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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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 jeonseh
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surette poured into a CS Tulip

A - Hazy, golden yellow with a slightly reflective body. Small white head sits on top

S - Lemongrass, light sweet tarts, lemon peel, and oak. As you smell this one, the tartness intensifies as you breathe it in

T - Lemon, lemon zest up front. As the beers continues there is a slight sweetarts and vinegar presence that gives the beer a refreshing tartness. There is also a slight creamy blue cheese and funk presence that makes it a really nice and refreshing saison.

M - Light, refreshing and dry. Has carbonation that adds some nice zip to the beer. This makes it a nice and refreshing saison.

O - This is another one of the well balanced and flavorful saison that makes CS such a great brewery. There is complexity here as it has both nice funk and tartness that balances very well.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to angrybabboon for my first chance to try Crooked Stave.

Appearance: Slightly hazed peach-tinged gold. Head is white and drops to a wispy cap and small creamy collar. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Nice and bright.

Smell: Oak. Nice and woody right up front. A push of acetic tartness. Some lemon zest and fruity esters. A touch of apple skin and peach. A touch of funk with a powdery yeast presence. Nice hints of damp earth muddled with some leather. A little bit lactic with a nice Brett push throughout. Slightly sweet malt base adds a touch of caramelized malt and a vague bready quality.

Taste: Powdery Brett lingers in the back of a slightly more aggressive lactic tart push. A bit softer on the sour edges than expected from the nose. A touch spicy with a dry oaky finish. A ton of oak. Earthy and damp with some hay and grass. A touch of lemon as well. A touch of herbal hopping with a mild bitterness. Nice clean, slightly sweet malts help round it out, adding a bit of depth. Warming pushes it to tart funky oak. Some spicy esters, hinting at something more Belgian than buggy. A touch of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a surprising slick, almost juicy, mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Almost clean finish.

Overall: Sure.

An enjoyable first endeavor. Easy drinking pseudosoursaison. Barrel influence runs a tad heavy, but it's good and worth drinking again. *hint*

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

Thanks Sammy!

Appearance. Pours an orange-gold colour with a thick finger of slightly off-white head.

Smell. Funky and sweet oak, a touch of citrus and fruity yeast, and maybe even a little honey.

Taste. Nice sourness, limes and other citrus, funky toasted oak.

Mouthfeel. On the lighter side of medium bodied, medium fine carbonation.

Overall. Crisp and refreshing but with enough body, flavour, and complexity to satisfy. Diggin' it.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip. 2013 Batch 7.

A: Pours a cloudy golden brown with a thin white head on top. Can see a bit of visible carbonation when you hold it up to the light.

S: Nice funky aroma with noticeable oak qualities. Can tell right off the bat this one is going to be a bit sour.

T: As with the aroma this one is funky. Initial sour tartness that blends with a bit of hop bitterness. Grain aspects kick in full gear on the backend and adds a depth of flavor.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. The Brett gives this beer a dry finish. Tartness will give you a bit of a pucker.

Overall this is a very enjoyable brew with a range of flavors. Certainly not your standard saison.

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Photo of cbutova
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy golden apricot hue into a Gueuze tumbler with a frothy foamy white cap. Head is about one finger high and has decent retention. Falls to a bubbly ring and some islands in the middle. Spotty lacing down most of the glass.

S- A nice blend of funky lactic and Brett notes mixed with a Belgian Saison yeast profile. Reminds me of a milder Gueuze in ways with the tart lemony lactic feel.

T- The underlying Saison strain opens up a lot more here and brings more of a balance to the flavor. Notes of Belgian yeast spices, lemon zest, apples, tart lactic acid and some funky Brett barnyard cherry. Some hints of light toast oak.

MF- Fizzy dried out uber light end body. Carbonation nice and high really accentuating the tart fruity flavors.

Very drinkable and the flavors are big but not fatiguing at all like sours can be. Good blend of tart lactic and fruity spicy Saison yeast.

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

375 ml bottle slightly above fridge temp poured into a snifter. Batch 5/ 2013

Pours out a really nice hazy, deep golden color with a big, dense, retentive white head and lots of sticky lacing. Looks great.

