Surette Provision Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 161
Hads: 1,141
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 83
Gots: 191 | 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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Beer added by: chugalug06 on 02-16-2013

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of tartness, slight apple, slight pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hop, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong tartness. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, slight citrus, and sourness. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and body. (474 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch 8, 2013. Bottle from Bottle Barn on my California trip. Pours clear dark copper colored with a small creamy white head. Tart citrusy aroma, sour apples, tart cherries, lots of bright things to like on the aroma. Flavor is sweet wheaty grains, hay, some light oak, vinous notes, a little yeast funk and light tartness. Bit of a dirty wheat-like finish. Slick and on the heavier side for my tastes in the style. Low carbonation, really needs a good bit more. Not really what I was expecting here. (500 characters)

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

Moderately dark brown in color and is mostly hazy. Just a trace of white foam on the top. I get white Chardonnay and oak in the nose. The body is fairly light and the tartness prickles the tongue. The taste is a lightly tart white Chardonnay and oak. This is very crisp and refreshing and with plenty of flavor. (311 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky amber, dense but fast fading white head, sheet of delicate lace down the glass. Smell: fleeting grainy and barnyard note then acetic and fruity - nectarine, white raisin - mingled with herbal and vanilla pops. Taste: a little caramel, nectarine, spicy and herbal hopping, lemon, funky aspects of brett, finishing grainy and tart. Really excellent. 2013 batch 4. (375 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split with rudzud
Mild fizzy head, bit of soapy lacing, mostly clear orange color.

Nose great Brett, mild funky but tons of Brett c, pineapple, tropical fruit, nice lemony citrus, floral very, mild grainy blond malt.

Taste big tart lemony flavours, more Brett funk and lots if tropical Brett c, lemony funk, hint pineapple, mild grainy toasty blond malt, little sticky tart flemmy like finish, more lemony tart funk lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent bit lighter carb, little flemmy.

Overall pretty nice, great Brett c tropical fruit and little funk, decent malts, very enjoyable. (600 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear coppe
hue with a thin white head that fades to a thin light blanket.

S - Aromas of brett, sweet malts, light grassy hops, faint caramel, soft fruits, funk.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of brett, green apple, light funk, sweet malts.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, super drinkable.

O - Overall, this was a delicious saison. Love the brett. (441 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 7 - 2013.

A: Pours a slightly hazed dark orange with a thin (1/4") white head which fades quickly to the rim leaving spots of lace.

N: Pleasantly funky cheese, yeast, oak, and vinous (white grape varietal).

T: Mildly tart, wheaty and grainy, yeasty, grassy, mildly herbal, lemons, slight astringency with oak tannins.

M: Semi-moderate body and light carbonation. Crisp, vinous, lemony, yeasty finish. A tad thin and undercarbonated imo.

O: Expecting more funk, perhaps some age would add. (499 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to ??? for the excellent BIF beer. Tasted 14 Feb 2014.

Pours clear orange. Half-finger of white head, thanks to a delicate pour. Good retention, okay lacing.

Smell is really vinous, and a touch acidic - lots of oak and white grape. Very high in the nose, clean and aromatic. Quite good.

Taste starts out like the smell, then tilts to a dry, mildly alcoholic taste. I want more of the front end, less of the back.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, carbonation a touch on the low side.

Pretty tasty; powerful white grape notes dominate the smell and taste, and there's an odd twang in the taste that I don't really like. (625 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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. (310 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surette poured into a CS Tulip

A - Hazy, golden yellow with a slightly reflective body. Small white head sits on top

S - Lemongrass, light sweet tarts, lemon peel, and oak. As you smell this one, the tartness intensifies as you breathe it in

T - Lemon, lemon zest up front. As the beers continues there is a slight sweetarts and vinegar presence that gives the beer a refreshing tartness. There is also a slight creamy blue cheese and funk presence that makes it a really nice and refreshing saison.

M - Light, refreshing and dry. Has carbonation that adds some nice zip to the beer. This makes it a nice and refreshing saison.

O - This is another one of the well balanced and flavorful saison that makes CS such a great brewery. There is complexity here as it has both nice funk and tartness that balances very well. (822 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to angrybabboon for my first chance to try Crooked Stave.

Appearance: Slightly hazed peach-tinged gold. Head is white and drops to a wispy cap and small creamy collar. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Nice and bright.

Smell: Oak. Nice and woody right up front. A push of acetic tartness. Some lemon zest and fruity esters. A touch of apple skin and peach. A touch of funk with a powdery yeast presence. Nice hints of damp earth muddled with some leather. A little bit lactic with a nice Brett push throughout. Slightly sweet malt base adds a touch of caramelized malt and a vague bready quality.

Taste: Powdery Brett lingers in the back of a slightly more aggressive lactic tart push. A bit softer on the sour edges than expected from the nose. A touch spicy with a dry oaky finish. A ton of oak. Earthy and damp with some hay and grass. A touch of lemon as well. A touch of herbal hopping with a mild bitterness. Nice clean, slightly sweet malts help round it out, adding a bit of depth. Warming pushes it to tart funky oak. Some spicy esters, hinting at something more Belgian than buggy. A touch of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a surprising slick, almost juicy, mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Almost clean finish.

