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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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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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Reviews: 70 | Hads: 512
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 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 MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-wheat, toasted malt, lemon, hint of tartness, yeasty

T-toasted malt, wheat, lemon, yeasty funk, tart finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and astringent

O-a nice witbier, enjoyed the tart and funky quality (294 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from 10-05-13

Bottle poured in to tulip.

A - Cloudy bright golden yellow with half a finger of off-white head that quickly reduced to a thin layer.

S - Funk/hay-like aroma up front. Bready sweetness, orange, lemon zest and spice.

T - Dry funk hits the tongue at first. Lemon zest, bready sweetness and spice mid-palate with the blood orange showing up in the finish.

M - Medium body; somewhat creamy. Moderate carbonation. (434 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 GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle marked Batch 3. Poured into a weisse vase, the beer is a pale, hazy, almost opaque, lemon yellow coloring with a sparse, wispy, filmy surface coat of head. Steady carbonation flow throughout the body of the beer. Aromas of tangy cherry, citrus, and tart/sour notes. Subtle, but what is there on the nose smells solid. Flavors are very tart forward, with a toasted grain backbone. Cherry, tart and sweet, with lemon grass, blood orange, and lemon highlights. The tart character is solid throughout, and transitions to an astringent, dry character into the aftertaste, losing much of the fruity notes but gaining some more grain and green characteristics. The body is slightly effervesced on the palate to an almost sharp feel at the end. Very crisp, tart finish that dries and cleans your taste buds, readying for more. This is Brett to the letter, and it is a tasty brew. (878 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 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 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 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 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 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 mtomlins
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Many thanks to Seblp for the bottle!!!

A: Hazy, straw color pouring to 1-2 fingers of bubbly white head falling to a thin collar with no lacing.

S: Wow, a really nice/big sour nose, tart and just a bit catty. Some nice wheat malt, lemon and a hint of spice. The blood orange addition is really present in the nose with a big sweet citrus character.

T: No mistaking the Brett in the beer here; big tart/sourness out of the gate. Some wheat malt, lots of lemon and a bit of peppery spice. The finish is clean and very tart and slightly salty.

M: Light body and lots of carbonation.

O: The orange addition is most prevelant in the nose, but the flavor is all those wonderfull sour Brett notes. An easy drinking sour with some great characteristics of the witbier coming through. (834 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 Florida9
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pastel light yellow in color. Forms a smallish creamy white head, but what does form is quite stable and long lasting. No lacing. Aroma is Brett dominant. Tart Lemon, dust, and a light bit of funk. Taste is similar. Tart lemon, but not sour. Some light horse blanket and a slight chalky note. Maybe a little spice, but its faint. Almost like an old lemonade. Light mouthfeel. Lighter carbonation. Tart. A very nice beer, but surprisingly restrained Brett character. (465 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 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 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 JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 375ml bottle.
Vintage: 2013
Batch # 3

Pours a very nice pale golden color with a nice 1 inch white head. The head is pretty dense and sticky leaving some delicate lacing as the beer and head recedes.

Aroma starts off citrusy. Notes of orange and lemony rind in the nose. Quite fresh. Mixed in with the citrus notes there is some nice Bretty funk. Tons of barnyard and earthy hay notes. Oak notes with some good bready wheat. The wheat notes is really more of the dance floor to the brew where the Brett and citrus notes dance on.

Flavor starts off with some sharp citrusy tartness. Orange and lemon peel notes with some good slight vinegary acidic. There is some nice intense bready wheat notes and Bretty funk along with some nice woody notes. Very simple yet delicious brew. Mouthfeel is tart and dry and funky.

Great beer. Simple but wonderfully done. (891 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 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 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 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 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)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml capped bottle, dated 2013, Batch 3. 100% brettanomyces "Whitebier". Seasonal citrus: blood oranges. Fermented in oak foeders.

A: Pours a hazy pale straw-yellow with a 1/2" white head which fades slowly leaving spotty lace. Some chunky yeast settles to the bottom of the glass.

N: Lemony citrus, yeast, grass/hay, herbal, horseblanket funk and barnyard, earthy with estery fruit.

T: Brett funk ala horseblanket, bright and light sunshine, hay/grass, herbal, with some bready and grainy notes.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, orange zest and brett yeast finish.

O: Refreshing, easy drinking, yummy funk. (631 characters)

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