Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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2.78/5 rDev -30.2%
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.
07-20-2014 04:44:54 | More by mactrail
3.93/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
07-07-2014 00:35:14 | More by Mongrel
4/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
07-02-2014 14:01:15 | More by mrfrancis
Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.