Surette Provision Saison
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Surette Provision SaisonSurette Provision Saison
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #105
Ranked #1,942
4.19 | pDev: 7.88%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Surette Provision SaisonSurette Provision Saison
Notes: Artisan ale aged in oak barrels
Reviews: 227 | Ratings: 1,354 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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officerbill from New York

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: page honey/wheat with a thin white bread that quickly dissolves into a ring
S: mild lemony citrus with some grape, apple, and bread
T: tart lemon, sour apple, not quite ripe grapes, yeasty funkiness, and oak
F: tart and tingly and dry across the tongue
O: wow, slightly astringent, a little tart, something like a very dry white wine. The oak barrel gives it more body and some tannin, but I would really like to try an unaged version. Overall an excellent farmhouse saison

Jul 04, 2020
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, cellared for the past 4 years. 2014 date, batch 16.

Vinous white nose with a lot of tropical fruit. Mild but even funk layer. Oaky vanillins. Taste more or less follows suit. Underlying sweet and toasty malt mingles with an easy toffee, toast, and vanilla oak character. Light and even funk layer. Mild tartness. White wine. Peach zest. Medium bodied with some malty firmness and gentle carbonation. Great.

Nov 22, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the 14 beers we have had in one session of some bad-ass tasting brew.
A bit of funk and lactic acidity for this fruity season. Frank and well crafted

Nov 06, 2018
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dertyd from California

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a medium hazy dark golden/light amber color, with a thin white head and beautiful lacing----------------- the aromas are of oak, peach cobbler, spice, wine and funk-------------- the flavors are of oak, tart lemon, light skunkyness and clove, the beer has a thin mouthfeel with a super dry finish------------------- overall this beer was exceptional - what a nice saison slightly tart with a splash of funk and spice finishing dry and refreshing ------

Jul 20, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

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

A-Pours a nice light hazy amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant brett sourness hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a very nice brett sourness flavor
M-A light bodied very well carbonated beer
O-A very nice sour beer

Jul 15, 2018
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jazzyjeff13 from England

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 375ml bottle with a date of 2014 (batch 15). Purchased a while back from the Brewdog webshop. The label describes it as a provision saison with a tart character due to extended barrel-aging.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich, hazy amber colour with good carbonation and some light floating sediment. Produces a smallish head of creamy white foam that settles rapidly to a thin collar. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of intense sourness; reminiscent of lambic. Hints of tart berries/fruitiness, lactic acid, subtle stone fruit, mild funkiness, brettanomyces, mustiness, earthiness and a twinge of malt. Pretty good - sharp and complex.

T: Tastes sour and fruity with notes of sharp berries, lactic acid, mild funk, brettanomyces, mustiness, earthiness and very faint malt. Bone-dry, with no bitterness to speak of.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and very dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body for the style. Quite light but that is to be expected. Pretty astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of tart fruitiness, lactic sourness, mustiness, earthiness and subtle funk.

O: Great - an intense yet balanced American sour. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are sharp and fruity. Nice body. Not an everyday brew but satisfying. More of a wild ale than a saison; reminds me of lambic more than anything else. Worth sampling.

Apr 15, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label notes: "Surette is a provision Saison with a tart and vinous character from extended barrel aging.".

Poured from 375ml bottle into glass. Label is marked '2014 BATCH 16'.
Straw colored body when presented to light. Clear. One finger white head settles to cap and ring. Some spots of lacing.
Aroma of tart lemon/lime and white grape. Some oak barrel and bready malts.
Taste of tart lime and vinous grape, with some lemon. Also with earthy and blanket funk. Has malt backbone. Some spice.
Medium mouth feel. Dry finish, which induces another sip.
Very refreshing, with references to late spring/early summer cutting of grass for hay season, with the sun's curing of the swath.

Mar 29, 2018
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bump8628 from Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More American wild ale than saison to me - a tasty beer regardless of classification. Hazy straw with plenty of sticky white froth. Heavy on citrus flavors, mostly lemon and lime. Lacks the deep funkiness I was expecting, instead there’s just a general earthy hay-like flavor and some musty oakiness hanging in the background. Mild tartness from start to finish. Perhaps some faint herbal and spicy hop notes tucked in there but it’s difficult to tease out from the wild fermentation character. With the clean and simple malt profile and lack of hop bitterness or flavor this seems to be a showcase for the fermentation character. Which is very nice, though I’d argue isn’t really a Saison.

Jan 26, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz. Bottle

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice dark golden orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a nice small quick/fizzy white head, which leaves some minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, tart, lemony, slight funk, oaky. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, kinda funky, nice oak, tart/lemony. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a slight dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew. Quite a different take on the style, to me, no hint of a saison. More of a American Wild Ale.

