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

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

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013/3, Summer edition.

Poured into tulip at 45 degrees.

Very short white head over 100% cloudy body (w/the yeast) - bright gold. No lacing.

Tons of Brett in the aroma, with lots of orange citrus. Grassy, but sweet fruitiness dominates the aromas. Musty, too.

Flavors are packed with juicy blood orange, bitter peel, dry/old lime, some oak, and dirty dry finish. Mouthfeel is super dry

A fun, interesting, and flavor-packed Wit.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

100% Brett Witbier. The summer edition has an addition of blood oranges. Tried at Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà in Rome. 375ml brown bottle.

Pours a clear golden colour without the yeast. With it (and I did add it after checking the clarity), it's a pale straw-yellow with a frothy fine head of white. This persists only as a sudsy ring and some messy lace. Body is light and limpid. Carbonation is fine but racing fast through the glass. Looks good.

Nose is Brett all the way. Barnyard, sharp and crisp with a hint of frenetic wildness—plenty of funk, no acidity. Some coriander and spice comes through a little, but the Brett is master of this beer, ruling powerfully: it kills almost everything else.

Taste is similar. Very Bretty right from the start, leaving the beer dry and sharp, but pretty intense. Apple cider dryness desiccates the mid-palate leaving some clinging iodine mineral characters on the back. It's clean in some strange way, despite all the earthiness, and it certainly has complexity to it.

Feel is pretty light. It's suitable.

It's pretty drinkable, even if there's not much to it beyond the Brett-bomb. I love the funkiness, but some additional spice or body or anything would add a little balance and counter-intuitively, make a more intense beer experience.

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Photo of More_betterness
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

About time I finally reviewed a beer on here:

2013/ Batch 3

A: Slightly cloudy golden body topped with a fluffy white head that recedes quickly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing. Very effervescent.

S: Lemon and white wine in the aroma, with a hint of orange peel in the background as it warms. Minor Brett funk throughout.

T: Mostly follows the nose, lemon and funk up front with a dry/astringent white wine finish. Blood orange not as apparent as I would have liked, maybe a little too much age on the bottle?

M: Light, highly carbonated body with a bone dry finish. Astringent oak persists after each sip.

Wonderfully refreshing and tart. This was a fantastic beer to enjoy on this 80 degree SoCal day. Was hoping for more blood orange, but very enjoyable despite that fact. Crooked Stave continues to impress!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, year 2013 batch 3. Poured into a Hill Farmstead taster glass today, 2/26/2014.

App- Clear golden-straw yellow body, effervescent 2 finger head with good retention, good lacing, leaves a nice collar.

Smell- Crisp orange peel, tart lemon zest, ground pepper, crackers, a bit of white wine vinous quality. Slight rubbery funk as it warms.

Flavour- Vinous, peppery, crackers, lemon tartness, orange peel. Slight barnyard, very dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Proper body, medium or so, good carbonation, very dry, funky meets white wine finish and quite refreshing.

Overall- Damn if this is not your typical witbier. There is a lot of citrus undertones and a nice funk. It's probably not recognizable as a witbier since well, it's 100% brett, but it's quite interesting and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of garuda
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Traditional witbier this is not. Batch 3/ 2013.

A - Cloudy golden body, fluffy white head has good retention and decent lacing.

S/T - Tart lemon taste right off the bat. White wine, vinous, candy sugar sweetness, oaky dryness. Hints of the blood orange deep in the finish. Again, finishes quite tart, with a slight yeast funk throughout.

M - Light to medium body, high carbonation, yet stays smooth. Slight astringency.

O - Don't buy this expecting your typical witbier. Falls more into the vague "Wild Ale" category for me, which is more what I rated it to. Wonderful crisp, refreshing blend of flavors. Glad I held onto it for about 6 months before having. Will be picking up more of this.

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

This is my second of the st. bretta seasonal series, had this beer a few weeks back and knew I needed more
The beer pours a cloudy golden/hay yellow with a fluffy white head that thinly coats the brew throughout drinking and leaves some sticky lacing. The nose is a quite tart with lemon/grapefruit citrusy, brett funkiness upfront followed by notes reminiscent of raw mushrooms and spicy baby arugula. The flavor is dominated by citrusy, brett funk, some grain sweetness and a tart, slightly bitter finish. It has a juicy, light-medium body, with citrus notes accenting the tart, semi-dry, bretty finish and an unexpected lingering bitterness between sips. I'm very pleased with this beer, though pricey, I've already requested more through the appropriate channels.

