Saison Vieille Artisanal - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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Reviews by spoony:
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
From a 375 ml bottle into a tulip.
A-The beer is mostly clear and orange-hued amber in color. A one-finger head of white foam recedes rapidly into a thin cap. Some carbonation visible.
S-Smell is a nicely balanced mixture of tart lemons, grass, and slightly peppery notes. Crisp and inviting.
T-Taste follows the smell, but taste is turned down a few notches. Whereas the smell is pretty tart with a good whiff of wet hay and grass, the flavor is only mildly lemony and the sharp, grassy flavors have been muted. I also get a light hit of biscuit. The whole thing is almost pils like.
M-The feel is light to medium in body with lower levels of carbonation than a typical saison.
O-This is not a bad beer; the smell is quite nice, in fact. However, the flavor profile is a little underwhelming for the price of the brew (I think I paid six bucks for the 375 ml bottle), so I dock it points in the overall score for poor value. If money were no object, I would rank this highly as a session type beer due to the enjoyable mouthfeel and lower ABV.
12-27-2012 21:39:01 | More by spoony
More User Reviews:
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
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
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
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
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
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
Saison Vieille Artisanal from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.