Sour Rosé
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #643
Ranked #4,269
4.09 | pDev: 7.58%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Sour RoséSour Rosé
Notes: Formerly Petite Sour Rosé

Crisp. Sour. Bubbly. Elegant.

Primary fermented with our mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria, Sour Rosé undergoes secondary fermentation in large oak foeders on raspberries and blueberries. Showcasing the effervescent, champagne-type character, Sour Rosé is the perfect sour beer for all seasons and occasions. Unfiltered and naturally wild, we package each can with a small amount of yeast to maintain maximum freshness for wherever life's adventures take you.

Cultured in yeast.
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 217
Photo of bubseymour
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Nice light fruity sour. Really clean finish. My only gripe is a little to acidic sour and it overpowers the fruit and would like a touch more funk that seems pretty absen from this beer. Good beer but not quite getting the wild fermented in a barrel...more like a kettle sour.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. can with a batch number printed on the bottom. Served in a lambic glass.

Appearance: The quarter finger head disappears almost immediately and leaves behind a thin ring and a lot of patchy lacing. It's a very hazy, rose gold color.

Smell: It's a faint but pleasant aroma of fresh raspberries, blueberries and humid wood.

Taste: It's sweet fruity, and just mildly sour. The raspberry is the dominant note with a touch of blueberry and oak coming in right after. There's also a slight herbal flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It's light, soft and refreshing with low carbonation. The sweetness gets mildly cloying after a while.

Overall: An approachable beer with a lot of fruit character that's not that sour and should appeal to a wider audience as a result.

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Photo of monkist
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’m a huge fan of American Wild/Farmhouse/Brett Ales and this one is no exception. First off it startles you with its pink color, then comes the trademark sour yeast (my true favorite!) in the aroma and the taste just makes a perfect circle - it is almost like a real rosé but with the excitement of the wild yeast. The body is quite light, almost near to dry but sour, sour and fruity which, in the end embodies a kind of wine-like character.
All the sours and farmhouse ales I had from Crooked Stave had been exceptional and this time I’m taken back to the good old days when I had the pleasure to drink them in abundance. Hope this one marks a new beginning and the way back to the phenomenal American Sours!

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Batch # 2019-7.
Deep gold, with an orange tint, colored body. White fizzy head. Leaves behind some lacing spots.
Aroma certainly expresses the raspberry and blueberry, but the sour yeast character is also there.
Taste is a sweet/sour mix, with the fruit of raspberry and blueberry being more sweet, but the most dominant taste is the sour wild yeast. Dry in the finish.
Medium mouth feel, with minor puckering. Good carbonation.
This is a very refreshing sour beer that allows the berry fruits to express.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is a little hazy yellowish red in color—dark pink when viewed from afar—and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high whit head that quickly died down, leaving some wisps of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sour raspberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste is a little sour and has flavors of blueberries along with hints of raspberries.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and is slightly tart with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the delicate nature of this beer, which was neither too sour nor too fruity. It also had interesting contrasting aromas of raspberries and flavors of blueberries. The light body made it very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

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Photo of nbrady37
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can labeled “batch 2019-3.” Poured into Belgian tulip.
Look is bright ruby red with a white head. Nose is nice wild ale funk along with berry. Taste follows at first with the same berry and the funk in the background, moves toward all berry in the end with a fair amount of tartness coming through in the finish, a smidge of some toastier character coming through in the finish too, maybe some oak but not sure. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Overall tasty sour with good complexity and just enough funk. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Vibrant grapefruit colour. Aromas of wild ale. Wild ale funk profile upfront, raspberry, and cherry pit. Nm blueberry. Tastes light, effervescent and fruity. A crisp light beer. Tastes tart, bretty and full on Brett with cherry. Mild blueberry but hard to suss out. Summery and fun.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish orange with low, wispy head.

Smell is tart and a bit grassy with notes of raspberries, blueberries and lime.

Taste is tart but not acidic, with notes of raspberries, blueberries, lime and dry white wine. Nice balance and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium with bright carbonation.

Overall, a nice sour, refreshing but not very complex.

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Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pinkish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is funky, some raspberries. Taste is very sour, desert dry, light raspberries. Feels medium bodied and bone dry in the mouth and overall, I'll admit that I'm not a big fan of this style, and this one was decent I suppose.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can. Pours a glowy rouge. Minimal head. Aroma is loaded with impending tartness. Unripe berries. Soft wood. Flavor is pretty intense and pretty good to boot. Sweet Tarts. Fruit zest. Wheat. Tangy finish. Berry flavor is quite evident. Lacto. Spritzy and very bubbly. Light to medium bodied. I bought a single and this was a good pickup.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank one of these last week when Rosario and the General came through to drink some beers at the house. Pours an amber color, off white head 1/4". You can see there is some impressions from the raspberry, but the blueberry and malt otherwise keeps this darker than a pink color. The aroma is of wood and raspberry.

Taste was delightful. Good sour quality right in the 6 spot on a 1-10 scale. Raspberry and wood impressions were nice. With more rarity I'm sure this would be rated higher. Acidity and bitterness are plenty restrained despite it having a nice bite to it. Dry finish. I really enjoyed it, and it was plenty affordable. The cost factor really makes me think I could load up on these, good any season of the year kind of beer. Thankfully not really any sweetness to it, just good fruit character, good clean sour minimal if any funk, affordable and available, really hit all of my favorite things like Coltrane up in herrrrrr.

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Photo of Tony210
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light pink color, like a Rose wine. Minimal carbonation. Big funky aroma. Flavor is tart raspberry, nice funk flavor, tastes a little artificial. Crisp and clean finish, appropriate carbonation. Overall an ok sour beer.

