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Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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89
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777 Ratings
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Ratings: 777
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 25
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With that dry, funky and earthy character in the foreground, Crooked Stave's Vieille kicks of with a ton of earthy character. If only it could hold onto it....

The Saison looks the part as its hazy straw character projects a weighted appearance that the taste and texture proves otherwise. Its medium haze diffuses its glow as its head billows the rim of the snifter. Retaining sturdily, the beer's lace swirls with broken rings. All in all, this is a well-sold Saison to the eye.

Aromatically, the beer sings with a plethora of wood aged earthiness! Starting with the tart scent of lemons and lime, the nose tilts toward sea air, musty attic-like aged woods, and a strong gamey, near-mushroom character that aids to its charm. Quite acidic, the notes of oddly placed sun-dried tomatoes give a vegetal tone to the scent, even as a strong pepper and almost-plastic scent rounds out its complex nose.

For better or worse, the flavor is simplified. Sure, the dried fruit and soft spice taste balances upon a dry cracker-like pilsner base, those sour-ish tastes are moderate and more resemble tartness. Its middle is lightly salty with leathery notes and sawdust. With the slight dried wood type of bitterness, the ale finish modestly citrusy with dried orange peels and an overall woody and citrusy tone- seemingly of sassafras.

The beer further recedes as the textures fall from full-on champagne to light and watery in an instant. Though this fuels its highly drinkable character, its earthen and complex aromas promise me a sharp and acidic after-palate that just doesn't develop. Its fleeting finish is watery and minerally- and a little alka-seltzer-like.

Photo of Guden
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jeonseh
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer at Crooked Stave @ The Source in Denver, Colorado about three weeks back.

Poured into a La Cumbre pint glass.

A- Golden with copper hues. Pillowy, cloudy, two-finger thick head. Thick lace on the sides of the glass. Good carbonation. The head is persistent and remains long after the pour.

S- Huge citrusy, grapefruit and spice head. Sweet biscuit.

T- Mouth puckering sourness, grapefruit rind, wheat, crackers.

M- Sour up front, but then smoothes out and finishes dry.

O- A beautiful, deceiving nose leads one to think they're getting a citrusy, hoppy treat, but the taste is all sour. Quite a treat.

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 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 Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - A little bit hazy, pale orange body with a nice white head. Some lacing. The surface foam lasts forever.

Smell - A bit musty. Definite brett component giving it an earthy tone along with some bright lemony acidic aromas. Citrus hops behind it.

Taste - Grainy malt up front that slides into a more tart bretty flavor. Lemony tang and a hop presence that fades. The finish is bitter and has a mild earthy flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very light, almost watery in the very end. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Pretty good, especially for such a sessionable ABV. There are other options that are as good but significantly cheaper. At least cheaper than what I paid.

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2013/Batch 5
Poured into a Duvel tulip

Appearance: (3.75)
Pours a hazy straw gold with just a mere finger tall tuft of a pure white head. The slowly settles to about a half finger, leaving some small lacing behind in its wake.

Aroma: (4)
Almost immediately as you lift the glass to your face, your nose is treated to bright, lively aromas of lemon zest, grapefruit peel as well as a slight acidity. Beneath the light tartness are impressions of juicy apricot flesh, green pear and a pleasantly contrasting musty funkiness from the Brettanomyces. As the beer warms some soft cracker-like malt character becomes apparent.

Taste: (4)
As soon as the beer lands on your palate, you're greeted by refreshing, lightly tart notes of lemon and grapefruit juice. Coming in right behind this acidity are some slightly spicy notes of hops. Middle of the taste, a mild and gentle mustiness enters the fray from the Brettanomyces yeast strains; notes of apricot, light horse blankets and damp earth. The beer finishes off dry with long lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apricot, light mustiness and a faint brett funk. Some chalkiness from the oak tannins.

Mouthfeel: (3.75)
Light bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
A fantastically flavorful, refreshing and sessionable saison. Crooked Stave really know how to harness and proportionately distribute the often overwhelming flavors of the wild Brettanomyces yeast strain. Vieille is probably the best modern day take on a Saison done traditionally, i.e. low ABV, and fermented and aged in oak barrels. Recommended.

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

Dark straw color, crystal clear. A 1/4" of tight white head.

Smells of lemon, lime, white sweet tarts. It has an acidic aroma about it.

Lemon and lime flavors and very tart and acidic. Light grass and grain.

Mouthfeel is... tart and puckering. Lighter body that works for the beer, good carbonation.

A very good beer. Not one of the best from CS, but certainly worth trying and is put together very well.

Photo of Gmann
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden color with a short disappointing head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is tart with green apple and lemon. Good dose of oak. Hay and farmhouse funk from the yeast. Some clove. Nice tart saison.

Slightly bready malt flavor not quite crisp as I like. Tart lemon and green apples with the sharp flavor from the oak. Good farmhouse funk yeast flavor to match the oak. Definitely on the tart spectrum of saisons but refreshing and a good palate cleanser or change of pace brew.

Tart and clean on the palate. It could be a little more crisp. Softish carbonation. Refreshing.

Good tart saison. I like to see a little more flavor from the yeast but this is nice.

