Surette Provision Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Ratings: 1,121
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 85
Gots: 186 | FT: 21
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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 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 GJ40
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic and tasty saison. It's got a lot more funk than most saisons; even Famtone. But it works and probably more closely reflects the original historical product. Crooked Stave has a good thing going. I'd love to see more of this kind of creativity and commitment.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About a finger of white head develops on the darker golden-orange body. Some lacing left and head falls apart a couple minutes in.

The smell on this is lovely. Lots of musty funky Brett comes out. Oak, white grape, citrus fruits.

Musty funk, slight tartness rears its head, citrus, grape, apple, oak.

Lighter bodied with plenty of carbonation and ends dry.

Great freaking beer.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to beersndrums for this one!

375 mL bottle poured into a globe at cellar temperature.

L – Hazy pale amber color with a 2-finger creamy, frothy, white head. Nice retention and some nice lacing.

S – Lots of lactic acid and fruits here with mostly grape, apple, and cherry aromas from what I can determine. There’s also a healthy dose of musty, earthy, and funky Brett and oak to round out the acidity.

T – It starts off downright sour right away with grape, apple, lemon, and cherry flavors. As the sourness fades, earthy, musty oak and barnyard, funky Brett appear and build to a very funky finish. Tasty.

F – Light-medium-bodied, really good carbonation, a puckering and effervescent mouthfeel, and a tart, very earthy, very funky, very dry finish. All that wonderful Brett and oak lingers for a while.

O – This is a really nice beer. I would almost rather call it a wild ale than a saison (not that it matters) due to its serious tartness. There’s lots of tart fruit and lots of Brett in this one. A really, really tasty beer. Thanks so much for this one and the rest of the Crooked Stave beers, Jared!

Photo of macher0
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light copper color. A little hazy. Opaque. Poured a finger head that quickly retreats to a fine-bubbly head.

S: Sour yeast. Could be some bretts. Light malt and some barnyard funk. Light fragrance.

T: Tart/sour on the front that hits you. Very pleasant. The tartness gives way to a light malt and a neutral oak finish. An excellent tart/oak aftertaste that is very enjoyable. Some barnyard funk in the middle.

M: Light carbonation, but fine. Very smooth.

O: WOW. This just hit KY and I was very surprised how much I enjoyed this ale. I did not know it was a sour, so I liked it even more. This is definably recommended for fans of sours and saisons. I thought it was lightly carbonated, but it made me a little burpy. Outstanding.

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear goldenstraw; the head starts at an inch and quickly fades, though it leaves a few strips of lace in its shadow

Smell: Very funky and oaky, with a range of fruit tones, underneath - apricot, green apple, white wine grape

Taste: Funky Brett and lacto sourness, off the bat, bringing a vinegary tartness; underneath, there is an orchard of fruit flavors detected in the aromatics, with the oak barrel trailing behind; tart finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Every time I go to Denver I seek out the Crooked Stave line; glad to see they are gaining wider distribution as this is really good

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My last Crooked Stave beer. Well. I guess it's time to move to Denver then.

As much as I love the funk, and this certainly has it, I also appreciate some level of balance. This doesn't have much of that. Punch in the mouth wild ale flavor. Vinegar tones. Minimal earthy edges. Not much more than a blast of funky yeast. Reminds me of a lot of Jolly Pumpkin.

Photo of KajII
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was hazy medium amber with an average white foamy head that slowly receded, down to a thin film with a small collar and had good spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light biscuity grain malt, light floral hops and a musty horse blanket Brett yeast with notes of citrus (lemon), green apple, a touch of white wine, a hint of oak and a mild spiciness.

The taste was tart right off and a tad acidic with a hint of citrus in the beginning, and then became quite yeasty with a mild funky fruity wine taste and a nice mild woody spiciness towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average duration proceeding the swallow, with a tart and lightly spicy yeast taste left behind to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just a step or two above light in body and mildly dry in texture with a soft to medium carbonation.

Overall this was and extremely tasty and rather sour Saison, with a balance of flavors that complemented each other better with every sip. What can I say; this brewer just puts out one exceptional brew after another...

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

2013 Batch 5 Bottle
A - Pours a darker pale, amber unfiltered color with an abundance of head. Lacing effect throughout.
S - Clean and fresh grass, earthy, with the Belgian yeast dominant notes.
T - Incredible taste upfront with a hearty light grain presence that quickly evolves into the tart of the sour character. Subtle earthy oak tinges and woody tannins really compliment the tartness. Delicious.
M - Complex mouthfeel is quite fun. Immediately the bubbles on the tongue bring about the transition of the gentle grassy grain to the tart, citrusy sour component. There's a warming effect at the very end that evolves to a wet texturing finish on the palate.
O - I'm new to trying the offerings of Crooked Stave, but the level of sour ales they are producing is on point. If I were ever introducing someone to the style, I would probably start here to really bring them in. Everything a sour farmhouse ale should have is provided here in full. Quite impressed.

