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Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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BA SCORE
89
very good

505 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 20
Gots: 56 | 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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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-30-2013 00:01:00 | More by dfhhead25
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JLeet

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-29-2013 18:55:17 | More by JLeet
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scootny

New York

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A lovely amber golden cloud. Decent head with a nice lacing. Funky dryness in the nose with notes of pale malt. Taste is more of the same with lots of oak and funk. Feel is crisp and effervescent. Drinkability is determined by you love of sours ales as this one has saison character but really has its feet in the sour camp. Nice beer

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 07:04:12 | More by scootny
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MarkJBurch

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-28-2013 05:19:14 | More by MarkJBurch
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ILikeGoodCider

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-27-2013 04:21:36 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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tut2528

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

11-27-2013 03:50:58 | More by tut2528
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-26-2013 20:55:26 | More by MNBeer1017
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
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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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-20-2013 15:26:36 | More by bradfordjohnson
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-19-2013 15:21:24 | More by drummermattie02
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LoveStout

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-18-2013 00:17:30 | More by LoveStout
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bccrosley

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-17-2013 20:08:55 | More by bccrosley
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BfloBrewHound

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-17-2013 16:10:50 | More by BfloBrewHound
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Rick778

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

11-16-2013 03:48:59 | More by Rick778
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer at Crooked Stave @ The Source in Denver, Colorado about three weeks back.

Poured into a La Cumbre pint glass.

A- Golden with copper hues. Pillowy, cloudy, two-finger thick head. Thick lace on the sides of the glass. Good carbonation. The head is persistent and remains long after the pour.

S- Huge citrusy, grapefruit and spice head. Sweet biscuit.

T- Mouth puckering sourness, grapefruit rind, wheat, crackers.

M- Sour up front, but then smoothes out and finishes dry.

O- A beautiful, deceiving nose leads one to think they're getting a citrusy, hoppy treat, but the taste is all sour. Quite a treat.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:10:50 | More by ONovoMexicano
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-14-2013 16:45:49 | More by tom10101
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thudean

New York

2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

11-13-2013 15:00:56 | More by thudean
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-12-2013 20:28:48 | More by hooliganlife
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Jordy777

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-12-2013 02:54:52 | More by Jordy777
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Zonian1

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-12-2013 02:54:17 | More by Zonian1
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Lare453

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

11-12-2013 02:13:07 | More by Lare453
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jemarent

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

11-11-2013 19:25:19 | More by jemarent
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-09-2013 06:36:34 | More by Kirk
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-09-2013 05:56:44 | More by Siriusfisherman
Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.