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Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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89
very good

760 Ratings
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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 23
Gots: 91 | FT: 15
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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: 760 | Reviews: 112
Reviews by TheBrewo:
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First off, as always, a huge “thank ya, sir” to StonedTrippin for providing us with this treat. We pour a brew of deep straw coloring. It holds a one finger head of the softest, creamiest white foam, leaving beautifully organic, patterned lacing stuck all around the glass. Retention is decent. A thick haze cuts clarity, and flecks of rocky sediment are seen about the bottom. Carbonation appears to be on the active side. The aroma is earthy, malty, and funky, with cucumber coolness, straw and dried grassiness, spicy curry zing, sticky floral sweetness, molded oak, chalky yeast, freshly squeezed lemon and grapefruit juice, raw egg, fusel scallion oils, wheat, and pale maltiness. With warmth comes corn, further barnyard funk, light toastiness, waxiness, dill and thyme, vinegar acidity, and lemongrass. Our first impression is that the flavoring is surprisingly light, but each component is graciously represented and hearty, with much more forward bitterness than in the initial aromatic profile. As we sip, the taste opens with muddy wheatiness, fusel phenols, crisp pale malts, soured pseudo-Bretty yeastiness, lemon and green apple flesh fruitiness, grapefruit bitters, and general mustiness. Peaking through the center of the sip is an even blend of continued pale maltiness, white sugar-sweetened grapefruit juice, white vinegar, that yeasty tartness, cotton, copper, mineral, and more meaty, chunky baker’s yeast. The end comes with grassy hops, powdered cement dustiness, dried and cracked oakiness, perfumed yeastiness, light boozy buzz, mozzarella cheese musk, lemon puck, honeycomb and honeysuckle floral sweetness, and those finishing pale malt chalks. The aftertaste breathes of white flour, pale and wheaty malt chalkiness, bittered yeasty funk, lemon rind sourness, sage and green grassiness, drying oak, seafood saltiness, grassy and grapefruity hop bite, coiny metallics, and mineral water. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives decent cream and froth, but strong slurp and smack, with powerful pop and puck left lingering on the lip. The mouth is immediately cooled and coated with light creaminess, but this drips into a strong chalky astringency streaking towards the back of the throat along the hard and soft palates. The abv is easy and appropriate, and the beer drinks accordingly.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its aroma. Here we were giving the classic saison, with funk, mustiness, grassiness, crispness, and juicy tartness. While it was somewhat lacking the nose, the oak aging took this experience one step further through the flavoring, and in aiding with dryness and astringency along the feel. The yeast/infectables, too, added that unique “Crooked Stave” twist to the thing, giving a tad more punch to the funk and the tartness throughout. The citric components were also heavily apparent, affording much of the bitterness in the final mix with the yeast. This is a bright, sessionable, experienced beer, and a great example of the style for those looking into it newly, and those who love it, as well.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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