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Crooked Stave Pure Guava Petite Sour | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Pure Guava Petite SourCrooked Stave Pure Guava Petite Sour

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:
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Added by pkeigs on 08-02-2011

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 97
Photo of 303beer
4.47/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light peach color. Smells all tropical and tasty. Ummmmm. That'd like very tropical grout with a touch of sour at the end. I like that a lot.

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Photo of jcartamdg
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color, highly carbonated(this was a gusher out of the bottle) crazy head that disapates completely within a minute. Aroma of funk, tropical and citrus fruits, I do smell guava, crazy after reading that there is no fruit in this beer at all just the fruitiness of the yeast. Taste follows the nose, a bit spicy but not black pepper spice, more acidic and citrusy. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, I feel a little less carbonation may showcase this beer a little better but overall this beer rocks, I'm glad I got to try it!!!

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Photo of pkeigs
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure Guava is a nice American Wild Ale, brewed with an entirely new process. Although the first samples poured at different festivals smelled like Butyric acid, the bottles are tasting fabulous right now. The brett has really gone to work on the acids that were left, and it is starting to smell entirely of tropical fruit, a little barnyard funk and some oak. The best pour comes with the most yeast. I am a big fan of this brett strain! The taste continues from the aroma but has a very nice lactic acid tartness to it, the brett still comes through and adds some nice complexity to the beer. Finishes out nice and clean, with more of the sour. I really think this beer is going to age incredibly, after tasting a bottle 6 weeks ago, and letting them sit in my cellar the beer has changed 10 fold.

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Photo of riored4v
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/24/11.

Poured in to a tulip. Hazy copper body. 4 finger, foamy head settles to about 1 finger.

Aroma had strong guava and tropical fruit. Some notes of Brett and a sharp tartness. Mild earthyness. Some light maltiness.

Taste had a sharp tartness but enjoyable. Some mild acidity. Good guava flavor upfront followed with a mellow malt sweetness. Some musty/funky notes from Brett are present, although light. Citrusy and a little bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel had light body and high carbonation. Super dry finish.

Overally a nice sour. Good tropical and fruit notes makes it a great warm weather beer. Low abv as well. Reading a bit about the beer before made me a little nervous to try since the reviews were hit and miss. I was happy to receive a quality product.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip, thanks Mark for sharing this one!

Hazy saturated orange gold, rising carb trails, a little bit of sticky lacing around the edges.

Earthy fruity guava aroma, some moderate acidity and a light dusty sweetness. Complex, fruity, fresh and pleasant.

Comes off a little bit thin at first, crisp and acidic, very fruit forward with guava and lime, with a lightly earthy undertone of coriander in the finish. Body is light and carbonation is relatively moderate. A very drinkable fruited wild ale, great when paired with food, as it has a nice light acidity that scrubs the palate clean. Comes across a bit like a sour tropical witbier if you use your imagination.

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Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure Guava pours a cloudy orange color with a quickly dissipating head of small white bubbles.

When this beer is poured cold there is a faint smell of vomit which comes from the use of butyric acid. For those of you who attended Avery Sour Ale Festival, this was the “vomit beer.” It is astonishing how much this beer has grown and developed since then. As the beer warms, the vomit smell abates and gives way to tropical fruits; guava, apricot, pear, Brettanomyces funk, some sour, oak, and hay. Also, a little swirl really helps the aroma.

Flavor starts with guava, grapefruit, apricot, barnyard funk and an ever so pleasant, not overpowering tart sourness.

It is medium bodied and stays true to its’ ABV: it is a light, refreshing, sessionable sour.

Overall, Chad Yakobsen is killing it. Any Crooked Stave you see, buy it.

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Photo of CMB2012
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Champagne flute.

A- Gusher. Cloudy orange/gold/copper with thick white foam.

S- Citrus heaven. Lemon, lime, orange, coriander, sweeter tropical fruits like melon and guava, pale malts, rye/wheat-like spices, some tart funk towards the end. Overall very enticing.

