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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

322 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.02%
Wants: 33
Gots: 36 | 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:
Brewed with Minneola Tangelos.

(Beer added by: gueuzedreg on 04-22-2013)
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Photo of slackattack
2.33/5  rDev -43.6%
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.

slackattack, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Clear orange yellow. Small white head. Mostly clear. Nothing on the surface.

Smell - Lots of grain. Acidic. Citrus. Orangey.

Taste - Citrus comes up first. Then grain. Very wheaty. Lots of pale malt. Slight tang and brett.

Mouthfeel - Thin and not very flavorful. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Uninspired. First big let down from Crooked Stave.

Alieniloquium, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of ThatsThatDude
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of 3SH33TS
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

3SH33TS, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of alaimoa
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass
Golden yellow with 1 inch white head and some lacing
Smells ok definitely a bit of brett funk and barnyard stank that is ok but missing a bit of sweet complexity despite saying its brewed specifically with citrus added which I think were Tangelos in the orange family
Taste has a sour citrus-like flavor but more grapefruit tartness than a sweet orange/lemon.. its okay but not as good as Savant which probably benefits from the citra hops
Mouthfeel is also just ok, middle of the road carbonation with big bubbles not rolling smalls and has a light/medium feel to it. I'm underwhelmed by its depth and aftertaste

Overall its just an ok beer for me that lacks some of the characteristics of Tangelo sweetness and oak/brett.. more sour than tart funk - would easily choose Surette or Hop Savant if I had a choice

alaimoa, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.25 A: Murky yellow brown color. Two fingers of foamy white head. Retention is below average, but a short ring of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Earthy type brett funkiness. It's not the dankest of stank, but it's still quite nice. Rotten woodiness with forest funk. Primarily lemony citrus though orange does show up. Lightly spicy and I'm not sure if I'm picking up coriander or not.

3.5 T: The taste is very woody, which is probably a combination of the fermentation vessel and the brett. Forest funkiness with wildflower herbalness. A light lemony pucker, but I'm not picking up much in terms of orange. Fairly dry with neutral wheat.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very lightly creamy.

3.25 D: It's okay for what it is, but it's hard to beat the standard formula for a witbier. Still, worth a try.

DavoleBomb, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

acurtis, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of BeerBuffalo
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

BeerBuffalo, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Photekut
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photekut, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of HopsintheSack
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

HopsintheSack, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

DonFrap, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Whiskeydeez, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

djrn2, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of MastaShonuf
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

MastaShonuf, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of FLima
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A Bretta Witbier. Had it on tap at Torst.
Poured a hazy light yellow color with a thin lace.
Predominant heavy tart aroma.
Very acid and sour taste with citric lemon notes on a Bretta party. Quite dry aftertaste.
Sour lovers will love this brew from Colorado.

FLima, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a super cloudy light orange. Huge effervescent white head. Loads of solid fluffy lacing everywhere. Great head retention.

S: Hmph. Minty, almost like lemongrass? Bright citrus with some lemon, orange...maybe even melons?

T: Tart fruits. Very tart fruits. Sharp lemons primarily with bitter orange peel backing it up. Sour, tart, minty and drying finish. Very drying and crisp. Kinda like mint leaves and sour lemons. It's like a funky saison mojito. Grassy throughout.

M: Medium bodied and very dry.

O: Super tart/sour saison. One of the funkiest I've ever had. Overpowering. Having said that, it's not bad but it definitely dominates the flavor. A must-have for the brett lover for sure.

Dope, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of pourmeadrink
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

pourmeadrink, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Tyrus
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Tyrus, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Stum-pub
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Stum-pub, Sep 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

lillitnn92, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

crobinso, May 13, 2013
Photo of TWITA
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

TWITA, Jul 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Robloc303, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of pmoney
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

pmoney, Jul 05, 2013
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St. Bretta (Spring) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
92 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.