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 UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of Knapp85
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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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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 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 jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split with rudzud
Mild fizzy head, bit of soapy lacing, mostly clear orange color.

Nose great Brett, mild funky but tons of Brett c, pineapple, tropical fruit, nice lemony citrus, floral very, mild grainy blond malt.

Taste big tart lemony flavours, more Brett funk and lots if tropical Brett c, lemony funk, hint pineapple, mild grainy toasty blond malt, little sticky tart flemmy like finish, more lemony tart funk lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent bit lighter carb, little flemmy.

Overall pretty nice, great Brett c tropical fruit and little funk, decent malts, very enjoyable.

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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 wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 7 - 2013.

A: Pours a slightly hazed dark orange with a thin (1/4") white head which fades quickly to the rim leaving spots of lace.

N: Pleasantly funky cheese, yeast, oak, and vinous (white grape varietal).

T: Mildly tart, wheaty and grainy, yeasty, grassy, mildly herbal, lemons, slight astringency with oak tannins.

M: Semi-moderate body and light carbonation. Crisp, vinous, lemony, yeasty finish. A tad thin and undercarbonated imo.

O: Expecting more funk, perhaps some age would add.

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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 dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very hazy medium golden yellow to orange in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some lemon yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering about 95% of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of funky wet hay and horse blanket funkiness from the brett with slightly less strong aromas of oak from the barrel aging.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of grainy, pale, and wheat malts with some light to moderate flavors of lemon citrus. There are moderate flavors of vinegar and a distinct brett funkiness that reminds me of the barnyard. Mildly tart but not overly sour.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and a light amount of dryness.

O: Very enjoyable and a nice example of a saison with brett that is barrel aged. Tart without being overly sour. Very approachable. Nice amounts of complexity.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is medium amber with light haze and thin head with lace that sticks. The smell is fruity with a slight tropical aroma and light brett with oak odor subtle tangerine and pineapple type ester. The feel is tangy with doowy tannin and moderately low carbonation with light sweetness and slight lactic acidity with gentle alcohol as it finishes dry.

The taste is tangy with slight citrus and mild tropical element with subtle wild yeast flavor with a mild juicy quality and oak flavor is detected from mid palate to the mostly dry finish. Overall a great wild ale with saison as the base and light barrel quality I would definitely drink this again -excellent.

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Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014, Batch 12

Pours an effervescent amber/honey color with a sliver of pearl white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness, much sourness, apple blossoms & funk

T: Sourness, pears, oakyness/Chardonnay up front. Tartness/sourness leads the way as this warms, a little appleskin as well. Finishes tart & dry, a little acidic, & plenty sour

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation, acidic

A lovely example of a soured up take on the style. So happy to get to try these guys again

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tumbler.

And the trifecta comes to a close. This stuff pours a hazy sunset gold topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises thick funk, tart green apple, candied lemon peel, chardonnay must, a hint of oak, and a splash of toffee (can toffee splash...?). The taste focuses on the funk over the sourness, though, make no mistake, there's plenty of pucker lying beneath the funky tarp. Tastiness, indeed, son. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice saison, one that really pulls in those vogue directions of funky and sour. Good times.

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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 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 RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My last Crooked Stave beer. Well. I guess it's time to move to Denver then.

As much as I love the funk, and this certainly has it, I also appreciate some level of balance. This doesn't have much of that. Punch in the mouth wild ale flavor. Vinegar tones. Minimal earthy edges. Not much more than a blast of funky yeast. Reminds me of a lot of Jolly Pumpkin.

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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 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 smakawhat
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A murky brownish orange body, very nice thin light carbonation on the edges and the middle of the glass, which slowly rises. Head is off white, a bit creamy in character, only manages to be about two fingers tall at most ,but settles easily to a half finger puck.

Mild brett on the nose and some soft pepper. Hints of mild tartness, and some sweet cinnamon surprisingly. Interesting not sure where this is going, but quite nice and solid. Hints toward more lambic/wild character than a saison so far.

Oh this palate is wicked. What a wonderful juiced and full lush body. Good finishing brett on the aftertaste, but a real nice fruit mid palate full of flavor. Tangy juiced orange, tangerine and lemon. Huge amounts of fruit with a full rounded palate feel, and soft malt like body. Just a peck of caramel sweetness wants to come out to play.

This is great stuff, doesn't look or smell like an impressive beer is coming, but the palate makes up for it easily.

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

Bottle sampled courtesy of a trade with Mitch from Colo.

Pours heavily hazed apricot, eggshell head, slight in size, leaving a fine bubble film, collar and a few minor tongues of stick.

Faint fruity nose, with a hint of a lactic bite.

Tasty saison, fruity, lightly spiced, again with a mild lactic bite/note. Flavorful and complex. Quality take on the style.

Very impressed with all the CS beers I've been tasting. Need to trade for more or wait for them to be distributed to NY state...

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

2014 Batch 13. Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is an extremely bright, slightly hazed, straw-gold coloring, with a filmy, wispy, white surface coating of head. Aromas of lemon, apple, honey, and an herbal blend of clove, lemon grass, all spice, and coriander, all on a biscuit backbone, with subtle tart and sour highlights throughout. Flavors are tart and sour forward, with white grape and lemon blending for the sweet characteristics. Spiced wood highlights, with subtle farmhouse funk, cut grass, and earthy notes. Very light and refreshing in mouth, with a tart and sour aftertaste of citrus and white wine notes. Crisp, tart, dry finish. Amazingly well balanced, well crafted beer.

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of tartness, slight apple, slight pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hop, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong tartness. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, slight citrus, and sourness. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and body.

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Surette Provision Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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