Vieille Artisanal Saison | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Vieille Artisanal SaisonVieille Artisanal Saison

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of kjyost
4.99/5  rDev +24.4%
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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Photo of Hab11
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
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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Photo of ThreeLions
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with Hab11.
Appearance: gorgeous hazy yellow sunset. Almost no head at all which was surprising for a beer with brett. At 4.2 percent this should be an easy drinker as it's just about my favorite style. Thus looks like a lemon drop or a naturally colored limoncello.
Smell: lemon funk galore! Yaaay this is going to be a fun one. Plant a lemon tree inside a barn. Wait a few years. Open the doors and walk inside. Take a deep breath. That is what this beer smells like. Can't wait to drink this.
Taste: well now that is interesting. A lot less funk on the taste than I was expecting after smelling it but way lemony. It's a sharp taste like lemon zest and fresh ginger. This is very reminiscent of stash lemon ginger tea. The barrel notes weren't exactly found in the nose but in the taste the flavor comes through. This is extremely balanced and very direct.
Mouth. Feels very effervescent, tangy and tart. Not too thin. Good mouth.
Overall this is an interesting one. Not my favorite from crooked stave but a damp good beer. Would definitely purchase and drink again. It's simply a lemon bomb of goodness with some funk, vinous notes and some barrel.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw under a thin but clingy white foam collar. S: Tart almost vinegary nose, lemon, spice, fruit and some light bread. T: Tart, lemony, fruit, citrus, not much hop presence, traces of salt and a slight mineral character.F: Refreshing, light, highly carbonated a faint grainy astringency in the background. O: A light, refreshing beer with a slight wine like quality to it.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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 dar482
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

A pale straw color.

The aroma is filled with stinky funk along with a lemons.

The flavor follows with that strong tart lemon juice, a hint of funk, slight breadiness, and is dry as a bone on the backend. A good mouthfeel for the ABV and highly refreshing.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle at fridge temp outed into a large tulip. Date/ batch info left blank?

Pours out a nice lighter golden color, just a slight haze to it, about one finger or so of white head off the pour that fades to a thin layer. Average head retention with only spotty lacing.

Initially the aroma is quite spicey with a grassy almost piney tree like aroma and maybe some hints of yeast phenols. Lots of lemongrass. As it opens some mustiness really comes out as well as maybe some white wine barrel character.

Lemongrass, hints of a peppery phenolic yeast spice. Has the very beginning stages of a slight Brett or lacto citrus tartness. Very nice. Complex. Hints of white wine, wet hay and hints of a grassy hop with a slightly bitter finish.

Bright mouthfeel, light in body, really thirst quenching. Great ABV.

This is everything a saison should be, just ideal. And amazingly drinkable as most of the standard crooked stave beers are. Amazing how the Brett and/or lacto is integrated just enough to be a nuance to the beer not a dominating factor resulting in a beer I think any beer drinker would enjoy.

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Photo of MCImes
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lemony, funky, grapefruit, barnyard. This saison is one of my favorites of all time. Its borders on a berliner weiss style because it is light bodied, dry, and sour, but isnt a berliner. It has a little more body and complexity of sour.

Very good. Try at least once, but not worth $9/375ml repeatedly. for that price, buy a belgain sour. They are better in almost every way.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another one courtesy of my wonderful cellar reserve trustee DenverBeerDrinker...and again, aparently Crooked Stave now distributes to NY so these are all over the place right now...figured might as well see if I got too many, just enough, or if i need to get every bottle around! enjoyed from a crooked stave snifter

a - brew poured a murky honey yellow with a thin creamy foamy head that fizzed away fairly quickly leaving some sparse bubbles on the surface of the brew.

s - i could smell this one on the pour and from the mouth of the bottle (i always take a whiff right after opening a bottle) it was funky egg all the way. upon closer inspection, it really is beautiful. that signature brett and oak crooked stave thing, but with a decent glazing of hard boiled egg funk. really wonderful sour smell.

t - somewhat in line with the nose but the oak really grabs the spotlight in the flavor profile. big oak notes with some soft hints of eggy funk. don't get much saison...all sour on this one. this is way more of an "american wild" than a saison. really really enjoyable.

m - fairly thick without the prickle you'd expect from the flavor, but it makes it really rich and refreshing.

o - overall, glad that i have a bunch more of these coming, but this might be one to amass a ton of and drink constantly this summer. what a crisp refreshing beer. i can only imagine what time will do to this winner. drink em if you got em though since they are fantastic right now.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A funky, juicy, and floral aroma with a scent of Brett, citrus, and oak. Upfront funky presence of lacto Brett yeast and farmhouse funk. Spice hints of pepper, clove, and coriander. Subtle hints of oak and wood. Big mix of fruit with hints of lemon zest, white grape, green apple, cherry, and orange. Pale malt with hints of wheat, straw, and cracker. Light hints of floral hops. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a funky, juicy, tart, and floral yeast driven taste with notes of Brett, fruit, and oak. Big funky and tart Brett lacto presence along with some farmhouse funk. Spice notes of clove, peppers, and corainder. Big zesty fruit notes of lemon, green apple, white grapes, orange, and cherry. Subtle presence of oak and wood. Crisp malt notes of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. Light backing presence of floral hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and fairly acidic.

Overall: A very good take on a Sour. Good mix of funk, spice, and fruit notes.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had at Sputyen Duvel in Willamsburg

A - Soft yellow with a light haze. Small white head. 4.25

S - Tart lemon crossed with a soft blue cheese funk. A rather fragrant saison nose that tells you this one picked up a few bugs in the barrel

T - Tart lemon and Lambic-like presence cuts in with a well made Saison that has light funk and grass. I could drink this all day as it is flavorful and easy to drink

M - Soft mouthfeel. Light carbonation to it and slightly dry

O - Really nice Saison that shows that Crooked Stave really can make some of the best Saisons in America.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lemon, lime, and wet hay in the aroma. Very bright and grassy. Apples, pears, oranges, and chamomile. Earthy and rustic balancing the bright fruit character. Some bubblegum and spices. Green tea as well.

