Saison Vieille Artisanal | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of GilGarp
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml capped bottle served chilled into a goblet.

Saison Vielle Artisanal is a slightly hazy amber orange color. The head is fizzy and quick to settle leaving little lacing behind.

Aroma is unexpected but enjoyable. I've had some Crooked Stave beers before so I should have known it would have a wild side. Slightly sweet with tropical fruit and slightly sour with wild yeast.

Flavor is our but balanced. It has a light and mild malt bill so that the yeast can really shine. Mildly hoppy as well with spicy peppery saaz, if I'm not mistaken. Yeast lends a tart and sour flavor that is very well done.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated. A relatively easy to drink wild ale.

Overall a very well made beer. In most ways it's not what I would consider a saison but, knowing a little bit about Crooked Stave, it totally makes sense.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

following what some of the reviews have said, this beer is everything that a saison should be. great yeasty barnyard smell. drinks really smooth. buttery, what i expect a good saison to be. i am glad crooked stave has put the time in to show all of the other billion saisons out there what one should taste like. this brewery is something else. but like everything in colorado; we want you to know that everything sucks here. don't bother...

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Photo of KajII
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky golden orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white creamy head that diminished quickly, down to a scattered film and medium collar with excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a funky Belgian yeast and a light grain malt with notes of citrus (lemon), a fruity ester (peaches and pairs), lemon grass, cheese and dust.

The taste was very yeasty with a strong citrus backbone and had a mild grassy feel along with a hint of lemon early on, and then become very lightly bitter with a mildly sour ending. The flavor only lasted a short time after the swallow, with a light sour bitter taste fading slowly off the taste buds into the background.

Mouthfeel was a bit above light in body and rather dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall this was an extremely tasty Saison, which I also found to be very refreshing and easy to drink. I think I may just have found my new session brew...

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

thanks to ablackshear for for the extra bottle!

poured into crooked stave tulip glass.

Appearance: medium golden bodied beer with a huge white head. Nice staying power on the head and leaves a spotty lace. Eventually drops to a thin cap.

Smell: bready, grainy, wheat, and hay malt. A touch of musty funk. Mellow oak barrel / wood / earthy notes. Yeasty and a hint of fruity notes.

Taste: starts off with a nice mild tart citrus note. A little bit of malts balance out the beer with some wheat and grainy sweetness. Fruity yeast and mild funk that is earthy and musty. Hint of oak barrel. Finishes with a mild hop bitterness and a hint of pepper spice. Complex and delicate flavor profile of this saison! As this beer warms the funk and fruitiness start to build up and become much more prominent flavors of the beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Really drinkable. Good carbonation levels, but I could use just a little bit more carbonation. Its soft and gentle carbonation. Very clean beer. Also bright and refreshing beer. Finish is semi-dry.

Overall: A really simple yet classic example of a saison / farmhouse ale. This will be a great hot weather beer, once summer rolls around. I expect nothing less than high quality beers from Crooked Stave and they prove it again!

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with two fingers of dense head. Active carbonation is apparent throughout the beer.

S: I can smell the funk as soon as I pop the cap. I get a musty funk with a nice tropical fruitiness and a touch of cheese. Oddly, the cheese reminds me of Smartfood popcorn. There is a light acidic smell in the background.

T: This beer is quite fruity - I get clementines and mangoes upfront, though the beer stays dry with a bit of musty Brett character. I do get a bit of cheese in the finish.

M: Medium thickness with a nice carbonation. The carb is on the low end for the style, but I think a higher carbonation would be tough given the low ABV and sweetness.

O: I really enjoy this, though it's a bit straightforward. Fruity, lightly acidic with a mild funk. I could use a bit more character from the yeast. Maybe this would develop into a nice beer with some age.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

to me, this is the epitome of a saison, everything a good one should be. and it gives a prominent middle finger to the countless crappy saisons out there right now. when did saison become the new ipa anyway? not everyone can make one, and not eveyone can chuck some curious yeast into a lousy blonde ale and bottle it, mark it up, write a paragraph about french/belgian heritage, and call it good. this is everything those beers are not. it pours just a litle bit murky, bright blonde in color, with an inch or so of passive white head. the nose is sour as hell, funky as anything, lemony and acidic, almost more of a gueuze in nose than a saison, but the yeast is there. the flavor is nowhere near as intense as far as sour goes, but there is a lovely tartness in flavor too. grassy hops and wheat malt work together well providing some body and bitterness. this takes me somewhere far far away from a denver january, and i love it for that. excellent use of hops here, its not in your face at all, but its maybe more hoppy than most saisons, in the sense it provides some oils and resnious properties which form a nice synergy with the yeast and bacterial stuff. a little lax on the carbonation, but it just lets the flavors absorb better into my palate. light body, its a shame this bottle is so small. i could drink ten of these gladly. yet another work of art from crooked stave, my vote for the brewery to beat these days. wow this is good!

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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%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a small taster glass, quick review from written notes.

Straw gold with a generous skim of white foam across the surface, rapid trails of rising carbonation visible in the glass.

Funky traces of Brett yeast in the aroma, minerals, wet hay, and a wisp of sulfur oddly.

Bitter, tart, and dry. Hay and dry earthy vegetal hops, some yeast-derived spiciness. Medium to light bodied, crisp feel. Something unique and different, worth trying.

Thanks Joe for sharing this one!

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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