Sour Rosé is an American Wild Ale by Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project that’s tart, light and crisp with raspberry, blueberry, and finished with oak.

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Sour Rosé is an American Wild Ale brewed by the Crooked Stave, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip glass from a 12 oz. can.

Packaging art for the Sour Rosé by Crooked Stave

Packaging art for the Sour Rosé by Crooked Stave

What You Need to Know

This unfiltered American Wild Ale has been fermented with yeast and bacteria to impart its sour and funky flavor. The Sour Rosé is fermented in oak barrels with second-use raspberries and blueberries. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The Sour Rosé pours a bright, crystal clear red-orange hue and is topped by a finger-thick cap of fizzy white froth that bubbles away rapidly. Fresher examples will show a light haze. The head’s reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue.

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Aroma

The aroma is bright with a scent of tart raspberries, some citrus, and even a hint of yeasty funk with oak.

Flavor

The palate is mostly sour fruit of citrus and raspberry. There’s a hint of blueberry as well and the tasting is finished with a light taste of mineral and oak.

Label art for the Sour Rosé by Crooked Stave

Label art for the Sour Rosé by Crooked Stave

Mouthfeel

The feel of this Wild Ale is light, crisp, and prickly with its moderately-high carbonation. The finish is lightly acidic which aids in making it thirst quenching.

Overall

Its appearance casts a lovely red hue and its aroma is delightful. The fruity palate delights and is balanced nicely with its use of yeast, bacteria, and oak. The crisp and fizzy feel of the Sour Rosé makes this beer an easy drinker — especially during the heat of the summer. You’ll crush this one quickly which makes this Wild Ale definitely worth a try.

Recommended Pairings

Crooked Stave recommends the following food pairings with their Sour Rosé: Washed-rind Cheeses; Chicken Liver Mouse & Pancetta; Seafood of Ceviche with Raw Fish and Shrimp, Aji, Onion, Salt and Cilantro, all Cured in Citrus Juice; Saltimbocca with Veal lined Proscuitto and Basil.

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