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St. Bretta (Spring) - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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St. Bretta (Spring)St. Bretta (Spring)

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92
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333 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 39
Gots: 40 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gueuzedreg on 04-22-2013

Brewed with Minneola Tangelos.
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Ratings: 333 | Reviews: 55
Photo of Plower
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like it should, like a sour pool of deliciousness waiting to be drunken.

Smell is decent, better than average.

Taste: I do love that sour...it's like sour mega warheads (favorite childhood candy) mixed with delicious wheat beers, that's a good thing.

Feel: I feel the universe functioning the moment this makes contact and hits my tongue. It's what all great beers should feel like.

This beer is a solid 4.5, I feel like I'm lowballing it actually...more like a 4.6 overall.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

375ml capped bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a small white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Thin legs. Not much to look at really.

Nose is citrus and mint with a light funk presence. Pretty mellow.

Opens sweet and tart citrus, foam and oak. Brett funk comes in towards the middle imparting a plastic, cobweb and hay flavor. More puckering tartness towards the end with hints of mandarin orange and grapefruit. Delicious!

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down foamy, crisp and refreshing. Accented finish with a filmy aftertaste. Really drinkable.

After encountering this for the first time, I definitely have to seek out the other seasons!

Photo of KornWallace
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Date: 8/26/2014
Location: Astoria Beer and Cheese (Ditmars)
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Very thin short lived head. Opaque and very easy to see through. The color is slightly darker then yellow board earring on a honeyed color.
Aroma: The fruit is their to try and get you to pucker before you even try it. Strong lemon aroma, light oranges. Oak is strong flavor. Following that I get the yeast for added tartness. No hop aroma.
Taste: And pucker you absolutely do. The lemon kicks from the jaw to my teeth. Everything is tart. The orange moves more to the back. The yeast is added bitter but not quite as strong as the aroma led me to believe. The wheat comes through in the flavor as a hint bready/crackerish on the tongue. Again no hop presence.
Mouthfeel: Light body. Light carbonation. Between the fruit and the yeast the beer is extremely dry. Mouthwateringly so. Makes me (gladly) want to drink more. Finish remains dry until the very end.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%

St. Bretta is very opaque, especially when you near the bottom of the bottle. It's a dim, milky yellowish hue. The beer sports a head that is quick to pop away. Aroma is immediatley tart and funky. Smells of sour citrus. Also has a dry wheat aroma. He flavor is also pungently tart. Tart lemon flesh and unripe orange. Wheat. Grain. Tartness dominates. Light bodied. Didn't have full bottle to myself but it seemed quite drinkable; not as acidic as I was expecting. I haven't had much experience with this brewery. I know they're super popular and so far, I am impressed.

Via bottle.

Photo of logicalparadox
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours incredibly effervescent, amber to copper in color, hazy, with a good amount of sediment. Head retention is poor, and looks flat in the glass after a while with no lacing or foam. Appetizing, yes, but a bit soda-like, with small bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass and rolling upward to the flat, headless surface.

S: Lemons! Citrusy and fresh. A bit of vinegary acid on the nose, too. Some subtle funk, with a little wisp of wheat, but none of the bready, banana, grain, or clove elements you get from some other styles of wheat beer. The wild yeast comes through with a bright sour smell of a lambic or saison.

T: MMmm! Refreshing! Big citrus, all around. Lemons, oranges, a little pith, grapefruit in the rear, but bright and sour with some nice funky notes from the yeast. Green apples and apple skins. I get something... soapy toward the end. Pleasant, though. Maybe some hints of spice like coriander, maybe even some grains of paradise... interesting. A light touch of sugar cookie sweetness and a fain hint of wheat on the finish to round it out. I'm enjoying this. Great for warm weather!

M: MMhmm... Yep. A nice balance of soda-like carbonation, almost like lemon soda, but dry, with a pretty light body overall. No froth, which is a let down, but light and refreshing on the palate. Something that coats and tingles, almost buttery, but makes the lips pucker at the finish. Drinks like a sour beer with attitude.

