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Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

Vieille Artisanal SaisonVieille Artisanal Saison

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398 Ratings
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Ratings: 398
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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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to womencantsail for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, Brett, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with a Brett flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 00:49:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a very hazy honey color with a wispy head that leaves a nice pattern of lacing

Smell: More vinegary than Surette, with fruit elements dominant - peaches, in particular

Taste: Peach yoghurt, with the lactobacillus creating quite a bit of sourness through the mid-palate; a touch of funk and oak in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; very puckery

Overall: Tasting side by side with Surette, I am afraid this one pales in comparison, though it has a dynamic sourness that may be preferred by others

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 01:10:07 | More by brentk56
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4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With that dry, funky and earthy character in the foreground, Crooked Stave's Vieille kicks of with a ton of earthy character. If only it could hold onto it....

The Saison looks the part as its hazy straw character projects a weighted appearance that the taste and texture proves otherwise. Its medium haze diffuses its glow as its head billows the rim of the snifter. Retaining sturdily, the beer's lace swirls with broken rings. All in all, this is a well-sold Saison to the eye.

Aromatically, the beer sings with a plethora of wood aged earthiness! Starting with the tart scent of lemons and lime, the nose tilts toward sea air, musty attic-like aged woods, and a strong gamey, near-mushroom character that aids to its charm. Quite acidic, the notes of oddly placed sun-dried tomatoes give a vegetal tone to the scent, even as a strong pepper and almost-plastic scent rounds out its complex nose.

For better or worse, the flavor is simplified. Sure, the dried fruit and soft spice taste balances upon a dry cracker-like pilsner base, those sour-ish tastes are moderate and more resemble tartness. Its middle is lightly salty with leathery notes and sawdust. With the slight dried wood type of bitterness, the ale finish modestly citrusy with dried orange peels and an overall woody and citrusy tone- seemingly of sassafras.

The beer further recedes as the textures fall from full-on champagne to light and watery in an instant. Though this fuels its highly drinkable character, its earthen and complex aromas promise me a sharp and acidic after-palate that just doesn't develop. Its fleeting finish is watery and minerally- and a little alka-seltzer-like.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 05:27:32 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down rather quickly, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of barnyard funk are present in the nose. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a little funky and has notes of lemon citrus and oak, the latter of which stands out towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked this beer because it was easy to drink and had some refreshing qualities while the funk made it interesting. The funkiness in both the smell and taste becomes stronger as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 18:35:11 | More by metter98
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4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with rudzud

Light fizzy head covering fades at quick pace, crystal clear golden pilsner color.

Nose has a light Brett B funk, light saison aroma with light spices and lemony aromas, light grainy malt, great funk., hint of toasted oak.

Taste more semi sweet malts with big lemony saison funk, tart, light saison spices, light Brett funk, lemon rind, very light chewy oak. Little thin though. Finish is dry and nice funky Brett, lemon rind and tartness lingering.

Mouth is lighter bod but crisp and feels a bit thin, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice, good saison bit seems to be missing much of the funk.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 02:27:55 | More by jlindros
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a hazy yellow color with a soapy white head on top. The lacing was decent with a thin film-like retention on top. The smell of the beer has plenty of fresh oak aromas and tart lemon on the nose. It's also pretty funky. The taste of the beer is decent but a little one dimensional in my opinion. There isn't much depth to this, it's a very clean tasting beer though. The mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side but has a decent carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer but nothing I'd seek out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 01:42:06 | More by Knapp85
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Why are there two listings for what seem like the same beer? Perhaps I am missing something here.

Earthy funk is firmly here, but not without a slight degree of balance. Citrus is very much here. Wild yeast is in pretty full effect, coating my mouth and lingering without wavering.

Another nice brew from Crooked Stave.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 04:51:08 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This second incarnation of the vielle saison from crooked stave lacks the punchy complexity of its forbearer, and really seems like a dumbed down version, although it is still outstanding by most peoples standards of a saison, and in fact, if the first one had never come out, I would probably be raving about this. it pours the same hazy pale hay color as the first one, with some suspended yeast and a big airy white head. the nose is a lot less funky, just a touch of farmhouse really in this one, and more of a cultured French saison yeast profile, with touches of straw and cut grass. the flavor is identical to the nose, but with the bretty funk and complexity of the first one missing entirely here. not unpleasant at all, but just not as lively. some lemon and grassy notes in the finish, but the yeast to me again feels dialed back. good carbonation, bright and drinkable, like all crooked stave beers really, just classic feel. this beers best feature to me. overall a lovely saison, but it pales in comparison to its first edition, that really blew the doors off the genre and represents one of the best ive had. still, this is worth a try if you are new to crooked stave, as the first one aint coming back as far as I know.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 19:06:48 | More by StonedTrippin
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 10/01/13 notes. Had this on tap at Ginger Man in NYC...liked it quite a bit.

