Origins | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Burgundy sour ale aged in oak barrels.

Added by Mebuzzard on 01-25-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,568
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
610
pDev:
6.81%
 
 
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103
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140
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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHopsman
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jamison85
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duncian
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bump8628
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.

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4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
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

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bitterbill
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.

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Photo of Benish
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SDRedDevil
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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