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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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302 Ratings

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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 28
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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4/5  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%

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 21, 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%

-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%

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%

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
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4.46/5  rDev +8%

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
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

akang, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Tricerahops, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Rollzroyce21, Jun 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Tyrus, Jun 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Thishops4u, Jun 12, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Greywulfken, Jun 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, Jun 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

SkiBum22, Jun 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

random846, Jun 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

appetiteforparis, Jun 04, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev 0%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Skunkdrool, Jun 04, 2014
St. Bretta (Spring) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
92 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.