Surette Provision Saison
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Surette Provision SaisonSurette Provision Saison
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Belgian Saison
Ranked #98
Ranked #1,784
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: 225 | Ratings: 1,352 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by MisfitIK-9:
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

The trend for 2013 has got to be Sour Saisons. There coming from all directions and seem to be hitting the market daily. The latest to infultrate Central Kentucky is Crooked Stave's Surette Provision Saison.

Drinking with the eyes, the musty tartness becomes evident right from the pour. Its hazy peach-golden hue looks strikingly like tart grapefruit or orange juice. But its racing carbonation builds a creamy ivory white foam cap the recedes to a sheet to skirt the glass and laces the glass with broken pockets of foam. Its appearance is straight out of the farmhouses of Belgium

The promise of tart fruitiness is delivered to the nose as aromas of musty dried fruits lead the way. Peaches, apricots, grapefruits, limes, lemons and oranges all take turns performing for the olfactory senses. But an aura of earth wafts about with the scent of wet hay, horse blanket, sea air, weathered attic wood and cork. Afterwards, a tinge of white pepper, cumin and parmesan keep the complexities and balances plentiful.

Sharp sourness pierces the taste buds with clean lime-like lactic sourness. Sour white grapes, orange peels, grapefruit, oaked chardonnay and a hint of cider vinegar take center stage on the palate. Those earthen wood, grass, and dusty tones swirl about mouth and gives a rich balance to the acidity. Peppery to finish, its the peppercorn, smoky cumin and a zesty hop bitterness that creates a snappy closure with a short aftertaste of earth and spice.

Light bodied, the champagne-like effervesence springs the acidity from the mouth and forces the beer to finish well before the taste is fully explored. Its as if the complexity and balance are better appreciated in that short aftertaste than on the palate directly. Light warmth, wood spice and light astringency gives the beer a clean powdery lasting texture.

Its another stellar wood aged and intentionally soured ale by Crooked Stave. These guys are spot on! I would love to sit down with a couple of these ales and a pot of mussels. Talkin' about dying happy!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, 2013/batch 8, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a bright, clear and deep golden color with a small foamy white head that reduces almost completely, leaving just a ring around the edge

S- wet hay mixes with aromas of barnyard funk, lemon peel, earthy and musty yeast, ripe pear, apple skin & some floral aromas, closing out with most earthy funk

T- big punch of sour lemon tartness up front quickly moves to notes of wet hay, basement must and funky yeast. Fruity notes of pear and apple skin kick in mid-palate before before giving way to vinous notes of oak barrel and sour grape. Floral and lemongrass notes on the finish with more funk on the linger

M- medium-light body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy motel that transitions into a fine dry puckering finish

O- Very good saison that has all of the farmhouse funk that I love

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3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOTTLE: 375ml. Brown glass. 2014 Batch 13. Branded black and red pry-off crown cap. Appealing label art & design.

6.20% ABV.

Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as a saison per the label. Expectations are well above average given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 4cm in width. White colour. Average froth, thickness/fullness, and creaminess. Foamy. Soft-looking and fluffy. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. No lacing is left as it recedes.

BODY: Orange-copper of above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice looking saison, though its obvious filtration has gotten rid of any classic saison haziness.

AROMA: Superb. Mandarin orange, tangy tart fruit, yeasty spice, backgrounded oak barrel, mild brettanomyces funkiness, neutral Belgian malts (probaby pale), clove, ale yeast esters, and spicy phenols. Lime, barnyard graininess, hay. Hoppiness is minimal in presence but grassy and floral in character.

Aromatic intensity is above average. Suggests a balanced saison with ample compexity.

No off-notes or booze are/is detectable.

TASTE: Marvelous. Oak ties the beer together, lending it natural cohesion. Musty barnyard notes of hay, dampened oak, white pepper, and brettanomyces funkiness provide the core of the beer. There's some yeasty spiciness that plays nicely with the graininess of the neutral Belgian malts. Subtly hopped, with complementary floral and grassy notes. Acidic lime. Green sour apple/crab apple. Interesting tartness. Orchard fruit. Some faint lactobacillus-induced sourness (about 3/10 in terms of intensity).

Impeccably balanced, with plenty of intricacy and subtlety in its execution. Well-built for a saison. Pleasant and enjoyabe. I quite like it.

Other reviewers are noting vinegar; I find none (though the green apple could be mistaken for apple cidre vinegar). Not acetic.

