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

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 511
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 40
Gots: 57 | 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 cdmillard
1.28/5  rDev -68.5%
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? (329 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
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 (464 characters)

Photo of mevett89
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (1,231 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.37/5  rDev -17%
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. (927 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
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! (2,554 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (1,152 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy straw color that has a nice, bright color in the glass. About 1" of pillowy white head forms, which has excellent retention and lacing, aided by a high level of carbonation.

Smell: Pale malts, light citrus, grass, hay, horseblanket and funk. Nice light scents, yet fairly complex as well.

Taste: Pale malt character, bitter lemon and lime rind, hay, and horseblanket funk. Dry. Maybe a hint of tartness but that's really the only sign of sourness from the Brett. More flavorful on the palate than on the nose.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light mouthfeel with high carbonation, and as I mentioned above, dry. Overall it combines for a nice mouthfeel. Very drinkable and sessionable; does not drink to its ABV, seems more in the 4.5% range. Overall a light and drinkable beer that has a solid amount of flavor as well. Nothing mind blowing, but it still leaves me with a good impression especially taking style into consideration. Pumped Crooked Stave started distro to California. I look forward to trying the other seasonal varietals of this beer. (1,074 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

100% Brett Witbier. The summer edition has an addition of blood oranges. Tried at Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà in Rome. 375ml brown bottle.

Pours a clear golden colour without the yeast. With it (and I did add it after checking the clarity), it's a pale straw-yellow with a frothy fine head of white. This persists only as a sudsy ring and some messy lace. Body is light and limpid. Carbonation is fine but racing fast through the glass. Looks good.

Nose is Brett all the way. Barnyard, sharp and crisp with a hint of frenetic wildness—plenty of funk, no acidity. Some coriander and spice comes through a little, but the Brett is master of this beer, ruling powerfully: it kills almost everything else.

Taste is similar. Very Bretty right from the start, leaving the beer dry and sharp, but pretty intense. Apple cider dryness desiccates the mid-palate leaving some clinging iodine mineral characters on the back. It's clean in some strange way, despite all the earthiness, and it certainly has complexity to it.

Feel is pretty light. It's suitable.

It's pretty drinkable, even if there's not much to it beyond the Brett-bomb. I love the funkiness, but some additional spice or body or anything would add a little balance and counter-intuitively, make a more intense beer experience. (1,287 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at Tieman's tasting.

2013 vintage. Batch 3.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, yeast, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with chalk and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells very nice but the chalk-like flavor I am getting is a bit odd. (627 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle poured into a chalice. 2013 bottle, batch 2.

Appearance - Mostly hazy pale orange body. Small white head. Medium collar and a few bits floating on the surface.

Smell - Lots of wheat, some bright acids of the lemony variety. For brief moments it reminds me of a lambic acidity, but it's fleeting. The slighest pseudofunk accompanies it, but again it's brief.

Taste - The brett flavor is distinct, but doesn't overpower. Much more of the tart lemony flavors. The backdrop has a bit of oak and a hint at what could be funk, but it's very faint. Grainy as all getout. The flavor drops off, leaving a lingering bretty tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. The right amount of sourness. A bit of a dropoff in body and flavor at the very end though.

Overall - Crooked Stave has elevated this witbier beyond its station in the beer world. Impressive. (869 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/29/14

Appearance: Lightly hazy gold with some tangerine-orange highlights - pours with a somewhat large head but fades to a wispy cap - leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Ripe Brett aromas with some fresh, fruity aromas - some horse, hay, grass, some damp cellar, overall nice level of yeasty Brett funk - some nice fruity aromas, esters - green apple, pear, berries - some citrus as well, mostly lemon - a wood-like aroma and some leather - tartness and sourness, with some wheat in the back

Taste: Moderately tart and nicely funky - delivers on the Brett with some nice barnyard flavors, grass, hay, horseblanket, and musty funk - lightly lactic sour with a nicely level of tartness - green apple, pear, white grape, lemon, orange, and citrus peel flavors - some coriander and other spice - wheat is more or less overpowered by the Brett funk, but it's definitely there

