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Crooked Stave Pure Guava Petite Sour - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Crooked Stave Pure Guava Petite SourCrooked Stave Pure Guava Petite Sour

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 22.03%
Wants: 51
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pkeigs on 08-02-2011)
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Reviews by SuperWhite92:
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3.93/5  rDev +13.9%

This beer has come a _long_ way since I first tried it at some of the brew festivals earlier this year. Here's my latest impression

Pours well- great carbonation, lasting head. No complaints in the appearance department. Smell, however, is a different story. At this point in time, there's definitely still a very obvious bretty diaper smell to the beer (although it has very significantly subsided from a few months back). Huge turn off, but I discovered that the more you swirl the glass, the more it smells like it should. I imagine this will fade with time, and I sure hope so, because this is what's ruining an otherwise stellar beer for me. The flavor has barely any of the trashy smell in it- it's far more impressive without a doubt. Very tropical fruit flavors come out with only a trace of the leathery brett character. Definite oak presence as well. Very tart, and somewhat dry, but not overly so.

08-02-2011 17:10:55 | More by SuperWhite92
More User Reviews:
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3/5  rDev -13%

750ml bottle, batch 8/11, bottle 1278/1765. The bottle is a big gusher. It pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a big fizzy white head that retains fairly well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is overripe fruit, baby vomit and blue cheese.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruits and some brett with a dry champagne finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of sharp carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer. It's getting better each time I try it. The first time it was very young and there were overbearing vomit notes in the nose and taste. Now, it tastes good, but there's still some vomit in the nose (but much less).

09-13-2011 04:22:01 | More by Beaver13
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

09-03-2012 08:24:11 | More by standardcherry
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New York

1/5  rDev -71%

01-06-2013 05:51:13 | More by dogfishandi
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

11-15-2011 03:23:20 | More by boatshoes
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Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +11.9%

Bottle from JMBSH, from 1.5 years ago. It seems from comments people had some bad luck storing this beer, or receiving bottles not properly sealed. I had none of that. While we got some initial nail polish aroma,, I found the yeast aroma to be fine. A nice sour, great carbonation with honeydew, cucumber, lime, fruity kiwi. A very tasty sour finish. Enormous bubbly creamy head.

01-25-2013 14:16:39 | More by Sammy
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

2.63/5  rDev -23.8%

750ml capped bottle poured into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger fluffy white head with great retention. Beer is a clear light bronze. Lacing is patchy and thick but with very little cling. An attractive looking beer.

Nose is robustly tart and prickly guava. Aromatic and fruity but missing the funk aspect almost completely. Sweet too. Decent but not really to style.

Opens metallic and tart. Some rusty pipewater sourness towards the middle complete with a touch of bitterness. End is some guave fruitiness with a more metallic notes on the finish. Aftertaste is foamy. Awkward.

Light bodied and amply carbonated. Prickly and spritzy in the mouth and foamy going down. Finish is filmy with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Decent but not dry enough. Slightly too carbonated also.

A decent looking beer with a solid nose and average feel. However, what matters in the end is that the sourness here taste like rusty metal and dirty pipewater. Pass on this one.

10-28-2011 00:52:01 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Pure Guava pours a cloudy orange color with a quickly dissipating head of small white bubbles.

When this beer is poured cold there is a faint smell of vomit which comes from the use of butyric acid. For those of you who attended Avery Sour Ale Festival, this was the “vomit beer.” It is astonishing how much this beer has grown and developed since then. As the beer warms, the vomit smell abates and gives way to tropical fruits; guava, apricot, pear, Brettanomyces funk, some sour, oak, and hay. Also, a little swirl really helps the aroma.

Flavor starts with guava, grapefruit, apricot, barnyard funk and an ever so pleasant, not overpowering tart sourness.

It is medium bodied and stays true to its’ ABV: it is a light, refreshing, sessionable sour.

Overall, Chad Yakobsen is killing it. Any Crooked Stave you see, buy it.

11-06-2011 19:49:22 | More by kkrez
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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

06-21-2012 16:50:22 | More by hiphopj5
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

12-17-2011 17:15:45 | More by GRG1313
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4.1/5  rDev +18.8%

Served in a tulip, thanks Mark for sharing this one!

Hazy saturated orange gold, rising carb trails, a little bit of sticky lacing around the edges.

Earthy fruity guava aroma, some moderate acidity and a light dusty sweetness. Complex, fruity, fresh and pleasant.

Comes off a little bit thin at first, crisp and acidic, very fruit forward with guava and lime, with a lightly earthy undertone of coriander in the finish. Body is light and carbonation is relatively moderate. A very drinkable fruited wild ale, great when paired with food, as it has a nice light acidity that scrubs the palate clean. Comes across a bit like a sour tropical witbier if you use your imagination.

