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Vieille Artisanal Saison - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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BA SCORE
89
very good

664 Ratings
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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 21
Gots: 80 | FT: 12
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

moonknight31, Aug 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

robwestcott, Aug 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

TheBoog013, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
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.

TheBrewo, Aug 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

mecmd, Aug 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

TKEbeerman, Aug 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Duff27, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

akang, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
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!

BlackBelt5112203, Aug 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

funkel81, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

SocalKicks, Aug 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

mobius387, Aug 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

smithj4, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Nachos4two, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

egrace84, Aug 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

gregmoscetti, Aug 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Holland, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

DerekMorgan, Aug 18, 2013
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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

brentk56, Aug 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

SupremePie, Aug 17, 2013
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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.

jeonseh, Aug 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Dagsy, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

BMart, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Kuemmelbrau, Aug 15, 2013
Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
89 out of 100 based on 664 ratings.