L'Brett D'Or - Dry Hopped | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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L'Brett D'Or - Dry HoppedL'Brett D'Or - Dry Hopped

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Golden sour ale aged in oak barrels, dry hopped

Added by Mebuzzard on 12-16-2012

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of TheHopsman
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jvillefan
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a bright golden yellow that is just slightly hazy with a dense two finger white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of lemony tartness, funk and some oak
T: Taste of barnyard funk and horse blanket with some pleasing tartness with tastes lemony with a little oak. Swallow is more lemony tartness, oak, and lingering funk
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium on the palate with carbonation that is effervescent but not prickly while the beer has a drying finish from the acidity
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some good flavors and complexity. Not bracingly sour but definitely a nice pucker along with a good bit of funk. Worth a try if you like the style.

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Photo of mkh012
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lightly hazy golden yellow. A solid finger of compact white head sticks around for a couple minutes. Solid lacing and retention for a sour.

The nose is lemon, papaya, and funk, with mild salinity. The taste hits on similar notes, opening with lemon and kiwi. There's some zesty black pepper mid-palate and lime candy on the finish. Sourness is a 5/10. Manageable, but still complex. There's a decent amount of drying oak in the background, which accentuates the peppery flavors. Juicy up front, but on the finish it's bone dry. The dry hopping offers a little bit of a generic bitterness that I'm not sure is needed, but the kiwi/tropical suggestions are likely from the dry hopping as well. Tonic water and lime ride out on the finish.

Overall, very good. 8.5+/10

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Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DamienArk
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of golf4collet
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lemon, stone fruit, earthy funk, oak, white wine, grass, grapefruit

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Photo of Blazer22
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bnes09
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lemon yellow with nice clarity. Somewhat weak head but not uncommon for the style. Aroma is bright and citric with subtle funk notes. Exceptional burst of citric acid right away. Lemony. Hops compliment the citric, acidic qualities perfectly. Welcome funk imparts warm, earthy tones. Touch of mint in the finish. Light and very dry with a bright carbonation. Finish is clean with lingering hop and lemon. Outstanding.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow that is crystal clear with a foamy two fingers of white head. Pouring the last of the bottle into a glass gives the beer a murky look. Head foams up reluctantly, with just okay retention. No lacing left behind. Aroma is oak, and peaches in a light bodied, sour-tweaked form. Flavor profile is oak, peaches, and strawberries. Fruit mingles with lactic sour twinges. While it is sour, it remains a balanced level of sourness. Not face making sour. Mouth feel is medium-thin, with a smooth and slippery feel. The finish is a little fizzy. Overall, it's a distinctly sour, but well crafted beer that is easy and enjoyable to drink. Certainly on the easier side of the sour spectrum.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of craftaholic
3.46/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is really refreshing, it's light and effervescent. It's pretty one dimensional compared to the original lbrett. Did a side by side comparison between the two and they both had their strong points: This one was light and zesty where the other was full bodied and tart

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Photo of BAsbill
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vfgccp
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer that kicks off of the L'Brett d'Series hits the market with its bight and brazen sourness. But this time with the added citrus, tropical and exotic impressions from additional dry hopping. Crooked Stave has nailed the sour ale recipe once again.

Brilliant and bright, the light straw pour releases a zesty champagne-like zest. Once settled, the ale looks like sparkling riesling but with a tart, fruity and funky scent with a drift of saddle leather cast over the session. Gentle sweetness is fast to dissolve and happens with a light grain, bread and confectioner's delight.

But the middle palate is soon awash with sourness as the carbonation highlights the sour grape, crabapple, lime and lemon notes that penetrate the soft tissues of the mouth with unapologetic abandonment. Under-ripened berries, tangy pineapple and passionfruit with a kiss of kiwi offer a bridge from sourness to hoppiness. The seductive tandem of bitter and sour plays out in the beer's waning moments with a clean acidic taste wining out in the end.

Light in body, the beer's uncontrolled fermentation carries away any remnants of malt and allows the fruit acidity, fresh hop nuances and a clean bitterness to fend for themselves in an unsupported but teeth churning sour finish. Dry Hopped L'Brett d'Or is a remarkably clean and crisp session that sees the end of the glass far too soon.

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Photo of rjp217
3.15/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty disappointed with this one. The mouthfeel is completely null and void. Decent amount of green apple and acidity but the body is so light, it feels flavorless. I love Crooked Stave but I have a hard time understanding this one

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Photo of leitmotif
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma is very citrusy with lots of brett character but quite "clean". Some barnyard and hay notes. Taste starts with yeast notes, earthy and woody, continues with citric tartness and finishes slightly bitter with lemon and lime zest. Medium body, quite smooth for a brett beer. Overall it's quite good but the dry hopping is not very present.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.14/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This one pours an exceptionally light straw yellow, it basically looks like Miller Lite. There's a small head, and not a lot of lacing.

Smells like sour lemon and some light grassiness, but not a whole lot else- this smells quite muted.

This is really, really puzzling. There's a nice sour tart lemon flavor up front, tastes pretty hoppy, and mildly sour, but then the flavor just drops off absolutely and completely. It's so watery, and disappointing. This can't be as it was intended- the look was certainly off, and the taste was off- I have to wonder what happened here.

This is super light bodied- it's very drinkable, because it tastes practically like water. The carbonation is smooth.

This is exceptionally disappointing. There has to be some bottle variation.

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Photo of LeftHanded666
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 375 ml (12.7 fl oz) bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westborough, MA
Served in a tulip

Nearly clear, pale straw yellow appearance. The liquid was topped by an inch tall, fluffy, bone white crown that quickly fell to a bubbly collar. A bit of streaky lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was really interesting and complex. Crisp and moderarely tart. Bretty. Fairly lemony. Good amount of mustiness. Oaky. Bit of fresh hay and grassy hops. Slightly fruity and sweet. The must and oak intensified as the beer warmed, and the nose eventually took on an almost gueuze-like quality.

Lots of interesting stuff happening in the flavor as well. Big tart, lemony notes on the front end. Somewhat acidic but not overly so. A crackery malt base anchored the beer. Lots of crisp wheatiness in the center. Grassy hops also came through strong. More hops and lemony tartness on the back end and the finish. Slightly bitter. Good amount of oaky dryness. All in all, really flavorful and complex. With time, musty notes appeared. Like the nose, the flavor profile eventually resembled that of a gueuze.

Solid mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid felt a bit flat initially but as it moved along the palate, a super fine, lively effervescence turned the beer frothy and fluffy. Really crisp and sprightly. Almost Champagne-like.

L'Brett D'Or - Dry Hopped started out solid and eventually turned even more interesting and complex. I definitively understand why reviewers have compared this beer to a gueuze. All in all, an incredibly flavorful and immensely enjoyable golden sour ale by the folks at Crooked Stave.

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