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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

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

A- Reddish brown in color. No head just a small white ring around the glass. No carbonation rising to the top.
S- Smell is fruity and sour with some bread notes.
T- Big sour bite right up front, carries like a granny smith apple. Finishes with a nice crusty bread taste along with some grass flavors
M- This beer is smooth and very crisp, it has a nice medium weight to it.
O- Tons of sour and tart taste right in your face. To me this one has some power and kick behind it. This beer is enjoyable, thirst quenching and delicious.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours a dark, hazy gold, the color of honey left sitting at room temperature until it crystallizes solid. Forms a relatively thin white head, which dies to a cap and ring fairly quickly. Patchy lacing clings to the glass in the wake of the beer.

S: The aroma opens with fresh wheat, grass, and honey, before hints of light fruit waft in - melon and pear. There's a faint mustiness present as well, though no wood character.

T: Tart and sour, this beer bites at the tongue on the opening and doesn't relent until well after the swallow. Citrus and melon flavors roll through the sharpness, above a wheaten plain, before yielding way to a funk that seems not unlike mildewed oak and grass just before the finish. Said finish is quite dry, possibly the driest I've experienced from a beer. There's a distinct coppery metallic tang in the aftertaste, as if the flavor tartness were sharp enough to draw blood from the tongue.

M: Sharp and light, with bite from both the flavors and the carbonation. This seems like a light, drinkable beer, but trying to quaff it quickly would bring tears to the eyes.

O: An excellent saison, delivering a complex flavor profile with a strong sour bite that seems less reliant on hops and more on yeast. Will repeat.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 2014 batch 10 bottle into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours a hazy golden/orange color with about a 1/2 finger white head. Decent lacing.

S-Aroma is incredible with smells of citrus , oak, hay, apple, grapes, and some pear.

T-Taste is similar to the aroma but more of the fruit and the oak.

M- Mouthfeel has a medium body and very mic it’s easy to drink and has very nice carbonation.

O-First time trying Crooked Stave. Overall a great saison love the oak. Will get some more.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Back label says 2014 Batch 13.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Soily, musty barnyard aroma with a hint of lactic acid. Very rustic-smelling indeed.

T- Starts out slightly tart with more of that earthy Brett funk and turns to a trace of almost rotten egg taste in the finish, but not in a bad way...if that makes sense. Complex, to say the least as there's fruitiness, a touch of sour, hay and a slight bitterness. All while being incredibly drinkable.

M- Tangy, somewhat dry and zesty. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Never have I encountered a beer with such a clean/dirty duality in the flavor. The Brett presence is moderate but impactful as it complements all the other elements present. Not the best Brett beer I've ever had but it's certainly in the top ten. This is the first beer I've had by Crooked Stave and I can't wait to seek out more of them.

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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 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 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 pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

The beer has a big fruity, tart winey nose joined by a touch of wet horse blanket and barnyard with some light biscuit and lemon in the background.
It pours hazy peach under a thin white cap that quickly reduces to a film.
The palate is tart all the way through with traces of lemon, fruit, light biscuit and funk.
Very fine soft carbonation, medium low with medium body.

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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 teromous
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the label: 2014 Batch 13

Appearance: Light hazy golden orange color. Short white head that fades very quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma: Musty old barnyard, a bit of pepper, and a bit lemony.

Taste: There is a medium sourness up front, with some funky musty barn flavor, and a bit of a wheat-like grain on the finish. After drinking the beer and waiting for a bit, I get some hop character coming through which is slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is great. It's tart up front but it has a fairly low amount of carbonation. It finishes clean and dry without being puckery from the sourness. Very easy to drink.

Overall: I recommend it and I would drink it again. It's a great tasting saison that isn't over the top sour, and isn't so mellow that it bores you to death. It's right there in the middle where it should be.

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Photo of Zach136
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with me, $11.50 from Brusin' Ales

Appearance: Hazy gold

Aroma: Sweaty horse, mustard, and pickles. I mean that in the best way possible.

Flavor: Lemon-lime esque tartness, light grain character and shock tarts candy.

Mouthfeel: Bone Dry

Overall: One of my favorite saisons yet. A must try!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle, 2013 Vintage, Batch 8. Served in a Prairie Teku glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like citrus peel, bready/grainy malt, oak, hay, green grapes, and some pear. I think the taste pretty much follows the aroma, but there's also some tropical fruit and funky/mustiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's easy to drink and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It's a good tart, fruity and funky brew! I've enjoyed the few Crooked Stave brews I've had a chance to try so far, and I'll have to make a point to try more in the future! $8.99 a bottle.

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dull orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A surprisingly sweet aroma of fruit and the saison funk.

T: As with the aroma, the taste had a high fruit content: Citrus (orange), pineapple, and some tropical fruits. The funky saison quality isn't as prevalent as it is in other beers of the style, but is still noticeable. A very vibrant, sweet and light flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not necessarily a classic saison, but definitely a well made one. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of stephens101
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

On tap at the source. Pours bright orange with a full white head. Smells of orange, pineapple, lemon and plenty of funk.

Tons of tart fruits slide across the tongue before some notes of grain and hay make an appearance. There's a slight chalkiness at the very back mixed with some oak.

Medium-bodied and crisp with balance kept in mind every step of the way. A fruit-forward Saison that shines.

If this were a toy it would be a Lite Brite. So simple , yet so fun.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

A - Pours a hazy orange color with a thick two fingered head and nice carbonation up the sides of the glass.

