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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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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 31
Gots: 58 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 492 | Reviews: 66
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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?

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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.

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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.

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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!

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St. Bretta (Summer) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.