Vieille Artisanal Saison (Cranberry & Spice) | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Vieille Artisanal Saison (Cranberry & Spice)Vieille Artisanal Saison (Cranberry & Spice)

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared. Semi-hazy dark amber with a thin pink head. Notes of hibiscus, resin, cranberries, farmhouse funk. Medium body and carbonation and a funky lightly sour finish.

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Photo of PatrickKellyCT
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicious and refreshing. For the ABV, wish it was a little bit more affordable, but it is very complex. Tart cranberries, bretty funk, refreshingly carbonated mouthfeel. Delicious.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from 2014.

Pours light red with a pinkish hue and a faintly pink head. A partial skim coat for the duration with some short lacing.

Aromatics lead off with tart red fruit and spice. Hints of rosemary, nutmeg, maybe camomile.

Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

Tart cranberries with bretty funk on the palate and mild spicing.

Finishes with some lingering fruit and spice. Tasty enough but I just have come to expect a more complex, challenging beer from Crooked Stave.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into mini cognac tulip 12/9/15

small pour, small review, salmon colored liquid, smells like cinnamon, hibiscus, fennel, faint oak, raspberry and cranberry. Tastes similar but has some sourness, maybe a little citrus peel, thin but carbonation gives it some life, a little soapy on the finish but my palates pretty much wrecked at this point so I could be way off.

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Photo of Zach136
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Red, thin head.

Aroma/Flavor: Slightly tart, cranberry and spices on the nose. Same on palate with a touch of vanilla and oak.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry and dissipating.

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Photo of 14erFan
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being Crooked Stave, this was of course easy to finish, but it wasn't one of my favorites of their's. The cranberry flavor was tempered nicely and the tartness mellowed quickly. A nice flavor, spice done moderately and tastefully.

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Photo of Floydster
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle

Appearance is red with mildly pink tinge, one inch of aggressively bubbly pink head, minimal lacing, no retention

Smell is cranberries, sage, cherries, cloves, pumpkin pie, lime, allspice, brett, and hay

Taste is sour cranberry up front, wild yeast in the middle, with oak lingering in the finish as it warms I get a little black pepper and a rustic hay flavor similar to what I picked up in the smell

Mouthfeel is thin with high carbonation, finish lingers though, not much booze in flavor, refreshing

Overall it is a unique spin on a saison and definitely leaning more towards a wild ale, the Christmas spices made this intriguing

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375mL bottle from LambicPentameter (thank you). "Holiday 2014" release. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep, opaque reddish pink hue with a half finger cap of quickly dissipating pale pink head. A thin but stubborn collar remains, leaving only a few sparce specks of lace.

An unspecific tartness kicks off the aroma backed by cranberries, clove, allspice, wet hay and a mild funk.

Taste follows the nose for the most part. Tart cranberry, oaken funk, dry yeast, clove, faint pepper and a little damp hay. No alcohol presence. Not terribly complex but the cranberry tartness is a nice addition to the saison base.

Fairly thin body with moderately light carbonation. More of those tart cranberries, some barrel funk and spices play on the tongue during the dry-but-lingering finish.

This seasonal variation of Crooked Stave's Vielle is an interesting fruited-up tart saison. It's nothing special in my opinion but it goes down easily with some nice flavor. Not something I'd seek out but I'd have no problems drinking another.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

looked and smelled great, taste had that plastic flavor going on that i tend to find in some CS offerings hence the 3.25. color and smell were pretty on point.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a dull garnet topped by a thin pink head that sticks and no sediment. The nose is winter warmer spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, etc) upfront with tart berries underneath. There is no (or minimal) yeast/funk, grain, or bitterness in the nose. The taste is an overpowering cranberry/spice mess. It would be easy to mistake this for ocean spray with spices. There is a slight yeast presence on the back end, but it's mostly dominated by the spice profile from start to finish. It's light bodied, tart, and over-spiced, but relatively drinkable with modest carbonation, minimal alcohol, and a pleasing semi-dry finish. This was not a CS winner for me, will pass on in the future.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure why I was surprised when this one poured pink. Pretty tasty! Not too heavy on the spices. There's tart cranberry of course, but also lemon and lime, and that characteristic CS minerality that I love so much. Some salinity on the finish and very light nutmeg lingers on the palate.

