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

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 338
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 3.67%
Wants: 44
Gots: 41 | FT: 2
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Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: gueuzedreg on 04-22-2013

Brewed with Minneola Tangelos.
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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. (672 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of funk are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little funky and has hints of lemon citrus. The finish is quite sour, almost like a gueuze.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) and slightly tart on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This doesn't taste much like a witbier, but has nice aromas and flavors of brett as well as some refreshing properties. (636 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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 (448 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

new spring release from crooked stave, brewed with some kind of tangelo. it pours a thick and hyper cloudy pale yellow color, with an inch or more of thin white head. excellent lacing as it drinks. the nose is zesty like orange rind, a little farmy from the brett, but not overdone, and loaded with malted wheat. I think the grain totals might be a little high in this beer, the wheat comes through heavy, and it crowds out some of the fun yeast characteristics, and I have to try hard to pick out the tangelo in the flavor. the finish is the best part, where some acid cuts in, and the brett is more noticeable. not a total miss by any stretch, but I am familiar with pure gold from crooked stave, and this one is not up to those standards. a little light on carbonation, a little heavy on body. im being harsh here, because I know what they are capable of. an interesting choice for spring, and a beer that I didn't dislike, but probably not one I will revisit for almost 7 bucks a bottle. (991 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Francois for sharing.

No head, hazy grapefruit colored.

Nose nice Brett funk, saison farmhouse, hint fruity almost peach like and apricot, juicy, light straw grassy hay, faint wheat

Taste little watery to start but then nice funk, little tart, grassy grainy straw hay, light grapefruit rind and apricot, nice Brett farmhouse slightly barnyard, nice citrus fruit somehow, some bitter citrus rind hops too.

Mouth is thinner bod and watery, lighter carb.

Overall interesting, some good points but overall felt too thin, but an interesting beer. (556 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The Brett in this is quite strong with a defining tone that is well beyond subtle. Strong lemon is here with a grassy tone coming in as well. I know that this is labeled as a witbier, but it definitely seems like a saison. At least more so than a witbier. Glad to be able to try another brew from Crooked Stave. (311 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by my buddy Mitch in colo. Allowed to warm up for about 25-30 mins.

Pours hazed lighter tangarine. looser off white head. Stays at the 1/3 inch level for a good long spell. Leaves respectable strands of fine lacing.

Lemon, grass. tea and some barnyard funk in the nose.

Super flavorful wit/saison/what ever you want to call this offering.

Large brett character, heavy lemon, quite tart/puchering w/ a continued biting sour note

The final yeasty pour adds a nutty, grapefruity, funky yeast experience that is not to be missed

No doubt this is serious beer, funky cheese?

One of the bunch of first CS beer I've tried and they have not disapointed. (667 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ho-hum, another solid beer from the Stave

Minneola Tangelos in this brew. Going to be a bit of a stickler here in this review. Witbier is on the label.

Pours a light golden straw with uniform white head. Pretty good lacing, settles to a thin collar. Easy swirl brings the head back up again

Aroma is soft citrus. Not quite as robust as a fresh tangelo, and not as sharp as an orange. Light malt. Hints of spice. Not a sharp aroma that comes with other witbiers

Nice subtle citrus flavor. Again, not as sharp as some witbiers with the spice, but I get some white pepper. Keep in mind this is a new bottle. With time perhaps the brett with change the profile. Somewhat peachy or maybe apricot. Soft malt, soft spice.

The feel is what I love with this beer. A touch tart and tangy, nice carbonation. Makes it very easy to drink. While not a dry finish, it sure ain't sweet.
very nice (886 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (947 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 6.6.13
Spring 2013 Edition

A - Pours a very clody, pale orange-yellow with a fizzy white head, that is gone fast.

S - Tart lemon, woody, spices and a touch of Brett.

T - Tart lemon, lots of citrus and oranges as well. A hint of spice and Brett. Very Nice.

D - Medium carbonation and a light body with a slight tart finish.

O - Citrus, woody and a hint of Brett makes this a very nice evening beer. I can't wait to try the Summer edition. (459 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%

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. (584 characters)

Photo of popery
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (990 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

thanks to ablackshear for this beer!

poured into crooked stave tulip glass.

