Petite Sour - Blueberry
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Petite Sour - BlueberryPetite Sour - Blueberry
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #197
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,444
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 6.6%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
458
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Petite Sour - BlueberryPetite Sour - Blueberry
Notes: Wild ale aged in oak barrels with blueberries
Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 458 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Violet-tinted champagne with no head; lemon rind, chalky mineral, orange tree leaf on the nose; gentlest white vinegar, hints of berry, lemon verbena, woody thread, vague straw, slight soap + some tin; clean.

3.75 4 4 4 4

Can fruit sours age out? Can’t find a date on this bottle, but I’ve had it for a good long while. And I don’t know why I sat on it, because there’s nothing special about it. Fruit, funk, barrel, all subdued - and I don’t mean subtle, I mean you dig + there’s not much there. It does have a piquant acidity - more citric than lacto - that would keep you drinking in summer or cut through a ripe soft cheese. And it's not a kettle sour, natch; it's got all the mellowness of a good aged Brett.

But just doesn’t bring the layers that other good CS have, sadly.

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StJamesGate from New York, Apr 19, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Definite upside of visiting Denver is checking out that quaint little Crooked Stave tasting room inside that hotel (like?) place.

I believe these are notes from having it on tap there. Pours a similar color to a blueberry skin itself mixed within the lighter rose pink shade towards to edge of the glass. Pink head 1/2". She is a pretty pour. The aroma is super dry oak and berries. Again impressed how it managed to push a super dry wood character simultaneous with notes of wet hay and mustiness.

Taste is very appreciable, this excels beyond something like Bruery Beuregarde because it is a softer abv and acidity, but even stronger wood and drying notes in the mouthfeel. Their fruit character and sourness are both desireable. Super enjoy the more session like body of the beer that allows more nuance to shine through instead of batting a greater burn of alcohol and sourness that can obscure even really good beers from achieving more. Crisp, fresh, full of flavor, it pretty much does everything real well, except going easy on the pocketbook.

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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a vibrant, dark-blueberry color with a nice sheen. Smells like wild ale, funk, candied freeze-dried raspberry and Brett. Tastes like it smells. Has a drier blueberry palate. Sweet and crisp, light candied fruit notes, and a dry clean finish.

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NilocRellim from Minnesota, Mar 19, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft, Loosa Brews AL.
Kegged January 2018.

Pours a rose pink color. Not much head rising up, thin froths bubble up occasionally. Some noticeable tannins, but no lacing.

Nose is fairly mild, but a very noticeable blueberry aroma. Following closely is some funk, characterized by a good aroma of wet hay and grape must. On the back end there’s some oakiness but I don’t think this was aged in anything.

Vinous, jammy blueberries. Again, mild flavors but there’s a nice subtle complexity here that works well. Mild acidity, and a re-emergence of mild funk in the finish.

Light-bodied, medium acidity. Jammy, vinous. Seltzery carb. Mildly tannic.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Mar 16, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from The Beermongers.

Mildly gushing when popped, this beer is a mildly hazy blueberry red with a rapidly receding lightly pink head that leaves little lacing. The nose is on fucking point. A noticeable lactic acid sourness, a blend of kefir and Greek yogurt, a vaguely vinous vanilla note and a wonderfully blueberry character. Nice skin tannins balance the ridiculously fruity and fragrant, rather perfect in expression. The palate opens sour with a clean lactic sourness and a light acetic white wine vinegar note. This is followed by a rather amazing amount of blueberry flavor; amazing in the sense that it is so spot on perfect for the base beer. Juicy without being a juice bomb, this clearly aspires to be a beer. Mildly funky with an earthy, mildly barnyard note. Clean on the finish with a sour, lactic bite, this beer is light in body and crisply carbonated. Excellent

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4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish violet, with plenty of carbonation and slight bubbles on the surface. Taste is tart and sour blueberry, slightly acidic, slight oak, some sour wheat, but mostly big berry sour notes. Not a lot of depth, but well made. Is a sipper with the cumulative sour and acidic flavors.