Hazy golden yellow. Small white head that dissipates quickly. No real lacing. Acidity is probably the head killer.

Oranges and lemons upfront. Quite tart but not too sour. Earthy brett and some oak notes as well. A hint of doughy character but incredibly dry.

Bright and lively on the palate. Medium high carbonation and light bodied. Acidic but soft lactic acidity. A bit of tannins as well.

Really complex and refreshing. Quite a lot going on. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Mostly clear straw. Not much head or lacing to speak of.
smell: Earthy, citrusy funk. Nice i mean.
taste: much like the nose. Quite mellow. Kind of like a Sprite with funk and soul :) half kidding, it's much better than that.
overall: Quite enjoyable, my first Corooked Stave.

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Photo of pkalix
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

short head, not firm. white.
smell of vinegar on pour. brett? sweet and vinegar-y? not what I was expecting. I prefer my "wild ales" and "sours" together. not mixed in with my IPAs and stouts. if I had known, I would have further saved this with my Consecration, Petrus and others.... so, it's a saison by style simply because of . . . . . what?
a tad sour, still delicious, but, like I said, I prefer to group my brews in similar fashion. especially the slightly sour ones. but oh well... and, i'm looking for a high(er) powered abv than this right now, too, so . . . .
the taste is clean, and I like the reference to "peach yogurt" by someone else. still cant get over the blatant mis-labeling of this one but it's still a very fine beverage.

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Photo of Zach136
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with me, $11.50 from Brusin' Ales

Appearance: Hazy blonde

Aroma: Medium intensity, pickle-y brett character and faint grassy hop notes.

Flavor: Medium light tartness and bitterness. Oaky & white wine character.

Mouthfeel: Very Dry

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Brewery on 4.5.13

Not only is there a label change from the "Saison" but also hops that were dry hopped.

A - Served a cloudy light orange with a huge soapy white head that left tons of lacing on the glass.

S - The smell is clean and crisp. Great citrus, funk, and a very slight funky-tartness.

T - Again and nice balance of citrus, farmhouse funky, and subtle spices.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - I really enjoyed this one. I brought home three bottle in my suitcase. Clean, crisp, and really drinkable. Try some, you'll like it.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As crisp and refreshing as anything I've ever had..... Not bracingly sour... Hints of it but this is subtle in that department.... Lots of earthy oak barrel... Feels like I'm drinking something made 200 years ago... Earthy yet crisp and refreshing and delicious.... Would be a summer beer I could crush with its light body and low ABV... Price point is high but worth the cash... Incredible.. Nothing bad to say here..

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very light in color with a quick dissipating head.

Smell is of oak of has hints of wine.

Taste is minimal hope with lots of sweet/sour back.

Overal i enjoy it very much. First crooked stave

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy pale straw color with a thin bone white head. Leaves some light tracks of lace.

S: Liking this a lot. Barnyard and brett right away with some hay, lemongrass, grapefruit zest, lemon rind and chalky flour.

T: We haven't been getting Crooked Stave for very long here in San Diego, but holy schnikes am I glad they're here. This tastes awesome. Opens with brett, lemongrass, hay and some oak. On the backend, there's some lemon like sourness, cucumber, salt and wet grass. A pretty dry finish with an almost dry white wine like sourness that sticks to the palate. I really enjoyed this one.

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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 Tone
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, golden/copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus, wood, hint of spice, sweet malt, sourness, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong tartness present. Tastes of citrus, yeast, hint of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, sourness, alcohol, and a hint of floral. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, body, and complexity.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pig & Fiddle into a tulip. Disappointing head & lacing, clear light but deep gold, no bubbles. Nose is modest but nice...musty, some hay, apple, oak. Taste follows...a little sour without really being tart and a very slight pleasant amount of bretty funkiness. Great depth of flavor here...really outstanding. Sits on the tongue great, but the carb seems a little low to me.

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Photo of crankdatank
4.25/5  rDev +6%

375 poured into a leffe 25cl glass. Hazy or age with nice whit head which fades quickly. Smell is dank barnyard with some citrus and hay. Taste is great very tart with light dry funkiness. Mouthfeel is effervescent but thick. Lingering tartness. This is what I'm looking for in a saison. Complex and enticing, delicious.

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Photo of GJ40
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic aromas that combine saison and lambic qualities. Flavor follows with a leaning toward lambic. It's got a fantastic biting tartness from start to finish. I really enjoyed this beer. It's great to see stuff like this coming out of American breweries. I just wish they were closer to home for me.

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Photo of Roguer
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale light lemon yellow brew, deceptively hazy, topped by a very small white head which is quickly gone, leaving an oily residue and bubbly rim.

Really fantastic aroma: funky with a tinge of oak sourness. Lemon-citrus and hay are present, with a sugary sweetness hiding behind. Touch of cheese to the funk.

Remarkably - almost shockingly - tart aroma, with a lot more sour tinge than expected (not unpleasantly so). Definitely a flatter, mustier funky edge riding along the back end of the tartness. Citric acid; hay and earth; just a touch of sweetness; woody, oaken flatness; a little black pepper and an almost tobacco-like finish through the nose.

Puckering; silky; light-bodied; lively with some sting. Fairly dry and effervescent, short finish, with a very light lingering oiliness.

Really nice, interesting, and super tart and funky saison. Great flavor for such a low ABV offering.

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