A pleasure to drink, but falls short of greatness. Impressed overall and would like to have this again.

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy golden color capped by a frothy head that leaves some patchy lace

Smell: Somewhat funky, with wheat bread, lemon and spicy yeast tones

Taste: Lemon and Minneola Tangelo, up front; with tartness and funk building in the middle; peppery and slightly grainy, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice Wit with a few twists that Crooked Stave knows how to deliver

Photo of slackattack
2.27/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2014 batch 1, purchased 24 June.

Pours hazy yellow, looks like a witbier. Nice head at first dissipates to nothing pretty quick, lace is non existent. Aroma is huge and odd. Smells funky, some orange blossom and black pepper, reminds me of salami oddly. Not a smell that makes me want to dive right in but I'm going to anyways. Moderate to high sourness. Moderate bretty funk. First thing I get in the taste is tangy, lemony citrus, has the same black pepper and cured meat undertones that I got in the nose. Body is medium, nice amount of carbonation and finishes dry. Overall, I don't care for this brew, I think it tastes and smells like meat and that is unappealing for me.

EDIT: after glancing through some other reviews I'm concerned that I might've got a bad bottle, no one else really mentioned meat haha, so take that for what it's worth.

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

2014/Batch 1; Hazy golden pour with no head and minimal lacing. Starts with a very bright pleasant natural citrus flavor and a rush of lactic acidity covering some bready malt backbone. I can't distinguish the malt after the first few sips due to the level of acidity - except in the aftertaste where some breadiness remains. The star of the show is the orangy citrus - it is almost juicy but never sweet. The beer is lightly carbonated and the effect is an effervescent, prickly mouthfeel. It works well with the citrus, acidity and light mouthfeel. Overall, this is a winner from Crooked Stave. Refreshing, drinkable, interesting (but not overly complex). If the bready malt could be cleaned up a little bit this would score higher.

Photo of Mongrel
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange with a little fizzy head that quickly fades away, but leaves a nice little ring of bubbles.

S - Smells like SweetTarts. Bright, clean, with just a little musty funk.

T - Tastes very tart and citrusy. You definitely get the tangelo, along with plenty of lemon. I went into this thinking this was some sort of funky saison, but this is a full-out wild/sour. Again, very tart, with some juicy sweetness to balance it out, and a chalky finish. Nice touch of wheat body. Really bright and refreshing, but lacks some of the depth and nuance found in their WWB/Batch 60.

M - The tartness lends a prickly effervescense that's almost aggressive at first, attacking the back of your throat. Best taken in small sips. Very dry finish that lets the citrus and floral notes hang around and boogie for a while.

Overall, another winner from Crooked Stave that's kind of like a tamer version of WWB Batch 60. Still not for sour noobs.

Also, this beer is misclassified on this site. Although it may have a lot of wheat in the grain bill, it's a wild ale first and foremost, not a witbier.

Photo of popery
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow and murky. On a darker beer, this cloudiness would seem ominous. Here, it just kinda looks more viscous than it actually is. The head is small, white and fades away pretty quickly. The aroma is big on citrus. No idea what they actually used, but it reminds me of limes, oranges and citron. Some vanilla, oak. Mild funk. Some grass. There's an unexpected lactic note to it. The taste is fairly sour with a lot of citrus. More lactic than acetic, but the sourness is relatively strong, surprisingly so for an all brett beer. It's all citrus peels, funk and yogurt with a splash of apple cider vinegar. Tasty and fairly refreshing. Fair bit of pucker. Some body to it. Carbonation isn't very high, but it prickles on the tongue. It's similar to Almanac Farmer's Reserve #4. I quite like citrus sours, but I kinda think the citrus is hiding some messiness. That's probably not fair. I'm just not sure how I would feel about this beer if the citrus and sour were dialed back.

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

-Pours pale golden and quite hazy.

- Smell is yeasty barnyard funk and fresh cut grass.

- Fairly sharp sour citrus flavor upfront with some straw and funk. An oaky and dry finish. Flavor is quite pleasant and keeps you wanting the next sip. A surprising amount of sour acidity, but well balanced.