Kind of smells like a young, less aggressive lambic, some lactic tartness, a bit of a milky lactic funkand a musty Brett funk, a bit of a lemony citrus, as well as a hint of a aged vinious character.

Great taste. The beginning stages of a nice lactic sourness, almost a bit lambic like, green apple, lemon citrus, sour pie cherry, not much funk in the taste. Finishes with a milky lactic feel and a dry finish. A bit of a vinious grape towards the finish as well.

Light to medium in mouthfeel, lingering sourness, good feeling carbonation, quite refreshing.

A really nice saison, a great beginner sour beer, sour, but not overly so, and light on the funk. Great drinkability.

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Photo of TheWildWes
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle poured into tulip.

Poured golden orange in color with a light head that dissipates quickly. The smell is divine with a distinct tart fruit aroma (apple and lemon). Good carbonation and the beer overwhelms your mouth with each sip. The taste is tart, and you get some barrel. The beer finishes dry with a citrus tang.

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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 artoolemomo
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up some head but doesn't have much retention at all. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a dull, medium amber which glows as an orangish, pale amber when held up to the light. A few spots of lacing are left behind.

Nose- Much more subtle than a lot of saisons but still quite nice. Some light apple with lemon. Definite vinous character that suggests red grapes at first. Almost honey. Some banana. All well rounded and very well integrated. It's really hard to separate aromas. The vinosity is definitely more red than white wine with a tendency toward plums or cherries.

Taste- I thought the nose was delicate and complex but the mouth raises that bar even further. The vinous nature of this beer really shows through and it's definitely of the red variety. Mostly red fruits (cherries and plums) with slight oakiness and tart berry lead into a slight grain finish. Some notion of Sweet Tarts but the acetic acid is very low key in this beer. It's more an extension of the red fruit flavors rather than an entirely different note. Very odd to have strong grain and cereal on the finish of a saison but combined with the slight tartness, it really works. Some hints of citrus in the background (mostly lemon but some orange). Slight chalk and little bit of earthiness match with a somewhat dry finish. I don't I've ever had a barrel aged saison before but after this one, I will definitely be trying more. This is a really good beer that has great balance, presence, integration, and complexity. Some notes of grapefruit as well.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with some syrup to the texture. Carbonation is light but provides a nice and pleasantly prickly effervescence.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and enticing. A bit pricy at 8 bucks for a 375 mL bottle but it's pretty much worth it.

Overall- Really good beer that lacks a certain je ne sais quoi in order to be considered great. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy golden / orange with almost no head. The aroma has chardonnay, buttery oak, red berries, saison earthiness, light nectar fruit and a very rustic edge to all of it. It has a medium / light crisp body with some fairly sharp carbonation. The flavor begins with vanilla, oak, nectar fruit, funk, spice, berries, graininess and dry malt. The finish is dry, earthy and vinous and a little thin. Great saison.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Reservoir in Waterbury split between a few people. From poor notes.

A - Poured bright and golden with decent carbonation, no lace, no retention.

S - Grape, lemon, hay.

T - Nice lemon, lot's of sourness, cool flavour.

M - Quite tart to finish with a drying feeling, strong carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Nice stuff. Good tartness and nice to sip on.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Warm amber glow with appropriate haze. Two and a half finger head with some okay lacing. Looks nice.

Nicely tart with good rustic farmhouse scent. Light lemon, some apple cider vinegar, hints of pear, and mustiness. Excellent aromas.

Great saison yeast presence with softness and light peppery spice. Light fruitiness with tart apple, pear, and lemon. Some tannic fruit skin flavors. Some good breadiness and a righteous tartness with Bretty funk and mild horse blanket. A little cheesy, but smooth. Excellent refreshing feel with a light-medium body and a well-diffused carb presence. Awesome saison.

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Photo of cornejo
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7 poured into a wine glass.

Poured a beautiful light brown opaque body with thin white head. Bubbles dispersed fairly quickly. Reminiscent of apple cider vinegar on the nose, which nicely cleared up my sinuses! Taste is a very clean balance of bitter and tart, reminiscent of an unsweetened Arnold Palmer. Despite the tartness, a very smooth finish makes this a highly drinkable beer. One of my favorites, I wish I could drink it every day.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Batch 7 poured into Bruery snifter

Appearance is golden light orange and slightly hazy. A very thin white head with tiny bubbles.