02-19-2012 07:34:27 | More by emerge077
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

02-29-2012 03:12:20 | More by theminutemen
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

11-13-2013 02:11:47 | More by jaydoc
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2.45/5  rDev -29%

Pours murky orange with a huge head that eventually fizzles, but still decent retention.

Smells slightly of guava, but mostly funk and a little bit of wheat tartness.

Where's the guava in the flavor? A little bit of tart fruit present at the start, but more of a berry and it's very light. Funky farmhouse yeast takes over and it finishes slightly peppery and dry. Really more of a straight farmhouse than having any guava goodness.

Fairly light mouthfeel with prickly carbonation.

Love the WWB series from this, but this one is pretty mediocre to bad. Very little flavor outside of peppery saison stuff which I dislike. Still yet to find a guava beer that actually delivers on its promise.

03-04-2012 20:02:58 | More by jmarsh123
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Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -10.1%

Bottle shared by Sammy, Batch 5/11 - bottle 1687/1765. 750ml into a tulip

Hazy orange, with a huge white head (bottle was a gusher). Huge white head, great lace and retention. Nose of nail polish, bubble gum, hydrochloric acid/vomit, funk and tropical notes. Tastes of bubble gum, tropical fruits and loads of acidity, lactic predominantly I think but the puke-y hydrochloric acid prevails as well. High effervescence, and sour finish. A palate wrecker, some certainly undesirable notes here.

02-11-2013 21:07:20 | More by liamt07
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New Hampshire

3.61/5  rDev +4.6%

A - Orange/yellow with a ton of head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - A lot of people complain about the smell of this one, but I didn't find it objectionable at all. Tartness and tropical fruit with a hint of funk.

T - Not a ton of flavor. A bit of tartness with quite a bit of guava and apple. Some funkiness. Kind of a weird aftertaste, but this is definitely where the fruit comes out. Very light beer.

M - Very light and crisp. A lot of carbonation.

Don't see the complaints about this beer. It's a light, refreshing sour that would be great on a warm summer day. Not a whole ton going on, but I definitely like this one.

03-24-2013 03:59:24 | More by RoninTK3
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2/5  rDev -42%

12-07-2011 03:35:18 | More by pperez38
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

11-29-2011 22:19:37 | More by ucsbmullet
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

11-17-2011 19:09:04 | More by gueuzer
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4.15/5  rDev +20.3%

Reviewed on 8/24/11.

Poured in to a tulip. Hazy copper body. 4 finger, foamy head settles to about 1 finger.

Aroma had strong guava and tropical fruit. Some notes of Brett and a sharp tartness. Mild earthyness. Some light maltiness.

Taste had a sharp tartness but enjoyable. Some mild acidity. Good guava flavor upfront followed with a mellow malt sweetness. Some musty/funky notes from Brett are present, although light. Citrusy and a little bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel had light body and high carbonation. Super dry finish.

Overally a nice sour. Good tropical and fruit notes makes it a great warm weather beer. Low abv as well. Reading a bit about the beer before made me a little nervous to try since the reviews were hit and miss. I was happy to receive a quality product.

09-15-2011 00:19:52 | More by riored4v
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

06-15-2012 23:18:49 | More by carteravebrew
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3.58/5  rDev +3.8%

First had: on tap at Choice City Deli, Ft. Collins, CO

Poured into a pint glass (it was supposed to be in a stem glass, but whatever...Choice City is terrible) a very hazy burnt orange color with a finger or so of delicate white bubbles for a head, which dissipated to almost nothing. Aroma of fruit: guava, apricot, pear, banana; also some noticeable yeast and spiciness, with notes grass and wet hay. Taste was quite similar to the nose, and fortunately not too sour, as I had a whole pint to conquer; not always an easy task with the more extreme sour beers. Sweet malts and sugars just noticeable for a second before the fruits kicked in, mainly guava and apricot, with a definite grassiness and a bit of funk and bready yeast. Medium-nearly-full-bodied, chewy, woody. Complex and good, but one glass was just about all I'd ever need. At least in one session... Come to think of it, I'd probably like to try it again, though that will most likely not happen.

08-17-2011 02:42:51 | More by Rifugium
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5/5  rDev +44.9%

12-13-2011 03:50:02 | More by allforbetterbeer
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-12-2011 18:41:03 | More by Stellar
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2.6/5  rDev -24.6%

The beer pours a cloudy orange color with a tall white head. Super cheesy on the nose. Smells quite a bit like the powdered parmesan cheese. A bit of guava and tartness, but it’s hard to get past the cheese. The flavor isn’t quite as cheesy, but it’s still there. A bit more guava, malt, wood, and tartness, but not enough to save this beer.

07-30-2012 19:04:56 | More by womencantsail
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Crooked Stave Pure Guava Petite Sour from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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