L'Brett D'Or | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Surreal spontaneous sour ale aged in oak barrels

Spontaneously fermented in oak barrels, L'Brett d'Or's fermentation is kicked off with the help of the natural wild yeasts and bacteria residing around our coolship and native to our brewery. Since our spontaneous beers can only be brewed during the winter months, individual releases involve blending unique barrels to bring out the best of each brewing season. Characterized by funky citrus aromas, a crisp acidic bite, and a complex finish, L'Brett d'Or will continue to age with the best of them, gaining in complexity over the years.

BEER STATS
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#1,281
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
409
pDev:
7.23%
 
 
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217
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 409
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Who brought this to March Madness? You can pretty much narrow it down to either el rogish, sheldon or leftpaw. It wasn't me.

Yellow to dark gold hazy pour with 1/2" white head. Recognizable amount of brett barnyard and lemon like sourness in the aroma. Dry oak and hay.

Taste kicks down more of the hay and lemon sourness. On the sour scale, it is probably a 7. On the acidity scale it it probably a 5.5; the citrus notes are there but it isn't entirely grapefruit and lemon, there is a minor sweeter citrus component to it giving it a slightly bigger degree of complexity. Having a tough time pegging this style wise though, it has some saison and lambic like components, so I guess it fits into the AWA catchall categorization.

I dig the beer, but I'm guessing it is around $1 per ounce, so I don't know that I would snatch it up if I ever came across it on a shelf unless it was less than $10 prolly.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle. I see no dating.

It pours a lightly hazy dark yellow with a superb head of foam. Lacing is impressive as is the head retention.

The smell is of citrus lemon, funk, white grapes and is quite acetic.

Lemon tartness gets things going. White grapes and vinegar bring a resounding sourness that I enjoy. Something resembling hay also joins in. Funk is somewhat restrained.

Light body with lively carbonation. It finishes particularly dry.

Delicious AWA!

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L'Brett d'Or from Crooked Stave is a blended golden sour ale, oak aged.
The bottle pour is clear and bright yellow with minimal visible effervescence.
The aroma is of lemon funk. The flavor is special. Tart green apple and grape dominate. Wild yeast and Brett produce a grippy sourness. The oak and dryness of the finish help to make this quite an easy quaff.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.13/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hazy burnt yellow with a thin, detached ring.

Toffee, cardboard and sesame are delivered via a crisp, thin body as a weird earthy honey emerges shortly after, finishing dry.

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Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Crooked Stave L'Brett D'Or (Batch 2, 2013)

A: This older batch of what is essentially Crooked Stave's interpretation of blended lambic pours a pale gold, mostly clear with just a little bit of cloudiness. The pure white head is very scant and dissipates very quickly. Lacing is all but nonexistent as well. Carbonation also appears on the very low side. The color is nice, but the rest of the look is pretty underwhelming, even for a beer of presumably high acidity. 2.75/5

A: The aroma comes on hard with acres of barnyard funk, chairs and chairs of leather, mows of wet hay, attics covered in cheesecloth, a hint of rubber, and fermenting stonefruit plus a bit of white grape vinousness for good measure. A little bit of vinegar, some very light honey malt, and petrichor are present behind the funk fest, but this is primarily a brett showcase. It smells surprisingly lambic-like, particularly Drie Fonteinen's funk-driven profile. This is a really, really great-smelling American wild. 4.5/5

T: The flavor brings the funk back, but it is less dominant here with some lemony tartness and some underripe apricot. Petrichor is amplified by a lot of minerality in the water profile, and there is even a little oaky bitterness and vanilla before a malty sweetness evokes lemon curd to keep the finish from becoming overly dry. There is more balance here, but the biggest issue also shows itself, too: the finish is really very quick. All the above complexity happens in a very small window. It is still a pleasure to drink, but like the head, this one is off the palate so quickly that you could almost miss it, and when it is this good, you want to savor and mull. 4.25/5

M: The mouthfeel is a nice medium light, almost fluffy, most likely from wheat that is probably in the grist. Neither the bitterness nor the sourness is enough to be oppressive, in fact, it is barely worth remarking on; it is very palatable. The finish gets a little watery and ephemeral, just as in the flavor, though the sheer cleanliness of it is very impressive for a beer this funky; there is hardly any trace of the flavor left after each sip, and this makes for an incredibly refreshing beer. 4.5/5

O: I worried that I may have sat on this too long, but at over four years old, this has held up stunningly and, indeed, still has a youthful exuberance. As a big fan of funky rather than absurdly sour beers, this was a real treat. Crooked Stave have long since proved that they are a top-tier sour brewery, but this was my first D'Or experience, and it proved to me that their lambic-inspired beers can hang with the best like Allagash and Funk Factory. I have a fresh batch that I am now really looking forward to. Pair with Fleet Foxes self-titled debut, which pays plenty of homage and executes a classic formula very, very well. 4.75/5

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a light gold topped by a half finger of dense white head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Smells of light sourness with a nice hit of funk along with some orchard fruits
T: Taste is some nice light sourness with some grape notes and what almost tastes like melons. Reminds me of Chardonnay. Just a slight hint of funk on the palate as well. Swallow is more light lemony sourness with some slight funk and a little orchard fruits.
M: This beer is fairly light in body with soft and effervescent carbonation. With the acidity this beer has a nice drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice and pleasant sour. Good brett and sour influence with a really nice medley of flavors. Very enjoyable and interesting to drink. Definitely worth picking it up if you see it.

