L'Brett D'Or
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #129
Ranked #1,360
4.3 | pDev: 7.21%
Feb 27, 2022
Dec 23, 2012
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Notes: 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.
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Ratings by Ohiovania:
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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
by Ohiovania from Ohio

Mar 24, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by edthehead from New York

Tastefully sour, mineral water, nice barrel character.

Feb 27, 2022
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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StJamesGate from New York

Dark gold with lacey white legs; apricot, cheese, chalk + wood nose; crisp grain, orchard fruit, hints of toast + vanilla, cider vinegar, washed rind cheese, hay, spice, herbal end; crisp, smooth, dry.

4 4.25 4.25 4 4.25

Not very Brett for a beer with that in the name - apple and bright stone fruit esters lead the way.
Instead of funk, you get a balanced, easy, mellow drinker - as much golden as sour.
Swiss Army Knife beer: food, entry level sour, drink without lingering too much - this fits everywhere.

Jan 18, 2022
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4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Getting back to basics when making sour ale, the brewers-slash-blenders at Crooked Stave uses time as their ally. Brewed traditionally during cooler seasons and allowed to spontaneously kick off fermentation in oak barrels before innoculating the ale with their own designer strains, this beer has been built for the test of time. Bottled in '13, let's see where this thing has gone.

L'Brett d'Or pours a pale straw with the fleshy gold tint of tawny golds. With a part-fizz, part-froth, the exuberence of carbonation fades quick for a rustic champagne appearances. Its pop of effervescence reveals a scent strongly cider, weathered citrus, vinous and with a gentle waft of peppery vinegars and cellar-like funk. Softly wheaten and rolling along with a fine grain sweetness, its early palate is sprinkled with a dash of powdered sugar, rye, sourdough and generally raw grain.

And as the flavors unfold, the natural acidity shares the taste of leathery lemon, green apple, lime, orange peels, white grape, gooseberry and still a juiciness of melon. As the funk and fauna intertwining on the middle palate, the fruits seem weathered as if left on the vine to ripen past its prime. Yet its the acetic finish and a firm, brisk peppery bite that carries the finish with the faint mustiness of saddle leather and weathered woods.

Bright, medium light, and dry, the beer satisfies the palate with crisp refreshment, a high rate of drinkability and a great thirst quenching ability. Although its sourness looses its lean lactic character, its vinegary tendencies aren't all-in-all an unwelcome nuance of complexity that's both appreciated and coveted.

Dec 28, 2021
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4.16 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jul 08, 2019
4.5 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on May 06, 2019
4.01 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Feb 08, 2019
4.25 by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas on Jan 01, 2019
4.25 by PprBurke from Virginia on Nov 24, 2018
4.2 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Nov 19, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

Sep 06, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

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!

Sep 06, 2018
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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
by Bluecrow from New York

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.

Aug 19, 2018
4.25 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia on Jun 01, 2018
4.24 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Apr 21, 2018
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2.13/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
by Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Apr 02, 2018
4.29 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Apr 01, 2018
4.5 by paulish from New York on Mar 23, 2018
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4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Hoonia from Missouri

Pours a foggy gold. No head to speak of. Some floral notes on the nose. Straight forward excellent brett with great tartness. Love it.

Feb 05, 2018
4.34 by dipso123 from Oregon on Jan 06, 2018
4 by jschott75 from Illinois on Jan 03, 2018
4.17 by Nunya from Ohio on Dec 31, 2017
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by THANAT0PSIS from Wisconsin

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

Dec 15, 2017
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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
by SHODriver from North Carolina

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.

Oct 08, 2017
4.09 by GDawgs34 from Georgia on Sep 27, 2017
4.36 by jpd026 from New York on Sep 27, 2017
4.18 by paresis from Massachusetts on Sep 03, 2017
4.08 by tobelerone from New Jersey on Aug 19, 2017
4.3 by jaydoc from Kansas on Aug 04, 2017
4.23 by Derek from Canada (BC) on Aug 03, 2017
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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
by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee


Aug 03, 2017
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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
by VABA from Virginia

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.

Jul 30, 2017
4.25 by npachl from Wisconsin on Jun 09, 2017
4.34 by durlta from Iowa on May 28, 2017
4 by coz from Illinois on May 13, 2017
4.36 by yancot from Canada (ON) on Apr 21, 2017
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