St. Bretta Citrus Saison
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

St. Bretta Citrus SaisonSt. Bretta Citrus Saison
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Style:
Brett Beer
Ranked #49
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,479
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 7.91%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
98
From:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
 
Colorado, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  5
SCORE
87
Very Good
St. Bretta Citrus SaisonSt. Bretta Citrus Saison
Notes: Paying homage to our favorite yeast, St. Bretta is fermented with our house mixed-culture of Brettanomyces. From its historic significance in old-world beers to this, the new age of Brett, we embrace this yeast as a focal point in our artisan brewery. A re-imagination of early farmhouse saisons brewed in Europe, St. Bretta combines fresh citrus characteristics with yeast-driven tropical fruit flavors and aromas. Unfiltered and naturally wild, we package each can with a small amount of yeast to maintain maximum freshness for wherever life's adventures take you.
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jkblr from Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can stamped BATCH 2019-6 poured into a becher glass at fridge temp 5.2% ABV per can label. The beer pours hazy dull yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. The aroma is funky, tart with vague citrus. The taste is sour with notes of lemon and pineapple. Minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with above average carbonation and a bone dry finish. Overall, ok.

Sep 03, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with good clarity; one finger of fairly fast one inch white dome; poor cap retention; thin ring; spotty lace at best. Lemon fruity earthy funk yeast nose. Sour lemon ball candy up front; lemongrass and cloves; coriander finish. Light body, crisp feel, moderate carbonation. Overall I like; light and refreshing; sour lemons with just enough Brett funk to make it interesting.

Aug 13, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

look: one finger white head which quickly dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles, pale straw coloured beer, really hazy, good levels of carbonation in the glass.

smell: smells like brett, those belgian spicey fruity flavours don’t really seem to be there, or at least arent dominating, getting some tropical fruit notes, mango and papaya, apple, it’s quite floral, rose, earthy, a little sweet, vanilla and honey, some grassy aromas.

taste: that’s actually quite pleasant, the brett accompanies the other flavours in the beer well rather than being an all crushing force like it is in some beers, some biscuity malt, those farmhouse leathery flavours you would associate with a saison, some light fruit flavours, red apple, lightly sweet also, honey, there’s a little bit of those belgian spice flavours but not much, light to medium sourness, no bitterness on the finish, surprisingly nice.

feel: really light bodied, medium carbonation, creamy and lively mouthfeel, although maybe just a bit watery, very drinkable though.

overall: this is definitely an interesting beer, and one i enjoyed more than i thought i would, the combination of character and drinkability is impressive, just a bit lacking in body.

Jul 29, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear yellow color with a one-finger foamy white head that disappears quickly

S- funky brett notes up front of dried hay, lemon peel and barnyard, followed by undertones of citrus peel, lemongrass, coriander and honeysuckle

T- slightly tart up front with notes of lemon, followed by soft notes of brett funk; dried hay, earthy, soft cheese. mid-palate gives notes of orange peel and lemon, the finish gives some grainy coriander, as well as more brett and lemon on the linger

M- light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp dry finish

O- approachable and easy drinking Brett beer

Jun 10, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This presents as a pale yellow can pour with a slight haze and little visible carbonation. The aroma is lemony-sumac tart with a whiff of Brett. The flavor matches and includes tangerine too. The finish is not as dry as expected. -refreshing and tasty

Jan 03, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a wine glass. Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a billowy off-white head. Aroma is funky citrus with some earthy spice. Taste is similar but slightly watery. Mouthfeel is extremely dry, almost astringent. Overall a decent brett saison but could be a lot better.

Dec 28, 2019
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dcotom from Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been impressed with the offerings from the St. Bretta series, and this one is no exception. Poured at fridge temp from a 12-ounce can into a Zwanze 2018 stemmed goblet (why not?). Hazy light yellow body, with an evanescent white head that settled rapidly, leaving only a spot of lacing here and there. The Brettanomyces play very nicely with the very prominent citrus and spice flavors. Plenty of carbonation, lots of zesty bitterness, a hint of minerality, and a dry finish round out the profile. This would make an excellent table beer, but it's fine as a stand-alone sipper as well. This is worth seeking out if you're a fan of the "funk."

