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

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St. Bretta (Fall)St. Bretta (Fall)

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Batch #3. Brewed with Valencia oranges.

Added by spoony on 09-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a CS tulip on 10/2/13

See my other St Bretta reviews for my full review. This beer uses the same base beer but ages it on Valencia Oranges instead of Tangelos (Spring) and Blood Oranges (Summer). Of those two, Summer is my favorite so I'll compare it against their Fall release.

The nose on the Fall is better than the Summer. Immediately you get this pungent valencia orange smell that really fools your mind into thinking you're smelling a freshly-cut orange. A really great aroma that invites you to take a sip.

Based on taste though, I like the summer one better. Blood oranges tend to be sweeter than valencias, and that sweetness really complements the Brett funk and tartness nicely. It's a more full-palate beer experience (if that makes sense) than the Fall, which leans towards the tart - almost sour - side. A great beer, but I'll be missing the Blood Orange offering until next summer (hopefully?).

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - light yellow with very little head

Smell - tart, citrusy, with and off funk to it

Taste - lots of tartness and citrus to it.

Mouthfeel - not much carbonation and leaves a bitterness on your tongue

Overall - not their best, but it is still Crooked Stave

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery into a tulip.

A-The brew is murky and light apricot in color. My glass arrives with about two fingers of nearly white foam. Retention is so-so, but the lacing is pretty decent as I drink.

S-The scent is full of zesty citrus...Valencia Oranges, as advertised. There is a touch of acidic lemon and a mild dose of musty, barnyard funk. Malts are pale and bready, but not terribly sweet.

T-The taste also delivers lots of robust citrus flavors, oranges and tangerines, and a mild dose of earthy funk. There is a little bit of spice, clove maybe, as well. The Brett is noticeable (earthy, mildly pungent funk), but has not really bloomed in this freshly tapped keg.

M-The brew is medium in body with a bit more carbonation than other CS beers I've had.

O-For a fall seasonal, this brew eschews the typical heavy-spice-pumpkin-brown-sugar-whatever recipe and, instead, provides a robust wit style beer. While citrus will never really make me think "fall," there is still some spice in this brew that are just different enough from a normal wit to me think "not summer." Also, the funked-up Valencia oranges give it a nice refreshing character without over complicating matters. A solid effort.

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St. Bretta (Fall) from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 163 ratings