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Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

Vieille Artisanal SaisonVieille Artisanal Saison

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BA SCORE
89
very good

403 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 403
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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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
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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rudzud

Massachusetts

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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hopsputin

California

4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: bright hazy golden yellow with some hints of darker orange towards the middle. large 2.5 finger white head

s: sweet citrus, lemons, some pear, pepper spice, nice belgian yeast, fresh dough, strawberries

t: pretty intense with the citrus and yeast right away. fresh lemons, quite floral, nice yeasty spice in here. there is almost some funk in here, but its hard to tell. ends with green apples and fluffy dough. only a hint of spice. can taste the nice oaky barrel in here as well. this reminds me of a Fântome

m: medium with loads of carbonation. this really pops in your mouth and pushes the flavor through

o: good stuff. like i said, reminds me of a Fântome just missing some of the funk that is in there. its sweet, spicy, and just a little sour. really refreshing and flavorful

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 05:01:05 | More by hopsputin
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Paying just south of $10 for 12 oz. of low-alcohol beer is the true mark of a beer geek who’s lost touch with reality; that’s me. But I can justify it! I’ve never had a Crooked Stave beer, so I’m paying for the experience of trying out a new brewery! Right guys? Right…?

A: Straw gold color, slightly hazy. Thin head of bright white that leaves webs of sticky lacing, with a retention bump held up by a jet stream of bubbles from the nucleation site.

S: A wonderfully tart nose – mouthwatering lactic acidity and bright, lemony funk scents dominate, supported by a rush of fresh-cut grass, dandelion, and green olive aromatics. A toasted oak scent lingers in the background.

T: Immediately hits with sharp, almost bitter flavors of brine and lemon rind, with a medicinal, metallic note that’s just like club soda. Rustic pilsner graininess and just the slightest hint of barrel wood constitute a mild, almost unnoticeable base – this is very, very light beer. Aftertaste is dry and short-lived, the only contribution of the palate’s barnyard funk and peppery hops.

M: Feels like seltzer water: fizzy carbonation, but without anything substantial underneath to support it.

O: A beer that has an undeniable club soda character makes for an interesting drink, but not a $10 purchase. Maybe not even a $6 purchase. Nevertheless, Crooked Stave has shown me that they’re willing to mix things up, offering one of the most unique low-alcohol beers I’ve ever had. There’s excellent craftsmanship in this little bottle, and that’s not something that can be overlooked.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 18:14:55 | More by BarryMFBurton
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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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scottfrie

California

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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TheSevenDuffs

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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notchucknorris

California

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy pale straw color with a thin bone white head. Leaves some light tracks of lace.

S: Liking this a lot. Barnyard and brett right away with some hay, lemongrass, grapefruit zest, lemon rind and chalky flour.

T: We haven't been getting Crooked Stave for very long here in San Diego, but holy schnikes am I glad they're here. This tastes awesome. Opens with brett, lemongrass, hay and some oak. On the backend, there's some lemon like sourness, cucumber, salt and wet grass. A pretty dry finish with an almost dry white wine like sourness that sticks to the palate. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 02:08:53 | More by notchucknorris
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mdfb79

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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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 375ml bottle.
Vintage: 2013
Batch # 4

Pours a very nice slightly hazy golden color with some slight light copper hues. There is a nice 1 inch white head that forms. Pretty dense and sticky bubbles are present.

Aroma of funky oaky notes. Dry tart white Chardonnay grapes. Earthy and musty wood notes dominate the aroma along with the mild dry tartness.

The taste follows the nose pretty well. Notes of tart white grape skin. Some nice earthy grain notes with woody and musty funkyness in the taste. Notes of hay and some slight granny smith apple notes. Mouthfeel is light and quite dry.

Pretty nice Saison. Dry and slightly tart with some good earthy grain and woody notes.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 21:30:54 | More by JoEBoBpr
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013, Batch 5.

Beer is a clear straw-golden colour, with a small to moderately sized white head. Head fades fairly quickly,

Nice nose dominate by Brett. A bit funky with a barnyardy scent, fruity with lemon and a bit of cherry. A bit of spice, but primarily just Brett.

Brett is also very strong in the flavour, and quite sour. Funk is fairly pronounced, and although I am typically a funk fan, it is not entirely pleasant in this beer. Tastes a little "off". Lemon is strong, and the oak is noticeable, but not overwhelmingly. A bit of a malty flavour. Pretty thin other than the yeast.

