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Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Vieille Artisanal SaisonVieille Artisanal Saison

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BA SCORE
89
very good

498 Ratings
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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 18
Gots: 55 | FT: 8
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 -1.8%
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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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.

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S - piney, funky, tart and grassy.

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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.