12 oz can dated “batch 2018/38”
3.75 rating

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Photo of Stevedore
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, 10oz goblet pour. Relatively cloudy purple-reddish body, one finger white head, short retention and no lacing. Smell is berries- mostly blueberries, less of a distinct raspberry tart aroma though that is there. Mild cereal sweetness, a bit of oak, leather and lemon. More berry. Flavour is mild-moderate acetic tartness, blueberry skin, mild raspberry tartness, light oak and leather, not particularly sour or complex but plenty of fruit to go around. Mouthfeel is medium lighter bodied, good carbonation, slightly crisp with a good mildly acetic raspberry tartness on the finish.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dusky pink; bright raspberry + clean lactic; soft wheatiness, some summer fruit jam, a hint of wood, thread of vanilla, and gentle tart end; soft carb but snappy.

4 4 4.25 4 4.5

Balanced like an acrobat - fruit comes through, barrel makes it dessert like, sour is understated. Raspberries over blueberries, though not earthy seeds or sharpness - maybe that’s blueberries at work. Some else said rose wine; I could see that. If there’s a knock, it’s not very wild - only the slightest cheesy funk. But one of the most sessionable sours ever.

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Photo of ausonius
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

#CrookedStave Sour Rose' Clean, complex, fruity, dry Sour with raspberries & blueberries. Not really Bretty or funky, but really nice oak fermented Sour (as usual) from these guys.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - 1/2 finger offwhite head atop a translucent orange-pink body.

S - white wine, mixed berries.

T - oak, wine, tart raspberries. Quite tart and moderately sour. No bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-light body with high carb.

O - drinks more like a dry wine vs a sweet cider.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fabulous beer and everything a fruited beer should be. The fruit flavors are nuances and perfectly blended. Perfect amount of tartness, funk, sweetness. A joy to drink. yb

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely clear rosé color with a modest head. Head soon dissipates with some wisp of lacings.
Initially, a light funk in the nose followed by tangy citrus, mainly lemon, aromas. Vinous, oaky, light malt, and, of course raspberries and blueberries round out the aromas.
Nice balanced tart taste, not too acidic, with the raspberries and blueberries taking the edge off. Light spice, subtle malt backbone, minimal bitterness, vinous/rosè like. The finish is very dry.
Light, crisp and very refreshing.

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Photo of mkh012
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy salmon-pink with some off-white lacing around the edges.

The nose is mostly band-aid/funk with some raspberry underneath. A little bit of bready sweetness, too.

The taste is tart raspberry with faint bread and white pepper. Nice fresh raspberry flavor with a dry finish. Less funky than the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium for the ABV. Spritzy and clean.

Overall, solid. A nice low-ABV sour.

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Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is fruit/raspberries and mild sweetness/hint of blueberries. The flavor is fruit/raspberries, malts mild blueberries and a mix of sugar sweetness and tart/slight apples in the finish.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Just a wonderfully crafted beer. The berry tartness is omnipresent, but never once overpowering or acidic. Light, floral and full of ripe fruit. Doesn;t pack a giant punch rather a nuanced combination. Really pleasant, a perfect late spring ale.

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- A becher glass receives a muddy pink-red brew with foamy light pink cap rising up to two fingers. The head is short-lived and only a tiny ring remains. No lacing on my glass.

S- The description says second use berries and immediately upon opening the can is a massive aroma of berries mostly of the rasp' varietal. Plenty of depth from the ferment as bacteria and yeast both make contributions with musty funk, sour lactic acid and bread. Vinous oak but mostly the sour and the fruit. No sulfur to report.

T- Big old berries once again with the raspberries really leading the way but here the blueberries bring a fresh blueberry flavor with a nice hint of the husk. Raspberry popsicle leads into big lactic acid, bread, vinous oak, slight hay funk, musty grapes and lemons.

MF- Very much light bodied but not thin as there is just a bit of a silky texture. Medium-low level of carbonation considering the style and it ends bordering moderate sourness after some sipping.

Considering the single was $3 this brings a ton of good culture flavors and a lot of raspberry with some blueberry hints. I could get used to this.

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Photo of rudzud
2.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this can.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden rose hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of nice fruited berries, then egregious enormous sulfur notes. Oppressive and frightening.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice berries followed by horrific sulfur, rotten trash.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. Body use thin.

O - Overall this was a rather horrible beer. Utter sulfur bomb.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of jlindros
3.24/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light fizzy head, no real lacing, pink hazy murky color

Nose is interesting, some decent funk, nice berry and bright fruit, plenty of funk, a little sulfur skunky, rotting vegetables, salty brine, juicy berry, blueberry boisesnberry like too, little wine barrel oak notes

Taste about the same, some fruity berry, bright blueberry boisenberry raspberry like, creamy wheat and base flaked malt, then into the skunky sulfur rotten vegetable thing, mild wine barrel notes, a little oak and vinous notes, rose wine like notes with light wheat beer like

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent fizzy carb but a little light

Overall seems like it would be good if not for the weird sulfur trash nasty character in there

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Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 2018-26 - poured from a 12oz can into a shaped pint glass.

Lightly hazy electric crimson liquid with a short pale pink cap receding to a delicate collar and surface slick. Sandy lacing; poor retention.

Bright, berry-forward, slightly funky aroma.

Tart palate entry with some berry-infused sweetness around the corners of the mouth - pure fruity but dry finish with a touch of oak, white tea, and river stone.

Light-bodied, crisp, gently tannic.

A well crafted, well balanced sour that should appeal equally to novice/advanced sour drinkers. An excellent Summer libation.

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