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

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4.09/5
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562 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:
#2,408
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
562
pDev:
9.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
60
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 562 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of brbrocc
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of knotes1963
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AppaZappa
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 3 2014 bottle that I found on a clearance rack. So why not? Poured into teku. Look is hazy gold with generous white head. Smell is loads of brett, citrus, oak and feint traces of coriander. Taste lots of brett, citrus, acid, and slight sweet wheat on the finish. Mouth is crisp, dry, and refreshing.

I thought this would be more of a brett bomb than it was; really liked the citrus and tartness. Very nice

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lurkerson
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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St. Bretta (Summer) from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 562 ratings
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