Crooked Stave Colorado Wild Sage

13
Mar
2017

Crooked Stave Colorado Wild Sage

Just Tapped Tasting – Episode 99

  • Brewery: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
  • Beer: Colorado Wild Sage
  • Style: Brett Saison / Sour
  • ABV: 7.2%
  • Location: Denver / Ft Collins, CO

Geographic Relation

Out west.

Brewery History

Crooked Stave Artisans is a brewery focused on Belgian sour beers with a cult-like following in Denver and beyond. Launched in 2011 in Fort Collins, the company’s wine-forward, barrel-aged beers were first brewed onsite at Funkwerks. A year later, Crooked Stave relocated to its barrel-house in Denver and brewed at nearby Prost Brewing. Finally, Crooked Stave will have a real home to brew at The Source in a 20-barrel brewhouse. (thesourcedenver.com)

Crooked Stave Colorado Wild SageTasting Notes

Vielle (old) Barrel-Aged Saison with Fresh Cuttings of Colorado Wild Sage (Beermenus)

 

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Crooked Stave Colorado Wild Sage – Just Tapped Tasting – Episode 99

What’s up?  Brian Fisher and welcome to Episode #99 of Just Tap Tasting, the show here at The Wilky where we’re tasting beers that we just tapped.

Today we got one from out west.  It’s from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project.  I think that’s the rest of that one.  We’ve talked about this on the show.  It’s hard to keep track of it all, so many breweries and they all want to be fancy to be with their name. I get it, I get it.  It’s fun to be fancy.  But yeah, I think the Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project.

Crooked Stave Colorado Wild Sage nonetheless, as far as I know, a sour-focused barrel-aged, barrel aging, barrel works kind of brewery.  They started back in 2011.  They opened their brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado which is home to the big and burley New Belgium Brewery, I believe.  They started and I think a year after they opened, they moved to a facility in Denver, Colorado where they reside, maybe in both places.

If you do know, if you’ve been to either, jump in the comments below and let me know.  I want to know if Crooked Stave is in both Fort Collins and Denver or just Denver.  But Denver, for sure as far as I can tell.

This beer is the Crooked Stave Colorado Wild Sage.  It’s a  Brett Saison, so a wild yeast fermented Saison, Belgian style if you will, that is then dozed with a whole bunch of fresh cut Colorado wild sage.  So, lots of herbal expected here.

Color-wise, yellow.  We’ll just going to keep it simple. This beer is yellow.  I mean, look at that.

Let’s go to the nose. This is more exciting than yellow.  A lot of lemony herb, like Meyer lemon, that fancy lemon.  We’re talking about fancy stuff in the show here, fancy names, fancy smells.  It’s getting fancy, real fancy.  But lemony herb, lemony grass.  There might be lemon grass in this beer, that’s what that is.  A lemony herb, lemon grass kind of fits the bill for that.  Definitely grassy herbal nose with the hint of citrus, maybe because there’s lemon grass in here.  I don’t know.  Do you know?  How about you?  Do you know?

Let’s give it a taste.  6.8% which is creeping up a little bit, I think, for a Saison, just a little bit.  The idea of lemon grass kind of changes the game so much.  You get a little tart, acidity from the yeast but – not tart acidy but I’m saying you get a little funky weirdness from the yeast but it is just dominated by this herbal quality.

I’ve had sage.  My experience with sage when you have it rubbed over rotisserie chicken, that’s my depth of understanding of sage.  This sage here is totally different.  I guess when it’s fresh cut, when it’s wild and when it’s common in Colorado, it’s different.  It’s pungent and pronounced.  There’s a lot of herbal notes on this beer.  It’s just very intriguing.  It’s one of those beers that you want to keep drinking just to understand it, like understand, “What is going on there?”

Crooked Stave Colorado Wild Sage is very interesting, every interesting beer. I think you just come in and have one.

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Crooked Stave Colorado Wild Sage