Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #186
Ranked #1,882
4.26 | pDev: 6.81%
Jul 18, 2021
Jan 25, 2013
Notes: Burgundy sour ale aged in oak barrels.
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Rated: 4 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 18, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by edthehead from Maryland

Jun 14, 2021
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Reviewed by morimech from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
750ml cork & caged bottle with no date.
Surprisingly dark. It is burgundy in color. A small head forms and quickly settles. Very nice aroma that is vinous, mildly funky, with notes of oak. The flavor is not as good. Unfortunately plagued by a band-aid, medicinal flavor. Moderately tart with real nice vinous flavor. Mild vanilla, oak, and Brett notes. Good body with nice carbonation. Lively without being harsh.
Dec 20, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jul 08, 2020
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Bottle dated 11/2014 - Batch 4

Pours maroon burgundy amber red-brown with a frothy light khaki colored foam head. Smells oaky, tart, fruity, slightly acetic, lambic-esque, a little dark, vinous, with notes of red wine, oak barrel, woody spice, toasty hay, roasty caramel malts, raspberry, dark red fruits, strawberry, plum, cherry, red berries, grapes, barnyardy funk, and dusty floral earthy grassy hops. Tastes sour like acidic red wine, notes of dark cranberry, tart cherry, strawberry, raspberry, plum, grapes, dark red fruit, red wine oak barrel, hint of vinegar, mild chocolate, caramel malts, dark toffee, molasses, toasty hay, woody spice, barnyardy funk, with dusty floral earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, slick with moderate high carbonation. Overall a really nice burgundy sour ale aged in oak barrels.
Jul 04, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by KShophead from Kansas

Feb 29, 2020
Rated: 4.22 by minterro from California

Dec 27, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Dec 13, 2019
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Light brown color.
Aroma with notes of lemon, acetic grapes and oak.
Flavor with notes of lemon, musty oak, wine, controlled funky and aged hops. Dry and acid aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Refreshing and assertive Sour with oak wine notes.
Nov 12, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Nov 11, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Ralphs66 from New York

Jun 20, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Apr 08, 2019
Rated: 4 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Jan 19, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by zbelair from Pennsylvania

Jan 06, 2019
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.88/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Gotta say I was not a fan of this when we drank it at the airbnb place we stayed for the Firestone Walker Invitational 2018. Pours a ruddy brown and dark red, 1/4" off white head on the top. Ain't much in the way of clarity for this beer. Biggest aroma being pushed out of this was red grapes/red wine barrel. Big in that way. Wet American oak. Mild earthy leather counterpart.

The taste was about a 5/10 on the sour scale, but about a 8/10 on the vinegar/acetic acid scale. Wasn't super enjoyable in that regard. Still pounding insides with red wine barrel dominance. Overall this beer just didn't do it for me, seems to be pretty pricey, but you don't get a top tier product out of it despite the huge cash influx to acquire. There are superior beers with red wine impact like this that don't get all vinegar in the taste and mouth feel. Would not recommend.
Dec 26, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Dec 26, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

Dec 25, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Dec 19, 2018
Rated: 4 by Scott17Taylor from Iowa

Sep 07, 2018
Rated: 4 by BarrelAgedG from California

Sep 03, 2018
Rated: 4.41 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Aug 23, 2018
Rated: 4.2 by XicanoBeerRun from Texas

Jul 12, 2018
Rated: 4.32 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

May 13, 2018
Rated: 4.74 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

May 11, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Jamison85 from Indiana

Apr 01, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Mar 24, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Mar 07, 2018
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Reviewed by bump8628 from Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750 ml corked and caged bottle.

Hazy burgundy to brown body. Off-white head that starts super creamy and then fades to a nice sticky lace.

Complex balance of warm toasted maltiness, musty aged oaky flavors, red wine, faint acetic sourness, with some funky brettanomyces nuances and just a trace of roastiness on the finish.

