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Saison Vieille Artisanal - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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89
very good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | 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.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 179 | Reviews: 37
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3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jarrgal
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjyost
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy and full of Brett delicious.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.24/5  rDev +6%

Photo of define333
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of TheDoctor
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.96/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Rutager
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Stevedore
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle from the recent 2013 bottling, courtesy of FleetwoodMatt. Thanks! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/4/2013.

Looks a lot like Surette did- a clear, almost slightly hazy straw body with an awesome 1cm white head that is effervescent with good retention. Some lacing persists. Again looks like a refreshing delicious saison, but not so unique to set itself apart from others in the style.

Smells sort of fruity but not particularly funky. It's more of a zesty lemony beer with some oak in the back. Less of the funk than Surette. There is some musty funk, but again there isn't a lot of it.

Follows the nose. Not particularly complex or interesting but it is what it advertises it to be. Some oak, some funk, some lemon zest but altogether not particularly intense in any one component. The brett does provide a nice crisp feel to it.

Thinner bodied, very refreshing and dry. Carbonation is a bit lighter than I'd like it to be, but sufficient for a saison.

This was good, but not as interesting as the Surette that we opened the same night. But its a saison that is better than most saisons I can find in Wisconsin. I wish CS would start distributing here..

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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Saison Vieille Artisanal from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.