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

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery; poured into a snifter.

Apperance - hazy golden yellow with visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint lemon yellow highlights; fizzy, foamy white head that slowly recedes. Light amounts of lacing left behind.
Smell - an array of aromas from funkiness, earthiness from the brett, lemon citrus and oak barrels. Very pleasing and inviting!
Taste - flavorful with an assortment of pale malts and wheat, lemon citrus and hints of coriander and rosemary; funky earthy flavors from the brett; oak from the barrel aging is an excellent touch!
Feel - Light to medium body and nicely carbonated. Certainly funky and very refreshing!
Overall - fantastic farmhouse that is so easy to drink and very flavorful!

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Photo of M_chav
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

dry hopped, oak aged, this is up my alley. A really nice hazy golden pour with little to no foam head. smells perfect and refreshing- good amount of funky wood. Tastes great, ridiculously smooth and tasty, lemony goodness. mentioned already but this is as smooth and soft as a baby's butt, awesome stuff!

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice saison. The tartness is refreshing and makes for a great summer beer. It straddles the line of sour and saison. I did think it lost it's sharpness after it warmed up though.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours Hazy and with very little spotty white bubbles for head
aroma is lemon flavoured aspirin
the flavour is part delicate part tart on one line is the vinegary sourness
but barely noticeable behind that is oak & hints of vanilla
I think the overall experience is better than the beer

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Photo of h8r
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy pale gold. Some chunks of yeast floating. Very light head, no lacing. Tart, vinegar smell. Taste follows nose: sour, dry, grassy. On the tart side for a saison. Can't taste the oak. Low ABV makes it very drinkable, but perhaps too acidic? Could treat this as a berliner weisse and drink it mit schuss maybe...

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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 russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent gold with a pinky of ivory colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, pears, grassiness, some honey notes

T: Follows the nose, a little honey crisp apple as well, dryness & tartness up front. Some grapefruit shows along with sourness, tartness & crab apple, a little sour cherry as well. Finishes with much tartness, puckery sourness, grassiness & pear

MF: Light/medium body, slight carbonation

Pretty refreshing, if you like them tart & sour, this your huckleberry, extremely drinkable

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Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 Batch 14 pours a hazed lemon yellow color with a small white head, smellsof lemon and citrus rind with wet hay, taste follows the nose touch of white grape with some light hops oak and dankness on the finish , tart mouthfeel with low/medium carb,a dry finish, low ABV and a drinkable Saison , tart,slight hops slight sour/funk

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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 Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light pale yellow with a white soapy head and plenty of lacing. Slight haze but fine for the style. Aroma is sharp of lemongrass, pepper, basement and stale bread. Flavor is a nice earthy mix of floral, farmhouse, earthy and bitter. Really nice dirty Belgian style Saison that drinks all too easy. Slight pinch of tartness upfront balanced with a complex dryness. Small ABV makes for an easy and agreeable brew, with flavors that are very unique. Light bodied with a small carbonation and herbal, rustic finish. This was a very nice beer to check out from Crooked Stave and I am sure there are funkier things going down there.

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Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pertinent label data: 2014 BATCH 13

Cloudy, straw yellow body; brisk carbonation; white, one-finger thick head. Sour lemon aroma; allspice; orange rind. Tart and bitter flavor with notes of grapefruit and citrus fruits. Light to medium body; juicy and mouth-puckering.

An intensely tart and sour beer that would. seem better suited in the sour beer category.

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Photo of mick303
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle into a tulip glass, served chilled. This beer came out a very light yellow gold hue, slightly cloudy with a good head, and some nice residual lace and film.

S - notes of lemon, hay bales, barny, some light apricot and white grape, pronounced malt notes, with an earthy aspect. Slight tartness and quite true to style.

