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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:
20.24%
 
 
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 546
Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle batch 2 $11.99. Burgundy color with a decent head at first. Looks just fine. Aroma is pretty nice, oak, wood, vinegar (in a good way of course). The flavor is not as good as the aroma, slightly sour, touch of barrel, slightest hint of a milkiness. Overall this is a fine enough beer but at this price point I expect a lot more. When I pay $11-$14 for a Russian River beer I am wowed just about every time despite having had the beer before multiple times. This didn't move me and for $12 it really should. The hardest part for me us that WWBV and WWBI did wow me and they cost less money.

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

From a 375 ml bottle (Batch #2, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a quick-to-fade off-white head of roughly one-finger. The brew is dark, dark, purple-hued brown. It is nearly opaque. No lacing.

S-The smell of this batch is very vinous, with lots of juicy red grape notes, a hint of tart green apple, mild acidic tartness, and a healthy dose of tannic oakiness. It smells strangely juicy (grape juice) and dry (oak) at the same time. Very light funk on this bottle (my notes from an early bottle reflect a bit more funk than tonight's bottle)

T-The taste is more tart than the smell...verging on outright sour. There is still red-wine grape and tart apple, but acidity is more pronounced and I get more sour cherry on the palate. The oak really comes out as the brew warms above 50 degrees. Whereas the first hit to the palate is lightly juicy, it becomes quite drying after a few sips.

M-The feel is medium in body with a bit of assertive, chunky carbonation. It is highly carbonated for a Crooked Stave beer.

O-This is a solid, but not mind-blowing, brew. If you like your beers oaky, this is a good choice. My notes from tasting the first batch (in April 2013) reflect similar feelings to my review of tonight's batch, i.e., it is a good sour, but a bit rough around the edges. The strong oaky, vinous character made for a nice pairing with the roast chicken I had for dinner...sort of a beer version of coq au vin, I guess. Maybe a little time in the bottle with smooth things out?

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

on-tap @ falling rock

Nice burgundy body - light beige film. Strong aromas of tart cherry, oak, and vinegar. Leather, wood, cherry, brown sugar, vinous red wine notes from the burgundy barrels. Another really impressive crooked stave beer - batting 1.000 at the moment for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap for Beachwood Sour Fest at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, fruit, vinegar, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer great sour flavors but the smell is slightly better in my opinion.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a dark burnt sienna color. Some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- A nice oaky acidic vinegared profile with subtle dryness and leathery fruits.

(T)- A very nice combination of dry stony leathery fruits meets a lovely balance of oaky acidity.

(M)- A great carbonation level meets a lovely balance of dry fruits and oaky acidity. The dry finish is quite pleasant.

(O)- Very impressed with this one. An expertly blended and balanced sour that could honestly go up with some of the classics in the flanders style and have nothing to be shy about.

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

Bottle opened on 7.8.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head with good retention.

S - Tart, lots of oak, dark fruit, leather.

T - Tart dark fruits, earthy, leather, oak.

D - Good carbonation, silky medium body.

O - A touch of tartness over some earthy dark fruits and leather.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small bottle capped and waxed

Thanks to Mitch from Colo. for sending this one along.

Allowed to wrm up for about 30 mins and poured into a tulip.

Pours a rich shade of darker brown, dark tan head on the looser side, stays around for a short spell. Leaves some slippery thicker webs of lacing.

Lactic sourness on the nose, with some cherry and red wine flourishes.

Moderate pucker, funk, more cherry, and light smoky red wine notes.

Nice sour/wild. Complex sipper.

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

Thanks trxxpaxxs for sharing this bottle

The beer pours a dark brown with flecks of ruby in the light and a thin tan head. The nose is potent and distinct - slightly molassesy with some acetone and funk. The taste is definitely a fully torqued sour with great acetone fruity ester sweetness. The mouthfeel is a light medium bodied, semi-dry, with a sour lingering aftertaste, but not as drinkable as I'd hoped for. This beer met my expectations for a crooked stave sour and was a tad different than many other sours.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is hazy and light brown with a small head. The aroma brings oak, sour tones, barrels. Smells nice tastes nice. Like a Flanders oud bruin. The amber base is a nice change of pace. A bit of cherry with moderate sourness and pleasant barrel character. Acetic finish with some lip smacking goodness. Crooked Stave is churning out some tasty stuff these days. Recommended.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a reddish brown color with a scattered lacing and retention. The smell of the beer is a bit funky on the nose, hits of cherry on the nose as well. The taste of the beer is slightly sour, some natural wood flavors with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice carbonation. Overall is a good brew, not super impressed but really nice to try.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The brownish colored liquid with ruby highlights arrives capped by a modest head that leaves a streak or two behind

Smell: Sour grape elements with oak in the background

Taste: Grape flavors, up front, with a growing sour lacto character that brings a cherry aspect into the picture; after the swallow, there is a dry but acetic finish that adds an oaky element

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a nice pucker

Overall: The beer brings a nice blend of wine elements from the Burgundy barrel; the barrel treatment is subtle but very good

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Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at the Crooked Stave tap room. Appearance is a dark burgundy (imagine that!) with razor thin head and spotty lacing. Nose features deliciously tart notes of balsamic vinegar and oak with light waves of cherry and vanilla. Taste is very tart on the tip of the tongue and is followed by delicate fruity notes, rounded out by vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel is moderate with somewhat low carbonation. Overall, another delightful sour from Crooked Stave.

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Photo of Tuckersmth
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lucked out with new tasting room schedule and visited on Sunday. guy working there was super friendly and really knew his stuff. He ended up giving us a tour to show us the new mega sized wine barrels they bought from wineries in NorCal. He also gave me some great recommendations for taprooms in Denver. Makes me wish I lived in Denver so I could join their club.

Now to the beer. I am a huge fan of Sours and the Burgundy Sour was impressive. Best Sour I have ever had outside of the Russian River collection. I have high expectations of this brewery as they expand operations. Hopefully this means more distribution towards the Pacific.

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Photo of Doodler
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Crooked Stave. Poured a beautiful ruby color with small white head in to a CS snifter.

Nose is light with dark fruit notes and vinous aromas as it warms. It has light fruited flavors of strawberry, cherry and zin fruit grapes, along with some oakiness on the finish. Mouthfeel is soft and sessionable. for a wild ale / sour...

This was very balanced and light on the sour characteristic I expected would grab me. Could drink dangerous amounts of this. =)

The CS gang told me it was aged for 12 to 18 months on wood and made from a blend of batches Chad had been saving for this project.

Also told it will likely be bottled - so get some. Good stuff.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A blend of sorts of their burgundy aged beers.

Pours a rich chestnut with 1 finger off tan head. Kind of bright

Aroma is all over the place. Rosy, caramel, nut, fig, cranberry, some red grapes...spice

Flavor goes from a sharp quick acidic fruitiness in the front to a warm, caramel popcorn sweetness in the back. In between are fruit, florals, and spices. Listed as one of their sour beers, it is more so than, say, the Saison, but not a mouth puckerer. Very nice

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