peteinSD (1451) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Scott - thanks! Pours a bright and vibrant hazy yellow with a small froth of white foam that quickly reduces to a slick of bubbles. Steady and lively carbonation. Aroma is light wheat-type grain with funk, lemon, minimal tart, and gueuze-like characteristics. Taste is not as complex as the flavor suggests and is heavy on the sour with tart, wheat, and lemon. Clean mouthfeel that gos a bit watery into the finish. Hugely flavorful sub 5% ABV beer. I really like this beer. The brewer has an original vision and is pursuing it; a few tweaks to the beer and it could easily go from good to world class amazing. Looking forward to trying more Crooked Stave offerings.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
stchloe (931) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderful sour, cool and crisp with cidery apple notes, a bit oaky, nice tartness with berry flavors
Blairgus (3962) - California, USA - OCT 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
23 oct 2025, bottle. Pink. Nose is faintly tart and a bit yeasty. Thin body and mildly fizzy. Tastes like smarties candy and faintly tart. Nice.
procraste (464) - FRANCE - OCT 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
C’est une chouette bière et je me retrouve tout con lorsqu’il s’agit de décrire ma dégustation .. Avec les Sour/gueuze et autres, je vois bien qu’il y a des différences, mais les mots et le recul me manquent ... En tout cas, ça a l’avantage d’être léger ( moins plombant qu’une gros stout par exemple ) autant que parfumé tout en stimulant joyeusement les papilles.
RalphE (1) - Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The last of the original breed pulled from the cellar to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. Nice smooth blend of subtle complexity. From Chad’s early nomadic efforts at Funkwerks. We both agreed that there has been nothing tastier!
djd07 (8357) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a cloudy yellow with medium off white head that lasts. The aroma is stone fruit, wheat, funk, oak. Thin mouth, tart wheat, nice funk, clean, very nice.
CousinBrenden (128) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reddish to orange color with very light carbonation. Smell of musty oak and tart stone fruit. Flavor tart and fruity, great balance of the two. Saison like finish without the prick carbonation. Similar to a nice lambic.
Strife21 (315) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish orange with thin white head. Smell is pomegranate, yeast, spice and fruit. Taste is sweet pomegranate, then sours to a vinegar red wine taste. Medium body heavy carb.
GarrettB (1376) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
February 2nd, 2013 - My visit to Crooked Stave is coming to a wistful end as I approach my last sampler glass: the Petite Sour. I’m unsure what makes this sour "small", but everything before it has been acidic, and tasted like a small miracle in a glass. The Petite Sour is much more buttery on the nose, and I suspect, uses Brett to achieve a farmyard smell. But imagine a farm setting in a misty, dewy morning, hauling shaggy, wet hay. That’s the first whiff of this sour, with follow-up smells of popcorn, cornbread and grits - several smells I’ve never encountered quite so strongly or elegantly in a beer before. The flavor goes in a completely different direction. The palate is noticeably thin, and first delivers a cleaner, sweeter taste of cereals, corn and pineapple...actually, lots and lots of pine apple and orange juice. So much so that the Petite Sour begins to taste like a sour and tangy piña colada. Odd to have such a tropical flavor in a gray, snow-laden city? Yes, but it’s another creative expression of Crooked Stave’s adventurous brewing. This doesn’t reach the same apogee of perfection as the Brett d’Or, but it’s fun, and well worth chasing for beer tasters on safari in our fine city of Denver.
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 mL bottle. Pours a hazy orange-amber color with not much of a head. Aroma of mild brett, mild lactic sourness, buttery malts, jammy stone fruits. Bright. The taste is lactic sourness, citrus, stone fruits, a bit of brett, blackberry jam and wood notes. Medium bodied, low carbonation, mild lingering funk, lingering fruits, decent balance. Nice beer.