- Overall a great beer. I would call this more of a sour saison than a Witbier. Has some nice funk, but not too much brett presence (yet). Definitely recommend if you like Saisons or sours or both.

Photo of crankdatank
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy dark gold, minimal head

S: slightly tart sweet orange, hint of wheat

T: very tart orange, much more tartness than I expected from an all brett beer (probably from the citrus fruit) lots of lemon and orange on the finish.

M: perfect carbination, just effervescent enought.

O: very tasty, citrus dominated and more sour than I expected.

Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Pale amber bronze, a bit apricot bright orange under the light for the body color. Head is barely a finger tall on the pour, off white in color, and disappears fairly quickly. Collar manages to stick around a bit while drinking, and always stay populated.

Very nice fruity nose. Hints of moderate acidity, with a bit of orange and peach like sensing fruit quality. Slight soft vinegar and hints of fruit cider. Quite nice.

Palate comes a bit more lighter than expecting. Very light bodied and watery quite noticeably, but fruit quality comes through. Finish comes with a good amount of dough like thick and bakery malt action. Hints of sour puckering peach, and a good dough yeast punch fill the mid palate. Moderately carbonated, somewhere between dense and not seltzery.

This is coming off more as a beer cider strangely enough, but it's got enough character and good qualities to keep me drinking.

Photo of dar482
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy ruby red grapefruit amber.

The aroma has a big lemon peel, lactic acid, with a good amount of musty quality, hay and barnyard funk, a touch of citrus fruit deep inside. Smells nothing like a witbier and more like a barrel aged funky saison.

The front, hit with big amounts of lactic and citric acid. Lactic as in sour yogurt surrounded by a medium amount of funk and wet hay. A nice touch of wheat body. The middle hits of grapefruit and tangerine quality. I have never had a minneola tangelo, but it tastes as advertised. The finish is clean and tart, almost like lasting effect of a lemon Warhead and grapefruit peel.

The mid palate is slightly lacking, but this is unbelievable for 5.5% ABV.

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

A: hazy pale amber body with a finger of foamy head that slips away quickly, leaving behind a flimsy collar

S: citrus peel - possibly grapefruit, possibly lemon; some grassy, floral, and funkiness, too

T: tart citrus up front, slackened by the tacky brett funk; wet oak and an almost wheaty character come through

M: tart and tingly, light-medium feel; drying finish

O: another solid ale from Crooked Stave, whose only limiting factor is the price of their ales - for me, these are ales that I have to try, but don't often return to as much as I'd like because of the price

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Spring 2014. Batch 1.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, citrus fruit, funk, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, citrus fruit, and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a medium 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 very good beer that is tasty and refreshing.

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

Served in a Prairie Teku glass.
Thanks to Yoshi Optimator or this one.

A - Hazy yellow/straw color with a finger of white head.

S - Fresh cracked white pepper, damp hay, barn funk, old basement wood, some floral/lavender, dried mushrooms, citrus, bright wheat malts. Gets funkier as it warms.

T - Lemon tartness upfront, grassy bitterness, dry peppery yeast upfront with salty citrus coming in midway. The wheat is blends wonderfully with the yeast creating rustic but bright character. Some leafy herbal hops pop up along with tart green apples and dose of salty minerals toward the bone dry finish.

M - Light weight but some firm texture, zesty carbonation, tart with a bone dry finish.

Exceptionally refreshing beer. Bright and zesty with solid funky yeast characters. Loved this one.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - straw yellow that is very light with a thin bubbly head

Smell - very tart and citrusy. not as tart as other CS beers

Taste - sweet up front then a great tart twist at the end

Mouthfeel - well carbonated and leaves a nice dry flavor on your tonuge

Overall - 2nd favorite St. Bretta and quick simple fun beer to enjoy

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear hazy yellow, one finger head with a tad bit of carbonation.

S-Wheat, lemon, citrus, grass some very slight funk.

T-Starts rather tart and then finished with lemon. Wheat, moderate oak and semi-sweet.

