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

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St. Bretta (Spring)St. Bretta (Spring)

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Minneola Tangelos.

Added by gueuzedreg on 04-22-2013

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

thanks to ablackshear for this beer!

poured into crooked stave tulip glass.

Appearance: pale yellow almost peach bodied beer. The beer is opaque. 2 fingers of white head that slowely drops down to a cap. Better than thin lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: really clean nose. Just a little bit of the tangelos come through. The brett is pretty big and earthy in the nose and a hint of oak.

Taste: A subtle oranges starts the beer off with a mild citrusy sweetness. Hint of lemon. Here come the brett and malts. Wheat malt with earthy and lightly funky brett. Oak barrel blends well with the brett and they seem to compliment each other nicely. Getting a little bit of fruity yeast and black pepper as well. Really really nice... a well rounded and balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: on the higher spectrum of a light bodied beer almost medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Great dry finish that makes you get an orange zest note in the aftertaste. Carbonation is very well done. Fresh and lively carbonation; it gets pricky and eppervescent when it hits your tongue.

Overall: This beer was sapposed to be a "rebrew" of WWBO. I think that it is darn close. The biggest difference is that the WWBO has a bigger orange flavor to it. With St. Bretta the brett is just a little bigger and is overpowering the oranges in this beer. Either way... I like both St. Bretta and WWBO very much. Why dont people brew with oranges more often? I have throughly enjoyed every beer that I have drank thats been brewed with oranges.

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Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Francois for sharing.

No head, hazy grapefruit colored.

Nose nice Brett funk, saison farmhouse, hint fruity almost peach like and apricot, juicy, light straw grassy hay, faint wheat

Taste little watery to start but then nice funk, little tart, grassy grainy straw hay, light grapefruit rind and apricot, nice Brett farmhouse slightly barnyard, nice citrus fruit somehow, some bitter citrus rind hops too.

Mouth is thinner bod and watery, lighter carb.

Overall interesting, some good points but overall felt too thin, but an interesting beer.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem. 2013 Spring bottling - Minneola Tangelo.

Pour: Hazy, radient orange juice with a finger and a half of tightly packed white head. Some lacing, and the head recedes to a rim. Really digging the color on this one.

Smell: Bright citrus juice up front... smells a lot like clementines. A juicy tropical brett. Some lemon pith. A light white and pink peppercorn.

Taste: Follows the nose with gently tart lemon and orange juice up front. Some light earthy brett mixes with more of the slight peppercorn from the nose. A touch of doughy sweetness. All the flavors here are delicate, and very well balanced. Finishes dry with bright brett.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally drinkable and refreshing. The tangelos lend a bit of an acidic bite. Finishes quite dry.

Overall: Another awesome Crooked Stave offering. This was perfect for a warm day. Thanks Michael!

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Photo of SFACRKnight
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip.
Pours nice, some head that retreats to a ring rather quickly. Nice straw color, lacking that witbier haze though, pretty clear actually.

Smells like citrus, some wheat, and brett. The brett seems less funky and more fruity. Very appealing, invites you in for a sip.

Nice citrus tastes, getting the tangelo, works well with the brett, and the wheat comes in at the end, letting you know this is still a witbier regardless of the brett and tangelo. Very well done, I was unsure how this was going to taste coming into this, and I find it hard to put my glass down.

Medium mouthfeel, not overly carbonated, just enough to clean off the palate and keep this beer fresh and lively as I drink it.

Overall, this is another solid Crooked Stave offering. Once again they have taken a classic style, added some imagination, and made a beer that reaches back towards its stylistiic roots while changing things up. Other than the looks, you still know, under the citrus and brett, this is still a very nice witbier. Kudos to Crooked Stave once again.

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Photo of spoony
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 375 ml bottle into a tulip (tasted two bottles).

A-This beer is bright, sunshine and straw in color. Quite murky. The head is nearly white, dense and about one-finger tall to start. It drops quickly to a collar.

S-The smell is sweet, with mild orange and tangerine notes. The is some lemon, too, and while the wheat is spicy as you would expect from a wit, it is milder than most. The brett funkiness is muted, but noticeable.

T-The taste is less sweet than the smell, with more power from the citrus and spice. The brett is only slightly funky and it accompanies some wheat, cereal, and bread dough. The taste is not too wild, but this is definitely not a normal witbier.

M-The feel is light to medium body with a smooth opening and a little roll of carbonation. The finish is pretty clean and dry. This is quite drinkable.

