Crooked Stave Petite Sour | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Petite SourCrooked Stave Petite Sour

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 78
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruity and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to kubrick215 for sharing.

Pours a very cloudy, murky golden yellow color with dark ripe banana hues and a half finger off-white head that quickly dissapears.  Minimal spotty lacing.

Musty, slightly funky aroma with a nice farmhouse/barnyard presence along with toasted oak, lactic funk and musty brett.  Almost wheat/Berliner like with sourdough bread, citrus juice, wild yeast and a lactic cheese character.  Lots of lemon citrus character and the lactic funk stands out more as it warns.

Full bodied, especially for the style with a really nice balance of barrel, dry, musty brett, citrus acidity and lactic funk.  Crisp and refreshing with lemon acidity nicely complimenting the dry, musty brett.  Dry toasted oak carefully blended in, melding nicely and not overpowering the other notes.  Nice carbonation/spritzer like with the lactic funk coming on strong in the back end with subtle cheesiness.  Well balanced and easy to drink considering the complexity.  I really enjoyed this one a lot.  

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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 homebrew311
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is incredibly pale with collar of white head and no lacing. Nose is zesty with white pepper, lemon rind, sourdough bread, and funk. Taste is is very sour up front with heavy bready sourdough character to follow. Citrus tartness comes through next with a clean and refreshing finish that is very tart on finish. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with light body. Overall, very tart and tasty, worth a try.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.2.12

A - Pours an almost clear, very light orange with a large near-white head that fades quickly.

S - Tart lemon and oakiness.

T - Tart lemon, wheat, wood, very nice.

D - Good carbonation, light body. Tart with a farmhouse finish.

O - Another CS winner in my book. Tart lemon and oak goodness.

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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 tobelerone
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this one about as much as the Blackberry Petite Sour, which seemingly goes against the grain here. This one pours a murky pale gold with an enormous fluffy white head that settles rather quickly and leaves no lacing. Big time brett aroma pops up and out of the glass, smacking you in the face with funk, barnyard, hay and overall mustiness. Hot on its heels is an aggressive lemon acidity.

The flavor of the beer flips things around a bit; this one is all about lemon sourness, highly acidic; the taste of brett is more suggested than anything else; it permeates your nostrils with its barnyard funkiness each time you bring the glass to your face but powerful lemon is the lead note here. Enamel is stripped and your teeth are left feeling squeaky.

Medium light body, good carbonation, crisp and refreshing, strongly sour and acerbic, a bit of heartburn emerged within an hour of drinking this, a rarity for me. This one reminded me of an over-the-top Berliner Weiss with tons of brett.

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Photo of nhudson
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Latest batch of Petite Sour mid-2012

A: straw hazy yellow color. White head, very fizzy that disapates very quickly, no lacing at all.

S: Slight barnyard funkiness, melon with lemon zest. I am getting something else maybe a slight hay smell?

T: Funk, tartness. I get a hint of lacto in there as well. I get melon, more of a slight cantaloupe flavor. Lemon zest again in the finish.

M: dry, tart, crisp finishes fine with only a hint of funk left behind. Very drinkable.

O: this being my second bottle I love this beer. While not perfect it's very drinkable at 4.5% with a very easy drinking finish. I wish I had access to an unending bottle supply. I think I could drink one a day.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a white head. Intense pineapple aroma along with some straw, oak, and lots of lemon. Quite citric with lime and lemon zest, a bit of grass, and some mild malt. The flavor is nicely tart, quite acidic, and very citric with both lime and lemon. Mild oak, some tropical fruits, and a bit of must. Fairly light on the palate and easy to drink.

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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 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 rudzud
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into a tulip and shared with JLindros. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a hazy golden straw with a one finger soapy head that fades to leave a sudsy blanket and thin lacing.

S - Interesting, very light barnyard funk and green apple sourness with very light barrel and creamy lacto. I got almost an old cheese note in the realm of funk. Light lemon too.

T - Nice light barnyard funk and belgian funk with more green apple and lemon sourness with light lacto cream qualities on the finish. Its a lingering green apple finish as well.

M - Nice and crisp, super drinkable. The lactose helps this from seeming thin. Nice tart finish.

O - Overall this was a good lower ABV wild. Its all a bit too light for my tastes, but I can appreciate it.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mrand01.

Pours a hazy lemon flesh color with a small bubbly white white head that fades leaving a bit of lacing.

Aromas begin with has some nice tart fruitiness and light wild yeast. I get a lot of wheat and sour citrus fruit, mainly lemon. As it warms there is light pilsner bready malt, light lactic qualities with some mustiness and oak.

The tastes follow the nose with semi tart, light sour lemony fruit and semi-sour wheaty malt base. As it warms you get more of the lacto, musty funk and pilsner malts. As it warms once again the oak emerges more. Falvors profile drinks a lot like a slightly fuller bodied Berlinner Weisse to be honest.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with the same amount of carbonation. Finish is dry, light wheaty, slightly creamy with just a hint of lingering funk.

Overall this was a tasty beer but not an amazing American Wild; it really tastes a lot like a Berlinner Weisse as I mentioned earlier, so it's hard to given top marks when compared to similar beers of the style. Not too funky or Bretty but mainly wheaty and lemony.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i liked this one from crooked stave. 4.5% abv for almost 13 bucks seems steep to me, but i love all the CS stuff, so i had to try it. pours a really pale white beer looking straw color, cloudy, with a one inch white head that relaxes very slowly. smell is quite piquant, fruity, yeasty, and tannic. flavor starts off sort of grainy, wheat malt flavor, but in quickly comes some very strange fruit whack, almost like a mix between fresh blueberries and white grapes, very strange, not sweet, but tart. that fades out to a nice lacto/brett sour finish, which leaves you wanting another sip. it has a sort of white wine mouthfeel to it, a little sweet, dry, and mildly acidic. good carbonation and mellow light body. i have to say i really liked this one. its really different, and the concept of table beer really appeals to me. another expertly made beer from crooked stave.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to daniloknezic for a GREAT extra! Thanks Danilo!

poured into tulip.

reviewed from notes 5/10/12.

Appearance: Hay straw yellow bodied beer with a small white head.

Smell: Wheat, hay and faint lemons.

Taste: Similiar to the nose. Wheat, hay and a nice lemon tartness. Mild tart is imparted from the lemon. Really balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation. Really clean finish on this beer; really easy drinking and smooth.

Overall: Really enjoyed this table beer, but I like the Upright Four just a little bit better because of the spicy and peppery saison notes from that beer. New to the "table beer" style, but I really enjoy drinking them on hot days.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 10 oz. pour into a snifter at Backcountry Pizza in Boulder on 5/10/12

Funky. Barnyard and hay. Hazy yellow with on head. First thing that came to mind aroma-wise was pond water. A touch of sourness with an unusual back end cheese like characteristic. A fair amount of acidity. Despite the wild ale characteristics, there is a surprising hint of caramel sweetness. Plenty of carbonation and a light body. Not the best beer I've had, but a hell of a lot of fun.

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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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Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous looking beer. Short lives white head on a opaque dull yellow body. Leaves a collar and has a little lacing.

Equal parts sour and funk on the nose.

Sour upfront but quickly subsides. Finishes extremely clean.

Medium to medium thin mouthfeel, small prickly carbonation.

Good "table beer". Very drinkable, lots of flavor pack into a small ABV. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT.

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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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