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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: 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
Ranking:
#3,813
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
977
pDev:
9%
Bros Score:
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to womencantsail for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, Brett, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with a Brett flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and refreshing.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This second incarnation of the vielle saison from crooked stave lacks the punchy complexity of its forbearer, and really seems like a dumbed down version, although it is still outstanding by most peoples standards of a saison, and in fact, if the first one had never come out, I would probably be raving about this. it pours the same hazy pale hay color as the first one, with some suspended yeast and a big airy white head. the nose is a lot less funky, just a touch of farmhouse really in this one, and more of a cultured French saison yeast profile, with touches of straw and cut grass. the flavor is identical to the nose, but with the bretty funk and complexity of the first one missing entirely here. not unpleasant at all, but just not as lively. some lemon and grassy notes in the finish, but the yeast to me again feels dialed back. good carbonation, bright and drinkable, like all crooked stave beers really, just classic feel. this beers best feature to me. overall a lovely saison, but it pales in comparison to its first edition, that really blew the doors off the genre and represents one of the best ive had. still, this is worth a try if you are new to crooked stave, as the first one aint coming back as far as I know.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a hazy yellow color with a soapy white head on top. The lacing was decent with a thin film-like retention on top. The smell of the beer has plenty of fresh oak aromas and tart lemon on the nose. It's also pretty funky. The taste of the beer is decent but a little one dimensional in my opinion. There isn't much depth to this, it's a very clean tasting beer though. The mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side but has a decent carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer but nothing I'd seek out in the future.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down rather quickly, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of barnyard funk are present in the nose. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a little funky and has notes of lemon citrus and oak, the latter of which stands out towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked this beer because it was easy to drink and had some refreshing qualities while the funk made it interesting. The funkiness in both the smell and taste becomes stronger as the beer warms up.

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4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a very hazy honey color with a wispy head that leaves a nice pattern of lacing

Smell: More vinegary than Surette, with fruit elements dominant - peaches, in particular

Taste: Peach yoghurt, with the lactobacillus creating quite a bit of sourness through the mid-palate; a touch of funk and oak in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; very puckery

Overall: Tasting side by side with Surette, I am afraid this one pales in comparison, though it has a dynamic sourness that may be preferred by others

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of grass and hay. This is a fairly sweet saison with a touch of caramel, wheat, and yeast flavors.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2013 vintage bottling, Batch 8. Pours slightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, lime, pineapple, green apple, pear, white grape, pepper, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, light leather/oak, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, pale malt, and light oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, lime, pineapple, green apple, pear, white grape, pepper, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, light leather/oak, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/earthy tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, pineapple, green apple, white grape, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, pale malt, and light oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/spice/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from yeast spice and acidity. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly acidic/salty balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a damn nice oak aged saison style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and light oak barrel flavors. And very smooth and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 977 ratings
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