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Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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626 Ratings
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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 21
Gots: 75 | 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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1/5  rDev -74.8%

Jtrigonis, May 01, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49.6%

Damian74Shensky, Feb 23, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49.6%

jtnord, Sep 01, 2014
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2.28/5  rDev -42.6%

Brian_Jim, Sep 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

thudean, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of denver10
2.69/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellowish white with an orange hue and a slight white head. Aroma is kinda MIA, there is some sweetness from the fruity hops and I get a little tart brett, but really its justs messy and indiscriminate. Flavor is the same way, tastes a bit woody. some sweeter citrus, and a maybe some ripe earthy root type vegetables? A hodgepodge of random stuff that is just messy and fails to come together. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp with some slight activity. Overall, this beer is straight up no good, IMO. I LOVED the initial batch/variation and was disappointed when I heard it was not going to be continually offered. That said, I was excited when I heard the tweaks being done to this variation. Unfortunately, what sounded good on paper did not come out to be anything close to being good in real life. I gave this a few tries before I reviewed this one just to make sure it was a consistent problem and not simply one bad bottle, but so far all attempts have fared the same. Of all the Crooked Stave beers to buy a handful of right out of the gate, I wish it hadn't beenthis one. If these beers were cheaper, I honestly would have drain poured some of this.

denver10, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -30%
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.

mactrail, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is apparently a different malt bill than the previous Saison Vielle Artisanal and dry hopped with citra hops. The label is different and I was confused at first as to whether it was really a new beer but I'm adding it. Golden hazy orange color, soapy head. I don't like the smell at all, onion and burned rubber, not good at all. Flavor was ok, grains, yeast, meh. Darn, I was hoping the citra dry hopping would make this something special like Tank 7 or something but I was bored. I also did not pick up on the barrel/foeder aspect at all.

ArrogantB, Apr 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

ygtbsm94, Sep 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

RayOhioFelton, Sep 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

osuskin, Sep 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

dkw0063, Tuesday at 04:49 PM
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

littlebeer, Nov 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

kscaldef, Dec 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

topdown, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of alaimoa
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Picked this up in New York.
Poured hazy light gold/yellow with descent white head 1-2 inch with a bit of white lace but nothing special.
Smell and taste lack complexity. You get a bit of citrus that leans on the sour/tart side like a grapefruit and a hint of funk but lacks depth.
Mouthfeel has medium/high rolling bubble carbonation but a thin dryness
Overall I hate to say I'm not overly impressed given lack of depth and slight watery taste

alaimoa, Jul 23, 2013
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3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Straw yellow to orange in color. A little hazy and a sticky buy small head that is white.

Aroma is of straw and barnyard, a little goat, a hint of acidity

The taste is very subtle. A little bit funky in the finish with some acidity. A little taste of wheat.

Mouthfeel is light but with some silkiness.

Overall the beer is okay. There are hints of acidity, a lot of funk, but the beer is nothing special. It is not very crisp or refreashing and gets too funky as it warms.

LeeryLeprechaun, Jul 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

VeganUndead, Sep 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

LJWalker, Oct 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

thugherman, Oct 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

kojevergas, Sep 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very cloudy light orange. Looks like a witbier. Big fluffy white head. Head fizzes out at a moderate pace, leaving pretty substantial lacing behind. Decent retention.

S: Some tart citrus, grass and light grains.

T: Very tart and funky citrus. Like lemon rind with a side of bile. Some mild graininess in the finish. Dry lingering tartness in between sips. Strong flavors for the ABV.

M: Medium bodied and quite smooth.

O: Certainly a crisp, funky and sour saison. Not really my style, unfortunately. It's not bad at all, my taste buds just aren't feeling this one today.

Dope, Jul 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

chadwicktorres, Oct 14, 2014
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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.