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

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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 24
Gots: 52 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DrinkSlurm on 06-20-2013)
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Reviews by popery:
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

popery, Aug 03, 2013
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4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

dogfishandi, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 16, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

jeonseh, Aug 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.8%
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

beatenbyjacks, May 05, 2014
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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.

AdamF625, Sep 27, 2013
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St. Bretta (Summer) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
92 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.