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Saison Vieille Artisanal - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 184
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 21
Gots: 37 | 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:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 12-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of Luk13
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1, thanks to Shawdeuce. Very aroma reminiscent of the best gueuze. One of the best american sours to reproduce the baryard feeling: horse blanket, dust, wood, earth.

Taste is slightly tart (far from a gueuze) with a strong cereal presence. Carbonation and alcool is low, this one is extraordinairely drinkable. 375ml is definitly too small for this lawnmoer beer.

Another hit from this very promising brewery. (418 characters)

Photo of RoninTK3
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Gold/orange with a bit of white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Apples, kiwi, sweet fruit, a bit of funk. A bit grassy.

T - Lots of peach, apple, and kiwi. Very fruity and quite a bit of tartness. Not much of the typical saison characteristics other than a bit of funk. A sour/resiny aftertaste.

M - Light, lot of carbonation, very refreshing. Resiny.

This is a nice, refreshing beer with lots of fruit and tartness and a touch of funk. If it was easier for me to get I'd imagine it could be a go to summer beer for me. (530 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Updating my review for this, now that I have tried it a couple more times.

Pours a golden yellow with a a nice frothy dirty white head. Aroma offers some tart lemon, wood, and the brett providing a touch of dirty sock/barnyard. Flavor was woody, a little funkiness, and some tart lemon, like I was biting into the rind of a lemonl and some prickly pepper in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and active, super drinkable. Overall, fantastic brew. The more of this I have drank, the more I like. (491 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

to me, this is the epitome of a saison, everything a good one should be. and it gives a prominent middle finger to the countless crappy saisons out there right now. when did saison become the new ipa anyway? not everyone can make one, and not eveyone can chuck some curious yeast into a lousy blonde ale and bottle it, mark it up, write a paragraph about french/belgian heritage, and call it good. this is everything those beers are not. it pours just a litle bit murky, bright blonde in color, with an inch or so of passive white head. the nose is sour as hell, funky as anything, lemony and acidic, almost more of a gueuze in nose than a saison, but the yeast is there. the flavor is nowhere near as intense as far as sour goes, but there is a lovely tartness in flavor too. grassy hops and wheat malt work together well providing some body and bitterness. this takes me somewhere far far away from a denver january, and i love it for that. excellent use of hops here, its not in your face at all, but its maybe more hoppy than most saisons, in the sense it provides some oils and resnious properties which form a nice synergy with the yeast and bacterial stuff. a little lax on the carbonation, but it just lets the flavors absorb better into my palate. light body, its a shame this bottle is so small. i could drink ten of these gladly. yet another work of art from crooked stave, my vote for the brewery to beat these days. wow this is good! (1,446 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 375ml bottle into Crooked Stave tulip.

Appearance- Hazy yellow gold with bubbly white head that didn't last long, but left nice lacing.

Smell- Spicy yeast, black pepper, lemon rind, and something like pee.

Taste- Quick brett tartness, musty/rustic yeast, lemon and grapefruit rind. Very nice.

Mouthfeel- Very refreshing and mildly tart. Thirst quenching. Medium carbonation.

Overall- Great saison with nice rustic tartness. (442 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with my wife while watching old school Star Trek.

Served in my Crooked Stave glass. Thanks Josh!

The beer is golden with a half inch of white head. The aroma brings funk, grass, yeast, earthy grains, sweet fruits, light spice, citrus. Lovely. The flavor follows suit, with a nice, lip smacking pucker in the finish. Earthy and bready. Pretty light in body and a pleasure to sip. (387 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

following what some of the reviews have said, this beer is everything that a saison should be. great yeasty barnyard smell. drinks really smooth. buttery, what i expect a good saison to be. i am glad crooked stave has put the time in to show all of the other billion saisons out there what one should taste like. this brewery is something else. but like everything in colorado; we want you to know that everything sucks here. don't bother... (441 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

thanks to ablackshear for for the extra bottle!

poured into crooked stave tulip glass.

Appearance: medium golden bodied beer with a huge white head. Nice staying power on the head and leaves a spotty lace. Eventually drops to a thin cap.

Smell: bready, grainy, wheat, and hay malt. A touch of musty funk. Mellow oak barrel / wood / earthy notes. Yeasty and a hint of fruity notes.

Taste: starts off with a nice mild tart citrus note. A little bit of malts balance out the beer with some wheat and grainy sweetness. Fruity yeast and mild funk that is earthy and musty. Hint of oak barrel. Finishes with a mild hop bitterness and a hint of pepper spice. Complex and delicate flavor profile of this saison! As this beer warms the funk and fruitiness start to build up and become much more prominent flavors of the beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Really drinkable. Good carbonation levels, but I could use just a little bit more carbonation. Its soft and gentle carbonation. Very clean beer. Also bright and refreshing beer. Finish is semi-dry.

