Crooked Stave Surette Reserva
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 8.05%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
119
From:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  33
Gots
  23
SCORE
91
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Reviews by seeswo:
Photo of seeswo
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle "Surette Rustic Five Grain Saison Reserva Artisian Ale Aged in Chardonnay Barrels"
Not sure if this is different than the 750mL Surette Reserva or not.

Pours golden with a minimal whitish head. Looks decent.

Smells like slightly vinegared grains and rising, sourdough bread. Honestly, it carries a touch of sweetness that makes it smell a bit like a slightly 'soured' version of one of the good malt liquors you can get out there. Intriguing to be sure.

Wow, this is an interesting beer. Tastes very substantially of grain. A touch of tartness that you sometimes get in other fermented products, liks sauerkraut. The chardonnay barrel (I presume) contributes a bit of dryness offsetting a bit of sweetness in the beer. This beer isn't fantastic in the sense that I want to sit here and drink it for ever and ever, but it is fantastically interesting. If i had had more, I would have sent it out in the Blind BIF.

The mouthfeel is medium-heavy for the style and the barrel aging. It seems the carbonation is a bit low, while well disguised by the tartness which makes it seem effervescent.

I like this beer and feel as though the sum is greater than the parts (hence the overall rating). This is absolutely worth trying and spending a little time with. Makes me feel good about my relatively blind-faith co-membership in the 2013 CS RS.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of Beaver13
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a fizzy white head that completely disappears.

The aroma is acidic brett with some tropical fruit.

The flavor is sweet tart and sour fruits with earthy brett. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, tastes great, but a little under-carbonated.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy tangerine cor; the modest head fades away precipitously

Smell: Tart citrus, bread, Brett farmhouse elements and oak

Taste: Tart citrus, tropical fruit, green apple and vinous elements, up front, with the oak adding a woody flavor in the middle; after the swallow, the acetic sourness builds and dominates the finish with a lemony edge

Mouthfeel: Light body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit one dimensional, but a very nice sour for summer drinking

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Light murky apricot, low head, some cling.

S - Barnyard, funky, malt takes a back seat but inviting.

T - Astringent, funky, harsh, tart, nice.

M - Good carb, sweeter than thought, nice balance.

O - I would have a few of these without tiring. Nice offering.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared by The Mad Fermentationist, who really isn't mad at all.

The beer is clear and golden with a small, soft white head. Aromas include sour fruits, lemons, yeast, funk. Light and refreshing with a pleasant funk character. Quaffable. Light lactic presence in the finish. A really nice beer from the folks at Crooked Stave.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of mikereaser
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was reviewed blind, actually the reserva and reserva chardonnay barrel was reviewed side by side without me knowing what they were.

bottles 4A & 4B from quirkzoo

4A (750ml) pours a pale light yellow with just a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma is grainy with a horse blanket, wet cardboard kind of funk, smells very breathy. There is a little bit of fruit in the smell as well. The taste is very unique, very lemon/lime flavor throughout. I just want to keep drinking this beer. There is a dryness to it that leaves you wanting more. Its not too taxing on the palette and is very refreshing. If there is brett in there, it has done its work and created a well rounded beer.

4B (375ml) pours a pale yellow as well, but just a slightly bit more orange, there was a little bit more foam but it too quickly faded to just a ring of bubbles. This has a similar aroma to 4A, but not as pronounced, more muted. There seems to be more of a cherry pie smell to it. The taste is similar to 4A but not much. There is a hint of the lemon/lime but there is also a bit of the cherry pie I was talking about. The carbonation is prickly on the tongue and a little less dry. Again, I find myself just picking up the glass or another drink before I even realize I'm doing it.

I really don't have a guess as to what these beers are. Given quirkzoo's location and my fascination with Crooked Stave and listening to interviews from Chad at CS, I could guess that maybe its from there, but honestly thats just a guess. My only other guess would be funkwerks. I've had a few of theirs and they're pretty bad ass too. Anyway, lets see what we have here…

4A Surette Reserva Oak Aged
4B Surette Reserva Chardonnay Barrel

Well at least I got the brewer right. I'll have to do some research, are these the same beers or is only the 375 aged in chardonnay? There definitely is a difference in taste. The 750 is so bright and citrusy.

Damn quirkzoo, you are knocking this bif out of the park!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Crooked Stave Surette Reserva from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 119 ratings