Petite Sour Sweet Cherry | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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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 sweet cherries

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 28
Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip to a nice deep red topped by a half finger of off white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of sweet cherries and some nice sour notes.
T: Taste brings some nice sweet cherry notes which contrast well with the sourness from the base beer. Kind of light on the cherry notes but it allows the base beer to shine a little. Swallow is more sweet cherry with some lingering sourness.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium in body. Carbonation is effervescent and slightly prickly while the beer has a drying finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some good flavors. Complexity is a little low but it lets the fruit and sour play well together. Worth a try.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red in color with a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim and covering half of the top. Deeply tart cherry aroma. I'm tasting deeply bitter and tart cherries. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry. This is very refreshing, simple, and straightforward.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clean, crisp and incredibly thirst quenching the "Petite" series of Crooked Stave's mild mannered weaves in the sweet cherry flavors of bing and attika fruit varieties for a robust flavor without sacrificing satisfaction.

Petite Sour Sweet Cherry pours a rustic mahogany with ruby and garnet hues. A creamy but dry froth cloaks the surface and emits a tangy scent of cherry, lime, apple and lemon with those bold cherry impressions leading the way. Candied sweetness seems life saver-like with pulled candy and cherry juices coating the front of the tongue.

Its bright cherry plate takes center stage on the middle tongue especially as the sparse sugars from malt and fruit quickly retreat and the true acidity of fruit and ale begin to project. Tangy, tart and refreshingly sour, the brunt of the beer trails with a fruit forward taste, light burlap earth, and a curious vinegar-like twang.

Straight forward and dedicated to the cherry one note, the ale shies away from complexity but hits home with a brisk, clean and simple sourness that keeps those sweet cherries front and center. A quick aftertaste of hay, cider and fruit is carried away by the thirst for another sip.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

375ml capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared by schen9303.

As almost any cherry based beer, great color. Nose is a little heavy on the vinegar. Puree cherry is apparent but there's an awkward saltiness in there replacing the sweet and cherry tartness I expect. Beer opens vinegar, cough syrup and tart black cherry puree. Here, the cherry is almost tastes like its spoiled. Very medicinal. The sour cherry is apparent but like the nose, its a bit salty and medicinal. Body is light with moderate carbonation. Slick with some bubbles in the mouth.

I little disappointing though I'm not sure what I expected from a sweet cherry sour. I'd skip this though.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

all of the petite sours are awesome beers, and we are now getting into mikkeller spontan series levels of epicness with how many different fruits have been used in it. i hope it keeps on going. this is a great version, the sweetness in these sweeter cherries is detectable in all aspects of the beer, and aside from the awesome flavor they bring, i like their contribution to the mouthfeel the most. this is real sour beer generally speaking, astringent acidity is common across all the fruit varietals of it, but the cherries here and whatever residual sugar they bring do a nice job of cutting down the apparent acidity and making a more mellow, easier drinking brew. jammy but still fresh too, they are definitely unique, not too desserty. the color of the beer is awesome too, literally blood red rose color, sexy and clearer than i remember all of these being. i have not yet seen bottles of this one, but it is currently on tap at the source and tasting absolutely fantastic. a little something different in the series, real well done, perfect for the holidays! preferable to the tart cherry edition for my money...

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Petite Sour Sweet Cherry from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 28 ratings