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L'Brett D'Or - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

L'Brett D'OrL'Brett D'Or

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BA SCORE
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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 6.91%


Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kojevergas on 12-23-2012)
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bccocx

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into teku glass

A- Cloudy yellow/orange with white head and light glass lacing

S - Brett funk... Zesty aroma that's definitely sour. Hints of apple, oak, and other fruits

T - Sour is the first thing that comes to mind. Not over powering by any means. I'd describe it as more sour than funky. I pick up a lot of apple / lemon flavors. The funk does linger. Really well balanced

M - Light overall with medium carbonation. It finishes up with a dry / slightly funky finish

O- An almost near perfect beer. Great appearance and smell. Unique flavors. I really liked the use of Brett in this beer. I'd like to acquire some more of this!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 22:32:47 | More by bccocx
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amnesia85

Connecticut

4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Chilled in fridge, pour into HF stem. thanks to my friend in CO for hooking this up!
A: cloudy golden dark-amber with a white colored 1cm head. Plenty of Co2 champagne like bubbles, very reactive and clings to the glass when agitated, responsive. Minimal lacing.

S: sour granny smith apples, white grapes, shocker candy, old dank wet wood

T: initial taste is very acidic … sour apple which leaves your tongue wanting more and more. As this beer goes down the hatch I continue to taste the powerful puckering tartness of the beer. The back end of this beer tastes like you just licked the porch after a fresh rain.

M: light mouth feel with light to medium carbonation.

O: overall I think this beer is up to par with beatification, and golden canary. The only thing that sets it apart from these 2 is the powerful oak after-punch. With some time this beer will be hard to beat side by side the competitors.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 04:46:46 | More by amnesia85
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jvillefan

California

4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A pale yellow and hazy body with a very thick and white head.

S: Very good. Very sharp esters and sour aromas. Perfectly balanced with a subtle sweet caramel sweetness.

T: It starts off as a very pleasant sour apple flavor and then it transitions to a perfect sour caramel flavor. This should be a measuring stick for all sour beers.

M: Nice heavy body with a very sharp carbonation.

O: Amazing sour. Get this one as soon as you can.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 04:59:32 | More by jvillefan
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mroberts1204

California

4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Holy jesus christ monkey balls. I've been wanting to try this for a while and it definitely lived up to the hype. Upfront sourness, juicy chardonnay, vanilla, oak, sweet honey, slightly acedic on the back end. Truly amazing. Light to medium body, insanely drinkable, and overall one of the best American wilds I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 02:27:48 | More by mroberts1204
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jegross2

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the L'Brett D'or from the Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project out of Denver, Colorado.

Score: 97

2012 vintage bottle served in a Perennial snifter/tulip hybrid glass and enjoyed on 06/04/13.

Appearance: Pours a murky and translucent dull golden color with a thin layer of off-white head. The color is not as vibrant as the dry hopped version. Average lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Sour juiciness! Sour orange, lemon juice, apricot, peach and white grape. Smells like tropical citrus juice that is slightly infected. Has a strong nexus in aroma with the dry hopped version, but without the hop character and a less "intense"/in-your-face citrusiness. Touch of straw, hint of alcohol, and a touch of funk too. 4.75/5

Taste: Tastes just like it smells. Sour citrus juice. Juicy juicy juicy! A little more apricot and peach forward than nose. Tastes like tart, bretted tropical Minute Maid juice. Dry oak flavor in the finish. A little lacto and lemon. Quite very tart. Has a little bit of funk and plastic flavor in finish, which was not present in the dry hopped version. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light plus bodied, low carbonation. Very tart. Dry on the sides of the gums but less dry on tongue. The tartness of this brew makes the tip of the tongue tingle. 5/5

Overall: One of my absolute favorite American sours. It is quite similar to the dry hopped version, which takes the citrus intensity to the next level. I wish I had more of these! I will have to stock up during the next release.

