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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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Reviews: 22
Hads: 156
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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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Reviews by spoony:
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4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of timontheroad
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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St. Bretta (Fall) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.