St. Bretta (Winter) - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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Reviews by spoony:
3.81/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
02-26-2014 03:56:20 | More by spoony
More User Reviews:
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
poured into a tulip glass after aging a bit
appearance - dark brown on the pour with very little lacing.
Smell - roasty malts up front and i get some coffee and chocolates
Taste - super tart up front which leads into a sweet citrus taste to be complimented with malts and tart at the end
Mouthfeel - lots of acidity up front, but finished quite sweet
overall - by far my favorite seasonal st. bretta after letting them all age. this one had so much going on, that I found each sip different
05-05-2014 21:20:27 | More by beatenbyjacks
3.55/5 rDev -8.5%
Dark brown, thin head that leaves just a few islands floating on the surface.
Very odd scent. Musty and tart, with a bit of sour milk. Light citrus. It's unappealing.
Thankfully, the tart and citrus are more pronounced in the flavor. Juicy and sour. A hint of dark roasted malt.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium, as is the carbonation.
Overall, very meh. It's hard to get past the strange smells spouting from it.
05-07-2014 01:45:37 | More by Vonerichs
3.31/5 rDev -14.7%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.
A thick chestnut brown malt color out of the bottle, and fills with a very dark mahogany brown and a bit of faint red. Barely a finger of tan head, leaving a thin collar. Looks a bit like a weak oud bruine.
Weak and subtle nose. Strange whipped milk chocolate, and brett like lemon dryness. Kind of subtle and not very distinct.
Palate is a bit lifeless particularly in the mouthfeel. Extremely wet bodied, and almost seltzery. Slightly juiced flavors and quality save it a bit, with hints of citrus orange and almost fruit punch. Minimal malt sweetness and a moderate acid. Not really much going on.
Overall it's not terrible, but really not that great either with not much for me to say.
06-15-2014 22:22:44 | More by smakawhat
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—only slight traces of dark brown are present near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short off whit head that died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with notes of orange citrus.
T: The initial taste starts off like a Belgian Dark Ale but is sour and has notes of oranges towards the back end that lingers through the finish along with the sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't initially look like a wild ale from the appearance, but once you taste it you start getting the sour flavors from the brett. The orange aromas and flavors add an interesting touch.
06-28-2014 17:05:55 | More by metter98
St. Bretta (Winter) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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