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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Dark artisan ale brewed with citrus and fermented in oak foeders. 100% brettanomyces. Citrus wildbier.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2140) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Dark pour, thin tan head. Brett, pitted fruit, mostly balanced but major acid burn down the throat on finish. Pretty decent.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (4345) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Thanks going to Willrun forbeer on this share. Batch 6 dated 2014 on the back label. Very dark Amber/ dirty borwn color. Aroma is a mixture of citrus, earthy malt and funked yeast. Center has a tannic note. Flavor shows the citrus upfront with the oak and tartness in the finish. Pretty good and nice for me to try.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (1327) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2015
375mL bottle picked up at Hunger Mountain. Batch 6, 2014. Pours dark brown with a few off white bubbles. Aroma is honey, a very pleasant Brett funk. Flavor is dry, lemon, carambola, a touch of pepper, oak. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chalumeaux (322) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Poured from bottle batch 6 2014 thanks Willrunforbeer cola color with a quickly fading head. Aromas of citrus funk oak and spice. Taste is tart slightly sour with notes of funk and yeast and grapes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5500) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2015
12 ounce bottle I bought in at the brewery. Deep dark brown with some beige foam. Brett and berries in the aroma. A wild funky bretty flavor. Some cherry and other berries are tasted. A bit of vinegar and tart effects. It is quite acidic. Brett dominates and all else is very much secondary. Call it bretty Sweet Tarts in a bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2015
Clear cola brown with a quickly fading head. Strong lime and lemon nose with spicy and fruity brett undercurrents. Wild, but not exageratedly barnyardy. Citrus is a dominant player in that one. Fortunately, itís a flavor I love, but itís dominant enough that in a blind tasting, I would never have guessed the beer was dark. Seeing its color and smelling hard, I can imagine soft nutty tones, what a fool do I make. Dry and vinous, developing a slight tropical juice profile along with grapey vinousness. the woodsy profile remains soft, with limited tannin presence. Fairly high acidity, mostly frmo the citrus. Little to no vinegar. Funny how this was the winter seasonal of the series, itís citric/acidic profile hides the alcohol which could have warmed one up and instead refreshes to the max. I guess one can be thirsty in winter months too. Good, but at this price level and for a tilting rather than balanced flavor profile I would not want to revisit very regularly, itís a great box to check, but not a new favorite.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopwine (521) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Nose is vinegar, cherry. Flavor is same plus buttery new oak, strong acidity, berry skins.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (4653) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown pour with tan head. Citrus, wine, oak and sour funky aromas. Sour cherry, citrus, Brett, light wine/ oak sour tones.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2015
Another nice Crooked Stave. Mahogany cola colored. Orange peel, oak, cherry, spices in the aroma. Taste was a nicely balanced citrus, Brett, tart, vinegar, with a dry finish. A tad thin for what I would of liked but still good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbuskirk (602) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Even for the most adventurous palates, wile ales can be challenging. Sometimes, the distinctive sourness associated with these beers can be damn near punishing. Enter the winter variant of St. Bretta. Shitís like candy. The dark color and impressive aromas of Brett and oak might convince you that this is an insanely funky ale. Well, it is, but the flavors are just plain sweet. Basically, if Sweet Tarts, Smarties, and Grape Kool-Aid had a bareback threesome, this ale would be the resulting bastard offspring. For some, the lack of sourness might be a caveat. As for me, my only real issue with St. Bretta (Winter) is that itís too damn easy to drink.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HuskerTan (746) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle. A- Sweet tarts, grapes, funky, sour, spices. A- Dark color, dark liquid, beige head. T- Funky, sour, sweet tarts, grapes, citrus. P- Medium body, average texture, medium carbonation, sweet fruity finish. O- Bought this on accident thinking it was a Belgian White. Didnít realize the St. Bretta Summer and Spring were the Wits and the Autumn and Winter were sours. This was alright. The finish was huge on grape notes. Almost like kool aid or sweet tart candies. Balanced and not too funky or sour.


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