Appearance: pale yellow almost peach bodied beer. The beer is opaque. 2 fingers of white head that slowely drops down to a cap. Better than thin lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: really clean nose. Just a little bit of the tangelos come through. The brett is pretty big and earthy in the nose and a hint of oak.

Taste: A subtle oranges starts the beer off with a mild citrusy sweetness. Hint of lemon. Here come the brett and malts. Wheat malt with earthy and lightly funky brett. Oak barrel blends well with the brett and they seem to compliment each other nicely. Getting a little bit of fruity yeast and black pepper as well. Really really nice... a well rounded and balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: on the higher spectrum of a light bodied beer almost medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Great dry finish that makes you get an orange zest note in the aftertaste. Carbonation is very well done. Fresh and lively carbonation; it gets pricky and eppervescent when it hits your tongue.

Overall: This beer was sapposed to be a "rebrew" of WWBO. I think that it is darn close. The biggest difference is that the WWBO has a bigger orange flavor to it. With St. Bretta the brett is just a little bigger and is overpowering the oranges in this beer. Either way... I like both St. Bretta and WWBO very much. Why dont people brew with oranges more often? I have throughly enjoyed every beer that I have drank thats been brewed with oranges. (1,525 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this from my cellar reserve trustee, but apparently crooked stave is now distributed in NY. Enjoyed from a crooked stave snifter. Brew pours a soft honey yellow with a thin fizzy head that was gone fast. Deep and rich in color. Smell is a bright floral vanilla with oaky highlights. The brett seems to add a crispness as opposed to a funk. Oaky brett tartness flavor. Crooked stave had really achieved a signature flavor to their beers that makes them taste nice. This is no exception, but this is the witbir take on it. You can pick out the tartness of the wit and some hints if orange rind. Solid summer beer. Glad i gave a few of these coming my way to enjoy in these crisp summer days. (693 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, courtesy of Chris. Thanks for sharing!

A: Cloudy hay-colored body with a thin cap of fine white fizz that forms a thin ring. Average.

S: Wow. Fresh, fruity, floral, and hugely aromatic. Some earthy hay as well. Citrus and apple. Super complex, and entirely enjoyable.

T: Citrus right up front, with complex Brett funk dominating the mid-palate with chalky flowers, hay, and green apple. Dry finish. Lovely.

M: Light bodied, and softly carbonated. Delicate but a little low on life.

O: A bit more carbonation would have helped this beer tremendously, both in appearance and mouthfeel, but there's no denying that it was a genuinely delicious brew. I'll definitely be keeping my eye open for anything from Crooked Stave the next time I'm in NYC.

Cheers! (771 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (854 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.72/5  rDev -9%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into tulip at Falling Rock in Denver (several times)...
Nice hazy straw color with a finger of white head. Really fantastic straw and funky barnyard aroma...some citrus notes play with the funk. I believe tangelos are added to this brew...
Taste is really nice tart citrus/lemon and straw/hay. A bit of funk but not overpowering. As a comparison, the summer was a bit more tart and funky.
While I prefer the Summer over the Spring...this is still amazing.
While its amazing to get Crooked Stave on tap in lots of places around Denver, im so pumped to now be able to get bottles in NYC...albeit at $13 each. (623 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Light straw, murky, small head, not much lace.

S - Briny, ocean like, funky. Reminds me a little of oysters off the shell.

T - Nice large sour twang and funk. Malt still there but definitely takes a back seat.

M - Light bodied, good balance, almost a little creamy at points and astringent at others.

D - A very cool beer. Glad to have tried it. (353 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I assume this is 2013 version, but not 100% certain.

Pours a light lemon ale wit a interesting pattern of white sheet atop - takes on a cheetah look with near concentric circles of break in the foam. Smells of manure, funk, soil, clay, hay, and some paper. Flavor is lemon, soil, tart, some of that minneola is coming through, some wit yeast and some light wheat character. I'm refreshingly surprised with the flavor here. Very light bodied with light prickly carb and an off dry finish. Fucking interesting beer. I know Brett isn't supposed to form much acidity, and maybe it's from the fruit, but damn this is refreshingly tart. A really excellent beer I was hoping would be only moderately tasty for the sake of my billfold. Great beer. (740 characters)

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