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

L'Brett D'OrL'Brett D'Or

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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 37
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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unclejazz

New York

3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 21:11:18 | More by unclejazz
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kojevergas

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L'Brett D'Or. Blend No. 1. "Surreal Golden Sour Ale Aged in Oak Barrels." Black label with silver text.

375ml brown glass bottle with waxed-over pressure cap served into a Gouden Carolus stem-goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery, which has yet to impress me.

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.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger off-white colour head of decent cream and thickness, and average retention. Little lacing. Body colour is a non-opaque hazy pale copper-yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Sour apple, pale malts, oak, white wine, light sourness, crystal malt, and clean funk. Vague biscuity yeast. I don't detect any alcohol. An average strength aroma.

T: Tart sour apple, twinges of sourness, pale malts, crystal malts, a white wine undertone, vague oak, pear, and bacterial wild yeast notes. Little bretts come through; they're eclipsed by the tart sourness. As far as sours go, this isn't horrible puckerworthy, but it's a pleasant restrained sourness that might be well suited to sour novices. All around, it's a balanced and enjoyable brew. Not horribly complex, but well executed.

Mf: Nice coarseness/smoothness balance. Light dryness to bring out the flavour. Imperfect thickness and imperfect carbonation. Complements the flavour quite nicely, but it's far from custom tailored to the style.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well. I'd have it again. Maybe Crooked Stave isn't all that bad after all. A tasty sour.

B

Drank well out of a goblet. I'd recommend a goblet or tulip.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 05:06:02 | More by kojevergas
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean and clear bronze/orange pour. Nice white foam head, but settles to a collar. No lacing.

Aroma is tart apples, pear, some hints of vanilla, wood, and slight herbal spice

Flavor follows the aroma, but nothing dominates. It is well balanced with the flavors. Apple and pear might come out on top. A bit of funk and biscuit.

Feels nice. Puckery, tart, but not sour. Clean and crisp. The 375ml was perfect size...not perfect price, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:34:09 | More by Mebuzzard
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MighHighBrewer

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 23:21:01 | More by MighHighBrewer
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle $11.49. Dark orange color, good lace but not much head. Aroma is hints of sour beer, apples, not bad at all. Flavor is good, slightly sour, slightly sweet, apples, not much wood influence here. Mouthfeel was fine but overall I was a little disappointed by this. Its too bad to see them switch to a smaller bottle and charge almost as much as the 750ml. For $11.49 I can spend the extra fifty cents and get Supplication instead which is what I will be doing from now on. I was just starting to get a taste for Crooked Stave but they are overpriced plain and simple.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 06:00:12 | More by ArrogantB
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Marq18

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy honey color with a thin head. Smells of citrus- orange and some grape. The first taste is sour lemon citrus with some grape and has a dry oaky finish. Carbonation is medium with a medium body. Overall a very interesting and flavorful sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 22:06:53 | More by Marq18
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 00:37:25 | More by cpetrone84
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spoony

Colorado

4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a waxed 375 ml bottle (Blend No. 1) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a very thin head that drops quickly. The brew is lightly cloudy and cider-colored. There is no visible carbonation.

S-The smell is tart with flavors of sour apple and vinegar. A touch of bread/dough and mild funk, too. Not very brett-forward.

T-The taste is sour, but not mouth-puckering. I get apples, grapes, and a little lemony sweetness. It is a pleasing mixture of fruit, but not very funky or brett-forward.

M-Like many Crooked Stave beers, this one is slightly flat, but the feel is a nice match for the style. Medium bodied.

O-This is a pleasant, balanced sour beer. It is not spectacularly complex or in-your-face flavorful, but it has enough acid to work with food or drink on its own. If you want super funky brett/barnyard flavors (or a cheap beer...this one was $10 or $11 for the 375ml), look somewhere else. But if you want a nice, tart-drinking sour with good orchard fruit flavors, this is a good option.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 16:39:43 | More by spoony
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ajmitch4

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 04:30:32 | More by ajmitch4
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rawfish

California

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 05:30:24 | More by rawfish
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purdueflyguy

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Pours hazy golden hue with a pillowy white head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smells of sour apple some funky carmel. Almost like an aged carmel apple. A little bit of vanilla from the oak.

Taste follows the nose but drier than expected. Huge sour taste initially followed by the apple and vanilla flavor that leads into a dry oak finish.

Feels adequate carbonation very acidic as would be expected.

Overall a great sour wild ale I am going to pick up another bottle and try again in a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 03:23:57 | More by purdueflyguy
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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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kscaldef

Oregon

4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly cloudy orange, with no head and minimal bubbles.

S: Lots of wine barrel character. Light acetic notes, moderate lactic. Raspberry and strawberry.

T: Moderately high tartness, mostly creamy lactic. Lots of berry fruit to the point that I'm questioning my understanding that no actual fruit was added to this beer.

M: Lowish carbonation. Extremely long linger.

O: Really, really tasty beer, although a little more carbonation would be nice. I'd love to have another bottle of this to age for a while and see if it picks up more carbonation over time. While the lactic character dominates, is has a richness and complexity that missing from, for example, most Cascade sours.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 05:53:17 | More by kscaldef
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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L'Brett D'Or from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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