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Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

Vieille Artisanal SaisonVieille Artisanal Saison

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BA SCORE
89
very good

397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.56%


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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flayedandskinned

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 05:58:40 | More by flayedandskinned
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4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle, acquired thanks to my boy Chadolish when he was out in CO earlier this year. Poured into tulip at about 45 degrees.

Pours with a short white head, over cloudy golden body (I poured the yeast in). Decent lacing.

Aromas are pretty awesome given the low ABV. Lots of yeast, orange peel, mueringe, and sweet spices - very inviting. As is warmed, the Barnyard qualities started to come out, esp hay.

Flavors are juicy and bright. Lots of tree fruit - lemons, naval oranges, and kiss of lime. Light bitterness. Tangy. Like with the aromas, the grassy/hay qualities start to present as it warms. Mouthfeel is light and easy drinking, with solid carbonation. Finish is slightly dirty.

A really tasty brew with lots of complexity - hats off to the brewery for pulling this off at just 4% ABV.

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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. Pours clear yellow to light golden colored with a fluffy white head. Brett on the aroma with light citrus and grass, dryness, tart. Flavor is dry citrus and hay, lemon peel, some tart Brett, dry oak, and a slightly dirty wheaty finish. Light bodied with high carbonation. This would be excellent if it weren't for the slight unpleasant finish, but solid overall.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, golden/copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus, wood, hint of spice, sweet malt, sourness, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong tartness present. Tastes of citrus, yeast, hint of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, sourness, alcohol, and a hint of floral. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, body, and complexity.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A: Pale gold and very clear. A finger of off white head.

S: Faint but oaky, grass and maybe a little pine.

T: Crisp, clean and tart. Not a massive beer in any regard, but a well balanced refreshing beer. Great tartness, not face puckering, that is great. Sessionable 4.2%, but you might want to win the lottery first if you do that.

M: Crisp, like a super dry apple cider. Very clean finish.

O: Great beer for a spring day. I paired it with some grilled chicken with a jerk rub and it was perfect.

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Appearance: Hazy pale orange with slight hints of red. A white, creamy head that dissipates relatively quickly and hangs around as a crown around the edge of the glass. Some sparse lacing too.

Smell: Funky, vinous. Loads of brett, this screams "Saison that I'll love."

Taste: A bit disappointing after the smell. Funk is there, and presents a nice floral element to the beer. Vinous again, but feels a bit watered down. Vaguely tart. Beers that taste watered down are the bane of my existence, luckily this one isn't too bad.

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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.