Good depth of flavour. Above average flavour duration and intensity.

This lacks the complex spicing of some style paragons (e.g. Fantome), but compensates with tart fruit and faint sourness. Very well put together.

TEXTURE: Twangy and acidic. Smooth, wet, perfectly light to medium-bodied, well carbonated, and quite refreshing. The acidity coaxes additional nuance out of the fruity notes, and the twangy feel accentuates the barnyard notes. Tingly and prickly.

Not syrupy, chewy, hot, oily, gushed, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This mouthfeel brings out the best in the flavour profile, and feels carefully crafted. There's a nice marriage of texture and taste in this beer.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable and enjoyable. Testament to Crooked Stave's high reputation. One of the best saisons I've had this year, and definitely a must-try when in Colorado. I'll be recommending this to friends and trade partners. Unfortunately, it will likely be overlooked by drinkers who prioritize rarity over quality. So much the better...more for me. I'd buy it regularly if not for the price point.


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4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Batch 16

appearance 4.75
hazy golden brown
1/8 in constant residual head
cloudy lacing

smell 4.75
subtle peach and apricot

taste 4.5
well balanced
apple cider vinegar
funk in balance as well
long dry fruity finish

mouthfeel 4.5
enamel softening
medium-light bodied

overall 4.75
An exceptionally drinkable sour that never veers too far in any one direction: impeccable balance. This is a beer that will keep you going back for another sip, finishing dry with just enough fruit up front to wet your palate before the tart vinegar mid-palate and clean, slightly funky brett finish. Buy a few if you have the opportunity, you’ll want more and would also be a good cellar candidate.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

another winner from crooked stave. the surette is taking on all kinds of new forms, and this one I like a lot. also a surprisingly affordable bottle for them at under 7 bucks. the pour is a bright yellow color like the sun, fogged a little with yeast sediment, but really glowing. there is a few inches of well retained white head too. the nose is bretty and funky, but probably not as sour as some other versions, particularly the reserva version. there is a springtime sort of cut hay vibe to this, with some pucker citrus sour on the back end. the flavor is well rounded, with light wheat malt and some white grape acidic flavor too. herbal on the hop front, and indeed quite sour in the finish. the finish is really dry, which I like a lot. light in feel, but interesting as anything they make. upbeat carbonation and a signature crooked stave sourness that leaves me wanting another bottle. not my favorite in the surette line, but a fine example of the style. bravo, once again.

edit: just had one of these that was ancient, and it doesnt hold up as well as a lot of the other crooked stave wild beers, at least this particular batch, it has some serious oxidation and the bretty complexity is way back. i get some mature lambic funk to it, but the tradeoff is too high as the rest of the beer has deteriorated rather significantly. this is not invincible in the cellar...

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost-clear golden color with a large white head that goes down quickly. Scent is funky as all hell. Such barnyard funk, it reminds me of a good batch of Fantome Saison. A ton of hay and barnyard yeast aromas with some tart wild yeast. Lots of Brett. Some green apple with more citrus and hay. Taste is like a traditional saison up front, but then it quickly becomes something as amazing as a Fantome saison (on a good batch). That amazing tart flavor up front that quickly become peppery spiciness and lemon zest. Funky horse blanket and barnyard hay with citrus fruits and pepper. Super dry finish. Mouthfeel is dry and refreshing...a little on the "juicy" side for a saison. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is one of the best American-made saisons I've ever had.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

375 ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Too yeasty and too sour for me. Not refreshing like a Saison should be. Prefer quite a few others to this.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

375ml bottle from the recent batch. Thanks FleetwoodMatt for this one. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/4/2013.

Pours a beautiful clear straw body, with a nice 1cm white head that retains quite well and leaves a good bit of lacing all over the glass. This is what saisons should look like.

Smells interesting- very funky, very flavourful and interesting. Some oak, some grassiness and lemony. I like this quite a bit.

Flavour follows the nose- a good bit of leathery funk complemented by oak and a nice zesty lemon flavour. Its not complicated, but its seriously a great profile for a shelf saison.

Mouthfeel is good- medium bodied, great carbonation, a bit bubbly even. So crisp and dry. Very drinkable even for the style.

A great shelf saison. I would buy this fairly frequently if Crooked Stave made it to Wisconsin. Unfortunately it does not, but I would recommend buying this if you are looking for a very good everyday saison.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Surette Provision Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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