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Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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BA SCORE
89
very good

506 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 20
Gots: 56 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-08-2013)
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: This is the most sparkly beer I think I’ve ever seen. It looks like champagne; same color with big, lively bubbles popping up everywhere. It did not foam up as much as a glass of champagne would have, but a good, half-inch of head flashed before my eyes before sinking back down to just a wisp or two on the surface of the glass.

SMELL: Mild, but pleasant aroma of citrus, maybe a little tart apple and a touch of funk.

TASTE: There are not a whole lot of 4.2% beers that pack in this much flavor. Tart apples dominate my palate while lemon and some other citrus dances around on the edges. The finish provides a little oakiness along with one last kick of sour.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp, dry and very refreshing. The body is very light, but packs a punch in the puckering department. The strong carbonation works to cleanse the palate after every sip while it also provides a very lively feel.

OVERALL: This is an excellent Brett Beer, but my one criticism is that it is not quite what I expect from a saison. The typical banana, clove and other spicy characteristics are completely overpowered by the sour funk. Otherwise, what an outstanding summer beer this is. Another excellent offering from Crooked Stave.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:58:21 | More by StoneTSR
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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.