Crooked Stave Surette Provision Saison: Labelled batch 15 and born in 2014, this sour saison is brewed to a strength of 6.2% abv. Crooked Stave in Denver, CO is one of those breweries I’d heard of, but never had a chance to try their beer (other than in a collaboration format) until it recently appeared all over Washington State this summer, if it was there sooner I missed it. Finally, after staring at it daily in my beer fridge for weeks I decided to crack one open and review it!
Aroma and Appearance: It pours a slightly cloudy golden colour with one finger of white bubbly foam and a fairly low level of carbonation. The aroma is full of oak, grains, pepper, banana, minerals, white grape skins and a hint of barnyard funk to round it off.
Flavour: Despite not a lot of tartness on the aroma, it has a strong tart forward presence featuring both lemon and raspberry tartness with swirls of oak in between. In the middle of the beer, it exhibits white grapes and a lot of white wine vinegar acidic sourness that leads into a pickled banana peppers finish and a savoury mineral water aftertaste.
Overall Impression: I really dig these kinds of soured saisons, the white wine vinegar and minerals were quite delectable in the tart beer and made it stand out.
Rating: Excellent at 8.5/10, a really nice introduction to Crooked Stave and I’m thrilled that I have a few more bottles of their beer to try next.
Food Pairing: Going to go out on a limb here and suggest really good quality fries (probably called frites from whoever sells them). You may be able to create a fries and vinegar combo here that would work well, otherwise keep it simple and drink this on its own as the flavours are pretty powerful.
It’s an old picture (2013), but I absolutely love seeing this many Foudres in one place. I’m sure they have more by now but this makes me happy and I’m seeing them pop up more and more!