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Crooked Stave Surette Reserva - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Crooked Stave Surette ReservaCrooked Stave Surette Reserva

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 34
Gots: 24 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: denver10 on 07-12-2012)
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2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

03-18-2014 01:04:39 | More by size15shoe
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

08-11-2012 18:36:34 | More by WynnO
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3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6.2%. Aged in Oak Barrels. 750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger beige-khaki colour head of fair cream and thickness, but awful retention. Colour is a hazy pale yellow. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy bretts, stale orange peel, and clean malts. There's barely a hint of oak. A mild strength aroma.

T: Orange peel, heavy bretts/yeast, and heavy lactose in the third act and finish. The climax is lactic as hell as well. It's pretty simple, lacking subtlety, depth, and complexity. What's there isn't bad, but it does offer pretty little for the style. I like it in a general sense, but it's far from unique or special. Structurally imbalanced - the third act has all the flavour. Imbalanced in terms of the actual diversity of flavour. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat crisp. Nectary. Good thickness. Ideal carbonation. The mouthfeel is a highlight of the beer.

Dr: Drinkable but far from impressive within the style. Still, I do like it for what it is. Its simplicity certainly holds it back. I wouldn't get it again. Quite pricey for the lack of quality.


Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 07:33:32 | More by kojevergas
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

08-15-2012 01:11:33 | More by Duff27
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3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

CS's Surette aged in oak barrels.

Pours a burnt orange with a 1/2 thumbs width white, effervescent head. An aroma oftart grapes and apples, some mild funkiness and just a slight hint of the oak. Flavor is a nice tart apple and grape in the get go with some funkiness, then the oak comes in at the close it and the finish is a pairing of tart and woodiness. The finish really makes this beer. A crisp, thin and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, an alright brew. Enjoyable enough to drink, not close to being worth the cost, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 23:16:26 | More by denver10
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3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pretty much no head on the beer. The body is like an apricot color and cloudy.

S - it's weird. I get some apricot, tons of oak. There is definite lime and orange.

T - very tart in a green berry and lime rind sort of way. Also some grapefruit. Very lactic.

M - gets you puckering. Very drying. Ok carbonation considering the lack of head. Body is well done.

O - a much more sour beer that I have ever seen from CS. But really there isn't anything that stands out with this one. It's just sour/tart in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 01:03:03 | More by RuckusDu
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

06-25-2013 03:51:29 | More by egrace84
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3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Cellared beer for about 6 months. Drank on 3/31/13 poured into a Crooked Stave tulip.

A: First thing I noticed was a total lack of head. I would've thought it was underaged if I didnt keep it in my cellar for 6 months prior to drinking. Little to no lacing. Pours a hazy golden color with a slight slight (not enough IMHO) orange hue. To my eye, it's just golden and that's about it.

S: Smells much brighter - and much less earthy/funky - than I would've expected from a Crooked Stave brew. Very pungent with bright citrus fruit nose. Peach is at the forefront with some lemon/sour notes in the background. A tiny bit of funkiness associated with Brett is in the background, but it's not overpowering by any stretch. I detect no grassy/hoppy notes.

T: Initial taste is of sour peach and other citrus fruits - especially lemon. A little bit of apple - not as much as other Saisons. Background earthy notes develop mid-sip, as well as the tiniest hint of oak. Sourness is definitely there, but not overwhelming. Curiously, the sourness doesn't hit the rear sides of your tongues as they do in most sours. Instead, I'm getting a more complicated sour character of hitting the middle/front portion of my tongue rounded out nicely by the beer's bitterness hitting the back. Beer lingers on the tongue nicely with a perfect sour note.

M: This is where the beer falls down for me. My bottle was undercarbed. Not just a little undercarbed, either. Barely any carbonation is visible or detectable on the tongue. It is, by far, the least carbonated bottled beer I've ever had. Something must've happened during production because I can't imagine this beer being purposely undercarbed.

O: I always have high hopes for Crooked Stave but this beer falters on a few accounts. First, the lack of carbonation is a real issue that would prevent me from purchasing this beer again. Secondly, while the flavor is overall pleasant, I don't get the funky/earthy notes that I like to taste in my saisons. On the fruity::yeasty continuum Saisons often are compared on, this one definitely falls on the fruity side. I like my Saisons with a bit more funkiness (personal taste). Overall, a pleasant beer but not my favorite CS offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 00:06:10 | More by MighHighBrewer
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3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

thanks to egrace for sharing this bottle.

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken 8/14/12.

Appearance: opaque orangish yellow bodied beer with no head just a ring of white around the glass after a hard pour.

Smell: Really sour smelling beer. fairly funky too. Tart lemons, oak, hay earthiness.

Taste: on the high end of moderate tart/sourness from this beer. Lemons and funk. Green apples, straw, and oak. Got a little bit of earthiness going on also.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer. low carbonation almost flat and still. This was a real downer on the beer. If they could carbonate it properly the beer would just be rediculous.

Overall: Nice smell and taste, but this is a case where the beer really suffers from lack of carbonation. Thats the only thing that hurt this beer the most...

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 16:57:32 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-12-2012 03:50:50 | More by rbrefbeerman
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-22-2012 23:18:23 | More by crobinso
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

05-24-2013 16:58:28 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-08-2012 04:24:45 | More by Mebuzzard
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

08-29-2012 01:46:25 | More by metalgdog
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

06-29-2013 00:18:18 | More by illidurit
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12-03-2012 00:29:36 | More by eawolff99
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

08-26-2013 00:29:22 | More by CypherEnigma
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12-23-2012 18:35:44 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a fizzy white head that completely disappears.

The aroma is acidic brett with some tropical fruit.

The flavor is sweet tart and sour fruits with earthy brett. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, tastes great, but a little under-carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 23:41:31 | More by Beaver13
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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Pours a cloudy light golden and peach color without much visible carbonation. This is almost completely still. Leaves the glass with an oily sheen and spots of stick. quirkzoo told me this was the brewer's intention and is appropriate for the style. Even understanding that, beers are prettier with bubbles. Still a pretty beer.

Pleasant, well-integrated aroma of mild citrus (tangerine and lemon) and stone fruits, a little bit of a basement and brick funk Brett character, and very mild grass/hay.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with the light lemon, tangerine, hay, and mild, complementary basement Brett funk combining with a bit of lactic sour presence.

Medium in bodied with very low, nearly zero, carbonation. Appropriate for the style I'm told, though I think some carbonation always helps a beer taste and smell better.

A lovely beer to share or MarkIntihar, whatever you're feeling like that day.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 18:01:21 | More by ehammond1
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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver. Served in a tulip. Pours a light-moderate copper color. Lightly tart. Some funk. Dry with some wheat in the finish. Light notes of white grape. Really drinkable.

EDIT: Had a bottle last night, and it was exceedingly enjoyable. Nice funk and acidity. Still incredibly easy to drink. I could have gone for another whole bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2012 19:27:43 | More by Thorpe429
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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this bottle from a stranger in the mail, so thanks to whoever you are!

a: mostly clearlight orange colored body. no head to speak of, just a thin ring of bubbles that fade as fast as they appear. no lacing, no real sign of carbonation.

s: sour, tart and funky. Lemon and grape with a lot of brett is mainly detectable.

t: very sour and acidic, but in a good way. tones of citrus and malts with a hint of spice, but mainly the brett takes control of the taste buds.

m: mouth puckering delight. on the flat side, not a lot of carbonation in this one. dry on the finish.

o: even with the lack of carbonation and the over-powering brett in this beer, I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 15:30:29 | More by match1112
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