Crooked Stave Persica Blend #2 | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Persica Blend #2Crooked Stave Persica Blend #2

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by CheapBeerBuzz on 11-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 125
Photo of Kurmaraja
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Based upon some reviews it seems time has done this beer some favors. Pours with abundant fizzy head that disappears quickly leaving a murky brew with a peach juice appeearance. Peach tones with brown / fleshy highlights. not a pretty beer. Aromas of soft, macerated peach, yogurt, oak, vanilla, almond jump out of the glass. Some lemony barn funk, the CS house culture, lingers in the background. Lacking perhaps a bit in depth of aroma, but it's a peachy blast. Flavor builds on this adding some grain notes in the middle, impression of sweetness. Mouthfeel is soft, medium, adicity is modest.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ugly clouy sour look. Tons if peaches in the nose, even two years later. Peaches do not stick aroun for the taste as it just have a Brett sour with bite. Finish is slightly harsh. If the taste of 1 could be combined with the nose of 2, they would be perfect.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle. 2013 Cellar Reserve. Served in a stemmed glass, side by side with 2013 Persica Blend #1.

Pours a hazy, darker yellow-orange body. A bit darker than the Blend #1, actually. Two finger white head that dies down quickly, not much retention or lacing. Looks like peach juice. Smells richer in intensity, with less lemon and more stone fruit than Blend #1, but still a similar type combination. Increased tartness, a bit more must. Oak. Flavour is certainly more complex; with a nice blend of moderate stone fruit, a bit less lemon zest, mildly sweeter grain, plenty of must and hay, oak, and more acidity that produces a slight tingling in the back of my jaws. I must say that the flavour profile here is great; there is plenty of stone fruit but there is a good bit of complexity to it. The Crooked Stave house profile is very much present here. Very tasty beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lower in carbonation (though sufficiently carbonated), nice acidic tartness with a good bit of peach pith on the backend. Overall, I definitely preferred this to Blend #1. There is more stonefruit, acidity, a bit more funk and less lemon zest flavour in this one. I enjoyed this one a bit more.

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Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw; with a quick-fading, modest head that leaves some spotty lacing behind

Smell: Bready and yeasty, with a delicate peach aspect

Taste: Toasted wheat bread sets the tone at the front, with the tart fruit flavor developing; more peach flavors come through, in the middle, though I sense a hint of butter, too; more tartness and some funk through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Clearly the superior beer to Blend #1, it is a very good but not great beer; Crooked Stave has brewed others much better than this

Thanks, JMBSH, for the opportunity

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Golden yellow appearance, no head. Aroma is super mild malts with the barest touch of peach. Flavor is sort if like crackers, mildly sour and the faint ghost of a peach. Extremely easy to drink but the flavors just aren't very robust. I'm not sure how the original batch of Persica got such higher ratings than these latest two batches, they really aren't anything special.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours a murky light orange with no head. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, peach, funk, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour unripe peach and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great smell, but the flavors don't match up in my opinion.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed side by side with blend 1 from a crooked stave mini snifter.

a - brew pours a pale yellow. Identical to the other blend in appearance. Thin fizzy head that was gone instantly.

s - sour egg over werthers candy. No butter!

t/m - really nice. Tart egg. You can see where the buttery flavors were but they are gone and have turned tasty.

o - really digging this. I can see where the butter was but all gone. Blend 2 is still buttery.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 2.4.14

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a smaller fizzy white head that is gone fast.

S - Lots of peach, some Brett, funky oak.

T - TOns of peach and oak, nice funk. Buttery finish. Bummer. Recent bottles are better, but it's still there.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - More peach, but more butter in the finish. I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of rudzud
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice hazy peach juice hue with a thin quarter inch head that fades to leave a thin halo and light wisps. Solid.

S - Aromas of rather generic sour blonde like aromas. The peach is absurdly faint, definitely more under ripe fruit and stone than fake peach candy.

T - ARGH. Taste is loads of wheat and bready malts. Light lemons, faint brett and oak. The peach is super faint with a light juicy flesh quality. Every time I get a brilliant flash of peach it is destroyed by the awful wheat and bready malts.

M - Mouthfeel is quite pleasant, light carbonation.

O - Overall this was an incredibly frustrating beer. Persica, the original 750mL, was such a better executed beer and my favourite Crooked Stave beer to date. I'm shocked at how much they screwed this one up with all the yeast and crackery malts. Not sure which blend is worse, this one with all the wheat/cracker/bread or Blend 1 which had tons of diacetyl. Such a disappointment.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to ablackshear for this beer! Cheers!

poured into Crooked Stave tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden straw yellow bodied beer that is slightly hazy. One full finger of bone white head that quickly drops down thin ring around the glass.

Smell: light peach notes and light musty funk. Mild tartness. The beer smells like its yeasty and malt driven.

Taste: Peach character is light and slightly juicy. Lightly sweet wheat malts and bready malts. A mild tartness in the form of lemons and green apples. Some general fruitiness from this beer, maybe in the form of fruity esters... Oaky with a mild yet fairly drawnout earthiness. Hint of musty and dusty funk. Not much tartness in the finish. Light earthy peach and mandrin oranges/tangelos in the aftertaste. Funk builds as this warms up; becoming moderately funky beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation levels. A quick flash of carbonation as the beer rolls over your tongue. Really clean beer that has a slight amount of dryness to it. Very drinkable beer.