Overall: Sure.

An enjoyable first endeavor. Easy drinking pseudosoursaison. Barrel influence runs a tad heavy, but it's good and worth drinking again. *hint* (1,416 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Sammy!

Appearance. Pours an orange-gold colour with a thick finger of slightly off-white head.

Smell. Funky and sweet oak, a touch of citrus and fruity yeast, and maybe even a little honey.

Taste. Nice sourness, limes and other citrus, funky toasted oak.

Mouthfeel. On the lighter side of medium bodied, medium fine carbonation.

Overall. Crisp and refreshing but with enough body, flavour, and complexity to satisfy. Diggin' it. (441 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip. 2013 Batch 7.

A: Pours a cloudy golden brown with a thin white head on top. Can see a bit of visible carbonation when you hold it up to the light.

S: Nice funky aroma with noticeable oak qualities. Can tell right off the bat this one is going to be a bit sour.

T: As with the aroma this one is funky. Initial sour tartness that blends with a bit of hop bitterness. Grain aspects kick in full gear on the backend and adds a depth of flavor.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. The Brett gives this beer a dry finish. Tartness will give you a bit of a pucker.

Overall this is a very enjoyable brew with a range of flavors. Certainly not your standard saison. (705 characters)

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

A- Cloudy golden apricot hue into a Gueuze tumbler with a frothy foamy white cap. Head is about one finger high and has decent retention. Falls to a bubbly ring and some islands in the middle. Spotty lacing down most of the glass.

S- A nice blend of funky lactic and Brett notes mixed with a Belgian Saison yeast profile. Reminds me of a milder Gueuze in ways with the tart lemony lactic feel.

T- The underlying Saison strain opens up a lot more here and brings more of a balance to the flavor. Notes of Belgian yeast spices, lemon zest, apples, tart lactic acid and some funky Brett barnyard cherry. Some hints of light toast oak.

MF- Fizzy dried out uber light end body. Carbonation nice and high really accentuating the tart fruity flavors.

Very drinkable and the flavors are big but not fatiguing at all like sours can be. Good blend of tart lactic and fruity spicy Saison yeast. (895 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film covering the surface and a head consisting of moderate sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oak and funky Brettanomyces yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and also has additional hints of lemons and vinegar.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a nice mix of tartness and sourness, neither of which is overpowering, that add to the complexity of the smell and taste. It is a pleasant beer to sip and savor. (755 characters)

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

375 ml bottle slightly above fridge temp poured into a snifter. Batch 5/ 2013

Pours out a really nice hazy, deep golden color with a big, dense, retentive white head and lots of sticky lacing. Looks great.

Kind of smells like a young, less aggressive lambic, some lactic tartness, a bit of a milky lactic funkand a musty Brett funk, a bit of a lemony citrus, as well as a hint of a aged vinious character.

Great taste. The beginning stages of a nice lactic sourness, almost a bit lambic like, green apple, lemon citrus, sour pie cherry, not much funk in the taste. Finishes with a milky lactic feel and a dry finish. A bit of a vinious grape towards the finish as well.

Light to medium in mouthfeel, lingering sourness, good feeling carbonation, quite refreshing.

A really nice saison, a great beginner sour beer, sour, but not overly so, and light on the funk. Great drinkability. (887 characters)

Photo of TheWildWes
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle poured into tulip.

Poured golden orange in color with a light head that dissipates quickly. The smell is divine with a distinct tart fruit aroma (apple and lemon). Good carbonation and the beer overwhelms your mouth with each sip. The taste is tart, and you get some barrel. The beer finishes dry with a citrus tang. (332 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013, batch 7

Pours a very hazy dark golden orange color with cloudy tangerine edges and a half finger off white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with wild bugs, damp oak and a subtle sweet vinous barrel presence. Strong citric acidity with zesty lemon juice, acetic vinegar, lactic cheesiness, pale malt, bready yeast and light fruit esters. Some peppery clove in there as well but the acidic character, barrel notes and vinous fruits stand out. Almost Gueuze like with a subtle horseblanket smell along with lactic funk, wild bugs, damp earth, dry oak and dusty cobwebs. Some bread/yeast as well as hints of apple, pear and lemon rind. The vinous presence is there but not as strong as in the Vieille with a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Decent but something is lacking that I can't quite put my finger on.

On the lighter end of medium body with a tart, puckering mouthfeel and prominent acidic sourness that lingers over the earthier flavors and vinous barrel notes into a dry, acetic finish. Feels more like an American wild ale with little saison character to speak of. There is some funk but I'm guessing it's from the bugs and acidity. Vinous barrel presence really stands out with dry oak and sweeter fruit notes, especially apricot and dark berries. Lots of zesty lemon acidity dominating the flavor with lingering acetic vinegar in the finish. Not harsh or solvent like but makes the beer feel a bit one dimensional. Pretty much just tart citrus acidity, dry oak, subtle vinous fruit and lingering acetic acid. Refreshing and somewhat drinkable but not very complex or interesting. (1,685 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up some head but doesn't have much retention at all. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a dull, medium amber which glows as an orangish, pale amber when held up to the light. A few spots of lacing are left behind.

