Crooked Stave Brewery and Taproom
from United States (Colorado)
Highest RatedBlueberry Origins (78 / 100) Average score74 / 100 (Very Good)
Lowest RatedSt. Bretta (Summer) (70 / 100) Number Tried2
Blueberry Origins
Reviewed by Jez on 02.01.18 on tap
Overall:
78 / 100
(Excellent)
Tried on tap at Crooked Stave's Taproom in Denver. It's a "Burgundy sour ale aged in oak barrels with blueberries".

Pours a purplish, dark red hued base colour of brown, with a fine ring of beige. Carbonation is swift but fine. Body is light. No lacing, but I really like the colour, so it gets a pass from me.

Nose is intensely sour, with acetic notes coming through and accentuating the barrel character. But it also has a ketchuppy sweetness to it. Blueberry is noticeable but mostly for its sweet notes. The sourness is tart, lactic and sharp. It's nice.

Taste is sharp,but light on the front, with a smooth, mild fruit entry. Back is way more acidic, biting with tartness and citric acid. But by this stage, there's also loads of barrel to smooth things out as well.This allows the blueberry to come through: smooth and distinguished.

Feel is biting—for a sour, it's properly sharp and cutting.

This is a lovely beer done right. The acid is strong, but the beer never feels unbalanced.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | drinkability: 4.0
St. Bretta (Summer)
Reviewed by Jez on 10.04.14 in bottle
Overall:
70 / 100
(Very Good)
100% Brett Witbier. The summer edition has an addition of blood oranges. Tried at Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà in Rome. 375ml brown bottle.

Pours a clear golden colour without the yeast. With it (and I did add it after checking the clarity), it's a pale straw-yellow with a frothy fine head of white. This persists only as a sudsy ring and some messy lace. Body is light and limpid. Carbonation is fine but racing fast through the glass. Looks good.

Nose is Brett all the way. Barnyard, sharp and crisp with a hint of frenetic wildness—plenty of funk, no acidity. Some coriander and spice comes through a little, but the Brett is master of this beer, ruling powerfully: it kills almost everything else.

Taste is similar. Very Bretty right from the start, leaving the beer dry and sharp, but pretty intense. Apple cider dryness desiccates the mid-palate leaving some clinging iodine mineral characters on the back. It's clean in some strange way, despite all the earthiness, and it certainly has complexity to it.

Feel is pretty light. It's suitable.

It's pretty drinkable, even if there's not much to it beyond the Brett-bomb. I love the funkiness, but some additional spice or body or anything would add a little balance and counter-intuitively, make a more intense beer experience.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | drinkability: 4.0