Surette Provision Saison | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Surette Provision SaisonSurette Provision Saison
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Artisan ale aged in oak barrels

Added by chugalug06 on 02-16-2013

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Ratings: 1,333 |  Reviews: 221
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1/5  rDev -76.1%

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2/5  rDev -52.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of mactrail
2.62/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Hazy yellow gold color. Vinegar nose. Seriously tart. There are some faint fruity notes. After some sipping I just taste the lactic acid. Woody and a long relentlessly bitter aftertaste.

I would rate this well as a Sour. So why isn't this categorized as a lambic or a gueuze? I don't see how this is Saison, whatever Crooked Stave says. Something like the World Beer Cup style called "Belgian-Style Sour Ale" would make more sense.

This may be an excellent sour beer, but it's not a Saison. But I'm only being pissy because it makes my teeth hurt. From the 375 ml bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquors. Batch 10/2014.

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Photo of pants678
2.67/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy orange with white head.


Tart, acidic. Little bit of barrel. There's some spice to it. I should've known with the brewery but never quite know what you're getting with a lot of American saisons. I'd like to cut down about half the sour. Non-beer folks will comment positively on stouts but say they couldn't handle an entire pint. I'll struggle through this one.

More carbonation would be welcome.

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
2.83/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mkrass
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of jopezu
3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy gold-amber with a medium head. nose; fermented citrus & biting yeast. taste; huge sour lemon, sour apple, and sour everything else. lots of high-keyed citrus and yeast tartness and outright malt-vinegar level sourness. the oak actually does come through in the end, though very lightly. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. i appreciate the craftsmanship, but i'm still not a fan of sours that are THIS sour. i wish the bottle label would have made it a little more obvious. i was expecting an aged saison.

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of champ103
3.04/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Batch 11 2014

A: Pours a slightly hazed amber/orange color. A tiny, bubbly white head forms, and fizzles out in a second. Seriously lacking in retention and lace.
S: Earthy, musty yeast. An acidic, nondescript fruity aroma, maybe cherries? Some wood aromas linger.
T: A sour and acidic bite up front. Tart cherries and tannins, but other than that pretty much nondescript. Wood lingers in the finish which makes everything murky and muddled.
M/D: A light body with moderate to high carbonation. Really watery, muddled, tannin like and blah. No definition here. The acidity itself is not that unpleasant, but really nothing else perks my interest. Which makes this a bit of a chore to finish.

Just a nondescript acidic and sour note with no definition. Of my recent Crooked Stave get, I looked forward to this the most but ended up the most disappointed. I have another bottle, so I will be giving it another try, but this left me flat.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.13/5  rDev -25.1%
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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Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a hazed bright amber with a white bubbly head. Nose is lactic, light soap, tart lemon with moderate oakiness. Taste strong oak, lactic notes and faintly soapy. Very dry, tart lemon finish and biting on the tongue, thin in back. The strong soap with the lactic acid and assertive barrel don't mesh well.

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Photo of hopheaddeluxe
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

tart funky,not really a sour fan.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12.7 oz bottle into a wine glass. From yesterday.

A: Pours a hazy dark gold color. There isn't much of a head at all, just a thin white film to cap this one off. Not exactly impressive looking.

S: I'm surprised how sour this is. There's a good vinous character (such as white grape) along with a little oak. While this one smells nice, there isn't much to the nose apart from tartness and oak. Very little discernible bretty funk, unfortunately.

T: Not as tart as the nose indicated - but on the plus side, I'm getting more of the brett notes I missed in the aroma. The initial flavors are slightly sour, though. It finishes with notes of white wine, grape, and lemon. A good saison, just one that's more simplistic than I expected.

M: This one isn't as dry or as well carbonated as it could/should be. Having said that, this is rather refreshing in feel. The relative lack of carbonation makes it seem almost syrupy - and a saison (especially one with brett) should NEVER be syrupy.

O: I enjoyed this, mainly because it's slightly more tart than the average saison. Still, it's missing a certain X factor to make it great - maybe it's the lack of carbonation, or the fact that the brett notes are rather generic. Overhyped and overpriced; I pray that this isn't going to be a trend with future Crooked Stave beers.

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3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Belmont Station.

A: Cloudy dull yellow with a thin ring of head. Leaves some lacing on the glass.

N: Dense biscuit with a subtle sugar. Lemon zest and some of the oak. Decent.

T: Malty and sour combination. Lighter bitterness to round it out.

M: Lighter body with decent carbonation.

O: Don't have much to say about this, unfortunately. A nice beer, but it doesn't blow me away.

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3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml bottle $6.99. Bright yellow-orange color, decent head that disappeared quickly, looks nice in a wine glass. Aroma is pretty much all brett to me, a bit of that animal funk and a tinge of lemon, not bad. Flavor is more brett and it does have a slight tartness to it as described on the label. Overall this was a decent beer but I just think most of the Crooked Stave beers are priced higher than the quality of the beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Condensed notes from a Crooked Staves/saison tasting hosted by BA ShitBirdKing47. The brew pours a clear yellow color with white head that fades leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma is vinous and somewhat blended in with vinegar. The barrel character comes across like raw oak. Some funk evolves as it warms.

The taste has as much vinegar as you might guess based off the aroma. Slight vinous hints are quite enjoyable before the raw barrel flavor comes into play with wheat and funk.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall it is easy drinking with minimal alcohol impact but the overall arrangement of character was a bit awkward for a saison. I am admittedly not a fan of vinegar in any beer, especially saisons and that was a pretty significant role in this brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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Surette Provision Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1,333 ratings