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

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 33
Gots: 59 | FT: 10
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Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: DrinkSlurm on 06-20-2013

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Ratings: 495 | Reviews: 66
Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

A: Pours a hazed golden/yellow color. A massive and dense white head forms immediately, that sticks around forever. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: At first a funky/musty yeast, acidic fruits. Citrus and orange rind. Light wheat aromas. I can almost feel the carbonation on my nose, before even taking a sip I know this has really high carbonation.
T: Musty yeast, with really acidic fruits. Orange and lemon rind. Tart, acidic and sweet passion fruits intermingle with the yeast and wheat character.
M/D: A light body with supper spritzy carbonation which is prickly on the tongue. I love the carbonation level here. While the fruits added give a sweetness, this finises on the dry side. Really easy and enjoyable to drink. The bottle is gone way to quickly.

Very solid. The tart and acidic fruits work well, and I like the the ultra high carbonation here. Another well done beer from Crooked Stave.

Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

A: hazy golden with very thin head

S: sourdough, yeast, lemon rind, a hint of bubblegum

T: tart up front like a fresh lemon. Smooth carbonation, finishes sweet like sweet tarts, cloves, grapefruit, funky

M: clean mouth feel, small bubble carbonation, taste doesn't linger

O: good fubky , refreshing beer

Photo of avalon07
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-ish color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: An incredibly sweet-smelling aroma of citrus and some yeast as well.

T: You expect to find some fruit elements in a witbier, but St. Bretta takes this to a whole other level. Lots of citrus (orange, maybe a little lemon), yeast, the advertised brett, pepper, and cloves. A vibrant, light, and sweet flavor.

M: Highly carbonated beer with a prickly finish. Light-bodied.

O: An excellent Americanized version of a witbier. Likeable and easy to drink - provided you like sweet stuff.

Photo of Jonada
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle poured into a Cantillon balloon glass. Bottled 2014. Batch 2.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat pale yellow color with 2 fingers of a white head with good retention. Body is very hazy with quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Smell: Solid witbier base. Wheat, clove, peppery yeast, along with some bright citrus, pineapple and some light funk.

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty closely. Peppery yeast, clove, and wheat from the base beer along with orange, lemon, grapefruit, white grape, and with some lacto character coming through in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light but with a soft wheat like mouthfeel and relatively high carbonation. Finishes tart and mostly dry.

Overall: Another really good beer from Crooked Stave. Lots of flavor and incredibly refreshing. This is the perfect beer to sit back and enjoy on a hot summer day.

Photo of dgfair
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Kind of light in the nose, but the flavor is fantastic. Lemon, orange sweetness. Some barnyard funk along with a pleasant tart sour. Definitely embodies the summer label. Good dry finish and very drinkable.

Photo of dar482
4.18/5  rDev +2%

The beer comes in a gorgeous hazy golden color

The aroma has lemons, lactic sour, wheat, a bright funk of barnyard and hay.

The flavor tastes of tart lemon candy, almost like a lemonade. A bit of lactic sour and a creamy mouthfeel. The mandarin comes through as the beer almost tastes of fresh squeeze lemonade.

Drying n the back end.

Another great brew from Crooked Stave.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: 2014 Vintage, Batch 3

A: Pours cloudy medium yellowish/orangish in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and a hint of straw + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer made up of medium to large sized bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are moderate to strong aromas of horse blanket and citrus/lemon along with traditional brett flavors. Light to moderate aromas of grassy + spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of grainy malts with a lighter flavor of slightly sour wheat. There is a moderate flavor of horse blanket and lemon citrus along with a tart brett flavor. Hints of grassy and spicy hops in the finish. Light amounts of oak are subtle but present.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Very enjoyable, refreshing, and easy to drink. Definitely a very well constructed brew with a great brett presence. Highly recommend.

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev -2.4%

2014 / Batch 2

A little concerned at first. It was overly-carbed and the first sip tasted of oxidation but every drink afterwards was been tasty as hell.

Also, how in the hell is this a "witbier?" It's sour as hell.

Photo of chugalug06
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%

Massive flowing white fluffy head. Brew is light orange with loads of yellow.

Bright farmy citrus aroma. Killer.

Stupid high carbonation. Sweetness is high(er). Bitterness is fluid and mellow. Lots of orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, mango, tangerine...Salty too. Solid.

