Surette Provision Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Surette Provision SaisonSurette Provision Saison

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Ratings: 1,121
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 85
Gots: 186 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: chugalug06 on 02-16-2013

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Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, 2013/batch 8, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a bright, clear and deep golden color with a small foamy white head that reduces almost completely, leaving just a ring around the edge

S- wet hay mixes with aromas of barnyard funk, lemon peel, earthy and musty yeast, ripe pear, apple skin & some floral aromas, closing out with most earthy funk

T- big punch of sour lemon tartness up front quickly moves to notes of wet hay, basement must and funky yeast. Fruity notes of pear and apple skin kick in mid-palate before before giving way to vinous notes of oak barrel and sour grape. Floral and lemongrass notes on the finish with more funk on the linger

M- medium-light body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy motel that transitions into a fine dry puckering finish

O- Very good saison that has all of the farmhouse funk that I love

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The trend for 2013 has got to be Sour Saisons. There coming from all directions and seem to be hitting the market daily. The latest to infultrate Central Kentucky is Crooked Stave's Surette Provision Saison.

Drinking with the eyes, the musty tartness becomes evident right from the pour. Its hazy peach-golden hue looks strikingly like tart grapefruit or orange juice. But its racing carbonation builds a creamy ivory white foam cap the recedes to a sheet to skirt the glass and laces the glass with broken pockets of foam. Its appearance is straight out of the farmhouses of Belgium

The promise of tart fruitiness is delivered to the nose as aromas of musty dried fruits lead the way. Peaches, apricots, grapefruits, limes, lemons and oranges all take turns performing for the olfactory senses. But an aura of earth wafts about with the scent of wet hay, horse blanket, sea air, weathered attic wood and cork. Afterwards, a tinge of white pepper, cumin and parmesan keep the complexities and balances plentiful.

Sharp sourness pierces the taste buds with clean lime-like lactic sourness. Sour white grapes, orange peels, grapefruit, oaked chardonnay and a hint of cider vinegar take center stage on the palate. Those earthen wood, grass, and dusty tones swirl about mouth and gives a rich balance to the acidity. Peppery to finish, its the peppercorn, smoky cumin and a zesty hop bitterness that creates a snappy closure with a short aftertaste of earth and spice.

Light bodied, the champagne-like effervesence springs the acidity from the mouth and forces the beer to finish well before the taste is fully explored. Its as if the complexity and balance are better appreciated in that short aftertaste than on the palate directly. Light warmth, wood spice and light astringency gives the beer a clean powdery lasting texture.

Its another stellar wood aged and intentionally soured ale by Crooked Stave. These guys are spot on! I would love to sit down with a couple of these ales and a pot of mussels. Talkin' about dying happy!

Photo of MadScientist
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep golden beer with a touch of a copper hue and light haze. The head is off white and fades after a couple of minutes.

S: A strong tart aroma with peppery and fruit notes. Orange and lemon fruit notes

T: A medium-strong tartness to the beer with little malt and a medium hops bitterness making for a moderately bitter balance. The finish is dry with a light aftertaste of hops bitterness and oak. There is a light rustic grain flavor in there like a little bit of rye in the background.

M: A light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.

O: An exceptionally well crafted Saison with a fair amount of the Brett and barrel sourness to it. There is a light oak character to the nose and flavor and very dry making for a very food friendly beer.

Photo of TheWildWes
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle poured into tulip.

Poured golden orange in color with a light head that dissipates quickly. The smell is divine with a distinct tart fruit aroma (apple and lemon). Good carbonation and the beer overwhelms your mouth with each sip. The taste is tart, and you get some barrel. The beer finishes dry with a citrus tang.

Photo of tjumfrid
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Caught my attention while in a Whole Foods that just opened up down the street, decided to try it out. Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: grapefruit in color with thin quarter-inch lacing. Very appetizing, though not extraordinarily different than any other Saison.

Smell: citrus, floral, tart, nose candy.

Taste: it's the tart, grapefruit and citrus flavors that run the show here. Remember sweet tarts? This is sweet tart-infused beer. This beer will make you pucker.

Moutfeel: light, thin, wavy.

Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle sampled courtesy of a trade with Mitch from Colo.

Pours heavily hazed apricot, eggshell head, slight in size, leaving a fine bubble film, collar and a few minor tongues of stick.

Faint fruity nose, with a hint of a lactic bite.

Tasty saison, fruity, lightly spiced, again with a mild lactic bite/note. Flavorful and complex. Quality take on the style.

Very impressed with all the CS beers I've been tasting. Need to trade for more or wait for them to be distributed to NY state...

