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Zeke's Belly Up Citrus Surette - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Zeke's Belly Up Citrus Surette
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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 37
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MinorThreat on 10-05-2013)
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Reviews by spoony:
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4.43/5  rDev +3%

From a 375 ml bottle (Summer 2013, Batch 4) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces less than a finger of white foam. The retention is poor and leaves only a stray finger of lacing. The beer is murky and light, golden-orange in color. Carbonation is pretty mellow.

S-The aroma is funky with earthy barnyard/horse blanket scents mixing with tart orange. The scent is on the dryer side of things with a bit of oak and vanilla in there background. There is also a little bit of white vinegar in there. Bourbon is barely there.

T-The taste starts out much like the smell with nice funk, tart orange, vinegar, and dry oak. The finish is a bit rougher and the acidic orange flavors sort-of evolve. I get a little bit of vanilla and bourbon, which gives the brew a bit of an orange creamsicle taste, but then the orange fades leaving a dry oak and a hint of bourbon on the palate.

M-The feel is pretty light in the body with a creamy carbonation in this older bottle. An early bottle that I had right after the release had more pop and carbonation, but I like the mellow fizz better.

O-This is a pretty damn good beer. It is not just a one-note tart, acid bomb like you might expect from a sour beer flavored with oranges. Instead, the on-the-palate evolution from funk to tart orange to dry oak with a hint of bourbon makes for a pleasurable and intriguing drinking experience. The beer doesn't hit you over the head with flavors, but I suspect it would hold up well against some lighter food.

spoony, Mar 22, 2014
More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Janis_Hoplin, Jan 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jtladner, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of jeonseh
4.3/5  rDev 0%

A - Lemon, orange with a hazy dark body with a white head

S - Orange, lemon, sweettarts, white vinegar tartness. Slight blue cheese

T - Orange peel, slight lemon and vinegar with it. Slight blue cheese and funk near the finish

M - Light with good carbonation, a slight dry finish, and a light lingering funk to it

O - Another good sour form crooked stave with a good citrus presence that adds some more tartness to the regular Surette

jeonseh, Jan 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

acurtis, Feb 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BeerBuffalo, Oct 29, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Minimal haze to a yellow body. Small white head. A bit of surface wisping. Thin collar.

Smell - Bright orange. Oak. Sourdough bread. Bourbon. Very nice.

Taste - Citrus and wheaty grain. Bourbon more prominent. Citrus overpowers it after a while, though.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated. Bourbon adds some depth to it.

Overall - This is impressive. The bourbon barrel adds a fantastic dimension to it.

Alieniloquium, Jan 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

claaark13, Jul 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

LotsofLupulin, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of MinorThreat
4.56/5  rDev +6%

Opened day of release poured into snifter

A-golden hue, hazy, pillowy white head that disappears fast

S-bright orange and citrus with surette funk and nice bourbon heat

T-exceptional, boozey whiskey and bright orange round out some brett funk. Just wonderful

M-lively and soft

O- just flat out exceptional. The whiskey and citrus compliment each other perfectly

MinorThreat, Oct 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

ucsbmullet, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%

bottled summer/2013.

375ml bottle with pressure cap.

poured into a Crooked Stave Tulip glass.

Appearance: translucent and glowing yellow orange bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head. Leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass. Head drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: Oranges, wheat malts, and earthy bretty funk in this beer. The nose is fairly mellow overall, but the oranges really seem to pop out at you when this beer get close to room temp.

Taste: Orange zest, brett, and oak barrel are the prominent flavors. In the middle of the beer a little bit of bourbon and vanilla that melds nicely with the citrus and earthy flavors that have a stronger presence. Mild tartness in the form of green apples, white grapes, and meyer lemons(a sweeter, yet still tart variety of lemon). Also more brett funk that is mostly earthy and dusty. Hint of wheat malt and biscuity malt as well. In the finish, the beer has this sweet and tart citrus thing going on that is really nice! The bourbon starts to show more when the beer warms up. Its not overpowering and seems to compliment the citrus and brett flavors nicely. Mild tart oranges and very mellow bourbon seem to linger long after each sip. A unique beer for sure! Nice complexity, very well integrated and balanced saison.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. Delicate slightly creamy and soft carbonation. The finish is crisp and semidry. I can't believe this beer is 7% it drinks like its 4% abv.

Overall: This really reminds me of the St bretta series beers by CS, but the brett is much more tame and balanced with all the other things going on in this beer. I think that this is the only bourbon barrel saison brewed with oranges that I have ever heard of and ever had the pleasure to try. I would say that it is on par with many Hill Farmstead saisons. Crooked Stave made a great beer here! I would say it is in my top 3 saison of all times that I have drank.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

waltonc, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

sweemzander, Apr 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

drewone, Dec 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Steve_0, Oct 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

DaveHack, Nov 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

GregoryMo, Oct 30, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev -3.3%

Bottle opened on 11.25.13
Summer 2013
Batch #4

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a fluffy white head that fades slowly.

S - Funky, tart, oaky, booze - sweetness

T - Funky -tart citrus witha hint of bourbon sweetness.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Unique and tasty, the sweetness somehow helps the funk.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Mebuzzard, Jul 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

ExperimentalAles, Oct 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

HopsintheSack, Jul 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

SkeeterBoganski, Oct 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

belgbeerdrinker, Nov 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Zeke's Belly Up Citrus Surette from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
93 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.