Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 837
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 29
Gots: 110 | FT: 16
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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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Reviews: 120 | Hads: 837
Photo of champ103
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10

A: Pours a beautifully hazed straw yellow color. At first a two finger dense white head forms, but recedes in a second. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Earthy, musty yeast up front. Peppery spice, lemon and orange rind. Just a bit of soapy hops, which I am not always a fan of. Though that is always in the background.
T: Tart and sour lemon up front and center. A light soapy character again, but like the nose in the background. Some cracker like grains. Earthy yeast and white pepper lingers.
M/D: A light body that is perfectly crisp and effervescent. Perfectly smooth at the same time. So crisp, dry and refreshing. The bottle is to small cause I am through this way to fast. Very moreish, and a treat to drink.

I am nit picking, but the soapy hop character is just a slight detractor. Outside of that, an excellent tart Saison and one I wish I could get more easily. (909 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale straw w/ a thin white head.

Aroma is peppery, spicy, grassy, earthy, funky. Lemon, hay, Belgian yeast, pale malt.

Taste is a touch tart, earthy. Citrus, lemon, spice, pepper, maybe some clove. Lots of dry woody oak.

Mouthfeel seems a little thin, almost watery. Still it's crisp, bright and refreshing.

Overall a really nice, earthy, complex, flavorful saison. (402 characters)

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. (834 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

2013/Batch 6 (4.2% ABV): Pours very cloudy gold color with chunks floating in it and a big foamy 2 finger white head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving good foamy lacing.

Smells of wet cardboard, orange peel, funky yeast, coriander, fruit and farm animals. It really smelt like being at a farm with that muddy animal aroma that was like a very sweaty worker who hadn’t showered in a few days and wore the same shirt.

Thankfully it tasted better than it smelled, with citrus fruit, peppery spices, tart cranberry, biscuit, dry orange peel, lemon zest, very funky yeast, sour apple, bitter red grapefruit, very sour white grapes and aspirin-like medicinal notes. The aftertaste has some oaky notes and more bitterness and sour funk, but the flavor got better and more complex as it warmed.

Mouthfeel left a pucker as it was like sucking on a lemon and then licking wet cardboard, but that’s to be expected from this kind of beer. It was a very light beer, almost watery with mild carbonation, and considering the high bitterness and sourness it went down easier than it should have. Overall it was good and I’d try it again, but it wouldn’t be a “go to” beer for me. (1,198 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet aroma with some yeast and malt present as well.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, spices (pepper), citrus (lemon), and malt in the finish. A very well balanced flavor that's light, sweet and enjoyable.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this is only the third Crooked Stave beer I've had, they've shown themselves to be more than capable of making a great brew. This one is well made and flavorful. (604 characters)

Photo of imscotty
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

A: Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow with a frothy white head. The head and what little lacing there was faded quickly.

S: Strong citrus, lemon, sour aromas.

T: Slightly sour with strong lemon citrus flavors. There is a cidery apple flavory too that is not disagreeable. There is a very slight bit of spicy pepperiness to the finish. As I got to the bottom of the bottle it actually got cloudier and tastier I think. I should have poured the whole bottle at once.

M: Very light bodied and fairly well carbonated.

O: This would be a good thirst quenching beer for a hot summer's day. Lacks a bit in the complexity department to rate higher and perhaps justify the price. Still, a quality sour. (717 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with me, $11.50 from Brusin' Ales

Appearance: Hazy blonde

Aroma: Medium intensity, pickle-y brett character and faint grassy hop notes.

Flavor: Medium light tartness and bitterness. Oaky & white wine character.

Mouthfeel: Very Dry (242 characters)

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. (1,163 characters)

Photo of crankdatank
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

375 poured into a leffe 25cl glass. Hazy or age with nice whit head which fades quickly. Smell is dank barnyard with some citrus and hay. Taste is great very tart with light dry funkiness. Mouthfeel is effervescent but thick. Lingering tartness. This is what I'm looking for in a saison. Complex and enticing, delicious. (322 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

375 ml bottle poured into a teku glass. 2013 Batch 8

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with 1+ finger of a white soapy head that dissipates to thick collar and wispy cap. Body is very hazy with some light visible carbonation.

Smell: Tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, grassy hops, peppery yeast, light oak, and slightly funky.

Taste: White grape, green peppercorns, light sourness, lemongrass, and some lacto character.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a soft, almost creamy mouthfeel and medium/high lively carbonation. Finishes dry with a very mild bitterness.

Overall: Really good beer. Lots of flavor, super refreshing and a pretty good value for a barrel aged beer. (677 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.82/5  rDev -5%

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a murky dark-ish orange, with no head or lacing.

Smells strongly of tart lemon and lime, with a bit of oak, and lots of barynard Brett funk.

The taste is similar. The strongest flavors are of tart lemon and lime, with the funkiness there, but not overpowering. Only a touch of spicing, which is nice, along with a little oak, and some lactic acid that lingers slightly on the tongue.

This one has a fairly light body, with a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. There's a moderate amount of carbonation.

A fairly solid, if slightly un-exciting, funky saison. (615 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

A pale straw color.

The aroma is filled with stinky funk along with a lemons.

