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Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 896
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 23.38%
Wants: 31
Gots: 124 | FT: 13
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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States | website

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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Photo of Meyers1023
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle labeled batch 14 2014. The color is straw and slightly cloudy with just over a fingers worth of fizzy white head. The smell has some funk to it as well as pepper, citrus, hints of flowers, and the barrel it was aged in. The flavor is sour fruit, a bit of grass, must, funk, and barrel all balanced very well together. There is a very smooth feel to this beer before a light carbonation hits your tongue. Overall this is a great barrel aged saison that has a complex but balanced flavor profile and very refreshing at the same time.

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Photo of jopezu
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

pours a hazy golden straw with very little head. nose; high-pitched yeast funk. taste; sour lemon, tart green apple, crackery malt, ... sour. light carbonation & light mouthfeel. not a sour fan. i wish crooked stave would label these beers a little less deceivingly. there's absolutely no verbiage whatsoever on the bottle that would indicate a sour.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As crisp and refreshing as anything I've ever had..... Not bracingly sour... Hints of it but this is subtle in that department.... Lots of earthy oak barrel... Feels like I'm drinking something made 200 years ago... Earthy yet crisp and refreshing and delicious.... Would be a summer beer I could crush with its light body and low ABV... Price point is high but worth the cash... Incredible.. Nothing bad to say here..

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2013 vintage bottling, Batch 8. Pours slightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, lime, pineapple, green apple, pear, white grape, pepper, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, light leather/oak, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, pale malt, and light oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, lime, pineapple, green apple, pear, white grape, pepper, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, light leather/oak, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/earthy tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, pineapple, green apple, white grape, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, pale malt, and light oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/spice/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from yeast spice and acidity. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly acidic/salty balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a damn nice oak aged saison style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and light oak barrel flavors. And very smooth and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is barnyard funk, citrus, lemon drop candy

Taste is heavy lemon, oak, wine grape, with strong tartness and a dry finish. Exceptional sour saison - I could drink this all day!

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Photo of GarrettB
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

December 31st, 2013 - New Year's proceeds, on the heels of one Crooked Stave to the next, from St. Bretta to Vieille. The saison follows, light-to-light beer, glowing like a rural sunset, golden hour in a glass. The nose expresses a peppery nose and the bitterness of grapefruit pith, with a touch of dried flower. The flavor is as interesting, but more complex, with more direct sourness up front, and bitterness on the back. Effectively the most sour saison I've tried, with a refreshing, crisp wave of fruit near the end, featuring light and slightly underripe green melon. And while it has all these dashes of exotic flavors and spice market touches, there is still, underneath it all, that ineffable saison quality. It's the blend of grains that speaks to a product of the dirt and field, and gives saisons that "rustic" quality. Mysterious, unfathomable, and art.

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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's just pretty good all the way around- Good aroma with lots of yeast, some caramel malt, funk, bit of fruit. Flavor's similar to nose with lemon added plus bitter tart, sweet in back. Texture's a bit soft; nice. Easy drinking. Nothing exceptional, but good.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A funky, juicy, and floral aroma with a scent of Brett, citrus, and oak. Upfront funky presence of lacto Brett yeast and farmhouse funk. Spice hints of pepper, clove, and coriander. Subtle hints of oak and wood. Big mix of fruit with hints of lemon zest, white grape, green apple, cherry, and orange. Pale malt with hints of wheat, straw, and cracker. Light hints of floral hops. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a funky, juicy, tart, and floral yeast driven taste with notes of Brett, fruit, and oak. Big funky and tart Brett lacto presence along with some farmhouse funk. Spice notes of clove, peppers, and corainder. Big zesty fruit notes of lemon, green apple, white grapes, orange, and cherry. Subtle presence of oak and wood. Crisp malt notes of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. Light backing presence of floral hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and fairly acidic.

Overall: A very good take on a Sour. Good mix of funk, spice, and fruit notes.

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Photo of Gus_13
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One I'm always glad to get a bottle of but the cost is just too high for a regular.

Lemon and funk on the nose. You can tell it's acidic. Great mouthfeel and easy to drink. More lemon and a bit of coriander maybe in the flavor. What I would think an old world saison would resemble.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a chalice

Hazy yellow, slight white, thin cap

Aroma of cider, lemon, oak

Taste lemon, funk, oak,

Tart and sour saison

Nice beer

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery; poured into a snifter.

Apperance - hazy golden yellow with visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint lemon yellow highlights; fizzy, foamy white head that slowly recedes. Light amounts of lacing left behind.
Smell - an array of aromas from funkiness, earthiness from the brett, lemon citrus and oak barrels. Very pleasing and inviting!
Taste - flavorful with an assortment of pale malts and wheat, lemon citrus and hints of coriander and rosemary; funky earthy flavors from the brett; oak from the barrel aging is an excellent touch!
Feel - Light to medium body and nicely carbonated. Certainly funky and very refreshing!
Overall - fantastic farmhouse that is so easy to drink and very flavorful!