This brew kicks serious ass. Crooked Stave is producing sheer awesomeness. Highly recommended.

Photo of hardy008
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy lemon gold with a large foamy white head from a gentle pour. Excellent head retention for this beer. The aroma had orange, lemon, wheat, citrus zest, and Brett.

Tastes tart with a light amount of sweetness. There is lemon, orange, citrus zest, wheat, Brett, and coriander. The Brett makes this one tart and refreshing Witbier.

KLight to medium bodied with modest carbonation. Has a tart citrus aftertaste. This is perhaps the most unique Witbier I have ever had, and I mean that in a good way.

Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy, bright golden banana yellow color with a half finger white head that quickly disappears. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Very inviting nose with an amazing earthy brett character that is perfectly integrated into the witbier notes. Musty, dry and grassy with peppery spice notes countered by bready yeast and light fruit esters. Hints of ginger and grains of paradise followed by citrus peel and pale fruit notes.

Lighter end of medium body with a nice dry, musty brett presence that's well integrated into the elements of the base beer. Not as exciting as the aroma suggests with subtle funk, earthy hop, grass and straw along with peppery spice, sourdough bread and light fruit notes. Some coriander and ginger along with banana bread, wild yeast, citrus rind and light fruit. Decent but somewhat of a let down considering the complexity and appeal of the aroma.

Photo of sweemzander
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle poured into a tulip. 2013 Batch #3

(A)- Pours a cloudy goldenrod color that produced a decent frothy white head. Good retention.

(S)- Bone dry with plenty of grassy barnyard Brett funk. Hints of orange and lemon peel.

(T)- Not quite as dry as the smell, but just as funky. Plenty of zesty but bitter orange, almost grapefruit-like.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Slightly sweet yet bitter with the awesome Brett funk.

(O)- Easily a great witbier with the Brett addition to mix it up. A good level of funkiness with the zesty citrus brings a nice feel to the beer overall.

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy lemon yellow into my Bruery tulip. A thin fluffy white head disappears quickly and leaves no lacing anywhere on the glass. Not a bubble of carbonation. This beer lies completely flat and still.
Lemon juice, orange peel, touches of black pepper and toasted oak. Not overly funky but the bit of horse blanket and barnyard blend nicely with the tart lemon/citrus notes. Again, nothing to dynamic, but pleasing.
Tart fresh squeezed lemon juice, little notes of peppercorns, dried orange peel, yeasty barnyard funk, and bits of caramel toasted oak. Not a ton of depth, but not a one note solo either.
Very tart and lemony! Not a bit of spakle on the tongue. Just kind of flat and uninspired.
I had really high hopes for this, but it was kind of a let down. Not as much funk as I'd hoped for, no sparkle whatsoever, and fairly bland for a bottle that cost $8.99. This was o.k. but nothing I'll be seeking out again.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Very light straw yellow. head leaves quickly as well

Smell - Subtle sweetness with very little tart. Lots of pineapple

Taste - tart acidity and fruit that is quickly followed by some type of chemical

Mouth - that chemical taste does not leave

Overall - I have had CS multiple times and I finally found a chemical bomb. just horrible. I had it on tap and it was amazing, but this bottle did not age well. I will go back to Crooked Stave soon though

Photo of angrybabboon
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/29/14

Appearance: Lightly hazy gold with some tangerine-orange highlights - pours with a somewhat large head but fades to a wispy cap - leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Ripe Brett aromas with some fresh, fruity aromas - some horse, hay, grass, some damp cellar, overall nice level of yeasty Brett funk - some nice fruity aromas, esters - green apple, pear, berries - some citrus as well, mostly lemon - a wood-like aroma and some leather - tartness and sourness, with some wheat in the back

Taste: Moderately tart and nicely funky - delivers on the Brett with some nice barnyard flavors, grass, hay, horseblanket, and musty funk - lightly lactic sour with a nicely level of tartness - green apple, pear, white grape, lemon, orange, and citrus peel flavors - some coriander and other spice - wheat is more or less overpowered by the Brett funk, but it's definitely there

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some nice carbonation, very lightly puckering

Overall: Good for believers in the church of Brett

As the name suggests, this beer has a heavy emphasis on the Brett. But I wouldn't label it as a Brett bomb. It has some balance thanks to some nice fruit flavors. It's definitely worth a try.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013/3, Summer edition.