I normally feel that Vieille tastes just a little watery, and this one is no different. Still, nicely done and not over the top as I feared it might be.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 4.12.14
Holiday 2013

A - Pours a cloudy, light red-pink with a fluffy pink-white head that fades slowly.

S - Funky, oak, subtle spices and cranberry.

T - Tart-acidic oak, very faint cranberry and spices.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Light and funky, but not much cranberry and spices.

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Photo of Gmann
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pink color with golden hues. The egg-shell colored head is short and dense and left some lacing on the glass as it dissipated.

The aroma is tart and spicy. Lemon and cranberry tartness mix with a nutmeg spice. Some oaky notes as well.

The taste is quite tart. Nice mix of lemon, cranberry and oak tartness. The spice is a bit lost in the tartness. Surprising as cinnamon is quite a strong spice. Not much from the yeast either. A bit of a one trick pony.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Tart on the palate. Finishes crisp, clean and dry.

Basically a tart saison. Not much funk or spice. Its good but not much depth.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours out the color of grapefruit flesh - a dark pink color with hints of orange. Slightly hazy. About 1" of white head forms, which has hints of pink as well. Pretty good retention and very nice lacing around the edges of the glass. All in all, a very attractive beer.

Smell: Not too much going on on the nose. Definitely a lemony, brett funk that comes out initially. A bit of a grainy malt base becomes apparent as I dig a bit deeper. But not much else. Leaves some to be desired. The funk is nice but there is little else to complement it.

Taste: This is a bit more like it. That grainy malt base is right there again, but that is followed by a hint of cranberry bitterness and undisclosed "spice". On the back end I get some nice lemony tartness, as well as some brett funk. A nice, semi complex saison.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Very good feel, and very drinkable. Overall, a pretty nice saison. Complex enough, with a nice and pleasing level of brett funk. A nice variation of the original Vieille.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into Duvel Green tulip. “Holiday 2013” release.

A: Pours a deep bright pink with a thick and fluffy light pink head. Head took its time fading into a thick collar that left a network of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Hibiscus and cinnamon are easily noticeable. Vanilla, nutmeg, and oak, along with the yeasty saison base, create a creamy, almost ice-cream like quality that reminds me of spiced fruit cream. I get a few notes of tart cranberry juice as well.
T: Cranberry, hibiscus and cinnamon up front, followed by vanilla, nutmeg, bready yeast and a touch of citrus. The finish is a bit doughy, and the aftertaste is drying and has a few gritty oak tannins. I get hints of peppery spice and a hint of lemon as well.
M: Medium-full body, creamy soft and juicy mouthfeel, with silky carbonation that’s smooth. The cranberry is lightly tart, and the finish is gritty and drying.
O: A very unique and interesting beer. I quite liked it. Spices and fruit work well over the saison base. Recommended.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

White wax bottle from Bottle Barn on my visit to Cali. Pours a bright reddish pink color with a on finger fizzy and slightly pink head. Floral aroma with hibiscus and cranberry, some barnyard funk, spice, perfume, slight tartness. A little heavy on the perfume in the smell. Flavor is up front tart cranberries, then a huge blast of overly floral perfume flavor, yikes. Mellows with some cranberry tartness and some yeasty funky. Lingering slightly medicinal cranberry on the palate. Light bodied and nearly effervescent. Overall this could use some work. A bit perfumy that overpowers what would otherwise be enjoyable subtle notes of cranberry and funk. This isn’t overly unpleasant by any means, but could really use some tweaks to tone down the aggressive floral perfume notes.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml waxed and capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a huge, 3 finger fine pink colored head with moderate to low retention. Beer is a clear, bright red. Patchy lacing sticks around. Very nice.

