Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Violet"
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Violet"Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Violet"
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American Brett
4.46 | pDev: 6.95%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Violet"Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Violet"
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Photo of homebrew311
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with a shade of red, white head and nice lacing. Nose is Brett forward with a ton of floral (from the violet I assume) character and notes of pomegranate. The esoteric ingredients play nicely together here with notes of funk, tartness and floral qualities. The flavor is similar to the nose with much more fruit character present. Notes of lemon and pomegranate bring on a big citric tartness and are balanced with bretty funk. A hint of white oak and tannic wine character come through at the finish. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and light. Overall, a very nice wild brew from Crooked Stave.

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homebrew311 from Illinois, Nov 10, 2015
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4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful beer that still drinks very well but is most likely not quite what it once was. The brightness of flavors and the distinctness and separation of them - based on earlier reviews - has sort of collapsed. If only CS would remake.

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Kurmaraja from California, Apr 26, 2015
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4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros and Threelions. Bottle 686/1526.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear dark golden hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of loads of brett, lavender, great pomegranate notes, great sour notes. Really really great notes.

T - Taste is loads of brett, lavender, great pomegranate notes, very nice floral notes, great brett and floral. The pomegranate pops big time, light acetone notes that I feel world come out more with age which wouldn't be good necessarily.Really balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, good brett tastes.

O - Overall this beer was delicious, great brett note with awesome floral berry notes. Delicious with the right amount of age.

Serving type: Bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Dec 20, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev -11.7%

Thanks to Bankhead for sharing this one at mrbubbler's tasting.

Batch 8/12.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, fruit, earth, floral, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice floral presence that comes through better in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Sep 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a nice golden color with a white head on top that rapidly fades. The smell of the beer has a good amount of funk on the nose. Subtle fruitiness in there too. The taste of the beer is nicely balanced with funk and some subtle malt. The feel of the beer is medium bodied with a dry finish. Overall this beer is is very good for the style.

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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania, Mar 30, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pour is a hazed golden amber with a bubbly off white head. Nose is light on brett, fairly balanced floral presence, juicy citrus and a nice aroma of leathery Brett and pineapple brett. Taste is much more sour than anticipated, hop presence isn't really there, Brett is much stronger with pineapple and citrus. Floral notes are a touch lighter mid palate. Finish is sour and tart of pomegranate, very dry with strong carbonation and light airy body. Leathery brett lies through the middle and lingers through the finish. Good stuff.

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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania, Feb 05, 2014
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4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a milky yellow color. A flare of carbonation burps up some white foam. Very light lace.

S-Phew! Bretty funk swampiness. The Brett is wild, medicinal and tropical. Along with the zany yeast strain is another layer of funk. The lavender and violet are even noticeable here.

T-The most Brett forward beer have ever had (and it's not even close). The Brett is juicy, funky, medicinal, barny and fruity. It just blows over the palate. Yet, the best part of the flavor is the not so subtle lavender and violet. The duo creeps in after the wild yeast attack and it complements the aforementioned yeast in a surprisingly perfect fashion.

M-Light and dry. The body and carbonation make this drinkable but the concentrated sourness and funkiness make me slow down quick. This is more of a compliment than a criticism.

O/D-Maybe the most aggressively funky beer I have had. I really should try to give up my left nut for a few more in the Wild Wild Brett series because this one slays ass.

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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts, Jan 05, 2014
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4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at Decofest, thanks to Mark for sharing!
Quick review from written notes.

Saturated orange color, compact layer of white foam on the surface, a flurry of spotty lace appears as the glass is swirled.

Fruity aroma, must be the pomegranate, though it seems more like pink grapefruit or guava.

Tart grapefruit taste, mild botanicals in the middle, complex and unique. Juicy feel, crisp with a moderate acidity before finishing dry in the end. Pulpy fruit impression, authentic and very nice.

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emerge077 from Illinois, Sep 22, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 8/12, bottle 69/1526.

Appearance - Very hazy and murky. Pale yellow orange. Small white head with a thin collar.

Smell - Bright citrus. Lemony and bretty. Grapefruity. Very nice.

