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

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St. Bretta (Summer)St. Bretta (Summer)

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by DrinkSlurm on 06-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 564 |  Reviews: 79
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1.28/5  rDev -68.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'm really hoping that I got a bad bottle. Everyone on here can't be wrong about this. This beer was the first drain-pour I have ever had. Tasted like smoke and dirt, nothing more. Very disappointing. I would love to try it again because, like I said...I must have gotten a bad bottle. Has this happened to anyone else out there?

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2/5  rDev -51.1%

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2/5  rDev -51.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of mevett89
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: straw, slightly hazy with a thin white head.

Aroma: citrus, wheat and some funkiness.

Taste: tart sourness, with blood orange, and semi-sweet (it starts sweet, but ends dry) with that earthy funkiness again.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with good carbonation.

Overall: pretty good and easily drinkable. Not my favorite sour beer, of the sour beers I've had, but certainly good.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gorgeous golden ale, with excellent clarity, topped by a large white head that recedes fairly rapidly. Good visible carbonation level. No lacing. Less impressive looking once head dies away to nothing. After half the glass, I poured the yeast in to cloud it all up, as I thought it would be more appropriate considering this is a "Belgian Wit."

There is a pleasant aroma, perfect for a summer seasonal. This has the distinct touch of brettanomyces and blood oranges. Notes of marzipan, blood orange, cherry blossom and slight funk tartness. Unique smelling, and quite appetizing.

Definite tartness here, with a dry body. Subtle suggestions of orange, oak, and bitter lemons across the palate. Yeast in the finish, with some oak tones there too. The body is medium, and carbonated well enough. The blood oranges leave an astringency in the mouth. Not really a Witbier in my opinion.

A unique take on the Belgian Witbier. 100% Brett. Belgian White, with blood oranges and aged in oak. It is nothing like a Belgian Wit, which I'm sure they don't care. Is it a well crafted beer, but not exactly one that I would want to replace the ever so drinkable and delicious Belgian Whites with. Also, it is too expensive for what this is.

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3.37/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy lemon yellow into my Bruery tulip. A thin fluffy white head disappears quickly and leaves no lacing anywhere on the glass. Not a bubble of carbonation. This beer lies completely flat and still.
Lemon juice, orange peel, touches of black pepper and toasted oak. Not overly funky but the bit of horse blanket and barnyard blend nicely with the tart lemon/citrus notes. Again, nothing to dynamic, but pleasing.
Tart fresh squeezed lemon juice, little notes of peppercorns, dried orange peel, yeasty barnyard funk, and bits of caramel toasted oak. Not a ton of depth, but not a one note solo either.
Very tart and lemony! Not a bit of spakle on the tongue. Just kind of flat and uninspired.
I had really high hopes for this, but it was kind of a let down. Not as much funk as I'd hoped for, no sparkle whatsoever, and fairly bland for a bottle that cost $8.99. This was o.k. but nothing I'll be seeking out again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
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 magictacosinus
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased way back during a release date of CS beers at Provisions in late July of 2013, and consumed just a few days ago. I had this fresh, and I was curious how it would hold up with the Brett bomb within. Poured out of a 11.2oz bottle into a mini snifter.

Appears quite pale and golden in character. Some notable effervescence, with a minor white head. Carbonation doesn't last too long over time, and indeed, this was the case fresh as well. About an 8th of this bottle was nothing but sediment and yeast residue, and when poured in the glass, would add a milky, straw cloudy texture to the beer. Looks nice, but also looks like pretty much any average saison out there.

Very rustic at the nose, with intense notes of barnyard-like qualities, as well as dried grass and a distinct smokiness. When I had this fresh, it showed brighter citrus zest (akin to lemon) qualities, with the very first instance that I've smelled something similar to "cat urine" on a beer. Aged, it's lost a lot of the brightness, although the urine smell is nowhere to be found at this point, and there's some fuller notes of pears, cider, and stone fruit underneath the smoke and leather soaked hay. It seems the Brett has taken a bit of a toll on this bottle - I should have probably had this a bit fresher. I'll be fair and adjust the scores, but I'm hoping that the flavor delivers the goods.

It's considerably less rustic and intense on the palate, although it's not without its faults throughout. The only fruits I can make out here is perhaps a combination of fresh lemon peel with some pears. Otherwise, everything else lurks underneath the predominant smoked, grassy, wet straw flavor, with some light notes of leather and mild tobacco from the oak, as well as the Brett itself. Creamy, yet light-bodied, which is something I always enjoy in a saison, but also conflicts with the complex, slightly oppressive barnyard qualities from the beer when it comes down to the flavor. Could use a little bit more carbonation - it loses its gas rather quickly throughout. A mixed bag, but definitely drinkable.

Brett is a gamble when it comes to storing beer, and while I've had success stories with it, this was definitely far less smoky, dry, and yeasty tasting when I had it fresh. I was only about a month or two off from the soft spot, but hey, it still turned out fine overall. While this wasn't nearly as intense as a bottle of Vielle I had a while back, it's definitely on its way there. Need some cured dried meats for this next time, and then I'll be good to go!

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3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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