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

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St. Bretta (Summer)St. Bretta (Summer)

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499 Ratings
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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 34
Gots: 58 | FT: 9
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Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrinkSlurm on 06-20-2013

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Ratings: 499 | Reviews: 68
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Photo of dogfishandi
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml capped bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a snifter. 2013/ Batch 3

Quite a gusher as soon as I popped the cap but didn't loose much as I had a glass ready. Big soapy white head off the pour, obviously lots of streaming carbonation bubbles. Head fades to a somewhat retentive layer with spotty lace. Very nice hazy straw golden color.

Big Brett nose. Stinky, musty Brett, barnyard, a touch of hay. As it warms some medicinal earthy funk. Some nice orange like citrus as well the more and more it warms and opens.

Really nice taste. Just some beginning sourness, lemon like, lingers for a bit after each sip. The orange comes in and blends with the tart citrus from the Brett. Not as much funk as the aroma, more citrus based in the taste but the funk is still definatly there, medicinal, wet hay and hints of mustiness.

Really has such a nice effervescence and mouthfeel, somewhat high amount of a very nice fine carbonation.

What's not to love, all about the Brett, complex, yet amazingly drinkable and oh so refreshing. Wish I could get this by the six pack because I would totally session it all day. A really nice take on the witbier style.

Photo of jeonseh
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Crooked Stave glass

A - Hazy yellow and golden beer with a slightly cloudy aspect. A small white head to it that is a bit rocky.

S - Lemon, wheat, grassy, and a slight funk to it and it also a slight soapy aspect to it.

T - Tart lemon up front with a light lactic acid that gives it some sourness as well. There is a light grassy and blue cheese funk in there as well but it is light. The funk lingers on slightly in the finish as well as a strong lemon zest.

M - Tart carbonation up front with a zesty presence. There is a light funk that lingers on in the finish and remains thick on the tongue.

O - A tart yet slightly funky witbier from Crooked Stave that is definitely different from your normal witbier with its tart and funky presence. Refreshing and easy to drink.

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 AdamF625
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- light straw, golden color. Wonderfully clear and bright. Two finger white head and white lacing.
S- orange rind, wheat, bready notes
T- Tart fresh oranges, lemon zest, lime, brett tang
M- moderate to high carbonation. It has a nice champagne like fizz to it yet it goes down smooth.
O- I really enjoyed this beer, the blood orange come out nicely in the aroma very fresh and not artificial. The Brett gives it a refreshing tartness. Wish I had easy access to this stuff.

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 Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle poured into a chalice. 2013 bottle, batch 2.

Appearance - Mostly hazy pale orange body. Small white head. Medium collar and a few bits floating on the surface.

Smell - Lots of wheat, some bright acids of the lemony variety. For brief moments it reminds me of a lambic acidity, but it's fleeting. The slighest pseudofunk accompanies it, but again it's brief.

Taste - The brett flavor is distinct, but doesn't overpower. Much more of the tart lemony flavors. The backdrop has a bit of oak and a hint at what could be funk, but it's very faint. Grainy as all getout. The flavor drops off, leaving a lingering bretty tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. The right amount of sourness. A bit of a dropoff in body and flavor at the very end though.

Overall - Crooked Stave has elevated this witbier beyond its station in the beer world. Impressive.

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2013; Batch No. 3
Poured into the Duvel tulip glass

Appearance: (4)
Pours a very cloudy, pale straw with a fluffy, but loosely bubbled pure white head. The head doesn't have the greatest retention and quickly fizzles down to a short puck on the edges of the glass.

Aroma: (4.25)
As soon as you raise the glass to your nose, you're greeted by slightly tart, refreshing aromas of citrus juice. These notes of blood orange and lemon juice are draped in a light coating of Brettanomyces funk. Surprisingly, the Brett isn't as barnyardy as it is fruity, with it's overt aromas of light apricot, pear and over ripened pineapple. Providing some nice contrast to the bright tropical fruit presence are some more "traditional" rustic notes of wet horse blankets, wet hay and a faint sulfuric, leather like tone. Lingering in the background is a sweet, lightly bready malt backbone.

Taste: (3.75)
Just as the beer touches your palate Immediately you're struck by blood orange juice which is distinctly tart and bitter. Behind this refreshing blast of citrus is some Brettanomyces; notes pf apple, pear and some of the rustic, leathery barnyard funk that was found in the aroma. Just before the tart, off dry finish, your tongue is kissed by a light coating of cracker-y malt. The finishes offers long, lingering notes of bitter blood orange juice and musty notes of pear, lemon, pineapple and wet hay.

Mouthfeel:(4)
Refreshing, light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
This is the first 100% Brettanomyces fermented witbier I have ever had. Being 100% brettanomyces fermented, you would think that this beer would be overtly funky and musty, but that isn't the case here. While there is a strong Brettanomyces funkiness, it is mostly tropical in nature. The one fault that I do find in this beer is the use of blood oranges; they really leave an unpleasant, unwavering bitterness, not unlike if you were chewing on the rind. Besides the use of this seasonal citrus, the beer definitely is a winner.

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.

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

A: pale hazy gold body; center pour produced a big white head in an oversized snifter; head subside soon enough with just some hazy film left behind

S: tart and tangy, citrusy and herbal; brettanomyces aromas aplenty ("horseblanket," "barnyard," etc.)

