Surette Provision Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 162
Hads: 1,144
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 3.4%
Wants: 83
Gots: 193 | FT: 20
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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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Photo of timontheroad
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

2013 batch 4. Poured a hazy orange, with one finger of fluffy white head. Lots of staying power on the head that left some pretty lacing down the glass. Smell was kinda tart and lemony, with a bit of that barnyard funk and some slight sour apple. The taste is pretty sour up front, but then I get some grassy, wheat type flavors. The finish is where this one really stands out, with such a nice woody clean aftertaste. Mmmmm! Nice and dry with just the right carbonation to compliment the tartness. Overall, this beer really stands out, glad I live in Colorado and can find this all the time. (592 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.08/5  rDev -1%

375 ml bottle poured into a teku glass. Bottled in 2013. Batch 8.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden orange color with less than a finger of a white head that settle to a ring with some thick bubbled. Body is hazy but still transluscent.

Smell: Really funky, oak, lemon, apple, light herbal quality, floral, white grape and some lacto.

Taste: Medium sourness upfront that carries through the finish. More of a clean lactic sourness than funky, which flips the script compared to the aroma. Flavors are white grape, oak, slight spicy yeast character, wheat and hay.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with low/medium, fine, but lively carbonation. Easy to drink and fairly refreshing.

Overall: Really good beer and one of the better values out there for what it is. I'd definitely get this again. (788 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -15%

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. (1,031 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 Batch 10

Appearance: Pours with a minimal head of about half a finger, which for the style surprised me. Could be the oak barrels knocking down some carbonation, but still odd. The color is a bold medium dark orange with a slightly cloudy body. Active carbonation while drinking is right were it should be.

Smell: Straw, medium bodied fruits, and wheat mesh well with tartness and dry, woody oak. Tropical fruit backbone builds on the body with continuous waves of grass and tartness attacking the drinker. Dry wood pops up on the back end and rides this one out.

Taste: As the beer hits the palate, a punchy tartness pops up but is quickly won over by rounded oak characteristics. That earthy woodiness continues to roll into the body but joins force with some dry grass and sprite fruits. The tartness loses the earthy oak and really has a clean flavor on the finish. Bright fruits show up again on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: A pretty sessionable sour saison. Oak character is for the most part rounded but has some bright distinctive high points. Carbonation being on the lower end really allows the grass, fruit, and tartness to really shine through.

Overall: I really like the oak characteristics in this brew. Sour notes are rounded yet kept in check. Tasty base beer allows for it to develop well in the barrel. I actually got to enjoy this on tap and I preferred it in that format, but both are excellent. Well done Crooked Stave. (1,456 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into my giant Piraat tulip.

Pale tangerine with a slight haze. One inch of dense, creamy white foam.

Subtle acidity is the main aroma component, but there's also hints of lemon peel, green apple and barnyard funk. Maybe a soft touch of white crackers as well.

This is the apogee of sourness in a Saison. So often the lacto is overdone -- the proportion here is perfect. A soft, vinegary kiss adds to the refreshment of this delicate brew, while notes of lemon jolly rancher, sweet pear and white bread add interest before a dry finish. Quenching.

Medium body, moderate prickly carbonation with a good amount of silky fizz. Alcohol is unnoticeable.

Beautiful balance of flavors he. It's not overly spiced, yeasty or dry -- just a solid, drinkable Saison. Wish this were in a 750 so I could time how quickly I make it through the bottle. This little one was gone within minutes. (892 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.62/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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. (619 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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. (646 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 375 ml bottle into tulip glass. Bottle dated 2014 batch 10.

A: A bright golden yellow with a slight one finger white head even with a relatively aggressive pour. Head settled fairly quickly and left some sticky lacing.

S: Lemon and tangerine mixed with a light funk.

T: Sour fruits - apple and lemon. A fair amount of lactic acidity. Oak notes coming through at the end. Just a touch of sweetness but almost barely noticable.

M: Tends a tad heavy for a saison, but still crisp with a dry finish.

O: Wonderful saison. Was hoping for a bit more on the nose, but the tastes more than make up for it. (613 characters)

Photo of Lisa_B
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful tawny/caramel color, head was okay but didn't hold much. There was almost no lacing.

