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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

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Ratings: 163 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of rkarimi
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Murky straw-colored brew, topped with a very fizzy white head which quickly dissipates.

Musty and funky aroma; old cheese. Up close, deep whiffs reveal a citric edge, wheat, tartness to the funk, and a tiny bit of fruity sweetness.

Flavor mostly follows: musty, wheaty, funky, tart. Lemons and hay; oak; peaches.

Moderate tartness and puckering; easy, oily feel. Smooth.

This is an interesting brew. The Brett is really showcased, but the base beer isn't particularly impressive to me. Nothing bad, but for the price Crooked Stave charges, this is not one of their most impressive offerings.

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

Light golden colored with a hazy complexion that doesn't allow light to penetrate the beer. A fingernail of off white head covers part of the rim of the glass. Vibrant carbonation bubbles keep surfacing. The aroma is a fierce blend of citrus and Brettanomyces. The flavor just as advertised in the nose with the citrus in the forefront. The Brett is more apparent at the back of the palate. The mouth is heavily carbonated and crisp.

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Photo of swanfungus
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobv
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrebeka
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liquorpig
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Haybeerman
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeffaroo95
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Farnswurth
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnofUpton
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of humuloner22
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting for the style. Reminds me a lot of Gose. Which makes me wonder why I paid the same as a full 6 pack, but, this one also has character that even Westbrook Gose does not have. This one was Batch 5, navel orange.

Appearance: Poured fairly gently into the glass not a lot of head in this one. Carbonation was present though. Golden hazy appearance. Almost cider like in that regard.

Aroma: Some funk as it warmed, not as funky at first when it was on the colder side. Some orange notes definitely came through, very citrus like in the notes.

Taste: Tart, some funk but not strong in that regard. I did detect the oak from the barre. This one might be a little young. With time more flavors the earthy funk might come out more prominent. As for now, I truly enjoy what is laid before me.

Overall: Not a bad representation. A little pricey for what it is, but it is a nice experience nonetheless, very clean finish which is typical of the style. Well balanced and worth seeking out in my opinion.

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Photo of mecmd
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thegerm87
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of handcrafty
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LittleDon
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 4. Sour and oakey with a strong citrus backbone. Light bodied with healthy carbonation. Golden and somewhere between cloudy and hazy there is little head. Aroma is oak and citrus. Tart and dry with a bit of funk on the finish. At first, some of the flavor is lost at the finish, but this gets better as the beer warms to just below room temp.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i think this was my least favorite one in the series, its less mature on the brett front than the others, less citrus comes though too, but the beer is still very very good, like all things crooked stave. it has the same pale hazy straw colored look as the others, maybe even a little more cloudy than i remember the others being, but it has a pronounced cheerio cereal grain character that for me at least gets in the way of the wild yeasts. its almost like ferus fluxus when that one came out, at least from a grain taste standpoint. the citrus is a little less vibrant than it was in the others, although its still quite fruity. tartness is only moderate, and carbonation is very high. overall in isolation this would be exceptional, but in the context of the others, i find it much less remarkable than i otherwise would have.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of tonyrocknroll
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of shoegueuze
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Mikeyson4
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of _morandi_
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of hansenm72
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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