St. Bretta (Summer)
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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American Brett
4.11 | pDev: 9%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of Bitterbill
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, 2013. Going on 6 years old!

Pours a hazy pale gold with one heck of a nice head of foam, lacing is very good.

The smell has an awesome Brett presence, oak and some citrus. And tartness.

All 4 components in the smell are in the taste with the citrus coming through on the milder side. And this sure is dry! Tartness is what I would call, at an easy to cope with level.

Body is on the lower side of medium and the carbonation is lively but in a good way.

Yikes! I dig this!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow body, pouring with a moderate white head, fading to an uneven cap, small bubble lacing forms up in broken lines across the glass.

S - Strong hit of funk, yogurt and grass, a bit of lemony fruit, and soured grains at its core.

T - Follows the nose, with the grain notes forward, suggesting toasted bread, and a bright lemon curd aspect, finishing with just a touch of bitterness.

M - Very highly carbonated, but the brisk feel does keep things from getting too slick or cloying.

O - This was a pleasant surprise, a back of the frig beer that held up to the age and delivered exactly the kind of experience you would hope for in a Witbier.

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Photo of DanLane
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellow golden pour with 2 inch head, smelled of pears and lemon, taste like Apple champagne but with an earthy tone that balanced it well, crisp finish like a cider.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

UPDATED 5/2018: this 12.7 oz bottle is dated 'June 2015'. I made some minor adjustments to the text, as I had about the same experience as I had stated previously.

12.7 oz bottle, dated 2014.

Look: pours somewhat cloudy, displaying a straw color edging toward orange with a good amount of head that stays around and clings nicely to the glass.

Smell: similar to other sours I have had: very pungent and certainly complex: hops, grains, yeast, and more!

Taste: What I have come to expect from sours: almost like a sour milk taste, with a bit of barnyard funk, and on the dry side.

Feel: Nicely carbonated, great mouthfeel.

Overall: I still consider myself new to sours, yet this one strikes me as one of the better ones. It's a little too sour and dry for me, but it certainly is complex.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

7/ gold cloudy hazy with heavy white foam. Orange nose, coriander nose too. Funked citrus flavors, light spices. Clean mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Woodsy. Nice.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a semi-golden yellow color with a two finger white foamy head that glistened and slid off at a pretty slow pace. Fast rising carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Some stringy lace.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of sweet pear, honeydew, red apples, sweet champagne, lemongrass, freshly cut grassy hop bookends, a light white pepper, and an ample amount of sweet earthy to semi-woody sweetness.
The flavor took all of the previously mentioned aromas to collide with a little bit of orange sweet pulp to citrusy sweet pulp. Smooth to dry sort of citrusy pulpy aftertaste with just an ever so slight of that lemongrass and white pepper.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty nice saison, one of those dryer types, with barely any breadiness, and even less Belgian yeastiness, but somehow I didn't mind. I wonder if it's because it's as damn humid here in Vermont right now, not sure, but I'd still have this again.

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Photo of AppaZappa
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 3 2014 bottle that I found on a clearance rack. So why not? Poured into teku. Look is hazy gold with generous white head. Smell is loads of brett, citrus, oak and feint traces of coriander. Taste lots of brett, citrus, acid, and slight sweet wheat on the finish. Mouth is crisp, dry, and refreshing.

I thought this would be more of a brett bomb than it was; really liked the citrus and tartness. Very nice

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No time to drink a summer beer like December, right? Batch 2 2014 vintage bottle served into a tulip and reviewed live as an American wild ale since it's identifed as a "brettanomyces citrus wildbier" on the label. Expectations are pretty high on account of the brewery and my previous experience with beers in this series.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

HEAD: Foam gushes out upon opening, the first indication of overcarbonation (seeing as this has sat in a fridge dormant for over a year). Head is white and fizzy; some might say thin and weak. Reduces quickly, betraying its poor consistency. Lacks lacing. 4 minute retention.

BODY: Somewhat hazy bright yellow adorned by lively bubble activity. Translucent and semitransparent, but not clear per se. Above average vibrance. No yeast is visible within.

Appears overcarbonated. It's a nice appearance for its style, but not a unique or special one.

AROMA: Damp oak wood, must, dry biscuity brettanomyces yeast(s) with a funky edge, and mild citrus. Actually, the citrus is disappointingly downplayed; I hoped for a freshy juicy Valenica orange presence, but it's anything but vivid and/or expressive = just some lemony twang. Barnyard must, hay, and dry straw fill out the farmhouse-redolent vibe. Not sour or tart, but the funkiness is maybe a 5/10 in terms of intensity.

