St. Bretta (Summer) - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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4.69/5 rDev +15%
375mL to snifter
Appearance - Cloudy, deep straw. Thick white head that almost completely disappears. Leaving behind a sticky lacing.
Aroma - Brett first and foremost. Citrus and light grain in the background.
Taste - Amazing. There's the refreshing witbier citrus/pepper notes. The Brett sour/tart isn't mouth puckering, but it's enough to keep you interested. As noted on the bottle, this is brewed with blood orange. That and a bit of tartness is lingering behind for minutes after every sip.
Mouthfeel - Sticky, thick, yet incredibly refreshing. Moderate carbonation.
Overall - I can't wait to drink my other one and hopefully make a trip out to Denver to see this place in person. Great beer!
09-12-2013 16:48:58 | More by KVNBGRY
4.63/5 rDev +13.5%
12.7oz bottle, poured September 2013, "2013 / Batch 3"
Seasonal Citrus : Blood Orange
Aroma- Low to moderate funky citrus notes- fairly subtle.
Appearance- moderately cloudy, yellow with a rapidly dissipating white head that persists at the edges.
Flavor- Crisp burst of Brett tanginess and citrus with a lingering bitterness from both the Brett and hops. Refreshing and light but subtly complex with some horse blanket and barnyard notes.
Mouthfeel- Bright and light with excellent carbonation to balance what otherwise might seem a bit thin.
Overall- An excellent beer, one of my favorites. Unfortunately, this brewery releases very small batches and each one is different from the last. This makes each one interesting and dear. If you're looking for a first time sour this is a good choice being on the lighter side of sour. It probably won't win any awards for mouth numbing complexity but does well with its balance and funks it up enough to be interesting. Something I'd drink daily if I could get it.
09-14-2013 02:16:56 | More by Colorado_Bill
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
4.56/5 rDev +11.8%
2013 Batch 3 Bottle
A - Pours a bright, pale amber color. Fizzy head that settles out fairly quickly. Very minimal lacing effect on the large wine glass enjoyed from.
S - Beautiful bouquet of earthy, grassy oils. Citrus notes compliment the bright yeast character. Predominant orange notes.
T - Possibly one of the best saisons I've tasted. Bright, grassy notes with a full citrus medley. Somewhat spicy, especially as it warms, yielding traces of coriander and orange peel. The orange peel is especially keen in the finish! Nicely done.
M - Light to medium mouthfeel, complimented by a spritzy texture that evolves into a warming, wet finish on the palate. Excellent.
O - Again, one of the best saisons I've enjoyed to date. So well balanced and enjoyable in every component. True to style.
08-11-2013 05:47:09 | More by StrongAleSkeptic
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
4.51/5 rDev +10.5%
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw Crooked Stave out here. Hopefully this is the first shipment of many to San Diego.
A: Pours a very hazy golden color with a 1/2 finger off white head.
S: Pretty incredible. Tons of citrus mixed with tons of brett. Tangerine, blood orange and lemon rind mix with barnyard funk, salt, oak and hay. Keeps getting more complex as it warms.
T: Opens with a huge dose of brett. Some bready malt and a good amount of citrus linger behind. Blood orange rind, underripe green grapes and bread crust all in there. Finish brings some lingering oak and bretty funk. Liking this a lot and I definitely hope to see it a lot more.
08-10-2013 02:56:24 | More by notchucknorris
St. Bretta (Summer) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.