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Photo of VABA
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear yellow orange body, lacking head.
S: Apple fruity scents.
T: The taste is very complex, both very cider like and also oaky. F: The beer is light, with a nice lasting sour flavor.
O: Very well balanced beer with good subtlety and with a nice strong complex character. I enjoyed it and will get this again given the opportunity.

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Photo of Picky-when-paying-89
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L'Brett D'Or by Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Poured into a Crooked Stave Snifter Glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Pour: Pours a mostly clear orange/yellow. White bubbly head that dissipates quickly. If you blink, you miss it. No lacing whatsoever

Nose: apple cider vinegar, oak, and just a slight touch of malt

Mouthfeel: very cider like. Light and bubbly

Taste: sweet apple-like notes before tartness sweeps it away. A malty/touch of smokey finish nearly clears the pallet of any sweetness.

Overall: Very clean. Good oak aged sour! Light with a delightful finish. Fairly complex flavor with a good balance of notes. Would buy again on a good payday

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Photo of craftaholic
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoying this beer, it's sour and tart but has a straw grainy cracker finish. Did a side by side with the dry hopped and this one won the tasting by a landslide

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a somewhat clear, golden yellow hue with a fizzy head that sticks around for a minute. Aroma is super yeasty with that typical funky Brett character. Super fruity nose, apricots, green apple, lemon zest, peaches. Taste is very zesty and bright just as the nose suggests. A little hay funk, a little leathery. Plenty of stone fruit and zestiness. Overall, a solid offering for my first crooked stave beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share. Overly yeasty, in your face Brett, dominates aroma and taste. Light pale golden body, sharp, sour, tangy behind the yeast. Not for the timid.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beertemple. Clear pale yellow with a thin white head. Smells like gooseberries, white grapes, white wine and macerated fruit. The taste follows the same notes, lightly sour as well as hoppy bitter, with additional notes of tropical fruit and citrus. Light bodied, soft carbonation and a lightly sour and hoppy aftertaste,

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Photo of jzlyo
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is intense sourness and underling mild sweetness and earthiness. The flavor is tropical fruit, fruit/sour fruit, malts and a mix of tart and earthy in the finish.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Tammy!

Light yellow hazy body with a white cap. Aromas of grassy hops, oak, celery, maybe some white wine. Funky. Tangy sour melon. Delicious.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly cloudy light golden color with a nice thick off white head. Smells of pineapple, lactic acid, and mildly grassy. Some nice lemon notes too. Taste is full of tropical fruits with pineapple again being very prominent. A touch of tannic like chalkiness in the mouthfeel. Fairly low level carbonation, but maybe the brett hasn't had a chance to chew through everything. It isn't overly acidic, but certainly carries some tartness. Fairly dry finish and thin mouthfeel. Lingering lemon flavor.

Overall very enjoyable. I'd like some additional rustic character to add some complexity, but its possible this bottle is still young and the brett hasn't had the time necessary to develop those characteristics. It's reminiscent of the recent Allagash release, Little Brett. Far more acidity in this one, but the acid isn't over the top. Very good beer overall.

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Photo of Moose90
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap @ CS

A — Pours a jammy and deep orange hue into the glass, mostly hazy and vibrant with a creamy thin off-white colored head on-top, moderately consistent lacing is left behind with each sip.

S — Loads of stonefruit and fuzzy fruit character, with notes of white peach, overripe peach, apricot, dried peaches. Little bit of a funky Brett component as well, with hints of barnyard and lightly phenolic.

T — Sweet initially, waiting for a balance of Brett, but it is mostly dominated by sweet notes of Peach and Apricot, some nectary notes of Peach puree. Lightly sour and tart finish, but not overly done.

M — Light-Medium bodied, dryish thanks to the Brett.

O — Very good overall, a great showcase of Peach, Apricot, and Brett.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks beautiful - golden orange with a solid heads that leaves some nice lacing. Nose is stone fruit - apricot, nectarine - and some hay notes. Almost gueuze like mustiness. Flavor ramps up the stone fruit, giving some juicy peach as well. A bit of the gueuze brie and bitterness going on but fades to an over-ripe apple orchard. Feel is medium, creamier as it warms.

Beautiful beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud again.

