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Crooked Stave Surette - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 73
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DividedAvery on 11-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

(Aged for 9 months)

Slightly hazed, golden orange in color with a moderately sized white head that leaves lots of stick behind. I always expect Crooked Stave's beers to pour with huge heads, but this one didn't. Very pretty beer.

A somewhat sweet and earthy aroma, with mild citrus, white grape, wood, and some mild acid. There's a touch of Brett funk as well, but not nearly as dramatic as in all other Crooked Stave beers I've sampled.

Complex, somewhat sweet, incredibly drinkable, very delicious wood-aged saison. The citrus fruit presence and white grape sweetness complement the earth, grass, wood, and funk very well. Complex though gulpable--exactly what I want in a saison.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Terrific.

I really enjoyed this one--far more than I was anticipating.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Mark for sharing! Quick review from written notes.
Bottle #750/1544 if that matters to anyone.

Pours into a mini-pint a hazed pastel orange, murky with suspended sediment, and a thin veil of foam across the surface.

Aromas of woody eucalyptus and light acidic citrus.

Medium pucker, fruity orange and lemon rind bitterness. Vinous white wine notes, with some lingering traces of Brett yeast in the dry aftertaste. Medium bodied and quenching, would tackle a 750 easily, seems well suited to pairing with cheese and charcuterie.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into an Old Engine Oil tulip. Big thanks to Joe for sharing this one.

A: Slightly hazy orange-gold body with a finger of frothy white head. Nice.

S: Terrific: dry minerality, citrus fruit, grassiness, and apple. Very fresh, very fruity, very spicy. Awesome.

T: Follows the nose - balanced, complex, intense. Fruit, spice, and minerality balance perfectly.

M: A little light and prickly, but ok for the style.

O: Man I love a complex, refreshing, medium-strength Saison. This one really hit the spot.

Cheers!

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of denver10
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice golden color with a thumbs width white head. Sweet and a little tart in aroma along with the funk. Flavor was solid and enjoyable but not quite great due to it being a touch simple. A nice sweet malt backbone to it, some juicy pear, and a nice tartness to it. Medium bodied, smooth, and kind of creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a solid brew..

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle 579/1599 batch 7/11 to Duvel tulip. The beer pours a cloudy orange amber yellow color with a nice 1 finger white head with some retention and lots of lacing. The nose is a blend of oak fruity tartness with a citrus hop flavor and peppery spice. The yeast adds a nice funk. Good. The flavor begins sweet from the malt and fruity character, hints of citrus and apricot flavors. The yeast provides a funky tart sour finish. Oak also noticeable and rounds out a great flavor. Lighter bodied with good carbonation. Overall, very good. I would highly recommend. These Crooked Stave beers are killing it!

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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - batch 7/11, bottle 355/1599. Pours a hazy golden amber with a big fizzy rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is interesting - soft brett, wood, floral notes and some fruits.

The flavor is sweet tangy fruits with some earthy kind of funky brett that is a little acidic. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I like what the brett barrel adds to the saison. One of my favorites from Crooked Stave.

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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

169th Review
Served in a snifter
On-draft at Falling Rock Taphouse

From notes.

A: Hazy orange. Barely a quarter (white) fingernail head.

S: Malt biscuit, wheat, orange zest, white pepper, straw, and some oakiness. Very nice and inviting. Hint of funk, but I had to search for it.

T: Light citrus, wheat, pepper, decent amount of funk, hay, and soft, rounded fruit notes. Hint of tartness near the end which balances the sour quite nice. Not too overpowering, but drinks very smooth.

M: Light bodied with gentle carbonation.

O: Not what I was expecting based on my discussion with my beer guy Paul at FR, but solid all-around. Doesn't drink entirely like a saison/farmhouse, but maybe that's why I enjoy this so much. Could use a bit of age to get more well-rounded, but something I would recommend to anyone interested in exploring the realm of sour beers. This would be an excellent transition because it is fairly mild compared to other "true sours". A nice offering for sure!

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of pwoods
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DividedAvery for the bottle.

750ml Belgian capped brown bottle poured into a RR wine glass.

A: Pours a bright golden color with some orange tinting. Decent head on the pour and some retention. Decent lacing.

S: A good amount of Brett character with some barny, husky, and musty aromas, along with some fruity esters. A solid Saison yeast aroma as well. A touch of oak character, but subtle. The fruitiness gets stronger as it warms, giving a tropical citrus aroma.

T/M: Lots of fruitiness and hop flavor and moderate bitterness right up front. This is quickly swept away by a pretty strong Brett character. More of the barny, musty flavors with and added dose of funk. This lasts through the finish, with a bit more of the bit tropical fruity flavor. Some of the Saison strain mixed in mid to late palate. The oak is very subtle and I feel I'm only getting it because I know it was barrel aged. Body is medium or so with a pleasantly dry finish.

D: Pretty decent beer but the Brett seems to take over a bit... maybe a bit too much. Very interesting, though, I wouldn't mind trying it again.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of mikereaser
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light golden orange with a half of a glass of white frothy foam that faded pretty quickly and left alot of lacing on the glass
S - another reviewer said this smells like a flemish sour and I get that, a very faint version and I really like it. i'm picking up a little bit of cherry, some oak and a bit of wheat grain.
T - Flavor is faint, i'm picking up some light citrus along with the funk and wood. The citrus comes back in the finish a little stronger and has a nice orange flavor.
M/D - Light bodied, very foamy in my mouth, not over carbonated, just frothy. Its very easy to drink and would be great on a hot day sitting out on the patio eating some seafood.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a hazy medium honey orange with an average sized (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that reduced quickly to a thin layer of foam that was left lying on top, thus producing some really nice sheets of lace.

The aroma had kind of funky odor to it and was of a straw like malt, a citrus hop and a barnyard scented yeast with notes of orange, tangerine, ripe peaches, apricot, a touch of oak and a mild tartness.

The taste was sweet and malty with a nice notes of orange, apricot and hints of citrus from the start, and had a strong yeasty sour finish with just a light hint of a woody fruit taste at the end. The flavor lasted a wonderfully long time allowing for the melding of flavors to relax on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just a tad beyond light in body with a nice dry texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall an exceptionally tasty and refreshing brew, one with a nice fruity sour flavor that most definitely left you wanting more.

Crooked Stave Surette from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
93 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.