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 mactrail
2.62/5  rDev -36.7%
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 -35.5%
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 jopezu
3/5  rDev -27.5%
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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Photo of champ103
3.04/5  rDev -26.6%
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 -24.4%
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 -22.7%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -19.3%
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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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
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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Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
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 -15.7%
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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Photo of ThickNStout
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

350mL bottle from LambicPentameter (many thanks!). 2013/ Batch 8, whatever that means. Served in a goblet.

Pours a mostly opaque amber with a finger and a half cap of ecrue froth. Decent retention and lace.

Smells tart with barrel funk, over ripe apple and yeast.

Taste pretty much follows the nose. Sour, barrel funk (an almost infected quality), apple, kumquat, earthy, wet hay and yeasty.

Medium thin feel with plenty of carbonation. Finishes dry with sour barrel, earth and old fruit.

If you're into dry, tart funkiness this is something you might want to seek out. I think it's fine for what it is but it's "charms" are lost on me.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Poured into a tulip. I got this a while ago, I guess it's close to two years old at this point.

3.75 A: First pour yielded a ever so slightly hazed dark orange color. Big white fluffy head necessitated multiple pours. Retention is good and a half finger of lacing is left.

4.00 S: Very nice nose on this. The main aromas are equal parts fruit and funk. Peach, cherry, lemon with just a touch of mango. Funk is a dirty woodiness, grass and dry hay, and wildflower floral. Neither sour nor tart, but quite complex.

3.50 T: Taste isn't as good as the nose promised. It's a lot drier than I was expecting and without as much of the fruitiness. There's still a decent amount of lemon though giving this a punch of tartness. Woody dry funk with some of the dirty hay notes. Not as complex as the nose.

3.25 M: Lighter medium body. Despite the large head, this has a lower level of carbonation and isn't as spritzy as I would have hoped. Still, it's smooth and good enough here.

3.50 D: It's good, but not great.

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Photo of mmapes
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not quite sure what to expect, as this came as something of a blind recommendation.

Poured carefully into tulip glasses since there is sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Almost no head. Beer is cloudy apricot gold color, but we hadn't let the bottle settle before opening, so yours may be different..

Smells like a saison: bright, sweet, slightly fruity. Maybe some barnyard funk.

Very sour up front. Bottle says it's "vinous" which is very true. Very dry like a champagne. The taste doesn't have the sweetness or fruitiness that's on the nose. Finish is grainy and/or funky -- maybe even the barrel -- and it coats the mouth. Much more earthy than I'd expect from a saison.

Swirled the lees and poured them in. Still drinkable, maybe mellower -- less sharply sour. I might get some more sweetness/fruit with the lees -- I think I prefer them in rather than out.

May not buy it again because I admit that sours aren't my favorite style. But especailly on pouring the lees, this one grows on me.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a cloudy 24k golden color with a nice white whiespy cap, good head retention leaves behind some good lacing and a nice white collar clinging to the edge of the glass

S: Light tartness on the nose, youg Brett provides plenty of poopy bbaby diaper on the nose with a measure of hay, fruit and light spice

T: Initial fuky, tartness but light with some underlying citrus, apples, pears but the baby diaper is strong with this one. The finish is dry, a little bit of sweetness, crisp and airy, refreshing with light and lingering horseblanket, fruits, baby diaper.

M: Light-medium body, well carbonated, lots of flavor on the palate

O: Nicely done. No major complaints besides letting the breet chill out for about 6 months and maybe the baby diaper will pass on.

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Photo of spoony
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 375 ml into a tulip. (Caveat, not sure if this Surette is the same as the older Surette?)

A-A normal pour produces more than one, but less than two fingers of dense, shiny, off-white head. The brew is murky, and golden-orange in color with some visible carbonation.

S-The smell is mildly tart and lactic. I get a decent amount of funk and brett-like scents, as well as some lemon curd flavor. Par for the Crooked Stave course, I guess.

T-I taste mild tartness, with a decent hit of sweetness. There is some mild citrus that transitions to a drying oak flavor. Not terribly complex, but not unpleasant.

M-This brew has a nice feel. A creamy wave of carbonation gives way to slightly wet feeling finish. True to the style.

O-Although this is a decent saison, with some nice flavors and an above-average mouthfeel, this is far from the most intriguing beer I have had from Crooked Stave. It lacks the complexity and intrigue of the old-world styles and it isn't exactly a hit-you-on-the-head new-world monster (with tons of flavor or pucker power). Instead, this is a decent effort, but nothing I need to search out.

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Photo of harrymel
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled once

Pours a golden hazed ale with a solid quilt of loose whites. Smells funky with a bit of lemon and some oak, and some pear as well. Flavor is slightly tart, with some cherry, lemon and apple juice, some grain and a touch of bitter. Thin with a moderate carb and a wet finish. Good stuff.

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Photo of imscotty
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%

Appearance - Pours a light amber yellow, relatively clear. A thin white head quickly forms and dies down. Very little lacing, after a few minutes no head remains.

Smell - Aroma is overwhelmingly cider like. Smell apples, slight citrus and some barnyard muskiness.

