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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

314 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 30
Gots: 34 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

muskiesman, Jul 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Whiskeydeez, Jul 04, 2014
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

brentk56, Jul 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

trxxpaxxs, Jul 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Wayne17, Jul 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

timotao, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

cornejo, Jun 27, 2014
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
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

brianmandell, Jun 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

csustar001, Jun 25, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Mongrel, Jun 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

kingjohnh, Jun 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

kscaldef, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

KristineT, Jun 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Spider889, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Kevin_Young, Jun 23, 2014
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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.

popery, Jun 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

DanE, Jun 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

FrogOut69, Jun 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

mtbdonn, Jun 21, 2014
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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.

deschutes_fan, Jun 19, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

crankdatank, Jun 19, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

smakawhat, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

ncelauro, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +8%
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.

dar482, Jun 16, 2014
St. Bretta (Spring) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
92 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.