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)

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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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

375ml bottle from the recent 2013 bottling, courtesy of FleetwoodMatt. Thanks! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/4/2013.

Looks a lot like Surette did- a clear, almost slightly hazy straw body with an awesome 1cm white head that is effervescent with good retention. Some lacing persists. Again looks like a refreshing delicious saison, but not so unique to set itself apart from others in the style.

Smells sort of fruity but not particularly funky. It's more of a zesty lemony beer with some oak in the back. Less of the funk than Surette. There is some musty funk, but again there isn't a lot of it.

Follows the nose. Not particularly complex or interesting but it is what it advertises it to be. Some oak, some funk, some lemon zest but altogether not particularly intense in any one component. The brett does provide a nice crisp feel to it.

Thinner bodied, very refreshing and dry. Carbonation is a bit lighter than I'd like it to be, but sufficient for a saison.

This was good, but not as interesting as the Surette that we opened the same night. But its a saison that is better than most saisons I can find in Wisconsin. I wish CS would start distributing here..

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Easy-ish pour on the side from a 12.7oz/375ml pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (Tired Hands stemware, for what it’s worth); not sure how old it is, but this is apparently Batch 4, from 2013. So, not particularly old.

Appearance (4.25): Just about two fingers of kinda fat-bubbled foam comes off of the pour, capping a pale golden body, a deep straw color maybe, with just the slightest haze. The head is sticky, leaving some fluffy patches on the surface that climb up the side of the glass, leaving some wide, spacy collars of lace.

Smell (4.25): Nice, tart, acidic nose with a lactic snap, dusty straw, lemon flesh, strong mineral aromas (think pinot grigio), tart apples, dried flowers and herbs (think botanicals, like sage and lavender, but not as citrusy or spicy as those). There’s more biscuit and dusty, slightly spicy (classic saison) tone as it warms.

Taste (3.75): Right on from the nose: acidic lemon flesh, tart apples, vinous mineral tones, some herbal, floral bitterness, and on the back-end it opens into a sharp lactic snap that carries through to the finish, transforming the acidic fruit character into an herbal hoppiness. Very subtle pear and apple tones underneath, but it’s overshadowed by the lactic acidity and tart apple tones. This is really tart, actually—whatever saison base there is in this beer has been really transformed by the bacteria. Although, it trends more saison as it warms, just like in the nose, giving more common crackers and dusty woodiness in the body before the acid washes everything out in the finish.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Spritzy with a bright carbonation, but soft—light and bubbly, slightly prickly and with a modest tingle, foaming nicely but not thickly. The body is light and quite dry but not parching, in spite of the acid presence and very light body. So easy to drink, if you can dig the sour.

Overall (4.0): Saison? Not quite. “Sour ale”? Not quite. Light, sour, blonde, Belgian-style ale? Absolutely. It’s very spritzy and tart, light, and dry, but beyond some dry common crackers, dusty wood, and a very light spice, it’s not very saison-like at all—though it does trend more toward the saison profile as it warms, even if it never loses that lactic snap. This is an interesting, if not wholly original, interpretation of the funky, “antique” saison style, but you can tell that Crooked Stave really nailed what they were going for with this beer. Another great beer from CS—now let’s see them lower the pricing just a little bit!

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MadScientist
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A slightly hazy golden beer with a rocky white head. There head has a good retention and settles to a thin cap after a minute.

S: An awesome smelling Saison. A medium aroma of earth hops, oak and a barnyard Brett aroma with moderate spice. There is some citrus peel as well.

T: A dry, citrus flavor with a light Brett tartness. The oak is in there at a medium-low level. Very little malt and medium-strong hops bitterness giving a balance that is moderately bitter. There is a moderate black pepper spice to the beer. The finish is bone dry with an aftertaste of hops bitterness, some citrus and a little spice.

M: A moderately-light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.

O: An very good Saison with a lot of juicy grapefruit flavor, a firm bitterness and quiet dry.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Luk13
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1, thanks to Shawdeuce. Very aroma reminiscent of the best gueuze. One of the best american sours to reproduce the baryard feeling: horse blanket, dust, wood, earth.

Taste is slightly tart (far from a gueuze) with a strong cereal presence. Carbonation and alcool is low, this one is extraordinairely drinkable. 375ml is definitly too small for this lawnmoer beer.

Another hit from this very promising brewery.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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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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