Vieille Artisanal Saison Double Dry Hopped - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 6.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 07-23-2014

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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by spoony:
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4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle (summer 2014 batch) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about finger of white head. A nice coating of thin lace remains on the glass as the head fades. The beer is light-golden-yellowish and pretty hazy. There are a few active streams of carbonation in there.

S-The aroma is a lovely, juicy, hoppy thing with a tart pull of light sourness that is restrained but noticeable. The hops are tropical with pineapple, lemon, and orange flavors coming through. There is a bit of typical Crooked Stave mustiness (not full-on funk, just a dampness that virtually all of the CS beers seem to have). Really pleasant and inviting.

T-The taste is good, but not like the smell. There is a similar zesty, hoppy mixture of juicy, tropical citrus flavors with just a hint of straw flavor and a bit of bread. The mustiness persists, as does the lactic tartness.

M-The body is lighter than some with a medium amount of carbonation.

O-I admit to being a little "over" the many Vieille variants, but this one may be my favorite. The aroma is great...a really a nice bouquet of fragrant hops. The taste doesn't match up, but this still a great summer drinker that packs a solid flavor. If only it was a bit cheaper for 4.whatever % ABV, I would drink a lot of it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Summer 2014.

Appearance - Hazy yellow orange body. Even looks like it has a green tinge in my dimly lit living room. Nice white head. Thin collar and some wisping on the surface.

Smell - At first I get herbal hops, but it turns more lemony as I sniff it more. As it warms, oak becomes the first thing I smell.

Taste - Much more citrusy up front. A bit of orange, but it again turns lemony. The tartness builds as the hop flavor dies down. I don't get the oak until the very end.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. Well carbonated.

Overall - Pleasant in every way. Light, tart, and hoppy.

Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml brought back from Crooked Stave in Denver. "Summer 2014".

A- Pale yellow body with quite a bit of haziness poured into two snifters. A white pillow of foam crowns the beer to just under a finger with frothy consistency. A remains leaving webs and spots of lace in moderate quantities.

S- Lactic acid bacteria, some Brett funk and plenty of citrus. The Motueka is apparent right away but doesn't make the beer overly hoppy per se, the other elements are the major players. Lemon, lime, orange zest, clementine and tangerine come to mind.

T- Saison and lactic are the most prominent here as well. Lemon and lime juice really come to mind with orange, pineapple and some stone fruits. Yeast spice, pepper, slight barnyard straw and a medium-light sourness.

MF- Light bodied but right around where most Saisons are and close to dry. Carbonation is medium-high with tartness lingering.

Motueka atop Vielle is certainly interesting. I think the acidity doesn't allow the hops to fully integrate and it kind of feels like Vielle and Motueka rather than with. Either way, a nice combo of interesting flavors.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy light golden body and a voluminous white head settles down fast to a thin soapy top leaving behind some dots.

Bottle is a little old at this point. So I'm sure this isn't as vibrant as usual but a very enjoyable aroma. Still has some bright citrus and tropical fruit. Gets a little earthy/dirty.

The taste comes across as having some Motueka with the lime. Tart and lemony. Ends dry with some wood flavor. Slight bite from the carbonation. The body is ample enough for such a small beer. A little watery.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

for some reason i don't remember vieille being this sour. i remember it more as a slightly tart really funky type, but this version is much much more sour, really acidic, and while it isn't insanely sour, its definitely the most sour version of this beer to date. the double dry hopping is really nice through, even more intense than the single hopped with this really vibrant new zealand varietal. hazy and blonde and sunny colored with a short white head. the nose on it is smelling salt head snap sour, more because i remember this as mild than because its as sour as more lactic beers, but it comes as a shock. the hops are fruity and mouthwatering, and go well with the yeast complex, very dynamic and decidedly crooked stave. the flavor is hoppy all the way through, not just in the finish, but its nowhere near is pungent as the smell, thats what dry hopping does i guess right? very flavorful brew, with a ton of cool funky yeast nuance, as interesting as any, and really easy drinking with all this carbonation and barely over 4% abv. i wish this came in bombers, because one bottle just isn't enough, its such a session wild ale, with the brightness and forwardness of the hops, its such a cool new take on a familiar style and beer in vieille. tart as heck in the finish, i liked this incredibly robust version of one of the best crooked stave beers, but i think i prefer the galaxy edition to any others so far.

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Vieille Artisanal Saison Double Dry Hopped from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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