Saison Vieille Artisanal - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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3.15/5 rDev -21.4%
Poured into a tulip.
3.75 A: Mildly hazed peach color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is about average and about one finger of irregular lacing is left.
4.25 S: Big, bold nose on this. Really funky with all the barnyard aromas. Also musty basement, dry dusty wood, and some herbal notes. Lemongrass and apple. Dry with a grassy floweriness. Oak.
2.75 T: The taste isn't nearly as good as the nose. First off, there's a fairly strong tannic presence. Second, it's much less funky and more tangy and tart. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it doesn't work that well in this one. Tart apple, oak, sharp tanginess. There's still some of the funk mentioned above, but not a whole lot. Woody with astringency.
3.25 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly spritzy. Astringent finish.
2.75 D: This would have been a lot better if it stayed out of the oak barrel. It picked up all the bad stuff in it.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2013 00:27:40 | More by DavoleBomb
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
3.43/5 rDev -14.5%
375ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired for $4.99 and served into a generic non-pint nonic glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; Crooked Stave is growing on me.
Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Paired with fritos in classic american fashion.
A: Pours a one finger beige colour head - disappointingly thin - of fair cream and above average retention. Body colour is a clear pale copper-gold. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: A bit of pleasant tartness/sourness. Pale malts. Delightful funk. A bit too assertive for a saison. Lacks peppery character. No real yeast character. No alcohol is detectable. Pleasant, but clinical for a saison. Not the rural farmhouse wood-fired saison character you'd expect from a quality brewer like Fantome, for example. A moderate strength aroma.
T: Nicely tart and funky. Lacks peppery character or the subtlety of a good saison. Still, I like the light sourness. Pale malts form the foundation. Not as complex or subtle as I'd like.
Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit thin and lackluster. Approaches luscious but never quite gets there. Decent palate presence. Complements the flavour profile decently.
Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I do like it for a domestic saison, but it's amateur when compared to saisons like those of Dupont or Fantome. Hides its modest ABV as well as you'd expect. I like it, but I doubt I'd pick it up again. A pretty good offering from Crooked Stave.
12-31-2012 02:53:51 | More by kojevergas
3.49/5 rDev -13%
Tried this at the flight for Crooked Stave beers at Trappist Provisions. Poured out of a 375ml bottle into a wine tulip glass. Review is from my notes.
Pours an amber sunrise cloudy color with a nearly bone-white head that is slightly frothy in character. Bubbles are popping all over this at the top, almost to the point where I can imagine wild bacteria scrounging around and swimming in my beer. Other than that, carbonation is quite excellently balanced, in the same realm of other world-class saisons. Lacing is good, and the residue left behind is pretty rustic and pleasing. Very intriguing looking stuff.
The aroma is totally nuts, however. In the same realm of beers from Fantôme, this has got to be one of the most rustic, funky, pungent saisons I've ever whiffed on. Notes of cheese rind, brown grass, smoked lemons, seaweed, musty oranges, moist straw, toasted white oak, and granite immediately fill my nostrils, to the point where I simultaneously love and kind of hate this thing. There are no immediate flavors here that resemble beer ingredients other than the toasted dried malts and slightly skunky grassy hops. I'm definitely giving it high marks for being unlike anything I've had but I'm yet to try it.
Right at the first sip, the palate is immediately coated with a combination of dried oaky notes, toasted dried malts melded with peat moss, and slightly dried brown grassy flavors. This, in a way, resembles the ill-fated bottle of Fantôme Printemps that I had a while back, but it is far less bizarre and definitely more drinkable. Nevertheless, the toasted malt/peat flavor does get a bit grating to me, and as it warms up, it gets substantially smokier. The aftertaste is very tobacco-y, and while I tend to enjoy that, the smokiness is a bit too much, and the notes of algae and dandelions that creep in get a bit too vegetal and oppressive. Not necessarily refreshing, but this drinks quite well. Bready, yeasty, and slightly creamy from the oak. Definitely a well made beer, but the flavor profile is rustic to the point of being a bit challenging.
I admit that peat/smoked malt combos are not my favorite thing. The oak is a major factor that makes this a deal-breaker from other beers of its kind, as are the grassy hops used in the recipe. It's astonishing that more breweries in this country are replicating recipes that are hundreds of years old from Old World beers so well, and Crooked Stave is at the forefront of that movement. Still, this was my least favorite in the flight, and I wouldn't revisit it any time soon.
08-04-2013 18:23:20 | More by magictacosinus
3.54/5 rDev -11.7%
On tap at Belmont Station. Reviewed from notes.
A: Cloudy straw color with a 1/8" white head, though it's more bubbles than head after a few minutes.
N: Lactic acid is the first thing to jump out at me. Oak and lemon zest. Straw, lavender, and coriander. Black peppercorn and some brettanomyces.
T: Lightly sour with a touch of bitterness. Slightly bitter and there's a good biscuity nature. Grapefruit is here and lots of oak. Acidic stomach acid quality detracts for me.
M: Lighter in body, though slightly slick on the palate. Dries out the tongue.
O: An enjoyable saison for sure, but I wish it didn't have the unpleasant aftershock.
06-27-2013 17:53:27 | More by writerLJBerg
3.68/5 rDev -8.2%
Appearance is slightly cloudy and gold with bright white head. Heavy lacing left behind. The nose is funkay with notes of steamed vegetables, a touch of lactic acid, a bit of horse blanket, and some citrus at the end. The taste is a bit tart up front with notes of lemon juice follow by the funk and a bit of white grape. Mouthfeel is thin with a carbonation level that, in my opinion, is a little light for the style. The finish is very dry. Overall, this is my least favorite offering I'm Crooked Stave so far. The taste is better than the nose, but it is hard to wrap my head around the nose.
03-10-2013 00:52:38 | More by homebrew311
Saison Vieille Artisanal from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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