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Saison Vieille Artisanal - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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89
very good

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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Ratings: 172 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rsdaugherty:
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

rsdaugherty, Dec 31, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

MadScientist, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beaver13, May 03, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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....

Billolick, Jul 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

mjtiernan, Jul 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

doremite, Oct 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

stereosforgeeks, Jul 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

sgttibbs, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

acurtis, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

roostor07, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Beerontwowheels, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GilGarp, Feb 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

distantmantra, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

dertyd, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

huskermike12, Apr 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Gonzoillini, Feb 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

adamdarcy, Sep 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

hiphopj5, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Vonerichs
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Vonerichs, Mar 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

blindpiggie, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

GRG1313, Feb 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

buffs9, Jul 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

EliotRosewater, Aug 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19%

dvmin98, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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!

emerge077, Jan 15, 2013
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Saison Vieille Artisanal from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.