M-Lighter in body, slight carbonation with a crisp dry finish.

O-Still a good beer but I was expecting a lot better.

Photo of MadScientist
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A pale golden beer with a light haze. The rocky white head is long lasting.

S: a medium citrus and pepper aroma with the citrus being more real fruit than yeast derived in nature. There is some citrus zest a light wheat sweetness. A low barnyard aroma.

T: A dry, beer with a medium bitterness. There is a light hops bitterness with a medium citrus zest bitterness and a moderate spice. The balance is moderately bitter with a dry finish. The aftertaste is of a city's peel bitterness. There is a moderate oak character to the beer.

M: A medium light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.

O: I really like this citrusy, dry beer with a moderate Brett funk and a medium bitterness. There are lots of classic light fruit and spice with a moderate barrel character.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml, Spring '13
Lost Abbey TEKU

A: Pours a cloudy hazy yellow orange color. Carbonation is less than expected. Thin layer of bright white head sticking around.

S: Smell that Brett first off. Then you do get that Citrus. Bright lemon and orange peel. Some spice coming from the yeast. Some oak.

T: Up front, strangely some tartness. Some spice, maybe pepper. Definitely getting some oak flavors. Roundness. More Saison than Witbier. Nice lemon rind actually. Funk is there with that tartness. Dry finish.

M: More medium bodied thank expected.

Photo of taylor714914
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

St Bretta pours with a dark straw color and thin cap of foam.  It smells of ripe green apples, and just a hint of funk.  Taste is wheat and sour apples up front, coupled with the barnyard brettanomyces in the middle, and finishing with a long smooth hefe yeast like finish.  Mouthfeel was spot on, slightly viscous, but not oily or thick.  Overall, I found this to be an exceptional beer that if I had access to, I would drink over and over again. Four and a half stars…stellar.

Photo of homebrew311
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Crooked Stave snifter. Appearance is very pale and exceedingly clear for style. Micro head forms and dissipates quickly with thin strips of lacing. Nose is heavy on Brett, a pleasant funk with a moderate musk is paired with heavy citrus fruit character which brings oranges to mind. Taste is somewhat acidic up front and heavy with citrus. This is followed by the more earthy/farmy funk of the Brett. Nice clean finish that makes for a crisp and refreshing wild. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this is a delicious and well balanced brew. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of acidity I the taste, another solid brew from Crooked Stave.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | 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 gold color with a nice 2-finger bubbly, frothy, white head. Decent retention and some patches of lacing. Even with the haze, a good amount of bubbles are appreciable.

S – Lots of musty and funky Brett with other peppery yeast, some earthy oak, grainy wheat, and a touch of lemon. Smells nice.

T – Wow this kind of blows the aroma out of the water. It starts off with tart lemon that is way more prevalent than the aroma suggested. As the taste progresses, musty oak and funky, barnyard Brett creep in, followed by some peppery yeast at the finish. There’s a bit of grainy wheat thrown into the mix here, too, but lemon, oak, and yeast dominate. Very tasty.

F – Light-medium-bodied, good carbonation, a tart, creamy, and mouth-coating feel that makes the body feel heavier than it is, and a tart, musty, earthy, and dry finish. Dry, musty, earthy, and funky yeast and oak flavors linger for a bit.

O – This is a really nice beer. It has all of the elements of a solid witbier, and they’re all well-put together at that. Definitely worth checking out if you’re into beers of this style or just light, refreshing, tart beers in general. Very drinkable and perfect for a spring day (as the name suggests) when it’s just starting to warm up from winter. Thanks a ton for the beer, Jared!

Photo of WickedSluggy
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow and hazy with continuous bubbles producing bright white foam.

S - Earthy brett with orange.

T -Very enjoyable bretty beer with excellant fruity accents. Lovely sour orange up front with subtle grainy sweetness for balance.

M - Light body and effervescent.

O - Excellent beer. Great refresher. It would be easy to drink quite a few litres of this beer in a sitting. The price might make that difficult for most of us. Can't wait to pop the Summer release.

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St. Bretta (Spring) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
92 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.