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

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 330
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 2.61%
Wants: 241
Gots: 72 | FT: 14
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
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 (632 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (1,777 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (391 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

RB

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.

3.75/4/4.25/3.75/4.25

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. (779 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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! (415 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (976 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,253 characters)

Photo of anteater
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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!) (325 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,532 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (440 characters)

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