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

St. Bretta (Summer)St. Bretta (Summer)
BA SCORE
92%
Liked This Beer
4.1 w/ 561 ratings
St. Bretta (Summer)St. Bretta (Summer)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DrinkSlurm on 06-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,231
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
561
Liked:
516
Avg:
4.1/5
pDev:
9.02%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
60
Trade:
8
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at Tieman's tasting.

2013 vintage. Batch 3.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, yeast, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with chalk and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells very nice but the chalk-like flavor I am getting is a bit odd.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

absolutely outstanding. crooked stave just owns this style of beer right now. even better than the spring version, this pours a less cloudy than anticipated pale yellow color with a lively white head over an inch tall but fading pretty fast. the nose is really bretty, sour too, and more well hopped than I remember the other one being. its got a defined citrus aroma, but I cant pick out an orange type specifically. musty wheat malt base. the flavor matches the nose, but is way more sour than it smells. acidity is somehow tempered by the wheat malt, which is nice, makes it a very drinkable beer. bretty funk all the way through, and the citrus is really prominent. a superior quality beer in every way, special stuff here. soft feel but super carbonated, an odd combination, its delicate and robust at the same time. I would drink this every single day if I could.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This level of complexity and drinkability should not exist in one single glass- tart refreshment commands the ale from sip to finish while the taste of citrus, sweat, sour, and must all come into play along the way...

Pouring a hazy golden straw color, the beer layers into the glass with a reluctant release of delicate white foam. Once separated, its long standing sheet of froth laces with well defined rings with each sip. Its an ideal Belgian-type appearance.

The first whiff evokes immediate mouth watering effect because of the combined tartness, earthiness and saltiness. Orange peels, limes, grapes and young berries aid the sourish scent while a stern whiff of sea air, weathered wood, attic-like must and horse blanket wrap around the tart fruit notes. Wet hay and dry crackers and a dusting of yeast round out the ales ultra-complex scent.

Short-lived bready sweetness is immediately engulfed by sourness. Sour grapes, limes, bitter orange peels, vinous dry white wine and green berries all play into the fruity tartness- just ahead of the earthy notes at middle palate. That's when the salty brine, musty, hay and leather flavors balance the sourness and aid in a dry wheat taste to finish its taste.

The beer's mouthfeel has a sliver of wheat, and that's the only real thing that keeps it from complete dryness. Its slim softness is a welcome reprieve from the brunt of acidity that would be felt otherwise. Light powdery tannin, palate cleansing fruit acidity, and light alcohol warmth ensures a dry and refreshed palate in the end.

There's a lot of strategy that goes into an ale that seems so haphazard. Certain sharpness, delicate softness, and a cocoon of earthiness layers onto the palate brilliantly. Its a taste that's complex enough to discuss et nauseum or to drink with with unabashed thirst quenching relief.

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3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
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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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottling; Batch 3

Appearance: Pours a very murky golden color with what starts out as an impressive head; the retention, however, is not great though it leaves a few squiggles behind

Smell: This is Exhibit A for horseblanket, with some fruity, grassy and spicy towns in the supporting cast

Taste: A hint of fruit and then the horseblanket flavor takes over; very spicy, in the middle, with a strong dose of coriander and white pepper; the orange peel emerges after the swallow, bringing some tartness along with it

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: As good as this beer is, I wish I liked it more but I found that the strong flavors clashed a bit on my palate

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml capped bottle, dated 2013, Batch 3. 100% brettanomyces "Whitebier". Seasonal citrus: blood oranges. Fermented in oak foeders.

A: Pours a hazy pale straw-yellow with a 1/2" white head which fades slowly leaving spotty lace. Some chunky yeast settles to the bottom of the glass.

N: Lemony citrus, yeast, grass/hay, herbal, horseblanket funk and barnyard, earthy with estery fruit.

T: Brett funk ala horseblanket, bright and light sunshine, hay/grass, herbal, with some bready and grainy notes.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, orange zest and brett yeast finish.

O: Refreshing, easy drinking, yummy funk.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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St. Bretta (Summer) from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 92% out of 100 with 561 ratings
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