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Surette Provision Saison - Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Reviews: 190
Hads: 1,217
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 20.29%
Wants: 83
Gots: 204 | FT: 16
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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States | website

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 PaleCale
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Batch 16. Pours a nice gold with small white head - reminiscent of a macro lager. Nose is on point, with acidic funk dominating. Tastes pretty rocking too - tart with wood taking center stage, no real citrusy hops coming through, finishes with a Band-Aid flavor but in an oddly good way. One of the most complex beers I've had the pleasure to try. Feel is solid, with nice carbonation after 1+ years. Overall, one of the most interesting beers I've tasted - I understand Crooked Stave's acclaim and look forward to trying more.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange with over a fingers worth of head that dissipates quickly to the edge of the glass. The nose has some oak in it as well as some funky tartness and mild fruit. On the taste you get sour funk upfront with oak mixed in before the citrus acidity leaving a sweetness on your tongue after it is gone. The feel is medium, the carbonation has held up well through the barrel aging. This is an outstanding beer. Could be my favorite by them that I have had so far.

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

375 ml bottled poured into a Crooked Stave tulip. Bottled on July, 2015 per the label.
Appearance: Pours a thin cap of head which remains as a bubbly ring. Body is a hazy, tarnished gold. Looks like what I’d expect a beer poured straight out of a barrel would look like.
Aroma: Up front a great barnyard aroma: layered brettanomyces funk (musty attic, old books, feed lot, bags of grain), decaying fruit, light acid, and toasted oak. The aroma is something that brings to mind reading about old world saisons.
Taste: Starts up with all kinds of musty/barnyard funk before leading into a mild fruit acidity. Like rotting fruit or apple cider vinegar. As it warms it gets lactic, cheesy edge to it. Some peppery phenols help to cut through the funk. The barrel is quite forward in the middle adding a musty oak tone and white wine barrel acidity. Crackery wheat malt finish.
Mf: Light body with a low carbonation. Aqueous with a slight prickle.
Overall: Assuming this is just a barrel aged saison (provision saision) it’s about what’d you’d expect. A hazy, almost still beer with great layers of brett and a light sourness. It reminds of unblended lambic in that it’s an older, more flavorful beer that could be used to spike a younger, less developed beer. A unique, and fun look at barrel aged saisons. You could totally drink this out of a lambic tumbler.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely tart flavor not always found in saison. Still has the characteristic barnyard flavor along with the tart fruit. Don't get too much barrel but I imagine that would come out with further aging.

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

Thanks to dannyfayy for this one!

2014 / Batch 9 375mL bottle to Teku glass. Two finger head dissappated at s decent pace. Color is a cloudy orange haze

Smell - lemon, orange zest, yeasty

Taste sour up front - lemon and lime- then some fruity sweetness can taste the esters. Then a pretty enjoyable tart finish

Body - nice carb, medium body.

Overall a very enjoyable Saison, well made

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Photo of Yerevan
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color: hazy yellow orange afternoon sunshine.

Aroma: light hay, barnyard, yeast background. Very light lemon.

Taste: Starts with a blast of sour lemon lime sourness. Some leather and pepper. The oak is subtle but ties everything together, or rather is the unifying element that tries to tame the overwhelming sourness.
Aftertaste stays a long while, turning into a pleasant lingering citrus pith. Simply wonderful for my taste buds.

Mouth feel: Crisp and light but not watery.

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Photo of jopezu
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy gold-amber with a medium head. nose; fermented citrus & biting yeast. taste; huge sour lemon, sour apple, and sour everything else. lots of high-keyed citrus and yeast tartness and outright malt-vinegar level sourness. the oak actually does come through in the end, though very lightly. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. i appreciate the craftsmanship, but i'm still not a fan of sours that are THIS sour. i wish the bottle label would have made it a little more obvious. i was expecting an aged saison.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy light dirty beige color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of tart notes with light oak notes. Taste is a mix of tart notes with some funky notes and some oak notes. Limited acidity with just enough complexity. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting flavors with good level of complexity.

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

375 ml bottle into tulip glass; Batch 9, 2014 vintage. Pours fairly hazy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, orange, green apple, pear, white grape, pepper, leather, oak, light white wine vinegar, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity, of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, orange, green apple, pear, white grape, pepper, leather, oak, light white wine vinegar, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate amount of yeast spiciness and fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange, green apple, pear, white grape, pepper, leather, oak, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from acidity and yeast spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/acidic, and slightly grainy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible sour saison style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. This had a lot of similarities to many Gueuze I’ve had in the past, but still had nice spicy saison character as expected. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden brown color with a small white head.

The aroma is very tart, and has notes of sour green apples and grapes. I get the faintest hint of oak from the barrels, as well as an even more subtle note of barnyard funk.

The taste is pretty much exactly like the nose. Tart green apples and apple cider, some lime, and plenty of funk. Has a nice bready malt character on the back end that holds everything together.

The mouth is light-bodied with high carbonation. Alcohol is non-existent and while the finish is dry, it doesn't linger around for too long.

Overall, a good representation of the style. The oak was not as prominent as I hoped it would be, but the other flavors come together nicely without being too overpowering.

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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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Surette Provision Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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