Dec 12, 2017
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz single into a tulip. This improves a lot as it warms on many fronts, but I pour it too cold and it brings a really beautiful mildly hazy peachy yellow-orange with a great 1 1/2 finger tight white head with great retention and lacing. Initially, I thought the nose lacked nuance and was a wall of tart lemon-lime with a little bretty horseblanket, but again, as it warms the oak comes on stronger, and along with the citrus, I get some faint earthy and savory notes as well. The taste is fairly limey and tart, though as with the nose, as it warms more opens up. All in all, this follows the nose pretty well, and it comes in a couple of waves but it still seems to lack the complexity of the nose. The feel is probably the least good thing on this one to me: things just don't entirely come together, there's a little too much lime and tartness that is a little one-note and instead of enhancing the other things going on kind of inhibits me from enjoying them. Carbonation is fairly good, moderate to high, and finish is dry.

Sep 19, 2017
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safaricook from Netherlands

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

orange with haze, 1 finger of white foam, medium sized bubbles race to the top
aroma is fruity, peach, candied orange, pineapple, very satsifying oak chatacter with vanille
tart and wineous, lime, dry, little bitterness
not too much body, refreshing prickly carbonation
Tart and oaky Saison; less tartness would make this really drinkable. still really good

Aug 13, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy golden color with a quarter finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. There was some light lacing here and there in a messy sort of way. The smell had some funky light grassiness with a light sweet lemon and then a tart lemon. The flavor was pretty much exactly the same. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The finish has an insane amount of a long bitter tart lemon. Overall, decent saison, its definitely different than what a lot of what I’ve had.

Jun 22, 2017
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange with sufficient foam to please my eye buds. Good lacing. I smell. I mean I smell tart apricot and lemon with carbonic acid tartness. Funky aromas follow. Apricot and lemon tartness, vinegar like sour notes and mild horseblanket. I think I taste some coriander but I’m not sure. Medium body with lightish carbonation. Another treat from Crooked Stave

Jun 14, 2017
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Emersonio from District of Columbia

4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Crooked Stave in Denver, Co. POUR: On draft into a 10oz tulip. APPEARANCE: Golden amber in color. Hazy. Volatile brew and settles to almost nothing for head retention. Upon the swirl the head explodes to about an inch and is somewhat rocky. No real effervescence. AROMA: Huge nose. Can smell the pungent aromas from my barstool. The swirl reveals even more of the aroma profile. Very funky and somewhat barnyard in aroma. Can detect some woody oak notes per aging in oak foeders. TASTE: Sour Brett mixed with woody oak. Nice sour and funk with the mild earthy quality of the wood. First sip is sour and pucker inducing. It mellows after the initial sour punch. White grape like qualities also are apparent. AFTER TASTE: Finishes crisp and somewhat clean. Some acidic linger but nothing serious. Flavor profile reduces to nil and finishes dry. Some white grape notes last with the potential of pear like notes as well. REVIEW/RATING: Very Good/ 4.62 out of 5.

Jun 10, 2017
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BlunderfulGuy from Nebraska

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Spotted all throughout Colorado with their cute labels, out of the Crooked Stave beers available in bottles I was recommended Surette. Serving temperature of 46-54°F listed on the back label, but no bottling or best by date.

Left to chill in the fridge over a few days before being left to warm up a few degrees, uncapping the bottle gave a delayed eruption of foamy beer which is always a bit annoying. Clear amber color for most of the bottle, swirling and pouring in the rest along with the yeast leaves it a very hazy fresh-squeezed apple juice color with a small, diminishing head.
Not a very effervescent aroma. Lemon or orange peel and pulpy orange juice, wet barley, dusty oak, but all pretty faint and not incredibly enticing.
More vibrant in flavor, though not by much. A lemon lime sourness with old grains and oak ending with a dry, higher alcohol white wine-like finish with a little dull throb around the lips and roof of the mouth from acids and tannins.

It's good, it isn't very complex to me and doesn't quite fit the style either. It's something I would have after a long autumn day rather than during the spring or summer when I want a more bright, fresh, and refreshing drink.

Jun 04, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few years ago when brought to Jupiter as part of Sour Sunday and at a bottle share at FiftyFifty. Pours mostly a cloudy golden and dark yellow with a fine 1/4" white head on the top. Aroma was really chill, I had no expectations like the Rolling Stones song going into this, but there just wasn't much poppin' off here, nothing bretty, sour or fruity. Some real marginalized grain and oak notes and that was about it.

The taste was a gritty, grainy unfiltered experience. Some lemon and cherry like notes push this beer in the sour direction. Seems to be lacking almost everything I go looking for in a saison. Wasn't sure what this beer was trying to do. I did like the seemingly maltier presence to it compared to other saisons, I would say this is more of a spring saison than a summer one. The sourness is there but this is a weird hodgepodge style beer. Enjoyable, but also forgetable.

