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Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 862
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 23.69%
Wants: 27
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 Lisa_B
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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 chanokokoro
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy peach-yellow color with two fingers of creamy white head. Sticky lacing left behind.

This had an earthy funk aroma with white wine, tart green apple and light oaky notes..

Tart tasting for sure. White wine, green apple, vinegar, earthy funk, yeast, and oak. Tartness lingered thru the finish.

Medium bodied and very fry with a fairly sharp carbonation.

An easy-drinking Saison with a nice tart personality.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Funky barnyard and a light tartness up front with some fruitiness and bready malt towards the back. Oak also comes through with woody and earthy tones

T: Starts off with the light tartness and barnyard and goes through some fruitiness and oak before getting to some bready malts. Finishes with a hint of tartness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice funky saison with a good oak presence and awesome drinkability. A bit pricey but it's a good take on the style that mixes it up a little

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Photo of JulioH
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


This beer could easily be an oude gueuze. It has so many components to it that it departs from a regular saison and definitively is a wild ale.

Not much head. Pours a very nice and dark color, reddish color. Smells funky. Taste is incredible. Different strands of beers are tasted. Everything resolves in a nice sour finish, but the taste is very much like the one from an oude gueuze with its three different lambics.

Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark straw color, crystal clear. A 1/4" of tight white head.

Smells of lemon, lime, white sweet tarts. It has an acidic aroma about it.

Lemon and lime flavors and very tart and acidic. Light grass and grain.

Mouthfeel is... tart and puckering. Lighter body that works for the beer, good carbonation.

A very good beer. Not one of the best from CS, but certainly worth trying and is put together very well.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle, acquired thanks to my boy Chadolish when he was out in CO earlier this year. Poured into tulip at about 45 degrees.

Pours with a short white head, over cloudy golden body (I poured the yeast in). Decent lacing.

Aromas are pretty awesome given the low ABV. Lots of yeast, orange peel, mueringe, and sweet spices - very inviting. As is warmed, the Barnyard qualities started to come out, esp hay.

Flavors are juicy and bright. Lots of tree fruit - lemons, naval oranges, and kiss of lime. Light bitterness. Tangy. Like with the aromas, the grassy/hay qualities start to present as it warms. Mouthfeel is light and easy drinking, with solid carbonation. Finish is slightly dirty.

A really tasty brew with lots of complexity - hats off to the brewery for pulling this off at just 4% ABV.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. Pours clear yellow to light golden colored with a fluffy white head. Brett on the aroma with light citrus and grass, dryness, tart. Flavor is dry citrus and hay, lemon peel, some tart Brett, dry oak, and a slightly dirty wheaty finish. Light bodied with high carbonation. This would be excellent if it weren't for the slight unpleasant finish, but solid overall.

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Photo of Tone
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Sumdeus
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured froma 12.7oz bottle into a mini snifter

A: Pale gold and very clear. A finger of off white head.

S: Faint but oaky, grass and maybe a little pine.

T: Crisp, clean and tart. Not a massive beer in any regard, but a well balanced refreshing beer. Great tartness, not face puckering, that is great. Sessionable 4.2%, but you might want to win the lottery first if you do that.

M: Crisp, like a super dry apple cider. Very clean finish.

O: Great beer for a spring day. I paired it with some grilled chicken with a jerk rub and it was perfect.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated bottle into a Prairie Teku glass.

Appearance: Hazy pale orange with slight hints of red. A white, creamy head that dissipates relatively quickly and hangs around as a crown around the edge of the glass. Some sparse lacing too.

Smell: Funky, vinous. Loads of brett, this screams "Saison that I'll love."

Taste: A bit disappointing after the smell. Funk is there, and presents a nice floral element to the beer. Vinous again, but feels a bit watered down. Vaguely tart. Beers that taste watered down are the bane of my existence, luckily this one isn't too bad.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, relatively dry. Long-ish linger. Carb is a bit too high, but not overwhelming.

Overall: I could drink this again, because that smell is just so fantastic. But the high carb makes a sipper. Still pretty refreshing though.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light golden in color with a bit of cloudiness. Not much at all in the way of foam. Brussels lacing. Oak and Chardonnay aroma. Crisp and dry on the palate with moderate carbonation. I get oak and green apples with a slightly tart and acidic finish. This is a very refreshing wild ale.

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Photo of garuda
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright golden body, hazed, white cap has good retention with some lacing.

S/T - Strong funk, lemon candy sweetness, hay, grass, tart, oak.

M - Light body, delicate high carbonation. Finishes mostly dry with a touch of tartness.

O - Overall a good saison with well rounded, balanced flavors.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely drink this beer at the suggested temperature on the bottle. At a colder temp, this beer had an unpleasant tartness. At the right temp, it had some field-like funkiness with the esters from the Brett shining through. Nice representation of the style, but it didn't justify the price point in my opinion.

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Photo of babaracas
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel aged table strength saison? Pours a cloudy amber, one finger thick white head fades quickly to a thin ring. Smell: doughy, light stone fruit, woodsy, herbal and lemon notes. Taste: tart peach, spicy and herbal, lightly grainy backing, drying finish with light oaky aspect. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of pkalix
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

short head, not firm. white.
smell of vinegar on pour. brett? sweet and vinegar-y? not what I was expecting. I prefer my "wild ales" and "sours" together. not mixed in with my IPAs and stouts. if I had known, I would have further saved this with my Consecration, Petrus and others.... so, it's a saison by style simply because of . . . . . what?
a tad sour, still delicious, but, like I said, I prefer to group my brews in similar fashion. especially the slightly sour ones. but oh well... and, i'm looking for a high(er) powered abv than this right now, too, so . . . .
the taste is clean, and I like the reference to "peach yogurt" by someone else. still cant get over the blatant mis-labeling of this one but it's still a very fine beverage.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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 jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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 bmwats
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 375 ml bottle into a wine glass.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Moderate amounts of rising effervescence. Settles quickly, leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Spotty lacing.

S: Hay, yeast, lemon peel, orange peel, and a little raspberry.

T: Yeast with some light funky raspberry component.

M: Light, with a lightly tart and lightly bitter feel.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Golden hue, fair head, and some spotty lacing. Fragrant fruit and bread components in the nose. Lightly bitter, sweet, and tart flavors of fermented fruit. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of kevanb
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, 2013 vintage, poured into a Crooked Stave 2013 Cellar Reserve Teku.

The beer pours a cloudy, hazy, golden straw color, hues of apricot with a noticeable amount of sediment floating in the beer, as well as a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A tall, but loose and delicate, soapy head appears, white in color, a few fingers high that has good retention and yields a fine amount of sticky lace. The aroma is pleasant, funky, bretty, fruity, musty, it's delicate, nice tartness, berry fruit is well integrated with some citrus and wildflower, the oak is present but soft and ambient. It's not the most aggressive or potent aromas, but it's quite nice. The flavors are similar, nice musty funk, bretty fruit flavors, pale grain, straw, chewy oak with some more delicate citrus and wildflower flavors. The tartness is great, not quite sour but with a nice crisp tanginess. It' delicate and bright, but the tartness was really enjoyable. The body is nice, a bit ethereal relative to a bigger saison, but it's crisp and carbonated with a nice tanginess and a smooth finish.

Verdict: A delicious Saison from Crooked Stave, the oak aging and light tartness really make it a unique and engaging take on the style. It was crisp, easy to drink, and brought along a really nice balance of flavors. I'd love to be able to enjoy this regularly.

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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.