Light bodied, moderately carbonated. Refreshing.

Overall, some nice things going on, but the flavour just isn't working for me overall. I like it, but can't say much more.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 00:41:03 | More by jrenihan
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Kinsman

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden straw body with a respectable fluffy white head on top. Citrusy sweet notes and and some earthy farmhouse notes greet the nose. A bit of a bready malt undertone as well.

Lemony tartness hits right up front with the first sip. Mellower earthy and musty farmhouse notes come through as it opens up a bit. Hits a nice stride between sweet, tart, and a bit of funk, making for an overall enjoyable experience.

Mouthfeel is smooth but nice quite as crisp as I like in a farmhouse ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 19:25:26 | More by Kinsman
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rlee1390

Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy yellow, nicely carbonated, two finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Lemon, wheat, oak, spice a tad bit of funk and grass.

T-Wheat, lemon, grass, oak and slight funk. Was expecting more funk based on the nose.

M-Light, nice carbonation, watery. No crisp bite to the finish.

O-The lack of a crisp finish and missing funk were the only draw backs, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 19:29:57 | More by rlee1390
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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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GJ40

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic aromas that combine saison and lambic qualities. Flavor follows with a leaning toward lambic. It's got a fantastic biting tartness from start to finish. I really enjoyed this beer. It's great to see stuff like this coming out of American breweries. I just wish they were closer to home for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 16:05:11 | More by GJ40
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First off, as always, a huge “thank ya, sir” to StonedTrippin for providing us with this treat. We pour a brew of deep straw coloring. It holds a one finger head of the softest, creamiest white foam, leaving beautifully organic, patterned lacing stuck all around the glass. Retention is decent. A thick haze cuts clarity, and flecks of rocky sediment are seen about the bottom. Carbonation appears to be on the active side. The aroma is earthy, malty, and funky, with cucumber coolness, straw and dried grassiness, spicy curry zing, sticky floral sweetness, molded oak, chalky yeast, freshly squeezed lemon and grapefruit juice, raw egg, fusel scallion oils, wheat, and pale maltiness. With warmth comes corn, further barnyard funk, light toastiness, waxiness, dill and thyme, vinegar acidity, and lemongrass. Our first impression is that the flavoring is surprisingly light, but each component is graciously represented and hearty, with much more forward bitterness than in the initial aromatic profile. As we sip, the taste opens with muddy wheatiness, fusel phenols, crisp pale malts, soured pseudo-Bretty yeastiness, lemon and green apple flesh fruitiness, grapefruit bitters, and general mustiness. Peaking through the center of the sip is an even blend of continued pale maltiness, white sugar-sweetened grapefruit juice, white vinegar, that yeasty tartness, cotton, copper, mineral, and more meaty, chunky baker’s yeast. The end comes with grassy hops, powdered cement dustiness, dried and cracked oakiness, perfumed yeastiness, light boozy buzz, mozzarella cheese musk, lemon puck, honeycomb and honeysuckle floral sweetness, and those finishing pale malt chalks. The aftertaste breathes of white flour, pale and wheaty malt chalkiness, bittered yeasty funk, lemon rind sourness, sage and green grassiness, drying oak, seafood saltiness, grassy and grapefruity hop bite, coiny metallics, and mineral water. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives decent cream and froth, but strong slurp and smack, with powerful pop and puck left lingering on the lip. The mouth is immediately cooled and coated with light creaminess, but this drips into a strong chalky astringency streaking towards the back of the throat along the hard and soft palates. The abv is easy and appropriate, and the beer drinks accordingly.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its aroma. Here we were giving the classic saison, with funk, mustiness, grassiness, crispness, and juicy tartness. While it was somewhat lacking the nose, the oak aging took this experience one step further through the flavoring, and in aiding with dryness and astringency along the feel. The yeast/infectables, too, added that unique “Crooked Stave” twist to the thing, giving a tad more punch to the funk and the tartness throughout. The citric components were also heavily apparent, affording much of the bitterness in the final mix with the yeast. This is a bright, sessionable, experienced beer, and a great example of the style for those looking into it newly, and those who love it, as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 00:29:39 | More by TheBrewo
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to beersndrums for this one!

375 mL bottle poured into

L – Hazy ale gold color with a 3-finger frothy, rocky, white head. Pretty good retention but not much lacing. Still some appreciable bubbles despite the haze.

