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

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3.91/5
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241 Ratings
Vieille Artisanal Saison (Cranberry & Spice)Vieille Artisanal Saison (Cranberry & Spice)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
crookedstave.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,429
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
241
pDev:
7.67%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
15
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 241 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by flayedandskinned:
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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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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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Vieille Artisanal Saison (Cranberry & Spice) from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 241 ratings