The Summer Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve 2014 beers are out. I bought a few and decided to crack them just a day after receiving the package. Premature but I like getting these reviews in and seeing if I should sit on the bottles for a while. I think the Petite Sour beers should be enjoyed within the year and the Nightmare on Brett could last a bit longer.

Crooked Stave Blueberry Petite Sour

Crooked Stave Blueberry Petite Sour

4.3

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20

AdamJackson (2534) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – AUG 23, 2014

2014 Reserve bottle enjoyed 2 ways at 45 Degrees F in stemware.

A – Beautiful color as with all blueberry beers, pink reddish hues, 1 finger carb that fades fast.

S – The nose is gorgeous. Bright, juicy with floral notes, honey dew melon and a nice juiciness. As with most blueberry beers, there’s an earthiness to it. Very mild tart acidity.

T – This is a very mild beer. Weak start, nice lemon tartness w/ a balanced acidity at the middle and the finish is all blueberry. Great taste..no element is overpowering.

M – Crisp seltzer water carbonation sort of like one of those juice sodas from Pellegrino.

O – Nice beer, extremely drinkable and great on a hot day!

 

Crooked Stave Blueberry Petite Sour

 

Crooked Stave Blueberry Petite Sour

 

Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett (Port)

 Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett (Port)

4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20

AdamJackson (2534) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – AUG 23, 2014

Cellar Reserve Bottle enjoyed @ 45F split 2 ways in stemware.

A – Pours nearly black out of the bottle, pitch black with a reddish hue on the glass. 2 finger sticky espresso head which fades slowly to some sticky ring.

S – Nose is very nice! Big grape, raspberry tart dry oaky aroma. Smells just wonderful. There’s a touch of roast…like a Port Barrel Tart of Darkness

T – This is a nice beer. Start tart and sweet with a lot of oak. Middle is merlot grape, oak and obvious sweet port. Roasted burnt wood and some olive brine at the finish. Port then sticks around for quite a while.

M – sweet,. oily and boozy.

O – This is fantastic. Not as good as the Nightmare Grand Cru but it’s up there!

Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett (Port)

Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett (Port)

 

 Crooked Stave Passion Fruit Petite Sour

3.9

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20

AdamJackson (2534) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – AUG 23, 2014 

Enjoyed at 45f in stemware split 2 ways.

A – Very hazy yellow, 1 finger white creamy head that fades slowly.

S – Nose is nice. Mango, lemon meringue, sugary sweet and an earthy mulch undertone.

T – Wow, that’s nice. Great level of acidity, no thinness at all with a delicate light fruit presence. Maybe a touch of peach and pineapple.

M – Sparkling water and very dry.

O – This is a nice beer. Could drink a lot of this but wish it was a touch more fruity.

Crooked Stave Passion Fruit Petite Sour

 

Crooked Stave Passion Fruit Petite Sour

 

Crooked Stave Passion Fruit Petite Sour