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Crooked Stave WIld Wild Brett Yellow (WWBY)

Formerly brewed at Crooked Stave
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Denver, Colorado USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Wild Wild Brett is a series of R&D beers created to showcase the versatility of Brettanomyces, a yeast found naturally all over the world. Historically considered ”wild yeast”, Brett is responsible for 100% of the fermentation in the bottle you hold. This third installment of the series which incorporates honey, turmeric, mango and spices was inspired by the savory sweet combinations found in Southern Indian cuisine. Yellow pours a golden hue delivering tropical fruit aromas mixed with a medley of spice, earthy citrus flavors and a dry tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Bottle 124 of 1148, Batch date 12/2011
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass produces an almost three finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a pale amber hue that shows a hazed, dark straw-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma is quite aromatic, with lots of spiciness; notes of rosemary, woody pepper, funky citrus, lemon grass even, lots of earthy spice notes (likely the turmeric, some cardamom like notes, and perhaps a hint of clean coriander).

Quite dry tasting, and with quite a bit of tartness. The beer is quite light, effervescent, and not even watery. The spiciness is quite a bit reduced in the flavor, but still deeply perfumes the flavors with an earthy spiciness, a woody rosemary like note, cardamom, white pepper, and a touch of citrus zest that gets wrapped up in the nice tartness that this beer has. The malt character is almost completely overwhelmed by the spice character, but it does have a touch of cracker like grain character, as well as some hay like notes. The funkiness, in the Brett sense, is quite restrained, it accentuates the earthy notes, it is of course mostly tart, it is definitely a bit musty, and there is a hint of musky / pure funk character.

The beer is quite nice, I really like how light bodied and quaffable this is. The spices are definitely the dominant note here, but it still works quite well and it manages to not overwhelm the palate despite being the most noticeable character in this beer. While I am sure that the mango contributes to this beer (there is a mild, general fruitiness, and it likely contributes to the funkiness that is here), the beer definitely does not taste mango like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2012
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of vanilla, mango, herbs, citrus, turmeric, and leather. Flavor of citrus, mango, brett, coriander, turmeric, honey, yeast, and grass with a dry, wood finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcnielsen (2771) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing. Pours a cloudy golden color with white head. Spicy, honey aroma. Tart, fruity, mango flavors. Very tasty Crooked Stave beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1228) - New York, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle, thanks to arminjewell, 08/30/2012. Cloudy apricot pour, thin fluffy white head, fine curtain lacing. Aroma hits immediately with tumeric, coriander, followed by juicy mango, other tropical citrus notes, brett with light grains. Taste is tart, mango pulp, tangerine and lemon, subtle honey sweetness with spices greatly muted compared to the nose, coming out in the dry finish, touch of brett. Very interesting, unique for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (5619) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012
This poured a darker yellow color with a white head. Aroma was grain, lemon peel, sour clementines, and light spices notes. Flavor was lightly fruity, fairly tart, more than expected from a brett beer, brett notes, and some lemon acidity. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Tap at Rackhouse - hazy yellow pour - tangy aroma, with a lot of lemony Brett notes, a bit of spice and quite a bit of mango, which somewhat compliments the mildly musky Brett notes - flavor is quite light - moderately tart, quite a bit of lemon which is accompanied by very light tropical Brett notes - a slight touch of acetic acidity in the back, followed by a somewhat dull, earthy yeastiness - not bad, but kind of thin - reminds me of a watered down Cuvee de Castleton.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20474) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. Has a fruity slightly earthy bretty aroma. Fruity sour tart bretty flavor. Has a fruity malty sour tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Pours a hazed golden straw color with a white head. A really interesting aroma. Tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango, lots of citrus, and a tart lactic note. There is an interesting tea-like aroma, menthol, and tumeric as well. The flavor is grassy and mildly herbal. Tumeric is present, plenty of mango and lemon, and a light tartness. A bit of ginger flavor, almost no malt character, and a dry finish. Sort of all over the place, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (5928) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle sampled at Muckfest III. Hazy yellow pour with a medium white head. Malty aroma with notes of herbs and tropical fruit. Malt and tartness in the flavor with some herbal character before a tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (37030) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2012
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is spiced, peppery, phenolic and light cheesy. Citric, tart and light spiced. Dry, citric and tart fruity finish.

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