Vieille Artisanal Saison
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #459
Ranked #10,964
4 | pDev: 9%
May 29, 2022
Apr 08, 2013
Very Good
Vieille Artisanal SaisonVieille Artisanal Saison
Notes: 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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3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

March 2015: 375 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. 2014 / Batch 11. ABV is 4.2%. Golden colour, low white head. Pleasant brettanomyces aroma, notes of farmhouse kitchen and mild spices, hints of oaked cider. The flavour has a moderate acidity, slightly tart, with fruity (esp. lemons) and spicy notes. Easy drinking and refreshing.

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4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by bubseymour from Maryland

Had this beer with 6 years bottled aged. Nice and funky and a touch bretty but not tart or sour at all. Really enjoyed.

Dec 18, 2021
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3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours pale gold with a white head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: It has lemon aromas with grain, leather, and spice.

Taste: It has lemon and spice flavors with a bit of grain and leather. There are some low herbal notes.

Feel: It has a medium low body with a sour and dry finish.

Overall, well blended flavors with the classic dry saison finish.

Nov 23, 2021
3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 17, 2021
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3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

Batch 12 (2014)

L: Pours a deep gold with excellent clarity. A decanted pour yields a small ring of head. There is the occasional carbonation bubble rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: Typical Brett smell, barley perceptible vinous notes, and a little hint of lemon. The nose seems a bit faded to me.

T: I get a bit of lemon, some funky notes, some cardboard (dammit), vinegar, and a bit of tartness on the back end and maybe a bit of oak (which I probably wouldn't have been able to pick out if I didn't already know this was aged in it). Not much going on here.

F: It has a light body with pretty low carbonation. Mouthfeel is a bit watery.

O: This beer was definitely faded and a bit oxidized, but for a 6 year old saison it wasn't terrible. I would love to have a chance to try this fresh.

Feb 02, 2021
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3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
by rex_4539 from Greece

L: Slightly hazy golden color, minimal head, messy lacing, light carbonation.

S: Sour-ish.

T: Sour-ish, some oak character.

F: Light bodied, not much going on.

O: Nope.

Nov 16, 2020
4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 01, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Pours mostly clear yellow with racing bubbles and a creamy white foam head. Smells rustic and funky, floral and earthy, herbal, grainy sweet, with yeasty farmhouse, leather, peppery spice, and mild fruity esters. Tastes real fruity like pineapple, lychee, berries, lemony citrus, tart apple, pear, apricot, banana, rustic grains, oak, funky farmhouse yeast, mild leather, peppery spice, with floral earthy herbal hops. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a nice oak aged saison.

Apr 28, 2020
4 by Velivolus from Vermont on Mar 24, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bluecrow from New York

-hazy yellow bottle pour with a 1.5 cm fluffy foam cap and a lemony, prickly aroma. The brew is tart with lemon, oak influence and earthy/herbal hop notes. I taste little saison spiciness (due to a bit of age?) and there is some funk in the finish. This is a light-bodied pleasure.

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3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

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.

Apr 02, 2019
4.07 by kkarimi from Texas on Mar 21, 2019
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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

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.

Jan 07, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by macrosmatic from Florida

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.

Nov 04, 2018
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3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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.

Nov 02, 2018
4.18 by Simon212 from Canada (ON) on Oct 20, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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!
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SmashAdams from New Jersey

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

Aug 02, 2018
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3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by stevoj from Idaho

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.

Apr 10, 2018
4.37 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Feb 24, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

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.

Feb 04, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by bump8628 from Oklahoma

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.

Jan 30, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

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

Aug 12, 2017
4 by edthehead from New York on Aug 11, 2017
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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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