Light fizzy head fades fairly quickly, hazy pear golden color.

Nose brings tart funk, flesh peach apricot, stone fruit city, peach flesh out the wazoo crazy! Mild Brett funk, juicy fruit and funk, pretty much canned fresh peaches, pit notes, etc.

Taste brings stone fruit and tea, herbal tea, iced tea with tons of peach and apricot, little bitter rind pith like, juicy flesh peach, creamy wheat like malt base. Finish is dry mild bitter rind, lingering fleshy peach and apricot, mild tangy tart funk, etc.

Mouth is med bod, fleshy creamy like, decent carb,

Overall nice, nose was great but taste was lacking the awesomeness, ok.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, batch 2 from 2013. Served in a stemmed glass 4/13/2015.

A- Medium golden body, two finger white head with appropriate retention time, nice thick film and collar, plenty of lacing. Beautiful golden appearance with all of the fixings.

S- Crisp lemon zest, a bit of leather, not too acidic or tart, some musty hay, mellow green apple, a mild bit of passion fruit but the nose is mostly dominated by lemon and its associated peel.

F- Lemon zest is as forward as in the nose. A bit of complementary green apple, slight stone fruit. Plenty of light leathery flavours, musty hay. Not much oak, crisp lemon and slick leathery flavour on the backend.

M- Medium bodied, substantial and not thin or watery at all. Crisp yet slick, no diacetyl or butter to be detected here. I am surprised by how crisp it feels in conjunction with its fairly substantial body, at least for a Brettanomyces beer which tends to be thin. It's done well with time.

O- I enjoyed this one a lot; it's one of the best 100% Brettanomyces beers I've had. A comparable one is Russian River Sanctification, so if you enjoyed that one, I'm very sure you'd enjoy L'Brett D'Or. Excellent, not too sour or tart, a ton of complexity and just enough body to put it all together.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013/Batch 2

Crystal clear golden body and a thin quickly dissipating white head.

Off top it sort of reminds me of lambic. Musty, oaky, green apples, apricot, pineapple, malt with slight souring.

Dry with light carbonation and body.

Kinda surprised me. This was gooood.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a small white head that goes to a thin film.

The aroma is straw malts, soft tropical fruit, earthy brett and some tart acidic notes.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruit quickly followed by a lot of tart, acidic sourness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, this has aged nicely - nice blend of sweet tropical fruit, earthy brett and tart acidic sourness.

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Photo of M-Fox24
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A hazy, translucent, light yellow/gold color. Small off-white head, which quickly recedes, leaving behind a light lacing

S: Aroma of light acidity, funk, and brett: tropical fruit/citrus, pineapple, lemon, tangerine, orange, peach, oak, yeast, and malts

T: Flavor acidic, tart, sour, funk, tropical, citrusy, and vivid. Very correspondent to the aroma of pineapple, apricot, peach, lemon, oak and lacto

M: Light body, comfortable carbonation and acidity

O: A sophisticated and complex journey among the fruit, oak, brett, and malt notes. I have yet to meet a disappointing product/sour from Crooked Stave

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Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from CS poured into a 7venth Sun bell tulip, just because whatever.

Cloudy, pale, golden-yellow pour, with a half inch of frothy white head that receded as I poured, and held at a medium collar, leaving a bit of lacing when swirled. Lots of brett and oak in the aroma--no surprises here--notes of soured fruit. A slight wave of tartness up front in the taste, lemon, apple, peach, pear...nice that such a fruity profile can arise from a beer that doesn't actually have fruit in it. Brett, grass, and even a little subtle flavor of banana in there, with the oak coming through nicely without being overblown. Medium body, prickly mouthfeel, moderate carb. An unexpected surprise...I mean, obvious CS beers are generally good, but this one was pretty unassuming.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

RB

Syndicate hooked me up with this bottle just because he is a hell of a nice guy... Thanks Darrel!! Shared tonight with reinheitsgematt and buckeyeboy.

Pours a hazy golden.. good white head with nice retention and lacing.

Nose is chock full of brett and fruity elements that make me think lemon and underripe peaches... vinous oak may be in my imagination.

Flavor is funky and sour... great juicy tartness... saliva sucking and still inviting.. fantastic.... upper echelon sour IMO.

Light body with good bubble.

Awesome beer that I wouldn't have likely tried if not for my buddy Darrel.. Thanks again amigo.

3.75/4/4.25/3.75/4.25

An afterthought.... The quote on the back of the bottle is sooo amazingly douchy. I bet the brewer is an insufferable shitbag in real life.

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Photo of anteater
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy golden orange, little head

S: Funk, citrus

T: Big funky sour punch, lots of brett comlpexity.

M: Nice and juicy

O: This one totally caught me by surprise. I love this style of beer and would compare this particular one to Beat or Golden Canary (although not quite as good, but still really really good!)

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L'Brett D'Or from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 409 ratings