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

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St. Bretta (Fall)St. Bretta (Fall)

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88
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147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: spoony on 09-15-2013

Batch #3. Brewed with Valencia oranges.
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Ratings: 147 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by cosmicevan:
Photo of cosmicevan
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 batch 4
Enjoyed from a 2012 cellar reserve oversized wine glass

Brew pours a lush murky tangerine orange with a thin cap of frothy head that dissolved quic leaving spotty lace. Nose is crisp sweet tart wheat. Oranges and tropical fruitiness tickle over the top. Real nice. Not as sweet in the taste as the Brett is more dominant here making the beer more sour than wheat. Still has a soft orangey flavor over wheat. Very drinkable in the summer...wish I tried it a bit fresher in the fall. Another fine brew from crooked stave.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden colored with a hazy complexion that doesn't allow light to penetrate the beer. A fingernail of off white head covers part of the rim of the glass. Vibrant carbonation bubbles keep surfacing. The aroma is a fierce blend of citrus and Brettanomyces. The flavor just as advertised in the nose with the citrus in the forefront. The Brett is more apparent at the back of the palate. The mouth is heavily carbonated and crisp.

Photo of timontheroad
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fall, 2013, Batch 4. Poured a hazy golden yellow, with a light head of foam that dissipated to a thin film, only patchy lacing. Nose is definitely Brett up front, with some tart, sour orange, wheat and wood. The taste is tart orangey, grape fruity citrus up front, with some bretty funk, wheat and some slight woody flavors. As it warmed, the tartness ebbed a bit while the oak flavors began to be more prominent. The mouthfeel felt a bit light and prickly from the carbonation at first, but as it hit the back of my palate, it was almost creamy like a nitro beer. This was certainly a very good beer, Crooked Stave never fails to deliver, especially on their Brett beers.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - light yellow with very little head

Smell - tart, citrusy, with and off funk to it

Taste - lots of tartness and citrus to it.

Mouthfeel - not much carbonation and leaves a bitterness on your tongue

Overall - not their best, but it is still Crooked Stave

Photo of Roguer
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Murky straw-colored brew, topped with a very fizzy white head which quickly dissipates.

Musty and funky aroma; old cheese. Up close, deep whiffs reveal a citric edge, wheat, tartness to the funk, and a tiny bit of fruity sweetness.

Flavor mostly follows: musty, wheaty, funky, tart. Lemons and hay; oak; peaches.

Moderate tartness and puckering; easy, oily feel. Smooth.

This is an interesting brew. The Brett is really showcased, but the base beer isn't particularly impressive to me. Nothing bad, but for the price Crooked Stave charges, this is not one of their most impressive offerings.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY.

Pours a very hazy orange, one inch head, and little dots of lacing on the glass.

Strong brett funk aromas on the nose, barnyard, lemon, orange.

The oranges are stronger in the taste, followed by chalky, slightly sour funk, grain, oak. The funk flavors are quite strong, a little bit too strong for me, tastes a bit like feet near the end as the beer warms up.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, a slow sipper due to the intense flavors.

Interesting beer, but a little too funky for me in the end.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep golden ale, hazy with streaming bubbles; finger or so of fluffy head. off-white, no lace

S: oranges and musk, wet blanket citrus, grass and flowery herbs

T: rich dank "horse blanket" brett, lightened with orange and citrus, flowers and wet grass

M: rich, fuzzy, medium body, tangy and slightly tart, crisp and lingering at the same time

O: another elegant seasonal offering from Crooked Stave, sure to please fans of the brewery and brett; reminiscent of a saison, but more dense and husky, fuller mouthfeel and denser flavors

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with short white head that quickly died down, leaving a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of funk from the brettanomyces are present in the nose.
T: Luke the smell, the taste starts out with funky flavors and some sourness and also has some notes of orange citrus from the Valencia oranges.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a bit of creaminess along with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The smell of this beer is really funky, but the orange citrus helps to lend some complexity to the taste and makes it more drinkable.

