Surette Provision Saison | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Surette Provision SaisonSurette Provision Saison

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of bschweis
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright, citrusy and very tart saison. One of the best examples I've tried. Picked up a bunch of Crooked Stave when my liquor store began stocking it and, despite the steep price tag, have to say I'm glad I did.

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Photo of Hab11
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed with Three Lions from a 375ml,
Look: To Borrow from a Guinness add Brilliant!! Super bright white head! Lemon/citrus color. Lots of yummy yummy floating viscous debris. Wow just wow is all I can really say!
Smell: Peppers plural black, white etc. lemon, ginger, coriander etc. so much going on here it's overwhelm my nose. I'm Not complaining though it works. I'm missing a lot here in description but wow!
Taste: Ok so I said to Three Lions one tenth of the smell in the taste makes this beer stupendous. It's so much more than that though. My second Crooked Stave and I have to say the taste matches the hype. I know the college dissertation was on Brett but come on how do you figure out how to balance something wild so well. Lemon/yup, pepper/definitely, multiple other fruits (stone, earth, citrus) absofreekinlutely, plus plus plus!!!
Feel: I'm not a woman but I now know what multiples at once feel like!! Carbonation perfect, smooth with bite, sour with sweet!!! God damn it why isn't this sold in Ma.
Overall: Well I'm leaving what I said above to say it all and a little Dazed and Confused reference Alright Aalright, Aaaalllright!!!

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Photo of Budinetz
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle labeled 2014/Batch 11, into a beer snifter.

Pours a pale straw color with a white, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Smells of brettanomyces, lacto, pale malts. tastes nice and sour/tart for a saison, but in an awesome way. Great flavor from start to finish. Pleasant sourness throughout the experience. Mouthfeel is slightly prickly, as saisons tend to be with a smooth finish. Awesome experience overall with this brew. Would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of KevCan
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ordered on tap at the Sovereign in Washington DC.

Orange and hazy, full white frothy head. Smells citrusy, zesty, a but funky like wet horse blanket. Tastes like lemon, oaky, white wine with growing tart/sour aftertaste. Medium body and very refreshing. Excellent summer sipping beer.

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Photo of ThreeLions
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle split with Hab11.

Appearance: super creamy orange amazingness. Cloudy on a good way with really active tiny bubbles like champagne. Minimal lacing/legs. After a few minutes of settling and swirling the lacing is quite impressive.

Aroma: hot damn! I'm going to be hard pressed to not drink this in one giant gulp. My word. Lactic acid, sour fermented fruit, tropical salty sour dream. Stone fruit galore. Apricot, peaches, citric acid, lactic acid oh my! I can't say enough about the nose and can't wait to try this.

Taste: Yeah well... okay...just go out and buy all of these that you can find, then mail them to me. K thanks. Mouth follows the nose. Tons of lactic and citric acid, tons of orange, tangerine, berry, candy perfection. Barrel notes, although overshadowed are there to balance out the onslaught of epic flavor. Borderline divine beer. So good. So worth the price. So worth the drive I'm going to take on Wednesday to get as many as I can get my hands on. Actually everyone please don't buy any and leave them all for me. End of review.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

The beer has a big fruity, tart winey nose joined by a touch of wet horse blanket and barnyard with some light biscuit and lemon in the background.
It pours hazy peach under a thin white cap that quickly reduces to a film.
The palate is tart all the way through with traces of lemon, fruit, light biscuit and funk.
Very fine soft carbonation, medium low with medium body.

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Photo of stephens101
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

On tap at the source. Pours bright orange with a full white head. Smells of orange, pineapple, lemon and plenty of funk.

Tons of tart fruits slide across the tongue before some notes of grain and hay make an appearance. There's a slight chalkiness at the very back mixed with some oak.

Medium-bodied and crisp with balance kept in mind every step of the way. A fruit-forward Saison that shines.

If this were a toy it would be a Lite Brite. So simple , yet so fun.

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Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in an opaque hazy rich amber sunset orange.

The aroma is bright and wonderful. Huge citrus, lactic acidity, big hay and barnyard funk, granny smith tart apples, slight sweetness. It goes towards Cantillon/Drie Fonteinen, but is cut off from a light malt and that acidity.

In the front, there’s a punch of that acetic vinegar and citric acidity. Lemon peel. Then it moves onto a longing tartness. Attacks onto the back of the malt. More stone fruit, granny smith apples, that are unripe. A hint of biscuit malt. The sourness then cuts off at 80-90% through the palate with a stiff attack of wet wheat and slight hay funk.

