St. Bretta (Spring)
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

St. Bretta (Spring)St. Bretta (Spring)
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Ranked #8
Ranked #3,228
4.14 | pDev: 7.25%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
St. Bretta (Spring)St. Bretta (Spring)
Notes: St. Bretta is our 100% Brettanomyces Whitebier that was just released this week! Not only is St. Bretta an evolution of Wild Wild Brett Orange, but also it will be ever-changing depending on the fresh citrus available that season. For our spring release we decided to brew St. Bretta with fresh Minneola Tangelo. Each seasonal release of St. Bretta will have a diverse range of citrus fruit added to keep the beer fresh and exciting
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy straw gold, small but firm head of foam. Smells Witty (usual Belgian spices and yeast) aroma of Brett. Strong but delightful horseblanket taste with assertive but somewhat diminutive in comparison Belgian yeast and spices. Bit of bitterness, no sweet notes. There’s the cloves..seem to pop in and out depending on the sip . Nice mouthfeel, very nice beer overall.

May 24, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

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

A: Poured into a tulip to a light gold topped by a finger of dense white head that fades slowly to a thick collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: Smells of citrus with some hints of light tartness with some hints of spice
T: Taste is surprisingly tart up front with some spices and citrus. Light wheat malt flavors at times as well. Swallow is lemony tartness with some clean cracker malt with some lingering citrus flavors and a hint of spice and funk
M: This beer has a moderate body that is smooth in the palate with carbonation that is slightly prickly. The finish on this beer is slightly drying due to the acidity
O: Overall this is a great beer with some nice flavors and complexity. I'm not a big fan of Wits but this one is in my wheelhouse. Definitely one to grab but it's a bit closer to a wild ale than a Wit in my mind.

Apr 27, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very hazy straw with an enormous, galumphing head. The aroma is of orange peel, lemon juice and stale sourdough crust. The flavor is pleasantly tart, with solid lemon and grapefruit notes. There is a strong yeasty, sourdough note throughout, turning a touch bitter on the swallow. There are other fruit notes that pop up a it warms, like pineapple, guava, cranberry, and blueberry. The mouthfeel is very fizz and quite light. Overall this is nice sour, but maybe a bit busy.

Dec 31, 2015
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lochraneg from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark, thin white head
Smell: Sour
Taste: Sour, Tart, Puckers the lips
Feel: Thin
Overall: I like it a lot, different from I normally drink. FInd it.

Oct 17, 2015
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

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

Pretty nice beer with a little tartness. It drank a little too much like a shandy for me. The citrus almost tasted artificial, so I wouldn't really seek this beer out.

Sep 27, 2015
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter glass. Fluffy white head which dissipated shortly after pouring. The beer was cloudy and had a bright hay-like color. No sediments dispersed yet it was hazy. Picked up aromas of barnyard, citrus, funk, and something that I could only describe as notes of sweet and tanginess. Tasted lactic tartness, some grapefruit and barnyard character. It was bitter, dry, and had that earthy bitterness at the finish. Light-bodied and very refreshing. A very good beer.

Aug 14, 2015
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Plower from Texas

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like it should, like a sour pool of deliciousness waiting to be drunken.

Smell is decent, better than average.

Taste: I do love that's like sour mega warheads (favorite childhood candy) mixed with delicious wheat beers, that's a good thing.

Feel: I feel the universe functioning the moment this makes contact and hits my tongue. It's what all great beers should feel like.

This beer is a solid 4.5, I feel like I'm lowballing it actually...more like a 4.6 overall.

Apr 05, 2015
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

375ml capped bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a small white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Thin legs. Not much to look at really.

Nose is citrus and mint with a light funk presence. Pretty mellow.

Opens sweet and tart citrus, foam and oak. Brett funk comes in towards the middle imparting a plastic, cobweb and hay flavor. More puckering tartness towards the end with hints of mandarin orange and grapefruit. Delicious!

