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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Added by ArrogantB on 04-08-2013

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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 961
Photo of TrueSoul515
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vieille Crooked Stave Batch 7 2013

A: Straw to light gold
S: Wood, lemon zest, grassy hop aroma
T: Slightly acidic, lemon, oak, grassy, black peppercorn
M: Dry, light. Very refreshing
O: This aged well. Little to no carbonation but doesn't detract from the experience. Very refreshing.

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Photo of bnes09
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Light lemon, straw color with good clarity. Weak head. Fresh and bright citric, lemon, hoppy aroma with hints of yeast. Light and dry palate with some lemon and apple. Subtle funk. Light body. Sharp, effervescent carbonation. Dry finish. Perfect for the style. Overall, a solid saison. Lacking slightly in complexity and finish is clean.

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Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of safaricook
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not bad but given the rpice that is charged here as an import, I will not seek it out again. Though it could score much higher on a hot day when its refreshing character and low abv would be more appreciated. It is abit watery but ok that is normal with the low abv. I would prefer more spiciness and less lactic acid

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Photo of puck1225
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beautiful cloudy yellow with a nice head and lacing. Rich earthy smell, a bit of lemon. The taste is herbal and floral, lemon and a hint of pepper. Very nice beer.

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Photo of JayQue
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great Saison, one of the best I have had. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a long stemmed Timmermans half pint glass. Hazy pale gold color, small very bubbly white head that fades fast. No lacing. Aroma and taste feature Belgian yeast, some lemon and grapes and plenty of tartness. The taste has it all: yeast, funk, horse blanket mustiness, and a good sour presence. The tartness, carbonation and a touch of oak bitterness make the mouthfeel memorable too. I paid $9.50 for a 12 oz bottle, but after drinking it, the price is not a problem!!!!

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Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #10
Poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a golden orange with a bright white head, head was full and fluffy, head dissipated after a few minutes, slight lacing, beer is cloudy with minimal carbonation.

A: Sour, tart funk with some hints of oak and white wine and grapes, not getting any hop aromas, no alcohol, smells solid.

T: Up front there's some slight tart and funk flavors, lemon, citrus, middle has some must, funk notes as well, finish is dry with the lemon and citrus reemerging, aftertaste is of sour lemon rinds, very balanced and easy to drink.

M: Light crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish and a good balance of carbonation.

O: A well made beer, would love to try one fresh as the hops have really died off, tastes more like a sour ale than a saison, not at all disappointed.

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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 NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Hazy light golden orange color, thick fluffy head fades slowly, lots of lace. Citrusy sour aroma with woodsy notes. Taste is a mix of sour apple, lemon, wood and funky tartness. The flavors are all light and come together well for a very light refreshing brew. Dry white wine finish, soft yet crisp mouthfeel. Very good light saison.

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Photo of kitch
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 375ml bottle bottled in April 2015 and poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear golden orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly but left some light lacing.

Aroma: Brett, barnyard funk, lemon, tart, oak and pepper spice.

Taste: Light, everything was light. Light sourness, light tart, light lemon, light pepper, light oak and light funkiness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Despite everything in the taste being quite light, it was still nice and refreshing.

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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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Despite being fairly timid, the aroma offers a nice brett aspect. I pick up plenty of orange, funk, peach, and bubblegum. The funkiness has a bit of nuance considering the strength, but it's not endlessly deep. Nor does it really need to be. I like the brett aspect of the nose, but the flavor profile lets down a bit. There's a nice opening tartness, leading to some stone fruit and citrus flavors in the middle. The finish brings a lot of apple, white grape, and pear - the former makes it slightly vinegary. It's not a big deal, but it detracts ever-so-slightly. The feel is effortlessly light, though a bit watery. Carbonation isn't particularly vibrant, however. A solid table beer with a fun tartness, but I want something at this gravity to seem a bit stronger than what it really is. This doesn't.

3.3/5: Sure, I could drink it all day, but there are other low-gravity saisons that are more interesting

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Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a seethru orange body with minimal head and no lace. Slightly funky aromas of yeast and a little brett with notes of oak and tropical fruits. Smooth, medium-bodied beer with a bit of sweetness from yeast and there is a touch of oiliness from mild hops. Beer is balanced with some funk patches that slightly resemble sour apple and pear (to me, at least). Crisp, spicy peppery finish with hint of sourness on the finish and a pleasant and easy drinking beer.

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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 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 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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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 jopezu
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

pours a hazy golden straw with very little head. nose; high-pitched yeast funk. taste; sour lemon, tart green apple, crackery malt, ... sour. light carbonation & light mouthfeel. not a sour fan. i wish crooked stave would label these beers a little less deceivingly. there's absolutely no verbiage whatsoever on the bottle that would indicate a sour.

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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 superspak
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of OmahaKF
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is barnyard funk, citrus, lemon drop candy

Taste is heavy lemon, oak, wine grape, with strong tartness and a dry finish. Exceptional sour saison - I could drink this all day!

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Photo of GarrettB
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

December 31st, 2013 - New Year's proceeds, on the heels of one Crooked Stave to the next, from St. Bretta to Vieille. The saison follows, light-to-light beer, glowing like a rural sunset, golden hour in a glass. The nose expresses a peppery nose and the bitterness of grapefruit pith, with a touch of dried flower. The flavor is as interesting, but more complex, with more direct sourness up front, and bitterness on the back. Effectively the most sour saison I've tried, with a refreshing, crisp wave of fruit near the end, featuring light and slightly underripe green melon. And while it has all these dashes of exotic flavors and spice market touches, there is still, underneath it all, that ineffable saison quality. It's the blend of grains that speaks to a product of the dirt and field, and gives saisons that "rustic" quality. Mysterious, unfathomable, and art.

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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's just pretty good all the way around- Good aroma with lots of yeast, some caramel malt, funk, bit of fruit. Flavor's similar to nose with lemon added plus bitter tart, sweet in back. Texture's a bit soft; nice. Easy drinking. Nothing exceptional, but good.

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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 Gus_13
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One I'm always glad to get a bottle of but the cost is just too high for a regular.

Lemon and funk on the nose. You can tell it's acidic. Great mouthfeel and easy to drink. More lemon and a bit of coriander maybe in the flavor. What I would think an old world saison would resemble.

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