The Petite Sour Farmhouse Table Beer from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in Fort Collins, Colorado (soon to be in Denver, CO) pours out golden straw in color with a good deal of cloud and is topped with a one finger, snow white head the readily reduces down. On the nose, aromas of lime, lemon, hay, some earth and a little minerality. In the mouth, this is tart right off the bat but in no way too tart. Lemon like acidity, some lime, tropical fruit (guava like, maybe some breadfruit too?) giving the faintest bit of sweetness and a touch of funk. Finely carbonated with a light body. Not much lacing on the glass. Crisp, clean mouthfeel. The finish is long and dry with a pleasant tartness lingering.
A very refreshing, well crafted beer. If you have not quite bought into the sour beer craze yet I think this Petite Sour would be a perfect stepping stone to get you into some of Crooked Stave's more sour beers. This is tart but you're not going to feel like your trying to down a bottle of vinegar. Probably not as tart as some lemonades, so, give the kids the lemonade and enjoy the Petite Sour yourself.
Notes: This is the second batch of Petite Sour and used a lacto and Brett mixed culture for a portion of the beer which gives the beer a cleaner acidity when comparing it to the previous batch. Petite Sour is aged in one of Crooked Stave's oak foeders as a blend of two beers.
750ml bottle, 4.5% ABV
Beer 106 of 366 for 2012