Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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Reviews by corby112:
4.11/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 08:46:31 | More by corby112
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2.78/5 rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
Extremely pale amber-tinted brew. Nice foam in the Gordon's thistle glass with a surplus of frothy carbonation.
Very light flavors and quite tart/sour. The malt has vanished and left a vinegary shadow. Lots of bitterish pepper that seems to increase with sipping. I wish there was a category for non-traditional sours, or else put this into the American Wild ale lineup. How do you compare this with such sensuous brews as Firestone Walker "Opal" and a hundred other fruity and zesty Saisons?
This is too much like a Belinerweiss to be reviewed adequately as a Saison. I also object to the price of this stuff. But if you're into trying sours, this is very approachable. From the 375 ml bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquors. Batch 10/2014.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 04:44:54 | More by mactrail
3.93/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 00:35:14 | More by Mongrel
Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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