Saison Vieille Artisanal | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Saison Vieille ArtisanalSaison Vieille Artisanal
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mebuzzard on 12-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
184
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
8.56%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
36
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 184 |  Reviews: 36
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of RoninTK3
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Gold/orange with a bit of white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Apples, kiwi, sweet fruit, a bit of funk. A bit grassy.

T - Lots of peach, apple, and kiwi. Very fruity and quite a bit of tartness. Not much of the typical saison characteristics other than a bit of funk. A sour/resiny aftertaste.

M - Light, lot of carbonation, very refreshing. Resiny.

This is a nice, refreshing beer with lots of fruit and tartness and a touch of funk. If it was easier for me to get I'd imagine it could be a go to summer beer for me.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a hazy orange color with a soapy white head on top. The retention is minimal, leaving some suds around the edge of the glass. The lacing is spotted along the glass. The smell has a very funky sour aroma, but I also pick up some elements of fresh earthy pine and oak in there. There is also some black pepper on the nose as well. The taste is actually much easier going than I expected. It's flavors are soft, there is a subtle amount of wheat that shows up, there is a decent amount of acidic lemon in there as well. It's not too spicy either. The mouthfeel is very light, almost watery. The carbonation is good, it's very drinkable and each going. Not bad.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to HFS sniffer

A: golden hone in color with a white head that goes away fast and leaves little to no lacing around the top of the glass, there also seems to be lacking in carbonation. It is semi opaque and slightly cloudy but it looks fairly clean in terms or the range of saisons.

S: there is definitely some funk in there it smells like white wine almost and the oak barrels have a heavier presence then I have seen. it is also very bready the best I can describe it is like a grilled cheese I don't know whether this is a good or bad thing but it sure seems to be atypical.

T: It has an interesting array of flavors. First of all there is definitely some of that bready yeast from the nose that is the dominant flavor, but there there are also some fruit notes that are slightly sweet and juicy i can't tell specifically what it is, but my best guess is apricots. It also does have some white wine notes from the barrel aging, but it is subtile and in the background in the finish.

M: It is pretty light and slightly crisp upfront. It maintains the lightness in a thin and watery feel though that makes it drinkable, but that is too be expected at such a low abv. I would like it to be a like more crisp and have a barnyard feel to as that is missing from the taste as well.

O: This has a decent appearance but a very odd smell. The taste is not bad but it seems like a random mix of flavors that does not seem to be cohesive at all if they were this beer could have a lot of potential. The feel is light and easily drinkable so its sessionable but there is nothing special about it. Interesting beer none the less may be worth a try

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Photo of Florida9
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Mildly hazy amber in color. Forms a modest, bubbly, white head. Little retention. Light lacing.

S: Aroma is slightly vinous with just a touch of lemon. There is a mild, but perceptible Brett character that comes off as horse blanket. Aroma is earthy, woody, and somewhat "dirty" in character.

T: Taste is more of the same. Malt backbone is fairly light. There is a mild lemon tartness. A little bit of black pepper. But mostly, the beer just comes off as tasting old, earthy, and dirty. Quick finish.

M: Body is thin and watery while the beer is undercarbonated. There is a mild tartness on the front end of the beer, but it quickly washes away. Virtually no bitterness. Dry on the finish.

O: Overall, not a bad beer, but it does manage to come off as if it was a very good Saison that they decided to barrel-age and in the process they muted and muddled all of those wonderful Saison qualities.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark straw colored body with a tall but thin white head.

The aroma leads with funky Brett, white vinegar, lemon, and a sulfuric hard boiled egg scent.

The taste is funky with lemon, pepper, and oak. It's tart but the flavors are muted.

Mouthfeel is light and clean with prickly carbonation.

It's a very easy drinker. Take away the light sulfuric aroma and take the intensity of the flavors up a notch and this would be killer.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is slightly cloudy and gold with bright white head. Heavy lacing left behind. The nose is funkay with notes of steamed vegetables, a touch of lactic acid, a bit of horse blanket, and some citrus at the end. The taste is a bit tart up front with notes of lemon juice follow by the funk and a bit of white grape. Mouthfeel is thin with a carbonation level that, in my opinion, is a little light for the style. The finish is very dry. Overall, this is my least favorite offering I'm Crooked Stave so far. The taste is better than the nose, but it is hard to wrap my head around the nose.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of denver10
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Updating my review for this, now that I have tried it a couple more times.

Pours a golden yellow with a a nice frothy dirty white head. Aroma offers some tart lemon, wood, and the brett providing a touch of dirty sock/barnyard. Flavor was woody, a little funkiness, and some tart lemon, like I was biting into the rind of a lemonl and some prickly pepper in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and active, super drinkable. Overall, fantastic brew. The more of this I have drank, the more I like.

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Photo of carteravebrew
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.10.13

A - Pours a bright, cloudy medium orange with a 3/4 inch sudsy off-white head that lingers before going to the edges.

S - Spicy, pepper, floral, lemons. funk.

T - Funky, light floral, black pepper, lemon.

D - Dry mouth, lower carbonation and a light medium body.

O - Nice smelling and dry saison, would buy this one again.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Saison Vieille Artisanal from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
3.97 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.
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