Crooked Stave Petite Sour | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Petite SourCrooked Stave Petite Sour

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hopfacebrew on 04-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of denver10
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a a hazy greenish yellow with a white head that quickly recedes. A mild aroma of funky yeast and some lime. Flavor follows suit with an unassuming funkiness paired with some lime and vinegar. No tartness really shows itself, let alone sourness, I sensed it hiding in there somewhere but it never chose to come out. Medium bodied some activity. Overall, Crooked Stave with a miss on this one. Very meh overall, nothing bad but it just falls flat and doesn't really pack much of interest here. Boring and forgettable.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a weissbier glass in me friend Brendan's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Expectations are low given the brewery. Reviewed live

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, poor thickness, little cream, and average retention. Colour is a cloudy pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible - something of a crime considering the style. No bubble show.

Sm: Wild brett yeast, hints of lemon, heavy lactic notes, traces of wheat (?), and clean barley. I don't get oak at all. A moderate strength aroma. Fresh and inviting.

T: Bretts, lemon peel, pleasant lactic notes, mild wheat, clean background clean barley, and more standard yeast to style. Somewhat simple but quite enjoyable. Quite refreshing. No alcohol comes through. No subtlety. Nicely balanced and built for a simple clean beer, but lacking depth. I do like it, but its simplicity holds it back significantly.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Refreshing. A touch too thin. Slightly overcarbonated - especially for the style. Complements the flavours in a general sense, but certainly isn't tailored specifically to them.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. Very refreshing and pleasant, but lacking the depth and complexity required to make it truly great. I'm starting to gain a little more faith in Crooked Stave, but I'm still skeptical of the simplicity of their brewing process.


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Photo of craftaholic
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tart and tasty, nothing to write home about but definitely delicious

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Photo of blakelive784
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky orange golden color with a thin white head of two fingers. Retention is awful given the low ABV. Generally appealing.

S - Lactic acid and brett funk along with spicy wheat and gentle citrus notes. Strongly acidic. Tart and sour, though seemingly well balanced. Incredibly inviting.

T - Strong brett notes and lactic acid open to a simple yet refreshing light body. Orange zest finishes. Very well balanced between the yeast and fruit. Far from complex but incredibly refreshing. It'd benefit from a bit more layering, but I like it for what it is.

M Light bodied, highly carbonated and smooth. Probably ideal for the style.

D - It's no powerhouse and its not complex, but it's easy drinking and got good flavors working for it. I'd have it again if the price were a bit lower.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Beaver13
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a thin fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar. Note, hazy at the finish due to the bottle conditioning.

The aroma is some fruity wheaty malts with some acidic, tart brett and some earthy funky yeast.

The flavor is tart acidic fruits and brett with some funkiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low but sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice milder session sour.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, Josh!

Hazy, light golden orange with a moderately sized, quickly forming, big-bubbled, near-white head that leaves spots of lace down the glass.

The aroma is a simple combination of green apple juice, mild funk, and some sour element. The apple element shined through more and more as the beer warmed.

The flavor too is very apple-forward, with a mild to moderate amount of sour character, some earth, and very minor funk. A simple, drinkable, tasty table sour.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A nice, simple, table sour.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bill for getting this and other bottles out to me. Served in a Cellar Reserve wine glass. Nose starts with slight sulfur but fades to hay and lemon. Slight funk. Good wheat body. Dry funk. Light acid. Easy drinking. This is something I certainly won't mind having another bottle of.

