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Surette Provision Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 168
Hads: 1,157
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 83
Gots: 194 | 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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Reviews: 168 | Hads: 1,157
Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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 (866 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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 (506 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-cloudy light orange color with a thin layer of white head that quickly disappears to leave a bit of lace around the top

S-yeast, a little sour, fruit tartness, and pale malts

T-lemon and fruity tartness, slight vinegar, light malt, and funky yeast

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall this is my first "sour" beer and I really did not expect it to be as sour as it is. An interesting style. Not sure it's my thing. (430 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle into snifter. Couple year old bottle.

A: Pours a clear apricot orange with a very short lived off-white head.
S: Tons of sweet and fruity esters mix with dry yeast, mild spice, and woody oak. I also get notes of ripe banana yeast that smells like banana ice cream.
T: Fruity and tart with flavors of earthy spice, mildly funky yeast, and dry grains. There is an underlying apple juice quality that I'm not sure I love. The finish has a bright tartness to it along with a sour quality reminiscent of fruit rind and brett. The aftertaste is sweet and fruity.
M: Scrubbing carbonation, medium-full body with a slick and drying mouthfeel that has a nice chew to it. Drinks well, but on the sweeter side.
O: A delicious saison. Clean and easy to drink, but nothing earth shattering. Just the right amount of funk and tartness. (835 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 BATCH 13

Foggy golden yellow, topped by a small, beautifully creamy white head. Deeply funky, somewhat acetic aromas featuring musty earth, barnyard, damp hay, oak, and grape. Flavor is equally funky, but with a larger tart lemon note through the middle, grapes, and grapefruit. Some wheaty grain and grassy freshness, but mostly bright citrus acidity and funk. Medium-light with some pretty serious pucker, leaving the gum line dry. Very nice. Not exactly something I would consider within the realm of Saison, but good nevertheless. (546 characters)

Photo of bschweis
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright, citrusy and very tart saison. One of the best examples I've tried. Picked up a bunch of Crooked Stave when my liquor store began stocking it and, despite the steep price tag, have to say I'm glad I did. (210 characters)

Photo of Hab11
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed with Three Lions from a 375ml,
Look: To Borrow from a Guinness add Brilliant!! Super bright white head! Lemon/citrus color. Lots of yummy yummy floating viscous debris. Wow just wow is all I can really say!
Smell: Peppers plural black, white etc. lemon, ginger, coriander etc. so much going on here it's overwhelm my nose. I'm Not complaining though it works. I'm missing a lot here in description but wow!
Taste: Ok so I said to Three Lions one tenth of the smell in the taste makes this beer stupendous. It's so much more than that though. My second Crooked Stave and I have to say the taste matches the hype. I know the college dissertation was on Brett but come on how do you figure out how to balance something wild so well. Lemon/yup, pepper/definitely, multiple other fruits (stone, earth, citrus) absofreekinlutely, plus plus plus!!!
Feel: I'm not a woman but I now know what multiples at once feel like!! Carbonation perfect, smooth with bite, sour with sweet!!! God damn it why isn't this sold in Ma.
Overall: Well I'm leaving what I said above to say it all and a little Dazed and Confused reference Alright Aalright, Aaaalllright!!! (1,162 characters)

Photo of ThreeLions
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle split with Hab11.

Appearance: super creamy orange amazingness. Cloudy on a good way with really active tiny bubbles like champagne. Minimal lacing/legs. After a few minutes of settling and swirling the lacing is quite impressive.

Aroma: hot damn! I'm going to be hard pressed to not drink this in one giant gulp. My word. Lactic acid, sour fermented fruit, tropical salty sour dream. Stone fruit galore. Apricot, peaches, citric acid, lactic acid oh my! I can't say enough about the nose and can't wait to try this.

Taste: Yeah well... okay...just go out and buy all of these that you can find, then mail them to me. K thanks. Mouth follows the nose. Tons of lactic and citric acid, tons of orange, tangerine, berry, candy perfection. Barrel notes, although overshadowed are there to balance out the onslaught of epic flavor. Borderline divine beer. So good. So worth the price. So worth the drive I'm going to take on Wednesday to get as many as I can get my hands on. Actually everyone please don't buy any and leave them all for me. End of review. (1,087 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL into a tulip. Pours a clear golden orange w/ a minimal head, minimal carb.

Aroma is fruity and dry; pear, apple, and peach. Bready, earthy yeast.