Just one of the best sours available on the shelves and stands up with world class brews.

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Photo of Yerevan
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color: hazy yellow orange afternoon sunshine.

Aroma: light hay, barnyard, yeast background. Very light lemon.

Taste: Starts with a blast of sour lemon lime sourness. Some leather and pepper. The oak is subtle but ties everything together, or rather is the unifying element that tries to tame the overwhelming sourness.
Aftertaste stays a long while, turning into a pleasant lingering citrus pith. Simply wonderful for my taste buds.

Mouth feel: Crisp and light but not watery.

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Photo of Raisingfable
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
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 oldn00b
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First thing I'm trying from Crooked Stave. Pours a slightly hazy gold. No head but a tiny bit of foam fizzes and fades immediately.

Nose is a bit pungent, vinegar and banana. Grassy too.

Flavor is a nice sour, not just a typical saison funk. Very nice, bit of spice but not the typical bright saison notes I'm used to. Definitely the barrel softened this one a lot.

Feel is fantastic. Nice soft mouthfeel, decent body. Finish is dry with the sour hanging on. Very nice sour saison - I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of hitter114
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of bottle into crooked stave tulip

A: beautiful orange unfiltered with small quickly disipating white head

S: smells of sour orange. Sour aroma is dominant

T: taste is sour orange a bit of malt

M: tangy refreshing puckering

O: like this one a lot. A god hybrid style. Good mix of saison and Sour, nice abv refreshing..a really nice sipper

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Photo of MadScientist
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep golden beer with a touch of a copper hue and light haze. The head is off white and fades after a couple of minutes.

S: A strong tart aroma with peppery and fruit notes. Orange and lemon fruit notes

T: A medium-strong tartness to the beer with little malt and a medium hops bitterness making for a moderately bitter balance. The finish is dry with a light aftertaste of hops bitterness and oak. There is a light rustic grain flavor in there like a little bit of rye in the background.

M: A light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.

O: An exceptionally well crafted Saison with a fair amount of the Brett and barrel sourness to it. There is a light oak character to the nose and flavor and very dry making for a very food friendly beer.

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Photo of Mini4x
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome pour, Crooked Stave isn't exactly easy to find around here, and is't def not cheap, but this is a delicious pour. I tad sour, but not overwhelmingly so, very funky and delicious, little oakyness, definitely worth the drink.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours a dark, hazy gold, the color of honey left sitting at room temperature until it crystallizes solid. Forms a relatively thin white head, which dies to a cap and ring fairly quickly. Patchy lacing clings to the glass in the wake of the beer.

S: The aroma opens with fresh wheat, grass, and honey, before hints of light fruit waft in - melon and pear. There's a faint mustiness present as well, though no wood character.

T: Tart and sour, this beer bites at the tongue on the opening and doesn't relent until well after the swallow. Citrus and melon flavors roll through the sharpness, above a wheaten plain, before yielding way to a funk that seems not unlike mildewed oak and grass just before the finish. Said finish is quite dry, possibly the driest I've experienced from a beer. There's a distinct coppery metallic tang in the aftertaste, as if the flavor tartness were sharp enough to draw blood from the tongue.

M: Sharp and light, with bite from both the flavors and the carbonation. This seems like a light, drinkable beer, but trying to quaff it quickly would bring tears to the eyes.

O: An excellent saison, delivering a complex flavor profile with a strong sour bite that seems less reliant on hops and more on yeast. Will repeat.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bath #5/2013. Poured in to snifter.

A - Opaque olden medium orange colour with one finger of cream coloured head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - Funk, hay, lemon, oak and a sweet breadiness.

T - A sharp tartness up front, bordering on sour but without any pucker. A big lemon presence is immediately noticeable along with funk, hay, a sweet breadiness and a touch of spice. The oak barrel is apparent throughout.

M - Medium body and very dry. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Back label says 2014 Batch 13.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Soily, musty barnyard aroma with a hint of lactic acid. Very rustic-smelling indeed.

T- Starts out slightly tart with more of that earthy Brett funk and turns to a trace of almost rotten egg taste in the finish, but not in a bad way...if that makes sense. Complex, to say the least as there's fruitiness, a touch of sour, hay and a slight bitterness. All while being incredibly drinkable.