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

Pours yellow-orange and cloudy. Looks like it could be a bit clearer with better bottle handling; I'd be a terrible bartender. Medium white head. Some lacing and pretty good retention. There's a thin layer of bubbles on top of the beer after a fair bit of time. The aroma is big on lemons, limes, underripe apricots, cherries and peaches, grapes, oak, earth, medium to mild funk and a nice dash of saison yeast spice. Smells nice and tart. There's a bit of yogurty flavor in there, but it comes off more fruity sour than anything. Taste starts out with limes and sour grapes and keeps building up with more tart fruit. Underripe stone fruit is prominent. Funk is somewhat more in the background, but there's a definite musty, barnyard-ish character in there. Quite dry, particularly in the finish. Aftertaste is tannic oak, lime rind, peppercorns, grass and light vinegar. Lots of tart fruit flavors bouncing around. It's only medium sour, and it's a pretty gentle ride, really. Light on the palate. Some pucker, though you do feel the vinegar on your teeth after a glass. Another very good bottle from CS.

Photo of MRsojourner
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange and hazy with very little head that disipated to a thin film.
Aroma is musty and a bit of funk/feet but ever so pleasant just knowing its going to lead to a acidic delight.
Citrus and lemon/lime and a grainy malt wheat spelt type feel coupled with a light tartness and oaky tannins that help the beer finish nice and dry.
Super quaffable and refreshing exactly what a saison should be. Plain and simple but dare I say elegant in its balance.

Photo of icehawk
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (IP trade w/ CharlieMurphy, Thanks!)

Appearance: Cloudy golden amber with big frothy head

Aroma: Intense sour fruit, hints of sulfur

Taste: Tart fruit, peppery spice, hints of vanilla

Palate: Extremely lively mouthfeel, back of the palate sour. Light body

Overall: Really tasty, with a moderate level of tartness.

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 harrymel
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled once

Pours a golden hazed ale with a solid quilt of loose whites. Smells funky with a bit of lemon and some oak, and some pear as well. Flavor is slightly tart, with some cherry, lemon and apple juice, some grain and a touch of bitter. Thin with a moderate carb and a wet finish. Good stuff.

Photo of alaimoa
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Oxbow arm house glass with hazy orange hue and thin head that leaves spotty white lacing
Smells of tart citrus and earthy light barnyard funk but not overpowering
Taste is a nice blend of sweet and tart with hint of funk and very dry finish. Grapefruit, lemon, lime rind all there with a hint of honey
Mouthfeel light to medium carbonation and similar thickness with a dry aftertaste
Overall solid release from Crooked Stave and would buy anytime I see it

Photo of brydeen
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange hue, with a thin, bubbly, white head that dissipates quickly, save for a thin whispy layer.

S: An earthy musty aroma, with a tart citrusy bite. No real hint of the oak coming through and just a very light funk.

T: A sharp tartness, apples, lemon peel, and a very light brett funk. Smooth finish from the oak, and a subtle sweetness too.

M: Light crisp body, with very prickly carbonation. Very dry finish.

O: Refreshingly tart and lightly funky. It's very good but not quite great. Nonetheless though, another very solid offering from Crooked Stave.

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 Seanniek91
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip.

Appearance- Copper/orange with two fingers of bubbly white head that lasted half a minute. Left some great lacing.

Smell- Brett, lemon, cider vinegar, light oaky booze, something floral and earthy. Very funky and brett forward.

Taste- Funky lemons and apples, light vinegar, light oak, heavy brett. Its a near perfect brett saison.

Mouthfeel- Ample carbonation, light tart pucker, dry.

Overall- Damn near perfect. Akin to a tarter Arthur, but still unique in its own right. Phenomonal.

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.

Photo of TheCuriograph
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Elated that Crooked Stave has begun distributing in NY. This was the first of theirs I tried. Bottle into a pint glass.

A - Fine straw gold, cloudy and full. Fizzy full head that subsides with some lacing.

S - Saison notes of pepper, wheat bread, and grass mix with the sour lemon, apple and general horsey funk. Much less abrasive than a gueuze. Close your eyes and you’re picking macintoshes on a dewy summer morning.

T - First sip explodes with the tart fruitiness, which subsides into a mix of spicy bread and earth notes and a subtle hop bitterness that somehow hung on through the oak-barrel aging.

M - Impressive how this marries the mealy, sticky mouthfeel of a saison with the effervescence of a traditional sour.

O - This is really a wonderful hybrid that finds the best of the sour and the best of the saison. Less astringent than a traditional gueuze, funkier than a simple farmhouse beer. Great especially for someone new to sour beer.

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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 Sarlacc83
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hitter114
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of bottle into crooked stave tulip

A: beautiful orange unfiltered with small quickly disipating white head

S: smells of sour orange. Sour aroma is dominant

T: taste is sour orange a bit of malt

M: tangy refreshing puckering

O: like this one a lot. A god hybrid style. Good mix of saison and Sour, nice abv refreshing..a really nice sipper

Photo of stakem
3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Amalak
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. It is straw yellow in color with a deep cloudiness to it. Some bubbles that lead to a small white head that dissipates quickly leaving limited lacing.

S. It has a diacetyl scent with a wheaty pop.

T/M. It has a lovely wild yeast sourness to it. There's a bit of a tangy fruit taste, some lemon and citrus. It is medium bodied but has a ton of carbonation and leaves a tingle on the tongue. There's a bit of a malty smoothness underneath. A grape-like aftertaste.

O. I bought a 12.7 ounce bottle for $13, though I heard there are places in NYC that sell it for $10. Much like the Hop Savant that I had, this is a good beer though the price is a bit steep. I like a bit more than the Savant, though two different styles.

Surette Provision Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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