Taste is a blend of sweet and tart. Oak and grainy malt. The same fruit qualities as in the aroma w/ a subtle lactic sourness. Really great. Dry and tart, drinkable.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Could use better carb, but still good.

Overall a nice sourish saison, great balanace. (437 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle labeled 2014/Batch 11, into a beer snifter.

Pours a pale straw color with a white, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Smells of brettanomyces, lacto, pale malts. tastes nice and sour/tart for a saison, but in an awesome way. Great flavor from start to finish. Pleasant sourness throughout the experience. Mouthfeel is slightly prickly, as saisons tend to be with a smooth finish. Awesome experience overall with this brew. Would definitely seek out again. (481 characters)

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

look: Dark golden. Nice white head on the pour.
smell: Sour, tart citrus. Just a hint of funk and spice, enough to accent the tart citrus w/o overpowering it.
taste: More of the same. Delicious I mean. Quite dry.
overall: Balanced, quaffable tart, sour ale. (258 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
Date: 2014 / Batch 13


A:
Pours a murky pale orange with a finger of pristine white cream that descends to a splotchy film. OK retention; some speckled lacing. (3.75)

S:
Rich and tart. Floral sweetness with some brett funk, umami, sweet bread, barnyard. (4)

T:
Very tart, dry, and fizzy. Tart and vinous with some funky backbone at the end, lemon/lime, soysauce (not in an infected way, though). (4)

M:
Thin, slick at the end, tingly, tiny seltezer-like bubbles, tart finish/aftertaste. (4)

O:
Pretty tasty mellow sour/intense saison.
Nice, rich beer with some 'food' character to it (savory) Umami, perhaps? It doesn't look like much, but with a funky aroma leading into a very tart beer with a vinous feel, it definitely hits a few high notes.
This is not my favorite kind of beer in general, but this is definitely well-made, tasty, drinkable, and different. It might be interesting to see it a little funkier and with a little more of a yeast character....
Might have again; definitely worth a shot (as is most stuff by them) if you ever see it. (4) (1,084 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.09/5  rDev -1%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of dd43
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great sour apple flavor along with an acidic vinegar note on the nose. Despite being aged in oak barrels, wood notes are muted. Very tart in a pleasing way, don't pass this up if you haven't experimented with sour beers. I love what Crooked Stave can do with a saison, so refreshing to see this take on it. (306 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy honey hued amber with a thin wispy cap. Absolutely wonderful scent of farmhouse funk, touch of vinegar and spiced oak. A bit of lemon and vanilla. Taste is sour, but well short of gueuze territory. Begins with a nice ripe apple and pear flavor. Turns pleasantly sour on the edges of my tongue with a nice crisp dry finish. I imagine French oak was used or some beguiling mixture of spices that hide in the background. The vanilla sweetness balances the tart sour flavors well. Nice lively carbonation.

Excellent beer. Fantastic really. (552 characters)

Photo of Mo_fro
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Reddish brown in color. No head just a small white ring around the glass. No carbonation rising to the top.
S- Smell is fruity and sour with some bread notes.
T- Big sour bite right up front, carries like a granny smith apple. Finishes with a nice crusty bread taste along with some grass flavors
M- This beer is smooth and very crisp, it has a nice medium weight to it.
O- Tons of sour and tart taste right in your face. To me this one has some power and kick behind it. This beer is enjoyable, thirst quenching and delicious. (540 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours a dark, hazy gold, the color of honey left sitting at room temperature until it crystallizes solid. Forms a relatively thin white head, which dies to a cap and ring fairly quickly. Patchy lacing clings to the glass in the wake of the beer.

S: The aroma opens with fresh wheat, grass, and honey, before hints of light fruit waft in - melon and pear. There's a faint mustiness present as well, though no wood character.

T: Tart and sour, this beer bites at the tongue on the opening and doesn't relent until well after the swallow. Citrus and melon flavors roll through the sharpness, above a wheaten plain, before yielding way to a funk that seems not unlike mildewed oak and grass just before the finish. Said finish is quite dry, possibly the driest I've experienced from a beer. There's a distinct coppery metallic tang in the aftertaste, as if the flavor tartness were sharp enough to draw blood from the tongue.

M: Sharp and light, with bite from both the flavors and the carbonation. This seems like a light, drinkable beer, but trying to quaff it quickly would bring tears to the eyes.