T- Very acidic and tart up front: lemon is dominant for me, followed by some sweeter (I assume) guava flavors. The intense beginning falls flat in the middle and finishes fairly clean and crisp. There is some lingering fruit and acidity.

M- Right on target. Sparkling carbonation, dry, good lifting qualities.

O- Not as deep and complex as I had hoped, but it is pretty easy to drink and there are no stand out problems. In the end the flavor falls short of the aroma.

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Photo of SuperWhite92
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has come a _long_ way since I first tried it at some of the brew festivals earlier this year. Here's my latest impression

Pours well- great carbonation, lasting head. No complaints in the appearance department. Smell, however, is a different story. At this point in time, there's definitely still a very obvious bretty diaper smell to the beer (although it has very significantly subsided from a few months back). Huge turn off, but I discovered that the more you swirl the glass, the more it smells like it should. I imagine this will fade with time, and I sure hope so, because this is what's ruining an otherwise stellar beer for me. The flavor has barely any of the trashy smell in it- it's far more impressive without a doubt. Very tropical fruit flavors come out with only a trace of the leathery brett character. Definite oak presence as well. Very tart, and somewhat dry, but not overly so.

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Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from JMBSH, from 1.5 years ago. It seems from comments people had some bad luck storing this beer, or receiving bottles not properly sealed. I had none of that. While we got some initial nail polish aroma,, I found the yeast aroma to be fine. A nice sour, great carbonation with honeydew, cucumber, lime, fruity kiwi. A very tasty sour finish. Enormous bubbly creamy head.

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Photo of Phelps
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was picked up at Funkworks, where Crooked Stave currently brews, by ottovon. Thanks to his generosity, this was poured into a tulip. It’s made with oats and wheat, spiced with coriander and sumac, and spiked with brett. Bottle 1237 of 1765.

Apricot brown, clouded and muddy. One finger of dense, orange merengue-colored head slowly descends, becoming ever more frothy.

Funky nose. Touches of hay and lots of lemon meet with equal parts of guava. There’s also a lot of acidity in here. Nice balance.

Delicate flavor — it’s not in your face, but rather carries nice balance. Sweet guava and wheat lead the way, then lemon peel and vinegar rise to meet it. Citric acidity slowly builds and ebbs after the swallow.

Tartness is fairly tongue-buckling. Moderate, massaging carbonation and an impressive amount of fizz. The silky body is medium-light. Bright and light on the palate.

Pure Guava Petite Sour is a good little brew. Nice touches of guava sweetness add interest and balance the acidity.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this for the hell of it since it was a brett beer brewed in CO. Super cloudy orange color, it gushed at first and had a head but then it was gone. I smelled the rumored vomit for a brief couple seconds even though I let it warm up but then it was gone giving way to a funky brett smell. The flavor really does have a bit of sweet tropical fruit mixed into a wheaty and funky melange. There is a hint of sour but it is super mild. It tastes good and the flavor really outdoes the aroma by far. Overall this is pretty good and I look forward to the Wild Wild Brett Rouge and upcoming Crooked Stave brett beers.

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Photo of bbeane
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 5/11 Bottle 1269/1765
Reviewed from notes...

A- Poured into an oversized wine glass... starts with a finger thick bone white fizzy head with no retention. Beer is a very cloudy straw color

S- Not really sure what guava smells or tastes like but I assume that it's contributing the tropical fruit aroma accompanying the funky sourness. I also am getting a hint of menthol or mint... maybe the sumac?

T- Sourness mingles with tropical fruit flavors from start to finish.Tropical flavors intensifies in the finish, and seems to linger after swallowing

M- Light bodied, light carbonation

O- An interesting offering, though nothing I would rave about. The sourness seemed a bit dull

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Photo of RoninTK3
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange/yellow with a ton of head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - A lot of people complain about the smell of this one, but I didn't find it objectionable at all. Tartness and tropical fruit with a hint of funk.

T - Not a ton of flavor. A bit of tartness with quite a bit of guava and apple. Some funkiness. Kind of a weird aftertaste, but this is definitely where the fruit comes out. Very light beer.