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down foamy, crisp and refreshing. Accented finish with a filmy aftertaste. Really drinkable.

After encountering this for the first time, I definitely have to seek out the other seasons!

Sep 10, 2014
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KornWallace from New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Date: 8/26/2014
Location: Astoria Beer and Cheese (Ditmars)
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Very thin short lived head. Opaque and very easy to see through. The color is slightly darker then yellow board earring on a honeyed color.
Aroma: The fruit is their to try and get you to pucker before you even try it. Strong lemon aroma, light oranges. Oak is strong flavor. Following that I get the yeast for added tartness. No hop aroma.
Taste: And pucker you absolutely do. The lemon kicks from the jaw to my teeth. Everything is tart. The orange moves more to the back. The yeast is added bitter but not quite as strong as the aroma led me to believe. The wheat comes through in the flavor as a hint bready/crackerish on the tongue. Again no hop presence.
Mouthfeel: Light body. Light carbonation. Between the fruit and the yeast the beer is extremely dry. Mouthwateringly so. Makes me (gladly) want to drink more. Finish remains dry until the very end.

Aug 27, 2014
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -4.3%

St. Bretta is very opaque, especially when you near the bottom of the bottle. It's a dim, milky yellowish hue. The beer sports a head that is quick to pop away. Aroma is immediatley tart and funky. Smells of sour citrus. Also has a dry wheat aroma. He flavor is also pungently tart. Tart lemon flesh and unripe orange. Wheat. Grain. Tartness dominates. Light bodied. Didn't have full bottle to myself but it seemed quite drinkable; not as acidic as I was expecting. I haven't had much experience with this brewery. I know they're super popular and so far, I am impressed.

Via bottle.

Aug 16, 2014
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logicalparadox from New York

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours incredibly effervescent, amber to copper in color, hazy, with a good amount of sediment. Head retention is poor, and looks flat in the glass after a while with no lacing or foam. Appetizing, yes, but a bit soda-like, with small bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass and rolling upward to the flat, headless surface.

S: Lemons! Citrusy and fresh. A bit of vinegary acid on the nose, too. Some subtle funk, with a little wisp of wheat, but none of the bready, banana, grain, or clove elements you get from some other styles of wheat beer. The wild yeast comes through with a bright sour smell of a lambic or saison.

T: MMmm! Refreshing! Big citrus, all around. Lemons, oranges, a little pith, grapefruit in the rear, but bright and sour with some nice funky notes from the yeast. Green apples and apple skins. I get something... soapy toward the end. Pleasant, though. Maybe some hints of spice like coriander, maybe even some grains of paradise... interesting. A light touch of sugar cookie sweetness and a fain hint of wheat on the finish to round it out. I'm enjoying this. Great for warm weather!

M: MMhmm... Yep. A nice balance of soda-like carbonation, almost like lemon soda, but dry, with a pretty light body overall. No froth, which is a let down, but light and refreshing on the palate. Something that coats and tingles, almost buttery, but makes the lips pucker at the finish. Drinks like a sour beer with attitude.

A pleasure to drink, but falls short of greatness. Impressed overall and would like to have this again.

Jul 24, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy golden color capped by a frothy head that leaves some patchy lace

Smell: Somewhat funky, with wheat bread, lemon and spicy yeast tones

Taste: Lemon and Minneola Tangelo, up front; with tartness and funk building in the middle; peppery and slightly grainy, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice Wit with a few twists that Crooked Stave knows how to deliver

Jul 04, 2014
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slackattack from Spain

2.27/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2014 batch 1, purchased 24 June.

Pours hazy yellow, looks like a witbier. Nice head at first dissipates to nothing pretty quick, lace is non existent. Aroma is huge and odd. Smells funky, some orange blossom and black pepper, reminds me of salami oddly. Not a smell that makes me want to dive right in but I'm going to anyways. Moderate to high sourness. Moderate bretty funk. First thing I get in the taste is tangy, lemony citrus, has the same black pepper and cured meat undertones that I got in the nose. Body is medium, nice amount of carbonation and finishes dry. Overall, I don't care for this brew, I think it tastes and smells like meat and that is unappealing for me.

