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

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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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4/5  rDev +15.9%

ucsbmullet, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of bfields4
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy dark golden body. Large white head dissaptes quicky.

Funky brett sour citrus apricot and tangerine notes.

A bit vinagery same citrus notes as the nose but not as intense.

Light and lots of carbonation. Decent brew, but nose was more promising than the flavor.

bfields4, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Mebuzzard, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of jIsh
4/5  rDev +15.9%

jIsh, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of sampx
2/5  rDev -42%

sampx, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of gueuzer
4/5  rDev +15.9%

gueuzer, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of d4radio
4/5  rDev +15.9%

d4radio, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of stevefinny
4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

stevefinny, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +15.9%

UncleJimbo, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of boatshoes
4/5  rDev +15.9%

boatshoes, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kkrez, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of bbeane
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 5/11 Bottle 1269/1765
Reviewed from notes...

A- Poured into an oversized wine glass... starts with a finger thick bone white fizzy head with no retention. Beer is a very cloudy straw color

S- Not really sure what guava smells or tastes like but I assume that it's contributing the tropical fruit aroma accompanying the funky sourness. I also am getting a hint of menthol or mint... maybe the sumac?

T- Sourness mingles with tropical fruit flavors from start to finish.Tropical flavors intensifies in the finish, and seems to linger after swallowing

M- Light bodied, light carbonation

O- An interesting offering, though nothing I would rave about. The sourness seemed a bit dull

bbeane, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

SpeedwayJim, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - WHOA!!! I've never seen a beer open like this one!!! It rushed out like Champagne.... Poured a big thick white soapy head. Brew is cloudy Peach color. Amazing rush of bubbles in this one... No lacing.

S - Very nice spice. Almost smells like a Saison. Peppercorns, lavender, apple all come out in the nose. Quite nice for the style. There's a lot missing from this one, not overwhelming nor impressive.

T - A lot going on. Some light fruit; apple, pear, peach... Very light, too light.

M - Holy Carbonation! Slightly distracts from flavor. Light body with wonderful coverage. Once settled, the brew almost tastes flat.. >:(

O - Glad I tried this brew, very unique. Recommended. I would like to visit the brewery next time I'm in the area.

chugalug06, Oct 19, 2011
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3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a thick straw gold with a small finger of off-white head. Distinctive aroma of popcorn, blue cheese, and hints of bile. Not very pleasant, but certainly memorable.

Moderate carbonation and a mouthfeel so light and dry you wonder if you actually sipped it. Flavors of dry grass and bread up front with hints of lemon and tropical fruit and a light tartness on the finish.

Can't think of another beer with this combination of flavor/aroma...worth trying for the novelty.

grittybrews, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a straw yellow tih a nice white cap

S: Barf bag? Toe jam and as a another reviewer mentioned below...blue cheese

T: As I take my first sip, nose buried in the glass the shock of the nose begins to thwart the taste but ah..I press on. Light guava and funk, not like the nose but brett induced funkiness

M: Light body, dry

O: Average on taste but poushing through this is initially tough

barleywinefiend, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of Domingo
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Popped the lid off and this one went wild. Quite a gusher! Pours a peach-like color. Probably worth noting that this had been in my fridge for about a month and was allowed to warm a little.
Things calm down a bit, but the carbonation is still definitely strong. The gushing wasn't exactly what I wanted, but at least it stays foamy.
The nose is still a bit rough on this beer. There are fruity notes, but they’re definitely still hidden below a weird layer of bleu cheese funkiness and bile. It’s not as rough as earlier versions, but I’d say it’s definitely not up my alley.
The taste, on the other hand, seems to be totally separate from the nose. When served cool it’s almost too mild, but as it warms I get a lot more from it. Mild tropical fruitiness, citric tang, and a little bit of peppery yeast. Pretty tasty once it warms, so I think any future bottles I wouldn’t chill at all.
The nose is still a major turn-off for me, but the flavor’s good. Not sure if that'll ever mellow out or change, but it would make this a LOT better for me personally.
Not something I’ll seek out necessarily, but I’m still interested in other CS offerings.

Domingo, Oct 10, 2011
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2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

South Sound Tasting Notes

Pours a hazy gold with a thin head, lacing is barely there. Smell is initially honey and mellon juicy fruit, followed by an ever present soft cheesy smell, and slight lemon character. Initial sweetness is followed by what I can only describe as "Pirate's Booty" snack brand cheesy flavor, lots of funk with a bit of sour twang. The mouthfeel is very airy and light, with medium carbonation. Overall not a very balanced sour as the flavors are all dischordant with eachother. An extremely odd beer to behold indeed.

youradhere, Oct 09, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

riored4v, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

Beaver13, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife picked a bottle of this one up for us a couple weeks back and we shared it with a group of friends. Poured a hazy gold with a small lasting white head. Aromas of straw, bread, citrus and barnyard. On the palate, this one was quite sour and fairly light bodied. Flavors of bread, straw, barnyard and citrus with a crisp dry lightly tart funky finish.

emmasdad, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


Bottle shared by stawn, thanks!

A: Hazy gold with a big white head.

S: Wheat and guava with faint leather. Light mango. I get a little butter with oak and coriander. Plastic is evident and there's a touch of Butyric acid which manifests itself as vomit, which isn't very pleasant.

T: Lightly tart with lactic notes and a little wheat. The finish is lightly sour with coriander. I get more plastic in the flavor than in the aroma.

M: Light in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I wasn't a fan of this one.

HopHead84, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of jamescain
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shiffer, thanks to Scott from Freetail for sharing this one and letting us have bottle shares.

Appearance: Cloudy orange color with an off white head that fades into a lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: This is by far the weirdest part of the beer. I've never smelled a beer and the first thing that comes to my mind is "sharp cheddar." I don't really know how to rate this part, it was not a bad smell, but just not something I expect to be coming our of my sniffer.

Taste: Tart, peppery, with hints of citrus, grapefruit and tropical fruit. I enjoyed the taste, which was nothing like the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Tart, light, and drinkable with medium carbonation.

Overall: I don't know what Guava taste or smells like, if it taste like this beer I would probably enjoy Guava juice, but if it smells like the beer, then maybe not. Interesting for sure, just not my favorite thing.

jamescain, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this for the hell of it since it was a brett beer brewed in CO. Super cloudy orange color, it gushed at first and had a head but then it was gone. I smelled the rumored vomit for a brief couple seconds even though I let it warm up but then it was gone giving way to a funky brett smell. The flavor really does have a bit of sweet tropical fruit mixed into a wheaty and funky melange. There is a hint of sour but it is super mild. It tastes good and the flavor really outdoes the aroma by far. Overall this is pretty good and I look forward to the Wild Wild Brett Rouge and upcoming Crooked Stave brett beers.

ArrogantB, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Rifugium, Aug 17, 2011
Crooked Stave Pure Guava Petite Sour from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
79 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.