Crooked Stave Persica 2018
What the brewers say
“Golden sour ale aged in oak with Palisade peaches.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Loads of fresh, ripe peach and peach skin. Funky, slightly musty cellar notes give it interesting complexity. There are a slight floral hops note and some herbal notes (basil and thyme), all rounded with a little Brettanomyces.
Flavor: “Quite lactic and peachy. Juicy, almost citrus. Slightly astringent peach skin. Minimal Brett character. Fairly sour, moderately tart. Finish is a bit mouth-coating. The herbal note of more basil with a hint of soy and it’s a little yeasty, but that helps soften the palate. Nice blend of wood, fruit, funk, and tart. Everything is in balance.”
Overall: “Well-balanced among fruit, sourness, malt profile, wild character, and a light touch of wood with just enough complexity. Juicy, sour peachiness—it’s exceptional.”