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Vieille Artisanal Saison | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,793
Reviews:
165
Ratings:
999
pDev:
8.75%
 
 
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31
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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 kkarimi
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jdell15
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 GeorgiaBeerMoose
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Grinky
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 Simon212
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 WickedBeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregSemenza
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 smell.is 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 MonkeyLord
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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 liquorpig
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 edthehead
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of evanwoertz
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 999 ratings