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St. Bretta (Winter) - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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St. Bretta (Winter)St. Bretta (Winter)

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87
very good

105 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LotsofLupulin on 01-31-2014)
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Reviews by spoony:
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spoony

Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle (2014/Batch 5) to a tulip.

A-The beer is dark and cola-lioke in color. The head is thin, maybe a finger at its peak, and short-lived. There is no lacing. The foam is tan/mocha in color. Not particularly inspiring to look at.

S-This Bretta is far more sour/tart than the previous iterations with juicy orange citrus being the dominant flavor. I also detect a bit of cocoa. The funk level is low to medium with a bit of oak coming through as the beer nears room temp.

T-The taste is also on the sour side with a citrus/orange and lemon tartness and a bit of vinegar. Brett funk is mild, but not absent, and there is still a bit of cocoa.

M-The body is medium in heft and the carbonation is fine, but prickly on the palate.

O-To be honest, I enjoyed this beer more when I had it on tap at the brewery. That is not to say the bottled version is bad or undrinkable, but it is not the best beer I've had from CS, nor is it the best in St. Bretta series. The funk, cocoa, and sour just did not play as well with each other as you would hope. Still, this beer is worth a try for any CS aficionado.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 03:56:20 | More by spoony
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St. Bretta (Winter) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
87 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.