Surette Provision Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
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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 popery
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,106 characters)

Photo of MRsojourner
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of icehawk
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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! (2,034 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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 (470 characters)

Photo of brydeen
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of mahak213
4.46/5  rDev +8%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of TheCuriograph
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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 +0.2%
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... (492 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of hitter114
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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 (355 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

splitting a cellar reserve membership with my buddy pete27lax has to be one of the smartest things i've done in a while. this little tidbit came in our first box courtesy of DenverBeerDrinker, our valued trustee. poured into a crooked stave zwanze 2012 taster (thanks totor!!!)

a - brew poured a deep honey that was semi transparent to the light, but mostly opaque. there was a thin bubbly head that fizzed away leaving a thin skin of fizzy bubbles. the carbonation in the beer was rather champagne like in appearance.

s - big oak notes, floral funkiness and some lightly soured fruitiness.

t - again light sour notes over some saison bubblegum and clove. the oak comes through in a big way as well but tamer on the flavor than the nose. things are all pretty much in the right place.

m - sour and a bit funky, but far from mouth puckering. nice medium body with good amount of fizziness...even a bit prickly.

o - overall, crooked stave has proven to be a brewery to watch. this was a really nice beer that feels like it might sour up really nicely over time. pretty good out of the gate, but a bit subdued. glad i have a few of these. (1,140 characters)

Photo of cw577enfield
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got it from a trade via Jasonrm72. Thanks!!!

375ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Orange/yellow hue. Barely one finger of head but dissipates quickly. Lacing is slightly existent.

S: Oooh, love that funky smell. Picked up on floral and saison hops notes. Somewhat fruity too.

T: Strong tarty flavor, my tongue wants to roll inside a bit when sipping, very dry, could pick up on that oaky taste. For a saison beer, it's pretty bold.

M: Medium-bodied, crispy and dry finish. Bit of carbonation.

O: My first bottle by Crooked Stave. I'm impressed by this "saison" beer. Quite refreshing for a tart and funky beer! Will try to get this item again. (651 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to womencantsail for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and sour aromas. Taste is much the same with some sour fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (529 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (425 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy orange/copper pour with 2 fingers of bright white head which gave off lots of nice lacing. smells of belgian saison yeast, bread, slightly funky/barnyard scents of hay, coriander, somewhat of a citrusy scent coming off in the finish. slightly tart/sour, flavors of banana and orange sneak their way in up front, a tangy flavor overall. heavy on the funky flavors with this one.. corks, wine, bready.
a nice medium body with high carbonation makes this a very nice and refreshing beer which makes the funky flavors go down easily.

i really like this saison. a very refreshing and flavorful beer. quite funky, but i can't really tell if there is brett in this or not. you don't taste much of the oak barrel aging either, but that's usually the case in the recent handful of sours i've had.. though this is not a sour. definitely one of the better saisons i've had. (870 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange amber in color. Forms a modest fizzy white head that reduces down to a ring around the edges and some light lacing.

S: Aroma is all Brett: pineapple and horseblanket. Light tropical fruit sweetness mixed with a bit of funky farm stable.

T: Taste is Brett forward as well, but not so much as the aroma. Mild to moderate sweetness with lots of fruit: apple, pineapple, and a touch of lemon. Then there is a slight sourness, sort of a lemony sourness, but it's balanced out by the sweetness. Almost a lemon-mereingue pie thing going on here. Mild green herbal quality on the finish.

M: Lighter bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly slick mouthfeel.

O: If you like Brett, this one is all about it. If you don't, you may want to consider another beer. In the end, I enjoyed this one as it has a bit more punch than the typical Saison, but doesn't overdue it. (875 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a lightly hazy yellowish orange color with a white head on top. The retention is thin and the lacing is lightly scattered. The smell is funky, there is a plenty of lemon and fresh oak aromas. The taste is tart, it's very earthy in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good carbonation. It's a juicy brew with a dry finish. Overall it's a pretty good brew. Worth trying. (404 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly cloudly golden orange color, fairly nice head but fades a bit quickly.

Smells very dry, slightly woody, maybe a touch of vinous fruit, some yeast and slight tartness.

Taste is some orange fruit, lightly tart, pretty dry especially in the finish. Touch of pepper and yeast.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, refreshing.

Solid saison, comparable to the Vielle but more dry and less tart.

7.5/10 (405 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle opened on 3.11.13

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with an active soapy off-white head that fades fast.

S - Citrus, oaky, lemon and nice funk.

T - Belgian yeast, mild tartness, lemon, wheat, oak.

D - Decent carbonation with a light body.

O - Light and refreshing with a slightl tart Belgian yeast and funk. (322 characters)

Surette Provision Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
92 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.