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

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 333
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 242
Gots: 71 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kojevergas on 12-23-2012

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks beautiful - golden orange with a solid heads that leaves some nice lacing. Nose is stone fruit - apricot, nectarine - and some hay notes. Almost gueuze like mustiness. Flavor ramps up the stone fruit, giving some juicy peach as well. A bit of the gueuze brie and bitterness going on but fades to an over-ripe apple orchard. Feel is medium, creamier as it warms.

Beautiful beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud again.

Light fizzy head fades fairly quickly, hazy pear golden color.

Nose brings tart funk, flesh peach apricot, stone fruit city, peach flesh out the wazoo crazy! Mild Brett funk, juicy fruit and funk, pretty much canned fresh peaches, pit notes, etc.

Taste brings stone fruit and tea, herbal tea, iced tea with tons of peach and apricot, little bitter rind pith like, juicy flesh peach, creamy wheat like malt base. Finish is dry mild bitter rind, lingering fleshy peach and apricot, mild tangy tart funk, etc.

Mouth is med bod, fleshy creamy like, decent carb,

Overall nice, nose was great but taste was lacking the awesomeness, ok.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, batch 2 from 2013. Served in a stemmed glass 4/13/2015.

A- Medium golden body, two finger white head with appropriate retention time, nice thick film and collar, plenty of lacing. Beautiful golden appearance with all of the fixings.

S- Crisp lemon zest, a bit of leather, not too acidic or tart, some musty hay, mellow green apple, a mild bit of passion fruit but the nose is mostly dominated by lemon and its associated peel.

F- Lemon zest is as forward as in the nose. A bit of complementary green apple, slight stone fruit. Plenty of light leathery flavours, musty hay. Not much oak, crisp lemon and slick leathery flavour on the backend.

M- Medium bodied, substantial and not thin or watery at all. Crisp yet slick, no diacetyl or butter to be detected here. I am surprised by how crisp it feels in conjunction with its fairly substantial body, at least for a Brettanomyces beer which tends to be thin. It's done well with time.

O- I enjoyed this one a lot; it's one of the best 100% Brettanomyces beers I've had. A comparable one is Russian River Sanctification, so if you enjoyed that one, I'm very sure you'd enjoy L'Brett D'Or. Excellent, not too sour or tart, a ton of complexity and just enough body to put it all together.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013/Batch 2

Crystal clear golden body and a thin quickly dissipating white head.

Off top it sort of reminds me of lambic. Musty, oaky, green apples, apricot, pineapple, malt with slight souring.

Dry with light carbonation and body.

Kinda surprised me. This was gooood.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a small white head that goes to a thin film.

The aroma is straw malts, soft tropical fruit, earthy brett and some tart acidic notes.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruit quickly followed by a lot of tart, acidic sourness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, this has aged nicely - nice blend of sweet tropical fruit, earthy brett and tart acidic sourness.

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Photo of M-Fox24
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A hazy, translucent, light yellow/gold color. Small off-white head, which quickly recedes, leaving behind a light lacing

S: Aroma of light acidity, funk, and brett: tropical fruit/citrus, pineapple, lemon, tangerine, orange, peach, oak, yeast, and malts

T: Flavor acidic, tart, sour, funk, tropical, citrusy, and vivid. Very correspondent to the aroma of pineapple, apricot, peach, lemon, oak and lacto

M: Light body, comfortable carbonation and acidity

O: A sophisticated and complex journey among the fruit, oak, brett, and malt notes. I have yet to meet a disappointing product/sour from Crooked Stave

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Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from CS poured into a 7venth Sun bell tulip, just because whatever.

Cloudy, pale, golden-yellow pour, with a half inch of frothy white head that receded as I poured, and held at a medium collar, leaving a bit of lacing when swirled. Lots of brett and oak in the aroma--no surprises here--notes of soured fruit. A slight wave of tartness up front in the taste, lemon, apple, peach, pear...nice that such a fruity profile can arise from a beer that doesn't actually have fruit in it. Brett, grass, and even a little subtle flavor of banana in there, with the oak coming through nicely without being overblown. Medium body, prickly mouthfeel, moderate carb. An unexpected surprise...I mean, obvious CS beers are generally good, but this one was pretty unassuming.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


Syndicate hooked me up with this bottle just because he is a hell of a nice guy... Thanks Darrel!! Shared tonight with reinheitsgematt and buckeyeboy.

