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Saison Vieille Artisanal - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.48%
Wants: 21
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 12-22-2012)
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Reviews by Pinknuggets:
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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

bottle to HFS sniffer

A: golden hone in color with a white head that goes away fast and leaves little to no lacing around the top of the glass, there also seems to be lacking in carbonation. It is semi opaque and slightly cloudy but it looks fairly clean in terms or the range of saisons.

S: there is definitely some funk in there it smells like white wine almost and the oak barrels have a heavier presence then I have seen. it is also very bready the best I can describe it is like a grilled cheese I don't know whether this is a good or bad thing but it sure seems to be atypical.

T: It has an interesting array of flavors. First of all there is definitely some of that bready yeast from the nose that is the dominant flavor, but there there are also some fruit notes that are slightly sweet and juicy i can't tell specifically what it is, but my best guess is apricots. It also does have some white wine notes from the barrel aging, but it is subtile and in the background in the finish.

M: It is pretty light and slightly crisp upfront. It maintains the lightness in a thin and watery feel though that makes it drinkable, but that is too be expected at such a low abv. I would like it to be a like more crisp and have a barnyard feel to as that is missing from the taste as well.

O: This has a decent appearance but a very odd smell. The taste is not bad but it seems like a random mix of flavors that does not seem to be cohesive at all if they were this beer could have a lot of potential. The feel is light and easily drinkable so its sessionable but there is nothing special about it. Interesting beer none the less may be worth a try

03-24-2013 18:53:26 | More by Pinknuggets
More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist

New York

4.45/5  rDev +11%

A: A slightly hazy golden beer with a rocky white head. There head has a good retention and settles to a thin cap after a minute.

S: An awesome smelling Saison. A medium aroma of earth hops, oak and a barnyard Brett aroma with moderate spice. There is some citrus peel as well.

T: A dry, citrus flavor with a light Brett tartness. The oak is in there at a medium-low level. Very little malt and medium-strong hops bitterness giving a balance that is moderately bitter. There is a moderate black pepper spice to the beer. The finish is bone dry with an aftertaste of hops bitterness, some citrus and a little spice.

M: A moderately-light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.

O: An very good Saison with a lot of juicy grapefruit flavor, a firm bitterness and quiet dry.

10-12-2013 23:26:20 | More by MadScientist
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3.35/5  rDev -16.5%

375 ml bottle. Pours hazy straw yellow with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is funky bitter piney sourness with a little bile.

The flavor is light straw like malts and a little fruit with some brett and a dry medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low but prickly carbonation.

Overall, a nice lighter beer. I like the saison, brett and hop interaction.

05-03-2013 01:40:46 | More by Beaver13
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle from a trade with Mitch in Colo.

Pours hazed lighter yellowy amber, loose darker eggshell head, leaves some rather minor but thicker stickage.

Semi-tart lemon infused nose, with some earthyness and chilled butter also in the mix.

Refreshing and lemony brew. Slight sour note adding to the complexity. I also get some light pepper, some musty earth character, and a dry leafy hop finish. Hell yeah, more tasty and finely crafted beer from CS. The more I try these beers the more I like em. Gonna need to set up another trade with good ole Mitch....

07-01-2013 17:13:54 | More by Billolick
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

07-25-2013 02:04:06 | More by mjtiernan
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

10-05-2013 03:07:34 | More by doremite
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-26-2013 16:42:14 | More by stereosforgeeks
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-27-2013 23:08:26 | More by sgttibbs
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-26-2013 18:52:49 | More by acurtis
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-21-2013 15:29:47 | More by roostor07
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

08-06-2013 13:20:46 | More by Beerontwowheels
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

375 ml capped bottle served chilled into a goblet.

Saison Vielle Artisanal is a slightly hazy amber orange color. The head is fizzy and quick to settle leaving little lacing behind.

Aroma is unexpected but enjoyable. I've had some Crooked Stave beers before so I should have known it would have a wild side. Slightly sweet with tropical fruit and slightly sour with wild yeast.

Flavor is our but balanced. It has a light and mild malt bill so that the yeast can really shine. Mildly hoppy as well with spicy peppery saaz, if I'm not mistaken. Yeast lends a tart and sour flavor that is very well done.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated. A relatively easy to drink wild ale.

Overall a very well made beer. In most ways it's not what I would consider a saison but, knowing a little bit about Crooked Stave, it totally makes sense.

02-15-2013 00:49:55 | More by GilGarp
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-29-2013 05:58:28 | More by distantmantra
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-16-2013 21:21:59 | More by dertyd
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-19-2013 15:53:33 | More by huskermike12
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-15-2013 02:54:05 | More by Gonzoillini
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

09-13-2013 22:56:54 | More by adamdarcy
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-19-2013 16:36:05 | More by hiphopj5
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3.79/5  rDev -5.5%

Clear dark straw colored body with a tall but thin white head.

The aroma leads with funky Brett, white vinegar, lemon, and a sulfuric hard boiled egg scent.

The taste is funky with lemon, pepper, and oak. It's tart but the flavors are muted.

Mouthfeel is light and clean with prickly carbonation.

It's a very easy drinker. Take away the light sulfuric aroma and take the intensity of the flavors up a notch and this would be killer.

03-15-2013 01:59:20 | More by Vonerichs
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-03-2013 17:39:57 | More by blindpiggie
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-17-2013 01:17:09 | More by GRG1313
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

07-17-2013 03:58:55 | More by buffs9
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

08-23-2013 02:50:39 | More by EliotRosewater
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -19%

09-15-2013 11:31:08 | More by dvmin98
Photo of emerge077


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

Served in a small taster glass, quick review from written notes.

Straw gold with a generous skim of white foam across the surface, rapid trails of rising carbonation visible in the glass.

Funky traces of Brett yeast in the aroma, minerals, wet hay, and a wisp of sulfur oddly.

Bitter, tart, and dry. Hay and dry earthy vegetal hops, some yeast-derived spiciness. Medium to light bodied, crisp feel. Something unique and different, worth trying.

Thanks Joe for sharing this one!

01-15-2013 02:40:45 | More by emerge077
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Saison Vieille Artisanal from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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