Aromatic intensity is above average. Suggests a dry brew with a disappointing citrus presence.

TASTE: Follows the aroma, with more of a zappy citrus zest than anticipated - thankfully. It's not juicy vivid Valencia orange, but rather a rindy almost grapefruity citrus presence; overripe if anything without being twangy. The dry brettanomyces presence goes nicely with the slightly tart fruit, but this just isn't as cohesive as other beers in the St. Bretta series have been, and never quite feels like a gestalt whole. It's not that the citrus and the yeast(s) clash, but they certainly don't complement one another. Depth of flavour could be improved, as could intricacy and subtlety of execution. There isn't a whole lot of flavour here in comparison to other wild ales.

Balance needs work as well. The premise is superior to the execution.

TEXTURE: Dry, lightly coarse, and somewhat dragging on the palate, preventing it from being refreshing. I hoped for a juicy mouthfeel to coax out the orange flavour, but that isn't the case. Overcarbonated, oddly medium-bodied (where it should be light and refreshing), and not real soft.

Fails to elevate the beer as a whole, or to accentuate the best in the beer. Instead, it emphasizes the dry brettanomyces, fatiguing the palate.

OVERALL: I have a lot of respect for Crooked Stave, but this isn't their finest work. Maybe the mild aging I gave this did it a disservice, but common sentiment is that wild ales improve with age. Drinkable and enjoyable, but not anywhere near a paragon of the style. I'm glad I tried it once, but I've preferred other brews in the St. Bretta line.

B- (3.40) / WORTHY

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Photo of tigg924
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy orange-yellow with 1/4 inch head that disappears quickly. Taste is amazing citrus: Lemon, orange, tangerine, brett, hay...This is the best witbier that I have had in a while. Really clean. Maybe due to the brett and carbonation, but the citrus really pops here. Super glad I picked this up. Will be really interested in trying more from Crooked Stave.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is spices, light wheat and strong Brett notes. The flavor is citrus, wheat, spices and strong Brett funkiness/mild sourness into the finish. Good if a little too much Brett.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second beer I have had by Crooked Stave. Like the Key Lime Tau, this beer starts fantastic and has a harsh almost metallic finish that I would expect from an IPA, not a standard labeled Ale. If this were labeled as an IPA, I would give it better ratings.

This is another nice refreshing beer with lots of citrus from Crooked Stave.

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Photo of Mini4x
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely golden amber, decent foamy head, a bit tart, sour notes a touch vinegary, but maybe it's the citrus acidity coming through, lemons tartness definitely am excellent pour, but a tad on the pricey side. Lovely twist to Whitbeer.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; brown with red accents visible throughout; less than a 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: funky, tart, a little vinegary;

T: follows the nose; fruity tartness dominates at the end;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation - a little effervescent; very dry finish;

O: really like the tart, dry finish;

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Photo of SamN
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Crooked Stave brew, excited to try my first brew from this renowned CO brewery.

Holy crap, this baby is live! Initial pour is all head, white, fluffy, soapy head. As the carbonation dissipates, a very light hazy golden-straw liquid emerges. Super lively, lots of carbonation. Amazing head, thick and leaves an incredibly rocky lacing all over the glass. Wow, pure witbier goodness. A bit later, got some room to finish off the bottle into my weizen glass, including the yeast cake. The appearance becomes a thick, orange color, deep hues. Wow, what a looker.

Aroma is mostly tartness; lemons, funk, coriander, pepper, faint wheat malt. Not as funkadelic as I expected, but solid nonetheless. Very refreshing smelling. Adding the yeast doesn't add too much to the aroma, a bit more yeastiness, but not much banana.

Taste is interesting. It's definitely a wit, but with added layers of tartness. Finishes on a spicy, citrus rind flavor. Throughout the beer is a distinct sour/grassy character. I was really hoping this would have more funk to it. Maybe it does and I'm just missing it. Overall, very tart, overpowers most of the delicate wheat flavors. I think I should have left out about half of the yeast cake.

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Photo of Zach136
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow body with thin head.

Aroma/Flavor: Biting acidity with a touch of assorted citrus (lemon and tangelo).

Mouthfeel: Bone dry and refreshing.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Back label says 2014/Batch 2.

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a tiny center patch of bubbly surface foam. No lacing.

S- Solid funky Brett aroma with a lot of citrus quality coming along with it.

T- Higher on the sourness scale than expected. The tartness is assertive at first but soon washes away leaving a light note of green olive from the Brett behind. Then, multiple consecutive sips become irresistible as my palate craves more of the soury goodness.

