Crooked Stave Rainbow

My tasting group got together at “haveuseenmybasement” to taste the rainbow. For a little background information, Crooked Stave started a series of experimental beers a couple years ago called the “Wild Wild Brett” series. This series of beers were made with various fruits or herbs and fermented with brett. The series was completed a couple of months ago and we finally rounded up the whole set.

But first, a little warm up.

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Burnside Brewing Kristal Weisse: Quite good, really haven’t had many beers of this style before. This would have been great during the summer. B+

And now, some New Glarus beers to wrap up our warm up session!

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Time to get serious.

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett Rouge: First nose is straight nail polish remover, but that dissipates almost instantly. What’s left is a huge brett bomb with some fruit-rollup characteristics. Not that great. C+

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett Orange: Much better, but still a brett bomb. I like the orange peel flavor that this beer gets from the tangelos used in the brewing process. B

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett Yellow: Oh wow, this beer is really incredible. The lemony tartness in this beer is really fantastic. A/A+

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett Green: Tastes like an IPA, kind of boring. B

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett Blue: Spruce beer, which tasted very strongly of Christmas tree when I had it when the beer first came out. The spruce flavor has faded a little bit, for the better. B/B+

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett Indigo: Mmmmm blueberries. I really like this beer, but Yellow just crushes it. I do think that this beer is better than Cascade Blueberry though. B+/A-

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett Violet: Oh hell yes. This beer edges out Yellow by a nose. I really love this beer, and will have to greedily trade for more. A+

Now that that’s over, let’s get back to regular drinking.

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De Garde Vin Rougie: A little bit of sulfur on the nose, but it tastes really great. I love the extra bit of punch that this beer has over the regular Rougie. I ended up sending a couple bottles of this beer to friends to spread the love, but I’m grateful I kept a few to myself. A

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Drie Fonteinen Armand ‘4 Winter: Superfunk wut. A+

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