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Vieille Artisanal Saison (Cranberry And Spice) - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

Vieille Artisanal Saison (Cranberry And Spice)
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BA SCORE
86
very good

65 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.83%


Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JMBSH on 12-22-2013)
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
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flayedandskinned

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2013
Poured into a standard tulip glass

Appearance: (4.25)
Pours a very attractive, hazy pinkish red with a slightly orange hue. As soon as the beer is poured, a very tightly bubbled, bright white 2 finger head forms and quickly recedes, leaving a light coating of lace behind.

Aroma: (4.25)
As you raise the glass to your nose, you're immediately greeted by a gentle, but very nuanced Brettanomyces character; light stone fruits, predominately dried apricot and peach flesh. These stone fruits are blanketed in a soft, funky mustiness. Layered beneath this Brett are some very pleasant fruity, tropical tones from the hibiscus that was used in this beer. Adding some nice contrast to the fruity nose are some spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. As the beer warms, some tart cranberries begin to surface.

Taste: (3.75)
A blast of tart, but very refreshing cranberry juice hits your palate right away, quickly followed by some fruity hibiscus and some cinnamon and light nutmeg. These spices give way to a very gentle, musty Brettanomyces character. The beer finishes slightly tart and dry with only a glimpse of a cracker-y malt backbone. The finish leaves long, lingering notes of cranberry juice, dried apricot, cinnamon and bitter grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Very light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: (4)
Crooked Stave takes their very refreshing Saison, Vieille and throws in some cranberries, hibiscus, cinnamon and nutmeg. What comes out is a very refreshing Holiday Saison. Crooked Stave really added just the right amount of spices to add some pleasant contrast to the fruity tones of cranberry and hibiscus. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 21:54:38 | More by flayedandskinned
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Kurmaraja

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-19-2014 05:30:04 | More by Kurmaraja
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zhanson88

California

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours out the color of grapefruit flesh - a dark pink color with hints of orange. Slightly hazy. About 1" of white head forms, which has hints of pink as well. Pretty good retention and very nice lacing around the edges of the glass. All in all, a very attractive beer.

Smell: Not too much going on on the nose. Definitely a lemony, brett funk that comes out initially. A bit of a grainy malt base becomes apparent as I dig a bit deeper. But not much else. Leaves some to be desired. The funk is nice but there is little else to complement it.

Taste: This is a bit more like it. That grainy malt base is right there again, but that is followed by a hint of cranberry bitterness and undisclosed "spice". On the back end I get some nice lemony tartness, as well as some brett funk. A nice, semi complex saison.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Very good feel, and very drinkable. Overall, a pretty nice saison. Complex enough, with a nice and pleasing level of brett funk. A nice variation of the original Vieille.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 00:47:41 | More by zhanson88
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scottfrie

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into Duvel Green tulip. “Holiday 2013” release.

A: Pours a deep bright pink with a thick and fluffy light pink head. Head took its time fading into a thick collar that left a network of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Hibiscus and cinnamon are easily noticeable. Vanilla, nutmeg, and oak, along with the yeasty saison base, create a creamy, almost ice-cream like quality that reminds me of spiced fruit cream. I get a few notes of tart cranberry juice as well.
T: Cranberry, hibiscus and cinnamon up front, followed by vanilla, nutmeg, bready yeast and a touch of citrus. The finish is a bit doughy, and the aftertaste is drying and has a few gritty oak tannins. I get hints of peppery spice and a hint of lemon as well.
M: Medium-full body, creamy soft and juicy mouthfeel, with silky carbonation that’s smooth. The cranberry is lightly tart, and the finish is gritty and drying.
O: A very unique and interesting beer. I quite liked it. Spices and fruit work well over the saison base. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 03:24:03 | More by scottfrie
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White wax bottle from Bottle Barn on my visit to Cali. Pours a bright reddish pink color with a on finger fizzy and slightly pink head. Floral aroma with hibiscus and cranberry, some barnyard funk, spice, perfume, slight tartness. A little heavy on the perfume in the smell. Flavor is up front tart cranberries, then a huge blast of overly floral perfume flavor, yikes. Mellows with some cranberry tartness and some yeasty funky. Lingering slightly medicinal cranberry on the palate. Light bodied and nearly effervescent. Overall this could use some work. A bit perfumy that overpowers what would otherwise be enjoyable subtle notes of cranberry and funk. This isn’t overly unpleasant by any means, but could really use some tweaks to tone down the aggressive floral perfume notes.

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Vieille Artisanal Saison (Cranberry And Spice) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.