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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): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kojevergas on 12-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#775
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
392
pDev:
6.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cider.

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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
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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4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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L'Brett D'Or from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 392 ratings
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