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REVZEB from Illinois, Dec 17, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 8th, 2015 - With the core sours out of the way, our tasting session moves on to the Sour Blueberry. Here I am still skeptical, even though the last couple of Crooked Stave brews have been revelations. The color is a beautiful pomegranate red, with a slight bubble gum pinkness, and the smell is sweet and full of blackberry, bubble gum and pomegranate juice. It smells as it looks in synchronicity. The front of the flavor is tangy, and the pomegranate appears again, but the flavor shift dramatically, adding some blueberry darkness and depth. This note drifts for a long time, until cooly settling into a delicious and long, quiet aftertaste of fruit.

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GarrettB from Colorado, Nov 13, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the 14 beers we have had in one session of some bad-ass tasting brew.
Very refreshing with a nice blueberry presence. Lactic but not really sour. Nice

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Photo of dertyd
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out a dark pink/light purple color, with a thin light pink head--------- the aromas are of tartness, wheat, Apple skins, and berries---------- the flavors are sour up front with oak, light sweetness and berries, the beer has a thin mouthfeel with a dry light finish----------- overall for the abv this was a tasty sour, I do prefer my sours more full bodied and overly sour, this was more on the tart side--

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dertyd from California, Nov 03, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Poured a clear, golden amber color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of blueberries, oak and tart fruits. Tart up front with oakiness from the barrel. Sour but not overpowering.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Jul 07, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very nice reddish purple color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has blueberry hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a pleasant blueberry sour flavor
M-A light bodied very well carbonated beer
O-A very nice blueberry sour summer beer

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VABA from Virginia, Jul 01, 2018
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4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project "Petite Sour Blueberry
375 ml brown glass bottle
$6.99 @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Foam started to come out of the bottle upon opening but perhaps that's because i shook it up a little bit. It's got a nice, short but creamy, pinkish head atop a hazy ruby-orange colored body. Again, maybe it wouldn't have been as hazy if I'd been more careful with it. The aroma suggests blueberries amidst funkiness, "tartness", and oak. It's pretty intense. The flavor is not as funky as the aroma suggests, maybe because there's some sweetish malt and blueberry flavor blocking it. It's still tart, fairly sharp, but not puckering; and the blueberry is stronger than the aroma suggested. It's not bitter at all but none is needed as it finishes tart and dry with some drying oak as well. Blueberry and a mild funkiness lingers in the aftertaste. I'm not sure how to describe the funkiness other than earthy, and a bit like wet straw. The head has now dropped to a thin surface covering but it's left some very nice lacing behind. In the mouth it's light-medium in body and gently effervescent, tingling and caressing the tongue. It's pretty much perfect as any more carbonation would enhance the acidity even further. There's something really special about this beer. It's funky and interesting but at the same time readily accessible. Hmmm, I feel like I could drink several of these and enjoy the last one just as much as the first. Highly recommended.
4/4.25/4.5/4.5/4.25 = 4.36

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Mar 26, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish copper color with a slight blue hue. Not a trace of foam soon after the pour, with bubbles ascending from the bottom of the glass. Lots of funk on the aroma, with some blueberries, hay, wood, and phenolic notes. Tart but quickly opening up with blueberries, lemons, and then showing some wood and funk. Light bodied and lively carbonation. Outstanding.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Mar 11, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a light pinkish red with a small off white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of a decent amount of funk along with some blueberry and some clean sourness
T: Taste is light sourness, blueberries, and some slightly funky barnyard notes. Hint of band aid too. Swallow is more sourness and blueberry with some slight lingering funk. Slight lemony vanilla note on the finish as well which is really nice.
M: This beer is on the light side in body but is not watery. Carbonation is slightly effervescent but not prickly and the beer has a dry finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some good flavor and complexity. It definitely hits the marks that I want in a fruited sour. Very good and worth a try if you can find it.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, Oct 29, 2017
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3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reddish orange color and cloudy--like the inside of a blood orange. Modest head as one would expect from a fruity sour beer. Small streaks for lace.

Fruity and sour in equal measures. Reminds me of a dry blueberry Lambic I once made.

