The Surette Reserva Farmhouse Ale (hand picked from unique barrels of Surette that occasionally develop with indefinable complexity) from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in Fort Collins, Colorado pours out a murky golden-orange in color with a very small head that dissipates almost right away leaving a very small collar. On the nose, this is earthy, lemony and slightly funky with just a touch of vanilla from the oak barrels. In the mouth, quite mellow at first then the tartness takes over. Flavors of bitter orange, lemon, lime and peppery spice with some funky, earthy undertones. A little bready in parts too but mostly hidden. Light bodied. Low carbonation. Little lacing on the glass. Crisp, clean mouthfeel. The finish is long, sour and very dry.
This is an exceptional craft beer. The different levels of sourness and brett funk add layers of complexity that really please the palate. If you like sour or brett craft beers this is a must try. Highly recommended.
750ml bottle, 6.2% ABV
Beer 154 of 366 for 2012