M- Tangy, somewhat dry and zesty. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Never have I encountered a beer with such a clean/dirty duality in the flavor. The Brett presence is moderate but impactful as it complements all the other elements present. Not the best Brett beer I've ever had but it's certainly in the top ten. This is the first beer I've had by Crooked Stave and I can't wait to seek out more of them.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Autumn 2014 batch

L - Golden with no clarity, slight bubbles in the brew, 1/2 a finger of head that quickly dissipates

S - Funky Saison yeast, sour notes, lemon, tart

T - Sour, tart, lemon, lime. A damn tasty oak aged ale Saison

F - Medium body and carbonation

O - Love the tart after taste. This brew delivers from the beginning to the end and then beyond.

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Photo of Lisa_B
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful tawny/caramel color, head was okay but didn't hold much. There was almost no lacing.

S - It's a light funk, actually - with just a bit of sour fruit.

T - This is where this beer shines! So many flavors ~ mostly tropical and mildly acidic; kiwi, mango - a bit of sweeter citrus; tangerine and woody flavors from the oak barrels. YUM!!!

M - The texture is fairly thin and the finish is dry with just a touch of a bitter aftertaste.

O - Definitely a beer I will drink again and again :-)

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip.

Appearance- Copper/orange with two fingers of bubbly white head that lasted half a minute. Left some great lacing.

Smell- Brett, lemon, cider vinegar, light oaky booze, something floral and earthy. Very funky and brett forward.

Taste- Funky lemons and apples, light vinegar, light oak, heavy brett. Its a near perfect brett saison.

Mouthfeel- Ample carbonation, light tart pucker, dry.

Overall- Damn near perfect. Akin to a tarter Arthur, but still unique in its own right. Phenomonal.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer is cloudy and yellow almost moving toward a brown-orange color with a sticky head above. The aroma is tart, unripe apples, berries and a sense of funk. Tart and tangy on the palate. This is a true pleasure to imbibe. The light bread mixes with the Belgian sourness to a create an enjoyable Saison. Of the Saisons brewed in the U.S., this is one of the best that I've had. Great Job!

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Photo of kitch
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 375ml bottle from 2014/batch 15 poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy golden orange colour with a thin head that dissipates quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Strong barnyard funk, slight tropical fruit pineapple, maybe mango and slight citrus tangy tangerine.

Taste: Excellent tart and sour tastes. Light lemon citrus along with some even lighter tropical mango and yeasty notes to balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation.

Overall: This was excellent, a definite must buy for me. Loved the upfront tart and sourness in the beer. Up to par with its Belgian counterparts for this style in my opinion, but probably harder to find in Hong Kong. I want more!

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the first half of the bottle without any yeast, a golden yellow with brilliant clarity and a nice white head. Once I dumped the yeast in, the color became more golden-Amber with no clarity, nice haziness. Smell and flavors are lemon, hay, oak barrels, white wine grapes, some honey, pear, tart green apple, and a bit of barnyard funk on the back end. Mouthfeel is medium light with medium low carbonation. Overall I thought he flavors grew in yeasty funkiness once I added the yeast in, so I'd recommend drinking it that way.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Elated that Crooked Stave has begun distributing in NY. This was the first of theirs I tried. Bottle into a pint glass.

A - Fine straw gold, cloudy and full. Fizzy full head that subsides with some lacing.

S - Saison notes of pepper, wheat bread, and grass mix with the sour lemon, apple and general horsey funk. Much less abrasive than a gueuze. Close your eyes and you’re picking macintoshes on a dewy summer morning.

T - First sip explodes with the tart fruitiness, which subsides into a mix of spicy bread and earth notes and a subtle hop bitterness that somehow hung on through the oak-barrel aging.

M - Impressive how this marries the mealy, sticky mouthfeel of a saison with the effervescence of a traditional sour.

O - This is really a wonderful hybrid that finds the best of the sour and the best of the saison. Less astringent than a traditional gueuze, funkier than a simple farmhouse beer. Great especially for someone new to sour beer.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle slightly above fridge temp poured into a snifter. Batch 5/ 2013

Pours out a really nice hazy, deep golden color with a big, dense, retentive white head and lots of sticky lacing. Looks great.

Kind of smells like a young, less aggressive lambic, some lactic tartness, a bit of a milky lactic funkand a musty Brett funk, a bit of a lemony citrus, as well as a hint of a aged vinious character.

Great taste. The beginning stages of a nice lactic sourness, almost a bit lambic like, green apple, lemon citrus, sour pie cherry, not much funk in the taste. Finishes with a milky lactic feel and a dry finish. A bit of a vinious grape towards the finish as well.

Light to medium in mouthfeel, lingering sourness, good feeling carbonation, quite refreshing.

A really nice saison, a great beginner sour beer, sour, but not overly so, and light on the funk. Great drinkability.

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