S - It's a light funk, actually - with just a bit of sour fruit.

T - This is where this beer shines! So many flavors ~ mostly tropical and mildly acidic; kiwi, mango - a bit of sweeter citrus; tangerine and woody flavors from the oak barrels. YUM!!!

M - The texture is fairly thin and the finish is dry with just a touch of a bitter aftertaste.

O - Definitely a beer I will drink again and again :-) (502 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a clinging, creamy white head.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuit, lemon rind, oak, lactic funk, sea salt, must, and cider vinegar are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, lemon rind, pineapple, curacao orange, sea salt, must, oak, and cider vinegar fill the mouth. The finish is brief with pronounced caramel, biscuit, must, oak, and cider vinegar flavors.

M: Medium-bodied and dry. Carbonation is spritzy.

O: More restrained, subtle, and straight-forward than some of Crooked Stave's other work. This one would make a good quaffing beer. I like it. (590 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Prairie teku

A - hazy burnt orange with a thin white frothy cap.

S - earthy stone fruit, spicy yeast, watermelon, grass, funky, acidic.

T - dried stone fruit apricots and peaches, lactic and acidic, muted lemons, lactic cheese, slightly salty, good malt with some candy sweetness background and dry from front to back. A nice rangy finish.

M - medium carbonation, more creamy than fluffy, bone dry with a tangy finish.

Very nice summer saison. Funky with some acidic tartness and has a well rounded body. This brewery has yet to disappoint me. (564 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky, tawny copper color with traces of pink. A little creamy head.

S - Smells tart like raspberries and lemon. Mineralic and funky.

T - Taste mimics the nose - like a funky watered down raspberry lemonade filtered through straw and grass. Rustic yet refined. There's some chalky wheat at the back of the throat. Quite tannic - I'm getting blueberry skins and white grape, along with hints of vanilla. Perfect balance of tartness and rustic wheat character.

M - a little thinner than I expected up front, but it's rounded out by some wheat a second later. Juicy, but finishes super dry.

O - Certainly not your average saison - very tart, but nicely structured. Elegant in a Belgian farmhouse sort of way. Really tasty and well done. (749 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We pour this guy into our Rosie O’Grady’s tulips and find a surprisingly translucent goldenrod colored beer. The head is notable tight, and retains well. The nose shines, even through its mighty head, giving intense and sharp muskiness, funky Brett-like yeastiness, musky cheddar cheese, lavender, mineral, spicy ethanol, wheaty grain, and that lovely cat-piss dankness. The taste hits you like a freight train in all of its tart, bittering, funky yeastiness. This is really the star, but you do see pokes of lemongrass and lemony citric flesh, Flintstone vitamins, soapy hoppiness, tin, mineral, musk, heavy oakiness, chlorine, wheat, soft esters, pales, and twine. There is beautiful slurp and creaminess to each sip, contrasting the flavoring and keeping things lighter and flowing, while the oak gives big dryness to the palate and tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips a bit slower, but smoothly.

Overall, we are always happy to try another offering from Crooked Stave, and are happy they finally hit national distribution. This is a bottle of “2013/BATCH 5”, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. We are most excited about its funky zing right when you take that first sip. This is our second beer of the day, and it still punched the tongue without reserve. The bitterness and tartness of flavor comes from both the yeast strains used and the extended oak barreling, acting synergistically together. Comparing this guy to one of their other national releases, Vielle, it is much, much stronger and muskier, as expected, but drinks a bit slower for the same reasons. This one stays with you, lingering for a long time on the tongue, palate, esophagus, and stomach, but there is a certainly clarity to it that you just don’t find in your typical sour or saison. (1,791 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 375 mL bottle with dating/batch information on the back label: 2013/Batch 8. Not that it really matters since this is a farmhouse with wild yeast. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours an apricot orange hue with a decent amount of murkiness and a slightly yellowish twinge around the bulb of the glass from where the light passes through more easily. Atop the body sits a one and a half finger bone-colored head. Bubbles are small and moderately dense, giving the impression of meringue. Retention is quite good, and the head eventually fades to a half finger or less of froth and moderately sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - A wondeful suggestion of refreshing tartness comes through right off the bat with hints of wood and oak barrels giving it a musty funkiness. There are also fruity highlights hidden under the funk, with notes of lemon zest and green apple and even notes of sauvignon blanc to impart a vinous characteristic. However, make no mistake, the barrel is the leader here.