Cost: $10 for a 375 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 14:52:59 | More by jegross2
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dirtylou

Washington

4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap @ falling rock

Heavy goblet pours - bright straw-orange body, lovely white lace. Lots of citrus, funky grassy goodness, lots of brett notes, vinous white wine, yellow peach, passion fruit. I had a few pours of this, really lovely beer from an impressive brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2013 04:16:27 | More by dirtylou
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brydeen

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed as part of Blind BIF round 8

A: Pours a crisp, orangish hue. Thin, white fizzy head, with just a little retention. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Earthy brett funk. A slight tartness, but subtle. A light toasty oakiness lingers in the back.

T: Funk, grassy, light citrus. A light toastiness with a subtle sweetness. A floral hop presence even? Delicious for sure.

M: Medium bodied, just the right amount of carbonation. Nice dry finish.

O: This is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. It's very lightly tart with a nice funkiness balancing it out. Another Crooked Stave winner. I need to track down more of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 03:28:46 | More by brydeen
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larryi86

Delaware

4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JMBSH for this!!!!
12.7 oz bottle poured to a snifter

A- A hazy golden orange color with a two finger white head.

S- Sour, some funk, light fruits, apples, apricot, oak, some white wine.

T- Very sour, lemon, apricots, nice funk in the finish, some oak and white wine, definitely has a good amount of brett.

M- Light body, ton of carbonation.

O- This is my first beer from Crooked Stave and it is great. Very sour. Could be more balanced, would like a more funk, but still a amazing beer. Again big thanks to JMBSH for this one!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 03:05:05 | More by larryi86
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emerge077

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick review from written notes, thanks Joe for sharing!

Murky yellow orange, peachy toned with champagne streamers rising, sheets of soft white foam lace in the glass, end of bottle pour was opaque.

Huge tropical passion fruit aromas and taste, fleshy peach pit, puckering sourness with a nicely dry finish. Light bodied and effervescent. Crisply sour and vibrant. This is a real contender, up there with Temptation to my taste. I could see the dry hop version being pretty interesting, in the same vein of Le Terroir.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 02:54:16 | More by emerge077
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 4.6.13

A - Pours a cloudy dark orange with a thin off-white head that slowly moves to the edges.

S - Strong Brett, wood and some fruitiness.

T - Brett, white wine barrels, apple-pear fruitiness.

D - Lower carbonation with a medium body.

O - Brett with a nice fruit and white-wine barrel influence. Damn Chad knows his stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 03:38:59 | More by HuskyinPDX
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largadeer

California

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, 2013. Bottle @ Ale Arsenal. Hazy blond with minimal head retention. Bretty barnyard funk and pineapple fruitiness on the nose, with a touch of lactic yogurt-y tartness and a hint of phenolic plastic. This beer really shines on the palate; the mix of fruity and funky brett and gentle lactic acidity is near-perfect to me. Peach, pineapple, yogurt. Medium-light body, supremely quaffable. I could take down liters of this stuff. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 04:01:30 | More by largadeer
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metter98

New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that left lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose—similar to what you would expect from a gueuze.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has stronger flavors of sourness with notes of oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite sour but in no way does the sourness completely overwhelm your palate.

Note: 2013 Batch 2

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 12:20:20 | More by metter98
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Yoshi Optimator for this one.
12oz grey waxed bottle to a Prairie teku
2013 Batch 2

A - Soft creamy orange color with a thin cap.

S - Funky citrus, lacto tartness, french cheese, spicy, apricots, peaches, general stone fruit, dusty yeast, hints of white oak wood, pineapple, lemons.

T - Tart and funky off the top, spicy yeast, sharp lacto, under ripened pineapple, undercurrent of peaches and lemon citrus laced cheese, white wine, minerals, pale malts, grassy hops, nice sourness with the funk playing mainly to the nose. Finishes dry oaky, and snappy with salty mineral notes.

M - Light body, creamy carbonation, snappy and crisp tartness, dry finish.

