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Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 865
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 23.63%
Wants: 28
Gots: 119 | FT: 14
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Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-08-2013

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. 2013 Batch 6.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with barely a 1/4 cap of white bubbles and around the rim which leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Barnyard musty and bretty funk, wet hay/grass, sunshine, and lemon zest.

T: Yeasty, grassy, herbal, lemony, and mildly oaky.

M: Light body and light carbonation. A bit thin with a yeasty, lemony and oaky finish.

O: Needs more carbonation, but nice aroma. Easy drinking, refreshing, and enjoyable.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I appreciate my brother tenderbranson69 sharing this with me, enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is deeply hazed golden with frothy white head, lace sticks with fine bead. The smell is tropical with slight pineapple and mild orange aroma very lactic in a lemony and fruity way. The feel has tangy citrus and sour texture of yeast/bacteria with moderately high carbonation with low sweetness and dry finish.

The taste is very lemonywith pineapple sour and slight astringent taste with bretty funk and light medicinal aspect mid palate with grapefruit in the taste which is lightly acidic. The intensity of sourness is lingering after the finish. This is interesting and drinkable for the style -a very tasty session strength saison

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Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent gold with a pinky of ivory colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, pears, grassiness, some honey notes

T: Follows the nose, a little honey crisp apple as well, dryness & tartness up front. Some grapefruit shows along with sourness, tartness & crab apple, a little sour cherry as well. Finishes with much tartness, puckery sourness, grassiness & pear

MF: Light/medium body, slight carbonation

Pretty refreshing, if you like them tart & sour, this your huckleberry, extremely drinkable

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Photo of mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale to medium golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint straw yellow + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy white head that slowly reduces to medium thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to slightly stronger than moderate aromas of barnyard funkiness - wet hay and earthiness from the brett. There is a very light aroma of lemon citrus and oak barrels.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts and wheat with a light amount of lemon citrus and hints of herbs/spices (coriander and rosemary). That is followed by moderate to stronger flavors of wet hay and earthiness from the brett - quite a bit of funkiness to this one. Light hints of oak from the barrel aging persist through the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing while still having quite a bit of funkiness. Exceptional.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light pale yellow with a white soapy head and plenty of lacing. Slight haze but fine for the style. Aroma is sharp of lemongrass, pepper, basement and stale bread. Flavor is a nice earthy mix of floral, farmhouse, earthy and bitter. Really nice dirty Belgian style Saison that drinks all too easy. Slight pinch of tartness upfront balanced with a complex dryness. Small ABV makes for an easy and agreeable brew, with flavors that are very unique. Light bodied with a small carbonation and herbal, rustic finish. This was a very nice beer to check out from Crooked Stave and I am sure there are funkier things going down there.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 Batch 8. Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, hazy, gold coloring, with a solid halo of bright white head. Aromas of toasted grains and honey forward, with notes of vanilla, basil, cilantro, butterscotch, and grass. Flavors are toasted grain and cereal forward, with a tart and tangy citrus blend to follow. Lemon and tangerine help kick up the sweetness, followed by an herbal blend of basil, all spice, subtle pepper, and lemon grass. Some astringent and medicinal notes in there, as well as subtle wood spice characteristics. The body is effervesced and extremely dry, giving the beer a dry white wine feel in mouth. The aftertaste has a sour overtone, with citrus and herbal spices lingering shortly. The finish is crisp and dry, and the carbonation helps to clean the palate quickly. Interesting brew.

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Photo of corby112
4.14/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice, light, clear yellow tea color. Bright white head with ok retention and lace, a little sub-bar for the style.

S - Lemongrass, banana, hay, barn-yardy brett, and a strong floral dandelion aroma.

T - Surprisingly strong sour character. Bright lemongrass, dandelion flowers, sharp lemon acidity, bitter lemon seeds, lactic sourness, pollen, and soft wheat notes in the background.

M - Light body with a wateriness that ebbs and weaves throughout the mouthfeel. Sub-par carbonation.

O - Great flavor with a bellow average mouthfeel for the style.

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Photo of Tone
4.26/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.34/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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