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

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-wheat, toasted malt, lemon, hint of tartness, yeasty

T-toasted malt, wheat, lemon, yeasty funk, tart finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and astringent

O-a nice witbier, enjoyed the tart and funky quality

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from 10-05-13

Bottle poured in to tulip.

A - Cloudy bright golden yellow with half a finger of off-white head that quickly reduced to a thin layer.

S - Funk/hay-like aroma up front. Bready sweetness, orange, lemon zest and spice.

T - Dry funk hits the tongue at first. Lemon zest, bready sweetness and spice mid-palate with the blood orange showing up in the finish.

M - Medium body; somewhat creamy. Moderate carbonation.

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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 GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle marked Batch 3. Poured into a weisse vase, the beer is a pale, hazy, almost opaque, lemon yellow coloring with a sparse, wispy, filmy surface coat of head. Steady carbonation flow throughout the body of the beer. Aromas of tangy cherry, citrus, and tart/sour notes. Subtle, but what is there on the nose smells solid. Flavors are very tart forward, with a toasted grain backbone. Cherry, tart and sweet, with lemon grass, blood orange, and lemon highlights. The tart character is solid throughout, and transitions to an astringent, dry character into the aftertaste, losing much of the fruity notes but gaining some more grain and green characteristics. The body is slightly effervesced on the palate to an almost sharp feel at the end. Very crisp, tart finish that dries and cleans your taste buds, readying for more. This is Brett to the letter, and it is a tasty brew.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of MacQ32
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours an incredibly hash bright straw color with a finger of near white head OK retention good lacing.

S - bubblegum, mildly sour brett.

T - mildly sour semi sweet Brett, finish and aftertaste is minimally painfully sour (in a good way) at the back of my mouth.

M - milky smooth, minimal carb but very drinkable

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lemony yellow body with a light white head. Limited nose with some lemony tartness. This beer did not taste like a witbier. The brett is certainly highlighted but is taken over by the surprising acidity. I didn't get the blood orange anywhere or really even the brett funk that I expected. It wasn't bad, but this beer did not deliver on any of the notes I was hoping for.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy straw color that has a nice, bright color in the glass. About 1" of pillowy white head forms, which has excellent retention and lacing, aided by a high level of carbonation.

Smell: Pale malts, light citrus, grass, hay, horseblanket and funk. Nice light scents, yet fairly complex as well.

Taste: Pale malt character, bitter lemon and lime rind, hay, and horseblanket funk. Dry. Maybe a hint of tartness but that's really the only sign of sourness from the Brett. More flavorful on the palate than on the nose.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light mouthfeel with high carbonation, and as I mentioned above, dry. Overall it combines for a nice mouthfeel. Very drinkable and sessionable; does not drink to its ABV, seems more in the 4.5% range. Overall a light and drinkable beer that has a solid amount of flavor as well. Nothing mind blowing, but it still leaves me with a good impression especially taking style into consideration. Pumped Crooked Stave started distro to California. I look forward to trying the other seasonal varietals of this beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/21/13 notes. 2013 vintage, batch 3. Poured from a 375ml bottle into my LA stemware.

a - Pours a bright murky orange-yellow color with two inches of bright white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Little bit of head retention throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of brett, citrus, oranges, yeast, cloves, spices, pepper, floral hops, and earthy malts. Awesome nose; tons of brett and citrus to it, reminds me more of a bretty saison, which I love.

t - Tastes of spice, pepper, yeast, lemon, citrus, brett, floral notes, fruit, earthy malts, like oranges, and bread. Taste is good but more spice and less brett than the nose. Good, but a step down from the nose in my opinion.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty good beer. I loved the nose as it was full of brett and oranges/citrus, while the taste had more spice to it. A good beer I'd definitely have again, though if I'm paying CS prices for their beers I'd prefer Hop Savant to this.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of mtomlins
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Many thanks to Seblp for the bottle!!!

A: Hazy, straw color pouring to 1-2 fingers of bubbly white head falling to a thin collar with no lacing.

S: Wow, a really nice/big sour nose, tart and just a bit catty. Some nice wheat malt, lemon and a hint of spice. The blood orange addition is really present in the nose with a big sweet citrus character.

T: No mistaking the Brett in the beer here; big tart/sourness out of the gate. Some wheat malt, lots of lemon and a bit of peppery spice. The finish is clean and very tart and slightly salty.

M: Light body and lots of carbonation.

O: The orange addition is most prevelant in the nose, but the flavor is all those wonderfull sour Brett notes. An easy drinking sour with some great characteristics of the witbier coming through.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2013; Batch No. 3
Poured into the Duvel tulip glass

Appearance: (4)
Pours a very cloudy, pale straw with a fluffy, but loosely bubbled pure white head. The head doesn't have the greatest retention and quickly fizzles down to a short puck on the edges of the glass.

