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

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St. Bretta (Summer)St. Bretta (Summer)

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

342 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrinkSlurm on 06-20-2013)
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cdmillard

Maryland

1.25/5  rDev -69.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'm really hoping that I got a bad bottle. Everyone on here can't be wrong about this. This beer was the first drain-pour I have ever had. Tasted like smoke and dirt, nothing more. Very disappointing. I would love to try it again because, like I said...I must have gotten a bad bottle. Has this happened to anyone else out there?

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 15:20:06 | More by cdmillard
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largadeer

California

2/5  rDev -51%

09-21-2013 21:43:43 | More by largadeer
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thugherman

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

10-17-2013 15:27:18 | More by thugherman
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Tom-Peters

California

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

09-01-2013 16:05:04 | More by Tom-Peters
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beatenbyjacks

Colorado

3/5  rDev -26.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 22:00:46 | More by beatenbyjacks
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Jonny41

Maine

3/5  rDev -26.5%

08-30-2013 00:02:00 | More by Jonny41
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

11-03-2013 03:31:13 | More by mrebeka
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HopsintheSack

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

07-08-2013 16:54:29 | More by HopsintheSack
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od_sf

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

08-08-2013 03:50:08 | More by od_sf
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gorgeous golden ale, with excellent clarity, topped by a large white head that recedes fairly rapidly. Good visible carbonation level. No lacing. Less impressive looking once head dies away to nothing. After half the glass, I poured the yeast in to cloud it all up, as I thought it would be more appropriate considering this is a "Belgian Wit."

There is a pleasant aroma, perfect for a summer seasonal. This has the distinct touch of brettanomyces and blood oranges. Notes of marzipan, blood orange, cherry blossom and slight funk tartness. Unique smelling, and quite appetizing.

Definite tartness here, with a dry body. Subtle suggestions of orange, oak, and bitter lemons across the palate. Yeast in the finish, with some oak tones there too. The body is medium, and carbonated well enough. The blood oranges leave an astringency in the mouth. Not really a Witbier in my opinion.

A unique take on the Belgian Witbier. 100% Brett. Belgian White, with blood oranges and aged in oak. It is nothing like a Belgian Wit, which I'm sure they don't care. Is it a well crafted beer, but not exactly one that I would want to replace the ever so drinkable and delicious Belgian Whites with. Also, it is too expensive for what this is.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 14:21:20 | More by MusicaleMike
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mevett89

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: straw, slightly hazy with a thin white head.

Aroma: citrus, wheat and some funkiness.

Taste: tart sourness, with blood orange, and semi-sweet (it starts sweet, but ends dry) with that earthy funkiness again.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with good carbonation.

Overall: pretty good and easily drinkable. Not my favorite sour beer, of the sour beers I've had, but certainly good.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 17:15:08 | More by mevett89
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Thickfreakness

New York

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
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magictacosinus

California

3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased way back during a release date of CS beers at Provisions in late July of 2013, and consumed just a few days ago. I had this fresh, and I was curious how it would hold up with the Brett bomb within. Poured out of a 11.2oz bottle into a mini snifter.

Appears quite pale and golden in character. Some notable effervescence, with a minor white head. Carbonation doesn't last too long over time, and indeed, this was the case fresh as well. About an 8th of this bottle was nothing but sediment and yeast residue, and when poured in the glass, would add a milky, straw cloudy texture to the beer. Looks nice, but also looks like pretty much any average saison out there.

Very rustic at the nose, with intense notes of barnyard-like qualities, as well as dried grass and a distinct smokiness. When I had this fresh, it showed brighter citrus zest (akin to lemon) qualities, with the very first instance that I've smelled something similar to "cat urine" on a beer. Aged, it's lost a lot of the brightness, although the urine smell is nowhere to be found at this point, and there's some fuller notes of pears, cider, and stone fruit underneath the smoke and leather soaked hay. It seems the Brett has taken a bit of a toll on this bottle - I should have probably had this a bit fresher. I'll be fair and adjust the scores, but I'm hoping that the flavor delivers the goods.