S – Lots of musty, funky, barnyard Brett along with grainy wheat, lactic acid, and lemons. One of the funkier-smelling saisons that I’ve had recently.

T – Starts off sweet with grainy wheat and soon picks up tart lemon and lactic flavors. As soon as these flavors appear, funky Brett and other peppery yeast take the forefront all the way to the finish.

F – Light-medium-bodied, good carbonation, a tart and effervescent mouthfeel, and a tart, funky, earthy, musty, and dry finish. All of the lactic, funky, and musty yeast flavors linger for a bit.

O – This is a pretty nice saison. It has all the elements of a fantastic beer of this style with grainy wheat, citrus notes, lactic yeast, and lots of Brett. However, with all of these aromas and flavors being present, it lacks the complexity that the great saisons have. Nevertheless, it is tasty and very drinkable. I’m interested to see what the other Crooked Stave beers that I have are like. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this one and the others, Jared!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 03:31:58 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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brentk56

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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jeonseh

Indiana

4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had at Sputyen Duvel in Willamsburg

A - Soft yellow with a light haze. Small white head. 4.25

S - Tart lemon crossed with a soft blue cheese funk. A rather fragrant saison nose that tells you this one picked up a few bugs in the barrel

T - Tart lemon and Lambic-like presence cuts in with a well made Saison that has light funk and grass. I could drink this all day as it is flavorful and easy to drink

M - Soft mouthfeel. Light carbonation to it and slightly dry

O - Really nice Saison that shows that Crooked Stave really can make some of the best Saisons in America.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 22:04:35 | More by jeonseh
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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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KajII

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a hazy golden blonde yellow with an average white fizzy head that diminished at a steady pace, down to a thin film with fair runny lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, floral and herbal hops and a funky/musty Belgian yeast with notes citrus (lemon and orange), peach, a hint of oak and a mild tartness.

The taste was lightly sweet with a decent citrus presence which was apparent throughout, with the finish becoming a tad hoppy and fruity with a hint of spice and a mild woody taste towards the end. The flavor lasted a nice long while after the swallow, with a nice and lightly bitter yet fruity taste left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was well past light in body yet not quite near medium with a mildly dry texture and a strong medium carbonation.

Overall this was a very nice Saison with a good mix of fruit, hops and just a hint of spice right at the end, making this a very enjoyable dinking experience...

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Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 21:46:52 | More by KajII
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: This is the most sparkly beer I think I’ve ever seen. It looks like champagne; same color with big, lively bubbles popping up everywhere. It did not foam up as much as a glass of champagne would have, but a good, half-inch of head flashed before my eyes before sinking back down to just a wisp or two on the surface of the glass.

SMELL: Mild, but pleasant aroma of citrus, maybe a little tart apple and a touch of funk.

TASTE: There are not a whole lot of 4.2% beers that pack in this much flavor. Tart apples dominate my palate while lemon and some other citrus dances around on the edges. The finish provides a little oakiness along with one last kick of sour.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp, dry and very refreshing. The body is very light, but packs a punch in the puckering department. The strong carbonation works to cleanse the palate after every sip while it also provides a very lively feel.

OVERALL: This is an excellent Brett Beer, but my one criticism is that it is not quite what I expect from a saison. The typical banana, clove and other spicy characteristics are completely overpowered by the sour funk. Otherwise, what an outstanding summer beer this is. Another excellent offering from Crooked Stave.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:58:21 | More by StoneTSR
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden color with a Little head that dissipates to a thin film.
Aroma is just atad must with a little bit of wood coming through with a touch of citrus.
Taste is of citrus tartness and light grainy maltness of pilsner and wheat. Wonderfully balanced and easy to pair with many food. Super drinkable and refreshing. It's everything an everyday saison should be. I would consume this every day if I could

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 20:22:24 | More by MRsojourner
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alaimoa

Connecticut

3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Picked this up in New York.
Poured hazy light gold/yellow with descent white head 1-2 inch with a bit of white lace but nothing special.
Smell and taste lack complexity. You get a bit of citrus that leans on the sour/tart side like a grapefruit and a hint of funk but lacks depth.
Mouthfeel has medium/high rolling bubble carbonation but a thin dryness
Overall I hate to say I'm not overly impressed given lack of depth and slight watery taste

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 22:07:33 | More by alaimoa
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metter98

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
Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.