Saison Vieille Artisanal - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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3.79/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
05-08-2013 01:35:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
District of Columbia
4.24/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
05-04-2013 20:36:11 | More by Huhzubendah
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
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
04-07-2013 01:21:28 | More by RoninTK3
3.96/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
04-06-2013 21:51:40 | More by Knapp85
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
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
03-24-2013 18:53:26 | More by Pinknuggets
3.79/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
03-21-2013 01:48:46 | More by Florida9
Saison Vieille Artisanal from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.