Category Archives: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave Serenata Notturna Blueberry

Brewery: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Country: USA
ABV: 12%
Style: American Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Mixed fermentation Belgian style Golden Ale aged in oak barrels with blueberries.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.8
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 375ml bottle, bottled in January 2016. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy murky reddish brown colour with a one finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Funky, oak, vinous, herbal, mixed berries, blueberry skin.
Taste: Lightly sour and tart, blueberry, oak, lemon, herbal, brett, leather.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Hides the 12% abv well. And while there is nice blueberry and oak notes, there is also this flavour that didn’t fully integrate, that I’m going to describe as ‘herbal’ but not exactly herbal, as I don’t have a better descriptor.

Crooked Stave L’Brett d’Blueberry

Brewery: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Country: USA
ABV: 6%
Style: American Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Golden Sour Ale aged in oak barrels with blueberries.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.23
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 375ml bottle, bottled in December 2015. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy reddish orange colour with a slight purple hue, and a near two finger off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly but settled to a nice thin replenishing cap while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Lightly tart, blueberry skin, lemon, blackcurrant, slightly herbal, with notes of oak and funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, blueberry, blueberry skin, lemon, blackcurrant, oak, funk, with light leather.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Enjoyable blueberry and blackcurrant flavours, with good oak and funk.

Crooked Stave L’Brett d’Cherry

Brewery: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Country: USA
ABV: 6%
Style: American Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Golden Sour Ale aged in oak barrels with cherries.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.12
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 375ml bottle, bottled in September 2015. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy reddish orange colour with a one finger light pinkish head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Tart, sweet cherry, oak, and funk.
Taste: Lightly sour and tart with sweet notes, cherry, oak, light funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: The cherry comes through nicely and much more than both Petite Sour cherry variants, so I definitely preferred this more.

Crooked Stave Petite Sour Tart Cherry

Brewery: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Country: USA
ABV: 5%
Style: American Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Wild Ale aged in oak barrels with Colorado Montmorency cherries.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.63
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 375ml bottle, with no bottled on or best before date. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a one finger white head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Light cherry candy, cherry skin, hay, wood, funk.
Taste: Tart, lightly sour, funk, barnyard, oak, with only very slight hints of cherries.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: There is some fruitiness, but cherry flavours and even in the aroma were definitely lacking.

Crooked Stave Petite Sour Sweet Cherry

Brewery: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Country: USA
ABV: 5%
Style: American Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Wild Ale aged in oak barrels with Colorado Bing & Attika cherries.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.81
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 375ml bottle, with no bottled on or best before date. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A very lightly hazy reddish orange colour with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Cherry, cherry skin, lemon, citrus zest, oak, and funk.
Taste: Lightly tart, sour and sweet, lemon, cherry, funk, hay, and oak.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice and enjoyable, but it wasn’t as cherry forward as I hoped it would be, with the citrus, funk, hay and oak seemingly coming out on top.