EDIT: after glancing through some other reviews I'm concerned that I might've got a bad bottle, no one else really mentioned meat haha, so take that for what it's worth.

Jun 27, 2014
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brianmandell from California

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

2014/Batch 1; Hazy golden pour with no head and minimal lacing. Starts with a very bright pleasant natural citrus flavor and a rush of lactic acidity covering some bready malt backbone. I can't distinguish the malt after the first few sips due to the level of acidity - except in the aftertaste where some breadiness remains. The star of the show is the orangy citrus - it is almost juicy but never sweet. The beer is lightly carbonated and the effect is an effervescent, prickly mouthfeel. It works well with the citrus, acidity and light mouthfeel. Overall, this is a winner from Crooked Stave. Refreshing, drinkable, interesting (but not overly complex). If the bready malt could be cleaned up a little bit this would score higher.

Jun 26, 2014
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Mongrel from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange with a little fizzy head that quickly fades away, but leaves a nice little ring of bubbles.

S - Smells like SweetTarts. Bright, clean, with just a little musty funk.

T - Tastes very tart and citrusy. You definitely get the tangelo, along with plenty of lemon. I went into this thinking this was some sort of funky saison, but this is a full-out wild/sour. Again, very tart, with some juicy sweetness to balance it out, and a chalky finish. Nice touch of wheat body. Really bright and refreshing, but lacks some of the depth and nuance found in their WWB/Batch 60.

M - The tartness lends a prickly effervescense that's almost aggressive at first, attacking the back of your throat. Best taken in small sips. Very dry finish that lets the citrus and floral notes hang around and boogie for a while.

Overall, another winner from Crooked Stave that's kind of like a tamer version of WWB Batch 60. Still not for sour noobs.

Also, this beer is misclassified on this site. Although it may have a lot of wheat in the grain bill, it's a wild ale first and foremost, not a witbier.

Jun 25, 2014
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popery from California

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow and murky. On a darker beer, this cloudiness would seem ominous. Here, it just kinda looks more viscous than it actually is. The head is small, white and fades away pretty quickly. The aroma is big on citrus. No idea what they actually used, but it reminds me of limes, oranges and citron. Some vanilla, oak. Mild funk. Some grass. There's an unexpected lactic note to it. The taste is fairly sour with a lot of citrus. More lactic than acetic, but the sourness is relatively strong, surprisingly so for an all brett beer. It's all citrus peels, funk and yogurt with a splash of apple cider vinegar. Tasty and fairly refreshing. Fair bit of pucker. Some body to it. Carbonation isn't very high, but it prickles on the tongue. It's similar to Almanac Farmer's Reserve #4. I quite like citrus sours, but I kinda think the citrus is hiding some messiness. That's probably not fair. I'm just not sure how I would feel about this beer if the citrus and sour were dialed back.

Jun 22, 2014
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deschutes_fan from California

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

-Pours pale golden and quite hazy.

- Smell is yeasty barnyard funk and fresh cut grass.

- Fairly sharp sour citrus flavor upfront with some straw and funk. An oaky and dry finish. Flavor is quite pleasant and keeps you wanting the next sip. A surprising amount of sour acidity, but well balanced.

- Overall a great beer. I would call this more of a sour saison than a Witbier. Has some nice funk, but not too much brett presence (yet). Definitely recommend if you like Saisons or sours or both.

Jun 19, 2014
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crankdatank from Washington

4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy dark gold, minimal head

S: slightly tart sweet orange, hint of wheat

T: very tart orange, much more tartness than I expected from an all brett beer (probably from the citrus fruit) lots of lemon and orange on the finish.

M: perfect carbination, just effervescent enought.

O: very tasty, citrus dominated and more sour than I expected.