Photo of Kinsman
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden straw body with a respectable fluffy white head on top. Citrusy sweet notes and and some earthy farmhouse notes greet the nose. A bit of a bready malt undertone as well.

Lemony tartness hits right up front with the first sip. Mellower earthy and musty farmhouse notes come through as it opens up a bit. Hits a nice stride between sweet, tart, and a bit of funk, making for an overall enjoyable experience.

Mouthfeel is smooth but nice quite as crisp as I like in a farmhouse ale.

Photo of richj1970
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 375 ml bottle into snifter glass. Bottle is labeled 2013 Batch 8.

A: Pours a light lemon yellow with a two finger frothy white head that lasted a couple of minutes and leaving some spotty sticky lacing. It was a little cloudy on first pour, but cleared a bit as it warmed. The head eventually settled to a small ring around the edge.

S: Slightly spicy yeast mixed with light citrus fruits. Lemons and limes. Some barnyard funk that reminds me of wet grass.

T: Slightly sour with an earthy funk. Granny Smith apples, lemon zest, wet hay, and maybe a little black pepper.

M: Fairly light body almost watery and reasonably well carbonated for the style. Finish is crisp and dry leaving a tart memory.

O: Easy drinking and refreshing saison. Very enjoyable, but given the price, I was hoping for something a little more special.

Photo of scootny
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A lovely amber golden cloud. Decent head with a nice lacing. Funky dryness in the nose with notes of pale malt. Taste is more of the same with lots of oak and funk. Feel is crisp and effervescent. Drinkability is determined by you love of sours ales as this one has saison character but really has its feet in the sour camp. Nice beer

Photo of Mongrel
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pale honey gold with soft foamy head. Little to no lace.

S - piney, funky, tart and grassy.

T - tastes light and super refreshing. Lightly tart, with touches of pink lemon, lime, orange and raspberry. A little watered down and mineral-y. Some barnyard yeast and hay flavors. A nicely done light, tart saison. One can imagine this type of brew being dispensed to farmhands during the summer months centuries ago. Still does the trick nicely, though I may opt for a slightly heavier version of the style if given a choice -- this one is just a tad watery, though totally refreshing.

M - mouthfeel is thin, rounded out by prickly tartness, and finishes very dry.

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 crankdatank
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

375 poured into a leffe 25cl glass. Hazy or age with nice whit head which fades quickly. Smell is dank barnyard with some citrus and hay. Taste is great very tart with light dry funkiness. Mouthfeel is effervescent but thick. Lingering tartness. This is what I'm looking for in a saison. Complex and enticing, delicious.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +0.3%

375 ml bottle. Served in a Prairie Teku glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch white head. Both the head retention and lacing are good. The brew smells like lemon peel, earthiness, hay, limes, and oak. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some tropical fruit, peppery spice, grainy/bready malt and green apple. The tartness comes out more as the brew warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's refreshing and has a good amount of soft carbonation which helps make it smooth and easy to drink. I liked this a lot, overall I thought it was good. This was the first Crooked Stave beer I've tried, and hopefully I'll try more soon! $8.99 a bottle.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date was apparent on this bottle.

A - Golden yellow; translucent. Thin layer of off-white head.

S - Funk, spice, bready sweetness, lemon and yeast esters.

T - Tart with some light funk. Lemon, spice, yeast esters and a slight woody/oak presence.

M - Light to medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. 2013/Batch 5.

A bit dull yellow apricot body color, and opaque appearance. Some very fine carbonation rising, but only about a one finger creamy head of off white color that takes some effort to create on the pour. Manages to keep a thin puck and a solid collar though while drinking.

Some solid saison bouquet. A grass nose, a light funk. Some mild sourdough like breaded malts and a hint of sweetness to match as well. Pretty solid.

Good simple palate that matches the nose. Light body but with a good acidic mild character. Lots of carbonation but not too dry either. Light lemon, a little bit of citrus warmth and spritzy quenching flavors. Some light candy like malts come across nicely, and really washes the citrus warmth.

Real easy drinking saison and full of flavor. Real nice.

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Tasty, tart, lots of barnyard and funk. Yeast is crazy. Reminds me of brie... with that almost "footy" thing going on, especially on the nose, but also pretty evident in the finish, which is long. Speaking of cheeses... I get a bit of bleu cheese here, too. Along with hay, and lamb's wool. Meyer lemon, or maybe preserved lemon. In the back, there's a little acetone (nail polish remover), faint and blended in very well into everything else, confusing the senses and confounding some of the other flavor notes, but not in a bad way... like that one cord that kind of both disrupts, but pulls together a piece of music. The oak is also subtle and mixes things up, but in a good way. I wouldn't have guessed oak. Very interesting brew.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a murky dark-ish orange, with no head or lacing.

Smells strongly of tart lemon and lime, with a bit of oak, and lots of barynard Brett funk.

The taste is similar. The strongest flavors are of tart lemon and lime, with the funkiness there, but not overpowering. Only a touch of spicing, which is nice, along with a little oak, and some lactic acid that lingers slightly on the tongue.

This one has a fairly light body, with a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. There's a moderate amount of carbonation.

A fairly solid, if slightly un-exciting, funky saison.

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 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.

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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.