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Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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669 Ratings
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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 21
Gots: 82 | FT: 13
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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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
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3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

flayedandskinned, Nov 30, 2013
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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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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.

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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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