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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 | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by chugalug06 on 02-16-2013

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Photo of cjgiant
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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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 OrangeMen
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage
~1 year since bottling

Appearance- Pours a golden yellow color, slight haze. Finger thick, soapy / fizzy, white colored head, dissipates to a thin layer. Some spotty head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Funky yeast, hay, grass, peppery spice. Tart lemon lime, white wine grape, acidic fruitiness, drying oak.

Taste- Acidic fruitiness, lemon, lime, white wine grape, sweeter pear and melon. Soft doughy malts. Moderate funk, earthy grass and hay. Oaky, vinous finish.

Feel- Lighter, crisp feel, moderate carbonation. Mildly creamy and sweet but finishes dry from acidity.

Overall- Nice balance of sour and funk, both aspects are prominent but in total control. Mild tartness throughout which brings in a lot of fruitiness, but then shuts off and does not linger on. Funkiness adds a nice complexity and earthy type flavors. Don’t get much of the oak but there is a little on the finish. Highly drinkable beer with great flavor.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a copper hue and an inch-plus head of white. Fat, short strands of lacing and a partial skim coat for the duration. Grapefruit, pineapple, and crushed aspirin in the nose. Light bodied with a crisp, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet tarts on the palate. Bracingly sour and fruity with plenty of funky brett. Finishes with a lingering fruity tartness.

Sour, fruity, and dry. Certainly not a traditional Saison.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well, this is an interesting beer. There was a bit of head when poured. Golden colored. It's got a fruity smell to the nose. The taste light, but flavorful. This isn't a style I've had much experience with, but is a delicious beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy, golden brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Smell is hay and brett. Taste is amazing. Hay and brett dominate the first taste, but there is a definite white wine characteristic to this. Oak and lemon finish this beer. Complex for style. Great summer sipper. This is a beer I could throw back all day.

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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 Marius
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

35cl bottle. Hazy orange pour with a thin white head. Smells like brett, unripe grapes, grapefruit, barnyard funk. Bitter and crisp, refreshing, with notes of apple cider, vinegar, unripe grapes and a very small amount of funk in the background.

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

2014 Batch 16. Pours a nice gold with small white head - reminiscent of a macro lager. Nose is on point, with acidic funk dominating. Tastes pretty rocking too - tart with wood taking center stage, no real citrusy hops coming through, finishes with a Band-Aid flavor but in an oddly good way. One of the most complex beers I've had the pleasure to try. Feel is solid, with nice carbonation after 1+ years. Overall, one of the most interesting beers I've tasted - I understand Crooked Stave's acclaim and look forward to trying more.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange with over a fingers worth of head that dissipates quickly to the edge of the glass. The nose has some oak in it as well as some funky tartness and mild fruit. On the taste you get sour funk upfront with oak mixed in before the citrus acidity leaving a sweetness on your tongue after it is gone. The feel is medium, the carbonation has held up well through the barrel aging. This is an outstanding beer. Could be my favorite by them that I have had so far.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 ml bottled poured into a Crooked Stave tulip. Bottled on July, 2015 per the label.
Appearance: Pours a thin cap of head which remains as a bubbly ring. Body is a hazy, tarnished gold. Looks like what I’d expect a beer poured straight out of a barrel would look like.
Aroma: Up front a great barnyard aroma: layered brettanomyces funk (musty attic, old books, feed lot, bags of grain), decaying fruit, light acid, and toasted oak. The aroma is something that brings to mind reading about old world saisons.
Taste: Starts up with all kinds of musty/barnyard funk before leading into a mild fruit acidity. Like rotting fruit or apple cider vinegar. As it warms it gets lactic, cheesy edge to it. Some peppery phenols help to cut through the funk. The barrel is quite forward in the middle adding a musty oak tone and white wine barrel acidity. Crackery wheat malt finish.
Mf: Light body with a low carbonation. Aqueous with a slight prickle.
Overall: Assuming this is just a barrel aged saison (provision saision) it’s about what’d you’d expect. A hazy, almost still beer with great layers of brett and a light sourness. It reminds of unblended lambic in that it’s an older, more flavorful beer that could be used to spike a younger, less developed beer. A unique, and fun look at barrel aged saisons. You could totally drink this out of a lambic tumbler.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely tart flavor not always found in saison. Still has the characteristic barnyard flavor along with the tart fruit. Don't get too much barrel but I imagine that would come out with further aging.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dannyfayy for this one!

2014 / Batch 9 375mL bottle to Teku glass. Two finger head dissappated at s decent pace. Color is a cloudy orange haze

Smell - lemon, orange zest, yeasty

Taste sour up front - lemon and lime- then some fruity sweetness can taste the esters. Then a pretty enjoyable tart finish

Body - nice carb, medium body.

Overall a very enjoyable Saison, well made

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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 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 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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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass; Batch 9, 2014 vintage. Pours fairly hazy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, orange, green apple, pear, white grape, pepper, leather, oak, light white wine vinegar, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity, of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, orange, green apple, pear, white grape, pepper, leather, oak, light white wine vinegar, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate amount of yeast spiciness and fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange, green apple, pear, white grape, pepper, leather, oak, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from acidity and yeast spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/acidic, and slightly grainy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible sour saison style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. This had a lot of similarities to many Gueuze I’ve had in the past, but still had nice spicy saison character as expected. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden brown color with a small white head.

The aroma is very tart, and has notes of sour green apples and grapes. I get the faintest hint of oak from the barrels, as well as an even more subtle note of barnyard funk.

The taste is pretty much exactly like the nose. Tart green apples and apple cider, some lime, and plenty of funk. Has a nice bready malt character on the back end that holds everything together.

The mouth is light-bodied with high carbonation. Alcohol is non-existent and while the finish is dry, it doesn't linger around for too long.

Overall, a good representation of the style. The oak was not as prominent as I hoped it would be, but the other flavors come together nicely without being too overpowering.

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Photo of drpimento
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasty beer that is totally dominated by its sourness. Aroma also had some funk and citrus. Flavor was similar to nose, but losing most of the funk and gaining lemon. Barely pick up on the oak. Great body. Nice drinking brew.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy apple juice color with a fine white foam. Not a lot of foam retention yet nicely carbonated. Lots of oak, grapes on the nose. Great saison-y aroma. The barrel adds to it for sure.
First hit is middle of the tounge acidity it gives a sour hit but the sourness fades nicely and leaves a nice bit of funk in the finish. The fruit starts to come through nicely, I get sour grapes, apple, apple cider vinegar. Subtlties increase as it warms.
Overall very nice balance, really nice Friday night brew!

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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 kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
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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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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Surette Provision Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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