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Surette Provision Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Surette Provision SaisonSurette Provision Saison

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Reviews: 179
Hads: 1,189
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 20.77%
Wants: 83
Gots: 193 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chugalug06 on 02-16-2013

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Photo of drpimento
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasty beer that is totally dominated by its sourness. Aroma also had some funk and citrus. Flavor was similar to nose, but losing most of the funk and gaining lemon. Barely pick up on the oak. Great body. Nice drinking brew.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy apple juice color with a fine white foam. Not a lot of foam retention yet nicely carbonated. Lots of oak, grapes on the nose. Great saison-y aroma. The barrel adds to it for sure.
First hit is middle of the tounge acidity it gives a sour hit but the sourness fades nicely and leaves a nice bit of funk in the finish. The fruit starts to come through nicely, I get sour grapes, apple, apple cider vinegar. Subtlties increase as it warms.
Overall very nice balance, really nice Friday night brew!

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Photo of Raisingfable
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Batch 16

appearance 4.75
hazy golden brown
1/8 in constant residual head
cloudy lacing

smell 4.75
subtle peach and apricot

taste 4.5
well balanced
apple cider vinegar
funk in balance as well
long dry fruity finish

mouthfeel 4.5
enamel softening
medium-light bodied

overall 4.75
An exceptionally drinkable sour that never veers too far in any one direction: impeccable balance. This is a beer that will keep you going back for another sip, finishing dry with just enough fruit up front to wet your palate before the tart vinegar mid-palate and clean, slightly funky brett finish. Buy a few if you have the opportunity, you’ll want more and would also be a good cellar candidate.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOTTLE: 375ml. Brown glass. 2014 Batch 13. Branded black and red pry-off crown cap. Appealing label art & design.

6.20% ABV.

Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as a saison per the label. Expectations are well above average given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 4cm in width. White colour. Average froth, thickness/fullness, and creaminess. Foamy. Soft-looking and fluffy. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. No lacing is left as it recedes.

BODY: Orange-copper of above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice looking saison, though its obvious filtration has gotten rid of any classic saison haziness.

AROMA: Superb. Mandarin orange, tangy tart fruit, yeasty spice, backgrounded oak barrel, mild brettanomyces funkiness, neutral Belgian malts (probaby pale), clove, ale yeast esters, and spicy phenols. Lime, barnyard graininess, hay. Hoppiness is minimal in presence but grassy and floral in character.

Aromatic intensity is above average. Suggests a balanced saison with ample compexity.

No off-notes or booze are/is detectable.

TASTE: Marvelous. Oak ties the beer together, lending it natural cohesion. Musty barnyard notes of hay, dampened oak, white pepper, and brettanomyces funkiness provide the core of the beer. There's some yeasty spiciness that plays nicely with the graininess of the neutral Belgian malts. Subtly hopped, with complementary floral and grassy notes. Acidic lime. Green sour apple/crab apple. Interesting tartness. Orchard fruit. Some faint lactobacillus-induced sourness (about 3/10 in terms of intensity).

Impeccably balanced, with plenty of intricacy and subtlety in its execution. Well-built for a saison. Pleasant and enjoyabe. I quite like it.

Other reviewers are noting vinegar; I find none (though the green apple could be mistaken for apple cidre vinegar). Not acetic.

Good depth of flavour. Above average flavour duration and intensity.

This lacks the complex spicing of some style paragons (e.g. Fantome), but compensates with tart fruit and faint sourness. Very well put together.

TEXTURE: Twangy and acidic. Smooth, wet, perfectly light to medium-bodied, well carbonated, and quite refreshing. The acidity coaxes additional nuance out of the fruity notes, and the twangy feel accentuates the barnyard notes. Tingly and prickly.

Not syrupy, chewy, hot, oily, gushed, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This mouthfeel brings out the best in the flavour profile, and feels carefully crafted. There's a nice marriage of texture and taste in this beer.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable and enjoyable. Testament to Crooked Stave's high reputation. One of the best saisons I've had this year, and definitely a must-try when in Colorado. I'll be recommending this to friends and trade partners. Unfortunately, it will likely be overlooked by drinkers who prioritize rarity over quality. So much the better...more for me. I'd buy it regularly if not for the price point.


