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

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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:
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Added by DrinkSlurm on 06-20-2013

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Ratings:
555
Reviews:
76
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
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45
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60
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Photo of M-Jez84
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kmos27
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Steve00
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knobs303
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 swanfungus
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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 Canada_Dan
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pretext
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzlyo
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
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 PassMeAZima
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madtowndmb1
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Mini4x
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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 HamdenHector
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
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 -3.9%
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 snansel
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of morrowd3
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

St. Bretta (Summer) from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
4.09 out of 5 based on 555 ratings.
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