lacing though the glass.

Aromatics lead off with acid-laden red fruit and mild roast. Winey and intense.

Medium bodied with a sharp, puckering mouthfeel.

Rich, ripe fruit with shades of balsamic and wine barrel fill the palate. Bracingly sour and intense.

Finishes with lingering acid, soured fruit, and a mild throat burn.

Tasty, complex, and challenging.

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Photo of Ryno3031
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Felt compelled to review because this is the first sour I've ever enjoyed/finished. I think it's the oak that is very prominent in the nose and taste. Sourness comes through in the finish.

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Photo of Damian
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a 375 ml (12.7 fl oz) bottle purchased at CT Beverage Mart, Newington, CT
11/2014 Batch 4
Served in a tulip

Ruddy, dark crimson mahogany appearance. With an aggressive pour, a foamy, one-finger tall, khaki colored crown topped the liquid. The head dropped fairly quickly to a bubbly cap. Odd shaped patches of lacing trickled all along the glass.

Oaky, vinous notes came through strong in the nose. Very grape-y. A crisp, Belgian yeastiness was apparent. Dry and moderately tart. Sour cherry notes were detectible. There was a slight sweetness as well. Hint of cola and dark fruits. Nice balance of sweet-tart and quite interesting overall.

The flavor profile was much more tart and dry than I was anticipating. Big lactic like sourness up front. Super crisp and tart. Really oaky and dry. Loads of red wine and red wine vinegar. Hefty dose of lemon and rind-like pith. Quite acidic. The beer finished with even more sourness, oaky tannins and acidity.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly thin. Crisp, light and sprightly on the palate. Snappy and dry. Hugely acidic. By the drink's end, I could feel the enamel being stripped from my teeth.

Crooked Stave's Origins reminded me of a cross between a really tart and dry American wild ale and a Flemish red ale. Although I really liked the nose on this, the flavor profile was a bit too sharp for my palate. However, I could see fans of super sour beers going crazy over this.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very solid enjoyable sour. Enjoyable nose with a very standard sour taste but a harsh, somewhat unbalanced finish. Not worth seeking out again but very enjoyable if you run into it.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky dark brown in color with not much light getting through. No head at all. I small tart horse blanket and a hint of oak. Taste is fairly bitter and acidic due to Brett. The oak notes are a slightly woody presence at the front of the palate. The mouth is fairly carbonated, dry, and crisp.

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Photo of Zach136
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Burny amber, no head.

Aroma/Flavor: Dark fruit, cherry cola with moderate acidity on the nose and more on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with red hints. Slightly woody nose with hints of what seems like wine. Big tart taste. As the beer warmed up a bit and coated the glass more, it went from being a good beer to a great beer. If I had another bottle, I’d make sure to swirl it around the glass a few times before drinking.

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Photo of CTpilgrim
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark mahogany with a thin head that quickly disolves almost like a sparkling cider. Lots of sour fruit taste which is outstanding. Can definitely taste the barrel flavor with a red wine type finish. Overall this is a fantastic sour

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Photo of 14erFan
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always enjoy trying a Crooked Stave brew for the first time and this one was an exceptional treat! The burgundy flavor is so perfectly wrapped in the sour. Just fantastic.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

March 26, 2015

375 ml bottle, snifter

A – Deep copper-red, a touch of mahogany and brown, with high clarity. An inch of head, large bubbles mostly, off-white to light tan, with low retention.

S – Lactic acid, sour and tart, and fruit punch aroma is prominent. Some light complementary barnyard, Brett funk, and souring acetic acid, though no impression of vinegar. A slightly viny, vegetal component. Malt might be light chocolate, a bit of toffee, but mostly hidden along with the hops.

T – Lactic acid / lactobacillus, moderately tart and puckering, with high acidity on the finish and aftertaste. Some sweet fruit, again resembling fruit punch, with cherry or grape juice notes. Malt character is very low, some bready-sweet and light chocolate, no discernible hop flavor.

M – Light and thin, with low carbonation. Mild puckering tartness and acidic on the finish. More sweet and sugary, very low bitterness.

O – A pleasant sour, no major flaws, but not particularly remarkable.

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Photo of stakem
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml poured into snifter. The brew appears a dark burnt copper to mahogany color with big bubbly off-white cap.

The smell is fruity alcohol mixed with lemon and a soft oakiness like vanilla. In the back is a noticeable amount of mineral character.

The taste is lemony tart with oak and vanilla. Just like the nose, a noticeable amount of mineral flavoring is present across the finish.

This is light bodied and moderately carbonated. Overall not bad but not that great either. Im really not sure what this mineral thing is that seems common across each the crooked stave beers ive tried recently.

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 4 2014

Pours crimson with a sliver of cream colored head. Sounds lovely. Stays effervescent, alright lacing & head retention

S: Sourness, red grapes, nose falls off quickly, but still nothing to sneeze at

T: Follows the nose, dry, sour. tart all up front. Raspberries, tartness; vinegar notes, red grape skins. Tartness, sourness, oakyness as this warms. Finishes dry, tart & red grapey

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation & acidity, mustiness & dryness

These guys are F..ing expensive, but they make NO duds. These guys deliver

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