St. Bretta Citrus Saison | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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St. Bretta Citrus SaisonSt. Bretta Citrus Saison
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3.94/5
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56 Ratings
St. Bretta Citrus SaisonSt. Bretta Citrus Saison
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bitterbill on 09-15-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,644
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
56
pDev:
7.61%
 
 
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0
Gots:
5
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of deereless
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davidsonte2
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmashAdams
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arizcards
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of Simon212
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzlyo
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of COBEERHUNTER
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Pasha_Kerch
4.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aurascoper
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As good a season as I've ever had.

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Photo of vrbulldog22
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nick_perry
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeast aroma and flavor. Citrus note comes up, but it’s well-balanced, not too overpowering. Strong carbonation. Grassy notes on the finish.

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Photo of Jesch
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Irrationalist
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andyjeigh
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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St. Bretta Citrus Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 56 ratings