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Photo of jzlyo
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is spices, citrus and almost lambic-like tartness/sourness from the barrel aging. The flavor is spices, citrus, fruit, mildly vinous and a strong tartness/sourness in the finish.

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Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy pour. Medium tart aroma with no clear sign of barrel aging other than the smoothness. Tastes generically tart and smooth. Nothing too intense. Nothing off. Excellently brewer but nothing here that I will remember in a few days.

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Photo of Mini4x
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome pour, Crooked Stave isn't exactly easy to find around here, and is't def not cheap, but this is a delicious pour. I tad sour, but not overwhelmingly so, very funky and delicious, little oakyness, definitely worth the drink.

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Photo of peensteen
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazed golden orange, ring of white head, little to no lace. Smell is lightly funky, oak and fruit, peach and lemon, wet hay and some musty brett. Taste is fruity and drying, oaky and funky, nectarine and peach with some lemon drop candy with a mild tart acidity. Dying medium carbonation, medium body. Solid stuff, very drinkable, will certainly revisit this again.

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Photo of BaronRVH
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great, bright color with an orange hue. White head that dissipates and leaves mild lacing. Aroma or zest, citrus, some barrel aroma and a little funk. Taste emulates the aroma but livelier. Excellent and great mouthfeel.

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Photo of BrandM
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A rich and deep honey color. The head is tight and thins out quickly.
Aroma: Complex in that there is an undertone of spicy caramel right behind the main hay/funk character
Mouthfeel: Biting but warm; polyphenolic astringency
Taste: The tart bitterness of a grape skin, occasional nutty notes. Any astringency is offset by an overall sweetness. No lingering dryness afterwards

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Photo of SebD
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, lemon, grass, Brett and some definite barnyard funk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, lemon zest, light grassiness, faint bread, Brett and funk.

Mouthfel: It has a low-med carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Props to Crooked Stave.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Tele
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (Batch 10)
Consumed: 8.27.15

A: 4.5 The beer is nearly orange in color with some red and gold mixed in. Slightly hazy with an one-inch off-white head that leaves some lace on the glass.

S: 4.25 The smell is dominated by funk, primarily of the barnyard/horse blanket variety. There’s a bit of old oak and leather under then funk with light citrus (mostly lemon) and hops.

T: 4.5 Taste is much more tart than expected with lots more citrus than the nose suggested. Plenty of lemon, orange, green apple, and pepper balancing out the damp oak and funk from the nose beautifully. Finish is dry with slight hop bitterness.

M: 4.25 The body is really nice, but the carbonation could be higher and a bit more lively.

O: 4.5 I’m really impressed by this beer. I thought St. Bretta was okay, Vielle was great, and this one is excellent. It seems like each Crooked Stave beer I have is better than the last. At first taste, this beer reminded me a lot of Bernice; if the carbonation/mouthfeel was at the level that Sante has in their saisons, this would be sublime.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First thing I'm trying from Crooked Stave. Pours a slightly hazy gold. No head but a tiny bit of foam fizzes and fades immediately.

Nose is a bit pungent, vinegar and banana. Grassy too.

Flavor is a nice sour, not just a typical saison funk. Very nice, bit of spice but not the typical bright saison notes I'm used to. Definitely the barrel softened this one a lot.

Feel is fantastic. Nice soft mouthfeel, decent body. Finish is dry with the sour hanging on. Very nice sour saison - I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle poured into a tulip. Batch 5, 2013

(A)- Pours a hazy apricot orange color. Produced a great frothy white head with great retention. Great sticky lacing left behind.

(S)- A very zesty funk with mild acidic lemon rind, barnyard Brett, and a grassy funk. Nicely dry as well.

(T)- Not quite dry and funky as the smell, but opens up with some great acidic orange and lemon citrus with subtle Brett funk and grassy grains to the end.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. The combo of zesty citrus and Brett funk plays well together. Not overly complex, but very refreshing.