Smell is vinous, some tartness, sweet clean fruit, touches of Brett.

Taste is tart, clean malt, Brett yeast, wine tannins, some lemon. Notes of bread and honey graham cracker in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is light medium with prickly mild carbonation. No alcohol detected.

Overall this is another exceptional beer from Crooked Stave. This is a great saison, mostly because of the tart flavor and wild yeast characteristics. A very vinuous beer

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from the recent batch. Thanks FleetwoodMatt for this one. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/4/2013.

Pours a beautiful clear straw body, with a nice 1cm white head that retains quite well and leaves a good bit of lacing all over the glass. This is what saisons should look like.

Smells interesting- very funky, very flavourful and interesting. Some oak, some grassiness and lemony. I like this quite a bit.

Flavour follows the nose- a good bit of leathery funk complemented by oak and a nice zesty lemon flavour. Its not complicated, but its seriously a great profile for a shelf saison.

Mouthfeel is good- medium bodied, great carbonation, a bit bubbly even. So crisp and dry. Very drinkable even for the style.

A great shelf saison. I would buy this fairly frequently if Crooked Stave made it to Wisconsin. Unfortunately it does not, but I would recommend buying this if you are looking for a very good everyday saison.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Very cloudy yellow orange, well carbonated one finger head.

S-Good deal of funk, oak, grass, horse blanket, lemon and funk.

T-A nice pleasant tartness to begin. Oak, grapes, lemon and citrus. Balance is really good.

M-Lighter in body, well carbonated, very crisp.

O-A wonderful tart beer. Not quite sour but tart. Still yummy, with good balance.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear light copper color with a one finger cream colored head. Leaves some light spotty lace down the glass with each sip.

S: Funky and a touch tart on the nose. Brett, lemon, tangerine zest, dusty oak, kumquat and some lemon zest. Light tropical fruit notes in the background.

T: Light and tart with some lemon, hay, grass, sour kumquat, white pepper, oak, and a good amount of brett. Might be the best I've had from them so far.

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

Tried two different batches of this on my recent trip to CS.

Both pour a clearish gold with decent white head.

Batch #6 - Smell is slightly funky and musty. Taste is funkier, with more oak and a slightly dirty taste I assume comes from the Brett. 4/5

Batch #7 - Smell is lighter and more tart. Taste follows suit with more tartness and less funk. 4.25/5

Between the two, I much preferred batch #7. Interesting to see the variation between the batches.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 375 mL bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Light gold, hazy, with moderate visible carbonation and a half-finger of white head.

S: Oak barrels up front, white vinous, a bit funky, grassy and fresh hay, and light cracker malt.

T: Light malt, sweet grape-y white wine, dry oak tannins, and a restrained barnyard funk. Some undertones of lemon citrus, and mild saison peppery. Dry and a bit of black pepper on the finish.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, and essentially no alcohol presence.

O: This is pretty tasty. Easy to drink with great flavors. Well-done, recommended.

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 375ml bottle.
Batch 6
Vintage 2013

Pours a very nice hazy golden copper color. There is a thin white head that forms and recedes pretty quickly. Seems lightly carbonated. The color is very nice with bright orange hues giving life to the brew.

TRaditional Saison nose. Grainy and earthy with delicious notes of mild lemony tartness in the nose. Strong vinous character is present with some slight grape sweetness and some nice tannic grape skin tartness. There is definitely some slight sugary and fruity sweetness in the nose and some good funky and musty barnyard aroma. Corn husk and hay come to mind.

Flavor profile is a bit more muddled. Starts off pretty funky with some mild tartness that is definitely more vinous than the nose would indicate. Pleasant mild tar notes envelop some of the vinous character with some mild citrusy and lemony acidity. There is definitely some underlain funk and musty wood notes that make the brew very refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is light. Might benefit from some more bubbles. Overall this brew taste yummy. The vinous character shows up really well and blends nicely with the woody funk.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku glass from a 12oz bottle. This one had been sitting in my cellar for a few months, but I felt it was worth cracking open recently.

