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Surette Reserva Peach Whiskey Barrel Aged - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

Surette Reserva Peach Whiskey Barrel AgedSurette Reserva Peach Whiskey Barrel Aged

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.8%

Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Clonies720 on 06-12-2013)
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Photo of thebigredone


3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brief review - 5 out of 5 tasters agree this smells like canned tuna. Not a pleasant aroma.

Taste is improved from the smell - classic crooked stave flavors with a bit of booze (no tuna to be found).

On the whole, this is okay. Definitely not worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 07:27:21 | More by thebigredone
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 30/APR/2013. Poured in to snifter.

A - Opaque hazy bright orange colour with a thin layer of off-white head.

S - Big oak aroma with lighter sour notes. Bread, apple, peach and spice.

T - Tart with a big oak presence and just enough whiskey presence. Bread, spice and hints of apple and peach.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 00:07:17 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of jeonseh


4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy orange / nectarine with peach overtones. Beer has a glow to it. Not much of a white head to it.

S - Sweet peach, light lactic acid, light Brett, the peach is big juicy and sweet with a strong presence here. Light peach schnapps near the backend

T - Tart up front with lemon and oak. Light lactic acid. There is a big Brett and blue cheese funk that comes near the middle. The boozy schnapps aspect comes near the end and gives the beer a slight warming presence. The peach comes in here as well to provide a nice fruit sweetness that balances well with the tartness. The beer is slightly hot as it warms up which gives it a slight alcoholic presence

M - Soft beer with good amount of carbonation in the middle. Slightly astringent from the booze and dry from the funk

O - A nice peach wild ale that brings a good juicy peach with light tartness and the strong Brett we expect from Surette. The whiskey barrels this was aged in brings a slight peach schnapps flavor and light heat

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 19:01:26 | More by jeonseh
Photo of spoony


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 375 ml bottle (dated April 30, 2013) into a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated June 8, 2013.

A-The brew is pretty flat with very minimal head, which is typical of the Crooked Stave beers I have tried. The brew is cloudy and apricot/orange in color. Looks pretty still in the glass.

S-The smell is more tart than many Crooked Stave brews, bordering on sour. There is a nice mixture of fruit: peaches, apricots, tart white grapes, and sour green apples. A bit of dough underneath and some oaky funk, too.

T-The taste isn't quite as sour as the smell would suggest, but the brew is tart with an acidic bite to it up front. The fruit flavors are dried apricot and peach (mostly) with an accompanying musty earthy funk that pairs well with the fruit. There is a drying, tannic oaky flavor on the finish. I don't taste any bourbon, per se, but I get a slightly boozy, caramel note every now and again.

M-The feel is light to medium body with a little wave of fine carbonation that fades on the palate.

O-This is another quality brew from CS. I rank this as more sour and a touch less complex than the best CS offerings, but there is plenty to enjoy here. Those looking for a bourbon bomb should look elsewhere, but I think the barrel flavors are well-executed in their restraint. All in all, a nice summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 18:57:55 | More by spoony
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a plastic cup.

Appearance - Deep burnt orange. Small white head. Not much after a while.

Smell - Whiskey and some fruitiness. Peach, but I don't know that I'd pick it out independent of the label. Some alcohol. Vanilla and some caramel malt.

Taste - Whiskey and the peach is significantly more prominent. Caramel malt. Alcohol. Vanilla and oak. Slight tartness.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Booze. Medium body.

Overall - Complex beer. Not much of the saison back there, but the barrel is fascinating.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 20:39:34 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of jegross2


4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Leopold Bros Peach Whiskey Barrel-Aged Surette Reserva from the Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project out of Denver, Colorado.

Score: 96

April 30, 2013 vintage bottle served in a Only Void snifter and enjoyed on 08/22/13.

