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Amager / Crooked Stave Chad, King of The Wild Yeasts

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Brewed by Amager Bryghus
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Kastrup, Denmark
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
After long years of the beer community discussing hops to exhaustion, yeast is finally getting a glimpse of the spotlight following what seemed to be a lengthy Batman-like existence: outcast, living in the shadows, not getting enough credit for his work. However, the importance of fermentation is no news to Chad from Crooked Stave, a.k.a. the king of Hipsters, who has been fondling with various fermenting agents for longer than most people have been drinking. So it was that on a beautiful – yet excruciatingly hungover – Wednesday Mr Yakobsen came to Amager to bombard us simpletons with his knowledge on all things yeasty, and especially, bretty. Due to stubbornness from our end, we still insisted the brew carried a motherf#[email protected] of hops, despite intents of a brett forward beer. The answer to what ingredient won the battle lies within this bottle. But in our opinion, we are all winners.

Indholdet af flasken svarer til 1,6 genstande
Nydes ved 6-10°C
Øltype: Farmhouse Pale Ale
Ingredienser: Vand. Bygmalt: Pilsner, Carapils. Havremalt: Flaked oats. Humle: Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, Amarillo. Gær: Brett CMY

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3.5
kajser27 (1959) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 15, 2017
Hazy, yellow-golden colored, medium white frothy head, nice lacing and long lasting. Aroma is of some pale malt, loads of funky notes, from horse blanket to sewer, fruity, spicy yeasty. Taste is medium sweet malt, again lots of funky Bretty notes, horse blanket, less sewer in taste, some hay, fruity, medium to strong spicy bitterness, yeasty, dry dry finish. Medium bodied, average+ carbonation, oily. (bottle, Hoppiness, Koper)

3.7
josanguapo (1860) - SPAIN - OCT 6, 2017
From Cervezalandia. In Teku glass. Watching Stranger Things 1x01-02. Tart, with citric notes and a zesty bitterness. Although the tartness isnt low, it provides a general sensation of balance

3.7
pitch992 (230) - SLOVENIA - OCT 6, 2017
Aroma: citrus, tart, piss, funk, fruity, vanilla. Appearance: somewhat clear, blonde to orange, white head, good retention. Taste: similar to aroma, clean, dry, smooth, tart, well balanced. Palate: low to medium body, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light to medium body. slick feel, fizzy, long finish, tart. Overall, interesting, well balanced, however the "piss" notes in the aroma are a bit too strong in this bottle.

3.8
MatChar (90) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2017
Tap. Appearance: strait clear blonde, white head ends up in thin laces, subtle effervescence with medium carbonation. Smell: slight Brett funkiness, white grapes. Taste: notes of lemon, white grapes and oak, reasonable esters and slight phenols from yeasts, hops provide juiciness but are in the background of saison and Brett yeasts, medium body, low sweetness, a bit tart and pretty dry (perhaps a bit too much), ABV comes forward and drinkability is hence lowered. Overall: high quality offering despite rather odd aromatic profile and disappointing feel, still enjoyable due to complexity.

3.6
Marko (5930) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 25, 2017
Huh, admittedly, this is a dregs rate, and I'll look to rerate ASAP. Yellow-golden body. Lovely aroma, really, brett, citrus, lemongrass, light cherries even. Whoa. Taste... spicy, very spicy, phenolic, but light too, somewhat flat, more lemongrass and cinnamon. Interesting bitterness. Huh, as wonderful as the aroma is, the body/taste combo wasn't, but I'm still upping the grades, as, again, I got the last bit...

3.8
Alengrin (5629) - BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2017 Collab of Amager and Crooked Stave, thanks tderoeck for sharing. Bretted APA - a concept ever more common these days and, if well executed, one of my favorite craft beer 'styles'. Thick, frothy, egg-white, lacing, more or less stable head over a misty orangey golden blonde beer. Aroma of Bretty hay and wet leather, fermenting plums, unripe banana, wet old bread, pistaccio nuts, redcurrant, grapefruit, mandarin peel. Very fruity, estery onset, green banana sweetishness but only very restrainedly so, gooseberry sourishness (very soft), spicy notes, fizzy carbonation, smooth cereally and pleasantly bready malt sweetishness dried out by the Brett effect which is already quite outspoken here, releasing hayish, leathery and 'horseblanket'-like aroma retronasally - blending in with the American, citrussy hoppiness, which rounds things off with a confident, long-lasting, peppery bitterness further accentuating the dryness. Lovely 'parcours' of flavours and doubtlessly a beer that undergoes an interesting evolution in flavour with some cellaring on it - but I did not expect a collab of these two craft brewers to be anything less than very good. Not far removed from the new wave of Belgian wild ales which combine outspoken hoppiness with a dry and funky Brett character - and all of these beers are quite clearly in debt to Orval, but that is another story.

3.5
k0mpsa (3041) - Tuusula, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2017
Bottle at mallaskukko, turku. Hazy light yellow color, white head. Aroma has farmhouse notes, some sour, some citrus notes. Dry citrus and farmhouse notes, some malts on the back, some sour notes.

3.4
djd07 (15341) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2017
On tap at Argosy. Pours a cloudy gold with large frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is funk, brett, oak, grape. Medium body, dry, brett, vinous, grape, funk, good.

3.9
sebletitje (10282) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2017
Bouteille 50cl, batch#1461, BB 11/2018. Dorée claire, col blanc épais. Arôme au bouquet plaisant de brett et de suite la signature de Crooked Stave, rétro de grains mettant des notes d’avoine, léger ajout agrumes voire de menthe et pointe herbacée, le tout est cependant dominé par les effluves de brett par rapport aux houblons annoncés. Palais est axé sur le brett sans être surfait avec un effet wild funk, le tout sur une sécheresse marquée. Épaisseur en bouche rehaussée par l’avoine, agrumes sur notes tropicales plus raisin blanc et effet de cave et toile. grinçant aux dents.

3.3
coachd (899) - Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2017
Smells primarily of brett, funk and light citrus. Very light orange color with a pale white head. Taste has way more hops than the aroma would indicate. A light amount of brett balances this out but taste wise, this is more of an IPA than a sour. Light palate, tinge of carbonation at the end. This was ok, glad I didn’t pay too much for it.


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