Aroma: (4.25)
As soon as you raise the glass to your nose, you're greeted by slightly tart, refreshing aromas of citrus juice. These notes of blood orange and lemon juice are draped in a light coating of Brettanomyces funk. Surprisingly, the Brett isn't as barnyardy as it is fruity, with it's overt aromas of light apricot, pear and over ripened pineapple. Providing some nice contrast to the bright tropical fruit presence are some more "traditional" rustic notes of wet horse blankets, wet hay and a faint sulfuric, leather like tone. Lingering in the background is a sweet, lightly bready malt backbone.

Taste: (3.75)
Just as the beer touches your palate Immediately you're struck by blood orange juice which is distinctly tart and bitter. Behind this refreshing blast of citrus is some Brettanomyces; notes pf apple, pear and some of the rustic, leathery barnyard funk that was found in the aroma. Just before the tart, off dry finish, your tongue is kissed by a light coating of cracker-y malt. The finishes offers long, lingering notes of bitter blood orange juice and musty notes of pear, lemon, pineapple and wet hay.

Refreshing, light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
This is the first 100% Brettanomyces fermented witbier I have ever had. Being 100% brettanomyces fermented, you would think that this beer would be overtly funky and musty, but that isn't the case here. While there is a strong Brettanomyces funkiness, it is mostly tropical in nature. The one fault that I do find in this beer is the use of blood oranges; they really leave an unpleasant, unwavering bitterness, not unlike if you were chewing on the rind. Besides the use of this seasonal citrus, the beer definitely is a winner.

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Photo of Florida9
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pastel light yellow in color. Forms a smallish creamy white head, but what does form is quite stable and long lasting. No lacing. Aroma is Brett dominant. Tart Lemon, dust, and a light bit of funk. Taste is similar. Tart lemon, but not sour. Some light horse blanket and a slight chalky note. Maybe a little spice, but its faint. Almost like an old lemonade. Light mouthfeel. Lighter carbonation. Tart. A very nice beer, but surprisingly restrained Brett character.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- light straw, golden color. Wonderfully clear and bright. Two finger white head and white lacing.
S- orange rind, wheat, bready notes
T- Tart fresh oranges, lemon zest, lime, brett tang
M- moderate to high carbonation. It has a nice champagne like fizz to it yet it goes down smooth.
O- I really enjoyed this beer, the blood orange come out nicely in the aroma very fresh and not artificial. The Brett gives it a refreshing tartness. Wish I had easy access to this stuff.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 3. Bright, straw colored ale, , lightly hazy, with a dense white foam and loads of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Rather sharp Brett aroma with touches of lemony funk and some nice floral notes. Hard to believe it's only 5.5% ABV as it comes off stronger in the nose.

A very upfront sourness on the first sip, citric and lemony. It's a bit harsh without much balance of other flavors. There's definitely a dry, chalky, yeast presence throughout. It takes several sips for the tart to settle a bit, allowing some bready malt notes to come though in the finish. Definitely improves after it warms. Effervescent, bubbly carbonation, with a medium body.

It's hard to believe I would think any sour beer could use a bit more subtlety, but this one could really benefit. It's very tart, but the wrong kind of sour. All up front, not well integrated with other flavors, a bit harsh and bitter like a pill. Like biting into the "walls" of a grapefruit. A 100% Brett Wit sounds like a winner in my opinion but perhaps the addition of the citrus didn't work so well. An intense and unique beer, but tough to drink and well overpriced.

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Photo of cdmillard
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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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 375ml bottle.
Vintage: 2013
Batch # 3

Pours a very nice pale golden color with a nice 1 inch white head. The head is pretty dense and sticky leaving some delicate lacing as the beer and head recedes.

Aroma starts off citrusy. Notes of orange and lemony rind in the nose. Quite fresh. Mixed in with the citrus notes there is some nice Bretty funk. Tons of barnyard and earthy hay notes. Oak notes with some good bready wheat. The wheat notes is really more of the dance floor to the brew where the Brett and citrus notes dance on.

Flavor starts off with some sharp citrusy tartness. Orange and lemon peel notes with some good slight vinegary acidic. There is some nice intense bready wheat notes and Bretty funk along with some nice woody notes. Very simple yet delicious brew. Mouthfeel is tart and dry and funky.

Great beer. Simple but wonderfully done.

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St. Bretta (Summer) from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
4.09 out of 5 based on 551 ratings.
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