M - Very light and crisp. A lot of carbonation.

Don't see the complaints about this beer. It's a light, refreshing sour that would be great on a warm summer day. Not a whole ton going on, but I definitely like this one.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Choice City Deli, Ft. Collins, CO

Poured into a pint glass (it was supposed to be in a stem glass, but whatever...Choice City is terrible) a very hazy burnt orange color with a finger or so of delicate white bubbles for a head, which dissipated to almost nothing. Aroma of fruit: guava, apricot, pear, banana; also some noticeable yeast and spiciness, with notes grass and wet hay. Taste was quite similar to the nose, and fortunately not too sour, as I had a whole pint to conquer; not always an easy task with the more extreme sour beers. Sweet malts and sugars just noticeable for a second before the fruits kicked in, mainly guava and apricot, with a definite grassiness and a bit of funk and bready yeast. Medium-nearly-full-bodied, chewy, woody. Complex and good, but one glass was just about all I'd ever need. At least in one session... Come to think of it, I'd probably like to try it again, though that will most likely not happen.

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Photo of bfields4
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy dark golden body. Large white head dissaptes quicky.

Funky brett sour citrus apricot and tangerine notes.

A bit vinagery same citrus notes as the nose but not as intense.

Light and lots of carbonation. Decent brew, but nose was more promising than the flavor.

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Photo of jamescain
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shiffer, thanks to Scott from Freetail for sharing this one and letting us have bottle shares.

Appearance: Cloudy orange color with an off white head that fades into a lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: This is by far the weirdest part of the beer. I've never smelled a beer and the first thing that comes to my mind is "sharp cheddar." I don't really know how to rate this part, it was not a bad smell, but just not something I expect to be coming our of my sniffer.

Taste: Tart, peppery, with hints of citrus, grapefruit and tropical fruit. I enjoyed the taste, which was nothing like the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Tart, light, and drinkable with medium carbonation.

Overall: I don't know what Guava taste or smells like, if it taste like this beer I would probably enjoy Guava juice, but if it smells like the beer, then maybe not. Interesting for sure, just not my favorite thing.

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Photo of joshclauss
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wild ale brewed with coriander and sumac. Batch 5/11. Bottle 361/1765.

Take one: Fresh out of the fridge, this thing smells like what I assume Sex Panther would have. I've gotta be honest, it smelled like pure vomit more than pure guava. Has virtually no taste, either. Do NOT drink this at fridge temp.

Take two: following service suggestions of 40-50 degrees.

Now, I get it. What did smell salty before now breaks into a nice roundness to the nose. It's amazing what can be done with brett. Previous reviewer nailed it when he said to swirl it a bit before diving in, because that totally makes a difference. Funk, grass, white wine, even some pear. A great match for the deep, burnt orange hue, pretty clear with a lot of obvious effervescence. Big bubbles form an active, pearly white head that dissipates slowly, but completely.

Flavor is as expected. It's got a foundation of grapefruit, with the spices creating a peppery overtone. Lots of citrus, and still plenty of barnyard, mineral characteristics that reinforce the scent. Bottle carbonation keeps it nice and light like a good porch cocktail should be. It's tart or sour, I suppose, but it really only serves to play up the white grapefruit element. True to its ABV, it comes and goes quickly with little to remind you you just had a swig of beer, other than the yeasty aftertaste.

For a first-time retail release, this beer is a swing for the fences in its uniqueness. A sessionable, barrel-aged sour beer fermented with brett sold in 750's and coming in at $12 per? Artisan beer project, indeed, Crooked Stave. That's balls. It's a good beer, not great, and I'd say that even for the style it's going for. The flavor, while interesting, feels hollow - as though you keep searching for that other flavor to describe, except it's not there. Can't gripe about anything else, though. Once warmed a bit, the nose is insane like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The beer feels fantastic on the tongue, and looks like a sunset. I just wish it tasted the same.

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3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 12.8.12

A - Gusher! Pours a hazy light cider brown with a very fizzy light tan head that fades pretty rapidly.

S - Funky, fruity, some barnyard funk.

