St. Bretta (Spring) - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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2.33/5 rDev -43.6%
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.
06-26-2014 23:33:28 | More by slackattack
3.15/5 rDev -23.7%
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.
06-29-2013 02:07:21 | More by Alieniloquium
3.44/5 rDev -16.7%
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
07-24-2013 22:12:20 | More by alaimoa
3.49/5 rDev -15.5%
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.
07-20-2013 03:21:12 | More by DavoleBomb
3.64/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
06-20-2013 22:19:13 | More by FLima
3.69/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
07-10-2013 03:29:42 | More by Dope
St. Bretta (Spring) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
92 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.