O-This is a nice twist on the typical witbier. The brett is funky, but understated (which is nice in this day and age of huge brett). The tangelos add just a little bit of refreshing sweetness to balance the funky brett and slightly spicy wheat. I'm not sure I would drink this over a good wit (like St. Barnardus), but I certainly could do worse than this on a nice spring afternoon like today.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

new spring release from crooked stave, brewed with some kind of tangelo. it pours a thick and hyper cloudy pale yellow color, with an inch or more of thin white head. excellent lacing as it drinks. the nose is zesty like orange rind, a little farmy from the brett, but not overdone, and loaded with malted wheat. I think the grain totals might be a little high in this beer, the wheat comes through heavy, and it crowds out some of the fun yeast characteristics, and I have to try hard to pick out the tangelo in the flavor. the finish is the best part, where some acid cuts in, and the brett is more noticeable. not a total miss by any stretch, but I am familiar with pure gold from crooked stave, and this one is not up to those standards. a little light on carbonation, a little heavy on body. im being harsh here, because I know what they are capable of. an interesting choice for spring, and a beer that I didn't dislike, but probably not one I will revisit for almost 7 bucks a bottle.

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Photo of JonathanG
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this bottle at Wines Off Wynkoop on 4-23-13, and couldn't wait to try it, so I cracked it open shortly after getting home.

Appearance is a cloudy straw yellow/light gold color. Cloudiness is there throughout, with noticeable "extras" in the bottom of the bottle. Lacing hangs around as a light cap, but is easily roused with a swirl or two.

Smell is pretty tame at this point. As pointed out by Mebuzzard, this is a just-bottled sour, so the brett may not be as influential at this point, compared to a few months from now. The brett is there, but it's pretty mellow. Earthy aromas mingle nicely with the soft citrusy-orange/tangelo notes. Faint horsey and mild leather notes are in there too, but the brett is pretty light and clean at this point in time. A little grain and wheat notes, but definitely not your typical wheat beer. Then again, it's Crooked Stave, so what were you expecting? I was quite happy with the nose here.

Taste goes pretty much hand-in-hand with the nose, although the sourness lays out nicely across the palate. Not too sour, the brett is nicely balanced, adding a pleasant tang to the earthiness. The tangelo is also mild and not dominant. All things considered, very nice balance here. It makes me want to take another sip. Light spice, grain and wheat as well.

Mouthfeel is brilliantly sessionable. Pretty light on the palate, with the acidity being both quenching and alluring. If you're looking for a show-stopper, this probably isn't it, but if you want something that draws you in in a relatively subtle and balanced way, this may be your ticket for Spring and Summer quenching. It really does make me want to take another sip with everything that's going on here.

Overall, a success, as noted above. This beer is made for both savoring and drinking... more than one of, in my opinion. As a side note, I added the dregs in near the end, and not surprisingly, the brett characteristics became more pronounced, with more leather, and horsey barnyard notes coming to the forefront. So if you want more brett, make sure to add everything into your glass. This is what also leads me to believe that with a bit more time in bottle, the brett will be more pronounced.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ho-hum, another solid beer from the Stave

Minneola Tangelos in this brew. Going to be a bit of a stickler here in this review. Witbier is on the label.

Pours a light golden straw with uniform white head. Pretty good lacing, settles to a thin collar. Easy swirl brings the head back up again

Aroma is soft citrus. Not quite as robust as a fresh tangelo, and not as sharp as an orange. Light malt. Hints of spice. Not a sharp aroma that comes with other witbiers

Nice subtle citrus flavor. Again, not as sharp as some witbiers with the spice, but I get some white pepper. Keep in mind this is a new bottle. With time perhaps the brett with change the profile. Somewhat peachy or maybe apricot. Soft malt, soft spice.

The feel is what I love with this beer. A touch tart and tangy, nice carbonation. Makes it very easy to drink. While not a dry finish, it sure ain't sweet.
very nice

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml poured into a Crooked Stave snifter:

If you are getting any non-sour beer from Crooked Stave, you know you are getting some funk with it too. This beer is made with 100% strain Brett, and Minneola Tangelos ta boot.

This Llama of a beer is not exactly the form of witbier; but a classic funk Crooked Stave stamped approved version of it. Take a classic witbier, and add Crooked Stave funk and tangelos and you get the idea.

I am blessed to be close to this brewer.

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