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some nice carbonation, very lightly puckering

Overall: Good for believers in the church of Brett

As the name suggests, this beer has a heavy emphasis on the Brett. But I wouldn't label it as a Brett bomb. It has some balance thanks to some nice fruit flavors. It's definitely worth a try. (1,212 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy, bright golden banana yellow color with a half finger white head that quickly disappears. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Very inviting nose with an amazing earthy brett character that is perfectly integrated into the witbier notes. Musty, dry and grassy with peppery spice notes countered by bready yeast and light fruit esters. Hints of ginger and grains of paradise followed by citrus peel and pale fruit notes.

Lighter end of medium body with a nice dry, musty brett presence that's well integrated into the elements of the base beer. Not as exciting as the aroma suggests with subtle funk, earthy hop, grass and straw along with peppery spice, sourdough bread and light fruit notes. Some coriander and ginger along with banana bread, wild yeast, citrus rind and light fruit. Decent but somewhat of a let down considering the complexity and appeal of the aroma. (892 characters)

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2013; Batch No. 3
Poured into the Duvel tulip glass

Appearance: (4)
Pours a very cloudy, pale straw with a fluffy, but loosely bubbled pure white head. The head doesn't have the greatest retention and quickly fizzles down to a short puck on the edges of the glass.

Aroma: (4.25)
As soon as you raise the glass to your nose, you're greeted by slightly tart, refreshing aromas of citrus juice. These notes of blood orange and lemon juice are draped in a light coating of Brettanomyces funk. Surprisingly, the Brett isn't as barnyardy as it is fruity, with it's overt aromas of light apricot, pear and over ripened pineapple. Providing some nice contrast to the bright tropical fruit presence are some more "traditional" rustic notes of wet horse blankets, wet hay and a faint sulfuric, leather like tone. Lingering in the background is a sweet, lightly bready malt backbone.

Taste: (3.75)
Just as the beer touches your palate Immediately you're struck by blood orange juice which is distinctly tart and bitter. Behind this refreshing blast of citrus is some Brettanomyces; notes pf apple, pear and some of the rustic, leathery barnyard funk that was found in the aroma. Just before the tart, off dry finish, your tongue is kissed by a light coating of cracker-y malt. The finishes offers long, lingering notes of bitter blood orange juice and musty notes of pear, lemon, pineapple and wet hay.

Mouthfeel:(4)
Refreshing, light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
This is the first 100% Brettanomyces fermented witbier I have ever had. Being 100% brettanomyces fermented, you would think that this beer would be overtly funky and musty, but that isn't the case here. While there is a strong Brettanomyces funkiness, it is mostly tropical in nature. The one fault that I do find in this beer is the use of blood oranges; they really leave an unpleasant, unwavering bitterness, not unlike if you were chewing on the rind. Besides the use of this seasonal citrus, the beer definitely is a winner. (2,020 characters)

Photo of SamN
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Crooked Stave brew, excited to try my first brew from this renowned CO brewery.

Holy crap, this baby is live! Initial pour is all head, white, fluffy, soapy head. As the carbonation dissipates, a very light hazy golden-straw liquid emerges. Super lively, lots of carbonation. Amazing head, thick and leaves an incredibly rocky lacing all over the glass. Wow, pure witbier goodness. A bit later, got some room to finish off the bottle into my weizen glass, including the yeast cake. The appearance becomes a thick, orange color, deep hues. Wow, what a looker.

Aroma is mostly tartness; lemons, funk, coriander, pepper, faint wheat malt. Not as funkadelic as I expected, but solid nonetheless. Very refreshing smelling. Adding the yeast doesn't add too much to the aroma, a bit more yeastiness, but not much banana.

