Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.7/5 rDev -7%
Enjoyed out of a brown 375 mL bottle with a date/batch number on the back label: 2013/Batch 7. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.
Appearance - Pours a brassy golden amber color with just a bit of haze and some variance in the hue, with a darker, more matte area as well as spun gold sheen on the edge of the glass where the light refracts. A one-finger off-white head of sudsy, thin foam sits atop the body and remains for a couple minutes before fading to a wispy film across the top of the liquid. Lacing is sparse and spotty.
Smell - Pretty unassuming smell, with light characteristics of pale malt, slightly spicy yeast and fruity esters along with barnyard funk and wet hay and some fainter woody characteristics and that twang of Brett.
Taste - Pretty similar to the smell, some funk and wet grass as well as slight lemon zest and oaky characteristics are present alongside that distinct Brett funkiness. Almost a yogurt-like presence from the yeast that hints at lactobacillus, but not even close to as sour.
Mouthfeel - As seems typical with beers of this level of ABV, the body simply isn't satisfying as it's too light and watery. Carbonation is moderate and the finish is dry with just a tiny bit of tartness on the finish.
Overall, a decent saison, but I can't help if my enjoyment of it was negatively impacted by the fact that I enjoyed Surette so much more. That said, this would be a pretty tasty session saison, or as they were once known: saison.
06-04-2014 20:30:35 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.23/5 rDev +6.3%
A- slightly hazy light gold with a huge white head that sticks to the edges while falling in the center.
S- tons of Brett derived character leap from the glass (and bottle for that matter). Horse blanket and wet earth lead with some lemon, tangerine and pineapple also peaking through. Some buttery, Chardonnay like oak shows more as it warms.
T- much less funky than the nose would suggest with a tart pop on the front and a mix of subtle earth, light oak and fruit in the middle with a long smooth, tart finish.
M- extremely creamy, with enough pop to get all the flavors where they should be. The mouthfeel might be derived from the oak tannins but its hard to be sure.
O- it's hard to think of another beer similar to this one. On the nose it seems like many funky, Brett beers but the mouthfeel and moderate tartness make this one entirely unique. A very enjoyable drinking experience all around.
08-02-2014 22:19:29 | More by Guden
3.98/5 rDev 0%
Light golden in color with a bit of cloudiness. Not much at all in the way of foam. Brussels lacing. Oak and Chardonnay aroma. Crisp and dry on the palate with moderate carbonation. I get oak and green apples with a slightly tart and acidic finish. This is a very refreshing wild ale.
03-30-2014 19:27:57 | More by Franziskaner
4.46/5 rDev +12.1%
375ml bottle at fridge temp outed into a large tulip. Date/ batch info left blank?
Pours out a nice lighter golden color, just a slight haze to it, about one finger or so of white head off the pour that fades to a thin layer. Average head retention with only spotty lacing.
Initially the aroma is quite spicey with a grassy almost piney tree like aroma and maybe some hints of yeast phenols. Lots of lemongrass. As it opens some mustiness really comes out as well as maybe some white wine barrel character.
Lemongrass, hints of a peppery phenolic yeast spice. Has the very beginning stages of a slight Brett or lacto citrus tartness. Very nice. Complex. Hints of white wine, wet hay and hints of a grassy hop with a slightly bitter finish.
Bright mouthfeel, light in body, really thirst quenching. Great ABV.
This is everything a saison should be, just ideal. And amazingly drinkable as most of the standard crooked stave beers are. Amazing how the Brett and/or lacto is integrated just enough to be a nuance to the beer not a dominating factor resulting in a beer I think any beer drinker would enjoy.
01-26-2014 18:12:18 | More by dogfishandi
4.41/5 rDev +10.8%
Had at Sputyen Duvel in Willamsburg
A - Soft yellow with a light haze. Small white head. 4.25
S - Tart lemon crossed with a soft blue cheese funk. A rather fragrant saison nose that tells you this one picked up a few bugs in the barrel
T - Tart lemon and Lambic-like presence cuts in with a well made Saison that has light funk and grass. I could drink this all day as it is flavorful and easy to drink
M - Soft mouthfeel. Light carbonation to it and slightly dry
O - Really nice Saison that shows that Crooked Stave really can make some of the best Saisons in America.
08-16-2013 22:04:35 | More by jeonseh
Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.