Taste - Upon diving in, the hints of tart on the smell are realized as a refreshing acidity and slight pinch of sour on the tastebuds. Again the oak is present, but a little subdued from the aroma, allowing notes of stone fruit and apple to shine through alongside a slight bit of vinegary characteristics. Really refreshing and bright, with some slight spiciness from the yeast reminiscent of baking spice, but not sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a nice pinch fro the acidity and enough body to give it a bit of heft. Dry finish.

Overall, a very well done "wild" saison and one that I will likely pick up every time I run across it on shelves, since it doesn't sit for long. My only regret is that the price is a little hefty for 12.7 oz of beer, but it's nice for a once-in-a-while treat. (1,891 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer is cloudy and yellow almost moving toward a brown-orange color with a sticky head above. The aroma is tart, unripe apples, berries and a sense of funk. Tart and tangy on the palate. This is a true pleasure to imbibe. The light bread mixes with the Belgian sourness to a create an enjoyable Saison. Of the Saisons brewed in the U.S., this is one of the best that I've had. Great Job! (391 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in an opaque hazy rich amber sunset orange.

The aroma is bright and wonderful. Huge citrus, lactic acidity, big hay and barnyard funk, granny smith tart apples, slight sweetness. It goes towards Cantillon/Drie Fonteinen, but is cut off from a light malt and that acidity.

In the front, there’s a punch of that acetic vinegar and citric acidity. Lemon peel. Then it moves onto a longing tartness. Attacks onto the back of the malt. More stone fruit, granny smith apples, that are unripe. A hint of biscuit malt. The sourness then cuts off at 80-90% through the palate with a stiff attack of wet wheat and slight hay funk.

Just one of the best sours available on the shelves and stands up with world class brews. (733 characters)

Photo of PPOmaha
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 4 2013

Aroma: Fruit forward: unripe peaches and granny smith apples. Sweet earthiness is there too: hints of barnyard. Bit of spiciness but difficult to tell if it is yeast character or hops. Light sweet cracker malt aroma. No DMS, No diacetyl.

Appearance: Golden with yellow highlights. Thin dense white head that lingers.

Flavor: Medium tartness certainly not puckering. Lots of stone fruit: peach, apricot, plum skins, with some low hints of citrus zest. Hop flavor is apparent as earthy. Bitterness is actually higher than expected but really brings some complexity to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. Light astringency from the bitterness that lingers on the tongue. No hot alcohol, light creaminess.

Overall: Great earthy, brett forward saison. The brett really plays well with the medium bitterness. I wish I had this as an everyday drinker. (901 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A murky brownish orange body, very nice thin light carbonation on the edges and the middle of the glass, which slowly rises. Head is off white, a bit creamy in character, only manages to be about two fingers tall at most ,but settles easily to a half finger puck.

Mild brett on the nose and some soft pepper. Hints of mild tartness, and some sweet cinnamon surprisingly. Interesting not sure where this is going, but quite nice and solid. Hints toward more lambic/wild character than a saison so far.

Oh this palate is wicked. What a wonderful juiced and full lush body. Good finishing brett on the aftertaste, but a real nice fruit mid palate full of flavor. Tangy juiced orange, tangerine and lemon. Huge amounts of fruit with a full rounded palate feel, and soft malt like body. Just a peck of caramel sweetness wants to come out to play.

