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Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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89
very good

778 Ratings
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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 26
Gots: 99 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-08-2013

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Ratings: 778 | Reviews: 115
Photo of MCImes
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lemony, funky, grapefruit, barnyard. This saison is one of my favorites of all time. Its borders on a berliner weiss style because it is light bodied, dry, and sour, but isnt a berliner. It has a little more body and complexity of sour.

Very good. Try at least once, but not worth $9/375ml repeatedly. for that price, buy a belgain sour. They are better in almost every way.

Photo of 14erFan
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without attempting to do anything too complex, this is a great example of a great tasting sour ale. Crooked Stave always does a great job balancing the flavor of the ale with the sour - a simply delicious simple sour.

Photo of RStansel
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 / Batch 8, aging gracefully. Showing tart green apple and lemonade on the nose. Oak apparent only via mouthfeel, which has a perfect interplay of funky acidity and chewy, tangy weight - carbonation is modest, heat non-existent. An ingeniously subtle saison. Light, sour, and refreshing.

Photo of chiphead
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not too tart, but pleasent

Photo of Tele
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: bottle

A: 4.25 Golden yellow, slightly hazy, with a small off white head. Good retention.

S: 4 Lemon and some funk up front with a bit if pepper and oak on the finish. Hops, green apple, and other citrus also present but subtler.

T: 4.25 Rather tart up front, more so than expected. The lemon really comes through here as does the oak. Hops are more mild but still go well with the green apple flavors from the nose. A bit of wheat on the finish. Some esters present as well, which you would expect from a more classic saison, but they're toned way down and don't come with the sweetness usually found with this style.

M: 4.5 Crisp and refreshing with nice levels of carbonation and a slightly dry, minerally finish.

O: 4.25 Great drinking beer with plenty of interesting things going on while remaining refreshing and easy to drink. Takes some of my favorite elements of a saison and matches them with the flavors and aromas typical of a dry-hopped sour.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very light in color with a quick dissipating head.

Smell is of oak of has hints of wine.

Taste is minimal hope with lots of sweet/sour back.

Overal i enjoy it very much. First crooked stave

Photo of SierraFlight
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into tulip. Hazy orange-yellow with soapy white head that leaves streaks of lacing. Aroma brings brett funk, green oak, tart citrus and grapes, and light malt. Flavors are tart citrus, barnyard funk, oaky bitterness, and earthy throughout. Medium body, thin texture, moderate-high carbonation, and a dry finish.

Photo of Ian_B
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 12 of 2014. Pours lemon-juice yellow with a thin head -- not much carbonation at this point. Not sure how it was cellared.

Smells like scored lemon rind with a bit of funk. Decent amount of oak but well-balanced, a bit of toasted white bread, and the smallest bit of spice, but mostly sour lemon.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Starts with mildly tart lemon juice with some nice oak, moving through notes of funk, and a smooth, bready finish with very subtle notes of coriander or spice and lingering citrus. Seems at least a little under-carbed, but I would probably guess that's the age at play.

Photo of jerseyjoe555
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice lemon sour tasting saison. Faint taste of oak barrel. Very well done saison. Wish I could get this on the regular

Photo of Hab11
4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed with Three Lions from a 375ml bottle. Batch 11 4.2 ABV.
Look: Cloudy Straw, very faint bright white head very little lacing, almost non existent (both lacing and head). Carbonation is there but the bubbles are few and large. Lots of yeast. For a saison unique for what it lacks. It has a ton of floating yeast.
Smell: proofing bread, hints of white pepper, lemon (less pungent pledge), sort of has a candy lemon warhead smell.
Taste: Lemon, lemon and more lemon! My wife (whose doesn't drink) went back for seconds! That right there says something. When I say Lemon that's not to say overly sour. This is super refreshing! Perfect lemonade if you would. The more I drink the more I get of the barrel which is great. As Three Lions said incredibly balanced. This has some zing but is also creamy sort of merengue with the burnt whipped topping. Lovely Brew.
Feel: when I put this in my mouth my response was wow. Didn't look like a ton of carbonation but it was quite zesty and active on the tongue. Finishes really smooth. In the summer if I had the access to it I would drink it all day long.
Overall: My first Crooked Stave, two things come to mind. Three Lions was more than honest in saying phenomenal and two where has this beer been all my life?

