Crooked Stave Surette Reserva | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by denver10 on 07-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruity and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a grape flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

crooked stave has a great great thing going, and this beer is all the proof you need of that. it pours an apple cider color, relatively flat looking and only a modest half inch of off white lace on it. the nose is awakening, its vinegar and brettanomyces and apples and oak all at once. there is a distinct fruity vibe to this, much more so than the normal surette. the flavor is wonderful, tart as anything from the bacteria. lemon rind and spoiling apples are the main fruit elements here, and the vinegar comes in at the end. its so puckery and intense, perfect with some seared sea scallops. the feel is excellent, medium body and a really dry finish that leaves a tart sting on the tongue. my only critique is the slight lack of carbonation, probably from the oak aging process, but its just a little flatter than id like it to be. other than that, another world class crooked stave brew. how is this stuff not famous yet?

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6.2%. Aged in Oak Barrels. 750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger beige-khaki colour head of fair cream and thickness, but awful retention. Colour is a hazy pale yellow. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy bretts, stale orange peel, and clean malts. There's barely a hint of oak. A mild strength aroma.

T: Orange peel, heavy bretts/yeast, and heavy lactose in the third act and finish. The climax is lactic as hell as well. It's pretty simple, lacking subtlety, depth, and complexity. What's there isn't bad, but it does offer pretty little for the style. I like it in a general sense, but it's far from unique or special. Structurally imbalanced - the third act has all the flavour. Imbalanced in terms of the actual diversity of flavour. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat crisp. Nectary. Good thickness. Ideal carbonation. The mouthfeel is a highlight of the beer.

Dr: Drinkable but far from impressive within the style. Still, I do like it for what it is. Its simplicity certainly holds it back. I wouldn't get it again. Quite pricey for the lack of quality.


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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver. Served in a tulip. Pours a light-moderate copper color. Lightly tart. Some funk. Dry with some wheat in the finish. Light notes of white grape. Really drinkable.

EDIT: Had a bottle last night, and it was exceedingly enjoyable. Nice funk and acidity. Still incredibly easy to drink. I could have gone for another whole bottle.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of rudzud
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a crystal clear light orange with a very, very thin head that fades relatively quickly.

S - Aromas are very funky, nice lemons, faint floral notes, nice barrel as well.

T - Taste is solid, tart crisp lemons, tons of oak, solid eathiness.

M - Mouthfeel was lightly carbonated, quite dry on the finish.

O - Overall a solid beer. Fair amount of brett in this one. Was pleasant.

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Photo of corby112
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kubrick215 for sharing!

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden yellow color with lighter banana colored edges when held to a light. Looks completely still with no head or lacing to speak of.

Earthy aroma with lots of barnyard character and musty funk. There's some citrus acidity and a strong lactic presence along with some horseblanket, cobweb, bread and light fruit. Prominent lemon juice along with sourdough bread, hay and earthy oak. Smells(and tastes) like a cross between a gueuze and a Berliner weisse.

Medium bodied with a nice amount of tart, puckering sourness countered by bready yeast, citrus acidity and lactic funk. Very earthy and funky with a strong brett flavor and barrel presence. Lots of earthy oak and musty brett followed by lemon juice, bready yeast and lactic funk. This beer appeared to be flat but it had a moderate amount of carbonation that's appropriate for the style. Well balanced and refreshing with a lot of earthy funk and citrus fruit balancing out the acidity. Lingering acetic vinegar presence in the finish but it never becomes harsh or solvent like.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

thanks to egrace for sharing this bottle.

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken 8/14/12.

Appearance: opaque orangish yellow bodied beer with no head just a ring of white around the glass after a hard pour.

Smell: Really sour smelling beer. fairly funky too. Tart lemons, oak, hay earthiness.

Taste: on the high end of moderate tart/sourness from this beer. Lemons and funk. Green apples, straw, and oak. Got a little bit of earthiness going on also.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer. low carbonation almost flat and still. This was a real downer on the beer. If they could carbonate it properly the beer would just be rediculous.

