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Saison Vieille Artisanal - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 184
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 21
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.


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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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....

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle $5.99. Bright orange color, big head, crusty lacing up the sides of the glass as I drink it. Hint of orange in the aroma, pepper and spice, pretty good. More citrus in the flavor which is good but the flavor is fleeting. Extremely easy to drink and likely a good summer beer. My only complaint is the cost. American saisons always seem to cost more that Dupont and are rarely better which means no repeat purchase.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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

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Photo of Florida9
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Mildly hazy amber in color. Forms a modest, bubbly, white head. Little retention. Light lacing.

S: Aroma is slightly vinous with just a touch of lemon. There is a mild, but perceptible Brett character that comes off as horse blanket. Aroma is earthy, woody, and somewhat "dirty" in character.

T: Taste is more of the same. Malt backbone is fairly light. There is a mild lemon tartness. A little bit of black pepper. But mostly, the beer just comes off as tasting old, earthy, and dirty. Quick finish.

M: Body is thin and watery while the beer is undercarbonated. There is a mild tartness on the front end of the beer, but it quickly washes away. Virtually no bitterness. Dry on the finish.

O: Overall, not a bad beer, but it does manage to come off as if it was a very good Saison that they decided to barrel-age and in the process they muted and muddled all of those wonderful Saison qualities.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.09/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of spoony
3.89/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.01/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of denver10
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of KajII
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky golden orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white creamy head that diminished quickly, down to a scattered film and medium collar with excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a funky Belgian yeast and a light grain malt with notes of citrus (lemon), a fruity ester (peaches and pairs), lemon grass, cheese and dust.

The taste was very yeasty with a strong citrus backbone and had a mild grassy feel along with a hint of lemon early on, and then become very lightly bitter with a mildly sour ending. The flavor only lasted a short time after the swallow, with a light sour bitter taste fading slowly off the taste buds into the background.

Mouthfeel was a bit above light in body and rather dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall this was an extremely tasty Saison, which I also found to be very refreshing and easy to drink. I think I may just have found my new session brew...


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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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