Passionfruit Petite Sour
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Passionfruit Petite SourPassionfruit Petite Sour
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
American Wild Ale
Ranked #280
Ranked #2,150
4.2 | pDev: 6.67%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Passionfruit Petite SourPassionfruit Petite Sour
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 277 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Loving the "Petite Sour" series relies on a sour base taste and a calm brininess to carry the load. But a hint of tropical fruit gives the series a dry succulence and a sharp acidity that entices the tastebuds further.

The Passion Fruit Petite rounds the nose with the usual sour suspects of lemon, apple and wine-like must, sea air, light cereal and balsa woods. Pale pach in its color, the beer's broken froth is eggshell and creamy with a moderate lacy appearance. Flavors of wheat bread and lightly malts shed a hint of confectioner's sugar before the brunt of sourness arrives.

Bright and pleasantly tart on the middle palate, its the underlying fruit flavors that strike first. Lemon, lime, crabapple, white grape, gooseberry and grapefruit are all the things under-ripened berry, citrus, vinous of white wine and dry like French cider. But once the passionfruit brings its kiwi, papaya, pineapple character, the taste turns from the orchard and vineyard to the tropics. An herbal and bitter finish brings the taste back to grapefruit and citrus pith along with a pleasant grassiness and a gentle cellar-like waft.

Dry, light and again- highly refreshing, the taste is tight, brisk and sudden as the beer's strong acidity pangs away at the tastebuds and then lifts for a quick and clean aftertaste and only remnants of wheat and burlap drifting behind.

 1,363 characters

Photo of moose1980
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, golden-straw color with a small, white head. Signature sour, slightly funky Crooked Stave aroma with the fruit subtly underneath. Whatever passion fruit that may have been lost in the nose is more than made up for in the taste; more tart than sour really, which gives the softness of the passion fruit a chance to come through more. Seltzer-like ending is a perfect fit. One of my favorite CS beers so far.

 414 characters

Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light yellow golden color with fizzy light white head. Passion fruit abounds on the nose, some light funk and tartness as well; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with passion fruit, lightly tart and dry.

 231 characters

Photo of zonker17
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 2015 bottle consumed 3/20/16. Lightly hazed yellow with no head and small trace of bubbles up the center of the tulip. Smells of lacto. Fruit present in taste along with a high degree of tart. Very clean. Acid plus the carbonation brings a slight sting to the mouth. Thin body.

 281 characters

Photo of SABERG
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated May 2015 into the modified tulip glass. Served at cellar temp. 58 degrees.
A- Very light yellow with great clarity, a thin cap can be coaxed but will not stay long, meandering carbonation.
strolls toward the surface. A slick wash coats the glass interior, reminiscent of white burgundy.
S - Passion fruit muted, mingles with wet straw, oak, lemon reduction, grape skin, summer lily. Complex nose
that with warmth adds notes of honey, ash and biscuit.
T - Runs in a relatively narrow band, tart fruit, passion fruit, green melon, white grape flesh, a bit of sweetness from the oak adds a nice element.
M - Wow, the palate rolls up reacting to a tart onslaught, with some time a more balanced feel develops. Sweet tart with a linger that is forever. This would pair well with some Raclette or Gruyere.
O - A wonderful offering from a talented brewery, The complexity in the aromatics gives hints of greatness that almost transfer to the palate. The tart, sweet tension is very nice.
Worth seeking out.

 1,028 characters

Photo of Myotus
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle (bottled May 2015) into a tulip. Consumed on 12Oct15.
LOOK: Pours with half a finger's worth of white foam that shrivels to a line within 20 seconds. Straw yellow in color with a subtle amount of cloudiness. Ascending bubbles are very small in size and moderate in quantity. There is no lacing...
SMELL: Has mild aromas of passion fruit, oak, and sour yeast that entangle with subtle aromas of hay.
TASTE: Strong sour yeast and mild passion fruit flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by mild oak and earthy yeast flavors. Mild hay flavors enter lastly as oak and earthy yeast flavors persist, but both sour yeast and passion fruit flavors grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth and ends with a thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: If I didn't know better, I would of thought I was drinking a Jester King sour brewed with passion fruit. Well done!