M- Medium-high pucker with medium-low carbonation and a light body.

O- Though it doesn't look like much and I would've liked a bit more carbonation, this is a super tasty sour wit with more sour characteristic than wit plus a nice, clean Brett funk in the nose.

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Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

A: Pours a hazed golden/yellow color. A massive and dense white head forms immediately, that sticks around forever. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: At first a funky/musty yeast, acidic fruits. Citrus and orange rind. Light wheat aromas. I can almost feel the carbonation on my nose, before even taking a sip I know this has really high carbonation.
T: Musty yeast, with really acidic fruits. Orange and lemon rind. Tart, acidic and sweet passion fruits intermingle with the yeast and wheat character.
M/D: A light body with supper spritzy carbonation which is prickly on the tongue. I love the carbonation level here. While the fruits added give a sweetness, this finises on the dry side. Really easy and enjoyable to drink. The bottle is gone way to quickly.

Very solid. The tart and acidic fruits work well, and I like the the ultra high carbonation here. Another well done beer from Crooked Stave.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

A: hazy golden with very thin head

S: sourdough, yeast, lemon rind, a hint of bubblegum

T: tart up front like a fresh lemon. Smooth carbonation, finishes sweet like sweet tarts, cloves, grapefruit, funky

M: clean mouth feel, small bubble carbonation, taste doesn't linger

O: good fubky , refreshing beer

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Photo of avalon07
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-ish color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: An incredibly sweet-smelling aroma of citrus and some yeast as well.

T: You expect to find some fruit elements in a witbier, but St. Bretta takes this to a whole other level. Lots of citrus (orange, maybe a little lemon), yeast, the advertised brett, pepper, and cloves. A vibrant, light, and sweet flavor.

M: Highly carbonated beer with a prickly finish. Light-bodied.

O: An excellent Americanized version of a witbier. Likeable and easy to drink - provided you like sweet stuff.

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Photo of Jonada
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle poured into a Cantillon balloon glass. Bottled 2014. Batch 2.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat pale yellow color with 2 fingers of a white head with good retention. Body is very hazy with quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Smell: Solid witbier base. Wheat, clove, peppery yeast, along with some bright citrus, pineapple and some light funk.

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty closely. Peppery yeast, clove, and wheat from the base beer along with orange, lemon, grapefruit, white grape, and with some lacto character coming through in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light but with a soft wheat like mouthfeel and relatively high carbonation. Finishes tart and mostly dry.

Overall: Another really good beer from Crooked Stave. Lots of flavor and incredibly refreshing. This is the perfect beer to sit back and enjoy on a hot summer day.

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Photo of dgfair
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Kind of light in the nose, but the flavor is fantastic. Lemon, orange sweetness. Some barnyard funk along with a pleasant tart sour. Definitely embodies the summer label. Good dry finish and very drinkable.

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Photo of dar482
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%

The beer comes in a gorgeous hazy golden color

The aroma has lemons, lactic sour, wheat, a bright funk of barnyard and hay.

The flavor tastes of tart lemon candy, almost like a lemonade. A bit of lactic sour and a creamy mouthfeel. The mandarin comes through as the beer almost tastes of fresh squeeze lemonade.

Drying n the back end.

Another great brew from Crooked Stave.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: 2014 Vintage, Batch 3

A: Pours cloudy medium yellowish/orangish in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and a hint of straw + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer made up of medium to large sized bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are moderate to strong aromas of horse blanket and citrus/lemon along with traditional brett flavors. Light to moderate aromas of grassy + spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of grainy malts with a lighter flavor of slightly sour wheat. There is a moderate flavor of horse blanket and lemon citrus along with a tart brett flavor. Hints of grassy and spicy hops in the finish. Light amounts of oak are subtle but present.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Very enjoyable, refreshing, and easy to drink. Definitely a very well constructed brew with a great brett presence. Highly recommend.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev -2.7%

2014 / Batch 2

A little concerned at first. It was overly-carbed and the first sip tasted of oxidation but every drink afterwards was been tasty as hell.

Also, how in the hell is this a "witbier?" It's sour as hell.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%

Massive flowing white fluffy head. Brew is light orange with loads of yellow.

Bright farmy citrus aroma. Killer.

Stupid high carbonation. Sweetness is high(er). Bitterness is fluid and mellow. Lots of orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, mango, tangerine...Salty too. Solid.

This brew kicks serious ass. Crooked Stave is producing sheer awesomeness. Highly recommended.

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St. Bretta (Summer) from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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