Overall: A really simple yet classic example of a saison / farmhouse ale. This will be a great hot weather beer, once summer rolls around. I expect nothing less than high quality beers from Crooked Stave and they prove it again! (1,305 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.10.13

A - Pours a bright, cloudy medium orange with a 3/4 inch sudsy off-white head that lingers before going to the edges.

S - Spicy, pepper, floral, lemons. funk.

T - Funky, light floral, black pepper, lemon.

D - Dry mouth, lower carbonation and a light medium body.

O - Nice smelling and dry saison, would buy this one again. (352 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip

A- A very hazy beer. A light orange color. A one finger of a white head with great retention.

S- Wheat an a lot of it. A belgian yeast strain. A slight clove and spiciness. A sour, pungent beer that will clear out your nose.

T- An intense sourness out of this brew. A puckering dark fruit flavor as well as cherries and lemon. A lot of grassy, wheat flavors. A very helbal beer and a big flower presence. A subtle but nice oak flavor from this beer. A slight oniony spicyness, a lot of clove, black pepper and some banana peel. Nice stuff. An impressive flavor profile from a low gravity brew.

M-Puckering. Medium carbonation. A refreshing beer considering its sourness. A silky feel and a lingering sour aftertaste.

O- A very nice beer. A complex flavor profile that remains sour, drinkable and refreshing. (840 characters)

Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale golden yellow and cloudy. Medium small head, white. Little lacing and not much retention. It definitely shows off the barrel/sour angle. The aroma is underripe stone fruit, lemons, apples, mild funk and pale grain. Lots of stuff going on for a 4.2% abv beer. There's a touch of vinegar and lacto yogurt - you can definitely smell the sour in this beer. Very good brett flavors knocking around with the stone fruit and funk. The taste is lightly tart with more of the same flavors in the aroma. Nice balance of sour and brett funk. It's a bit simple on the palate. Some of the fruit seems a bit washed out, but the grain is light and fresh. Probably tends a bit more towards the lacto yogurt side of sourness. Very clean flavor with a solid lightly bitter oak note. Medium tannic from the wood. No idea what kind of barrel was used, but I like it. Not picking up much from the dry hopping, maybe some herbal flavor. Dry finish with more oak and underripe stone fruit. Mouthfeel is a bit smoother than expected. Carbonation is somewhat low, which is not a complaint. Otherwise, it's light on the palate with a little pucker. Good stuff. I love small, subtle saisons and sours, so this is right up my alley. If the flavor didn't wash out a touch in the taste, I'd have nothing to really criticize. Very solid "regular" lineup beer. (1,339 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (1,649 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: into a tulip, hazy deep gold beer; measured pour yielded a finger of soft white foam; barest traces of lace down the glass

S: herbal and floral hops, yeasty biscuits; hints of citrus and oak

T: tartness right off the top softens and becomes dank, while flavors reminiscent of grapefruit pith rise to the fore. What I think is probably a very-old school saison taste - I don't know if brett was used, but it tastes that way. The malts are delicately understated, supportive of the array of musky bitter and tart flavors.

M: crisp, tingly, brisk; light-bodied, low abv, very drinkable; makes you wanna smack your lips on the finish. Real nice.

O: a very classically-done saison. The bottle says, "rustic," and that's an apt description - I'm thinking fans of the style, or tart wild ales, or brett, will really enjoy this beer. (833 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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! (484 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Easy-ish pour on the side from a 12.7oz/375ml pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (Tired Hands stemware, for what it’s worth); not sure how old it is, but this is apparently Batch 4, from 2013. So, not particularly old.

Appearance (4.25): Just about two fingers of kinda fat-bubbled foam comes off of the pour, capping a pale golden body, a deep straw color maybe, with just the slightest haze. The head is sticky, leaving some fluffy patches on the surface that climb up the side of the glass, leaving some wide, spacy collars of lace.

Smell (4.25): Nice, tart, acidic nose with a lactic snap, dusty straw, lemon flesh, strong mineral aromas (think pinot grigio), tart apples, dried flowers and herbs (think botanicals, like sage and lavender, but not as citrusy or spicy as those). There’s more biscuit and dusty, slightly spicy (classic saison) tone as it warms.

Taste (3.75): Right on from the nose: acidic lemon flesh, tart apples, vinous mineral tones, some herbal, floral bitterness, and on the back-end it opens into a sharp lactic snap that carries through to the finish, transforming the acidic fruit character into an herbal hoppiness. Very subtle pear and apple tones underneath, but it’s overshadowed by the lactic acidity and tart apple tones. This is really tart, actually—whatever saison base there is in this beer has been really transformed by the bacteria. Although, it trends more saison as it warms, just like in the nose, giving more common crackers and dusty woodiness in the body before the acid washes everything out in the finish.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Spritzy with a bright carbonation, but soft—light and bubbly, slightly prickly and with a modest tingle, foaming nicely but not thickly. The body is light and quite dry but not parching, in spite of the acid presence and very light body. So easy to drink, if you can dig the sour.

