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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by DrinkSlurm on 06-20-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
545
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
24.45%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
58
For Trade:
9
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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 545
Reviews by popery:
Photo of popery
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sante Adairius tulip - getting rustic tonight. The beer is an orangey golden color. Cloudy. Medium to small white head. Little to no lacing, bubbles burn out pretty quickly. The aroma is a big mix of wood, brett fruitiness and funk and blood orange with an interestingly musky, briny background - maybe more blood orange contribution. Blood oranges are an odd fruit for me, and I'm not a huge fan normally, but they work nicely in this beer. There's also some fresh pale malt sweetness. The taste really needs some time to warm up (I started out with it a bit too cold and the flavor was quite muted), but once it does, things open up. Nice wave of citrus tartness. Big blood orange flavor with rind and juice popping up. It starts out a deep vinous and blood orangey sweetness with some fresh, doughy grain. Then, there's an explosion of complexity, as layers of medium tannic oak, brett fruitiness, dusty farmhouse funk and tart/bitter blood oranges line up in harmony. Soft, full mouthfeel. Nice wheat body. This one crept up on me. When it was too cold, the beer seemed all washed out and mild. More and more flavor came out as the glass sat. There's a ton of excellent brett fruitiness to it - stone fruit, berries, etc. Tasty beer. My regard for Crooked Stave continues to rise.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of gregmoscetti
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Magister_Beav
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
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 tigg924
4.62/5  rDev +13%
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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml capped bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a snifter. 2013/ Batch 3

Quite a gusher as soon as I popped the cap but didn't loose much as I had a glass ready. Big soapy white head off the pour, obviously lots of streaming carbonation bubbles. Head fades to a somewhat retentive layer with spotty lace. Very nice hazy straw golden color.

Big Brett nose. Stinky, musty Brett, barnyard, a touch of hay. As it warms some medicinal earthy funk. Some nice orange like citrus as well the more and more it warms and opens.

Really nice taste. Just some beginning sourness, lemon like, lingers for a bit after each sip. The orange comes in and blends with the tart citrus from the Brett. Not as much funk as the aroma, more citrus based in the taste but the funk is still definatly there, medicinal, wet hay and hints of mustiness.

Really has such a nice effervescence and mouthfeel, somewhat high amount of a very nice fine carbonation.

What's not to love, all about the Brett, complex, yet amazingly drinkable and oh so refreshing. Wish I could get this by the six pack because I would totally session it all day. A really nice take on the witbier style.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of TKEbeerman
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of doremite
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jeonseh
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Crooked Stave glass

A - Hazy yellow and golden beer with a slightly cloudy aspect. A small white head to it that is a bit rocky.

S - Lemon, wheat, grassy, and a slight funk to it and it also a slight soapy aspect to it.

T - Tart lemon up front with a light lactic acid that gives it some sourness as well. There is a light grassy and blue cheese funk in there as well but it is light. The funk lingers on slightly in the finish as well as a strong lemon zest.

M - Tart carbonation up front with a zesty presence. There is a light funk that lingers on in the finish and remains thick on the tongue.

O - A tart yet slightly funky witbier from Crooked Stave that is definitely different from your normal witbier with its tart and funky presence. Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Very light straw yellow. head leaves quickly as well

Smell - Subtle sweetness with very little tart. Lots of pineapple

Taste - tart acidity and fruit that is quickly followed by some type of chemical

Mouth - that chemical taste does not leave

Overall - I have had CS multiple times and I finally found a chemical bomb. just horrible. I had it on tap and it was amazing, but this bottle did not age well. I will go back to Crooked Stave soon though

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Photo of Schlafly33
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of roostor07
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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