Taste is interesting. It's definitely a wit, but with added layers of tartness. Finishes on a spicy, citrus rind flavor. Throughout the beer is a distinct sour/grassy character. I was really hoping this would have more funk to it. Maybe it does and I'm just missing it. Overall, very tart, overpowers most of the delicate wheat flavors. I think I should have left out about half of the yeast cake. (1,221 characters)

Photo of More_betterness
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

About time I finally reviewed a beer on here:

2013/ Batch 3

A: Slightly cloudy golden body topped with a fluffy white head that recedes quickly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing. Very effervescent.

S: Lemon and white wine in the aroma, with a hint of orange peel in the background as it warms. Minor Brett funk throughout.

T: Mostly follows the nose, lemon and funk up front with a dry/astringent white wine finish. Blood orange not as apparent as I would have liked, maybe a little too much age on the bottle?

M: Light, highly carbonated body with a bone dry finish. Astringent oak persists after each sip.

Wonderfully refreshing and tart. This was a fantastic beer to enjoy on this 80 degree SoCal day. Was hoping for more blood orange, but very enjoyable despite that fact. Crooked Stave continues to impress! (824 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/21/13 notes. 2013 vintage, batch 3. Poured from a 375ml bottle into my LA stemware.

a - Pours a bright murky orange-yellow color with two inches of bright white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Little bit of head retention throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of brett, citrus, oranges, yeast, cloves, spices, pepper, floral hops, and earthy malts. Awesome nose; tons of brett and citrus to it, reminds me more of a bretty saison, which I love.

t - Tastes of spice, pepper, yeast, lemon, citrus, brett, floral notes, fruit, earthy malts, like oranges, and bread. Taste is good but more spice and less brett than the nose. Good, but a step down from the nose in my opinion.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty good beer. I loved the nose as it was full of brett and oranges/citrus, while the taste had more spice to it. A good beer I'd definitely have again, though if I'm paying CS prices for their beers I'd prefer Hop Savant to this. (995 characters)

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev -1.5%

2014 / Batch 2

A little concerned at first. It was overly-carbed and the first sip tasted of oxidation but every drink afterwards was been tasty as hell.

Also, how in the hell is this a "witbier?" It's sour as hell. (218 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled with a good friend that managed to get several from this brewery. The aroma hints at wit but the flavor goes well beyond. Very creative. The Brett adds both funky and tart aspects making this a rich and complex beer while still remaining very drinkable. I wish I had a regular supply from these guys. (308 characters)

Photo of nova009
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- pours a hazy bright orange, small slightly fizzy half finger white head emerges and dissipates down to a bubbly covering, spotty to little lace

S- floral, slightly earthy brett, tart orange, wheat

T- lip smacking tart, tangerines with rind, blood orange, earthy notes brought on by the brett, floral presence subdued compared to most saisons

M- medium body, carbonation slightly high, finishes dry

O- this is my first brew from Crooked Stave and it did not disappoint, perfect for a warm summer evening, would reccomend (561 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013/3, Summer edition.

Poured into tulip at 45 degrees.

Very short white head over 100% cloudy body (w/the yeast) - bright gold. No lacing.

Tons of Brett in the aroma, with lots of orange citrus. Grassy, but sweet fruitiness dominates the aromas. Musty, too.

Flavors are packed with juicy blood orange, bitter peel, dry/old lime, some oak, and dirty dry finish. Mouthfeel is super dry

A fun, interesting, and flavor-packed Wit. (437 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin head that retains really well. The nose is musty, funky, mushrooms with faint tanginess from the blood oranges. The taste starts off with sweet lemon flavors that move on to a softer Brett taste - funky, bready cheddar cheese and mushrooms. These fade to a slightly sour, more bitter blood orange flavor. A bit of bitter hops rounds it off. Mouth is full and smooth. Overall, thi is a nice barrel aged Brett beer. Lots of subtle flavors thateldbtogether to form a complex, yet not overpowering Saison. Good stuff! (551 characters)

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St. Bretta (Summer) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
90 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.