A fantastic sour beer with plenty of complexity to sip and savour but also the balance to keep the drinker coming back. Drinks much “bigger” than the 6.5% abv. A worthy American version of a Flanders red/brown - seems to be a hybrid of those styles.
Jan 26, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Jan 24, 2018
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Currently #26 on the Top 100 Colorado Beers list; I'm excited to try it especially since it's from a beloved brewery in my home state I've been drinking beers from since they were still putting them out at Funkwerks' Taproom.

BOTTLE: Purchased at a beer store in Colorado. 750ml brown glass format with a hood-and-wire cage over a branded cork. Label is classily understated; peach in colour.

"Burgundy sour ale aged in oak barrels." "Ages in large oak foeders, and finally, smaller wine casks." [It's unclear if they actually use virgin oak barrels given their suspicious alternate utilization of the terms 'foeder' and 'barrel']. 6.5% ABV. "Serve at 46-54 F."

HEAD: ~1cm in height. Pale khaki in colour. ~1 minute head retention. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Auburn/copper colour. Nontransparent. Semitranslucent. No yeast/lees are visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique or special in appearance, but certainly appealing for the style.

AROMA: Grape must. Acetic acid. Wine-soaked barrel wood. Brettanomyces funkiness. Red wine vinegar. Obvious bacterial acidity. Faint tart cherry. Berry skin. A scintilla of leather. Bacterial twang.

Malt profile seems neutral, letting the yeast take over and guide the aroma. Lacks any overt hop character.

Aromatic intensity is moderately high. Promises an acidic beer of moderate (~5-7/10) sourness.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Cherries. Berry skin. Acetic acid/red wine vinegar. Leather. Wood. Brettanomyces funkiness (bruxellensis). Bacterial acidity, twang, and sourness (in terms of sourness it's about a 6/10 - not puckering, but certainly obvious).

Has a smacky yet refreshing mouthfeel rife with high acidity. Smooth. Slightly dry. Leathery. Evokes withered fruit skin or rough vine.

Oak isn't vivid in the mix; I get wood but it isn't recognizably oak. Wine tones do surface, but they're not so intense as to eclipse the beer. The wine barrel complements the flavour profile but contributes only mild flavour itself.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, or boozy. A bit undercarbonated perhaps.

OVERALL: A worthwhile American answer to the Belgian sour ales dominating the sour ale category. Though its oak aging (which I assume is just foeders for virgin oak, not barrels as implied by the label description) and wine barrel aging fail to bring as much to the beer as a whole as they ought to and it wants for the microfloral and bacterial nuance of proper spontaneous fermentation, it's a solid beer that's well worth trying and possibly even aging.

I don't know that I'd contend this is one of Crooked Stave's finest beers, but that says more about the ubiquity of quality beers in Crooked Stave's lineup than it does about this beer. Definitely one I'd happily order again - and one that I would were it not for its relatively high price - and a brew I'm proud is from my home state.

It doesn't one up most quality Belgian sour ales nor does it best U.S. favourites from the likes of Russian River, Jolly Pumpkin, Allagash, Lost Abbey, or the like, but it's definitely upper tier fare.

Low B+ (3.76) / VERY GOOD
Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Dec 31, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Griphon from Florida

Dec 18, 2017
Rated: 3.48 by jrfehon33 from Pennsylvania

Dec 02, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts

Nov 13, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by MarshallBirdhouse from Kentucky

Nov 08, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Oct 14, 2017
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours brownish red, good head of foam and lacing. Smells of tart cherries, wood, some malty notes of light toasted bread and caramel, vinous. Sour cherries, acetic acid, vinous, but with a malt kick. Finishes woody and very dry. I am glad that I bought this rather expensive 750ml. ~$30.
Oct 13, 2017
Rated: 3.67 by Benish from Utah

Sep 30, 2017
Rated: 4.42 by golf4collet from West Virginia

Sep 15, 2017
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