Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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Reviews by corby112:
4.11/5 rDev +3.3%
2013, batch 4
Pours a very hazy, pale golden yellow color with dark straw colored edges and a two finger frothy white head that quick settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.
Earthy, musty aroma with a decent amount of barnyard funk and damp oak along with some horse blanket, wild bugs, lactic cheesiness, bready yeast and ester-y light fruit notes. Has similar character as a Gueuze with lactic funk, dank, musty earth, citric acidity, cobweb and damp basement along with some peppery spice, yeast, acetic acid and sweeter light fruits. Very funky with lots of oak and wild bugs along with lactic cream, lemon juice, grass, straw, apple and pear. Very complex and very close to an authentic Belgian sour.
On the fuller end of medium body with crisp, light carbonation and some tart, puckering sourness that lingers over the musty bugs, dry oak, earthy funk, acidic acid and sweeter fruit notes into a dry, acetic finish. Decent amount of tart sourness but could use more acidity. The sourness is cut by some lactic, cheesy funk and dry, toasted oak. Wild bugs contribute to the funk but there's a sweet vinous presence that compliments the bready yeast and ester-y light fruit notes. Almost has a white wine like characteristic mid-palate with some light grape and stone fruit flavor. Hints of grass and straw complimenting the bugs and funky yeast before hints of bread, apple and lemon juice come through in the finish. Citric acidity becomes more prevalent as it warms but it could be a little stronger for my preference. Some lingering acetic acid on the back end but it's not harsh or solvent like. Overall, this is a very interesting and flavorful beer. Kind of like a light American version of gueuze blended with earthy saison notes. Refreshing and easy to drink with complex flavors. Another solid beer from the folks at Crooked Stave.
01-06-2014 08:46:31 | More by corby112
More User Reviews:
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 536 ratings.