Nose is spice and cranberry dryness. Sweet and slightly tart with a nice, lively spritziness.

Opens tart cranberry and spice. Some soapiness and cane sugar in the middle with a dry woodiness. Peppery with a touch of cobwebs and more spice. Finishes a bit hot and tart. Same aftertaste with a big cranberry presence. Slightly awkward but not bad.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down aggressive and sparkling. Dry finish with a filmy, lingering aftertaste. Drinkable.

A unique beer for sure but the pepperiness and cranberry works for some reason. Very drinkable and lively. Worth trying.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly clear red-orange with a thin bubbly slightly off-white head. Leaves some lacing.

The nose presents all those adjuncts listed. Lots of spice coming in the form of cinnamon and nutmeg. The hibiscus provides a nice floral aspect. Acidic cranberry. There's gotta be some Brett in there as well. Interesting aroma with all that going on.

The cranberry provides plenty of flavor and a touch of tartness. Doesn't come off as spice filled as the nose indicated thank god. That could be a little much to deal with. Not much hibiscus either. Gets pretty musty.

At only 4.5% the body is understandably a little thin and watery. Nice prickly saison carbonation. Gets a little dry.

All the additions got me to pick up the bottle. Don't know if I'd do it again though but worth a try.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale red/pink body. Hazy body. Small white head.

Smell - Faint cranberry. Lemony tartness. Grainy aroma. A little herbal.

Taste - Cranberry is more prominent. Lemony tang with some grain, much like the taste. Spicy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light, faintly tart, and drinkable. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Just doesn't have a very strong flavor.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Corey for the extra.

Poured into a CS tulip, a rosy amber color (gotta love hibiscus), hazy, with a full inch of frothy pink-white cotton candy for a head, nice retention and blankets of lacing. Nose was dominated by earthy funk, notes of wet grass, oak. I really had to search for anything resembling cranberry, and there was no spice at all, which was kind of a let-down. Surprisingly this was not the case in the taste. Still lots of grassy funk, mineral and earth, cranberry ginger ale, oak, toasted wheat, some herbal potpourri, very light cinnamon spice that came out a bit more as the beer warmed. The spice was a nice touch, and not overdone. Slight tartness, and quite drying, with a crisp mouthfeel, medium body. An easy drinker and quite nice overall.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Holiday 2013, bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from a crooked stage snifter.

a - pried the wax and opened the beer. Brew poured a soft transparent pink that settled into the glass as a semi transparent ruby with a darker core. The brew boasted a big foamy pink head that dissolved leaving the glass coated in a layer of foamy lacing.

s - nose screams of cranberry and all spice. Soft cinnamon is chased by big floral notes. The brett keeps things crisp and the oak gives it a soft vanilla like glazing.n really interesting bouquet of aromas.

t - taste is a bit odd at first. Sharp. The flavors clash and there is some metallic undertones. Cranberry juice dosed with cinnamon and spiked with all spice. Festive? Indeed.

m - crisp, sharp, leaves a tingle. A bit metallic. The spicing doesnt help the base beer, but provides interesting results.

o - overall, wanted to love this one. Not bad, but from crooked stave who can do no wrong by my taste buds, this is a bit of a misstep. Maybe it is that i love regular vieille so much? Interesting brew.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2013
Poured into a standard tulip glass

Appearance: (4.25)
Pours a very attractive, hazy pinkish red with a slightly orange hue. As soon as the beer is poured, a very tightly bubbled, bright white 2 finger head forms and quickly recedes, leaving a light coating of lace behind.

Aroma: (4.25)
As you raise the glass to your nose, you're immediately greeted by a gentle, but very nuanced Brettanomyces character; light stone fruits, predominately dried apricot and peach flesh. These stone fruits are blanketed in a soft, funky mustiness. Layered beneath this Brett are some very pleasant fruity, tropical tones from the hibiscus that was used in this beer. Adding some nice contrast to the fruity nose are some spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. As the beer warms, some tart cranberries begin to surface.

