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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 | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by pkeigs on 08-02-2011

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 95
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 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 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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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 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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Crooked Stave Pure Guava Petite Sour from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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