Apr 17, 2017
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from a 375 ml bottle, with no date that I could find. Appearance is a cloudy light yellow, with nice lacing. The aroma is lemony with a yeasty funk. The taste is heavy on the lemon, with nice oak background. It's a fine saison, more tart and lemony than most.

Jan 17, 2017
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stevoj from Idaho

4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Old Chicago Lakewood Union. Hazy orange golden pour with tight creamy head. Soft aroma hints at mild tartness, grapes, yeast and fruity sweetness. Taste follows , sweet, gentle tartness, enough of the Saison notes sneaking through to remind you of the style. Nice texture, and finish

Nov 14, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle marked May 2015 into a snifter. Cloudy golden yellow with a decent initial head and good lacing. Sour sweet smell. Smell and taste is of tart lemons. Earthy and rustic, nice beer.

Nov 13, 2016
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arizcards from Arizona

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 375 ml bottle from the Belmont Station in late August for $7.79. Bottled in February 2015.

Beer poured golden with a decent white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is lemony with a touch of horse blanket.

Taste is lemony with a touch of oak over a nice saison base brew. Finish is nice and tart.

Feel is light and very refreshing. Fits the style with near perfection.

Overall this is a very well designed beer. Base beer is very solid with the brett addition adding a big lemon emphasis which pushes to my outer limits on my pallet's tart-o-meter. Glad i tried!

Nov 05, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours golden yellow with thin white head that quickly dissipates not much lacing.

Smell - Nice tart fresh pear, grass, hay, little bit of lemon and just a hint of oak.

Taste - Funky tart pear and lemon, very nice bite. Pretty tart up front with a little bit of sweetness, the oak comes out a little more in the flavor.

Feel - Pretty light with a very tart bite, dry on the back end.

Overall - An excellent oak aged saison, the flavors mix well and the feel is spot on just enough bite.

Oct 01, 2016
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farrago from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid finger of bright white foam, mottled surface, close to no retention, gone like the devil himself was chasing it, no lacing either. Inside the glass it is virtually wall-to-wall carbonation, fat bubbles that break aggressively across the surface, the liquid has a metallic rust orange sheen to it, fine particulate floats throughout. When you first pop it open the nose hits you with something like a burst of hops, thought it was an imperial IPA, then the sour oak takes hold as well as yeast, balsamic vinegar with a woodsy funkiness, smells like it might give you hay fever and/or start refermenting in your glass, no distinct fruit presence. Full-bodied, has more heft than you usually find in this category, would attribute that to the oak, which itself makes its presence clear and unmistakable. Starts off sour and then turns more neutral, lots of herbal, forest floor, earthy funk with a metallic note as well as sage. The yeastiness is more spent and dried in feel than fluffy and fresh. Lemon to grapefruit citrus, again not much fruit, to its credit avoids volatility and finishes strong and smoother than expected. The carbonation is appropriate to the weight and not a distraction. Knits it together well, perhaps to the point it loses some sense of complexity.

Aug 17, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #7 bottled 2013 375 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a copper orange with a white head, very hazy, no head retention, lots of carbonation, slight lacing.

A: Red grapes, sour must, nice touch of oak, very subtle aromas.

T: Intro is very tart with a touch of red grapes, oak and wood in the middle, fruity tartness in the finish, taste as if it has cherries added, finish is dry with oak and fruit notes lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Not much on the aroma but taste is it's outstanding, lots of tart and fruit flavors with a touch of oak, I think the aroma has faded due to it's age but it's still very tart and tasty.

Aug 01, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle July, 2015:
Pour is mostly clear, yellow gold. Fleeting white head end up as thin rim. Very sparse lacing.
Nose is tart peach, wood barrel funk, white wine, some hay.

Taste is similar to nose, with a nice light effervescence. A little unsweet strawberry joins a tart nectarine/peach flavor. Little bite of wooden funky tartness before a wine and light barn funk take over. A strange dullness hits right before the end, which does end with a little spice bite.

An interesting opening, and a nice transition to a more classic saison midway through, but the it just seems to fizzle out. I wouldn't mind some subtle notes in the end, but they seem more lost than just subtle. Not a reason to kill my enjoyment of the beer as a whole (and in fact it has the side effect of somehow being sonewhat refreshing.

Jun 25, 2016
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden in color with a this fizzy head. Citrus, lemon, grain and lacto aromas. Taste has a nice crisp citrus and lemon dominance with hints of grain, and a mineral taste throughout but an overall nice balance. Tart, acidic refreshing and funky.

Jun 25, 2016
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