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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Photo of Colorado_Bill
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle, poured September 2013, "2013 / Batch 3"
Seasonal Citrus : Blood Orange

Aroma- Low to moderate funky citrus notes- fairly subtle.

Appearance- moderately cloudy, yellow with a rapidly dissipating white head that persists at the edges.

Flavor- Crisp burst of Brett tanginess and citrus with a lingering bitterness from both the Brett and hops. Refreshing and light but subtly complex with some horse blanket and barnyard notes.

Mouthfeel- Bright and light with excellent carbonation to balance what otherwise might seem a bit thin.

Overall- An excellent beer, one of my favorites. Unfortunately, this brewery releases very small batches and each one is different from the last. This makes each one interesting and dear. If you're looking for a first time sour this is a good choice being on the lighter side of sour. It probably won't win any awards for mouth numbing complexity but does well with its balance and funks it up enough to be interesting. Something I'd drink daily if I could get it.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375mL to snifter

Appearance - Cloudy, deep straw. Thick white head that almost completely disappears. Leaving behind a sticky lacing.

Aroma - Brett first and foremost. Citrus and light grain in the background.

Taste - Amazing. There's the refreshing witbier citrus/pepper notes. The Brett sour/tart isn't mouth puckering, but it's enough to keep you interested. As noted on the bottle, this is brewed with blood orange. That and a bit of tartness is lingering behind for minutes after every sip.

Mouthfeel - Sticky, thick, yet incredibly refreshing. Moderate carbonation.

Overall - I can't wait to drink my other one and hopefully make a trip out to Denver to see this place in person. Great beer!

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled with a good friend that managed to get several from this brewery. The aroma hints at wit but the flavor goes well beyond. Very creative. The Brett adds both funky and tart aspects making this a rich and complex beer while still remaining very drinkable. I wish I had a regular supply from these guys.

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Photo of Chaney
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome two-person tasting with Huzuhbendah last night who shared this awesome brew with me. Thanks Matt!

A: Poured a cloudy soft yellow color with tons of floating chunks of yeast and a slight white peppery head. Awesome!

S: If you could liquify sourdough bread and steep some Sour Patch Kids in it, this is what you'd get. The fresh filtered water essence was truly memorable.

T: This is what I'd imagine Saison Brett (one of my favs) to taste like if it had many, many years in the cellar.

M: Fluffy and delectable, acidic, but nothing that's going to remove enamel from your teeth or anything.

O: This was more of a Saison than a Witbier, but I'll take it.

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

Gusher alert. Served at cellar temp. Apparently, that was a bad idea.

The beer is hazy and light orange with a small white head. The aroma is nice, offering citrus, brettanomyces, coriander, floral hops, farmhouse yeast. Enticing. Tart and sour. Light and refreshing, citrus and brett blend beautifully. Lingering saison yeast and tangy citrus. A delicious beer. Glad to have more of this one.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle poured into a chalice. 2013 bottle, batch 2.

Appearance - Mostly hazy pale orange body. Small white head. Medium collar and a few bits floating on the surface.

Smell - Lots of wheat, some bright acids of the lemony variety. For brief moments it reminds me of a lambic acidity, but it's fleeting. The slighest pseudofunk accompanies it, but again it's brief.

Taste - The brett flavor is distinct, but doesn't overpower. Much more of the tart lemony flavors. The backdrop has a bit of oak and a hint at what could be funk, but it's very faint. Grainy as all getout. The flavor drops off, leaving a lingering bretty tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. The right amount of sourness. A bit of a dropoff in body and flavor at the very end though.

Overall - Crooked Stave has elevated this witbier beyond its station in the beer world. Impressive.

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

A: pale hazy gold body; center pour produced a big white head in an oversized snifter; head subside soon enough with just some hazy film left behind

S: tart and tangy, citrusy and herbal; brettanomyces aromas aplenty ("horseblanket," "barnyard," etc.)

T: tart and tangy, yeasty and fresh; citrus points of lemon character and muskier brett flavors that follow the nose, but well-balanced with the citric elements; gentle, clean, fresh grains in the background

M: fuzzy and soft while also tangy and crisp; medium-light weight, drying finish, brisk carbonated feel

O: very impressive - the brett and tart citric components made this unlike the other witbiers I've had, reminding me of a farmhouse ale more than anything else

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Batch 2, 2013. Pours a hazy yellow with one finger white fluffy head. Amazing Brett aroma with definite oranges and spice. Flavor is big and bold tart lemon with an orange sweetness on the back end that lingers with the tart. Very dry, lots of carbonation. Light body. This is an incredible summer brew, which I hope will be readily available next year here in Florida. Need to get my hands on the other seasons now.

