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Crooked Stave Petite Sour - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 45
Gots: 15 | 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: hopfacebrew on 04-26-2012)
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Photo of t0rin0


3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

09-18-2012 02:20:51 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4/5  rDev -0.2%

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruity and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

04-08-2013 04:53:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-06-2013 03:50:14 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429


3.68/5  rDev -8.2%

Big thanks to Bill for getting this and other bottles out to me. Served in a Cellar Reserve wine glass. Nose starts with slight sulfur but fades to hay and lemon. Slight funk. Good wheat body. Dry funk. Light acid. Easy drinking. This is something I certainly won't mind having another bottle of.

12-16-2012 19:49:54 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-06-2013 14:39:59 | More by acurtis
Photo of womencantsail


4/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a hazy straw color with a white head. Intense pineapple aroma along with some straw, oak, and lots of lemon. Quite citric with lime and lemon zest, a bit of grass, and some mild malt. The flavor is nicely tart, quite acidic, and very citric with both lime and lemon. Mild oak, some tropical fruits, and a bit of must. Fairly light on the palate and easy to drink.

08-07-2012 16:49:29 | More by womencantsail
Photo of spycow


3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-31-2013 16:59:12 | More by spycow
Photo of GRG1313


3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

07-07-2013 06:29:06 | More by GRG1313
Photo of TMoney2591


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Petite in what way? Anyway, this stuff pours a milky pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, light wheat, and a touch of funk. The taste brings in more of the same, with more funk, more tartness, pervading. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying feel. Overall, an enjoyable session sour, one of the very few such creatures I've yet encountered.

01-08-2013 01:44:46 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of jlindros


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

My first beer from this brewery. Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a nice creamy almost 1 finger pasty white head that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, then disperses to pretty much nothing, the beer of a hazy lemon meringue like color.

Nose has some nice tart fruit and light wild yeast. Tart slightly lemony fruit, little creamy malt gives a light lemon meringue like aroma as well, light bready funk, light Brett and lacto with a light mustiness of funk, hint of vanilla oak.

Taste starts semi tart, light sour fruit, hint of green apple, and light sourness in general. Light funk, little musty funk, bready malts, hint of barnyard Brett funk but just a touch. Slightly thin feeling, but the Lactose adds a nice tart but creamy like, and bit of dusty oak in the background. Finish is dry and light bready, slightly creamy, just a hint of lingering funk but it's mostly gone.

Mouth is lighter bodied, lighter but decent carb, slight creamy.

overall not bad, a but light for a sour, and funk is there but barely, nice tartness, bits of fruit, very drinkable though.

05-11-2012 00:02:15 | More by jlindros
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.93/5  rDev -2%

i liked this one from crooked stave. 4.5% abv for almost 13 bucks seems steep to me, but i love all the CS stuff, so i had to try it. pours a really pale white beer looking straw color, cloudy, with a one inch white head that relaxes very slowly. smell is quite piquant, fruity, yeasty, and tannic. flavor starts off sort of grainy, wheat malt flavor, but in quickly comes some very strange fruit whack, almost like a mix between fresh blueberries and white grapes, very strange, not sweet, but tart. that fades out to a nice lacto/brett sour finish, which leaves you wanting another sip. it has a sort of white wine mouthfeel to it, a little sweet, dry, and mildly acidic. good carbonation and mellow light body. i have to say i really liked this one. its really different, and the concept of table beer really appeals to me. another expertly made beer from crooked stave.

05-12-2012 16:19:49 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of kojevergas


3.3/5  rDev -17.7%

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a weissbier glass in me friend Brendan's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Expectations are low given the brewery. Reviewed live

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, poor thickness, little cream, and average retention. Colour is a cloudy pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible - something of a crime considering the style. No bubble show.

Sm: Wild brett yeast, hints of lemon, heavy lactic notes, traces of wheat (?), and clean barley. I don't get oak at all. A moderate strength aroma. Fresh and inviting.

T: Bretts, lemon peel, pleasant lactic notes, mild wheat, clean background clean barley, and more standard yeast to style. Somewhat simple but quite enjoyable. Quite refreshing. No alcohol comes through. No subtlety. Nicely balanced and built for a simple clean beer, but lacking depth. I do like it, but its simplicity holds it back significantly.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Refreshing. A touch too thin. Slightly overcarbonated - especially for the style. Complements the flavours in a general sense, but certainly isn't tailored specifically to them.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. Very refreshing and pleasant, but lacking the depth and complexity required to make it truly great. I'm starting to gain a little more faith in Crooked Stave, but I'm still skeptical of the simplicity of their brewing process.


05-29-2012 03:49:31 | More by kojevergas
Photo of corby112


4.33/5  rDev +8%

Huge thanks to kubrick215 for sharing.

Pours a very cloudy, murky golden yellow color with dark ripe banana hues and a half finger off-white head that quickly dissapears.  Minimal spotty lacing.

Musty, slightly funky aroma with a nice farmhouse/barnyard presence along with toasted oak, lactic funk and musty brett.  Almost wheat/Berliner like with sourdough bread, citrus juice, wild yeast and a lactic cheese character.  Lots of lemon citrus character and the lactic funk stands out more as it warns.

Full bodied, especially for the style with a really nice balance of barrel, dry, musty brett, citrus acidity and lactic funk.  Crisp and refreshing with lemon acidity nicely complimenting the dry, musty brett.  Dry toasted oak carefully blended in, melding nicely and not overpowering the other notes.  Nice carbonation/spritzer like with the lactic funk coming on strong in the back end with subtle cheesiness.  Well balanced and easy to drink considering the complexity.  I really enjoyed this one a lot.  

