Surette Provision Saison | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Surette Provision SaisonSurette Provision Saison
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by chugalug06 on 02-16-2013

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Ratings:
1,322
Reviews:
215
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
7.99%
 
 
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205
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3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to womencantsail for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and sour aromas. Taste is much the same with some sour fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a lightly hazy yellowish orange color with a white head on top. The retention is thin and the lacing is lightly scattered. The smell is funky, there is a plenty of lemon and fresh oak aromas. The taste is tart, it's very earthy in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good carbonation. It's a juicy brew with a dry finish. Overall it's a pretty good brew. Worth trying.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film covering the surface and a head consisting of moderate sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oak and funky Brettanomyces yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and also has additional hints of lemons and vinegar.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a nice mix of tartness and sourness, neither of which is overpowering, that add to the complexity of the smell and taste. It is a pleasant beer to sip and savor.

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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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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3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

B+

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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear goldenstraw; the head starts at an inch and quickly fades, though it leaves a few strips of lace in its shadow

Smell: Very funky and oaky, with a range of fruit tones, underneath - apricot, green apple, white wine grape

Taste: Funky Brett and lacto sourness, off the bat, bringing a vinegary tartness; underneath, there is an orchard of fruit flavors detected in the aromatics, with the oak barrel trailing behind; tart finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Every time I go to Denver I seek out the Crooked Stave line; glad to see they are gaining wider distribution as this is really good

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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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Surette Provision Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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