a - Pours a clear, bright yellow color with two inches of frothy bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, orange, citrus, oak, spice, yeast, light sour white wine, and floral hops. Nice nose, with a good amount of brett and light sour fruits. Big fan of it.

t - Tastes of sour chardonnay wine, sour light fruits, spice, yeast, bread, oak, musty notes, earthy notes, light citrus, and light brett. Little more earthy and less brett, but more sour wine and sour fruit than the nose. Think I like the nose a touch better, but very good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty crisp and easy to drink.

o - Overall a very good beer from CS. Lots of brett in the nose and sour white wine and fruit as well. Would certainly have again, just wish their beers were a little bit cheaper.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2013 20:45:51 | More by mdfb79
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4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Corey for the extra!

Cloudy amber pour into a CS tulip (thanks again to Corey), with a small creamy white head that receded to a foamy ringlet, leaving a good amount of lacing on the glass. Lots of earthy funk in the nose, notes of wet grass and water-logged oak. More of the grassy funk in the taste, but there's an accompanying tartness, slightly lemony, slightly lacto-ish, complex notes of oak, mineral, and a little green pepper. Fresh and crisp, juicy start with a dry finish, this is one complex saison-wild ale-thing. Medium body, moderate carb, very well-done overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 02:36:00 | More by Rifugium
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4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
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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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is golden with a soft white head. The aroma offers grain, floral hops, light spice, citrus, grass. Light candied oranges in the flavor. Mild sweetness countered by a touch of funk. Light in body with somewhat low carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 22:03:30 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. 2013/Batch 5.

A bit dull yellow apricot body color, and opaque appearance. Some very fine carbonation rising, but only about a one finger creamy head of off white color that takes some effort to create on the pour. Manages to keep a thin puck and a solid collar though while drinking.

Some solid saison bouquet. A grass nose, a light funk. Some mild sourdough like breaded malts and a hint of sweetness to match as well. Pretty solid.

Good simple palate that matches the nose. Light body but with a good acidic mild character. Lots of carbonation but not too dry either. Light lemon, a little bit of citrus warmth and spritzy quenching flavors. Some light candy like malts come across nicely, and really washes the citrus warmth.

Real easy drinking saison and full of flavor. Real nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 00:40:55 | More by smakawhat
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 13:47:52 | More by Tone
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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - A little bit hazy, pale orange body with a nice white head. Some lacing. The surface foam lasts forever.

Smell - A bit musty. Definite brett component giving it an earthy tone along with some bright lemony acidic aromas. Citrus hops behind it.

Taste - Grainy malt up front that slides into a more tart bretty flavor. Lemony tang and a hop presence that fades. The finish is bitter and has a mild earthy flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very light, almost watery in the very end. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Pretty good, especially for such a sessionable ABV. There are other options that are as good but significantly cheaper. At least cheaper than what I paid.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 18:55:31 | More by Alieniloquium
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 01:29:19 | More by ArrogantB
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New York

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden color with a short disappointing head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is tart with green apple and lemon. Good dose of oak. Hay and farmhouse funk from the yeast. Some clove. Nice tart saison.

Slightly bready malt flavor not quite crisp as I like. Tart lemon and green apples with the sharp flavor from the oak. Good farmhouse funk yeast flavor to match the oak. Definitely on the tart spectrum of saisons but refreshing and a good palate cleanser or change of pace brew.

Tart and clean on the palate. It could be a little more crisp. Softish carbonation. Refreshing.

Good tart saison. I like to see a little more flavor from the yeast but this is nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 21:22:16 | More by Gmann
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice cloudy light golden hue with a nice creamy two finger head that fades to leave light lacing and a creamy blanket. Quite nice.

S - Aromas of sweet, lightly sour lemons, light pepper, belgian yeast, faint horse blanket, soft oak, almost dandelion green aroma. Super bright here and pleasant

T - Taste is like the nose. Fair amount more sour notes than the sweet lemon. Tart lemon, light horse blanket funk, faint pepper, bread dough notes. Lingering tart lemon finish.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit over carbonated. As such, it makes it feel almost thin and watery. Quite a shame.