Overall (4.0): Saison? Not quite. “Sour ale”? Not quite. Light, sour, blonde, Belgian-style ale? Absolutely. It’s very spritzy and tart, light, and dry, but beyond some dry common crackers, dusty wood, and a very light spice, it’s not very saison-like at all—though it does trend more toward the saison profile as it warms, even if it never loses that lactic snap. This is an interesting, if not wholly original, interpretation of the funky, “antique” saison style, but you can tell that Crooked Stave really nailed what they were going for with this beer. Another great beer from CS—now let’s see them lower the pricing just a little bit! (2,537 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with two fingers of dense head. Active carbonation is apparent throughout the beer.

S: I can smell the funk as soon as I pop the cap. I get a musty funk with a nice tropical fruitiness and a touch of cheese. Oddly, the cheese reminds me of Smartfood popcorn. There is a light acidic smell in the background.

T: This beer is quite fruity - I get clementines and mangoes upfront, though the beer stays dry with a bit of musty Brett character. I do get a bit of cheese in the finish.

M: Medium thickness with a nice carbonation. The carb is on the low end for the style, but I think a higher carbonation would be tough given the low ABV and sweetness.

O: I really enjoy this, though it's a bit straightforward. Fruity, lightly acidic with a mild funk. I could use a bit more character from the yeast. Maybe this would develop into a nice beer with some age. (923 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a hazy orange color with a soapy white head on top. The retention is minimal, leaving some suds around the edge of the glass. The lacing is spotted along the glass. The smell has a very funky sour aroma, but I also pick up some elements of fresh earthy pine and oak in there. There is also some black pepper on the nose as well. The taste is actually much easier going than I expected. It's flavors are soft, there is a subtle amount of wheat that shows up, there is a decent amount of acidic lemon in there as well. It's not too spicy either. The mouthfeel is very light, almost watery. The carbonation is good, it's very drinkable and each going. Not bad. (676 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a hazy straw with a finger or so of creamy off-white head that settles rather quickly to a film. Good retention; intricate, slippery lacing.

S:
Spicy and earthy. Lemon grass, white pepper, oak, bubblegum, barnyard.

T:
Tart, fresh, dry. Really tart up front with some earthy hop flavors and a funky dry finish. Straightforward and good.

M:
Really dry and medium bodied with a lingering feel and a dry finish.

O:
Pretty interesting saison.
This is a tasty and somewhat tart beer that uses barrel aging to make an already dry, quenching beer even more dry and quenching. Pours nice and smells/tastes nice. All-in-all I enjoyed it. I definitely like the slight Brett presence. I am ordinarily not a fan, but this one is subtle enough that I feel like I could maybe try something more in-your-face.
Would probably have again; worth trying if you're around CO. (871 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.... (557 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new bottle offering from Crooked Stave. Hit the shelves today, hit my belly tonight.

Pours a slight murky copper/golden. Nice hue. Big white head, a bit soapiness. Lacing is quite nice.

Farmhouse aroma, a bit butyric at first. Softens up a bit as it opens, to more floral and grassy. Some wet hay.

Flavors are not as pronounced as some modern day saisons. The spice is light and it doesn't seem like anything else is added in the spice area. It seems rather simple, but quite complex. Very light biscuit underneath. Some floral and perhaps lemongrass.

Tingly, but not heavy on carbonation. A zing at the end, which is quick and refreshing. This one is growing on me. Very drinka....crap, it's gone (715 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (1,050 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up from Hyvee. I’m really excited to try it as I really enjoyed Hop Savant. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Poured into a Tallgrass Brewing Co. cervoise style glass the beer produces about a finger of thin, fizzy white head. Almost looked like a Berliner Weisse at first. Nice lacing and eventually a cap remained. Cloudy, honey colored body. I definitely expected more in the way of head from a saison style.

Smell: Ripe citrus fruit, some floral hops, and a big barnyard funk. Some damp oak if you look for it.

Taste: Tart citrus fruit, lemon juice, musty brett, a bit of pepper, dusty barrel, and toasted malts. A bit more sour than I expected.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel with a high carbonation. Effervescent. Drying. Refreshing.

Overall: A saison with nice citrus and barnyard notes. Ideal for summer since it has such a thin mouthfeel. Decent, but I expected more in terms of head retention, taste, and mouthfeel. Given the high price I'd say wait to try it at a tasting before picking up a bottle. Went really well with an herb goat cheese. (1,072 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, wood, and a distinct buttery aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells slightly better than it tastes in my opinion. (566 characters)

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Saison Vieille Artisanal from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
88 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.