S - Very tart, juicy, and some sourness. A lot of "barnyard funk" and sour green apple, light oak, straw.

T - Follows the nose. Tart/sour juicy green apples, sour white grapes, dry pears, and a tangy, very dry finish.

M - Medium body, sprightly carbonation, super dry while the sour tang maes the sides of the tongue water. Leaves a coating of sour green apples in the mouth. Crisp.

O - An outstanding and refreshing Saision with a lot of tart, twangy funk.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

2013 batch 4. Poured a hazy orange, with one finger of fluffy white head. Lots of staying power on the head that left some pretty lacing down the glass. Smell was kinda tart and lemony, with a bit of that barnyard funk and some slight sour apple. The taste is pretty sour up front, but then I get some grassy, wheat type flavors. The finish is where this one really stands out, with such a nice woody clean aftertaste. Mmmmm! Nice and dry with just the right carbonation to compliment the tartness. Overall, this beer really stands out, glad I live in Colorado and can find this all the time.

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Photo of Jonada
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

375 ml bottle poured into a teku glass. Bottled in 2013. Batch 8.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden orange color with less than a finger of a white head that settle to a ring with some thick bubbled. Body is hazy but still transluscent.

Smell: Really funky, oak, lemon, apple, light herbal quality, floral, white grape and some lacto.

Taste: Medium sourness upfront that carries through the finish. More of a clean lactic sourness than funky, which flips the script compared to the aroma. Flavors are white grape, oak, slight spicy yeast character, wheat and hay.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with low/medium, fine, but lively carbonation. Easy to drink and fairly refreshing.

Overall: Really good beer and one of the better values out there for what it is. I'd definitely get this again.

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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 KFBR392
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 Batch 10

Appearance: Pours with a minimal head of about half a finger, which for the style surprised me. Could be the oak barrels knocking down some carbonation, but still odd. The color is a bold medium dark orange with a slightly cloudy body. Active carbonation while drinking is right were it should be.

Smell: Straw, medium bodied fruits, and wheat mesh well with tartness and dry, woody oak. Tropical fruit backbone builds on the body with continuous waves of grass and tartness attacking the drinker. Dry wood pops up on the back end and rides this one out.

Taste: As the beer hits the palate, a punchy tartness pops up but is quickly won over by rounded oak characteristics. That earthy woodiness continues to roll into the body but joins force with some dry grass and sprite fruits. The tartness loses the earthy oak and really has a clean flavor on the finish. Bright fruits show up again on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: A pretty sessionable sour saison. Oak character is for the most part rounded but has some bright distinctive high points. Carbonation being on the lower end really allows the grass, fruit, and tartness to really shine through.

Overall: I really like the oak characteristics in this brew. Sour notes are rounded yet kept in check. Tasty base beer allows for it to develop well in the barrel. I actually got to enjoy this on tap and I preferred it in that format, but both are excellent. Well done Crooked Stave.

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Photo of Phelps
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into my giant Piraat tulip.

Pale tangerine with a slight haze. One inch of dense, creamy white foam.

Subtle acidity is the main aroma component, but there's also hints of lemon peel, green apple and barnyard funk. Maybe a soft touch of white crackers as well.

This is the apogee of sourness in a Saison. So often the lacto is overdone -- the proportion here is perfect. A soft, vinegary kiss adds to the refreshment of this delicate brew, while notes of lemon jolly rancher, sweet pear and white bread add interest before a dry finish. Quenching.

Medium body, moderate prickly carbonation with a good amount of silky fizz. Alcohol is unnoticeable.

Beautiful balance of flavors he. It's not overly spiced, yeasty or dry -- just a solid, drinkable Saison. Wish this were in a 750 so I could time how quickly I make it through the bottle. This little one was gone within minutes.

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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 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 richj1970
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 375 ml bottle into tulip glass. Bottle dated 2014 batch 10.

A: A bright golden yellow with a slight one finger white head even with a relatively aggressive pour. Head settled fairly quickly and left some sticky lacing.

S: Lemon and tangerine mixed with a light funk.

T: Sour fruits - apple and lemon. A fair amount of lactic acidity. Oak notes coming through at the end. Just a touch of sweetness but almost barely noticable.

M: Tends a tad heavy for a saison, but still crisp with a dry finish.

O: Wonderful saison. Was hoping for a bit more on the nose, but the tastes more than make up for it.

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Photo of Lisa_B
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful tawny/caramel color, head was okay but didn't hold much. There was almost no lacing.

S - It's a light funk, actually - with just a bit of sour fruit.

T - This is where this beer shines! So many flavors ~ mostly tropical and mildly acidic; kiwi, mango - a bit of sweeter citrus; tangerine and woody flavors from the oak barrels. YUM!!!

M - The texture is fairly thin and the finish is dry with just a touch of a bitter aftertaste.

O - Definitely a beer I will drink again and again :-)

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a clinging, creamy white head.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuit, lemon rind, oak, lactic funk, sea salt, must, and cider vinegar are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, lemon rind, pineapple, curacao orange, sea salt, must, oak, and cider vinegar fill the mouth. The finish is brief with pronounced caramel, biscuit, must, oak, and cider vinegar flavors.

M: Medium-bodied and dry. Carbonation is spritzy.

O: More restrained, subtle, and straight-forward than some of Crooked Stave's other work. This one would make a good quaffing beer. I like it.

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Surette Provision Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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