The flavor follows with that strong tart lemon juice, a hint of funk, slight breadiness, and is dry as a bone on the backend. A good mouthfeel for the ABV and highly refreshing. (257 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -0.5%

375 ml bottle. Served in a Prairie Teku glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch white head. Both the head retention and lacing are good. The brew smells like lemon peel, earthiness, hay, limes, and oak. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some tropical fruit, peppery spice, grainy/bready malt and green apple. The tartness comes out more as the brew warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's refreshing and has a good amount of soft carbonation which helps make it smooth and easy to drink. I liked this a lot, overall I thought it was good. This was the first Crooked Stave beer I've tried, and hopefully I'll try more soon! $8.99 a bottle. (689 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance is a foggy yellow with a Snow White foamy to finger head.
Aroma is lemon peel, minerals, tartness, coriander notes.
Taste is amazing. Perfectly balanced between citrus and basement.
Damp hay, farm, mineralistic qualities. But clean and refreshing.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy but it finished a little dry.
No lingering flavors which is okay here, just keeps me drinking more.
If I had this near by I'd buy it all the time. (436 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Tasty, tart, lots of barnyard and funk. Yeast is crazy. Reminds me of brie... with that almost "footy" thing going on, especially on the nose, but also pretty evident in the finish, which is long. Speaking of cheeses... I get a bit of bleu cheese here, too. Along with hay, and lamb's wool. Meyer lemon, or maybe preserved lemon. In the back, there's a little acetone (nail polish remover), faint and blended in very well into everything else, confusing the senses and confounding some of the other flavor notes, but not in a bad way... like that one cord that kind of both disrupts, but pulls together a piece of music. The oak is also subtle and mixes things up, but in a good way. I wouldn't have guessed oak. Very interesting brew. (735 characters)

Photo of Guden
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly hazy light gold with a huge white head that sticks to the edges while falling in the center.

S- tons of Brett derived character leap from the glass (and bottle for that matter). Horse blanket and wet earth lead with some lemon, tangerine and pineapple also peaking through. Some buttery, Chardonnay like oak shows more as it warms.

T- much less funky than the nose would suggest with a tart pop on the front and a mix of subtle earth, light oak and fruit in the middle with a long smooth, tart finish.

M- extremely creamy, with enough pop to get all the flavors where they should be. The mouthfeel might be derived from the oak tannins but its hard to be sure.

O- it's hard to think of another beer similar to this one. On the nose it seems like many funky, Brett beers but the mouthfeel and moderate tartness make this one entirely unique. A very enjoyable drinking experience all around. (906 characters)

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. (743 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pale honey gold with soft foamy head. Little to no lace.

S - piney, funky, tart and grassy.

T - tastes light and super refreshing. Lightly tart, with touches of pink lemon, lime, orange and raspberry. A little watered down and mineral-y. Some barnyard yeast and hay flavors. A nicely done light, tart saison. One can imagine this type of brew being dispensed to farmhands during the summer months centuries ago. Still does the trick nicely, though I may opt for a slightly heavier version of the style if given a choice -- this one is just a tad watery, though totally refreshing.

M - mouthfeel is thin, rounded out by prickly tartness, and finishes very dry. (666 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thick white head that leaves behind moderate lacing as it recedes.

S: Aromas of oak, must, pineapple, biscuit, lemon rind, cider vinegar, sea salt, and herbs are present on the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, must, sea salt, cider vinegar, lactic funk, lemon rind, lime zest, unripened pineapple, biscuit, oak, herbs, and wildflower honey explode on the palate. The finish is dry and tart with an unusual combination of lemon rind, oak, cider vinegar, lime zest, and honey flavors.

M: Light in body and dry. Carbonation is crisp, rendering this ale supremely easy to drink.

O: A very respectable and unique saison. It is well worth trying for fans of the style. (689 characters)

Photo of richj1970
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 375 ml bottle into snifter glass. Bottle is labeled 2013 Batch 8.

A: Pours a light lemon yellow with a two finger frothy white head that lasted a couple of minutes and leaving some spotty sticky lacing. It was a little cloudy on first pour, but cleared a bit as it warmed. The head eventually settled to a small ring around the edge.

S: Slightly spicy yeast mixed with light citrus fruits. Lemons and limes. Some barnyard funk that reminds me of wet grass.

T: Slightly sour with an earthy funk. Granny Smith apples, lemon zest, wet hay, and maybe a little black pepper.

M: Fairly light body almost watery and reasonably well carbonated for the style. Finish is crisp and dry leaving a tart memory.

O: Easy drinking and refreshing saison. Very enjoyable, but given the price, I was hoping for something a little more special. (841 characters)

Photo of Lisa_B
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampling this prior to the Surette based on reviews here, although I purchased both... Poured into a stemless wine glass to warm it a bit and try to push out the flavors.

A - plus side: nicely cloudy, tawny golden color, initially poured with a decent head
negatives: head disappeared quickly, very little lacing

S - light and citrusy with cedar, funkiness only on a deep inhale, not much complexity

T - matches the nose almost to a tee - but there is a really nice lingering lightness that comes from the (probably) low sugar content paired with the dry hopping.

M - crisp and easy, a bit too watery for me for a regular drinking beer.

O - It makes me think of a Gewurtztraminer. It would be a nice picnic beer for a summer day. It's certainly not bad, just a bit light and flat in character for me. (806 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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. (1,489 characters)

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. (558 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (1,067 characters)

Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.