St. Bretta (Summer) - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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Reviews by popery:
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured into a Sante Adairius tulip - getting rustic tonight. The beer is an orangey golden color. Cloudy. Medium to small white head. Little to no lacing, bubbles burn out pretty quickly. The aroma is a big mix of wood, brett fruitiness and funk and blood orange with an interestingly musky, briny background - maybe more blood orange contribution. Blood oranges are an odd fruit for me, and I'm not a huge fan normally, but they work nicely in this beer. There's also some fresh pale malt sweetness. The taste really needs some time to warm up (I started out with it a bit too cold and the flavor was quite muted), but once it does, things open up. Nice wave of citrus tartness. Big blood orange flavor with rind and juice popping up. It starts out a deep vinous and blood orangey sweetness with some fresh, doughy grain. Then, there's an explosion of complexity, as layers of medium tannic oak, brett fruitiness, dusty farmhouse funk and tart/bitter blood oranges line up in harmony. Soft, full mouthfeel. Nice wheat body. This one crept up on me. When it was too cold, the beer seemed all washed out and mild. More and more flavor came out as the glass sat. There's a ton of excellent brett fruitiness to it - stone fruit, berries, etc. Tasty beer. My regard for Crooked Stave continues to rise.
Serving type: bottle
08-03-2013 06:59:33 | More by popery
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3.38/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 03:40:03 | More by Thickfreakness
St. Bretta (Summer) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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