T - Mild guava, earthy, dirt, horseblanket, tart finish.

D - Tons of carbonation and a light body.

O - Very fruity on the nose, more tart and mild on the tongue. Good thing because Guava tastes like puke.

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Photo of Domingo
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Popped the lid off and this one went wild. Quite a gusher! Pours a peach-like color. Probably worth noting that this had been in my fridge for about a month and was allowed to warm a little.
Things calm down a bit, but the carbonation is still definitely strong. The gushing wasn't exactly what I wanted, but at least it stays foamy.
The nose is still a bit rough on this beer. There are fruity notes, but they’re definitely still hidden below a weird layer of bleu cheese funkiness and bile. It’s not as rough as earlier versions, but I’d say it’s definitely not up my alley.
The taste, on the other hand, seems to be totally separate from the nose. When served cool it’s almost too mild, but as it warms I get a lot more from it. Mild tropical fruitiness, citric tang, and a little bit of peppery yeast. Pretty tasty once it warms, so I think any future bottles I wouldn’t chill at all.
The nose is still a major turn-off for me, but the flavor’s good. Not sure if that'll ever mellow out or change, but it would make this a LOT better for me personally.
Not something I’ll seek out necessarily, but I’m still interested in other CS offerings.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife picked a bottle of this one up for us a couple weeks back and we shared it with a group of friends. Poured a hazy gold with a small lasting white head. Aromas of straw, bread, citrus and barnyard. On the palate, this one was quite sour and fairly light bodied. Flavors of bread, straw, barnyard and citrus with a crisp dry lightly tart funky finish.

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Photo of liamt07
3.07/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, Batch 5/11 - bottle 1687/1765. 750ml into a tulip

Hazy orange, with a huge white head (bottle was a gusher). Huge white head, great lace and retention. Nose of nail polish, bubble gum, hydrochloric acid/vomit, funk and tropical notes. Tastes of bubble gum, tropical fruits and loads of acidity, lactic predominantly I think but the puke-y hydrochloric acid prevails as well. High effervescence, and sour finish. A palate wrecker, some certainly undesirable notes here.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - WHOA!!! I've never seen a beer open like this one!!! It rushed out like Champagne.... Poured a big thick white soapy head. Brew is cloudy Peach color. Amazing rush of bubbles in this one... No lacing.

S - Very nice spice. Almost smells like a Saison. Peppercorns, lavender, apple all come out in the nose. Quite nice for the style. There's a lot missing from this one, not overwhelming nor impressive.

T - A lot going on. Some light fruit; apple, pear, peach... Very light, too light.

M - Holy Carbonation! Slightly distracts from flavor. Light body with wonderful coverage. Once settled, the brew almost tastes flat.. >:(

O - Glad I tried this brew, very unique. Recommended. I would like to visit the brewery next time I'm in the area.

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Photo of grittybrews
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a thick straw gold with a small finger of off-white head. Distinctive aroma of popcorn, blue cheese, and hints of bile. Not very pleasant, but certainly memorable.

Moderate carbonation and a mouthfeel so light and dry you wonder if you actually sipped it. Flavors of dry grass and bread up front with hints of lemon and tropical fruit and a light tartness on the finish.

Can't think of another beer with this combination of flavor/aroma...worth trying for the novelty.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.92/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, batch 8/11, bottle 1278/1765. The bottle is a big gusher. It pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a big fizzy white head that retains fairly well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is overripe fruit, baby vomit and blue cheese.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruits and some brett with a dry champagne finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of sharp carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer. It's getting better each time I try it. The first time it was very young and there were overbearing vomit notes in the nose and taste. Now, it tastes good, but there's still some vomit in the nose (but much less).

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2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a straw yellow tih a nice white cap

S: Barf bag? Toe jam and as a another reviewer mentioned below...blue cheese

T: As I take my first sip, nose buried in the glass the shock of the nose begins to thwart the taste but ah..I press on. Light guava and funk, not like the nose but brett induced funkiness

M: Light body, dry

O: Average on taste but poushing through this is initially tough

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