Photo of Rifugium
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked this open at a BYOB with the folks. Hazy medium yellow color, with a small, bubbly white head that receded almost completely within a minute or so; minimal to no lacing. Lots of Brett in the nose, with notes of citrus pith and grass. Similar taste, Bretty funk, wet grass, crisp dry citrus, lesser notes of grain, oak, and cheese. Slightly tart. Light-medium body, easily drinkable.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

poured into Crooked Stave tulip glass.

Appearance: pale yellow bodied beer with 1 full finger of white head. Quickly drops to no head.

Smell: Nice whiff of sweet oranges. wheat malts and slightly earthy brett notes. Smells pretty bready.

Taste: Hint of sweet oranges and tangelos. Wheat malts and some earthiness. Little orange rind on the back end and its got a lot buttery flavor in the finish that takes over and makes the beer taste rich.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation levels. This beer is not as dry and crisp as Spring and Summer St Bretta series. Mouthfeel is creamy instead.

Overall: I have officially had spring, summer, and fall from the St Bretta series. I liked summer the best with the blood oranges. Spring was my second favorite. Fall is definately a distant third compared to spring and summer. Something is off with this St Bretta. Its not even close to the normal mouthfeel from the previous 2 variations of St. Bretta. Even though something isnt right...its still an okay beer just not up to my normal standards of Crooked Stave.

Photo of brianmandell
3.04/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

2013/Batch 4. 375ml bottle in wine glass. Cloudy golden color with good lacing. Smells tart with a sweet candy orange (jolly rancher?) and bready aroma. Taste is bready, mildly sour with a bit of funk followed by a bright orange zing finishing with a flat bitter and bready aftertaste. Disappointing. I hope this is just a bad bottle because everything else I have had from Crooked Stave has been outstanding. That includes the St. Bretta Winter which I just picked up from the brewery.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 1.13.14
2013/Batch 4

A - Pours a murky, very light brown with a small bubble light tan head that is gone pretty fast.

S - Funky, dank hops, faint fruit sweetness.

T - Very similar to the nose, hard to place, but very nice.

D - Lower carbonation with a mediumb body. Slightly tart.

O - Funky - tart, hoppy - Nice!

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid sour. Not sure I could tell its a wit with all of the Brett in there, but quite good nonetheless.

Photo of humuloner22
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting for the style. Reminds me a lot of Gose. Which makes me wonder why I paid the same as a full 6 pack, but, this one also has character that even Westbrook Gose does not have. This one was Batch 5, navel orange.

Appearance: Poured fairly gently into the glass not a lot of head in this one. Carbonation was present though. Golden hazy appearance. Almost cider like in that regard.

Aroma: Some funk as it warmed, not as funky at first when it was on the colder side. Some orange notes definitely came through, very citrus like in the notes.

Taste: Tart, some funk but not strong in that regard. I did detect the oak from the barre. This one might be a little young. With time more flavors the earthy funk might come out more prominent. As for now, I truly enjoy what is laid before me.

Overall: Not a bad representation. A little pricey for what it is, but it is a nice experience nonetheless, very clean finish which is typical of the style. Well balanced and worth seeking out in my opinion.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a pale yellow with a white head. Nose is pronounced brett, egg and cob webb, light lemon. Taste has some tartness to it, lighter body with a strong carbonation and fairly dry finish. Brett isn't quite as pronounced, sweeter. Juicy lemon, dusty brett through the finish.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage. Batch 4.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, citrus fruit, Brett, butter, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, citrus fruit, wood, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a somewhat mellow citrus presence that is balanced by the wood aspects.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from a 375ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy and slight muddled dark golden color with some light brownish hues.

Aromas of citrus tartness and some funky wood notes. Notes of fresh baked bread and some earthy grain are present in the nose.

Flavor starts off with some mild tartness. Notes of orange rind and mild grapefruit juice. Mild woody funk is present. There is a very strong and dominant bready and earthy grain notes with some slight sweetness. Pretty straight forward. Low carbonation.