T - immediate hit of carbonation on the palate, quite effervescent, flavour wise, this has white grapes and a slight fruity acidity, tart gooseberries, and a sauvignon blanc flavour, very crisp and fruity. Some hay notes and earthy farmy notes but those are muted.Nice lemon notes and tart fruit are dominant. Definitely light and refreshing.

M - effervescent and quenching, very pleasant light tart acidity to it, flavourful and sessionable.

A delightful little saison, I was a bit surprised at how lemon and fruit forward it was, the earthy hay and malt notes are there but only really come out toward the finish.Overall it was a tasty number I find very refreshing and quite pleasant, but the flavour especially for me was not on par with I really like in a saison with some more of the malt and earthy/yeasty notes, but I did enjoy it quite a bit.

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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 14erFan
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without attempting to do anything too complex, this is a great example of a great tasting sour ale. Crooked Stave always does a great job balancing the flavor of the ale with the sour - a simply delicious simple sour.

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Photo of RStansel
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 / Batch 8, aging gracefully. Showing tart green apple and lemonade on the nose. Oak apparent only via mouthfeel, which has a perfect interplay of funky acidity and chewy, tangy weight - carbonation is modest, heat non-existent. An ingeniously subtle saison. Light, sour, and refreshing.

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Photo of Tele
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: bottle

A: 4.25 Golden yellow, slightly hazy, with a small off white head. Good retention.

S: 4 Lemon and some funk up front with a bit if pepper and oak on the finish. Hops, green apple, and other citrus also present but subtler.

T: 4.25 Rather tart up front, more so than expected. The lemon really comes through here as does the oak. Hops are more mild but still go well with the green apple flavors from the nose. A bit of wheat on the finish. Some esters present as well, which you would expect from a more classic saison, but they're toned way down and don't come with the sweetness usually found with this style.

M: 4.5 Crisp and refreshing with nice levels of carbonation and a slightly dry, minerally finish.

O: 4.25 Great drinking beer with plenty of interesting things going on while remaining refreshing and easy to drink. Takes some of my favorite elements of a saison and matches them with the flavors and aromas typical of a dry-hopped sour.

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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 SierraFlight
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into tulip. Hazy orange-yellow with soapy white head that leaves streaks of lacing. Aroma brings brett funk, green oak, tart citrus and grapes, and light malt. Flavors are tart citrus, barnyard funk, oaky bitterness, and earthy throughout. Medium body, thin texture, moderate-high carbonation, and a dry finish.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 12 of 2014. Pours lemon-juice yellow with a thin head -- not much carbonation at this point. Not sure how it was cellared.

Smells like scored lemon rind with a bit of funk. Decent amount of oak but well-balanced, a bit of toasted white bread, and the smallest bit of spice, but mostly sour lemon.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Starts with mildly tart lemon juice with some nice oak, moving through notes of funk, and a smooth, bready finish with very subtle notes of coriander or spice and lingering citrus. Seems at least a little under-carbed, but I would probably guess that's the age at play.

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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 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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Photo of tastybeer
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 11 says my bottle...

Slightly hazy straw colored beer with a small white topping that fades rather quickly to a finely bubbled ring and thin patch at the center. Aroma is farmy flowers and barnyard hay scents plus country apples, acidic and sweet, woody, and gose-esque with a touch of something salty-like. Taste is tart and dry with light acidity, apple, white wine maybe, wood musk, and flowers. A bit mouthwatering with each sip. Texture is clean and fluid.. Overall very refreshing and pleasant. I could go for some more.

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Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2014 | Batch 11

Mostly clear straw yellow color with minimal head forming on the surface. Aroma is quite funky...barnyard Brett, flowers, lemon/lime, and musty oak. Nicely flavorful and Bretty without being aggressive with the yeast. Tart white wine fruitiness, flowers, grass, lemon, and woody spice. There seems to be a slight saline quality too that adds to the refreshment. Light, slick, and dry, finishing a little watery. Definitely a nice experience, though way too expensive to drink as much as I'd like.

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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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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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