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Photo of Domingo
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While some of their earlier releases didn't work for me as well - this one hit the spot.
Essentially looks roughly the color of a pilsner, although you'd usually pour this into a goblet or wine glass. Not as heady, but that same kind of straw/gold color with a hint of haze. The last little bit is extra hazy from the settled yeast.
The nose is straight ahead and citric and bready. No off notes or bile. It's simple, but good.
The flavor mirrors that, too. Bready and mildly sweet with a little bit of grapefruit rind and "wild" yeast funkiness. The yeast isn't adding any off notes and the funkiness is extremely mild. People who don't like sour beers might actually be pleasantly surprised. It's almost like a mild version of a sour beer.
With the low ABV and clean finish, putting down my 1/2 of the bottle was easy. In fact, I wish I had more...and that this was in 6-packs or smaller/cheaper bottles to keep around regularly.
Good and simple. CS's recent stuff has been right up my alley.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that I bought because I keep wanting to find an amazing beer inside one of these Crooked Stave bottles but they just haven't really wowed me yet. Pours out a very light color but in the glass looks murky orange-yellow, decent head. Smells like butter but not buttered popcorn, more but more buttered bread, maybe that is the lacto? A hint of funk in the nose as well. Taste is slightly sour, bread and butter, not bad at all. My only complaint is the price point. This is not a $13 beer. If these were $8 per 750ml I would probably question it a little less but when you are charging Jolly Pumpkin prices the beer better be Jolly Pumpkin quality.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Petite in what way? Anyway, this stuff pours a milky pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, light wheat, and a touch of funk. The taste brings in more of the same, with more funk, more tartness, pervading. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying feel. Overall, an enjoyable session sour, one of the very few such creatures I've yet encountered.

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Photo of Spider889
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Mayor of Old Towne in Ft. Collins.

A - A nice polished bronze color. Excellent clarity with visible carbonation rising. Tall white head that dwindles quickly. No lace.

S - Funky, almost off-putting foot and vinegar aroma at first. This then leads into a very pronounced bubble gum aroma.

T - Mildly tart. A bit horsey and funky with some green grape and white wine flavor.

M/O - Bright carbonation. Overall not a bad little sour.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1410th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Taster

Bottleshare in Naperville

App- A very light yellow with a very fizzy first pour and fades quickly. The cling is almost non-existant.

Smell- A smell of sulfur and pee really was the general feeling. A slight note of funk and must.

Taste- The taste is very similar to Petite from JK but this was more dank and bitter. A little bit more punch and flavor.

Mouth- A lighter body and a bit soft with a light and high fizzy body. Residual damp funk with a little citrus.

Drink- Was okay. Good way to start off a tasting with something light. Probably wouldnt have again but was flavorful.

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Photo of cvm4
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, light golden to yellow. The fizzy half finger head fades quickly with no lacing.

S - Barnyard funk with sour pear. May'be a touch of lemon peel.

T - Starts off with some mild funk. It's not cringing sour, but definitely lets you know the sour apple has arrived. The sour stays with you long after you've swallowed the beer.

M - Light, crisp, dry finish and very drinkable.

O - It's a pretty solid sour at a lower abv point.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crooked Stave's petite version of Surette. Petite Sour farmhouse table beer. Poured from undated bottle the beer pours to a tulip a hazy golden yellow with a smaller 3/4 white head with minimal retention and lacing. The nose I a gentle blend of tart sour character with noticeable Brett and Lacto tones. Perhaps a hint of toast on the back end. The flavor builds from a mild saison flavor with hints of earthen hops, toast, and oak that is quickly overpowered by the tart sour character found in the nose. Light and refreshing the sour nor tart is too powerful and provides a nice flavor on the palette. Finishes with a tart that disappears rather quickly. Well carbonated and light bodied. Overall a nice refreshing beer, enjoyable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from this brewery. Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a nice creamy almost 1 finger pasty white head that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, then disperses to pretty much nothing, the beer of a hazy lemon meringue like color.

Nose has some nice tart fruit and light wild yeast. Tart slightly lemony fruit, little creamy malt gives a light lemon meringue like aroma as well, light bready funk, light Brett and lacto with a light mustiness of funk, hint of vanilla oak.

Taste starts semi tart, light sour fruit, hint of green apple, and light sourness in general. Light funk, little musty funk, bready malts, hint of barnyard Brett funk but just a touch. Slightly thin feeling, but the Lactose adds a nice tart but creamy like, and bit of dusty oak in the background. Finish is dry and light bready, slightly creamy, just a hint of lingering funk but it's mostly gone.

Mouth is lighter bodied, lighter but decent carb, slight creamy.

overall not bad, a but light for a sour, and funk is there but barely, nice tartness, bits of fruit, very drinkable though.

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