Taste - The beer is modestly sour and tart. The taste is very un-beer-like and I do not mean that in an entirely negative way. This is tasty and refreshing, and would be a great drink on a hot summer day. Taste is dominated by apple, vinegar and white wine. Some grassy, barnyard flavors, lemon citrus and perhaps a little oak. Hops and malt flavors are undetectable to me. I am really amazed at how apple wine like this beer is, not your typical Saison. Very tasty if you are looking for something like this. I think this would be more interesting with a stronger hop or malt presence to balance things out.

Mouthfeel - A bit thin. My bottle had very slight carbonation which I see differs a bit from other reviews. The flatness of the pour may have effected the taste profile and my review. I will try to weak out another bottle for comparison someday.

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Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013, batch 7

Pours a very hazy dark golden orange color with cloudy tangerine edges and a half finger off white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with wild bugs, damp oak and a subtle sweet vinous barrel presence. Strong citric acidity with zesty lemon juice, acetic vinegar, lactic cheesiness, pale malt, bready yeast and light fruit esters. Some peppery clove in there as well but the acidic character, barrel notes and vinous fruits stand out. Almost Gueuze like with a subtle horseblanket smell along with lactic funk, wild bugs, damp earth, dry oak and dusty cobwebs. Some bread/yeast as well as hints of apple, pear and lemon rind. The vinous presence is there but not as strong as in the Vieille with a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Decent but something is lacking that I can't quite put my finger on.

On the lighter end of medium body with a tart, puckering mouthfeel and prominent acidic sourness that lingers over the earthier flavors and vinous barrel notes into a dry, acetic finish. Feels more like an American wild ale with little saison character to speak of. There is some funk but I'm guessing it's from the bugs and acidity. Vinous barrel presence really stands out with dry oak and sweeter fruit notes, especially apricot and dark berries. Lots of zesty lemon acidity dominating the flavor with lingering acetic vinegar in the finish. Not harsh or solvent like but makes the beer feel a bit one dimensional. Pretty much just tart citrus acidity, dry oak, subtle vinous fruit and lingering acetic acid. Refreshing and somewhat drinkable but not very complex or interesting.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is spices, citrus and almost lambic-like tartness/sourness from the barrel aging. The flavor is spices, citrus, fruit, mildly vinous and a strong tartness/sourness in the finish.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to ??? for the excellent BIF beer. Tasted 14 Feb 2014.

Pours clear orange. Half-finger of white head, thanks to a delicate pour. Good retention, okay lacing.

Smell is really vinous, and a touch acidic - lots of oak and white grape. Very high in the nose, clean and aromatic. Quite good.

Taste starts out like the smell, then tilts to a dry, mildly alcoholic taste. I want more of the front end, less of the back.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, carbonation a touch on the low side.

Pretty tasty; powerful white grape notes dominate the smell and taste, and there's an odd twang in the taste that I don't really like.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a chalice. 2013 bottle, batch 4.

Appearance - Deep orange. Hazy. Big white head that leaves a chunky soapy collar and some light surface wisping.

Smell - Appley aroma. Slightly acidic. A bit of a metallic smell, too. Oaky and musty. Bretty.

Taste - Much less of the metallic notes here. Very fruity. Apples again. Lemony tang. Quite malty, surprisingly. The metallic flavor shows itself in the very end as the sourness drops off leaving metal.

Mouthfeel - Slick and a little heavier than I expected. Medium to medium heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - Nice aside from the metallic flavor. Very malty, not what I expected.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly cloudly golden orange color, fairly nice head but fades a bit quickly.

Smells very dry, slightly woody, maybe a touch of vinous fruit, some yeast and slight tartness.

Taste is some orange fruit, lightly tart, pretty dry especially in the finish. Touch of pepper and yeast.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, refreshing.

Solid saison, comparable to the Vielle but more dry and less tart.


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Photo of scottfrie
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle into snifter. Couple year old bottle.

A: Pours a clear apricot orange with a very short lived off-white head.
S: Tons of sweet and fruity esters mix with dry yeast, mild spice, and woody oak. I also get notes of ripe banana yeast that smells like banana ice cream.
T: Fruity and tart with flavors of earthy spice, mildly funky yeast, and dry grains. There is an underlying apple juice quality that I'm not sure I love. The finish has a bright tartness to it along with a sour quality reminiscent of fruit rind and brett. The aftertaste is sweet and fruity.
M: Scrubbing carbonation, medium-full body with a slick and drying mouthfeel that has a nice chew to it. Drinks well, but on the sweeter side.
O: A delicious saison. Clean and easy to drink, but nothing earth shattering. Just the right amount of funk and tartness.

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Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a pillowy white head that dissipated into a solid cap.

The aroma is lightly tart with some farmhouse notes. Light lemon, tart apple and oak.

The flavor has tart apple lemon and oak. There is an apple juice sweetness as well. O perhaps some white grape juice. Light funk but not much else from the yeast.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate but has plenty of a tart offset. Slightly sticky in the finish.

Another tart saison from these folks. A little sweet with a big white grape presence.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy light dirty beige color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of tart notes with light oak notes. Taste is a mix of tart notes with some funky notes and some oak notes. Limited acidity with just enough complexity. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting flavors with good level of complexity.

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