Overall: Thank goodness this was not a buttery mess like my experience with blend 1 Persica! This is tasty peach beer, but I wouldnt quite call it a sour beer or Wild Ale. That really is my only dig against this beer. This is a much better experience with blend 2 of Persica. Crooked Stave this has helped to redeem you in my mind(atleast as far a this years persica blends are conserned).

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Photo of Rifugium
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, so Blend 1 was a bit off, but I really didn't have a problem with this one at all. I followed B1 directly with B2, decanting into a CS tulip. Similar in appearance to its counterpart, a golden-amber color with a thin white head; moderate lacing and retention. Aroma of toasted cereal grains, slightly sour, peach and apple cider, wood and herbs. Light. Flavor was nearly back on par to where this beer should be, with a sweet cereal grain base, a mild tartness coming in quickly, with flavors of peach, white grape, apple skin, herbal tea, dry oak. Light-medium body, crisp and prickly mouthfeel, overall a nice brew.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i am surprised that this is the preferred blend of this beer, i think the fruit is lost a little, even though its still quite peachy, it doesnt pop like blend one, especially in the nose. the look is the same, but the nose and taste, just like in the fruited l'brett beers, is rather muted, convoluted somehow by the base beer, and the base beer suffers too. all the things that make it so great, its dry sour punch and golden softness seem blurred too, its an excellent beer by any standards, but when we are comparing it to blend one, i dont think there is a real comparison, unless you like your fruit much more subtle and you like a stale bready finish (and i mean that in as good of a way as possible, i really liked the long yeasty finish of this beer, it reminded me of school lunch pbj sandwiches, again, in a good way). brightly carbonated and only medium on body, at most, this is a very drinkable fruit beer. i may have scored it higher if it didnt have blend one first, but both are beautiful examples of peach sour/wild ales. this may be the more sour of the two, but the fruit is much less ripe.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a murky peach body the head was appropriately wild with a champagne like bubbling.

The aroma holds some earthy gourd, buttery toffee, malt and apricot scents.

The flavors hold suit with a dull earthy gourd, toffee, lemon, peppercorn and dry malt taste.

The feel is very bubbly, like a champagne, with a fullness that isn't too sharp or prickly.

This is a very good wild just a touch less impressive than Batch#1, in my opinion.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On the heels of Persica Blen #1, it appears that we are back on target with the typical flavor, aromatic and texture profile of Crooked Stave and in much more consistent form. But with the thread of peaches that rise and fall throughout the session- this spicy and sour ale is rockin!

Built upon a pilsner-esque golden appearance, the beer's racing carbonation effortlessly fuels a creamy and cottony head to float the ale. As its head structure reduces to a creamy and liquified whipped consistency, it begins to lace the glass with specks of foam. Mildly hazed, the ale shares light amber and copper is much the way you'd expect a peach ale to do.

Sour, spice and everything nice shows its ale tendencies first and foremost. A bready, lightly wheaty aroma buffers the pang of white wine acidity, before a funky-fresh middle palate transpires. Aged cellar wood, attic wood and cork carry and aromatic but earthen tone- perfect for the scent of tart peach (but also lemon, apple, and spiced pear) to spring upon.

Similarly, its taste is lightly bready-sweet- awaiting the onslaught of fruit and acidity to come. The sour and earthen flavor of dried fruits are led by peach but also crab apple, lemon-lime, tart berries, sour white grapes and spiced pear add to the estery mix. Its following fragrant wood notes are mildly of tea leaves, sandalwood, peppercorn and wood spices to lighten, dry and crispen the palate to perfection.

Its texture is calmly bready at first, but as acidity rises, it shreds the malt to pieces and they begin falling through the cracks. What's left is a sharp, dry, and palate-stripping texture that refreshes the palate with the pang of pepper, wood tannin and warm alcohols. Finishing powdery and with an echo of wheat, the ale seems to come full circle in the end.

Persica Blend #2 lacks the sweeter and creamier characteristics of Blend #1, but Batch #2 is a much more consistent and refreshing ale that allows the true peach character to stand better on its own merit. - much more in keeping with the Crooked Stave reputation.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Into a CS snifter, 375ml bottle.

A- Golden cider, though more of a orange/golden hue. A tad bit murky, but just barely transparent through the glass. Thin lacing with good retention.

S- Peach, yeasty, bready, funky, golden sour. Getting a lot of yeast and funk. Best thing I can come up with is a ten year old peach gummy bear stuck in your nostril if you can imagine.

T- I am getting a lot of bready characteristic here. Tons of yeast and moderate peach. I thought there would be more peach with such a young sour.

M- Probably the most disappointing part of the beer here. Real thin, but I rated it at 3.75 which is still a positive rating. I put CS up with RR and The Lost Abbey as far as sours, and this falls short here.

O- I am glad to have tried this version, I have not tried batch 1 750 Persica and blend 1; and both are in my cellar. I am expecting these to be better. This may be the most disappointed that I have been with a CS offering, but it is a fantastic brew.

(edit: the second half of the 375 had more dynamic peach and CS funk)

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Crooked Stave Persica Blend #2 from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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