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Saison Vieille Artisanal - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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89
very good

178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.48%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 375ml bottle into Crooked Stave tulip.

Appearance- Hazy yellow gold with bubbly white head that didn't last long, but left nice lacing.

Smell- Spicy yeast, black pepper, lemon rind, and something like pee.

Taste- Quick brett tartness, musty/rustic yeast, lemon and grapefruit rind. Very nice.

Mouthfeel- Very refreshing and mildly tart. Thirst quenching. Medium carbonation.

Overall- Great saison with nice rustic tartness.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev -2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.22/5  rDev -19.7%
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

06-29-2013 00:26:08

Photo of Greywulfken
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Saison Vieille Artisanal from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.