O - Overall, this is a delicious beer. The mouthfeel really hurts this one for me. The aroma is awesome, the flavour is quite nice, but the watery mouth. Such a shame.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 23:22:27 | More by rudzud
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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Brewery on 4.5.13

Not only is there a label change from the "Saison" but also hops that were dry hopped.

A - Served a cloudy light orange with a huge soapy white head that left tons of lacing on the glass.

S - The smell is clean and crisp. Great citrus, funk, and a very slight funky-tartness.

T - Again and nice balance of citrus, farmhouse funky, and subtle spices.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - I really enjoyed this one. I brought home three bottle in my suitcase. Clean, crisp, and really drinkable. Try some, you'll like it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2013 02:53:36 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date was apparent on this bottle.

A - Golden yellow; translucent. Thin layer of off-white head.

S - Funk, spice, bready sweetness, lemon and yeast esters.

T - Tart with some light funk. Lemon, spice, yeast esters and a slight woody/oak presence.

M - Light to medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 17:52:12 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Reservoir in Waterbury split between a few people. From poor notes.

A - Cloudy golden pour with decent carbonation. One finger of white head left spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Grapes, sourness, light lemon, soap. Quite nice.

T - Sour lemon, grapes, wood, grainy. The sour/lemon flavours play well together.

M - Strong carbonation, light body, dry finish.

O/D - Nice stuff. Very easy drinking and good and complex with cool sour elements.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 15:05:33 | More by tbeckett
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New York

4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another one courtesy of my wonderful cellar reserve trustee DenverBeerDrinker...and again, aparently Crooked Stave now distributes to NY so these are all over the place right now...figured might as well see if I got too many, just enough, or if i need to get every bottle around! enjoyed from a crooked stave snifter

a - brew poured a murky honey yellow with a thin creamy foamy head that fizzed away fairly quickly leaving some sparse bubbles on the surface of the brew.

s - i could smell this one on the pour and from the mouth of the bottle (i always take a whiff right after opening a bottle) it was funky egg all the way. upon closer inspection, it really is beautiful. that signature brett and oak crooked stave thing, but with a decent glazing of hard boiled egg funk. really wonderful sour smell.

t - somewhat in line with the nose but the oak really grabs the spotlight in the flavor profile. big oak notes with some soft hints of eggy funk. don't get much saison...all sour on this one. this is way more of an "american wild" than a saison. really really enjoyable.

m - fairly thick without the prickle you'd expect from the flavor, but it makes it really rich and refreshing.

o - overall, glad that i have a bunch more of these coming, but this might be one to amass a ton of and drink constantly this summer. what a crisp refreshing beer. i can only imagine what time will do to this winner. drink em if you got em though since they are fantastic right now.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 02:37:59 | More by cosmicevan
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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. 2013/batch 4.

A: pours a cloudy grapefruit color with a thick, soft looking, bright white head. Head faded into a fuzzy collar and film that left streaks of wispy lace down the glass.
S: Drying yeast and sweet scents of golden fruits. I get notes of dry oak barrel, straw, must, earth, golden delicious apples, apricots, horse poo, slight green apple, and dank damp basement. Very musty, dry, and delicious smelling.
T: Light lacto tartness is something I wasn’t expecting but I am excited it’s there. Flavors consist of dry oak barrel, earth, lemon zest, mineral water, wheat, green apple skins, salt and straw. The finish is drying and full of vinous oak and mild spices. The aftertaste reminds me of a grassland prarie and a has a touch of green hops.
M: Could be a little fuller but for the most part this is perfectly drinakable. Carbonation is frothy but soft, and the mouthfeel is slightly watery but it still has a good chew to it. Medium-light body beneath the carb.
O: Great flavors but not as good as I was expecting. I wish it was just a tiny bit fuller. A very good low alcohol beer though.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 23:42:01 | More by scottfrie
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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw-colored brew with a golden bent. The head is a little restrained. A ring collar realizes itself with pearly bubbles.

Traditional Bretty funk, apple tartness, lemon, orange peel, pear, tangy farmhouse yeast, musty cheesiness, floral notes, and light chamomile.

Bright Brett cheesiness with added tartness and late fruit pop. Only lightly tangy. Lemon, green apple skins, white wine dryness, white grape, floral yeast, faint cider vinegar, and extra fruity acidity. Hints of fine peppery spice that's fleeting in the finish. Some oak. More powdery yeast and citrusy burn. Celebratingly complex.

Languid, wet, tart, and refreshing. Lightly spritzy, but well diffused in a thin-medium body.

A great saison in terms of all-around appeal. A loud nose with misleading sweetness, but damn fine flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 05:03:34 | More by thecheapies
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 00:31:34 | More by Dope
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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.