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

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 512
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 40
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

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Beer added by: DrinkSlurm on 06-20-2013

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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! (704 characters)

Photo of Colorado_Bill
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%

Massive flowing white fluffy head. Brew is light orange with loads of yellow.

Bright farmy citrus aroma. Killer.

Stupid high carbonation. Sweetness is high(er). Bitterness is fluid and mellow. Lots of orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, mango, tangerine...Salty too. Solid.

This brew kicks serious ass. Crooked Stave is producing sheer awesomeness. Highly recommended. (372 characters)

Photo of AdamF625
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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. (793 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. (658 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (1,169 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow body with thin head.

Aroma/Flavor: Biting acidity with a touch of assorted citrus (lemon and tangelo).

Mouthfeel: Bone dry and refreshing. (164 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The summer version of St. Bretta has blood oranges added in some capacity. This doesn't really change anything aside from the taste and the feel.
It looks amazing, a bit hazy. Light golden, brass. Nice big white head settles to a thick collar. Some lacing.

Aroma has that hint of blood orange which is semi sweet but also tart. Florals. Hints of grassy hops. A bit of funk.

Light biscuit starts off the taste then moves to a floral middle. Oranges make an appearance towards the end of the middle and carry on. Somewhat lemony. Blended with the oranges it almost seems like it's rosy.
Nice snappy dryness on the end along with some tartness. Just shy of bready. Very easy drinking (684 characters)

Photo of MarioM
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml poured into Ryssian River stemmed glass.

A: Bright yellow with a huge white fluffy hea that lingers for days. Medium to high carbonation with little to no lacing.

S: Spice, Brett, and lift citrus. A light funk with a tropical back bone but not overpowering like in Lambic. Slightly sweet and perfume like.

T: Light fruitiness and perfume like phenolic a from the Brett. Spice character is up front but drinkable and enjoyable, very nice.

M: A bit dry and lightly bitter as it finishes. Light citrus fruitiness lingers after sips.

O: A great beer and would drink this more often and would recommend to friends if more readily available. I will defiantly buy this when ever possible. Crooked Stave is easily one of my new fav breweries. Hail Brettanomyces! (768 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Batch 2, 2013. Pours a hazy yellow with one finger white fluffy head. Amazing Brett aroma with definite oranges and spice. Flavor is big and bold tart lemon with an orange sweetness on the back end that lingers with the tart. Very dry, lots of carbonation. Light body. This is an incredible summer brew, which I hope will be readily available next year here in Florida. Need to get my hands on the other seasons now. (423 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

absolutely outstanding. crooked stave just owns this style of beer right now. even better than the spring version, this pours a less cloudy than anticipated pale yellow color with a lively white head over an inch tall but fading pretty fast. the nose is really bretty, sour too, and more well hopped than I remember the other one being. its got a defined citrus aroma, but I cant pick out an orange type specifically. musty wheat malt base. the flavor matches the nose, but is way more sour than it smells. acidity is somehow tempered by the wheat malt, which is nice, makes it a very drinkable beer. bretty funk all the way through, and the citrus is really prominent. a superior quality beer in every way, special stuff here. soft feel but super carbonated, an odd combination, its delicate and robust at the same time. I would drink this every single day if I could. (869 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my second of the st. bretta seasonal series, had this beer a few weeks back and knew I needed more
The beer pours a cloudy golden/hay yellow with a fluffy white head that thinly coats the brew throughout drinking and leaves some sticky lacing. The nose is a quite tart with lemon/grapefruit citrusy, brett funkiness upfront followed by notes reminiscent of raw mushrooms and spicy baby arugula. The flavor is dominated by citrusy, brett funk, some grain sweetness and a tart, slightly bitter finish. It has a juicy, light-medium body, with citrus notes accenting the tart, semi-dry, bretty finish and an unexpected lingering bitterness between sips. I'm very pleased with this beer, though pricey, I've already requested more through the appropriate channels. (767 characters)

Photo of garuda
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Traditional witbier this is not. Batch 3/ 2013.