Highly carbonated with a moderate body. Not much blueberry to note, it's closer to the tartness of blueberry skins, leaving a lip-smacking finish and aftertaste. Overall, this is a sour beer without much complexity.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Sep 23, 2017
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Aroma has mostly yeast and farmhouse funk notes. Taste is tart and fruity, overall really balanced and easy drinking.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Sep 20, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy coppery color with off-white head. Funk, tartness, blueberries, other berry notes, and some oak on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied and crisp on the palate. Finishes with plenty of funky tartness, balanced by just a hint of sweetness from the blueberries.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy bronzed burnt orange to ruddy brown color. Thin white foamy head rimmed the glass all around in a concave sort of fashion. The aroma starts off with a sour "bretty" blueberry tartness. Subtle sour blueberry fruitiness glosses over some sweetness from the blueberry flesh. The flavor bumps the sourness with the tartness with a nice underscore of sweetness. Brett is there but balancing nicely. Dry blueberry aftertaste yielding to the same sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sipping to sessionable quality coming about. Good carbonation. Overall, this was a nice American Wild ale with blueberries rolling about. I would have again.

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4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

April 2015 batch.

Clear, light brownish-orange with a small, white head that fades quickly but leaves nice lacing. Even after two years, there is still a distinct blueberry aroma - though not jammy - along with oak and funk rolled up in a hay bale. Taste is also crisp blueberry with a very mild sourness; the sourness is so restrained that it may disappoint some drinkers accustomed to CS's other offerings. Perfect for allowing the more subtle blueberry to shine through though. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but again, the absent puckerness plays well with more subtle fruits such as this. A beautiful beer.

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moose1980 from Germany, Apr 09, 2017
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4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12.7 oz. bottle

Pours cloudy rose pinkish amber with a creamy white foam head. Smells like tart blueberries, oak, funky lemon acidity, wheaty malt, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like sour blueberries, oak, funky lemon acidity, wheaty malt, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice blueberry sour ale.

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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts, Mar 12, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a raspberry-orange with a finger and a half of white with a tinge of pink head. Head retention is good with a few dots of lacing left behind. Aroma is blueberries, oak, and floral hops. Flavor profile is blueberries through and through. Floral hops and oak show up at the peak of the flavor profile, before fading into a blueberry, lactic sour finish. Mouth feel is a little bubbly and fizzy, but otherwise smooth, with a medium thickness. Overall, a fun, blueberry sour. Not overly sour or complex, which makes for pleasant sipping.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Mar 01, 2017
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber?blue color with a nice mix of sour and ripe blueberry , medium carbonation with slight sourness , nice fruit infusion it highly drinkable.

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gatornation from Minnesota, Feb 26, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 2016 vintage, drank about towards the end of 2016 (I didn't record a specific date). Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Reddish purple in color – almost like cranberry juice. Hazy, with a thin white head that fades. A good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Lactic tart, funky, and some generic fruity (I don't think I would have called blueberry specifically). Light malt sweetness in the background, with some tannins and more Lactobacillus funk. Maybe some Pediococcus here too - there's a bit of acidic pukey in it (in a good way), but I don't get much in the way of Brett.

T: Lactic tart, lemony citric acid, and fruity. I’ll buy into blueberry – but also notes of raspberry, cranberry, and maybe even watermelon. Funky and acidic but the berry fruit water cuts the acidity. Fruity and dry with mild funk and tannins in the hang.

M: Light body, low alcohol presence. The carbonation sensation is on the low side, which lends itself to a feeling of being a touch watery, but not obnoxiously so.

O: This tastes like agua fresca meets a blueberry beer. Good and immensely drinkable, still with lactic acid and funk, but the “petite” sour moniker fits well – a session sour indeed. A solid shelf option for sure.

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3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The blueberry is present, but I find it overshadowed by a ginger flavour and funk that veers close to the cheese variety. A bit thin tasting. Lightly sour. Refreshing but a bit lacking.

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jrenihan from Ontario (Canada), Dec 01, 2016
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4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the most delicious sours I've ever had. Has a great after taste of blueberries, and the perfect amount of sourness in the initial taste. Very well balanced. This a very special beer and a must have for anyone who likes sour beer.

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cascade_meister from South Carolina, Nov 21, 2016
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