O: An excellent saison, delivering a complex flavor profile with a strong sour bite that seems less reliant on hops and more on yeast. Will repeat. (1,326 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 2014 batch 10 bottle into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours a hazy golden/orange color with about a 1/2 finger white head. Decent lacing.

S-Aroma is incredible with smells of citrus , oak, hay, apple, grapes, and some pear.

T-Taste is similar to the aroma but more of the fruit and the oak.

M- Mouthfeel has a medium body and very mic it’s easy to drink and has very nice carbonation.

O-First time trying Crooked Stave. Overall a great saison love the oak. Will get some more. (483 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Back label says 2014 Batch 13.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Soily, musty barnyard aroma with a hint of lactic acid. Very rustic-smelling indeed.

T- Starts out slightly tart with more of that earthy Brett funk and turns to a trace of almost rotten egg taste in the finish, but not in a bad way...if that makes sense. Complex, to say the least as there's fruitiness, a touch of sour, hay and a slight bitterness. All while being incredibly drinkable.

M- Tangy, somewhat dry and zesty. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Never have I encountered a beer with such a clean/dirty duality in the flavor. The Brett presence is moderate but impactful as it complements all the other elements present. Not the best Brett beer I've ever had but it's certainly in the top ten. This is the first beer I've had by Crooked Stave and I can't wait to seek out more of them. (1,100 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.04/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Batch 11 2014

A: Pours a slightly hazed amber/orange color. A tiny, bubbly white head forms, and fizzles out in a second. Seriously lacking in retention and lace.
S: Earthy, musty yeast. An acidic, nondescript fruity aroma, maybe cherries? Some wood aromas linger.
T: A sour and acidic bite up front. Tart cherries and tannins, but other than that pretty much nondescript. Wood lingers in the finish which makes everything murky and muddled.
M/D: A light body with moderate to high carbonation. Really watery, muddled, tannin like and blah. No definition here. The acidity itself is not that unpleasant, but really nothing else perks my interest. Which makes this a bit of a chore to finish.

Just a nondescript acidic and sour note with no definition. Of my recent Crooked Stave get, I looked forward to this the most but ended up the most disappointed. I have another bottle, so I will be giving it another try, but this left me flat. (953 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Batch 13. Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is an extremely bright, slightly hazed, straw-gold coloring, with a filmy, wispy, white surface coating of head. Aromas of lemon, apple, honey, and an herbal blend of clove, lemon grass, all spice, and coriander, all on a biscuit backbone, with subtle tart and sour highlights throughout. Flavors are tart and sour forward, with white grape and lemon blending for the sweet characteristics. Spiced wood highlights, with subtle farmhouse funk, cut grass, and earthy notes. Very light and refreshing in mouth, with a tart and sour aftertaste of citrus and white wine notes. Crisp, tart, dry finish. Amazingly well balanced, well crafted beer. (701 characters)

Photo of imscotty
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%

Appearance - Pours a light amber yellow, relatively clear. A thin white head quickly forms and dies down. Very little lacing, after a few minutes no head remains.

Smell - Aroma is overwhelmingly cider like. Smell apples, slight citrus and some barnyard muskiness.

Taste - The beer is modestly sour and tart. The taste is very un-beer-like and I do not mean that in an entirely negative way. This is tasty and refreshing, and would be a great drink on a hot summer day. Taste is dominated by apple, vinegar and white wine. Some grassy, barnyard flavors, lemon citrus and perhaps a little oak. Hops and malt flavors are undetectable to me. I am really amazed at how apple wine like this beer is, not your typical Saison. Very tasty if you are looking for something like this. I think this would be more interesting with a stronger hop or malt presence to balance things out.

Mouthfeel - A bit thin. My bottle had very slight carbonation which I see differs a bit from other reviews. The flatness of the pour may have effected the taste profile and my review. I will try to weak out another bottle for comparison someday. (1,140 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15%

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. (372 characters)

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

A: Pours a very hazy medium golden yellow to orange in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some lemon yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering about 95% of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of funky wet hay and horse blanket funkiness from the brett with slightly less strong aromas of oak from the barrel aging.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of grainy, pale, and wheat malts with some light to moderate flavors of lemon citrus. There are moderate flavors of vinegar and a distinct brett funkiness that reminds me of the barnyard. Mildly tart but not overly sour.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and a light amount of dryness.

O: Very enjoyable and a nice example of a saison with brett that is barrel aged. Tart without being overly sour. Very approachable. Nice amounts of complexity. (1,146 characters)

Surette Provision Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
92 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.