Nose- Much more subtle than a lot of saisons but still quite nice. Some light apple with lemon. Definite vinous character that suggests red grapes at first. Almost honey. Some banana. All well rounded and very well integrated. It's really hard to separate aromas. The vinosity is definitely more red than white wine with a tendency toward plums or cherries.

Taste- I thought the nose was delicate and complex but the mouth raises that bar even further. The vinous nature of this beer really shows through and it's definitely of the red variety. Mostly red fruits (cherries and plums) with slight oakiness and tart berry lead into a slight grain finish. Some notion of Sweet Tarts but the acetic acid is very low key in this beer. It's more an extension of the red fruit flavors rather than an entirely different note. Very odd to have strong grain and cereal on the finish of a saison but combined with the slight tartness, it really works. Some hints of citrus in the background (mostly lemon but some orange). Slight chalk and little bit of earthiness match with a somewhat dry finish. I don't I've ever had a barrel aged saison before but after this one, I will definitely be trying more. This is a really good beer that has great balance, presence, integration, and complexity. Some notes of grapefruit as well.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with some syrup to the texture. Carbonation is light but provides a nice and pleasantly prickly effervescence.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and enticing. A bit pricy at 8 bucks for a 375 mL bottle but it's pretty much worth it.

Overall- Really good beer that lacks a certain je ne sais quoi in order to be considered great. Definitely worth a try. (1,963 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy golden / orange with almost no head. The aroma has chardonnay, buttery oak, red berries, saison earthiness, light nectar fruit and a very rustic edge to all of it. It has a medium / light crisp body with some fairly sharp carbonation. The flavor begins with vanilla, oak, nectar fruit, funk, spice, berries, graininess and dry malt. The finish is dry, earthy and vinous and a little thin. Great saison. (413 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Reservoir in Waterbury split between a few people. From poor notes.

A - Poured bright and golden with decent carbonation, no lace, no retention.

S - Grape, lemon, hay.

T - Nice lemon, lot's of sourness, cool flavour.

M - Quite tart to finish with a drying feeling, strong carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Nice stuff. Good tartness and nice to sip on. (364 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Warm amber glow with appropriate haze. Two and a half finger head with some okay lacing. Looks nice.

Nicely tart with good rustic farmhouse scent. Light lemon, some apple cider vinegar, hints of pear, and mustiness. Excellent aromas.

Great saison yeast presence with softness and light peppery spice. Light fruitiness with tart apple, pear, and lemon. Some tannic fruit skin flavors. Some good breadiness and a righteous tartness with Bretty funk and mild horse blanket. A little cheesy, but smooth. Excellent refreshing feel with a light-medium body and a well-diffused carb presence. Awesome saison. (603 characters)

Photo of cornejo
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7 poured into a wine glass.

Poured a beautiful light brown opaque body with thin white head. Bubbles dispersed fairly quickly. Reminiscent of apple cider vinegar on the nose, which nicely cleared up my sinuses! Taste is a very clean balance of bitter and tart, reminiscent of an unsweetened Arnold Palmer. Despite the tartness, a very smooth finish makes this a highly drinkable beer. One of my favorites, I wish I could drink it every day. (448 characters)

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Batch 7 poured into Bruery snifter

Appearance is golden light orange and slightly hazy. A very thin white head with tiny bubbles.

Smell is vinous, some tartness, sweet clean fruit, touches of Brett.

Taste is tart, clean malt, Brett yeast, wine tannins, some lemon. Notes of bread and honey graham cracker in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is light medium with prickly mild carbonation. No alcohol detected.

Overall this is another exceptional beer from Crooked Stave. This is a great saison, mostly because of the tart flavor and wild yeast characteristics. A very vinuous beer (587 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from the recent batch. Thanks FleetwoodMatt for this one. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/4/2013.

Pours a beautiful clear straw body, with a nice 1cm white head that retains quite well and leaves a good bit of lacing all over the glass. This is what saisons should look like.

Smells interesting- very funky, very flavourful and interesting. Some oak, some grassiness and lemony. I like this quite a bit.

Flavour follows the nose- a good bit of leathery funk complemented by oak and a nice zesty lemon flavour. Its not complicated, but its seriously a great profile for a shelf saison.

Mouthfeel is good- medium bodied, great carbonation, a bit bubbly even. So crisp and dry. Very drinkable even for the style.

A great shelf saison. I would buy this fairly frequently if Crooked Stave made it to Wisconsin. Unfortunately it does not, but I would recommend buying this if you are looking for a very good everyday saison. (959 characters)

Surette Provision Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
92 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.