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Photo of MarioM
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml poured into Ryssian River stemmed glass.

A: Bright yellow with a huge white fluffy hea that lingers for days. Medium to high carbonation with little to no lacing.

S: Spice, Brett, and lift citrus. A light funk with a tropical back bone but not overpowering like in Lambic. Slightly sweet and perfume like.

T: Light fruitiness and perfume like phenolic a from the Brett. Spice character is up front but drinkable and enjoyable, very nice.

M: A bit dry and lightly bitter as it finishes. Light citrus fruitiness lingers after sips.

O: A great beer and would drink this more often and would recommend to friends if more readily available. I will defiantly buy this when ever possible. Crooked Stave is easily one of my new fav breweries. Hail Brettanomyces!

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Photo of jeonseh
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Crooked Stave glass

A - Hazy yellow and golden beer with a slightly cloudy aspect. A small white head to it that is a bit rocky.

S - Lemon, wheat, grassy, and a slight funk to it and it also a slight soapy aspect to it.

T - Tart lemon up front with a light lactic acid that gives it some sourness as well. There is a light grassy and blue cheese funk in there as well but it is light. The funk lingers on slightly in the finish as well as a strong lemon zest.

M - Tart carbonation up front with a zesty presence. There is a light funk that lingers on in the finish and remains thick on the tongue.

O - A tart yet slightly funky witbier from Crooked Stave that is definitely different from your normal witbier with its tart and funky presence. Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Treebs
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle served in a Tired Hands oversized wine glass. Big thanks to bentenison for the brew.

A: Pours a hazy yellowish color with an orange haze. A white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin film and color. Some soapy lace left down the glass.

S: Pithy fruit, some nice citrus and a light spicy yeast profile. Cracker malts with a nice sweetness to it. Light lemon notes as well.

T: Nice citrus peel with a little underlying bitterness. Light spicy yeast with a sweet malt profile. Pithy orange with cracker. Light lemon syrup notes.

M: Light bodied with a prickly carbonation. Bubbly mouthfeel with a light fruity sweetness on the finish.

O: Pretty nice and damn refreshing overall. The nose is a lot better than the taste unfortunately, but it still gets the job done.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of jrenihan
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage, Batch 2.

Beer is cloudy golden with a big white head.

This beer may be young, but the brett already dominates the nose. Tonnes of funky yeast, cherry. There is some coriander there behind, and lots of citrus. Seems like orange, but also strongly like lime. Some oak as well. A lot happening!

Drinking it, it is hard to judge this beer as a wit. More like an easy-drinking sour. The brett is strong, tart and gives a fair bit of funk. Dries you out. Some cherry. The wit flavours are buried underneath. Crisp wheat gives a litness to the beer, and there is a lot of citrus. Seems to be a lot of lime. It is only on reading the bottle that I realize the citrus is blood orange rather than lime or orange. Obvious once you are looking for it. A real curveball on the witbier!

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated but not annoyingly so.

Overall, good. Lots of citrus, lots of brett. A very odd 'witbier', but a good beer.

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Photo of nova009
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- pours a hazy bright orange, small slightly fizzy half finger white head emerges and dissipates down to a bubbly covering, spotty to little lace

S- floral, slightly earthy brett, tart orange, wheat

T- lip smacking tart, tangerines with rind, blood orange, earthy notes brought on by the brett, floral presence subdued compared to most saisons

M- medium body, carbonation slightly high, finishes dry

O- this is my first brew from Crooked Stave and it did not disappoint, perfect for a warm summer evening, would reccomend

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Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 Batch 3 Bottle

A - Pours a bright, pale amber color. Fizzy head that settles out fairly quickly. Very minimal lacing effect on the large wine glass enjoyed from.
S - Beautiful bouquet of earthy, grassy oils. Citrus notes compliment the bright yeast character. Predominant orange notes.
T - Possibly one of the best saisons I've tasted. Bright, grassy notes with a full citrus medley. Somewhat spicy, especially as it warms, yielding traces of coriander and orange peel. The orange peel is especially keen in the finish! Nicely done.
M - Light to medium mouthfeel, complimented by a spritzy texture that evolves into a warming, wet finish on the palate. Excellent.
O - Again, one of the best saisons I've enjoyed to date. So well balanced and enjoyable in every component. True to style.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw Crooked Stave out here. Hopefully this is the first shipment of many to San Diego.

A: Pours a very hazy golden color with a 1/2 finger off white head.

S: Pretty incredible. Tons of citrus mixed with tons of brett. Tangerine, blood orange and lemon rind mix with barnyard funk, salt, oak and hay. Keeps getting more complex as it warms.