Pours a hazy golden.. good white head with nice retention and lacing.

Nose is chock full of brett and fruity elements that make me think lemon and underripe peaches... vinous oak may be in my imagination.

Flavor is funky and sour... great juicy tartness... saliva sucking and still inviting.. fantastic.... upper echelon sour IMO.

Light body with good bubble.

Awesome beer that I wouldn't have likely tried if not for my buddy Darrel.. Thanks again amigo.


An afterthought.... The quote on the back of the bottle is sooo amazingly douchy. I bet the brewer is an insufferable shitbag in real life.

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Photo of anteater
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy golden orange, little head

S: Funk, citrus

T: Big funky sour punch, lots of brett comlpexity.

M: Nice and juicy

O: This one totally caught me by surprise. I love this style of beer and would compare this particular one to Beat or Golden Canary (although not quite as good, but still really really good!)

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Photo of jbaker67
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is sour, with lots of vinegar, wet oak, apparent funk and basement aromas, as well as tart fruits. Flavor is medium sour with an ever present tartness. Mild sweetness imparted from the malts as well as oak sweetness. Somewhat slick body, medium carbonation, finishes tart and sour.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to MinorThreat for this bottle. Silver wax is a nice touch, pours hazy and pale straw, the head is loose with a maximum prowess of half a finger. Leaves a singular ring of lacing and modest retention.

Straw and wheat grains to start, aroma is lacto induced lemon tartness, vinegar, white wine, coriander and mildly dusty. Brett funk is rather reserved kicking up just a bit of mildew and soap.

Lemon peel, vinegar and lactic acid sharpness is rounded a bit by the woody tannins, some sour apple and chalky yogurt culture. Great sourness, tart and dry, hops have been pretty well beaten back.

Tight sneaky carbonation, easy to drink and the tartness really does a number on the palate and it finished nicely and dry.

Had Origins the night before and this is a big step up in sourness and slightly added funk but also not as complex. The sour fruits are very bright, I could manage a bit more funk character, mouthfeel is great and overall for pure sour and ease to drink it can't get much better than this one.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is pale golden yellow with a thin white head. Nose is dusty, faint funk, a bit of coriander spice to it, herbal behind. Taste is a hint sweeter, almost no funk with some light bret, a bit of a spice to it with sweet peach and tangerine with a hint of herbal hop. Very strong carbonation with a lighter body and dry finish, fairly sour through it.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.24/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ajmitch4
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013, batch 2. Poured from 375 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Head dissipates quickly, it's a clear golden color, a hint darker than a sparkling wine and more like a hard cider.

Nice funk and tarty smell.

Tastes of Brett funk and a firm acidic tart. Hops are not standing out as much after the barrel-aging which gives it a great smooth taste. Tastes exactly like a sour Belgian blonde should.

Great light body makes it easy to drink and only a small amount of carbonation. Excellent balance.

Overall this isn't my favorite from CS, but another solid sour. I'll continue to buy anything from them.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2 served into a tulip

A-vibrant golden straw color with wisps of white head, no lacing.

S-bready malts and barnyard Brett notes predominate

T-the first taste I get a distinct buttery aftertaste that is none too pleasant, but as it warms there is less butter and more biscuit, lemony funk up front with a bit of green apple. Not very sour.

M-not that much carbonation and on the thin side

O-I had high hopes for this, but wonder if age would do well for this one. If you have this batch you may want to wait until summer to crack it.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of metter98
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml poured into a tulip in November 2013. Cost: $12 bought at the brewery.

Like Origins, I have mixed feelings about this beer. On the one hand, this is a well-done sour beer. It's not exceptionally sour, especially compared with Crooked Stave's other offerings. However, it's funkier than most of their other sours, with the Brett being given a prominent role. It's also drier and a bit fruitier than most sours on the market.

On the other hand, there's nothing that really stands out as exceptional about this beer to me. Unlike its variants, it's not highly complex or mind-blowing. It's content being a mild-ish golden sour ale. There's nothing wrong with that, but at the $12/375ml price point, I expect more. Put simply, it's not worth the cost. Its variants, however, definitely are worth the cost.

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Photo of bccocx
4.79/5  rDev +13%
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!

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