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

dry hopped, oak aged, this is up my alley. A really nice hazy golden pour with little to no foam head. smells perfect and refreshing- good amount of funky wood. Tastes great, ridiculously smooth and tasty, lemony goodness. mentioned already but this is as smooth and soft as a baby's butt, awesome stuff!

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice saison. The tartness is refreshing and makes for a great summer beer. It straddles the line of sour and saison. I did think it lost it's sharpness after it warmed up though.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours Hazy and with very little spotty white bubbles for head
aroma is lemon flavoured aspirin
the flavour is part delicate part tart on one line is the vinegary sourness
but barely noticeable behind that is oak & hints of vanilla
I think the overall experience is better than the beer

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Photo of h8r
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy pale gold. Some chunks of yeast floating. Very light head, no lacing. Tart, vinegar smell. Taste follows nose: sour, dry, grassy. On the tart side for a saison. Can't taste the oak. Low ABV makes it very drinkable, but perhaps too acidic? Could treat this as a berliner weisse and drink it mit schuss maybe...

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw under a thin but clingy white foam collar. S: Tart almost vinegary nose, lemon, spice, fruit and some light bread. T: Tart, lemony, fruit, citrus, not much hop presence, traces of salt and a slight mineral character.F: Refreshing, light, highly carbonated a faint grainy astringency in the background. O: A light, refreshing beer with a slight wine like quality to it.

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Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent gold with a pinky of ivory colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, pears, grassiness, some honey notes

T: Follows the nose, a little honey crisp apple as well, dryness & tartness up front. Some grapefruit shows along with sourness, tartness & crab apple, a little sour cherry as well. Finishes with much tartness, puckery sourness, grassiness & pear

MF: Light/medium body, slight carbonation

Pretty refreshing, if you like them tart & sour, this your huckleberry, extremely drinkable

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Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 Batch 14 pours a hazed lemon yellow color with a small white head, smellsof lemon and citrus rind with wet hay, taste follows the nose touch of white grape with some light hops oak and dankness on the finish , tart mouthfeel with low/medium carb,a dry finish, low ABV and a drinkable Saison , tart,slight hops slight sour/funk

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Photo of sjccmd
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lemon, lime, and wet hay in the aroma. Very bright and grassy. Apples, pears, oranges, and chamomile. Earthy and rustic balancing the bright fruit character. Some bubblegum and spices. Green tea as well.

Hazy golden yellow. Small white head that dissipates quickly. No real lacing. Acidity is probably the head killer.

Oranges and lemons upfront. Quite tart but not too sour. Earthy brett and some oak notes as well. A hint of doughy character but incredibly dry.

Bright and lively on the palate. Medium high carbonation and light bodied. Acidic but soft lactic acidity. A bit of tannins as well.

Really complex and refreshing. Quite a lot going on. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light pale yellow with a white soapy head and plenty of lacing. Slight haze but fine for the style. Aroma is sharp of lemongrass, pepper, basement and stale bread. Flavor is a nice earthy mix of floral, farmhouse, earthy and bitter. Really nice dirty Belgian style Saison that drinks all too easy. Slight pinch of tartness upfront balanced with a complex dryness. Small ABV makes for an easy and agreeable brew, with flavors that are very unique. Light bodied with a small carbonation and herbal, rustic finish. This was a very nice beer to check out from Crooked Stave and I am sure there are funkier things going down there.

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Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pertinent label data: 2014 BATCH 13

Cloudy, straw yellow body; brisk carbonation; white, one-finger thick head. Sour lemon aroma; allspice; orange rind. Tart and bitter flavor with notes of grapefruit and citrus fruits. Light to medium body; juicy and mouth-puckering.

An intensely tart and sour beer that would. seem better suited in the sour beer category.

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Photo of mick303
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle into a tulip glass, served chilled. This beer came out a very light yellow gold hue, slightly cloudy with a good head, and some nice residual lace and film.

S - notes of lemon, hay bales, barny, some light apricot and white grape, pronounced malt notes, with an earthy aspect. Slight tartness and quite true to style.

T - immediate hit of carbonation on the palate, quite effervescent, flavour wise, this has white grapes and a slight fruity acidity, tart gooseberries, and a sauvignon blanc flavour, very crisp and fruity. Some hay notes and earthy farmy notes but those are muted.Nice lemon notes and tart fruit are dominant. Definitely light and refreshing.

M - effervescent and quenching, very pleasant light tart acidity to it, flavourful and sessionable.

A delightful little saison, I was a bit surprised at how lemon and fruit forward it was, the earthy hay and malt notes are there but only really come out toward the finish.Overall it was a tasty number I find very refreshing and quite pleasant, but the flavour especially for me was not on par with I really like in a saison with some more of the malt and earthy/yeasty notes, but I did enjoy it quite a bit.

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Photo of MCImes
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of 14erFan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of RStansel
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
90 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.