Taste - Grapefruit sourness. Some berry tartness. Lavender smooths it out very subtly in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Good sourness. Not a crisp beer, but not heavy.

Overall - Very nice sour. Amazing complexity from 100% brett.

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4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 9.2.13
Batch 8/12
Bottle 1072/1526

A - Pours a hazy darker orange with an active off-white head that fades to the edges.

S - Subtle funk, barrel and floral tones.

T - More tart and lavender, nice oaky barrel finish.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - I love this series and it ends on a very high note.

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HuskyinPDX from Washington, Sep 11, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ablackshear for this beer!

750ml bottle with pressure cap; bottle number 149/1526.

poured into Crooker Stave tulip glass.

Appearance:yellowish orange bodied beer that is slightly hazy. 1 full finger of head that slowely drops to an ultra thin cap. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Slightly fruity mostly tropical fruits. This beer has a rather floral and flowery nose. I get a hint of lavender as well.

Taste: Very similiar to the nose. Some tropical fruits with a touch of pomegranite. Mild to moderate tartness. Mild oak, tannins, and funk. Floral notes and mild lavender. The lavender makes the beer taste creamy and slightly "perfumey". As the beer becomes warmer, alot more tartness and dryness builds in the beer...which is really nice.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer is dry, but not too dry. Just right. Wouldnt change a thing with the carbonation levels are near perfect. Crooked Stave does this so very well.

Overall: Overall, I would have liked more pomigranite flavor. This is the first beer that I have drank that has been brewed with pomigranite, so i dont have much to compare it to. I will say that I have tried a few beers with lavender in it and that seems to be an ingredient that can really overwhelm a beer, but that not the case with this beer. A strong point of the beer is the balance of floral flavors, the lavander, and the tart notes of the beer which really makes the beer something that is simple, effortless, and delicious. Crooked Stave wins again!

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4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love their beers so far, really wish I could get more. This one looks crazy! Thanks again to Francois for this.

Rich creamy head, nice lacing, hazy reddish orange color.

Nose lots of fruit, nice pomegranates, nice floral lavender, juicy malt, floral flowery like, bit of farmhouse Brett funk, dry grainy malt, little toasty.

Taste sweet, fruity juicy pomegranate, light floral lavender and flowery flavor, sticky candy like flavours, little farmhouse saison, nice but lighter funky Brett, little bitter, lots of fruit. Finish sticky sweet, more fruit, floral chracters lingering, hint of bitterness and tannins.

Mouth is med bod, nice effervescent carb, little sticky.

Overall very nice, quite complex, tasty, well done. Wis the brett came through a bit more.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Jul 22, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle $15. Bright orange-yellow color, more orange really. Aroma is heavy brett and a very floral quality, must be the lavender, smells good. Flavor is flowery, good brett funk, a hint of sweetness. Overall this was a solid wild ale, its pretty funky from the brett but I didn't feel it was really sour, maybe a slight bit of tartness. Worth the money.

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ArrogantB from Colorado, Jun 24, 2013
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4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Wild Wild Brett Violet (W.W.B.V) from the Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project out of Denver, Colorado.

Score: 97

2013 vintage bottle, number 1082/1526. Served in a Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 06/19/13.

Appearance: Pours a dull pumpkin color lightened by a slightly yellow hue. Pours a thin layer of head that settles to a thick ring around the glass and whisper coating in the center of the ring.

Very good lacing, above average retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Pomegranate mixed with tart and juicy tropical citrus, like a much more mellow L'Brett D'or infused with pomegranate. Floral lavender too, though it is not nearly pronounced as the pomegranate and citrus. Passion fruit and orange, a dash of nondescript vinaigrette. Very inviting! The lavender character increases as it warms up. 4.75/5

Taste: Tons of tart and juicy pomegranate and tropical citrus upfront with a delicious tart pomegranate and lemon-lime finish that is akin to the mouthfeel of drinking lime juice. Much more lime than lemon flavor as the beer layers, warms and opens up. Lavender and a dash of spice in the middle. There's a light amount of complementary lacto and vinegar throughout that give the flavors life and accent without dominating. Like the nose, the lavender grows as this one warms up. Love the complex mix of flavors. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, spot on carbonation. Nice zesty sourness that is juicy on the tongue and slightly drying on the finish. Like drinking very complex lime juice. 4.75/5

Overall: A truly excellent, juicy sour with ample sour kick. Crooked Stave is doing everything right right now.