Really nice funk with a sharp tart edge. The brett shined and paired very well with the oak and sour stone fruit. I'm diggin Crooked stave.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 00:51:10 | More by StaveHooks
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one during the Churchill's weekend festivities.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, Brett, herbs, and a peachy fruit aroma. Taste is much the same with super tart grain and fruity flavors and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice balance between sourness and the Brett presence.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:18:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden with a light haze and a small white head

S - Tart lemon, light blue cheese funk, and tart vinegar that gives it a good balance of tart and funk 4.5

T - Green apple, lemon peel, white vinegar and light oak. Reminds me a bit of a sour apple juice. Light blue cheese funk near the backend that balances the tartness 4.25

M - Not much carbonation but has a tart bite from the vinegar and tartness. Finish has a light tingle near the end.

O - Tart and lightly funked sour that has a nice apple presence balanced with a slight blue cheese funk

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 18:33:16 | More by jeonseh
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml, 2013/Batch 2
Deschutes TEKU

A: Pours a completely hazed right yellow orange color. Initially a tight bubbled fluffy bright head. Sticky lacing. High carbonation.

S: Brett funk. Apricot. Some other tropical notes. Oak dryness. Vinous character.

T: It's funky, not sour. Brett. Apricot. Peach. Tannic dryness. Oak. Finish is dry and crisp. Not Gueuze by any means, like the label quote mentions. Wonder if sour would come up with time.

M: Lighter medium. Not as highly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 21:08:54 | More by inlimbo77
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ablackshear for this beer!

375ml bottle sealed with pressure cap and silver wax.

vintage 2013 / batch 2.

poured into crooked stave tulip glass.

Appearance: translucent pale yellow bodied beer with a full finger of white head that drops down to thin uneven cap.

Smell: sour lemons and vinegar. wheat malts and mild funk. smells bright and clean.

Taste: lemons and tropical fruit notes start this one off. A mild, almost a moderate pucker factor from this beer. Lots of yogurty/cheesy notes in the middle of the beer. Oaky and earthy. Mild dusty funk. It reminds me of a berliner weisse beer in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Creamy and bright mouthfeel. Clean finish that is slightly dry. Very drinkable beer! This beer drinks well below its listed abv of 6%.

Overall: This is a really nice offering from crooked stave! Its not quite a full on sour; it really reminds me alot of a high end berliner wiesse beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 02:27:49 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into HF fest glass, thanks Josh (thebigredone)

A- Pours a straw colored yellow with a bit of cloudy haze, about a quarter finger of white head forms that quickly resides leaving some thin spotty lacing, carbonation a little bit on the low side and inconsistent.

S- Nice yeast profile with a bit of hay, straw, souring organisms, and a pleasant citrus aroma consisting mostly of lemons. Fairly aromatic, nice complexity and sour/yeast profile, will continue to develop nicely with age.

T- Tart acidic lemon juice up front with a wheat base and a bit of hay, straw, and barnyard funk. Finish is sour zesty lemons and lemon peel. Nice flavorful sour without being overly acidic.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation to lightly tingle the tongue fitting with the sour profile without being over-carbonated, fairly drinkable without being too acidic.

O- This was a nice mildly funky sour with distinct citrus qualities. Definitely one of the better American sours I've had and I'd love to try this again sometime. This will only improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 00:17:52 | More by jaasen64
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to d4radio for some CS goodness

Pours vibrant yellow with a 1-2 fingers of off-white pillowy foam. Decent retention and a little bit of lacing.

Definitely tartness on the nose. Musty white grapes, sour apple and pear with a little wheaty twang.

Very balanced flavor. Has typical brett funkiness, but also a good clean tartness to add more depth. Sour grapes and apples with a lot of drying oak and musty funk. Glad to see some tartness as I generally feel just brett/no sour is boring.

Smooth mouthfeel. Adequate but below normal carbonation. Oak and tartness create a dry finish.

Nice beer. Has good brett character, but also sourness to bring everything together. One of the better Crooked Stave beers I've had as of now.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 11:21:27 | More by jmarsh123
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dunt for sharing this!

White head. Golden orange in color.

Flavor is very sour and funky. A nice grape and wine flavor. A lot of peach and apricot flavors. Funky and fruity. It ends with an odd butterscotch flavor.

Mouthfeel: sour and tart. Lighter bodied.