Photo of Franziskaner
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderately dark brown in color and is mostly hazy. Just a trace of white foam on the top. I get white Chardonnay and oak in the nose. The body is fairly light and the tartness prickles the tongue. The taste is a lightly tart white Chardonnay and oak. This is very crisp and refreshing and with plenty of flavor.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

The beer has a big fruity, tart winey nose joined by a touch of wet horse blanket and barnyard with some light biscuit and lemon in the background.
It pours hazy peach under a thin white cap that quickly reduces to a film.
The palate is tart all the way through with traces of lemon, fruit, light biscuit and funk.
Very fine soft carbonation, medium low with medium body.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle slightly above fridge temp poured into a snifter. Batch 5/ 2013

Pours out a really nice hazy, deep golden color with a big, dense, retentive white head and lots of sticky lacing. Looks great.

Kind of smells like a young, less aggressive lambic, some lactic tartness, a bit of a milky lactic funkand a musty Brett funk, a bit of a lemony citrus, as well as a hint of a aged vinious character.

Great taste. The beginning stages of a nice lactic sourness, almost a bit lambic like, green apple, lemon citrus, sour pie cherry, not much funk in the taste. Finishes with a milky lactic feel and a dry finish. A bit of a vinious grape towards the finish as well.

Light to medium in mouthfeel, lingering sourness, good feeling carbonation, quite refreshing.

A really nice saison, a great beginner sour beer, sour, but not overly so, and light on the funk. Great drinkability.

Photo of timontheroad
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

2013 batch 4. Poured a hazy orange, with one finger of fluffy white head. Lots of staying power on the head that left some pretty lacing down the glass. Smell was kinda tart and lemony, with a bit of that barnyard funk and some slight sour apple. The taste is pretty sour up front, but then I get some grassy, wheat type flavors. The finish is where this one really stands out, with such a nice woody clean aftertaste. Mmmmm! Nice and dry with just the right carbonation to compliment the tartness. Overall, this beer really stands out, glad I live in Colorado and can find this all the time.

Photo of mahak213
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4, 2013 bottle

Appearance- Pours a hazy, golden orange, with a fluffy white head that fades to a wispy cap.

Smell- Floral, with some lightly funky and earthy fruitiness up front, an orange like tang, and just a touch of oak. Really nice stuff.

Taste- Starts off with a citrusy sourness that is very tame and not overwhelming at all, a mild funk/must, and has a slight bitterness on the finish that really rounds everything off.

Mouthfeel- Light, crisp, with prickly carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall- Everything feels likes it's exactly where it belongs, and in the perfect amounts. Nothing is overwhelming, and I'm not looking for more of any aspect in this beer. Seriously impressed with this, I'm very much looking forward to trying more CS stuff.

Photo of jeonseh
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surette poured into a CS Tulip

A - Hazy, golden yellow with a slightly reflective body. Small white head sits on top

S - Lemongrass, light sweet tarts, lemon peel, and oak. As you smell this one, the tartness intensifies as you breathe it in

T - Lemon, lemon zest up front. As the beers continues there is a slight sweetarts and vinegar presence that gives the beer a refreshing tartness. There is also a slight creamy blue cheese and funk presence that makes it a really nice and refreshing saison.

M - Light, refreshing and dry. Has carbonation that adds some nice zip to the beer. This makes it a nice and refreshing saison.

O - This is another one of the well balanced and flavorful saison that makes CS such a great brewery. There is complexity here as it has both nice funk and tartness that balances very well.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip. 2013 Batch 7.

A: Pours a cloudy golden brown with a thin white head on top. Can see a bit of visible carbonation when you hold it up to the light.

S: Nice funky aroma with noticeable oak qualities. Can tell right off the bat this one is going to be a bit sour.

T: As with the aroma this one is funky. Initial sour tartness that blends with a bit of hop bitterness. Grain aspects kick in full gear on the backend and adds a depth of flavor.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. The Brett gives this beer a dry finish. Tartness will give you a bit of a pucker.

Overall this is a very enjoyable brew with a range of flavors. Certainly not your standard saison.

Photo of rdilauro
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was my first sour beer in a long long time.
It was so refreshing. I only wish I could have poured it into a glass instead of drinking from the bottle.
It had that nice sour apple taste with some wild yeast that just balanced perfectly.
I am so glad I went back and had this sour beer. Makes me think about how great they can be

Photo of tastybeer
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice looking bright orange, not transparent but at the same time no discernable floating chunks. Had is white and moderate in size.

A: Sweet and tart, spice and flowers. There's certainly a nice pleasant fragrant farmhouse aroma. Fun for sniffing... Light sweetness with a touch of banana cream hidden within the spice.

T: Taste begins tart. Then bits of floral shine through wIth the tart fruit. A little bit of white wine, lemon, and some faint earthinesss.

Overall I would most certainly get this again.

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, dark copper like color, perhaps a tad bit of burnt orange with a thin, white, carbonated lacing.
S: Spicy, cinnamon, wine, apple, hint of herbal notes.
T: Tart apple, cinnamon, zesty, hint of spice.
M: Mild carbonation, moderate bitterness, has a subtle yet dry finish. Drinks like a hard cider.
O: This was my first saison so I had no idea what to expect. Not bad perhaps i'll be on the lookout for more in the future.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

2014 Batch 10

A-hazy orange
S- tart, slightly breads yeasts
T- tart grapefruit juice
M- medium

O- loved this tart take on a saison

Photo of Roguer
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale orange/gold brew, almost perfectly translucent yet retaining some haziness. Pure white head, a solid finger, with good retention and tons of wide lacing.

