Crooked Stave St. Bretta (Autumn) Citrus Wildbier 2014 / Batch 4
I started to see a limited supply of Cooked Stave bottles show up in Savannah in early January, grabbed what I could immediately. Crooked Stave St. Bretta (Autumn) Citrus Wildbier is brewed with 100% Brettanomyces and citrus fruit (blood orange for this batch), fermented in oak foeders.
A fairly cloudy lemon orange colored pour with a small head that was completely gone within 30 seconds. The aroma is really nice on this. Mild (but clearly) Brett funk, with strong citrus notes of orange and lemons. A good punch of straight sour and Brett funk hit the palate first, like a sweet tart mixing with some typical Brett horse blanket like earthiness. The semi-sweet citrus fruit in the taste provides an outstanding balance, making this moderately sour beer extremely drinkable. Nothing obvious is being added by the oak foeders, but that is fine by me. Loving this beer just the way it is.
Welcome to Georgia Crooked Stave, if this is any indication of what’s in store for my taste buds… I do hope we continue to get our fair share!