T: tart and tangy, yeasty and fresh; citrus points of lemon character and muskier brett flavors that follow the nose, but well-balanced with the citric elements; gentle, clean, fresh grains in the background

M: fuzzy and soft while also tangy and crisp; medium-light weight, drying finish, brisk carbonated feel

O: very impressive - the brett and tart citric components made this unlike the other witbiers I've had, reminding me of a farmhouse ale more than anything else

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Many thanks to Seblp for the bottle!!!

A: Hazy, straw color pouring to 1-2 fingers of bubbly white head falling to a thin collar with no lacing.

S: Wow, a really nice/big sour nose, tart and just a bit catty. Some nice wheat malt, lemon and a hint of spice. The blood orange addition is really present in the nose with a big sweet citrus character.

T: No mistaking the Brett in the beer here; big tart/sourness out of the gate. Some wheat malt, lots of lemon and a bit of peppery spice. The finish is clean and very tart and slightly salty.

M: Light body and lots of carbonation.

O: The orange addition is most prevelant in the nose, but the flavor is all those wonderfull sour Brett notes. An easy drinking sour with some great characteristics of the witbier coming through.

Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Back label says 2014/Batch 2.

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a tiny center patch of bubbly surface foam. No lacing.

S- Solid funky Brett aroma with a lot of citrus quality coming along with it.

T- Higher on the sourness scale than expected. The tartness is assertive at first but soon washes away leaving a light note of green olive from the Brett behind. Then, multiple consecutive sips become irresistible as my palate craves more of the soury goodness.

M- Medium-high pucker with medium-low carbonation and a light body.

O- Though it doesn't look like much and I would've liked a bit more carbonation, this is a super tasty sour wit with more sour characteristic than wit plus a nice, clean Brett funk in the nose.

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 cdmillard
1.28/5  rDev -68.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'm really hoping that I got a bad bottle. Everyone on here can't be wrong about this. This beer was the first drain-pour I have ever had. Tasted like smoke and dirt, nothing more. Very disappointing. I would love to try it again because, like I said...I must have gotten a bad bottle. Has this happened to anyone else out there?

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

On tap at the brewery in Denver. ..this place is a slice of heaven.
Poured into house tulip...golden straw color with thin lacing.
Amazing aroma! So tart funky citrus...slight grassy.
Taste is tart citrus with loads of funk. The blood oranges really shine in the finish but its dominated by super tart lemony flavor. Dry and crisp...Wow this is just amazing.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml capped bottle, dated 2013, Batch 3. 100% brettanomyces "Whitebier". Seasonal citrus: blood oranges. Fermented in oak foeders.

A: Pours a hazy pale straw-yellow with a 1/2" white head which fades slowly leaving spotty lace. Some chunky yeast settles to the bottom of the glass.

N: Lemony citrus, yeast, grass/hay, herbal, horseblanket funk and barnyard, earthy with estery fruit.

T: Brett funk ala horseblanket, bright and light sunshine, hay/grass, herbal, with some bready and grainy notes.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, orange zest and brett yeast finish.

O: Refreshing, easy drinking, yummy funk.

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

Bottle marked Batch 3. Poured into a weisse vase, the beer is a pale, hazy, almost opaque, lemon yellow coloring with a sparse, wispy, filmy surface coat of head. Steady carbonation flow throughout the body of the beer. Aromas of tangy cherry, citrus, and tart/sour notes. Subtle, but what is there on the nose smells solid. Flavors are very tart forward, with a toasted grain backbone. Cherry, tart and sweet, with lemon grass, blood orange, and lemon highlights. The tart character is solid throughout, and transitions to an astringent, dry character into the aftertaste, losing much of the fruity notes but gaining some more grain and green characteristics. The body is slightly effervesced on the palate to an almost sharp feel at the end. Very crisp, tart finish that dries and cleans your taste buds, readying for more. This is Brett to the letter, and it is a tasty brew.

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 HuskyinPDX
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 7.28.13
2013/Batch 3

A - Pours a hazy light orange wth a foamy off-white head with good retention.

S - Tart, farmhouse funky, citrusy, orange.

T - Tart and very citrusy. Lots of wood and tangeloes.

D - Good carbonation with a medium to light body.

O - Tart, citrus with a nice farmhouse impact.

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

2013 vintage, Batch 2.

Beer is cloudy golden with a big white head.

This beer may be young, but the brett already dominates the nose. Tonnes of funky yeast, cherry. There is some coriander there behind, and lots of citrus. Seems like orange, but also strongly like lime. Some oak as well. A lot happening!

Drinking it, it is hard to judge this beer as a wit. More like an easy-drinking sour. The brett is strong, tart and gives a fair bit of funk. Dries you out. Some cherry. The wit flavours are buried underneath. Crisp wheat gives a litness to the beer, and there is a lot of citrus. Seems to be a lot of lime. It is only on reading the bottle that I realize the citrus is blood orange rather than lime or orange. Obvious once you are looking for it. A real curveball on the witbier!

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated but not annoyingly so.

Overall, good. Lots of citrus, lots of brett. A very odd 'witbier', but a good beer.

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St. Bretta (Summer) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.