Vieille Artisanal Saison | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Artisan ale aged in oak barrels

Translated from French as “old-tradition”, Vieille is our barrel-aged classical saison. Using time-honored techniques, our saisons employ traditional methods to restore complexity and the rustic character lost in modern day saison. Saisons were the original wild ales, brewed for the farmhands to be a refreshing and sustaining beverage. Each batch of Vieille takes on a soft Brettanomyces character and a complex acidity while conditioning in our large oak foeders. After conditioning in oak, we lightly dry hop the beer to finish it, lending a subtle citrusy hop aroma. Leading with lemon and lime citrusy hop notes, a subtle herbal spice, and a crisp tart finish, Vieille’s character epitomizes artisan saison.

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Reviews: 165 | Ratings: 1,003
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12.7 fl. Oz. Bottle 4/2/19

A lively and mostly clear golden liquid. A slight white hazing within and a pure white foam dome that holds on tight.

A very wild (Brett) yeast aroma is impressive, with sharp lemmon zest, funky dried herbs, dry citrus, peppery wheat and some rather sweet fruity notes, perhaps from the finishing dry hopped effect.

I can't help but to think, this is exactly what French and Belgian farmhands wanted in a brew. Zesty, clean and refreshing feel and light bodied. The lower abv% makes a bit more refreshing with some rather exciting flavor highlights:
A clean spring water style taste throughout.
Complex and funky yeast taste, mostly sour lemmon zest.
The dry hopped finish brings in some wild fruity flavors, mostly sweet berries.
A zippy hite to start that mellows to the point of total evaporation on the palate.

Seemingly true to style, makes me wanna bale some hay on a hot day with plenty of these on hand.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear straw with medium head. Funky, citrusy aroma that suggests tartness. Lightly tart with mild barnyard funk that's very palatable. A little oak. Dry and surprisingly clean. Moderately refreshing.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a J. Wakefield O.G. teku glass. 2013 vintage bottle, consumed 9.15.17.

A: Light gold with moderate haziness. Forms a thin white head that fades away fairly quickly. Average level of visible carbonation.

S: Citric acid, lemons, and lactic tart. Cracker malts, and apricot-forward stone fruits. A modest funk on the nose - barnyard and musty. Some oak dryness as well.

T: Lemony citric acid and Brettanomyces dry funk. Lactic tartness and oak tannin dryness. Some pineapple and barnyard from the Brett. Pale cracker malts and some saison yeast. Notes of dried apricots. Citric acid dryness in the hang.

M: A light body with good carbonation sensation. Low alcohol presence.

O: Pretty tasty, and a nice funk after the years have passed on this bottle. Not my favorite offering from Crooked Stave – I like a lot of their fruited stuff better - but a solid base saison.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear light yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light rustic malt notes with some lemony ester is pleasant. Taste is a mix of light rustic malt notes, minimal residual sugar with an herbal and lemony finish. Body is light with good carbonation. Enjoyable saison but I could do with less lemony notes.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project "Vieille Artisianal Saison"
375ml brown glass bottle, "APRIL 2015"
$7.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a clear yellow gold body beneath a finger-thick head of bright white foam. The aroma is bright and interesting, displaying ripe fruit (apple, citrus, a blend of other tropical fruits), a suggestion of tartness, oak, and some Brettanomyces funkiness (leather, wet straw). It's one of those beers that you can enjoy just by smelling it. On to the flavor... it's not as tart as I thought it would be, and the malt and fruitiness comes through unhindered. The oak is stronger than the aroma would suggest but at the same time refined, adding to the depth of flavor but also balancing it at the same time. There's not a lot of bitterness but it still finishes dry due to the acidity, limited amount of malt present, and oaky dryness. Some mild herbal hops linger. It doesn't have as much Brett character as I thought it would but there's enough that you certainly get it. In the mouth it's light to light-medium in body and delicately effervescent. As far as 'authentic' saisons go, harkening back to the farms of France and Belgium, I'd imagine that this is pretty close. It's perhaps a little stronger than was common, but it's quite refreshing, and highly drinkable in volume. I could certainly go for more of this except for the price, which brings up an interesting thought as well, this used to be the cheap provision beer for migrant farm workers and now it's an expensive "artisanal" beer. Well worth seeking out!
Review# 6,257

