Vieille Artisanal Saison | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ArrogantB on 04-08-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
938
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
22.94%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
132
For Trade:
12
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3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: This is the most sparkly beer I think I’ve ever seen. It looks like champagne; same color with big, lively bubbles popping up everywhere. It did not foam up as much as a glass of champagne would have, but a good, half-inch of head flashed before my eyes before sinking back down to just a wisp or two on the surface of the glass.

SMELL: Mild, but pleasant aroma of citrus, maybe a little tart apple and a touch of funk.

TASTE: There are not a whole lot of 4.2% beers that pack in this much flavor. Tart apples dominate my palate while lemon and some other citrus dances around on the edges. The finish provides a little oakiness along with one last kick of sour.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp, dry and very refreshing. The body is very light, but packs a punch in the puckering department. The strong carbonation works to cleanse the palate after every sip while it also provides a very lively feel.

OVERALL: This is an excellent Brett Beer, but my one criticism is that it is not quite what I expect from a saison. The typical banana, clove and other spicy characteristics are completely overpowered by the sour funk. Otherwise, what an outstanding summer beer this is. Another excellent offering from Crooked Stave.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With that dry, funky and earthy character in the foreground, Crooked Stave's Vieille kicks of with a ton of earthy character. If only it could hold onto it....

The Saison looks the part as its hazy straw character projects a weighted appearance that the taste and texture proves otherwise. Its medium haze diffuses its glow as its head billows the rim of the snifter. Retaining sturdily, the beer's lace swirls with broken rings. All in all, this is a well-sold Saison to the eye.

Aromatically, the beer sings with a plethora of wood aged earthiness! Starting with the tart scent of lemons and lime, the nose tilts toward sea air, musty attic-like aged woods, and a strong gamey, near-mushroom character that aids to its charm. Quite acidic, the notes of oddly placed sun-dried tomatoes give a vegetal tone to the scent, even as a strong pepper and almost-plastic scent rounds out its complex nose.

For better or worse, the flavor is simplified. Sure, the dried fruit and soft spice taste balances upon a dry cracker-like pilsner base, those sour-ish tastes are moderate and more resemble tartness. Its middle is lightly salty with leathery notes and sawdust. With the slight dried wood type of bitterness, the ale finish modestly citrusy with dried orange peels and an overall woody and citrusy tone- seemingly of sassafras.

The beer further recedes as the textures fall from full-on champagne to light and watery in an instant. Though this fuels its highly drinkable character, its earthen and complex aromas promise me a sharp and acidic after-palate that just doesn't develop. Its fleeting finish is watery and minerally- and a little alka-seltzer-like.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of tbryan5
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Citrusy zest with a good amount of carbonation. Very light and refreshing. Pretty tart. It would be good on a hot day but I could only drink a couple because this brew is pretty mouth puckering.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Krafty34
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of supa0525
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of freshflesh
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaybeSoMaybeNot
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Guden
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly hazy light gold with a huge white head that sticks to the edges while falling in the center.

S- tons of Brett derived character leap from the glass (and bottle for that matter). Horse blanket and wet earth lead with some lemon, tangerine and pineapple also peaking through. Some buttery, Chardonnay like oak shows more as it warms.

T- much less funky than the nose would suggest with a tart pop on the front and a mix of subtle earth, light oak and fruit in the middle with a long smooth, tart finish.

M- extremely creamy, with enough pop to get all the flavors where they should be. The mouthfeel might be derived from the oak tannins but its hard to be sure.

O- it's hard to think of another beer similar to this one. On the nose it seems like many funky, Brett beers but the mouthfeel and moderate tartness make this one entirely unique. A very enjoyable drinking experience all around.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the first beer from Crooked Stave that I have truly enjoyed. It is a very pleasantly funky beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy, orange-yellow in color, with high carbonation and 1/3 inch head. Taste is big lemon, hay, pepper, and light chardonnay style oak. Tasty, clean, and way to easy to drink. I will look for this one again.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of fenlop54
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Meyers1023
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle labeled batch 14 2014. The color is straw and slightly cloudy with just over a fingers worth of fizzy white head. The smell has some funk to it as well as pepper, citrus, hints of flowers, and the barrel it was aged in. The flavor is sour fruit, a bit of grass, must, funk, and barrel all balanced very well together. There is a very smooth feel to this beer before a light carbonation hits your tongue. Overall this is a great barrel aged saison that has a complex but balanced flavor profile and very refreshing at the same time.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

35cl botle.Pours a clear pale golden, with a white head and visible carbonation - much like a sparkling wine. Smells of brett and citrus. Dry taste, with notes of brett, mould, lemon zest and grapefruit.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of mrw1zard
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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