 941 characters

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.76/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Curran last night.

This one pours a bright and glowing straw yellow color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells unfortunately really quite bad. It's really hard to get past the dirty diaper/rotting garbage aroma this one had. It honestly smells like baby shit. There's a little bit of passionfruit, but goddamn, does this smell awful.

Luckily, the taste is a bit better. There's some passionfruit, but not a whole lot, and some lemon, with a mild sourness. It does slightly feel like drinking a fart though, probably the aroma carrying over.

This is medium bodied, a bit juicy, with a lower level of carbonation.

Something went wrong here, this had one of the worst aromas I've ever come across in a beer.

 749 characters

Photo of GuitarIPA
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - nice bright straw yellow color with thin but substantial whit head with nice lacing
A - salt and citrus,
T - on the saltier side - rather than sour - but still a clean, refreshing flavor. Light flavors from passion fruit, overpowered by salt flavor
F - light bodied, but saltiness covers tongue
O - a enjoyable sour worth trying

 333 characters

Photo of durlta
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow with a fizzy white head. I've now tried the grapefruit, the blueberry, and the passion fruit. These are really nicely done. Love the sourness and the individual fruits have come through on each of these. Really subtle funkiness.

 249 characters

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle poured into a stemmed chalice/tulip blend from Goose Island. Not sure what I'd call this glassware.

A- Fizzy head (and sound), trickling carbonation and bubbliness like a champagne, and a golden body with a touch of haze. 4.75

S- Man, there's some pungent passionfruit aroma here, but it's also pretty pissy and baby-diaperish. Not an attractive smelling beer, really. 2.5

T- Taste veers back in the right direction. Tart fruitiness reminds me of Sweet Tarts and the passionfruit flavor is on display, hitting with a pungent, stickiness as well as a tart bite. Lemon and a zesty flavor like light grapefruit also come into the fold. After I drank the beer down a bit, I poured the bottom of the bottle with the cloudy yeast in and this actually added more flavor to the beer. The passionfruit is more pronounced and slightly sweeter. 4.25

M- This drinks nicely. Light-bodied and light- to medium-carbonation with a potent tartness that isn't overwhelming. This combination makes each sip a bit of lip-puckerer but with a fullness and refresh that are thirst-quenching before completely drying out the palate. The feel is probably the highlight of this beer. 4.5

Aside from the offensive nose, this a great beer. A lovely fruit flavor and superb drinkability.

 1,277 characters

Photo of vfgccp
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 2015 bottle, opened Aug 2015

A – Nice banana yellow body with a light haze. Bright white head settles into a medium-thin halo with ok retention and lace.

S – Soft, dry and fruity. Tart passion fruit, stainless steel, touch of oak, and light white bread.

T – Delicious, delicately balanced, and fantastically dry. Soft passion fruit, pear, touch of oak, bready brett, and wheat.

M – Light, smooth body.

O – Subtle and well constructed. I love dry beers and this is definitely one of the driest fruit sours I've ever had.

 545 characters

Photo of captainkrad
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything you would want in a sour. Deep purple hue. The nose is straight up funk and fruit. Sweet, tart, Brett... The passion fruit really shines. Just enough pucker to keep you coming back. So drinkable!

 212 characters

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a tasty Crooked Stave offering, but far from being near their best. The color is inviting, and the smell is obviously that of the namesake fruit, but the rest is rather lackluster. A good fruit flavor on it, and pleasently dry, but leaves me wanting more of something.

Glad to have tried it, but not one that I'd probably pick up a second time.

 354 characters

Photo of MCCarrigan
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know I'm an outlier here, but I drank two bottles a month apart and my impressions are consistent for both;

Passion fruit presence is faint at best. It's well balanced, but lacks personality. The finish is medium dry and flat. All in all, it's rather underwhelming and undistinguished. It's not offensive, I just prefer sours that have more layers, contours, and depth. They should be a bit of a wild ride in every sip.