(O)- One of the better beers I have had from Crooked Stave so far. Light, but zesty and thrist quenching. If it was easier to get for me here in the midwest

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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When you pour this beer you immediately are taken by how bright the nose is. But I will get to that in a second. Eggshell white head stands at a half inch with decent retention. Waves of lace are left behind. Body is a light Amber tone. Now the nose is nicely funky with dusty stone sour and pixie sticks. Fragrance is very attractive. Decent dry consistent sour feel throughout the flavor. Dry and a bit zesty and overall wonderfully drinkable.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vibrant dark(er) Orange when held against the light. Virtually zero head with minimal lacing.

Smells sweet. Fruity. Bready.

Taste is fantastic. A bit sweet but with a slight tartness. Very much like a Granny Smith apple as a previous poster suggested. Maybe even a caramel apple. Malty. Relatively full body for the style but it works. It doesn't remind of any saison I've ever had. More like a lighter, tart quad. Whatever it is - it's delicious.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery; poured into a snifter.
Apperance - a dark red with no head just a small white ring around the glass. No lacing.
Smell - sweet and fruity, funky and sour with just a hint of malt.
Taste - sour bite right up front, similar to a granny smith apple; some pie crust along with some additional earthy funk. Very flavorful!
Feel - tart and fruity, with medium body; complex flavors are delightful!
Overall - sour and tart, yet very easy to drink! Really enjoyable, thirst quenching and delicious!

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Photo of M_chav
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

murky orange/yellow look on the pour, typical minimal foam
aromas of fresh brett fruit, apricot/grapefruit
tastes funky yet smooth, still grapefruit and lemon rind flavors
feel is great, silky smooth compared to how it smells and initially tastes
Overall another amazingly well done saison from Crooked Stave - these guys kill it everytime

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 Batch 16 served in a Leffe wine glass at cellar temps.

Appearance: love the bottle art, very rustic. Poured thin with a nice white fluffy head. The beer is cloudy, probably from the yeast and barrel bacteria, deep golden and beautiful. Great lacing in the glass.

Nose: funky and tart. Citrus, fresh peaches, no wood character that I can tell, very Sauvignon Blanc like.

Taste: just like the nose, tart and funky with a serious wine-like flavor, lip smackingly tart and refreshing. Peaches and other light stone fruits, complex taste. Very dry but still maintains a bit of body in there. Lactic funky character funky, not Brett-like.

I really wasn't expecting a very sour beer when I bought this and I thought it was going to be a more"traditional" saison with a heavy yeast character. This beer is no doubt a sour ale to be sought after and enjoyed. Some Brett funkiness would be welcome. Almost like a thicker version of a Gose. Reminds me a little of New Belgium Lips of Faith - Le Terroir but without the stronger peachy notes that one has. Very nice beer.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one a ways back at mattsanders tasting (from notes)

Small sample, small review, hazy yellow liquid, funk and saison yeast, oak, earthy, a little pear, faintly sour and tart, just a couple bubbles and some green apple on the finish

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

375 ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Too yeasty and too sour for me. Not refreshing like a Saison should be. Prefer quite a few others to this.

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Photo of kudsak
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forza somewhat cloudy amber color, with fairly minimal head. Smells somewhat tart and yeasty. Medium body. Very smooth mouth feel, finishes on a tart puckery note

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Photo of kitch
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 375ml bottle from 2014/batch 15 poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy golden orange colour with a thin head that dissipates quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Strong barnyard funk, slight tropical fruit pineapple, maybe mango and slight citrus tangy tangerine.

Taste: Excellent tart and sour tastes. Light lemon citrus along with some even lighter tropical mango and yeasty notes to balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation.

Overall: This was excellent, a definite must buy for me. Loved the upfront tart and sourness in the beer. Up to par with its Belgian counterparts for this style in my opinion, but probably harder to find in Hong Kong. I want more!

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Batch 16-Pours a slight hazed golden yellow color with a small thin whispy head thru out, smell of white grape and white wine with lemon grass and wood, tastes very good a tart white blanc wine start gives way to slight funk of grass wood and hay ,mouthfell is lower carbonation with tart vinous dry finish, really tasty saison

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Super funky! Lots of barnyard characteristics with some floral aromas

A: Golden color with good clarity, small amount of head retention

T: Lots of sour tartness upfront, gives way to oak and almost a grape like flavor, followed by some lingering funk

M: med-light bodied with some low carbonation

O: This is the funkiest saison I’ve ever had.

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Surette Provision Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
92 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.