Photo of ThreeLions
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with Hab11.
Appearance: gorgeous hazy yellow sunset. Almost no head at all which was surprising for a beer with brett. At 4.2 percent this should be an easy drinker as it's just about my favorite style. Thus looks like a lemon drop or a naturally colored limoncello.
Smell: lemon funk galore! Yaaay this is going to be a fun one. Plant a lemon tree inside a barn. Wait a few years. Open the doors and walk inside. Take a deep breath. That is what this beer smells like. Can't wait to drink this.
Taste: well now that is interesting. A lot less funk on the taste than I was expecting after smelling it but way lemony. It's a sharp taste like lemon zest and fresh ginger. This is very reminiscent of stash lemon ginger tea. The barrel notes weren't exactly found in the nose but in the taste the flavor comes through. This is extremely balanced and very direct.
Mouth. Feels very effervescent, tangy and tart. Not too thin. Good mouth.
Overall this is an interesting one. Not my favorite from crooked stave but a damp good beer. Would definitely purchase and drink again. It's simply a lemon bomb of goodness with some funk, vinous notes and some barrel.
Kudos.

Photo of Roguer
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale light lemon yellow brew, deceptively hazy, topped by a very small white head which is quickly gone, leaving an oily residue and bubbly rim.

Really fantastic aroma: funky with a tinge of oak sourness. Lemon-citrus and hay are present, with a sugary sweetness hiding behind. Touch of cheese to the funk.

Remarkably - almost shockingly - tart aroma, with a lot more sour tinge than expected (not unpleasantly so). Definitely a flatter, mustier funky edge riding along the back end of the tartness. Citric acid; hay and earth; just a touch of sweetness; woody, oaken flatness; a little black pepper and an almost tobacco-like finish through the nose.

Puckering; silky; light-bodied; lively with some sting. Fairly dry and effervescent, short finish, with a very light lingering oiliness.

Really nice, interesting, and super tart and funky saison. Great flavor for such a low ABV offering.

Photo of tastybeer
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 11 says my bottle...

Slightly hazy straw colored beer with a small white topping that fades rather quickly to a finely bubbled ring and thin patch at the center. Aroma is farmy flowers and barnyard hay scents plus country apples, acidic and sweet, woody, and gose-esque with a touch of something salty-like. Taste is tart and dry with light acidity, apple, white wine maybe, wood musk, and flowers. A bit mouthwatering with each sip. Texture is clean and fluid.. Overall very refreshing and pleasant. I could go for some more.

Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2014 | Batch 11

Mostly clear straw yellow color with minimal head forming on the surface. Aroma is quite funky...barnyard Brett, flowers, lemon/lime, and musty oak. Nicely flavorful and Bretty without being aggressive with the yeast. Tart white wine fruitiness, flowers, grass, lemon, and woody spice. There seems to be a slight saline quality too that adds to the refreshment. Light, slick, and dry, finishing a little watery. Definitely a nice experience, though way too expensive to drink as much as I'd like.

Photo of kjyost
4.99/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In love with this beer. Poured a little cloudy with tons of fluffy sticky white head. Brett and pepper on the nose. Gloriously dry pretty body with saison character and some oak. A stellar beer. I wish I could access this beer more readily.

Photo of BigGingDrinker
3.02/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thought it was rather plain

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Mostly clear straw. Not much head or lacing to speak of.
smell: Earthy, citrusy funk. Nice i mean.
taste: much like the nose. Quite mellow. Kind of like a Sprite with funk and soul :) half kidding, it's much better than that.
overall: Quite enjoyable, my first Corooked Stave.

Photo of Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I appreciate my brother tenderbranson69 sharing this with me, enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is deeply hazed golden with frothy white head, lace sticks with fine bead. The smell is tropical with slight pineapple and mild orange aroma very lactic in a lemony and fruity way. The feel has tangy citrus and sour texture of yeast/bacteria with moderately high carbonation with low sweetness and dry finish.