Overall: Nice smell and taste, but this is a case where the beer really suffers from lack of carbonation. Thats the only thing that hurt this beer the most...

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 12.27.12

A - Pours a nearly clear light orange with a small, large-bubbled white head that moves to one side quickly.

S - Funky, tart citrus, lemon, subtle floral, some wood.

T - Tart lemon, earhiness, lots of oak acidic.

D - Low carbonation with a light body.

O - Very tart, lots of lacto and brett, citrus and oakiness.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden-yellow color, light and full of a cloudy haze all throughout. Little, almost nonexistent head fizzles quickly into thin air. Aroma is full of sour and tart fruits; apples, grapes, pears, and maybe even a faint bit of peach. Some light barnyard funk on the back-end of the aroma - your typical brett-like yeast additions, not overpowering, and actually a bit more subdued and mellow than I would have liked. Light, earthy and woody (oak?) aromas come out a few minutes into this one, still mainly buried by the heavy fruit tartness.

The sour reaches out and grabs your tongue as soon as you take a sip; apples, lemons, pears. The sour profile punches you with an intense tartness right up front that quickly fades and turns into a more mellow sweetness, full of the same fruit types. As the sweetness approaches, the brett and funk flavors come alive - a solid helping of a wet, woody funk makes itself known in the aftertaste, fading out with some fruity and malty sweetness; lemon zest, and tart-turned-sweet citrus. Thin bodied, almost on the medium spectrum, with a nice dose of carbonation.

Very solid saison/sour/wild, whatever the hell you want to call this one. Nice fruity tart and sweet flavors with a solid backing from the brett. Easily drinkable at 6.2% ABV, this one goes down very nicely.

EDIT: 7/17/2013

Sampled again thanks to Kevin R. Gotta bump the score up a little bit. More tartness with an even more pleasingly sweet finish. Lots of light, bright fruits shining through with each sip. I enjoyed this the first time around and even more the second. Thanks, Kevin.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beertemple. Hazy pale orange with a fine-grained white head. Notes of peaches and apricots, sauvignon blanc wine and a bit of honey. Medium body with a soft carbonation and a light and refreshing sour aftertaste.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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 srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of ehammond1
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Pours a cloudy light golden and peach color without much visible carbonation. This is almost completely still. Leaves the glass with an oily sheen and spots of stick. quirkzoo told me this was the brewer's intention and is appropriate for the style. Even understanding that, beers are prettier with bubbles. Still a pretty beer.

Pleasant, well-integrated aroma of mild citrus (tangerine and lemon) and stone fruits, a little bit of a basement and brick funk Brett character, and very mild grass/hay.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with the light lemon, tangerine, hay, and mild, complementary basement Brett funk combining with a bit of lactic sour presence.

Medium in bodied with very low, nearly zero, carbonation. Appropriate for the style I'm told, though I think some carbonation always helps a beer taste and smell better.

A lovely beer to share or MarkIntihar, whatever you're feeling like that day.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Recent bottle sharing @ perennial w00t, thanks for sharing guys

Cloudy hay yellow with no head or lacing. The nose is potently sour with great lemon-head and grain sweetness in the background. The taste is just as ruthlessly sour with sour, tart, lemons and a hint of wood. It's light bodied, modestly effervescent, and has a hint of grain and oak peaking through in the finish, very dry. Absolutely delicious beer, I'll have to try the regular version next!

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Photo of denver10
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

CS's Surette aged in oak barrels.

Pours a burnt orange with a 1/2 thumbs width white, effervescent head. An aroma oftart grapes and apples, some mild funkiness and just a slight hint of the oak. Flavor is a nice tart apple and grape in the get go with some funkiness, then the oak comes in at the close it and the finish is a pairing of tart and woodiness. The finish really makes this beer. A crisp, thin and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, an alright brew. Enjoyable enough to drink, not close to being worth the cost, IMO.

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Photo of seeswo
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of zac16125
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into tulip
no born on date

Thanks to Ruckusdu for sending this one over as an extra.

A: Pours a murky golden yellow, an aggressive pour yields only a small fizzy white head that dissipates almost instantly.  Leaves no lacing.  

