St. Bretta (Winter) | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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St. Bretta (Winter)St. Bretta (Winter)

Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by LotsofLupulin on 01-31-2014

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 244
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle (2014/Batch 5) to a tulip.

A-The beer is dark and cola-lioke in color. The head is thin, maybe a finger at its peak, and short-lived. There is no lacing. The foam is tan/mocha in color. Not particularly inspiring to look at.

S-This Bretta is far more sour/tart than the previous iterations with juicy orange citrus being the dominant flavor. I also detect a bit of cocoa. The funk level is low to medium with a bit of oak coming through as the beer nears room temp.

T-The taste is also on the sour side with a citrus/orange and lemon tartness and a bit of vinegar. Brett funk is mild, but not absent, and there is still a bit of cocoa.

M-The body is medium in heft and the carbonation is fine, but prickly on the palate.

O-To be honest, I enjoyed this beer more when I had it on tap at the brewery. That is not to say the bottled version is bad or undrinkable, but it is not the best beer I've had from CS, nor is it the best in St. Bretta series. The funk, cocoa, and sour just did not play as well with each other as you would hope. Still, this beer is worth a try for any CS aficionado.

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Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Dbrulet
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mid sized bottle - "2014/Batch 6"

Pours dark, dark brown, near light black (if thats a thing), minor mid khaki cap, leaves a long lasting film and some low strands of lace.

Big blast of oranges on the nose, along with confectionary sugar and a whiff of the oncoming sour

More big sour blasts on the palate, oranges screaming through along with some vinagar....crisp, sour, citric, delicious...happy to find this at Stew leonards, beer/wine/booze spot in Danbury, CT

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Franziskaner
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky dark brown with an amber tint that is revealed when held up to light. No head retention. Aroma is Brett,citrus,and a tart red wine note mingled together. The Brett dominates the palate but the citrus lingers after the fade. The mouth is dry,crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Beer21
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip glass after aging a bit

appearance - dark brown on the pour with very little lacing.

Smell - roasty malts up front and i get some coffee and chocolates

Taste - super tart up front which leads into a sweet citrus taste to be complimented with malts and tart at the end

Mouthfeel - lots of acidity up front, but finished quite sweet

overall - by far my favorite seasonal st. bretta after letting them all age. this one had so much going on, that I found each sip different

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Photo of Schlafly33
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown with a reddish tint. Nice head disappears quickly. Smell is of wild yeast, some red wine, oak. Taste is slightly tart with a berry (elderberry, gooseberry maybe?) on the back end. A bit acidic. Not noticing much Brett. Feel is medium with a nice puckering tartness not overwhelming though. O- another excellent brew from CS. Just wish the Brett was a little more present.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Tyrus
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of StephRai
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014/Batch 6

Pours a super effervescent crimson/mahogany with a pinky of tan head. Stays effervescent, middling head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, leafy hops, oakyness, nice, not great nose

T: Much sourness, tartness, oakyness. hints of raspberry & sour cherry up front. Grapefruit & orange rind as this warms, nice dryness, tartness. Finishes tart, sour, with a little grapefruit, & lemongrass

MF: Light/medium bodied, subtle carbonation, very dry/pucker. Almost feel my enamel coming off my teeth

Very refreshing, tart, sour. Just got better as it warmed; picked up more citrus

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Photo of JRendon02
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, thin head that leaves just a few islands floating on the surface.

Very odd scent. Musty and tart, with a bit of sour milk. Light citrus. It's unappealing.

Thankfully, the tart and citrus are more pronounced in the flavor. Juicy and sour. A hint of dark roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium, as is the carbonation.

Overall, very meh. It's hard to get past the strange smells spouting from it.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Fommy15
4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Buy again

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