T: Opens with a huge dose of brett. Some bready malt and a good amount of citrus linger behind. Blood orange rind, underripe green grapes and bread crust all in there. Finish brings some lingering oak and bretty funk. Liking this a lot and I definitely hope to see it a lot more.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass. Thanks Bill (forgetfu) for this one!

A- Pours a slightly orange yellow golden with a decent amount of haze, a fairly thin white bubbly head forms that recedes to a flat layer with some lingering white bubbles that form off to the sides, nice consistent carbonation.

S- Citrusy with lemons, oranges with some faint underlying zest, a hint of passionfruit, you can definitely tell this was a 100% brett beer as some brett comes out that balances very nicely with the citrusy fruity aspect of the beer while bringing out some faint funk. Fairly aromatic and quite pleasant smelling.

T- Oranges, sour lemons, lots of brett on the finish along with lemons and a bit of passion fruit giving it a little bit of an earthy, funky, citrusy presence. Very citrusy and a tiny bit more sour then I was expecting with the brett coming out quite a bit, even more so then in the aroma. Overall the citrus aspect is very nice however in my opinion the brett dominates a bit too much to make this a well balanced beer, it's still very enjoyable though.

M- Medium bodied to a little bit on the light side, decent carbonation, easy drinking, finishes fairly dry.

O- This was a great saison and easily better then the majority of the saisons out there. My only two complaints is that the earthy brett dominated the citrus taste of the beer a little bit too much and the finish was a little bit too dry, both very minor flaws in my opinion. This was a fantastic saison regardless from a brewery that is becoming one of my favorites, definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of impending
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


375ml into a snifter. Pours a fully hazed unexceptional dull yellow, minor pure white head, minor lacing.

Aroma is big and expressive, tremendous complexity. The brett tangles with some odd phenols, becomes unnameable
but nice

The flavor comes from a lot of angles, the whole tongue is instantly involved, tastes different based on what you choose to look for and focus. citrus herbs zinc Moderately dry. Pleasant long lasting minor bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of popery
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sante Adairius tulip - getting rustic tonight. The beer is an orangey golden color. Cloudy. Medium to small white head. Little to no lacing, bubbles burn out pretty quickly. The aroma is a big mix of wood, brett fruitiness and funk and blood orange with an interestingly musky, briny background - maybe more blood orange contribution. Blood oranges are an odd fruit for me, and I'm not a huge fan normally, but they work nicely in this beer. There's also some fresh pale malt sweetness. The taste really needs some time to warm up (I started out with it a bit too cold and the flavor was quite muted), but once it does, things open up. Nice wave of citrus tartness. Big blood orange flavor with rind and juice popping up. It starts out a deep vinous and blood orangey sweetness with some fresh, doughy grain. Then, there's an explosion of complexity, as layers of medium tannic oak, brett fruitiness, dusty farmhouse funk and tart/bitter blood oranges line up in harmony. Soft, full mouthfeel. Nice wheat body. This one crept up on me. When it was too cold, the beer seemed all washed out and mild. More and more flavor came out as the glass sat. There's a ton of excellent brett fruitiness to it - stone fruit, berries, etc. Tasty beer. My regard for Crooked Stave continues to rise.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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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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 HuskyinPDX
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 7.28.13
2013/Batch 3

A - Pours a hazy light orange wth a foamy off-white head with good retention.

S - Tart, farmhouse funky, citrusy, orange.

T - Tart and very citrusy. Lots of wood and tangeloes.

D - Good carbonation with a medium to light body.

O - Tart, citrus with a nice farmhouse impact.

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Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin head that retains really well. The nose is musty, funky, mushrooms with faint tanginess from the blood oranges. The taste starts off with sweet lemon flavors that move on to a softer Brett taste - funky, bready cheddar cheese and mushrooms. These fade to a slightly sour, more bitter blood orange flavor. A bit of bitter hops rounds it off. Mouth is full and smooth. Overall, thi is a nice barrel aged Brett beer. Lots of subtle flavors thateldbtogether to form a complex, yet not overpowering Saison. Good stuff!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The summer version of St. Bretta has blood oranges added in some capacity. This doesn't really change anything aside from the taste and the feel.
It looks amazing, a bit hazy. Light golden, brass. Nice big white head settles to a thick collar. Some lacing.

Aroma has that hint of blood orange which is semi sweet but also tart. Florals. Hints of grassy hops. A bit of funk.

Light biscuit starts off the taste then moves to a floral middle. Oranges make an appearance towards the end of the middle and carry on. Somewhat lemony. Blended with the oranges it almost seems like it's rosy.
Nice snappy dryness on the end along with some tartness. Just shy of bready. Very easy drinking

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