Pours a beautiful color, to say the very least - orange amber tinged with a slightly frothy head that rises about one finger tall in the glass. Looks a lot like fresh squeezed juice, especially considering the sediment that accumulates at the bottom of the glass which gives off the appearance of orange skins. Sadly leaves minimal lacing, but it's still a very nice color and thickness to contemplate upon.

Smells absolutely terrific - as a well refined, rustic, but accessible saison or farmhouse ale should. Notes of dried orange peel, as well as grapefruit, apricots, passion fruit, and tangerines immediately waft to the nostrils, followed by spices earthy notes from the hops and oak. Dried sage, slight rosemary, and definitely some dried soil elements make its way to the front, followed by slight baking soda, caramel, and dust from the oak. Finishes with a funky flavor that is rustic yet unique, with notes of damp straw and old woodiness. Really refreshing and complex for something that seems so simple in presentation.

The flavor is without a doubt the highlight of drinking this - when I mentioned fresh squeezed juice earlier, this beer completely nails it. Notes of juicy, fresh squeezed tangerines, clementines, grapefruit, passion fruit, and apricots immediately meet the palate, followed by a citrus and piney bitterness that is extremely refreshing and easy to drink. The results are so awe-inspiring that I had to check online and double check if they didn't drop a batch of orange peel into the barrels. They didn't - but no doubt the addition of wheat, rye, and spelt (!) into the mix is enhancing the texture of the beer to appear more crackly and tannic overall. The extra addition of wild yeast and bacteria showcases the right way to do it - creamy, sweetened, but with only a mere addition of barnyard and rustic funk that is crisp and breezy. My only complaint is the other slightly watery finish of the beer, which distracts from the lactic creaminess as well as the array of grains that do indeed make the experience crisp, yet not super thick for whatever reason. However, given the style and flavors at hand here, the thinner feel is perhaps for the best - it makes this way more refreshing to drink.

I really want to have this on a warm day out in the sun - this is a Fall appropriate beer that is still screaming to be consumed during the warmer months of the year. So far, this has been my favorite Crooked Stave offering to date. It's really flavorful, juicy, funky stuff while still being wholly accessible in the end. Can't recommend it enough!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bath #5/2013. Poured in to snifter.

A - Opaque olden medium orange colour with one finger of cream coloured head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - Funk, hay, lemon, oak and a sweet breadiness.

T - A sharp tartness up front, bordering on sour but without any pucker. A big lemon presence is immediately noticeable along with funk, hay, a sweet breadiness and a touch of spice. The oak barrel is apparent throughout.

M - Medium body and very dry. Light carbonation.

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

2013 vintage/Batch 5
Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: (4.25)
Pours a cloudy, but very vibrant apricot. A bright white, 2 finger head quickly forms and fizzles away fairly quickly, leaving little lacing behind. The gorgeous body makes up for what is lacking in head retention.

Aroma: (4.25)
Wow, as soon as you raise the glass to your nose, you're immediately struck by tart lemon juice and faint cherry juice. These tart, vinous aroma are draped in a blanket of Tropical brettanomyces funk; mostly pineapple, damp hay and a general mustiness. Beneath this coating of Brett, are some traditional Saison notes of green pear and white pepper. As a the beer warms, a soft, cracker like malt base becomes apparent. Very refreshing nose.

Taste: (4.25)
As soon as the beer enters your mouth, you're struck by a blast of tart citrus; predominately fresh squeezed lemon juice. As soon as the tartness starts to encroach past being merely tart, you're greeted by some lovely peppery tones as well as some light pear. These traditional Saison yeast characteristics gracefully
evolved into some barnyard-y Brettanomyces character. This musty, but oddly fruity Brett sustains up until the very dry, tart finish. The finish leaves on your palate long lingering notes of bitter grapefruit juice, white pepper, musty earth soft breads and a light woodsiness.

Light to moderate body with high carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: (4.25)
A very intense Saison to say the least. The level of tartness really pushes the boundaries of a Saison, but still retains enough of the trademark Saison spiciness to stay within the style's guidelines. The mature and developed Brettanomyces character really adds some nice contrast to the tart, lactic acidity of this beer. Highly recommended.

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Surette Provision Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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