Taste: (3.75)
A blast of tart, but very refreshing cranberry juice hits your palate right away, quickly followed by some fruity hibiscus and some cinnamon and light nutmeg. These spices give way to a very gentle, musty Brettanomyces character. The beer finishes slightly tart and dry with only a glimpse of a cracker-y malt backbone. The finish leaves long, lingering notes of cranberry juice, dried apricot, cinnamon and bitter grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Very light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: (4)
Crooked Stave takes their very refreshing Saison, Vieille and throws in some cranberries, hibiscus, cinnamon and nutmeg. What comes out is a very refreshing Holiday Saison. Crooked Stave really added just the right amount of spices to add some pleasant contrast to the fruity tones of cranberry and hibiscus. Highly recommended.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to waratdenison for this awesome extra!

poured into crooked stave tulip glass.

375ml bottle sealed with white wax and pressure cap; bottle is dated "holiday 2013".

Appearance: translucent medium red bodied beer with huge 3 fingers of white head that drops down to a thin ring around the glass and a large clump of head in the middle of the glass. Moderate lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: tart cranberries, wheat malts, musty funk, and rooibos tea / herbally notes(I think thats the hibiscus that I smell). Initially I dont smell the cinnamon, but as this beer nears room temperture it is easy to detect the smell of cinnamon.

Taste: Mild tart cranberries. Pale wheat malts and hay. Hint of a red herbal tea. I taste a hint of "sweetarts" brand candy. Some greek yogert and cheesy funk. Hint of oak barrel. Not any spices to speak of in the flavor profile of this beer, but I dont think that I need the spices to make this beer enjoyable for me. I actually think that having strong spice character in this beer would make the beer unpleasant to my personal tastes. Really nice balance between saison, cranberries, funk, and the oak barrel.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy carbonation. Slightly dry, but also a little bit watery. Very drinkable!

Overall: Never had a cranberry saison. In true Cooked Stave style this was another really good beer! This beer is way underrated!

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Some kind soul going back to Colorado from Yokohama offered to bring me a beer and I said "Anything from Crooked Stave" - this is the bottle I got! Very excited - I'd tried a couple of Chad's creations (including, I believe, another cranberry sour) at a fruit beer fest in Portland last June, and as a big fan of the funk, I've been jonesing for some more!

375 mL bottle with white wax - wonder how long people are going to be sitting on these to warrant the wax sealing - only 4.5% ABV... or maybe that's just a standard thing from CS? Don't have anything to compare it to - wish I could taste it alongside the regular Vielle... but can't look a gift bottle yada yada.

Poured into a weisse glass, beautiful rose-orange, slight haze, fine carbonation, and a terrific dense white head that has a pinkish hue when you look down into it. Great lacing too! Absolutely beautiful beer.

Nose is full of funk (bit of barnyard, cat pee, tropical fruit), light acid like a red wine vinegar... and... I guess oak, although I probably wouldn't have picked that out on my own. Still, very appealing aromas to fans of Brett.

Cranberry comes through more on the palate - tart! Don't get much of the spices - I think the hibiscus comes through on the finish, but again, I wouldn't have figured it out on my own. Still, a nice dry sour with light funk and something like a red herbal tea going on. Terrific finish - I could drink this all day.

Very happy to have this over here... Wish I had thought about buying some DME to cultivate these yeasties... as it is, maybe I'll boil some water and throw some honey in there and see what they do in a mead.

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass, gorgeous ripe watermelon color when held to the light. A finger of head fades fast, but leaves a layer of bubbles on the surface during consumption - also some nice lacing going on. Funky nose, some oak and cranberry notes are prevalent.

Fruity and tart, cranberries are very noticeable. Nice funky finish...fairly dry. Nice mouthfeel, mildly sour and prickly on the tongue. Above average carbonation. Another great beer from Crooked Stave! Ive only had 5 or 6 of their offerings, but each one is different, complex, and very tasty! Didn't pick up any of the spices, but really didn't need any! Great tart cranberry saison!

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Vieille Artisanal Saison (Cranberry & Spice) from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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