Nov 07, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love Crooked Stave and I love their beers and even this beer was good but - just like the latest one I had from them - didn’t impress me as much as the earlier ones did. Maybe some sort of intensity was missing?
I mean, the Brett was there in the aroma and the taste but somehow it was on the lighter side, just like the beer in general. At the same, the lemongrass suited this lightness very well and made the beer taste like a soda - with a Brett overtone. It is almost as light on malts as a session IPA, instead it is a well-groomed wild ale.
Let’s see what CS comes up with next!

Nov 01, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw yellow, light haze, yet visible carbonation. A big foam mushroom cap head displays great retention and lacing.
The nose opens with citrus fruit, evoking notes of orange and lemon pith. There is a mild rustic funk that is fleeting. Aromas of peppery spices, honey malts, floral hops, coriander and clove.
Well attenuated taste with citrusy flavors evoking orange peel and pith, amidst a dry cracker malt base. The brett adds a rustic, woody and earthy flavor, as well as a light tartness.
Light to medium bodied, crisp and lively carbonated as per the style. The finish is appropriately dry with a gentle spicy burn going down the throat.
Refreshing and easy to drink. The combination of brettanomyces and citrus adjuncts added a nice touch.

Sep 28, 2019
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.62/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can, batch 2019-3. Pours slightly hazy light yellow with a big bubbly white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is earthy malts and funky yeast .

The flavor is earthy maltiness with a little sweet floral citrus. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK saison.

Sep 22, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy but bright golden yellow pour with 1 plus finger white head.
Aroma is citrus mixed with funky - barnyard, tropical fruit - sweetly unusual.
Taste starts sweet citrus - orange, pineapple; slightly peppery/spicy - followed by a funky lemony tart bitterness that dominates the palate.
Creamy bubbly medium thin bodied - smooth and easy drinking - crisp, refreshing summer beer.

Jul 17, 2019
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light, pale gold with a slight chill haze and apple juice-like film with minimal lacing.

Crisp apple, lemon rind, peppery cracker, damp grass, a little funk, and a lot of farmhouse character. Very cidery with maybe a hint of vinegar. Quite acidic. Pretty straight forward but quite pleasant.

Taste is an interesting mix of the above, with sharp, acidic fruit notes (apple, green grape, pear, and lime), a heavy lemongrass component, and a strong but not overwhelming Brett element throughout. Very grassy. Quite crisp and clean. Tart with a faint sweetness for balance.

Feel is perfectly carbonated, soft and silky, even though the body is fairly thin.

Jun 14, 2019
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to CanConPhilly for this one from NBS BIF #9. 12oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a lightly cloudy, pale straw gold color with 1/4 inch of white head that dissipated immediately and left no lacing.

Lots of great brett funk on the nose, with some grain, and light spices in the background.

The brett wasn't as strong on the tongue, but i think that let the citrus and coriander shine more.

The body was light and crisp, with a pleasingly dry finish.

Drinkability was very good, I wouldn't mind knocking back a few more of these during the upcoming summer.

Overall, a pretty nice brew. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

May 12, 2019
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look- pours a cloudy pale golden orange with a white head that recedes to leave a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. There's also a few small globules of greyish yeast that settle slowly to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma- must and black pepper are prominent, accented by lemon, orange zest and mild grainy bread

Taste- sort of follows the nose, only in this case, the tart, citrusy lemon and orange zest are prominent, accented by musty hay and faint bread and a little coriander

Feel- surprisingly medium full bodied with a lush, creamy feel that's really pleasant. Dry, slightly bitter finish

Overall- really nice slightly tart brett saison that's super refreshing

Jan 22, 2019
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7 fl oz, bottled 20170214. Pours hazy light gold with enormous head. Tart smell of orange and lemon with a light cheesy funk and coriander. Papaya-ish tropical. Taste is similar, with a faint malt presence and some earthiness. Barnyard funk is present but not overwhelming. Brett dryness. Slightly tart. Refreshing.

Jan 17, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the more glowing side of yellow, with a significant haze. 1/2" white head. Aroma hits the brett meets orange and grapefruit commercial tug job expectations. Seems to push itself as an American saison moreso than Belgian/French/Wallonia etc., Euro vibe. More beef to the earthy notes accentuated by some coriander/sage like notes.

Plenty of lemongrass notes, grapefruit rind up front, more brett chalkiness at times. Light white pepper in the mouth feel. It packs a good amount of flavor and citrus rind into a relatively light body. Good amount of carbonation to it. Mild tart effect underneath that drying Brett aspect.