This is great stuff, doesn't look or smell like an impressive beer is coming, but the palate makes up for it easily. (1,005 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 5/15/14

Appearance: Deep gold with some hints of straw and copper - hazy, pours with a creamy, medium-sized, off-white head - keeps a borderline solid cap, leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Funky, sour, oak - reminiscent of some other Crooked Stave beers I've had, with some robust funky aromas and Brett - some acidic tartness and sourness, and some damp, lactic cellar in the back - some yeasty notes, with some fruity esters - apples, pears, grapes, and even a light touch of citrus - big oak component, and more Brett

Taste: Funky, sour, and even fruitier than the aroma suggests - yeasty funk with some distinct Brett - moderate sourness, acidic and lactic - nice level of fruity tartness - sour green apple, white grapes, pears, lemon, and maybe even a light touch of banana - low level of sweetness - earthy flavors and oak barrel - finishes with more funk, barnyard and farmhouse - lactic component builds as it warms, with some damp, musty oak

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes nicely tart

Overall: Surette is apparently a type of tree (the more you know)

If Crooked Stave made a sour or a saison and named it "Dog Turds," I would still want to try it. These beers are consistently interesting. Surette has some nice oak, Brett, and fruit flavors. It's a worthwhile cross between a sour and a saison. (1,347 characters)

Photo of MagicJeff
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 8 /2013 bottle poured into my Game of Thrones tulip from Ommegang

A: Glowing light orange. Nice dirty white head that keeps through drinking. Nice lacing after.

S: Vinous nose--slight lemon, funky apple.

T: Tart green apple, slightest lemon funk. Juicy mid taste but finishes dry. Reminds me of a juicy pinot grigio or chardonnay. Some musty hay, but citrus crispness pulls it together.

M: Medium bodied, drinks very easy on a hot day.

Overall: Amazing offering from Crooked Stave. I'd love to see how funky some age makes this beer. Awesome to drink now, will see what some age does. Highly recommend if saisons are your thing. (640 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Very interesting saison. Very light head, dissipates quickly. Smells like a lambic, like most saison should smell like. Taste is a bit tart, with an aftertaste of a cracker, maybe because of the amount of yeast, and even though it is not disgusting, that taste shouldn't be there. At the same time, it is a nice twist.

Very good beer, wouldn't mind trying it again. (379 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

It's a turbid orange/tan beer with small off white island atop, and a lasting ring. Not a beauty winner, but the look of a deep funky saison for sure.

Lemon and funk, with sweet grape and yeasty tart complementing balancedly. There are myriad fruity and spicy yeast undertones beyond my capacity to describe, other than to say they make this aroma irresistible.

Taste follows nose except for a light herbal note in finish that sends this baby to the moon. Perfect balance of clean flavors make a delectable taste. Tart is just right.

Thick body for style, light carb., but it works to make the flavors pure heaven. Finishes with super clean linger.

Magnificent beer. I could drink this until life re evolves on Mars. (720 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2013, Batch 8

A: Pours a goldenrod yellow/orange color with a small head that fades down to a very thin layer of white foam and bubbles

S: Some nice Brett funk/tartness right off the bat along with a pleasant fruitiness that includes notes of apples and grapes. Lightly vinous with an oaky overtone

T: Starts off with the Brett funkiness which lends some tartness and the fruitiness. Slowly goes into the vinous notes before getting some oak and vanilla from the barrels. Finishes lightly tart with a hint of sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: An extremely well-crafted saison with some great notes of Brett and pleasant barrel aging. A real treat to drink, I wish it came it lager bottles even with the high price tag. Definitely worth $9-10 if you can snag some (797 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours copper with a luminous golden accent. Robust white head. Beautiful

S- Tart green apples, dark cherries, oak barrel, and candy coated.

T- Tart meets musk. Some really nice depth. Tart forward with a spicy/peppery finish.

M- Decent. Barrel seems to make this one a little heavier and less carbonated than I prefer with saisons. But not bad

O- Really enjoyable.

$9 for a 375 ml. A bit pricey, but worth a look if this style is your thing. (452 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tumbler.

And the trifecta comes to a close. This stuff pours a hazy sunset gold topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises thick funk, tart green apple, candied lemon peel, chardonnay must, a hint of oak, and a splash of toffee (can toffee splash...?). The taste focuses on the funk over the sourness, though, make no mistake, there's plenty of pucker lying beneath the funky tarp. Tastiness, indeed, son. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice saison, one that really pulls in those vogue directions of funky and sour. Good times. (634 characters)

Surette Provision Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
92 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.