Overall, this is a really nice sour. Very easy to drink with a lot of awesome fruit flavors. I am a big fan of this one!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 23:51:41 | More by mothman
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Rimbimhoot

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2 from 2013 poured into Bruery snifter

Appearance is light golden straw with some haze. Some lacing and thin ring of bubbles around the sides of the glass.

Smell is funky, lots of Brett yeast, light pineapple.

Taste is mostly about the Brett. Nice mild sour flavor, oak tannins, tart white grape, no alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light, nice carbonation, dry.

Overall this is a great wild ale. Definitely more funky than sour. I would love to taste this next to Sanctification. Very easy to drink yet also complex

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 05:19:39 | More by Rimbimhoot
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denver10

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange-bronze with a slight translucent head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is funky, woody, and sweet. Sugared apples, a little bready, oak, hay and a slight tease of some thin vanilla. Flavor starts off nice and sour and evolves into sweet; apples, caramel, a little oak, and sugar coated hay. As it warms, a little vanilla can show itself. Medium body, some activity. Overall, this a great brew and right up there with Crooked Stave's best. They are really beginning to hit their stride. Digging the new size format for sure, not digging the price point.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 01:49:43 | More by denver10
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle courtesy of SalukiAlum pours a lightly hazed gold color with a small white head that leaves small dots of white lace.

Nose has a nice blend of honey, brett, sour grapes, mold and fruity hops.

Taste has a little bit of everything...fruit, sweaty gym socks, tart grape skins, and leathery brett. I really like it, but it has a little funk that is a little on the dirty side. Great stuff, funky-licous!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:39:00 | More by twiggamortis420
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flayedandskinned

California

4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage, batch 2
Poured into a Duvel Tulip

Appearance: (4)
Pours a hazy straw gold with a tightly bubbled, pure white 2 finger tall head. The head quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing behind.

Aroma: (4.25)
Wow, as soon as the beer is poured, you're blasted in the face by that signature Crooked Stave funk; Musty hay, dried apricots, sun worn leather, pineapple, damp earth, peach flesh and a fairly strong medicinal edge. This medicinal tone is almost band aid-y in nature. A slightly lemon juice perceived tartness gently cuts through the massive Brettanomyces forward nose. As the beer warms, vanilla undertones from the barrels poke through softly.

Taste: (4.25)
Much more sour than the nose; as soon as the beer touches your tongue, you're struck by a blast of clean, crisp lemon-like acidity. This juicy sourness takes center stage throughout the taste, picking up notes of tart pineapple, wet horse blankets and musty leather up until the off dry finish. Upon the finish, you're greeted by a slightly chewy, cracker-like malt backbone. Long, lingering notes of some medicinal brettanomyces characteristics, leather, musty hay, bitter lemon peel, pineapple and gentle vanilla.

Mouthfeel: (4)
medium, slightly chewy body, with firm, moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: (4)
Crooked Stave's golden sour. This beer features some absolutely outstanding Brettanomyces character in the aroma, reminding me of a slightly funkier version of Russian River's Sanctification. As complex as the aroma is, I found that the clean, but strong acidity overwhelmed some of the more subtle, nuanced flavor components of Crooked Stave's blend of Brettanomyces yeast. That said, this is an absolutely great example of a sour beer. Highly recommended. Im definitely looking forward to aging this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 01:52:08 | More by flayedandskinned
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

newer one from crooked stave. pours a pale hazy yellow color with a fair bit of delicate white lace. the nose is lemony and sour apple sour, bretty and yeasty, with a very light malt profile and tons of ripe fruit. the flavor is tart all the way, a mix of green apple and lemon zest seem to be the most dominant flavors, and there is some sweetness behind the tart too, but the oaky sourness really takes control. its not quite as sour as some other crooked stave offerings, but it is a fantastic way to feature brettanomyces fermentation. could use a tad more carbonation, but the acidic sourness makes it really pop in the mouth, and the body is quite light for a beer of this complexity. its dry too, adding to drinkablity, and its mouthwatering to the point i had to order a second one. not my favorite of their beers, but certainly another distinct brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2013 21:40:20 | More by StonedTrippin
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L'Brett D'Or from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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