Passion fruit and sour ale seem like a match made in Heaven, however this seems stuck in Purgatory.

 527 characters

Photo of sjccmd
4.81/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is funky ripe passion fruit complimenting significant brett aroma. Citrus and pineapple follow. Very juicy smelling. Wet hay, forest floor, melon, tangerine. Lemon as well as chamomile. Some pears and apples.

Pours bright yellow with a small white head that fizzles away. Very little lacing. Somewhat hazy, but fairly clear.

Big and fruity. Tangerine, juicy passion fruit, cheesy funk. Bright acidity. Lemon and hay. Tons of fruit character, pineapple, honey dew melon, pear. A hint of honey lingers on the palate. Kumquats and yogurt. Pleasantly tart, not overly sour.

Medium high carbonation, light body. Very juicy on the palate with a long lingering finish of fruit, honey, and yogurt.

Very nice. Quite fruity but dry and balanced. Incredibly drinkable.

 769 characters

Photo of Czequershuus
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy bright yellow. The aromas are of candy and lemon juice, with the passionfruit present in the background. Clean fruit sour taste, ripe passionfruit, citrus, very pleasing. This is an awesome sour that I cannot see anyone not liking.

 256 characters

Photo of Dan_Inreallife
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

JUN 2015 release, 375ml bottle poured into a Crooked Stave large logo snifter

A: Pours a slightly hazy but bright yellow/straw/golden color with a thin bone white fizzy head that fades into nothingness.
S: It smells like Crooked Stave... honestly at this point I think I can pick up their house culture just from the aroma - oak/must/lactic acid - and in the case of the Petite Sour line, hints of whatever fruit the beer was aged on (here we have subtle tropical notes/stone fruit and sweetness).
T: Again, it's easily recognizable as a CS beer. Slightly perfumed, musty, tart but not overly astringent, fruity sweetness but not cloying. The Passion Fruit is very well incorporated and nature tasting, not over done, very juicy and fresh. Definitely a favorite in the line.
M: Soft and bubbly, medium bodied with a crisp finish.
O: Nailed it! This may be my favorite of the Petite Sour line!

 894 characters

Photo of aleigator
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Petite sour Passion Fruit '14 vintage

Pours a vibrant, hazy hay yellow color with a small, fizzy, soon vanishing head.

Smells very lactic acid heavy, with a lovely fruity undertone, revealing ripe tropical fruits with a natural sweetness to them. Both flavors blend marvelous together, wrapped up by bready malts and carrots.

Has a lively carbonation, with a sparkling very light body, resulting in a passion fruit defined finish. Drinks almost as easy as juice, with a tad more body to it, minus its sweetness.

Begins with mineralic qualities among dough, bready malts on which a well-balanced lemon peel sourness settles. The sourness, despite its lactic qualities, is pleasantly soft on the palate, staying on par with the malts. Its passion fruit attributes become visible after the carbonation added a metallic whiff to the minerals, resulting in an unusual fruity finish.

The late fruit addition is really well integrated, leading to a unique ending, especially as for AWAs. Instead of a harsh sourness the beer unfolds ripe, juicy fruits, going really well along with the early established gentle tartness. Reveals a nice, dough fruit aspect which blends perfectly into the prominent lemon peel, turning recognizable sweet during the finish.

 1,254 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

2014 vintage. Bottled 7/2014.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, fruit, earth, and slight acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet and sour fruit, artificial sweetener, and slight earth flavors 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 pretty good beer with a solid fruit presence, but I am not getting specific passion fruit qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

 706 characters

Photo of Stevedore
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle from the 2014 Cellar Reserve. Served in a stemmed glass 3/20/2015.

A- Hazy bright lemon-yellow body, two finger white head with good retention time. Nice effervescent, substantial head. Good retention time. No lacing. Thin film, medium collar.