Poured into tulip at 45 degrees.

Very short white head over 100% cloudy body (w/the yeast) - bright gold. No lacing.

Tons of Brett in the aroma, with lots of orange citrus. Grassy, but sweet fruitiness dominates the aromas. Musty, too.

Flavors are packed with juicy blood orange, bitter peel, dry/old lime, some oak, and dirty dry finish. Mouthfeel is super dry

A fun, interesting, and flavor-packed Wit.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

100% Brett Witbier. The summer edition has an addition of blood oranges. Tried at Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà in Rome. 375ml brown bottle.

Pours a clear golden colour without the yeast. With it (and I did add it after checking the clarity), it's a pale straw-yellow with a frothy fine head of white. This persists only as a sudsy ring and some messy lace. Body is light and limpid. Carbonation is fine but racing fast through the glass. Looks good.

Nose is Brett all the way. Barnyard, sharp and crisp with a hint of frenetic wildness—plenty of funk, no acidity. Some coriander and spice comes through a little, but the Brett is master of this beer, ruling powerfully: it kills almost everything else.

Taste is similar. Very Bretty right from the start, leaving the beer dry and sharp, but pretty intense. Apple cider dryness desiccates the mid-palate leaving some clinging iodine mineral characters on the back. It's clean in some strange way, despite all the earthiness, and it certainly has complexity to it.

Feel is pretty light. It's suitable.

It's pretty drinkable, even if there's not much to it beyond the Brett-bomb. I love the funkiness, but some additional spice or body or anything would add a little balance and counter-intuitively, make a more intense beer experience.

Photo of More_betterness
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

About time I finally reviewed a beer on here:

2013/ Batch 3

A: Slightly cloudy golden body topped with a fluffy white head that recedes quickly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing. Very effervescent.

S: Lemon and white wine in the aroma, with a hint of orange peel in the background as it warms. Minor Brett funk throughout.

T: Mostly follows the nose, lemon and funk up front with a dry/astringent white wine finish. Blood orange not as apparent as I would have liked, maybe a little too much age on the bottle?

M: Light, highly carbonated body with a bone dry finish. Astringent oak persists after each sip.

Wonderfully refreshing and tart. This was a fantastic beer to enjoy on this 80 degree SoCal day. Was hoping for more blood orange, but very enjoyable despite that fact. Crooked Stave continues to impress!

Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, year 2013 batch 3. Poured into a Hill Farmstead taster glass today, 2/26/2014.

App- Clear golden-straw yellow body, effervescent 2 finger head with good retention, good lacing, leaves a nice collar.

Smell- Crisp orange peel, tart lemon zest, ground pepper, crackers, a bit of white wine vinous quality. Slight rubbery funk as it warms.

Flavour- Vinous, peppery, crackers, lemon tartness, orange peel. Slight barnyard, very dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Proper body, medium or so, good carbonation, very dry, funky meets white wine finish and quite refreshing.

Overall- Damn if this is not your typical witbier. There is a lot of citrus undertones and a nice funk. It's probably not recognizable as a witbier since well, it's 100% brett, but it's quite interesting and enjoyable to drink.

Photo of garuda
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Traditional witbier this is not. Batch 3/ 2013.

A - Cloudy golden body, fluffy white head has good retention and decent lacing.

S/T - Tart lemon taste right off the bat. White wine, vinous, candy sugar sweetness, oaky dryness. Hints of the blood orange deep in the finish. Again, finishes quite tart, with a slight yeast funk throughout.

M - Light to medium body, high carbonation, yet stays smooth. Slight astringency.

O - Don't buy this expecting your typical witbier. Falls more into the vague "Wild Ale" category for me, which is more what I rated it to. Wonderful crisp, refreshing blend of flavors. Glad I held onto it for about 6 months before having. Will be picking up more of this.

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gorgeous golden ale, with excellent clarity, topped by a large white head that recedes fairly rapidly. Good visible carbonation level. No lacing. Less impressive looking once head dies away to nothing. After half the glass, I poured the yeast in to cloud it all up, as I thought it would be more appropriate considering this is a "Belgian Wit."