Nice blast of Brett aroma while pouring. Up close and after sitting, the aroma is more subdued: slight Brett funk; tart and sweet; lemon citrus; pepper.

Extremely tart and citric flavor; a real palate shock after the aroma! Lemon juice and mandarin oranges, all coated with a smooth, rustic funk and oak goodness.

Quite the lingering pucker to this brew; extremely easy to drink, with a smooth light-medium body.

Fantastic, and surprising, tart saison. Much closer to a sour than most saisons, but still very easy to drink.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an oversized wine glass- opaque orange color with minimal head, modest retention and lacing.

Smells appropriately funky- kinda Brett-y, and strangely enough a hint of sesame.

Tastes funky, a little tart from the oak aging, and a bit vinous. I still taste a bit of sesame but maybe I'm crazy.

Feel is decent- medium body, moderately carbonated, a little sticky from the tartness. I like this one but it's not my favorite from crooked stave.

Photo of mtvolkens
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious beer. First from CS that I've had. Dank Belgian smell, but honestly the beer didn't taste much like the aroma. A definite sour. Yeasty notes upfront with a sour bite at the end. It honestly leaves a pleasant feel at the end and leaves you craving more. Tastes better the more you drink it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a chalice. 2013 bottle, batch 4.

Appearance - Deep orange. Hazy. Big white head that leaves a chunky soapy collar and some light surface wisping.

Smell - Appley aroma. Slightly acidic. A bit of a metallic smell, too. Oaky and musty. Bretty.

Taste - Much less of the metallic notes here. Very fruity. Apples again. Lemony tang. Quite malty, surprisingly. The metallic flavor shows itself in the very end as the sourness drops off leaving metal.

Mouthfeel - Slick and a little heavier than I expected. Medium to medium heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - Nice aside from the metallic flavor. Very malty, not what I expected.

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014, Batch 12

Pours an effervescent amber/honey color with a sliver of pearl white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness, much sourness, apple blossoms & funk

T: Sourness, pears, oakyness/Chardonnay up front. Tartness/sourness leads the way as this warms, a little appleskin as well. Finishes tart & dry, a little acidic, & plenty sour

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation, acidic

A lovely example of a soured up take on the style. So happy to get to try these guys again

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage/Batch 5
Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: (4.25)
Pours a cloudy, but very vibrant apricot. A bright white, 2 finger head quickly forms and fizzles away fairly quickly, leaving little lacing behind. The gorgeous body makes up for what is lacking in head retention.

Aroma: (4.25)
Wow, as soon as you raise the glass to your nose, you're immediately struck by tart lemon juice and faint cherry juice. These tart, vinous aroma are draped in a blanket of Tropical brettanomyces funk; mostly pineapple, damp hay and a general mustiness. Beneath this coating of Brett, are some traditional Saison notes of green pear and white pepper. As a the beer warms, a soft, cracker like malt base becomes apparent. Very refreshing nose.

Taste: (4.25)
As soon as the beer enters your mouth, you're struck by a blast of tart citrus; predominately fresh squeezed lemon juice. As soon as the tartness starts to encroach past being merely tart, you're greeted by some lovely peppery tones as well as some light pear. These traditional Saison yeast characteristics gracefully
evolved into some barnyard-y Brettanomyces character. This musty, but oddly fruity Brett sustains up until the very dry, tart finish. The finish leaves on your palate long lingering notes of bitter grapefruit juice, white pepper, musty earth soft breads and a light woodsiness.

Light to moderate body with high carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: (4.25)
A very intense Saison to say the least. The level of tartness really pushes the boundaries of a Saison, but still retains enough of the trademark Saison spiciness to stay within the style's guidelines. The mature and developed Brettanomyces character really adds some nice contrast to the tart, lactic acidity of this beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light golden orange and transparent body with stark white contrasting head.

Funky barnyard smell with a hint if lemon. It has an odd bile-like smell that's a little off putting.

Fortunately that smell barely carries over to the flavor. The flavor is funky and tart. White smarties, citrus peel, and clove. As described on the bottle, it is vinous. Young white grapes and unripe pear.

Medium light mouthfeel with heavy carbonation. It drinks like a heavy sparkling wine.

A very good saison. The odd smell is the only major flaw I perceived.

Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a pillowy white head that dissipated into a solid cap.

The aroma is lightly tart with some farmhouse notes. Light lemon, tart apple and oak.

The flavor has tart apple lemon and oak. There is an apple juice sweetness as well. O perhaps some white grape juice. Light funk but not much else from the yeast.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate but has plenty of a tart offset. Slightly sticky in the finish.

Another tart saison from these folks. A little sweet with a big white grape presence.

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Surette Provision Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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