The taste is very lemonywith pineapple sour and slight astringent taste with bretty funk and light medicinal aspect mid palate with grapefruit in the taste which is lightly acidic. The intensity of sourness is lingering after the finish. This is interesting and drinkable for the style -a very tasty session strength saison

Photo of champ103
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10

A: Pours a beautifully hazed straw yellow color. At first a two finger dense white head forms, but recedes in a second. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Earthy, musty yeast up front. Peppery spice, lemon and orange rind. Just a bit of soapy hops, which I am not always a fan of. Though that is always in the background.
T: Tart and sour lemon up front and center. A light soapy character again, but like the nose in the background. Some cracker like grains. Earthy yeast and white pepper lingers.
M/D: A light body that is perfectly crisp and effervescent. Perfectly smooth at the same time. So crisp, dry and refreshing. The bottle is to small cause I am through this way to fast. Very moreish, and a treat to drink.

I am nit picking, but the soapy hop character is just a slight detractor. Outside of that, an excellent tart Saison and one I wish I could get more easily.

Photo of draheim
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale straw w/ a thin white head.

Aroma is peppery, spicy, grassy, earthy, funky. Lemon, hay, Belgian yeast, pale malt.

Taste is a touch tart, earthy. Citrus, lemon, spice, pepper, maybe some clove. Lots of dry woody oak.

Mouthfeel seems a little thin, almost watery. Still it's crisp, bright and refreshing.

Overall a really nice, earthy, complex, flavorful saison.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 Batch 8. Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, hazy, gold coloring, with a solid halo of bright white head. Aromas of toasted grains and honey forward, with notes of vanilla, basil, cilantro, butterscotch, and grass. Flavors are toasted grain and cereal forward, with a tart and tangy citrus blend to follow. Lemon and tangerine help kick up the sweetness, followed by an herbal blend of basil, all spice, subtle pepper, and lemon grass. Some astringent and medicinal notes in there, as well as subtle wood spice characteristics. The body is effervesced and extremely dry, giving the beer a dry white wine feel in mouth. The aftertaste has a sour overtone, with citrus and herbal spices lingering shortly. The finish is crisp and dry, and the carbonation helps to clean the palate quickly. Interesting brew.

Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev -6%

2013/Batch 6 (4.2% ABV): Pours very cloudy gold color with chunks floating in it and a big foamy 2 finger white head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving good foamy lacing.

Smells of wet cardboard, orange peel, funky yeast, coriander, fruit and farm animals. It really smelt like being at a farm with that muddy animal aroma that was like a very sweaty worker who hadn’t showered in a few days and wore the same shirt.

Thankfully it tasted better than it smelled, with citrus fruit, peppery spices, tart cranberry, biscuit, dry orange peel, lemon zest, very funky yeast, sour apple, bitter red grapefruit, very sour white grapes and aspirin-like medicinal notes. The aftertaste has some oaky notes and more bitterness and sour funk, but the flavor got better and more complex as it warmed.

Mouthfeel left a pucker as it was like sucking on a lemon and then licking wet cardboard, but that’s to be expected from this kind of beer. It was a very light beer, almost watery with mild carbonation, and considering the high bitterness and sourness it went down easier than it should have. Overall it was good and I’d try it again, but it wouldn’t be a “go to” beer for me.

Photo of Goatdavemac
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Tasted a little watered down/weak...but that is what you get with a 4.2 beer...it was still tasty

Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet aroma with some yeast and malt present as well.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, spices (pepper), citrus (lemon), and malt in the finish. A very well balanced flavor that's light, sweet and enjoyable.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this is only the third Crooked Stave beer I've had, they've shown themselves to be more than capable of making a great brew. This one is well made and flavorful.

Photo of imscotty
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

A: Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow with a frothy white head. The head and what little lacing there was faded quickly.

S: Strong citrus, lemon, sour aromas.

T: Slightly sour with strong lemon citrus flavors. There is a cidery apple flavory too that is not disagreeable. There is a very slight bit of spicy pepperiness to the finish. As I got to the bottom of the bottle it actually got cloudier and tastier I think. I should have poured the whole bottle at once.

M: Very light bodied and fairly well carbonated.

O: This would be a good thirst quenching beer for a hot summer's day. Lacks a bit in the complexity department to rate higher and perhaps justify the price. Still, a quality sour.

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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 778 ratings.