phaleslu (10673) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2017
375 ml bottle. 2014 vintage. Pours a deep, cloudy, not quite opaque coffee brown with a small beige head that settles into a ring and webby film. Some amber shines through. Notes of roasted malts, earth, tart berry fruits, plums, citrus, tobacco, mint, wood, funk, and acidity. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a tart, earthy, roasty mouthfeel. Jarring experience. The dark sour isn't always my favorite thing, and this one is even more unusual with the citrus and other components of the lighter St. Brettas, but it doesn't come across as an infected dark style like a lot of other dark sours. It mostly works for me. GarrettB (1658) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2017
December 30th, 2014 - St. Bretta comes in the beloved seasons, and given the time of year it is only natural that I come upon the Winter varietal, dark and shadowy in its complexion, with an ash covered that that spikes along the glass at regular intervals and at irregular angles, like a crown made from laurels and branches. The aroma is tangy yet sweet, hinting at chardonnay with its bright chardonnay and forward citrus notes, including a touch of satsuma. The body is light, and dwindles elegantly in the long aftertaste where citrus gets to pirouette slowly, almost lazily. But before that the taste is heavy on orange and mikan, exhibiting a gorgeous sweetness. Tmoney99 (14978) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2017
Draft. Poured a hazy yellow color with an average frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & citrus flavor with a medium to heavy citrus & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer. glennmastrange (2924) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2016
Bottle. Moderate straw for the malt, light meyer lemon for the hops, moderate musty for the yeast, with notes of wood, sour grape, cassis and cider vinegar. Head is average size, frothy turning wispy, off-white with a few spots of lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear dark brown. Flavor starts heavily acidic and acetic, then finishes heavily acidic and sour. Palate is light, watery with a lively carbonation and a tart and dry finish. The fruitiness of this Sour Ale takes it off of the typical overly acidic list of its type for me. sunevdj (4128) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 27, 2016
On tap at CBC 2014. Pours a clear dark brown with a small head. Quite sour with a medium bitterness. Aromas of grapefruit and grains with hints of cask wood. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Long bitter finish.
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2016
Pours a dark mahogany brown with small fizzy head. Aromas of citrus, vinegar, with some barnyard. Flavor is sour fruits, funky, barnyard, vinous, acid. rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2016
bottle. Deep mahogany with one finger head. Puckeringly tart and very oaky. Strong red berry and cherry. Light balsalmic vinegar acidity. A sipper, but extremely well done. thepatrickman (1502) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2016
Interesting beer. It smells exactly the way I like my wild beers to smell -- a large amount of Brett aroma mixed with some suggestive fruity esters. Classic example of the style. The coloring is interesting, with a very dark hue that’s still surprisingly translucent. Quite thin body, moderate sourness, and no malt or roast notes at all. Enjoyable. jgb9348 (6482) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Dark brown coloured body that is fairly thin and when held up to a light, almost shows indigo/blue - very interesting! All that with a very thin, oily tan head on top. Aroma of sour grapes, brett (of course), lactose and a touch of bread - along with some strong yeast notes throughout. Light-bodied; Sour notes at first with a fruity flavour showing some brighter sour funk and a little grass and hay, but a lot of sour notes and some good fruit notes throughout. Aftertaste is a bit complex, but the flavours rotate around the brett and yeast, with a touch of the citrus and fruits showing through. Overall, a nice brett-based saison from Crooked Stave that borders on a plain fruit beer, but this is about what I expected from the brewery and worth keeping a few of these around to see how they age! I sampled this 37,5 cL split bottle purchased from Murray’s Cheese in New York (Greenwich Village), New York on 20-June-2015 for US$9,99 sampled at home in Washington after the Broncos won Super Bowl L - cheers Denver, and thanks for making great beer!
2014 Bottle - Batch #6 // Purchased 20-June-2015 // Sampled: 07-February-2016 BrettTaylor (784) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Poured from bottle into snifter. Pours a dark cola-like brown with virtually no head at all; what little head there was from pouring rapidly disappears. Classic brett aroma - earthy, touch of funk, and slightly sour; there are some soft citrus and floral notes. Taste is pleasantly sour that lasts through the whole swallow and lingers for a good long time. Nice citrus notes, maybe somewhat like key lime towards finish. Super delicious.