Jun 19, 2014
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Pale amber bronze, a bit apricot bright orange under the light for the body color. Head is barely a finger tall on the pour, off white in color, and disappears fairly quickly. Collar manages to stick around a bit while drinking, and always stay populated.

Very nice fruity nose. Hints of moderate acidity, with a bit of orange and peach like sensing fruit quality. Slight soft vinegar and hints of fruit cider. Quite nice.

Palate comes a bit more lighter than expecting. Very light bodied and watery quite noticeably, but fruit quality comes through. Finish comes with a good amount of dough like thick and bakery malt action. Hints of sour puckering peach, and a good dough yeast punch fill the mid palate. Moderately carbonated, somewhere between dense and not seltzery.

This is coming off more as a beer cider strangely enough, but it's got enough character and good qualities to keep me drinking.

Jun 19, 2014
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dar482 from New York

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy ruby red grapefruit amber.

The aroma has a big lemon peel, lactic acid, with a good amount of musty quality, hay and barnyard funk, a touch of citrus fruit deep inside. Smells nothing like a witbier and more like a barrel aged funky saison.

The front, hit with big amounts of lactic and citric acid. Lactic as in sour yogurt surrounded by a medium amount of funk and wet hay. A nice touch of wheat body. The middle hits of grapefruit and tangerine quality. I have never had a minneola tangelo, but it tastes as advertised. The finish is clean and tart, almost like lasting effect of a lemon Warhead and grapefruit peel.

The mid palate is slightly lacking, but this is unbelievable for 5.5% ABV.

Jun 16, 2014
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Greywulfken from New York

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

A: hazy pale amber body with a finger of foamy head that slips away quickly, leaving behind a flimsy collar

S: citrus peel - possibly grapefruit, possibly lemon; some grassy, floral, and funkiness, too

T: tart citrus up front, slackened by the tacky brett funk; wet oak and an almost wheaty character come through

M: tart and tingly, light-medium feel; drying finish

O: another solid ale from Crooked Stave, whose only limiting factor is the price of their ales - for me, these are ales that I have to try, but don't often return to as much as I'd like because of the price

Jun 11, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Spring 2014. Batch 1.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, citrus fruit, funk, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, citrus fruit, and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a medium 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 very good beer that is tasty and refreshing.

Jun 04, 2014
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StaveHooks from Oklahoma

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

Served in a Prairie Teku glass.
Thanks to Yoshi Optimator or this one.

A - Hazy yellow/straw color with a finger of white head.

S - Fresh cracked white pepper, damp hay, barn funk, old basement wood, some floral/lavender, dried mushrooms, citrus, bright wheat malts. Gets funkier as it warms.

T - Lemon tartness upfront, grassy bitterness, dry peppery yeast upfront with salty citrus coming in midway. The wheat is blends wonderfully with the yeast creating rustic but bright character. Some leafy herbal hops pop up along with tart green apples and dose of salty minerals toward the bone dry finish.

M - Light weight but some firm texture, zesty carbonation, tart with a bone dry finish.

Exceptionally refreshing beer. Bright and zesty with solid funky yeast characters. Loved this one.

May 17, 2014
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beatenbyjacks from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - straw yellow that is very light with a thin bubbly head

Smell - very tart and citrusy. not as tart as other CS beers

Taste - sweet up front then a great tart twist at the end

Mouthfeel - well carbonated and leaves a nice dry flavor on your tonuge

Overall - 2nd favorite St. Bretta and quick simple fun beer to enjoy

May 05, 2014
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rlee1390 from Indiana

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

A-Clear hazy yellow, one finger head with a tad bit of carbonation.

S-Wheat, lemon, citrus, grass some very slight funk.

T-Starts rather tart and then finished with lemon. Wheat, moderate oak and semi-sweet.

M-Lighter in body, slight carbonation with a crisp dry finish.

O-Still a good beer but I was expecting a lot better.

Dec 01, 2013
St. Bretta (Spring) from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 365 ratings