GarrettB (1599) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2017
December 30th, 2014 - The last Crooked Stave on the menu tonight is the Vieille with Cranberry and Spice, and a flavor that promises to be nice. Out of the glass the beer pours a heavy, maroon red, round and opaque like a billiard ball. From this I catch a very heavy herbal aroma, bulging with anise and a moderate dose of licorice and cranberry, though beyond that the scent is a little tricky to glean. The taste is much tangier than the nose hints, introducing cranberry and sour apple, with a long, echoing aftertaste. There’s a shadow of yeast and rosemary too, which I enjoy, and give the brew some multidimensionality. It’s calmer and less acerbic than the other Crooked Stave beers, but finds refinement in its relative calm. luttonm (6273) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. Rainy night tasting. Thanks Andrew. Thin white foam, hazy rose-hibiscus lemonade body. Interesting funk and hibiscus nose. Thin fuzz, oaky funk. Intriguing soft fruits, cranberry and peppery spice. Pretty nice. Red grapefruit impression, with smooth vanilla oak. SinH4 (4794) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2017
Bottle, thanks andrewje41! Hazy pinkish color with small white head. Aroma is cranberries, candy funk, some spice. Taste is cranberries, some spices again. Medium carbonation, rather light mouthfeel. Not bad, a bit too light and too candy-funky maybe. Korcz (3390) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 15, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Svartvit (574) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2016
2014 Bottle at home. Pours a lovely red/amber with a small white head. Aroma has cranberry, lemon peel, funk, hibiscus, brett, oak, cinnamon, floral notes, caramel, a bit of a lactic touch. Age has mellowed this out beautifully. Spices could have been more pronounced and I also was expecting more of a sour finish and funk from CS but this is lovely. Medium sweet, light sour with a dry finish. Medium body, low carbonation. It’s drinking amazing.
Alengrin (5369) - BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2016
New generation farmhouse ale by this eminent producer of such beers, barrel aged and with added cranberries, cinnamon, hibiscus and nutmeg. Vintage bottle of almost exactly two years old. Irregularly structured, moussy, bubbly, off-white head quickly reduced to a firm rim around the edge and some thin, small patches of foam in the middle, over a misty, amberish orange beer with bright salmon pinkish hue. Strong, spicy bouquet of indeed a lot of hibiscus and nutmeg but well matched against each other, cranberry sauce, red raspberries, stale sweat, fruit yoghurt, soap, vanilla, rhubarb, tulips, orchids, old sherry, cinnamon rolls, blood orange, old Camembert cheese, green tomato, some wet wood but subtly so, lime juice, watermelon, barnyard, goat cheese, chalk, dry rosé wine. Crisp, lively onset, lots of berry-like tartness, even puckering lemony acidity drying the rest of the palate, cranberries apparent but also redcurrant, crabapple and raw rhubarb, with a sweetish core; softer, yoghurty lactic tartness ensues, over a bready, bit soapy and lightly grainy middle phase, leading towards a dry, lipsmacking sour ending in which the fruit is brought to full glory, alongside a kind of green tomato flavor, something chalky, a hint of wet wood and the expected spiciness, nutmeg and dry cinnamon lingering after swallowing and very floral, spicy-sweet hibiscus rising up retronasally. I don’t usually like overspiced beers but this is a pleasant, enjoyable one, nicely dry and full of red berries, with the nutmeg and hibiscus adding nice detail. The cinnamon could have been more pronounced to my taste, but that is just a matter of choice by the brewer. As for style: apparently a lot of these new farmhouse ale brewers seem to think that saison should be sour, but this is hardly ever the case in traditional examples; this is a modern style sour ale much more than anything else. Interesting beer, like most of Crooked Stave’s creations. back (2158) - Holstebro, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2016
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@home mariuspoenari (2692) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2016
Bottle shared. Semi-hazy dark amber with a thin pink head. Notes of hibiscus, resin, cranberries, farmhouse funk. Medium body and carbonation and a funky lightly sour finish. Erasmus_ro (2945) - Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2016
Bottle, #h-J16, 24/06/16, thanks bluus. Pours a reddish orange, with a diminishingly small, off-white head. Aroma is ginger, cardamom, clove, slight cranberry. Taste is a tad thing, slightly sour. Spicy: Clove, cardamom, cranberry. Cranberry gets stronger in the aftertaste. Tad thin, low carbonation. kevinator (2205) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Definitely not my favorite by CS but this gets high marks for a well-done beer. Strong cranberry and spice aroma. Pretty dark wine color with a small head. Weighty and smooth. Tart and berry with a hint of grain and spice.