Surette Provision Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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2.6/5 rDev -37.8%
Hazy yellow gold color. Vinegar nose. Seriously tart. There are some faint fruity notes. After some sipping I just taste the lactic acid. Woody and a long relentlessly bitter aftertaste.
I would rate this well as a Sour. So why isn't this categorized as a lambic or a gueuze? I don't see how this is Saison, whatever Crooked Stave says. Something like the World Beer Cup style called "Belgian-Style Sour Ale" would make more sense.
This may be an excellent sour beer, but it's not a Saison. But I'm only being pissy because it makes my teeth hurt. From the 375 ml bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquors. Batch 10/2014.
07-26-2014 01:16:23 | More by mactrail
3.23/5 rDev -22.7%
Pour is a hazed bright amber with a white bubbly head. Nose is lactic, light soap, tart lemon with moderate oakiness. Taste strong oak, lactic notes and faintly soapy. Very dry, tart lemon finish and biting on the tongue, thin in back. The strong soap with the lactic acid and assertive barrel don't mesh well.
02-15-2014 15:07:55 | More by cpetrone84
3.35/5 rDev -19.9%
12.7 oz bottle into a wine glass. From yesterday.
A: Pours a hazy dark gold color. There isn't much of a head at all, just a thin white film to cap this one off. Not exactly impressive looking.
S: I'm surprised how sour this is. There's a good vinous character (such as white grape) along with a little oak. While this one smells nice, there isn't much to the nose apart from tartness and oak. Very little discernible bretty funk, unfortunately.
T: Not as tart as the nose indicated - but on the plus side, I'm getting more of the brett notes I missed in the aroma. The initial flavors are slightly sour, though. It finishes with notes of white wine, grape, and lemon. A good saison, just one that's more simplistic than I expected.
M: This one isn't as dry or as well carbonated as it could/should be. Having said that, this is rather refreshing in feel. The relative lack of carbonation makes it seem almost syrupy - and a saison (especially one with brett) should NEVER be syrupy.
O: I enjoyed this, mainly because it's slightly more tart than the average saison. Still, it's missing a certain X factor to make it great - maybe it's the lack of carbonation, or the fact that the brett notes are rather generic. Overhyped and overpriced; I pray that this isn't going to be a trend with future Crooked Stave beers.
04-27-2014 20:51:06 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.44/5 rDev -17.7%
On tap at Belmont Station.
A: Cloudy dull yellow with a thin ring of head. Leaves some lacing on the glass.
N: Dense biscuit with a subtle sugar. Lemon zest and some of the oak. Decent.
T: Malty and sour combination. Lighter bitterness to round it out.
M: Lighter body with decent carbonation.
O: Don't have much to say about this, unfortunately. A nice beer, but it doesn't blow me away.
06-27-2013 17:57:47 | More by writerLJBerg
3.46/5 rDev -17.2%
Condensed notes from a Crooked Staves/saison tasting hosted by BA ShitBirdKing47. The brew pours a clear yellow color with white head that fades leaving spotty lace on the glass.
The aroma is vinous and somewhat blended in with vinegar. The barrel character comes across like raw oak. Some funk evolves as it warms.
The taste has as much vinegar as you might guess based off the aroma. Slight vinous hints are quite enjoyable before the raw barrel flavor comes into play with wheat and funk.
This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall it is easy drinking with minimal alcohol impact but the overall arrangement of character was a bit awkward for a saison. I am admittedly not a fan of vinegar in any beer, especially saisons and that was a pretty significant role in this brew.
06-12-2013 18:58:03 | More by stakem
3.48/5 rDev -16.7%
375ml bottle $6.99. Bright yellow-orange color, decent head that disappeared quickly, looks nice in a wine glass. Aroma is pretty much all brett to me, a bit of that animal funk and a tinge of lemon, not bad. Flavor is more brett and it does have a slight tartness to it as described on the label. Overall this was a decent beer but I just think most of the Crooked Stave beers are priced higher than the quality of the beer.
04-29-2013 00:23:06 | More by ArrogantB
3.49/5 rDev -16.5%
Not quite sure what to expect, as this came as something of a blind recommendation.
Poured carefully into tulip glasses since there is sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Almost no head. Beer is cloudy apricot gold color, but we hadn't let the bottle settle before opening, so yours may be different..
Smells like a saison: bright, sweet, slightly fruity. Maybe some barnyard funk.
Very sour up front. Bottle says it's "vinous" which is very true. Very dry like a champagne. The taste doesn't have the sweetness or fruitiness that's on the nose. Finish is grainy and/or funky -- maybe even the barrel -- and it coats the mouth. Much more earthy than I'd expect from a saison.
Swirled the lees and poured them in. Still drinkable, maybe mellower -- less sharply sour. I might get some more sweetness/fruit with the lees -- I think I prefer them in rather than out.
May not buy it again because I admit that sours aren't my favorite style. But especailly on pouring the lees, this one grows on me.
03-04-2013 23:56:42 | More by mmapes
3.5/5 rDev -16.3%
350mL bottle from LambicPentameter (many thanks!). 2013/ Batch 8, whatever that means. Served in a goblet.
Pours a mostly opaque amber with a finger and a half cap of ecrue froth. Decent retention and lace.
Smells tart with barrel funk, over ripe apple and yeast.
Taste pretty much follows the nose. Sour, barrel funk (an almost infected quality), apple, kumquat, earthy, wet hay and yeasty.
Medium thin feel with plenty of carbonation. Finishes dry with sour barrel, earth and old fruit.
If you're into dry, tart funkiness this is something you might want to seek out. I think it's fine for what it is but it's "charms" are lost on me.
07-15-2014 12:36:26 | More by ThickNStout
3.5/5 rDev -16.3%
Poured into a tulip. I got this a while ago, I guess it's close to two years old at this point.
3.75 A: First pour yielded a ever so slightly hazed dark orange color. Big white fluffy head necessitated multiple pours. Retention is good and a half finger of lacing is left.
4.00 S: Very nice nose on this. The main aromas are equal parts fruit and funk. Peach, cherry, lemon with just a touch of mango. Funk is a dirty woodiness, grass and dry hay, and wildflower floral. Neither sour nor tart, but quite complex.
3.50 T: Taste isn't as good as the nose promised. It's a lot drier than I was expecting and without as much of the fruitiness. There's still a decent amount of lemon though giving this a punch of tartness. Woody dry funk with some of the dirty hay notes. Not as complex as the nose.
3.25 M: Lighter medium body. Despite the large head, this has a lower level of carbonation and isn't as spritzy as I would have hoped. Still, it's smooth and good enough here.
3.50 D: It's good, but not great.
08-14-2014 22:46:39 | More by DavoleBomb
Surette Provision Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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