St. Bretta (Spring) | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

St. Bretta (Spring)St. Bretta (Spring)
BA SCORE
93.6%
Liked This Beer
4.13 w/ 360 Ratings
St. Bretta (Spring)St. Bretta (Spring)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Minneola Tangelos.

Added by gueuzedreg on 04-22-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,059
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
360
Liked:
337
Avg:
4.13/5
pDev:
7.26%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
42
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 360 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Al for providing this bottle, it's a treat to have some crooked stave in DC!

The beer pours with a beautiful crisp bubbly sound that the macro breweries always try to capture in their commercials (which actually does add something to my overall impression of the beer). The color is what you'd expect from a witbeer being straw yellow; hazy with a touch of orange too with a fluffy white head that leaving traces of lacing behind on the glass as it dies to a very thin ring, solid look overall. The bottle has some obvious yeast sediment at the bottom which is a plus in my book.

The smell has a very distinct tart citrus to it but it has a nice counterpart in the mellow oak which serves to give the aroma more of a rich roundness which is nice, definitely a pretty complex nose compared to your everyday wit! There is a distinct citrus rind to this that reminds me almost of the same experience you get when you zest an orange or lemon into a cocktail, interesting.

The taste is refreshing on a hot day like today in DC: definite tart citrus but with a nice brett yeast body, tangerine, a touch of bready wheat malt and a pretty clean aftertaste with a lingering sourness that reminds me of the sour left behind by a warhead candy in that it is very persistent even after its well down the hatch. Not a huge depth of flavor that i was hoping for from the aroma, but as a witbeer you wouldnt expect it either. I would definitely recommend drinking this on the colder side, it gets more dull as it warms for certain.

The body is helped out by the big tart backbone and the carbonation does a nice job of supporting that, the feel is medium light which seems about right for the style and what they were going for with the fruit.

Overall, a very nice beer, certainly worth a try if you see it! Definitely drinkable, but not one you could chug with the amount of tartness.

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Photo of marshmeli
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Dope
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a super cloudy light orange. Huge effervescent white head. Loads of solid fluffy lacing everywhere. Great head retention.

S: Hmph. Minty, almost like lemongrass? Bright citrus with some lemon, orange...maybe even melons?

T: Tart fruits. Very tart fruits. Sharp lemons primarily with bitter orange peel backing it up. Sour, tart, minty and drying finish. Very drying and crisp. Kinda like mint leaves and sour lemons. It's like a funky saison mojito. Grassy throughout.

M: Medium bodied and very dry.

O: Super tart/sour saison. One of the funkiest I've ever had. Overpowering. Having said that, it's not bad but it definitely dominates the flavor. A must-have for the brett lover for sure.

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Photo of mozim
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of TallSaint
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this from my cellar reserve trustee, but apparently crooked stave is now distributed in NY. Enjoyed from a crooked stave snifter. Brew pours a soft honey yellow with a thin fizzy head that was gone fast. Deep and rich in color. Smell is a bright floral vanilla with oaky highlights. The brett seems to add a crispness as opposed to a funk. Oaky brett tartness flavor. Crooked stave had really achieved a signature flavor to their beers that makes them taste nice. This is no exception, but this is the witbir take on it. You can pick out the tartness of the wit and some hints if orange rind. Solid summer beer. Glad i gave a few of these coming my way to enjoy in these crisp summer days.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ausonius
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of roostor07
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of pmoney
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of twenty5
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

A: Hazy, light orange body. Looks heavily carbonated. Small bubbly head, fizzles quickly with no lacing.

S: Loads of funky and tart Brett. Oak. Juicy sweet citrus. A bit of grassiness and hay.

T: Oak upfront, followed by a ton of Lemon and orange juicy citrus. Finishes with lingering brett and sweet tart remnants.

M: Light body. Dry. Clean. Refreshing. High carbonation.

O: this has more citrus than any other bretty beer I've had. CS is really impressing. Solid balance and exploding with flavor.

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

Bottle shared by my buddy Mitch in colo. Allowed to warm up for about 25-30 mins.

Pours hazed lighter tangarine. looser off white head. Stays at the 1/3 inch level for a good long spell. Leaves respectable strands of fine lacing.

Lemon, grass. tea and some barnyard funk in the nose.

Super flavorful wit/saison/what ever you want to call this offering.

Large brett character, heavy lemon, quite tart/puchering w/ a continued biting sour note

The final yeasty pour adds a nutty, grapefruity, funky yeast experience that is not to be missed

No doubt this is serious beer, funky cheese?

One of the bunch of first CS beer I've tried and they have not disapointed.

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Photo of Gatch
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the brewery for just $7.

A: Beautiful hazy, golden-yellow with a nice, fizzy, bright white head that fades fairly quickly into creamy froth. No lace or retention whatsoever.

S: Great yeasty, citrusy, funky nose. Some barn/hay and wood. Citrus and Brett are the highlights and they smell fantastic.

T: Just like the nose it's heavy on the citrus and yeast. A bit of sour and funk with plenty of good carbonation and a great finish. Proper dryness and never cloying. Tasty, tasty stuff.

M: Great body, clean and smooth feel, and tons of flavor. Top notch.

O: For fans of Brett, this beer does not disappoint. Refreshing, funky, and the right amount of citrus flavor.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Clear orange yellow. Small white head. Mostly clear. Nothing on the surface.

Smell - Lots of grain. Acidic. Citrus. Orangey.

Taste - Citrus comes up first. Then grain. Very wheaty. Lots of pale malt. Slight tang and brett.

Mouthfeel - Thin and not very flavorful. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Uninspired. First big let down from Crooked Stave.

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St. Bretta (Spring) from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 93.6% out of 100 with 360 ratings
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