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: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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.

Added by ArrogantB on 04-08-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,204
Reviews:
158
Ratings:
981
pDev:
9%
Bros Score:
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5/5  rDev +25%

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5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not too tart, but pleasent

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4.99/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In love with this beer. Poured a little cloudy with tons of fluffy sticky white head. Brett and pepper on the nose. Gloriously dry pretty body with saison character and some oak. A stellar beer. I wish I could access this beer more readily.

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4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed with Three Lions from a 375ml bottle. Batch 11 4.2 ABV.
Look: Cloudy Straw, very faint bright white head very little lacing, almost non existent (both lacing and head). Carbonation is there but the bubbles are few and large. Lots of yeast. For a saison unique for what it lacks. It has a ton of floating yeast.
Smell: proofing bread, hints of white pepper, lemon (less pungent pledge), sort of has a candy lemon warhead smell.
Taste: Lemon, lemon and more lemon! My wife (whose doesn't drink) went back for seconds! That right there says something. When I say Lemon that's not to say overly sour. This is super refreshing! Perfect lemonade if you would. The more I drink the more I get of the barrel which is great. As Three Lions said incredibly balanced. This has some zing but is also creamy sort of merengue with the burnt whipped topping. Lovely Brew.
Feel: when I put this in my mouth my response was wow. Didn't look like a ton of carbonation but it was quite zesty and active on the tongue. Finishes really smooth. In the summer if I had the access to it I would drink it all day long.
Overall: My first Crooked Stave, two things come to mind. Three Lions was more than honest in saying phenomenal and two where has this beer been all my life?

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4.84/5  rDev +21%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.72/5  rDev +18%

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4.68/5  rDev +17%

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4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Magnificent

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

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4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice lemon sour tasting saison. Faint taste of oak barrel. Very well done saison. Wish I could get this on the regular

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4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 981 ratings