It's considerably less rustic and intense on the palate, although it's not without its faults throughout. The only fruits I can make out here is perhaps a combination of fresh lemon peel with some pears. Otherwise, everything else lurks underneath the predominant smoked, grassy, wet straw flavor, with some light notes of leather and mild tobacco from the oak, as well as the Brett itself. Creamy, yet light-bodied, which is something I always enjoy in a saison, but also conflicts with the complex, slightly oppressive barnyard qualities from the beer when it comes down to the flavor. Could use a little bit more carbonation - it loses its gas rather quickly throughout. A mixed bag, but definitely drinkable.

Brett is a gamble when it comes to storing beer, and while I've had success stories with it, this was definitely far less smoky, dry, and yeasty tasting when I had it fresh. I was only about a month or two off from the soft spot, but hey, it still turned out fine overall. While this wasn't nearly as intense as a bottle of Vielle I had a while back, it's definitely on its way there. Need some cured dried meats for this next time, and then I'll be good to go!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 05:05:10 | More by magictacosinus
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gregmoscetti

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

08-18-2013 22:20:34 | More by gregmoscetti
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PretzelCity

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

02-19-2014 01:37:51 | More by PretzelCity
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

08-26-2013 16:07:16 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Piddmeista

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

08-20-2013 03:04:07 | More by Piddmeista
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AgentMunky

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

08-15-2013 06:28:30 | More by AgentMunky
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Comiha

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

07-12-2014 18:26:50 | More by Comiha
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Soto

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

10-30-2013 00:55:45 | More by Soto
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Nathanbolin

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

06-01-2014 06:29:59 | More by Nathanbolin
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

10-14-2013 19:09:16 | More by drummermattie02
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Treebs

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle served in a Tired Hands oversized wine glass. Big thanks to bentenison for the brew.

A: Pours a hazy yellowish color with an orange haze. A white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin film and color. Some soapy lace left down the glass.

S: Pithy fruit, some nice citrus and a light spicy yeast profile. Cracker malts with a nice sweetness to it. Light lemon notes as well.

T: Nice citrus peel with a little underlying bitterness. Light spicy yeast with a sweet malt profile. Pithy orange with cracker. Light lemon syrup notes.

M: Light bodied with a prickly carbonation. Bubbly mouthfeel with a light fruity sweetness on the finish.

O: Pretty nice and damn refreshing overall. The nose is a lot better than the taste unfortunately, but it still gets the job done.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 01:17:30 | More by Treebs
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PHBoiler

Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lemony yellow body with a light white head. Limited nose with some lemony tartness. This beer did not taste like a witbier. The brett is certainly highlighted but is taken over by the surprising acidity. I didn't get the blood orange anywhere or really even the brett funk that I expected. It wasn't bad, but this beer did not deliver on any of the notes I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 16:07:19 | More by PHBoiler
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 3. Bright, straw colored ale, , lightly hazy, with a dense white foam and loads of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Rather sharp Brett aroma with touches of lemony funk and some nice floral notes. Hard to believe it's only 5.5% ABV as it comes off stronger in the nose.

A very upfront sourness on the first sip, citric and lemony. It's a bit harsh without much balance of other flavors. There's definitely a dry, chalky, yeast presence throughout. It takes several sips for the tart to settle a bit, allowing some bready malt notes to come though in the finish. Definitely improves after it warms. Effervescent, bubbly carbonation, with a medium body.

It's hard to believe I would think any sour beer could use a bit more subtlety, but this one could really benefit. It's very tart, but the wrong kind of sour. All up front, not well integrated with other flavors, a bit harsh and bitter like a pill. Like biting into the "walls" of a grapefruit. A 100% Brett Wit sounds like a winner in my opinion but perhaps the addition of the citrus didn't work so well. An intense and unique beer, but tough to drink and well overpriced.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 06:07:12 | More by bennetj17
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St. Bretta (Summer) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.