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm really enjoying the saisons I've tried from Crooked Stave. This one is light, crisp, easy drinking, interesting, and delicious. The light fruits, hay, lemon. The taste is mostly tart but with just enough rustic barnyard funk to balance it out and keep it from tasting fruity. Really nice. yb

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Photo of stevoj
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crowler fill from CopenRoss. Possibly bad fill. Hazy, pale golden, fizzy foamy head. Faint yeasty aroma, bready notes. Taste too seems thin. Was expecting bigger, brighter notes, but this dull, boring, weak. Brand New place might have screwed up the fill. Relooked at this as it warmed and it got a bit better. Lemon zest and peaches, kind of tangy. Brett notes more apparent nearer to room temperature.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pale gold body, slight haze, with white head, and extensive white lacing.

S - Clean floral notes, apple skin and a touch of pine, minimal funk.

T - Superb clean hit of sour grape and apple, a touch of minerality, and a light lemon zest and peel note in the close.

M - Brisk with tart prickliness.

O - A pretty and lovely beer, a Saison that delivers.

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Photo of bump8628
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very pale straw, close to what I’d call white for a beer, slightly hazed. Bright white foam billows up quickly, eventually leaving behind plenty of lace. As expected from the appearance, malt is very minimal here, soft pilsner-type body with some crackery wheat character. Mostly Brett-driven - not over-the-top funky but mild fruitniness, lemony tartness, a bit earthy. Balancing hop bitterness and some floral and citric hoppy notes that meld well with the Brett. A soft sourness quenches at the end. I’m a sucker for these light but complex saisons. This one is small enough to be called a Grissette. Just wish the price tag was a bit smaller as well.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Bright yellow, white head that lingers, slightly cloudy
S: Floral hops, musty, earthy Brett, lime, hay, lemon, briny
T: Lemon, lime, earthy, hay, watery gueuze, hint of tartness, mineral
M: Fluffy from the carbonation
O: Very reminiscent of a Jester King beer which is a compliment. Very flavorful and easy to drink with the low abv

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Photo of Mtn
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 / Batch 12
375ml to wine glass

Hazy golden straw color. Slight off white Head dissipates quickly to nothing, but swirl stirs up effervescence. A few Med size bubbles cling to glass
Aroma is Oak, funk , horse blanket, light toasted malt, tangerine and lemon citrus, subtle peach candy.
Taste is Horse blanket, earthy funky tartness, Lemon citrus, and slight grassiness. Light body, Very low carb but nice slight effervescence when you drink.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance has a hazy golden/slightly amber colored body with a two finger white foamy head that dies into the body within a half minute. There is some adequate slightly foamy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. The smell has some rustic yet funky earthiness coming through very strong with some light lemon in the background, and a little bit of grassiness here and there. A little bit of yeast backs everything up in the background. The taste is tart with a dry woodiness to it with some yeastiness here and there. It has a very dry yet tart lemon aftertaste and a dry finish. The palate is light, very sessionable, and the carbonation seems to be good for the style and comes across fairly smooth to me, not as sharp as other saisons I’ve had, but hey I’m not complaining. Overall, this is not a bad saison, I’m pretty sure I’d have this again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange closer to yellow orange. Close to 2 fingers of foam. Wait, looking at my glass, that’s lacing for aboot half. Saison notes of cloves, pepper and coriander. Then, it gets all hoppy and funky with a suggestion of tartness. Taste =nose. Plus it’s a dry son of a gun. I gots the cotton mouth. Joking. Heavy side of light bodied. Good job for a beer that’s the same abv as your average light/lite beer. Very very nice.