S- Tart citrus, juicy sweet passion fruit aromas, leather, mild funk, lactic acid, oak. Smells absolutely delicious. The lactic acid is fairly heavy in this, at least compared to most Crooked Stave beers, but the passion fruit juiciness balances it out very nicely. Nice complexity and juicy flavours.

F- Passion fruit juice sweetness, tart lemon, plenty of lactic acidity, leathery Brett funk, oak, a bit of grape must. Finish is a very pleasant tart passion fruit flavour. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

M- Medium bodied, on the lighter side, tart with the right amount of crisp carbonation. Very refreshing. Super easy to drink. I wish this one came in a 750ml bottle.

O- Delicious sour ale from Crooked Stave. Very nice juicy flavours combined with plenty of tartness. The fruit flavour in this one is excellent! This one I will be sure to go after if it's released again.

 1,139 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow body. Small white head and a medium collar.

Smell - Musty yeastiness. Grainy malt. A deep breath yields passion fruit, but it isn't as apparent as the Blueberry presence in the other Petite Sour.

Taste - Grain is strong. Wheat. Tart, but not that strong on the passionfruit. The passionfruit comes out a little more in the back end, though.

Mouthfeel - Moderate tartness, never quite sour. Medium carbonation and pretty light.

Overall - Nowhere near as good or fruity as the Blueberry Petite Sour.

 571 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you like passion fruit, this is maybe the best it had ever looked in a beer. My favorite if this round of cellar reserve stuff no doubt. Pale and cleanish fizzy yellow brew, heady and tart as they come in the nose. The passion fruit is sour and ripe and right up front with the Brett and acidity, so mouthwatering it's unbelievable. One sip confirms for me that this is the best crooked stave beer to come our in ages, even more dynamic and pleasantly fruity than batch 100. The fruit is amazingly lively and authentic, and the base beer is as delicate yet sour as ever. I couldn't think of a more perfect fruit to compliment the beer than this. Tart and acid and fruit and funk, wild ale at its finest. I don't know if this is oaked at all, if it is it's subtle, so clean and breezy in its wildness, not woody and mature. Carbonation tickles my nose, way upbeat. If thus came in 30pack cans I might not ever have another beer. It's that good. Just immaculately delicious! I need more!

 988 characters

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Pour is hazed pale yellow with a good bit of white head. Nose is dusty and a good bit of dry leather with light notes of grain. The Passionfruit comes in behind, citrusy, faint acidity, mango. Taste is similar, fruits are really bright, leathery brett up front is softer, acidity is low, light bitterness and fairly sour in the finish. Passionfruit is ripe, citrus and loads of mango. Moderately dry finish with strong carb.

 428 characters

Photo of spoony
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

From a 375 ml bottle (bottled July 2014) to a teku glass.

A-The bottle opens with a slight gush of foam, but settles quickly. The beer pours with about one and one-half fingers of white foam with pretty good head retention for the style. The color is very light, like sunshine and straw. The beer is active and hazed.

S-The aroma is full of sweet, juicy, tropical fruit. I smell passionfruit, pineapple, guava, lemon, and a bit of straw. The sour level is low to moderate for Crooked Stave, but moderate overall. The fruit, not the acid, does the talking here.

T-The taste is similar. It reminds of Juicy Fruit gum: Pineapple, guava, passionfruit, a light lemon kick, some powdery yeast, and a hint of bubblegum. There is a mild lactic pull on my glands on the finish, but the tartness is moderate, rather than severe.

M-The body is on the light side with spritzy, chunky carbonation.

O-As far as tropical fruit beers go, this one is very well done. The fruit flavors are huge and the acidity is mostly in the background, which works well. I don't know that I would drink a lot of this because the tropical flavors can get cloying, but I enjoyed the bottle I had on a nice, late-summer day.

 1,195 characters

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottle opened on 8.20.14
Bottled: July 2014

Looks great. Smells fruity, I guess like passion fruit. Taste is also fruity with a mild tart finish. Very solid, but I liked the Blueberry better.

 193 characters

Passionfruit Petite Sour from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 277 ratings