Amager / Crooked Stave Chad, King of The Wild Yeasts

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


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RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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GoddamnNoise (204) - Pontevedra, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2017
50 cl. bottle @ Home.
Aroma: quite intense and different aromas of yeast, spices, maybe white grapes, sour grapes, sour wine. Hints of malts in the background and some floral overtones. The white grapes aroma is the more noticeable.
Appearance: light yellow straw color with low to medium hazyness. Perfectly white head, very creamy, with extremely high thickness and extremely high retention and medium to high Brussels' lacing.
Taste: low sweetness, low bitterness, low to medium sourness. Flavors are very different, with white grapes, white wine, sour white wine, citrus. Hints of malts, spices. Very well balanced, the sour flavors are the more noticeable but all the sweetness, bitterness and sourness are very well blended.
Palate: low to medium body, watery to oily texture, low to medium carbonation, very long dry finish with low bitterness and low to medium sourness and flavors of white grapes, sour white wine, sour white grapes, spices, citrus and floral overtones. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.
Overall: aromas are quite different and a little bit weird, but pleasant. Appearance is good. Flavors are very different too, but not unpleasant at all, grapes, sour white wine, white wine, spices, citrus, floral nuances. Very well balanced, the sourness is not harsh nor overwhelming. I think a bit more of body would improve this beer, but overall is a good one. The wild yeast is so dominant that it doesn't let the hops to be noticeable. Very complex.

tderoeck (10343) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2017
8/IX/17 - 50cl bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte), shared @ home with Alengrin - BB: XI/2018 (2017-1484)

Clear blonde to light orange beer, big creamy irregular white head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: very dirty, urinals, very funky, bit of artificial brett. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: very funky, very bitter, slightly fruity, unpleasant bitterness, pretty soapy, weird. Aftertaste: artificial brett, urinals, very unpleasant, dry finish. Definitely not my stile of beer...

Icedwarf (1851) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2017
Lichtgeel bier met schuim, wat uit de fles omhoog spuit. Smaak is bitter hoppig, licht zuur en fruitig met iets van gember en kardemon. Aparte niet onaardige smaak.

CanCrusher (1155) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - OCT 29, 2017
Bottle 0,50L. Hazy yellow color with small, frothy, white head. Strong funky aroma, wild yeasts, horse blanket, barnyard. They put a lot of aromatic hops in this beer, but I can't find much of it in aroma. Taste starts light bitter with a lot of horse blanket and finishes moderate bitter. Wild yeasts are overhelming and spoil this beer a bit, imo. I felt like drinking an ale in a barnyard full of horses (shit)...

kajser27 (2065) - 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)

josanguapo (1979) - 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

pitch992 (238) - 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.

MatChar (97) - 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.

Marko (6183) - 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...

Alengrin (5788) - 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.

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