There is a pleasant aroma, perfect for a summer seasonal. This has the distinct touch of brettanomyces and blood oranges. Notes of marzipan, blood orange, cherry blossom and slight funk tartness. Unique smelling, and quite appetizing.

Definite tartness here, with a dry body. Subtle suggestions of orange, oak, and bitter lemons across the palate. Yeast in the finish, with some oak tones there too. The body is medium, and carbonated well enough. The blood oranges leave an astringency in the mouth. Not really a Witbier in my opinion.

A unique take on the Belgian Witbier. 100% Brett. Belgian White, with blood oranges and aged in oak. It is nothing like a Belgian Wit, which I'm sure they don't care. Is it a well crafted beer, but not exactly one that I would want to replace the ever so drinkable and delicious Belgian Whites with. Also, it is too expensive for what this is.

Photo of magictacosinus
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased way back during a release date of CS beers at Provisions in late July of 2013, and consumed just a few days ago. I had this fresh, and I was curious how it would hold up with the Brett bomb within. Poured out of a 11.2oz bottle into a mini snifter.

Appears quite pale and golden in character. Some notable effervescence, with a minor white head. Carbonation doesn't last too long over time, and indeed, this was the case fresh as well. About an 8th of this bottle was nothing but sediment and yeast residue, and when poured in the glass, would add a milky, straw cloudy texture to the beer. Looks nice, but also looks like pretty much any average saison out there.

Very rustic at the nose, with intense notes of barnyard-like qualities, as well as dried grass and a distinct smokiness. When I had this fresh, it showed brighter citrus zest (akin to lemon) qualities, with the very first instance that I've smelled something similar to "cat urine" on a beer. Aged, it's lost a lot of the brightness, although the urine smell is nowhere to be found at this point, and there's some fuller notes of pears, cider, and stone fruit underneath the smoke and leather soaked hay. It seems the Brett has taken a bit of a toll on this bottle - I should have probably had this a bit fresher. I'll be fair and adjust the scores, but I'm hoping that the flavor delivers the goods.

It's considerably less rustic and intense on the palate, although it's not without its faults throughout. The only fruits I can make out here is perhaps a combination of fresh lemon peel with some pears. Otherwise, everything else lurks underneath the predominant smoked, grassy, wet straw flavor, with some light notes of leather and mild tobacco from the oak, as well as the Brett itself. Creamy, yet light-bodied, which is something I always enjoy in a saison, but also conflicts with the complex, slightly oppressive barnyard qualities from the beer when it comes down to the flavor. Could use a little bit more carbonation - it loses its gas rather quickly throughout. A mixed bag, but definitely drinkable.

Brett is a gamble when it comes to storing beer, and while I've had success stories with it, this was definitely far less smoky, dry, and yeasty tasting when I had it fresh. I was only about a month or two off from the soft spot, but hey, it still turned out fine overall. While this wasn't nearly as intense as a bottle of Vielle I had a while back, it's definitely on its way there. Need some cured dried meats for this next time, and then I'll be good to go!

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my second of the st. bretta seasonal series, had this beer a few weeks back and knew I needed more
The beer pours a cloudy golden/hay yellow with a fluffy white head that thinly coats the brew throughout drinking and leaves some sticky lacing. The nose is a quite tart with lemon/grapefruit citrusy, brett funkiness upfront followed by notes reminiscent of raw mushrooms and spicy baby arugula. The flavor is dominated by citrusy, brett funk, some grain sweetness and a tart, slightly bitter finish. It has a juicy, light-medium body, with citrus notes accenting the tart, semi-dry, bretty finish and an unexpected lingering bitterness between sips. I'm very pleased with this beer, though pricey, I've already requested more through the appropriate channels.

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-wheat, toasted malt, lemon, hint of tartness, yeasty

T-toasted malt, wheat, lemon, yeasty funk, tart finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and astringent

O-a nice witbier, enjoyed the tart and funky quality

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from 10-05-13

Bottle poured in to tulip.

A - Cloudy bright golden yellow with half a finger of off-white head that quickly reduced to a thin layer.

S - Funk/hay-like aroma up front. Bready sweetness, orange, lemon zest and spice.

T - Dry funk hits the tongue at first. Lemon zest, bready sweetness and spice mid-palate with the blood orange showing up in the finish.

M - Medium body; somewhat creamy. Moderate carbonation.

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St. Bretta (Summer) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.