1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
St. Bretta (Summer)St. Bretta (Summer)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

432 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 432
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 22
Gots: 49 | FT: 6
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 432 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Sammy, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

djrn2, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.2%

zestar, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

spycow, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Thorpe429, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

acurtis, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottling; Batch 3

Appearance: Pours a very murky golden color with what starts out as an impressive head; the retention, however, is not great though it leaves a few squiggles behind

Smell: This is Exhibit A for horseblanket, with some fruity, grassy and spicy towns in the supporting cast

Taste: A hint of fruit and then the horseblanket flavor takes over; very spicy, in the middle, with a strong dose of coriander and white pepper; the orange peel emerges after the swallow, bringing some tartness along with it

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: As good as this beer is, I wish I liked it more but I found that the strong flavors clashed a bit on my palate

brentk56, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.2%

kjkinsey, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

GRG1313, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -2.2%

ygtbsm94, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.2%

kylehay2004, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%

Knapp85, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2.2%

JAHMUR, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -51.1%

largadeer, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.2%

SocalKicks, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

StonedTrippin, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -2.2%

nickfl, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

mdfb79, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -2.2%

beernads, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

MarkyMOD, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Rochefort10nh, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -2.2%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

corby112, Jul 31, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
St. Bretta (Summer) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.