A - Cloudy golden body, fluffy white head has good retention and decent lacing.

S/T - Tart lemon taste right off the bat. White wine, vinous, candy sugar sweetness, oaky dryness. Hints of the blood orange deep in the finish. Again, finishes quite tart, with a slight yeast funk throughout.

M - Light to medium body, high carbonation, yet stays smooth. Slight astringency.

O - Don't buy this expecting your typical witbier. Falls more into the vague "Wild Ale" category for me, which is more what I rated it to. Wonderful crisp, refreshing blend of flavors. Glad I held onto it for about 6 months before having. Will be picking up more of this. (695 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome two-person tasting with Huzuhbendah last night who shared this awesome brew with me. Thanks Matt!

A: Poured a cloudy soft yellow color with tons of floating chunks of yeast and a slight white peppery head. Awesome!

S: If you could liquify sourdough bread and steep some Sour Patch Kids in it, this is what you'd get. The fresh filtered water essence was truly memorable.

T: This is what I'd imagine Saison Brett (one of my favs) to taste like if it had many, many years in the cellar.

M: Fluffy and delectable, acidic, but nothing that's going to remove enamel from your teeth or anything.

O: This was more of a Saison than a Witbier, but I'll take it. (665 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours an incredibly hash bright straw color with a finger of near white head OK retention good lacing.

S - bubblegum, mildly sour brett.

T - mildly sour semi sweet Brett, finish and aftertaste is minimally painfully sour (in a good way) at the back of my mouth.

M - milky smooth, minimal carb but very drinkable (318 characters)

Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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 (308 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This level of complexity and drinkability should not exist in one single glass- tart refreshment commands the ale from sip to finish while the taste of citrus, sweat, sour, and must all come into play along the way...

Pouring a hazy golden straw color, the beer layers into the glass with a reluctant release of delicate white foam. Once separated, its long standing sheet of froth laces with well defined rings with each sip. Its an ideal Belgian-type appearance.

The first whiff evokes immediate mouth watering effect because of the combined tartness, earthiness and saltiness. Orange peels, limes, grapes and young berries aid the sourish scent while a stern whiff of sea air, weathered wood, attic-like must and horse blanket wrap around the tart fruit notes. Wet hay and dry crackers and a dusting of yeast round out the ales ultra-complex scent.

Short-lived bready sweetness is immediately engulfed by sourness. Sour grapes, limes, bitter orange peels, vinous dry white wine and green berries all play into the fruity tartness- just ahead of the earthy notes at middle palate. That's when the salty brine, musty, hay and leather flavors balance the sourness and aid in a dry wheat taste to finish its taste.

The beer's mouthfeel has a sliver of wheat, and that's the only real thing that keeps it from complete dryness. Its slim softness is a welcome reprieve from the brunt of acidity that would be felt otherwise. Light powdery tannin, palate cleansing fruit acidity, and light alcohol warmth ensures a dry and refreshed palate in the end.

There's a lot of strategy that goes into an ale that seems so haphazard. Certain sharpness, delicate softness, and a cocoon of earthiness layers onto the palate brilliantly. Its a taste that's complex enough to discuss et nauseum or to drink with with unabashed thirst quenching relief. (1,839 characters)

Photo of dgfair
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Kind of light in the nose, but the flavor is fantastic. Lemon, orange sweetness. Some barnyard funk along with a pleasant tart sour. Definitely embodies the summer label. Good dry finish and very drinkable. (206 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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 (727 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gusher alert. Served at cellar temp. Apparently, that was a bad idea.

The beer is hazy and light orange with a small white head. The aroma is nice, offering citrus, brettanomyces, coriander, floral hops, farmhouse yeast. Enticing. Tart and sour. Light and refreshing, citrus and brett blend beautifully. Lingering saison yeast and tangy citrus. A delicious beer. Glad to have more of this one. (394 characters)

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St. Bretta (Summer) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
90 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.