Petite Sour - Tart Cherry | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Petite Sour - Tart CherryPetite Sour - Tart Cherry

Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wild ale aged in oak barrels with tart cherries

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 108
Photo of Franziskaner
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber hued beer with a fingernail of off white around the rim. The aroma is of exceptionally tart cherries. I'm tasting bitterly tart cherries with a bit of lactobacillius. The mouth is very smooth from the oak aging, moderately carbonated, exceptionally crisp, and dry.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle, label says 5.0% ABV, no dating on it that I noticed. Served in a teku, the beer pours a hazy reddish/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like tart cherries, funk, wood and bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some bubblegum and earthy flavors. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and has a good amount of soft carbonation. It's also easy enough to drink. I thought this was good, but I wish this had a little more kick to it (with more fruit and tartness). Still worth a try if you've never had it before. $7.99 a bottle.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is cherries and big Belgian wild yeast/Brett. The flavor is cherries, fruit, mild thin sweetness, malts, a smaller hint of scotch and a long and tart/very dry finish.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Getting a lot of tart out of this, but not a whole lot of cherry. The cherry flavor is in there if you dig for it. It's not a very obvious incarnation of cherry. Flavor is very deep in there and fights a little bit to come through the sour flavors of this wild ale. Some of the flavors are a little too medicinal. Some of those volitiles never quite settled down. Bubblegum phenol is still there to be found. Still, an enjoyable example of the style. I would happily seek out other examples from this brewery.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle poured into a Teku
A: Pink, plenty of carbonation but a thin head that disappears quickly
S: Sour cherry, hints of citrus and floral
T: Matches the nose but tastes light, tired and lacks complexity
M: Light-bodied, sour
O: Decent but not great, I can't find a freshness date on the bottle but if this was indeed brewed once in 2015 this bottle is likely past its prime

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

375 mL bottle. Light reddish body. Smell is cherry and cereal grain. Taste is lightly sour. Cherry without being very distinct. Kinda sweet cereal finish. Medium body. Kinda boring for a cherry sour.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: rose-colored, with a spritzy head made up of very small bubbles. Hazy, some of which is certainly chill haze.

Aroma: strong lacto and funk. The lacto is at levels that is mouth puckering from the aroma alone.

Flavor: tart, mouth puckering so. The funk is upfront but not overpowering. The funk is a combination of Elmer's glue, leather and oak. The cherries are barely detectable. The fruit could as easily be from the Brett. Very light malt if any. Light and not too dry.

Mouthfeel: light to light-medium. Spritzy. Thirst quenching.

Overall: enjoyable - certainly worth trying, but Crooked Stave has better offerings...(WWB #100, Sentience). My most recent fruit sour - for comparison sake - was Avery's Raspberry Sour, which I prefer to this Crooked Stave offering.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from May 2015.

Pours pink with a chill haze and a quickly fading head of white with a hint of pink.

Aromatics lead off with cherry skins and some lemon in the back. A faint hint of cinnamon.

Light bodied with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is thinnish.

Light cherries on the palate with a mild tartness following through. Short of being sour.

Finishes with some lingering red fruit and light funk.

Tasty beer but it could benefit from more cherries and a higher carbonation level. A bit light duty and restrained.

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Photo of M_chav
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

beautiful transparent cherry red poured. beautiful.
Aroma of jelly, cherry jelly or jam and tons of sour qualities, usually I don't get a huge nose on most sours, but this is nice.
Tastes jammy again, I love this. Huge cherry poppin goodness, big strong fruit forward flavors, I hesitate to call this tart, its just delicious.
Feel is hardly sour or acidic, more pungent and rich from the cherries.
Overall a really enjoyable beer from Crooked Stave. definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from the recent release. Served in a stemmed glass.

Body pours out dark pink, slightly reddish, with a one finger white head with nice effervescence, quickly drops into a medium sized collar with a thin film covering about half of the surface. Smells of a moderate tart cherry puree, mild bready scent, not particularly funky or acidic but it faintly reminds me of cherry pie. It smells a bit acidic as it warms up, though, but overall a fairly static nose. The flavour is very good, with a moderate amount of tart cherry juice, no cherry skin to be found; it plays interestingly well with the tart lemon citrus flavours of the base petite sour and Brettanomyces. There is a mild grainy breadiness that supports all of this in equal balance. A bit of musty, old grainy funk is present on the finish as well. The flavour profile is not punch-you-in-the-face intense, but there is a good complexity and interesting balance of flavours. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, customary for this line of Crooked Stave beer. Good carbonation, easy to drink, nice light musty cherry flavours on the finish. Overall, a nice drinking AWA that brings a good balance of tart cherry and light dry lemon citrus together with a mild breadiness. Very tasty, not mouth-puckering, fair amount of complexity, makes for a great drinking beer when it's hot out and you want something a little more interesting.

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Photo of spoony
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 375 ml bottle (March 2015) to a tulip.

A-The beer is a fuzzy pink color with a light haze. The head is pink tinted and off-white. It fades quickly from a finger of foam to a thin film. No lacing.

S-The aroma is pretty funky with suggestions of barnyard and cheese. There is some tart, medicinal cherry, and a bit of lemon sourness. Pretty mellow and lighter on the fruit than other beers in this series.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. Moderate to light hints of tart cherry, some raspberry sourness, and a good amount of funk. The finish dries out a bit and suggests oak with hints of vanilla.

M-The body is medium to light in heft with a moderate amount of carbonation. A nice fit.

O-I have been enjoying the Petite beers from CS recently, but this one is probably my least favorite of series. I guess I was expecting more fruit, but this one just seems a little tame for me and the funk didn't fit as well with fruit. That being said, this beer is not bad and I would drink it again, but it doesn't quite live up to the previous flavors.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pale pink and slightly hazy. Reminds me very much of a dry rose wine. Love it

Smell: Some funk from the Brett very much Barnyard to me. I'd say its pretty subtle but then I can't really pick up much else on the nose.

Taste: The Brett is understated and not as funky as I was expecting based on smell. I does have nice acidity though I wouldn't necessarily describe this as tart. Cherry almost comes across as Strawberry. This one is really reminding me of a nice dry Grenache based Rose.

Feel: Medium Dry. No carbonation. Its a little thin but overall very pleasant for my preference.

Overall: Really interesting Wild that I feel had it been named anything but Tart Cherry probably gets a slightly higher rating from me. It just wasn't Tart or Cherry enough for me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this is really tasty, the latest of this now seemingly endless stream of fruited takes on this base beer. im not sure i get a ton of cherry from it, and what i do get is a little hot and medicinal, but the base beer is awesome, and i think less covered up by fruit than it is in some of the other editions, which is why i still like this as much as i do. its pale pink in color, not stained neon like some of the others in its fruit color, the head is airy and light, definitely less dense than the boysenberry edition. smells tart for sure, less cherry, you get the funk and acidity of the base beer coming through a lot more than in the others, maybe a higher dose of fruit would help it, but having the cherry as an accent flavor is kind of nice. maybe too this will change overtime, i know a lot of these go up and down with how forward different elements are, so maybe ill give it awhile and we'll test it again. for now, its a refreshing sour ale, more puckery than boysenberry, and thinner in body, seemingly lighter all around. carbonation is right on point, they all are, and the finish is long. the cherry comes out most in the finish, but remains a highlight not a dominant player. excellent quality beer overall, this resurgence of creativity from crooked stave has been a real welcome event, keep em coming baby!

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Petite Sour - Tart Cherry from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 108 ratings