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Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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579 Ratings
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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 19
Gots: 67 | FT: 11
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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

jakewatt135, Jun 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

leftoverburrito, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

zestar, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Beer21, Jun 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

mrw1zard, Jun 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

kylehay2004, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a brown 375 mL bottle with a date/batch number on the back label: 2013/Batch 7. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a brassy golden amber color with just a bit of haze and some variance in the hue, with a darker, more matte area as well as spun gold sheen on the edge of the glass where the light refracts. A one-finger off-white head of sudsy, thin foam sits atop the body and remains for a couple minutes before fading to a wispy film across the top of the liquid. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

Smell - Pretty unassuming smell, with light characteristics of pale malt, slightly spicy yeast and fruity esters along with barnyard funk and wet hay and some fainter woody characteristics and that twang of Brett.

Taste - Pretty similar to the smell, some funk and wet grass as well as slight lemon zest and oaky characteristics are present alongside that distinct Brett funkiness. Almost a yogurt-like presence from the yeast that hints at lactobacillus, but not even close to as sour.

Mouthfeel - As seems typical with beers of this level of ABV, the body simply isn't satisfying as it's too light and watery. Carbonation is moderate and the finish is dry with just a tiny bit of tartness on the finish.

Overall, a decent saison, but I can't help if my enjoyment of it was negatively impacted by the fact that I enjoyed Surette so much more. That said, this would be a pretty tasty session saison, or as they were once known: saison.

LambicPentameter, Jun 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Stum-pub, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

HALB, Jun 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Filabee, May 31, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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.

vfgccp, May 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Rhettroactive, May 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

jak, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Bp123, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

mc4z, May 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Fusebuddy, May 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

PA-Michigander, May 25, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project branded snifter

Pours a slightly cloudy medium golden capped by a fluffy one and a half finger bright white head. Above average retention, traces of thin lacing. Earthy yeast, light accents of oak, hints of lemon and hay on the nose. Very light lemon, hay, and plenty of earthiness and funk. More light slightly sweet citrus midpalate. Finishes bone dry with continued light citrus, earthiness, and rounded out by wet oak notes. Light body, lively carbonation, slick and smooth mouthfeel. A wonderful sessionable saison. Recommended.

chanokokoro, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Cynic-ale, May 22, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 5/20/14

Appearance: Somewhat clear but mostly hazy solid gold - honey with a touch of orange - pours with a small white head - fades to a few wisps, leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Funky in a distinctly Crooked Stave way - yeasty funk with some fruity esters, other fruits, and some serious Brett - apple, pear, and some lemon - some pale malts, light bread, and some wood

Taste: Light and refreshing, while still being very flavorful - nice level of funk with some fruity notes - some hints of apples and pears - some citrus, a touch of orange and some hints of lemon - pale malts, pale grains, light bread, maybe some crackers - some funky Brett and some wood - finishes dry

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, dry finish

Overall: Another solid saison from Crooked Stave? Not surprising

I'm not surprised this is tasty. The sour notes, Brett funk, and light fruit notes are quite good. It's light and refreshing, and it's more of an entry level than some other Crooked Stave offerings.

angrybabboon, May 21, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy hay gold. Head is loose bright-white and bubbly. Drops to a small cap with minimal lacing.

Smell: Funk and a slight citric tartbedge right up front. Some grass and damp basement coupled with hay. Lemon zest, some pear and apple skin. Lemon juice. Barnyard and a touch lactic. A touch of pale malt. Slightly sweet. A touch of melon and some mealy fruit. A bit of leafy hop with a touch of citrus.

Taste: Super clean and pale malts. Lightly sweet. Some mild bready notes. Very light citric sour edge. Some grass and hay with some damp elements. A touch of bretty funk with some sweat. Super light and pale. Hints of lemon zest and juice. Mildly citric with a very soft powdery yeast. So very mild and mellow.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a mild carbonation. Drinks close to water. Smooth and easy.

Overall: Is this beer or spring in a bottle.

So easy and light. Must drink all summer.

Goblinmunkey7, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

HoppyBastard2, May 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

ShanePB, May 19, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed last night to notes.

A- Super hazy golden yellow body poured to a few pint glasses. A one finger white head forms with a thick, creamy texture. Decent head retention as it falls to a foamy ring. Lacing webs at the top and spots below.

S- Farmhouse Saison yeast with a Brett presence above that. Citrus fruits, apple, spice and some herbal presence from the Saison yeast. Brett with funk and some barnyard.

T- Just about equal balance of Saison yeast and Brett with the base strain taking just a slight edge. Lemon zest citrus, spice, herbs, apple, pear, floral and tangerine notes. Brett brings grassy, dry funk and a slight tartness (could also be from the Saison strain).

MF- Light end body that gets dried out by both yeasts. Carbonation is medium with a foamy, silky feel. Finishes with a nice gentle tartness.

Balanced out mix of Saison spicy, citrusy yeast and Bretty straw funk.

cbutova, May 18, 2014
Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.