I don't think its elite tier saison stuff, but it is plenty affordable, and since its good, I think its a legit substitute good compared to some of the 1st tier saison stuff that is $20 a bottle. $10 for a 6 pack of this, or $20 for a single bottle of slightly better stuff? Shit I know which purchase I'll make 90% of the time in that scenario.

Jan 16, 2019
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The lightly hazed yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” finely bubbled white head that recedes fairly soon to a then cap of foam and then a thin irregularly shaped island of foam and a irregular ring of foam around the glass while leaving little or no lacing. Sipping creates a couple of arches and some irregular scattered patches of lacing, many of which slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas include coriander, clove, a bit of lemongrass and some spice and a bit funk from the Brett. There is also a touch of grassiness from the hops.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the coriander and lemongrass blending nicely with the light funky character. There’s also some light tartness, a bit of crisp citrus and some earthy grassiness, The grassy earthy bitterness is way in the background.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and crisp with the finely bubbled active carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the flavors begin to fade to a yeasty slightly bitter grassy and earthy dry ending.

Over all an interesting combination of flavors. Drinkable. Enjoyable. Think I’ll get another.

Jan 06, 2019
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StJamesGate from New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold; lemon balm + cheese rind; oyster crackers, tart hit, some barn, lemon chiffon + star anise.

4 x 5

Some nuance here. Saison character is lost under the adjuncts + mixed ferm. But nice, overall.

Dec 21, 2018
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another slam dunk from Crooked Stave. All the ingredients and flavors are perfectly blended and balanced. Citrus with a subtle tartness, light barnyard funk, with coriander lingering in the finish. The yeast brings out bright fruitiness and wet hay. A great beer experience. yb

Dec 01, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a hazy translucent lemon-yellow color. Hazy in the middle and gets clearer near the edges. Topped by a small white head. Good retention, with lacing left along the glass.
It smells earthy and moderately sour, with some funk and acidity, and lots of orange and lemon peel citrus zest. Green apple skin and white wine vinegar, and maybe a bit of honeydew melon. Some hay, white pepper, and cracker malt are in there, too.
A rush of juicy citrus upfront. The lemon and orange notes come in, and the moderate acidity amplifies the citrus. Some tart green apple skin and green grape compliment this. Moderately sour throughout. Cracker malt in the middle. There's lemongrass and mild honeydew melon. Finishes pretty dry with hay and white pepper mildly spicy, and clean. Slightly earthy on the finish.
The mouthfeel is medium, crisp, clean, and well carbonated. Finishes lightly dry.
Overall, a really nice saison. I wish it was a bit more tart or dry, but its superb balance makes it ultra drinkable.

Nov 25, 2018
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single 12.7 oz bottle from TW Camelback on 6-14-18 for $2.49. No bottling date.

Beer open with a gush of brett wanting to escape the bottle. Golden ale decanted with a big head that has some nice hang time.

Nose is nice, lemon with horse blanket, and fresh cut hay.

Taste is lemony, with some band aid and hay over a light malt body. Finish is slightly tart.

Mouthfeel is very refreshing and each sip is very light and delightful.

Overall another lovely saison from one of America's best saison brewers!

Nov 04, 2018
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is big citrus/orange and grainy/slightly earthy malts. The flavor is citrus/orange, Belgian yeast, spices, malts and a tart/slightly sweet finish.

Oct 19, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a pale golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled funky and phenolic with some orange notes. Spicy and funky with citrus and toasted caramel.

Oct 09, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 9/5/2017. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, guava, berry, red/green apple, white wine, coriander, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, citrus, spices, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, guava, berry, red/green apple, white wine, coriander, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/grassy bitterness, peppery yeast, and Brett tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, guava, berry, red/green apple, white wine, coriander, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light funk/vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, citrus, spices, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt, bitter, spicy, tart, tangy balance; with minimal puckering flavors after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from bitter/tart/spiciness, and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and grainy/sticky/acidic/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a delicious fruited Brett saison. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, citrus, spices, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/tart/spicy/drying finish. The Brett is extremely well developed after the age. Great fruity/funky/spicy Brett complexity with balanced citrus, and a solid pale/wheat malt backbone. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Great mix of all Brett strains going on.

Aug 25, 2018
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, orangish yellow with a thin, white head.
Nice funk smell with citrus backing.
Not real sour in which the malt and salt balsnces the brett well. Citrus and lemongrass is pleasant. Yeast enjoyable. I am not big on saksons, but I liked this one.
Nice, crisp mouthfeel.

Jul 03, 2018
St. Bretta Citrus Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 98 ratings