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Vieille Artisanal Saison | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Vieille Artisanal SaisonVieille Artisanal Saison

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 145 | Ratings: 950
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Why are there two listings for what seem like the same beer? Perhaps I am missing something here.

Earthy funk is firmly here, but not without a slight degree of balance. Citrus is very much here. Wild yeast is in pretty full effect, coating my mouth and lingering without wavering.

Another nice brew from Crooked Stave.

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Photo of KajII
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a hazy golden blonde yellow with an average white fizzy head that diminished at a steady pace, down to a thin film with fair runny lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, floral and herbal hops and a funky/musty Belgian yeast with notes citrus (lemon and orange), peach, a hint of oak and a mild tartness.

The taste was lightly sweet with a decent citrus presence which was apparent throughout, with the finish becoming a tad hoppy and fruity with a hint of spice and a mild woody taste towards the end. The flavor lasted a nice long while after the swallow, with a nice and lightly bitter yet fruity taste left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was well past light in body yet not quite near medium with a mildly dry texture and a strong medium carbonation.

Overall this was a very nice Saison with a good mix of fruit, hops and just a hint of spice right at the end, making this a very enjoyable dinking experience...


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Photo of StoneTSR
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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 MRsojourner
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden color with a Little head that dissipates to a thin film.
Aroma is just atad must with a little bit of wood coming through with a touch of citrus.
Taste is of citrus tartness and light grainy maltness of pilsner and wheat. Wonderfully balanced and easy to pair with many food. Super drinkable and refreshing. It's everything an everyday saison should be. I would consume this every day if I could

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Photo of alaimoa
3.07/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Picked this up in New York.
Poured hazy light gold/yellow with descent white head 1-2 inch with a bit of white lace but nothing special.
Smell and taste lack complexity. You get a bit of citrus that leans on the sour/tart side like a grapefruit and a hint of funk but lacks depth.
Mouthfeel has medium/high rolling bubble carbonation but a thin dryness
Overall I hate to say I'm not overly impressed given lack of depth and slight watery taste

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into tulip at hops and pie denver. Great straw golden color and nice murky color. Straw funky and fruity aromas...something I can't place.
Taste is crisp straw malt with a dose of funky barnyard. Nicely dry and fruity. Quite an awesome saison. The way I imagine a saison would have been in old belgium.

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Photo of Dope
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very cloudy light orange. Looks like a witbier. Big fluffy white head. Head fizzes out at a moderate pace, leaving pretty substantial lacing behind. Decent retention.

S: Some tart citrus, grass and light grains.

T: Very tart and funky citrus. Like lemon rind with a side of bile. Some mild graininess in the finish. Dry lingering tartness in between sips. Strong flavors for the ABV.

M: Medium bodied and quite smooth.

O: Certainly a crisp, funky and sour saison. Not really my style, unfortunately. It's not bad at all, my taste buds just aren't feeling this one today.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Gmann
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden color with a short disappointing head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is tart with green apple and lemon. Good dose of oak. Hay and farmhouse funk from the yeast. Some clove. Nice tart saison.

Slightly bready malt flavor not quite crisp as I like. Tart lemon and green apples with the sharp flavor from the oak. Good farmhouse funk yeast flavor to match the oak. Definitely on the tart spectrum of saisons but refreshing and a good palate cleanser or change of pace brew.

Tart and clean on the palate. It could be a little more crisp. Softish carbonation. Refreshing.

Good tart saison. I like to see a little more flavor from the yeast but this is nice.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Straw yellow to orange in color. A little hazy and a sticky buy small head that is white.

Aroma is of straw and barnyard, a little goat, a hint of acidity

The taste is very subtle. A little bit funky in the finish with some acidity. A little taste of wheat.

Mouthfeel is light but with some silkiness.

Overall the beer is okay. There are hints of acidity, a lot of funk, but the beer is nothing special. It is not very crisp or refreashing and gets too funky as it warms.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is golden with a soft white head. The aroma offers grain, floral hops, light spice, citrus, grass. Light candied oranges in the flavor. Mild sweetness countered by a touch of funk. Light in body with somewhat low carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. This one is a bit darker than the Surette, a kind of yellow/orange color, totally cloudy, I can't see any bubbles and there is a limited foamy white head that leaves a bit of lacing behind.

S. Has a nice grassy and celery scent to it.

T/M. This is a bit plain. It is very smooth and light to medium bodied. Some carbonation and a mild tingle on the tongue. There is a mild grape malt taste and a hint of hoppy bite. A very mild diacetyl sourness.

O. It's good, but in a plain way, if that makes any sense. Definitely not worth the price tag (in NYC, $13 for a 12.7 ounce bottle), but if you can find it for a more reasonable price it's definitely a nice sitting-outside kind of beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of facundoCNB
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice cloudy straw yellow with 2 fingers of foamy white head which gave off excellent lacing. smells very funky, almost a manure-like overall scent.. pepper, lemongrass, wet hay, bready yeast. a very bretty beer.. the yeast is up front and very nicely adds to the saison profile. lots of funky barnyard taste.. wet hay, pepper, yeast, slight sour citrus lemon flavor towards the finish.
medium/light body with moderate amount of carbonation.

this is a very nice funky saison. i didn't get much of the barrel aging, but the brett was definitely there.

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Photo of denver10
2.7/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellowish white with an orange hue and a slight white head. Aroma is kinda MIA, there is some sweetness from the fruity hops and I get a little tart brett, but really its justs messy and indiscriminate. Flavor is the same way, tastes a bit woody. some sweeter citrus, and a maybe some ripe earthy root type vegetables? A hodgepodge of random stuff that is just messy and fails to come together. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp with some slight activity. Overall, this beer is straight up no good, IMO. I LOVED the initial batch/variation and was disappointed when I heard it was not going to be continually offered. That said, I was excited when I heard the tweaks being done to this variation. Unfortunately, what sounded good on paper did not come out to be anything close to being good in real life. I gave this a few tries before I reviewed this one just to make sure it was a consistent problem and not simply one bad bottle, but so far all attempts have fared the same. Of all the Crooked Stave beers to buy a handful of right out of the gate, I wish it hadn't beenthis one. If these beers were cheaper, I honestly would have drain poured some of this.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.34/5  rDev +8%
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 Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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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Photo of ArrogantB
2.92/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is apparently a different malt bill than the previous Saison Vielle Artisanal and dry hopped with citra hops. The label is different and I was confused at first as to whether it was really a new beer but I'm adding it. Golden hazy orange color, soapy head. I don't like the smell at all, onion and burned rubber, not good at all. Flavor was ok, grains, yeast, meh. Darn, I was hoping the citra dry hopping would make this something special like Tank 7 or something but I was bored. I also did not pick up on the barrel/foeder aspect at all.

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