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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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:
#12,621
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
57
pDev:
7.61%
 
 
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4
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Reviews by deereless:
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3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of VoxRationis
2.73/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Decanted from 12 oz (355 ml) can into a conical pint glass; production date 1/30/18.
A: Pours a hazy, golden color with robust head formation, leaving a thick, foamy, one half inch head, with impressive retention, and copious lacing. The end of the pour is remarkable viscous with an almost mucinous look, which is rather off-putting, as is the thick walled foam of the head when one tried to drink through it.
S: Sour with a whisper of lemon grass throughout, but largely the aroma than one might expect from a decent Adjunct Lager, e.g. grains and grasses. No spice evident at all.
T: Again a touch of coriander or clove at first. Dry. Lemon citrus flavor is appreciable, but overpowered by the malt until late in consumption. A cumin-like bitterness kind of hangs out there, imparting neither crispness nor a clean finish.
M: There is an oily, viscous quality that makes this seem medium to full bodied. Very effervescent at first, but this dies down very quickly. Too thick for a saison, with viscosity verging on unpleasant early on.
O: I would not have this again. I understand the concept but it just did not work in this instance. Shocked by the high numbers. I am also unclear why Crooked Stave has so many entries under St. Bretta: St. Bretta, the Citrus Saison, St. Bretta, the Witbier (Winter), St Bretta, the Witbier (Spring), etc., etc. Either many are the same beer or Crooked Stave needs to come up with some other names.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of trevorpost
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | 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 vrbulldog22
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of addiwilliams
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of cwkash
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

CAN nabbed at a Trader Joe's in Denver, CO.

APPEARANCE: Frothy white head. Dull clear yellow body. Appears filtered even though it's unfiltered judging by its clarity.

AROMA: Coriander seed, clove. Spicy yeast. I expected more overt brettanomyces, but most of what I'm getting is saccharomyces. Grassy hops. Maybe grains of paradise? Pilsner malt. 2-row.

Lacks juicy citrus or huge funky brettanomyces aromatics.

TASTE: Grassy and a little spicy, but it's somewhat stale in its malt profile...maybe this is an older can? I hoped for juicy citrus, vivid lemongrass, and ample microflora in addition to overt brettanomyces, but that's not what this delivers and what it does deliver isn't better than that.

Not imbalanced, but simple and shallow for a saison.

TEXTURE: Well-carbonated. Crisp and almost biting, which doesn't suit the usually bottle conditioned style. Light to medium-bodied. Somewhat refreshing. Could be softer and gentler on the palate. Smooth and wet. Not chewy, oily, or otherwise problematic. Hides its ABV well.

OVERALL: Not a bad saison by any stretch, but we've come to expect better from Crooked Stave. For a beer billed as a citrus saison, it's surprisingly lacking in terms of the titular citrus. It also lacks the complexity observed in the best saisons, and fails to match the typical intricacy of your run-of-the-mill Belgian origin saison. Still highly drinkable, but one of Crooked Stave's lesser recent efforts.

C+ (3.16) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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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 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 khargro2
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. Hazy golden yellow color with a modest white head. Bright citrus and Brett on the nose, with diesel fuel phenolics. Tart with lemon and grapefruit zest on the taste. Huge Brett flavors with the phenolics as above., but heavy on the citrus. Dry finish and medium carbonation. Overall a fun, refreshing beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Label says this is brewed with "citrus, lemongrass, and coriander." Just slightly hazed yellow brew with sticky foam in the Leute Bokbier glass. Aroma is distinctly orange-lemon. Light and dry on the tongue.

This isn't so acidic, it's just so lemon-lime tasting. MIneral finish with lemon peel. Lemongrass is such a strong flavor I don't think it's such a good idea here. This is so light and scratchy, it's hard to call it a Saison. From the 12 oz can purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can

Pours a pretty nice cloudy pale yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice citrus, with some lemongrass, coriander, nice little funkyness, tart. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, funky, tart, with some nice citrus, lemongrass, coriander notes. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this one surprised me, pretty tasty.

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

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 ManapuaMan
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gorgeous looking beer - light orange (almost glowing) with a frothy cap of thick white head. Inviting.

Aroma is fresh cut clementine, hay, earthy spiciness and straight up goat. The funk is strong. Surprising it’s hitting me so hard over the head.

Grapefruit and lemon zest with some green apple and GOAT. Brett-funk is on a surprisingly elevated level. Damn.

Crisp zesty flavors with a dry finish and a mouthful of goat.

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St. Bretta Citrus Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 57 ratings