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Saison Vieille Artisanal - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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BA SCORE
89
very good

172 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.48%
Wants: 21
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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jxb345

California

4.25/5  rDev +6%

08-03-2013 17:11:39 | More by jxb345
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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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Beaver13

Colorado

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
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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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mjtiernan

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

07-25-2013 02:04:06 | More by mjtiernan
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doremite

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6%

10-05-2013 03:07:34 | More by doremite
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-26-2013 16:42:14 | More by stereosforgeeks
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-26-2013 18:52:49 | More by acurtis
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roostor07

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-21-2013 15:29:47 | More by roostor07
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Beerontwowheels

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +6%

08-06-2013 13:20:46 | More by Beerontwowheels
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GilGarp

Colorado

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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distantmantra

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-29-2013 05:58:28 | More by distantmantra
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dertyd

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-16-2013 21:21:59 | More by dertyd
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huskermike12

Iowa

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-19-2013 15:53:33 | More by huskermike12
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-15-2013 02:54:05 | More by Gonzoillini
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adamdarcy

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

09-13-2013 22:56:54 | More by adamdarcy
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hiphopj5

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-19-2013 16:36:05 | More by hiphopj5
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Vonerichs

Illinois

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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blindpiggie

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-03-2013 17:39:57 | More by blindpiggie
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-17-2013 01:17:09 | More by GRG1313
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buffs9

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

07-17-2013 03:58:55 | More by buffs9
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EliotRosewater

California

4.25/5  rDev +6%

08-23-2013 02:50:39 | More by EliotRosewater
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -19%

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

Illinois

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
89 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.