Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 837
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 29
Gots: 109 | 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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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 (599 characters)

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

MEDIUM SOUR.

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. (451 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.26/5  rDev +6%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of Sumdeus
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of WTKeene
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of garuda
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of bmwats
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,355 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle at fridge temp outed into a large tulip. Date/ batch info left blank?

Pours out a nice lighter golden color, just a slight haze to it, about one finger or so of white head off the pour that fades to a thin layer. Average head retention with only spotty lacing.

Initially the aroma is quite spicey with a grassy almost piney tree like aroma and maybe some hints of yeast phenols. Lots of lemongrass. As it opens some mustiness really comes out as well as maybe some white wine barrel character.

Lemongrass, hints of a peppery phenolic yeast spice. Has the very beginning stages of a slight Brett or lacto citrus tartness. Very nice. Complex. Hints of white wine, wet hay and hints of a grassy hop with a slightly bitter finish.

Bright mouthfeel, light in body, really thirst quenching. Great ABV.

This is everything a saison should be, just ideal. And amazingly drinkable as most of the standard crooked stave beers are. Amazing how the Brett and/or lacto is integrated just enough to be a nuance to the beer not a dominating factor resulting in a beer I think any beer drinker would enjoy. (1,110 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013, batch 4

Pours a very hazy, pale golden yellow color with dark straw colored edges and a two finger frothy white head that quick settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Earthy, musty aroma with a decent amount of barnyard funk and damp oak along with some horse blanket, wild bugs, lactic cheesiness, bready yeast and ester-y light fruit notes. Has similar character as a Gueuze with lactic funk, dank, musty earth, citric acidity, cobweb and damp basement along with some peppery spice, yeast, acetic acid and sweeter light fruits. Very funky with lots of oak and wild bugs along with lactic cream, lemon juice, grass, straw, apple and pear. Very complex and very close to an authentic Belgian sour.

On the fuller end of medium body with crisp, light carbonation and some tart, puckering sourness that lingers over the musty bugs, dry oak, earthy funk, acidic acid and sweeter fruit notes into a dry, acetic finish. Decent amount of tart sourness but could use more acidity. The sourness is cut by some lactic, cheesy funk and dry, toasted oak. Wild bugs contribute to the funk but there's a sweet vinous presence that compliments the bready yeast and ester-y light fruit notes. Almost has a white wine like characteristic mid-palate with some light grape and stone fruit flavor. Hints of grass and straw complimenting the bugs and funky yeast before hints of bread, apple and lemon juice come through in the finish. Citric acidity becomes more prevalent as it warms but it could be a little stronger for my preference. Some lingering acetic acid on the back end but it's not harsh or solvent like. Overall, this is a very interesting and flavorful beer. Kind of like a light American version of gueuze blended with earthy saison notes. Refreshing and easy to drink with complex flavors. Another solid beer from the folks at Crooked Stave. (1,930 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden color with a decent white head and minimal lacing

S-grain, lemon, apple, light pepper

T-lemon, Granny Smith apple, grain, hint of tart grapes, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with lively carbonation, crisp and dry

O-decent saison, a little on the light side (271 characters)

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice appearance with a big rocky head of light foam. Not too cloudy, either. Aromas of lemon zest, grapefruit and sweet acidity. A bit of funk from the Brett. Balanced with a smooth contrasting light maltiness and citrus hops. Lively carbonation and refreshing, lightly tart finish. Pretty sour for a saison, but tasty for those who like sours. Beautifully complex, but elegant and drinkable at the same time. Quite well done. (426 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Reservoir in Waterbury split between a few people. From poor notes.

A - Cloudy golden pour with decent carbonation. One finger of white head left spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Grapes, sourness, light lemon, soap. Quite nice.

T - Sour lemon, grapes, wood, grainy. The sour/lemon flavours play well together.

M - Strong carbonation, light body, dry finish.

O/D - Nice stuff. Very easy drinking and good and complex with cool sour elements. (463 characters)

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