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with January 2015 stamped on it. Bought yesterday.
A-Poured into a large snifter, a finger of white head quickly recedes atop a straw yellow clear brew when held up to daylight.
S-Vinous funk, atop a lemony saison aroma.
T-A funky saison. Lemon, black pepper, Brett funk, wood.
M-Light bodied. A bit astringent in the finish.
O-A saison that brings the funk. Refreshing.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Decent 2-finger head upon pour. Nice Hazy light yellow gold color - almost like a pilsner. Decent retention - remains active.

Smell: Tart fruit and citrus. Lemon and lime waves waft upward. Slight cracker / biscuit.

Taste: Sour upfront (as anticipated). Slight vinegar. Quite dry and really no sweet counter balance. Decent wheat backbone and is more apparent in the aftertaste. Looking for more Belgian yeast and Saison character, but very subtle.

Feel: Light - bodied. Seemed pretty thin. A bit slick on the tongue.

Overall: Decent. Seems more on the sour side without the spicy Saison characteristics or yeast tang.

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Photo of TrueSoul515
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vieille Crooked Stave Batch 7 2013

A: Straw to light gold
S: Wood, lemon zest, grassy hop aroma
T: Slightly acidic, lemon, oak, grassy, black peppercorn
M: Dry, light. Very refreshing
O: This aged well. Little to no carbonation but doesn't detract from the experience. Very refreshing.

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Photo of bnes09
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Light lemon, straw color with good clarity. Weak head. Fresh and bright citric, lemon, hoppy aroma with hints of yeast. Light and dry palate with some lemon and apple. Subtle funk. Light body. Sharp, effervescent carbonation. Dry finish. Perfect for the style. Overall, a solid saison. Lacking slightly in complexity and finish is clean.

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Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of grass and hay. This is a fairly sweet saison with a touch of caramel, wheat, and yeast flavors.

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Photo of safaricook
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not bad but given the rpice that is charged here as an import, I will not seek it out again. Though it could score much higher on a hot day when its refreshing character and low abv would be more appreciated. It is abit watery but ok that is normal with the low abv. I would prefer more spiciness and less lactic acid

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Photo of puck1225
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beautiful cloudy yellow with a nice head and lacing. Rich earthy smell, a bit of lemon. The taste is herbal and floral, lemon and a hint of pepper. Very nice beer.

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Photo of JayQue
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great Saison, one of the best I have had. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a long stemmed Timmermans half pint glass. Hazy pale gold color, small very bubbly white head that fades fast. No lacing. Aroma and taste feature Belgian yeast, some lemon and grapes and plenty of tartness. The taste has it all: yeast, funk, horse blanket mustiness, and a good sour presence. The tartness, carbonation and a touch of oak bitterness make the mouthfeel memorable too. I paid $9.50 for a 12 oz bottle, but after drinking it, the price is not a problem!!!!

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Photo of Brolo75
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #10
Poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a golden orange with a bright white head, head was full and fluffy, head dissipated after a few minutes, slight lacing, beer is cloudy with minimal carbonation.

A: Sour, tart funk with some hints of oak and white wine and grapes, not getting any hop aromas, no alcohol, smells solid.

T: Up front there's some slight tart and funk flavors, lemon, citrus, middle has some must, funk notes as well, finish is dry with the lemon and citrus reemerging, aftertaste is of sour lemon rinds, very balanced and easy to drink.

M: Light crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish and a good balance of carbonation.

O: A well made beer, would love to try one fresh as the hops have really died off, tastes more like a sour ale than a saison, not at all disappointed.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a light golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is fruit and wood. The taste is slightly tart.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Hazy light golden orange color, thick fluffy head fades slowly, lots of lace. Citrusy sour aroma with woodsy notes. Taste is a mix of sour apple, lemon, wood and funky tartness. The flavors are all light and come together well for a very light refreshing brew. Dry white wine finish, soft yet crisp mouthfeel. Very good light saison.

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Photo of kitch
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 375ml bottle bottled in April 2015 and poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear golden orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly but left some light lacing.

Aroma: Brett, barnyard funk, lemon, tart, oak and pepper spice.

Taste: Light, everything was light. Light sourness, light tart, light lemon, light pepper, light oak and light funkiness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Despite everything in the taste being quite light, it was still nice and refreshing.

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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 1,003 ratings