Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Crooked Stave St. Bretta Citrus Saison

Fill date: Batch 2018-3

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 28A Brett Beer (base style: 29B Fruit & Spice Beer [base style: 25B Saison])

AROMA: Fairly strong clean, bright, citrusy aroma from the fruit and spices. Brett character is rather low and may be overshadowed by the additives as they share similar aromatics. Base saison is also difficult to distinguish; there does seem to be a countryside terroir character, but nothing in the way of distinguishable malts and hops or standard yeast character. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Very pale and hazy shade of yellow (1-4 SRM). Moderate white soapy suds almost completely evaporate. 2/3

FLAVOR: Rather simple palette of pale malt up front and citrus and spice in the back. Orange, lemongrass, and coriander flavors are the most dominate and are quite strong (and enjoyable) and linger in the aftertaste briefly before finishing clean. The Brett is almost unnoticeable other than a faint tartness and drying sensation as it finishes. Bitterness is very low and hop flavor is essentially absent.  Overall taste is fine, but far removed from the described styles. 9/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light body; medium carbonation. Feels a bit tepid in texture. Somewhat refreshing thanks to the citrusy flavors. This drinks like a much lighter and more sessionable brew than 5.2% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Marketed as a wild fruit & spice saison, the actual product is closer to an American wheat or blonde. 4/10


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