03-24-2013 00:56:01 | More by corby112
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-21-2014 05:11:33 | More by afsdan
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

01-06-2013 03:09:37 | More by Gonzoillini
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

09-07-2012 07:29:48 | More by Mebuzzard
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

08-04-2012 00:58:40 | More by PEIhop
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Bottle opened on 12.2.12

A - Pours an almost clear, very light orange with a large near-white head that fades quickly.

S - Tart lemon and oakiness.

T - Tart lemon, wheat, wood, very nice.

D - Good carbonation, light body. Tart with a farmhouse finish.

O - Another CS winner in my book. Tart lemon and oak goodness.

12-24-2012 06:19:05 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of tobelerone


3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

I liked this one about as much as the Blackberry Petite Sour, which seemingly goes against the grain here. This one pours a murky pale gold with an enormous fluffy white head that settles rather quickly and leaves no lacing. Big time brett aroma pops up and out of the glass, smacking you in the face with funk, barnyard, hay and overall mustiness. Hot on its heels is an aggressive lemon acidity.

The flavor of the beer flips things around a bit; this one is all about lemon sourness, highly acidic; the taste of brett is more suggested than anything else; it permeates your nostrils with its barnyard funkiness each time you bring the glass to your face but powerful lemon is the lead note here. Enamel is stripped and your teeth are left feeling squeaky.

Medium light body, good carbonation, crisp and refreshing, strongly sour and acerbic, a bit of heartburn emerged within an hour of drinking this, a rarity for me. This one reminded me of an over-the-top Berliner Weiss with tons of brett.

08-13-2012 12:29:16 | More by tobelerone
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottle courtesy of mrand01.

Pours a hazy lemon flesh color with a small bubbly white white head that fades leaving a bit of lacing.

Aromas begin with has some nice tart fruitiness and light wild yeast. I get a lot of wheat and sour citrus fruit, mainly lemon. As it warms there is light pilsner bready malt, light lactic qualities with some mustiness and oak.

The tastes follow the nose with semi tart, light sour lemony fruit and semi-sour wheaty malt base. As it warms you get more of the lacto, musty funk and pilsner malts. As it warms once again the oak emerges more. Falvors profile drinks a lot like a slightly fuller bodied Berlinner Weisse to be honest.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with the same amount of carbonation. Finish is dry, light wheaty, slightly creamy with just a hint of lingering funk.

Overall this was a tasty beer but not an amazing American Wild; it really tastes a lot like a Berlinner Weisse as I mentioned earlier, so it's hard to given top marks when compared to similar beers of the style. Not too funky or Bretty but mainly wheaty and lemony.

07-02-2012 14:03:33 | More by claspada
Photo of Duff27


3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

Gorgeous looking beer. Short lives white head on a opaque dull yellow body. Leaves a collar and has a little lacing.

Equal parts sour and funk on the nose.

Sour upfront but quickly subsides. Finishes extremely clean.

Medium to medium thin mouthfeel, small prickly carbonation.

Good "table beer". Very drinkable, lots of flavor pack into a small ABV. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT.

05-10-2012 23:40:49 | More by Duff27
Photo of Haybeerman


4.25/5  rDev +6%

02-06-2013 23:35:25 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of ArrogantB


3.68/5  rDev -8.2%

750ml bottle that I bought because I keep wanting to find an amazing beer inside one of these Crooked Stave bottles but they just haven't really wowed me yet. Pours out a very light color but in the glass looks murky orange-yellow, decent head. Smells like butter but not buttered popcorn, more but more buttered bread, maybe that is the lacto? A hint of funk in the nose as well. Taste is slightly sour, bread and butter, not bad at all. My only complaint is the price point. This is not a $13 beer. If these were $8 per 750ml I would probably question it a little less but when you are charging Jolly Pumpkin prices the beer better be Jolly Pumpkin quality.

05-05-2012 14:03:08 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of rudzud


4/5  rDev -0.2%

Received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into a tulip and shared with JLindros. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a hazy golden straw with a one finger soapy head that fades to leave a sudsy blanket and thin lacing.

S - Interesting, very light barnyard funk and green apple sourness with very light barrel and creamy lacto. I got almost an old cheese note in the realm of funk. Light lemon too.

T - Nice light barnyard funk and belgian funk with more green apple and lemon sourness with light lacto cream qualities on the finish. Its a lingering green apple finish as well.

M - Nice and crisp, super drinkable. The lactose helps this from seeming thin. Nice tart finish.

O - Overall this was a good lower ABV wild. Its all a bit too light for my tastes, but I can appreciate it.

07-12-2012 20:38:48 | More by rudzud
Photo of FosterJM


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

1410th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Taster

Bottleshare in Naperville

App- A very light yellow with a very fizzy first pour and fades quickly. The cling is almost non-existant.

Smell- A smell of sulfur and pee really was the general feeling. A slight note of funk and must.

Taste- The taste is very similar to Petite from JK but this was more dank and bitter. A little bit more punch and flavor.

Mouth- A lighter body and a bit soft with a light and high fizzy body. Residual damp funk with a little citrus.

Drink- Was okay. Good way to start off a tasting with something light. Probably wouldnt have again but was flavorful.

07-26-2012 23:03:55 | More by FosterJM
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Crooked Stave Petite Sour from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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