St. Bretta (Summer) - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
3.89/5 rDev -4.7%
Vintage 2013; Batch No. 3
Poured into the Duvel tulip glass
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.
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.
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.
Refreshing, light body with moderate carbonation.
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.
09-30-2013 00:54:04 | More by flayedandskinned
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4.54/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
12-26-2013 17:58:30 | More by dogfishandi
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
08-25-2013 00:56:02 | More by jeonseh
3/5 rDev -26.5%
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
05-05-2014 22:00:46 | More by beatenbyjacks
4.59/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
09-27-2013 12:12:19 | More by AdamF625
St. Bretta (Summer) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.