Appearance: Pours a lovely orange color honey color with less than a finger of white head that settles to a nice layer atop the glass. Spectacular lacing and retention. A wall of froth sticks to the side of the glass like a suction cup. 4.75/5

Smell: Juicy peaches, vanilla-y oak and hay/straw, rounded out by a dash of lacto and young, musty funk. The funk is very very subtle, and acts as a nice, soft accent to the aroma. The citrus juiciness is quite enticing, and practically triggers a salivating response. Notes of lemon zest too. 4.75/5

Taste: Really lovely and flavorful tart and juicy citrus upfront rounded out by barrel character and subtle funk. The lemon zest is more pronounced on the palate than it was in the nose. The peach/lemon combo hits you nice on the front of the tongue with a tartness that is lively, but not pucker-inducing. Then hay/straw on the midpalate, followed by oak and earthy lacto/brett in the finish. Has a nice lemony-peach brett flavored linger that is not intense, but sticks around nicely. The lingering flavor reminds me of a much more subtle and less tart, peach-infused L'Brett D'or. I really like how flavorful and juicy this brew is without being overly "intense" or wrecking the palate with harsh or extreme flavors. The complexities here are masterfully integrated, and the light funky character works well. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, low carbonation. Has a little zesty kick for being a saison, but it is not remotely pucker-inducingly tart. Juicy mouthfeel. This drinks like a delicious, fermented lemonade. 4/5

Overall: Another knock out sour from Crooked Stave, who is absolutely on fire right now. I enjoyed the base beer thoroughly, but this barrel treatment is a truly remarkable improvement. Seek this one out while you still can.

Cost: $10 for a 375 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 04:39:28 | More by jegross2
Photo of jlindros


4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at The Festival in portland.

Pours no real head, a hazy peach-orange color.

Nose lemony tart funk, grassy hay, light sour fruit stone fruit like peach, hint of vanilla barrel.

Taste semi sweet, lemony tart saison faint funk and weird creamy souring flavor, then lots of buttery oak and light vanilla, dry bread crumbs, a nice stone fruit generic flavor, some straight up peach too.

Mouth med bod, nice carb pop.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 16:03:19 | More by jlindros
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Cooked Stave Tulip.

Appearance- Hazy orange with virtually no head or lacing.

Smell- Boozy whiskey, peaches, lemon, brett, oak. Sweet and sour. Very nice.

Taste- Sweet boozy peach whiskey and tart lemony brett make for a beautiful combo. Sweet, tart, funky and bretty.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation and mild tartness. Super easy drinking. Only 7% which is nice for a barrel aged beer.

Overall- This is phenomenal. I'm a Crooked Stave fanboy and this is one of the reasons why.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 18:35:09 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 6.6.13
Batch 30/April/2013

A - Cloudy dull medium orange with a few white bubbles that form a small film on top.

S - Nice peach, woody, whiskey sweetness.

T - Lots of Peach here which is very nice, then some whiskey, wood-oakiness, tons and tons of layers keep hitting you. Very complex.

D - Mild carbonation with a medium body.

O - Peach and complex. Lot of layer and depth. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 03:46:56 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

cellar reserve stuff, thanks to drlovemd83 for sharing this one with us from his epic stash. this pours a burnt orange cloudy color, with a short off white head, lazy looking, thicker, and enticing. the nose is crazy, like fresh caramel corn, toasted and buttery, with some sour hints, but this is much more mellow than the chardonnay version was. light lemon in the taste, with the sweetness of the caramel popcorn, butterscotch and bright. I really don't get a lot of peach, but I do get a lot of whiskey, oaky and summery I suppose, with some of the higher order alcohols coming into play. the finish is tart, but I wouldn't say sour, but this has a lot more weight to it than some of the other versions, certainly less carbonation, and it lags just a little in the mouth until all the wildness comes in an wipes the palate clean at the end, its a really perfect ending to a very strange yet enjoyable beer. I think I would have liked to see more peach some through here, but that seems to be something most brewers struggle with. still, I love the complexity here, and am suspecting this one will age with the best of them.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 16:46:37 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Clonies720


4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden orange color. 2-finger creamy off-white head.

Smell: Spices, peaches, whiskey, and a pleasant earthiness.

Taste: Starts off with a big mouthful of delicious peaches. Then it transforms into a slightly spicy rye whiskey flavor. More soft earthiness. Peaches in the finish. Saison-like.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation. Medium bodied. It glides gracefully across my tongue. It’s wet and refreshing. Finishes semi-sweet.

Overall: A delicious beer. There’s definitely room for improvement though. I’d like to see a greater concentration of flavors that work in tandem, a slightly higher carbonation, and maybe even the addition of actual peaches into the aging barrels.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 14:58:16 | More by Clonies720
Surette Reserva Peach Whiskey Barrel Aged from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
93 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.