S: Tart apple and lemon lime, some sweetness with banana notes, a small degree of funk, slight herbaceous notes.

T: Very tart.  Sour apple and sour lemon-lime candy.  Touch of oak on the finish.  Tart white grape/vinous notes.  I get almost no funk characteristics.  This is pretty one dimensional, but I love it.  The most sour saison Ive had to date.  

M/D: Dry, medium bodied, carbonation on the low end, although that is somewhat masked by the degree of tartness which is almost puckering.  Drinkability is very high.  I do wish the carbonation was a bit bigger though.  

O: Again, pretty one dimensional, but luckily its the dimension I dig.  I'd drink this beer again in a heartbeat.  I loved it.  

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Photo of mikereaser
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of Treebs
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle shared be eorwar. Served in a Half Acre tulip.

A: Pours a semi hazy golden orange color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Lactic acidity with a mild funk. A little oak with some tart lemon rind, citrus and a little mandarin orange sweetness to it.

T: Slightly sour with a Belgian yeast dryness to it. Some funk with mild tartness and a little lemon citrus. Stone fruit with a touch of oak.

M: Light bodied with a very drying finish. Fluffy carbonation with a high drinkability.

O: I enjoyed the subtle tartness and restrained funk of this one. The light citrus back was nice as well.

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Photo of match1112
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this bottle from a stranger in the mail, so thanks to whoever you are!

a: mostly clearlight orange colored body. no head to speak of, just a thin ring of bubbles that fade as fast as they appear. no lacing, no real sign of carbonation.

s: sour, tart and funky. Lemon and grape with a lot of brett is mainly detectable.

t: very sour and acidic, but in a good way. tones of citrus and malts with a hint of spice, but mainly the brett takes control of the taste buds.

m: mouth puckering delight. on the flat side, not a lot of carbonation in this one. dry on the finish.

o: even with the lack of carbonation and the over-powering brett in this beer, I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of KajII
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a medium peachy orange with a tiny (less than 1/8 in) white fizzy head that disappeared a few seconds after the pour and had virtually no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was of a light toasted caramel malt and a funky horse blanket Brett yeast with notes of green apple, white wine, citrus (orange), mango and a slight cask presence.

The taste was moderately sweet and quite yeasty with a notes of green apple and tropical fruit throughout with the finish having a sour wine flavor with just a touch of oak cask at the end. The flavor lasted a decent time following the swallow with the fruity sour taste settling nicely on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just beyond light in body with a dry watery texture and a mild carbonation.

Overall a uniquely tasty Farmhouse Ale with just the right amount of yeasty fruitiness, that along with the sour wine presence gives this brew a very appealing drinkability...

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Photo of axeman9182
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of skycracksopen. It was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Crooked Stave's Surette Reserva pours a very hazy light oange. There's minimal bone colored foam rising up from the pour, and what head there is doesn't stick around at all either. The nose is funk forward, with a heavy wet hay aroma serving as the focal point. There's also a noticeable citric acidity present. The flavor profile is wonderfully complex. Some brett characteristics lead thing off, with the barnyard notes from the nose being joined by a distinct earthiness. That's followed by a lemon juice like tartness, that while not sharp, definitely gets one's attention. The finish has a certain flavor that I couldn't quite put a name to at first, but sure enough it's sourdough bread. The mouthfeel is just a little bit off all around. The body is a touch too full, and the carbonation a little bit dull. As a result the beer ends up coming across a bit slick on my palate. Surette Reserva is the first beer I've gotten to try from Crooked Stave, and I'll definitely be on the lookout for more.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pretty much no head on the beer. The body is like an apricot color and cloudy.

S - it's weird. I get some apricot, tons of oak. There is definite lime and orange.

T - very tart in a green berry and lime rind sort of way. Also some grapefruit. Very lactic.

M - gets you puckering. Very drying. Ok carbonation considering the lack of head. Body is well done.

O - a much more sour beer that I have ever seen from CS. But really there isn't anything that stands out with this one. It's just sour/tart in the mouth.

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