Overall straight forward Wit. Nothing great but still solid with some good mild tartness.

Photo of LittleDon
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 4. Sour and oakey with a strong citrus backbone. Light bodied with healthy carbonation. Golden and somewhere between cloudy and hazy there is little head. Aroma is oak and citrus. Tart and dry with a bit of funk on the finish. At first, some of the flavor is lost at the finish, but this gets better as the beer warms to just below room temp.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i think this was my least favorite one in the series, its less mature on the brett front than the others, less citrus comes though too, but the beer is still very very good, like all things crooked stave. it has the same pale hazy straw colored look as the others, maybe even a little more cloudy than i remember the others being, but it has a pronounced cheerio cereal grain character that for me at least gets in the way of the wild yeasts. its almost like ferus fluxus when that one came out, at least from a grain taste standpoint. the citrus is a little less vibrant than it was in the others, although its still quite fruity. tartness is only moderate, and carbonation is very high. overall in isolation this would be exceptional, but in the context of the others, i find it much less remarkable than i otherwise would have.

Photo of popery
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orangey yellow. Cloudy. Medium-small white head. Lots of fine foam. Some lacing. The aroma has a lot of orange peel. Some funk and honey-ish malt sweetness. There's a very nice, mildly sweet vinous note in the background. Some wood and spice. I'm not sure if I'm letting the taste color my impression, but the funk seems a bit off. There's just a little bit of something messy in there, a bile-ish, cheesy twist. Unfortunately, that flavor comes out more in the taste. I'm no expert, but I suspect that brett could clean it up. There's just a twinge of off-flavor. Otherwise, the beer tastes quite good. Good citrus, drying wood, light malt in the background, mild spice. Very easy to put down. Mouthfeel is light. Carbonation is probably a touch low for the style, but I'm entirely alright with that. Citrus and wood in the finish. Shame about the off note, but it's a good beer and other batches could well lack that odd funk.

Photo of spoony
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery into a tulip.

A-The brew is murky and light apricot in color. My glass arrives with about two fingers of nearly white foam. Retention is so-so, but the lacing is pretty decent as I drink.

S-The scent is full of zesty citrus...Valencia Oranges, as advertised. There is a touch of acidic lemon and a mild dose of musty, barnyard funk. Malts are pale and bready, but not terribly sweet.

T-The taste also delivers lots of robust citrus flavors, oranges and tangerines, and a mild dose of earthy funk. There is a little bit of spice, clove maybe, as well. The Brett is noticeable (earthy, mildly pungent funk), but has not really bloomed in this freshly tapped keg.

M-The brew is medium in body with a bit more carbonation than other CS beers I've had.

O-For a fall seasonal, this brew eschews the typical heavy-spice-pumpkin-brown-sugar-whatever recipe and, instead, provides a robust wit style beer. While citrus will never really make me think "fall," there is still some spice in this brew that are just different enough from a normal wit to me think "not summer." Also, the funked-up Valencia oranges give it a nice refreshing character without over complicating matters. A solid effort.

Photo of MighHighBrewer
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a CS tulip on 10/2/13

See my other St Bretta reviews for my full review. This beer uses the same base beer but ages it on Valencia Oranges instead of Tangelos (Spring) and Blood Oranges (Summer). Of those two, Summer is my favorite so I'll compare it against their Fall release.

The nose on the Fall is better than the Summer. Immediately you get this pungent valencia orange smell that really fools your mind into thinking you're smelling a freshly-cut orange. A really great aroma that invites you to take a sip.

Based on taste though, I like the summer one better. Blood oranges tend to be sweeter than valencias, and that sweetness really complements the Brett funk and tartness nicely. It's a more full-palate beer experience (if that makes sense) than the Fall, which leans towards the tart - almost sour - side. A great beer, but I'll be missing the Blood Orange offering until next summer (hopefully?).

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St. Bretta (Fall) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
88 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.