Cost: $15 for a 750 ml bottle.

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jegross2 from Illinois, Jun 20, 2013
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4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

is this the best beer ive ever had? maybe it is... the last installment in the great wild wild brett series, this one brewed with violets, lavender, and pomegranate, all flavors that I think marry expertly with the brett. it pours a faded pink hued hazy straw color, super bright carbonation and over an inch of white airy head. looks sexy in my globe. the nose to die for, floral from the flowers, obviously, but the impart a lot of summer essence, and the brett gives this beer a real heady tartness that's pushing more sour than wild. soft citrus notes are also present, and the balance and complexity here are as good as it gets. I usually don't love beers with flowers, something about them always comes across like old lady perfume, but this one tastes right on. they are delicate, and I think take a little edge off of the acidic pomegranate juice, as well as blend in well with the interesting brett profile. the grain is light, some pale and wheat malts provide a good stage for the other flavors to shine. this beer to me is everything a wild ale should be, and I could drink it daily. im extremely sorry its not around all the time, and probably wont be made again. it might be my favorite of the series, although the green was also positively divine. this took my by storm, a beer unlike any other ive ever encountered. the reputation of crooked stave was built on this series, and this is an amazingly fitting conclusion to it. perfect carbonation, dry in the finish, lots of tartness, bright as anything, light and easy to drink, subtle alcohol strength, refreshing, just everything you could want in the mouthfeel of this style of beer. I know there will be haters out there, there always is, but this is genre defining for me.

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4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Baron I think? Served in a snifter while watching the Blackhawks off the Red Wings.

A - White foam quickly settles to wisps, a thin collar, and little else. Hazy, slightly turbid, peach juice body.

S - Big tropical funk, some nebulous spices, lavender, tart pomegranate, and increasing lactic acidity as the beer warms up.

T - The taste is a great deal less funky and more sour than the aroma suggests, with a good deal of pomegranate tartness and lemony lactic acidity mingling with oak and perhaps a hint of residual malt character in there. Low sweetness, and only mild musky funk.

M - Smooth, medium body, with pleasant moderate carbonation. Quite dry and tannic, although it's quite off the palate and finishes quite clean.

D - Quite good. It's the best beer in the Wild Wild Brett [Color] series that I've had, and the fruit, spices, and wild yeast all work in harmony with one another. Really drinkable stuff; we crushed the bottle in no time at all. Crooked Stave's offerings keep getting better and better - if I had the money I'd definitely join their club.

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MasterSki from Ontario (Canada), Jun 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I enjoyed this once at the brewery and a second time later in the evening from the bottle. This beer totally depends on your taste preference, but I thought it was the best of the series I enjoyed this day.

Appears a red-orange lava. Just beautiful. Nice sediment in bottle, that quickly falls to the bottom of the glass. Bubbles come and then leave, like nothing ever was there in the first place.

Aroma is the best of the four brews I enjoyed. I could sit and smell this beer all day. The profound pomegranate aroma is knock your socks off. Like smelling POM. Some distant spices. I gave this a five because it brings one thing to the table- the fruit of the brew.

Taste was great. Smooth, yet sour, fruit flavors, dominated by hints of lime, allspice, nuts, and lemon. Had this with some scallops- pretty much perfect.

I am super biased since I was there...and had a couple in me when I tried this the first, and second, time. With that said, I would enjoy this beer many more times. I think the age will strengthen the sour character of the brew greatly.


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bitterbeerguy from Minnesota, May 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brett Ale Fermented w/ Passion Fruit Aged In Oak

Appearance: Arrives the color of peach nectar topped by a small head that leaves a few dots behind

Smell: Passion fruit dominant, with toffee and a touch of balsa wood

Taste: Toffee and passion fruit flavors, up front, with the tartness building after the swallow; balsa wood appears in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: When I lived in Australia many years back, passion fruit was regularly available; I loved its tart sweet character then and this beer captures it now - well done

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Mar 24, 2013
Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Violet" from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 176 ratings