Style: Brett Saison
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project Surette Provision Saison
What the brewers say
“Surette is a provision saison with a tart and vinous character from extended barrel aging.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Pear, apricot, and lemon esters with a hint of some sort of burnt phenolic character. Slight toasty bready malt. Apricot and red grape. A bit of wet-dog Brett funk. Stone fruit, earthy. Light matchstick note with a medium-tart note.”
Flavor: “Ripe peach, apricot, and lemon up front with a nice lactic tartness that rounds out the fruit character. Finishes mostly dry with a slightly lingering tartness. Apricot up front with red grape and toasty biscuit malt. Finish is very dry with slight peach notes and heavy Brett.”
Overall: “Nice complexity and excellent balance between Brett character and tartness/acidity. Well-balanced, very approachable with a surprising amount of complexity. Quite sour with an interesting apricot and grape character. A fair amount of toasty malt character. Nice fruity notes, but the sourness is a bit overpowering. A milky lacto consistency with a sharp sourness and what I would describe as roast in the middle of the sip.”
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