Saison Vieille Artisanal - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 183
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 3.28%
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 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 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 KajII
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
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 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 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 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 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 kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
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 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 ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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. (427 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)

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Saison Vieille Artisanal from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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