Serenata Notturna - Blueberry
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Serenata Notturna - BlueberrySerenata Notturna - Blueberry
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #226
ABV:
12%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,522
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 5.87%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
88
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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
 
Colorado, United States
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Serenata Notturna - BlueberrySerenata Notturna - Blueberry
Notes: Belgian style golden ale. Aged in Oak Barrels with blueberries.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 88 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Franziskaner
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber hued with a fingernail of amber tinged white around the rim and covering the majority of the middle. The aroma is of faint blueberries. The flavor is a blend of tart brettanomyces, tart blueberries, and woodsy oak. The mouth is dry and smooth. My bottle was made in January of 2016 and initially gushed upon opening despite minimal disturbance with opening.

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Photo of bshefftz
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rosé wine red. Sour and dry, a decent lambic, I don't get a strong blueberry flavor or aroma, just a general berry tartness. Strong for a lambic at 10% - my bottle says 10% even though the listing here says 12%. Again as with most lambics/wild ales/sours, I'm left feeling that they're not really my thing.

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Photo of kevanb
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle, January 2016 stamped on the bottle, poured into a Crooked Stave snifter glass.

The beer pours a bright blood red color, beet and garnet hues, pink head, frothy and soapy with about a finger of height that has good retention and soapy lace. The aroma is good, strong blueberry skin, fleshy and tart berries, peppercorn, funky yeast, a bit of wine like vinous acidity, pale grain. The flavors are okay, nice berry flavors, light oakiness, red wine grape, peppercorn, strong belgian yeast and some moderate funk, light spice, tart citrus peel and some fusel alcohol. The mouthfeel is good, coating, lively medium body that is pretty smooth and has a tart but dry finish.

Verdict: A good wild ale from Crooked Stave. I was pretty shocked at how boozy this one turned out to be, doesn't hide it one bit, but despite that, the blueberries are front and center and the mixed fermentation comes across nicely as the funk is nicely developed and well integrated.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This bottle gently gushed upon opening, and had been sitting idle in a fridge for a good few months. The body is fully opaque mauve--they must have used a shit ton of blueberry puree--with a large, light pastel pink foam that retains permanently at about a half-finger.

Smell is oak and biscuit with a surprising note of phenolic spice that I'm not sure I remember getting from any other Crooked Stave sour, finishing with a blueberry wine aroma.

Taste is smoky, sour oak, sharply acidic malic blueberry with accents of lemon and green apple. At times I get impressions of balsamic vinegar, and some bitter fruit skin.

Body is medium thin but with an airy, mouth-filling froth. This one's sharply sour at times, with a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, bottled January 2016. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a dark red color with a couple inch light pink head. It was a slow gusher when I opened it, so make sure you have a glass ready when you're opening your bottle just in case. Head retention is excellent, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like blueberries, oak, funk and blackberries. It tastes like blueberries, blackberries, citrus peel, oak, grainy malt and earthiness. Good amount of sweet and tart flavors going on here, and it just got better the longer I drank it. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a pretty good brew, certainly worth trying! I know I'd pick it up again the next time I see a bottle.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beertemple. Dark ruby pour with a thin pink head. Notes of raspberries, blueberries, light fruit sourness and a tart aftertaste on top of a thin - but more detectable than in other sours - caramel malt layer. The alcohol is hidden really well.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky purple color with pinkish head. Aroma has blueberry, fruit sweetness and a hint of funk. Taste starts with some fruity sweetness but gets quite bitter on the finish with bitter cherries and fruity pits. Light to medium body with soft mouthfeel. Really good one, fruity with the ABV hidden extremely well.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is blueberries, funk/Brett and mild grain/malt sweetness. The flavor is blueberries, fruit, grains/malts, mild sweetness and a long and very tart/dry finish.

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Photo of rjp217
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Borderline incredible. So much juicy blueberry. Great dark red color. Intense blueberry aroma with a nice oak and blueberry presence in the flavor. Somehow this is 12%. Great job Crooked Stave

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Photo of Benish
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: poured a deep raspberry color with little translucence. Looked like a delicious raspberry fruit smoothie. Little bit of blue sediment at the bottom. The head was a tint of purple that dissipated slowly.

Smell: instantly blueberries! As the beer warmed up, it became a mix berry aroma with some noticeable lactic tartness.

Taste: the berry flavor just hits you. Tasted ton of berries with lactic tartness and sour fruit. It was sweet and rich. Could say its almost like a berry smoothie.

Mouthfeel: smooth and medium bodied. I wouldn't have guessed this was a 12%.

Overall: truly outstanding! Some beers claim they add fruit to their sour and I may only find faint notes - but this one is the exception - sweet juicy blueberries/raspberries. Surprising this is a 12% as I do not notice any alcohol presence.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-a bit of a gusher, purple pour with fine, persistent effervescence. Blueberry is present in the nose, as well as lemon and wine. Flavor is mineral with a refreshing astringency and an oaky finish. Blueberry flavor is quite noticeable and welcome. This was pricey (for me) but really, really good.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bringing a Belgian attitude to Colorado, the character of fruit lambic hits the American wild ale with a clean, crisp and vivid focus on, this time- blueberry fruit.

Deep mauve and with the purple and bruised blue hues though the center, the surprisingly bright beer builds a mid-statures, mid-length froth that bursts to the nose with tangy fruit-forward succulence. Robust with the dark blueberry fruit, other notions of sharp red wine, cider, currant, blackberry, plum and cranberry all come to mind with a soft overtone of musty wine cork and an overall cellar-like funk. Its sweetness is juicy with fruit flavors and grape must as a soft candied flavor greets the tongue.

With the sweetness drifting and the essence of fruit billowing on the middle palate, the beer's acidity begins to shine. Sharply sour and laced with the tangiest and most tart version of blueberry, the medley of natural fruitiness supports the berry additions extremely well. Dry oak, earthy flavors and an aura of damp burlap chases the taste into a snappy, tart closure.

Medium-light in body, the wild ale trends dry, crisp and highly refreshing. Easily replacing the most robust red wine for complexity, succulence and charm, the beer's identifiable fruit character is locked in as the senses are seduced by the allure of blueberry. Bracingly sour in finish, the acidity strips the thirst with ease and leaves the aftertaste with fruit must and oak spice.

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Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives the color of blueberry juice and capped by a mauve head; splashy lacing

Smell: Lactic blueberry tones with a hint of oak

Taste: Lactic blueberry and wheat tones with sourness building through the middle; oaky, dry finish, with some warmth

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; tannic dryness on the sides of the tongue

Overall: Love the blueberry angle with the base beer

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this beer is so good. love seeing crooked stave using blueberries more. they flatter so many of their beers, i hope we see even more blueberry releases, something about the fusion of their cultures and this specific fruit that i love. hazy pink color, looks thicker and more dense than i remember the base beer being. i smell the booze through the fruit, but the blueberries are super pungent too, tart from the skins and sweet from the flesh, both elements are there. i get wheat and sweet from the grain base, and a little less acidity than i remember the base beer having as well. lots of funk though whew, its horsey and musty and maybe a little belgian too. the berries bring out some of the best of the yeasts, adding different acidity at the right time, and sweetening up to balance and prolong later on. it almost has a base like a belgian tripel, bigger and with some sweetness on purpose. its a nice big platform for a healthy dose of this fruit. its about as blueberry forward as any beer i have had, and another wonderful tweak on a crooked stave beer. on tap at the source while it lasts. very distinctive and delicious, better than the original in many ways for me. i hope this gets bottled.

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Serenata Notturna - Blueberry from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 88 ratings