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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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Violet"Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Violet"

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brentk56 on 03-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 176 |  Reviews: 18
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.94/5  rDev -11.3%

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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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
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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4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.45/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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