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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Artisan ale aged in oak barrels

Translated from French as “old-tradition”, Vieille is our barrel-aged classical saison. Using time-honored techniques, our saisons employ traditional methods to restore complexity and the rustic character lost in modern day saison. Saisons were the original wild ales, brewed for the farmhands to be a refreshing and sustaining beverage. Each batch of Vieille takes on a soft Brettanomyces character and a complex acidity while conditioning in our large oak foeders. After conditioning in oak, we lightly dry hop the beer to finish it, lending a subtle citrusy hop aroma. Leading with lemon and lime citrusy hop notes, a subtle herbal spice, and a crisp tart finish, Vieille’s character epitomizes artisan saison.

Added by ArrogantB on 04-08-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,268
Reviews:
158
Ratings:
982
pDev:
9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 982 |  Reviews: 158
Photo of bnes09
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -1.5%
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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Photo of safaricook
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Jcbroome
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pveilleux
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robtobfest
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dewsby
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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 billab914
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JayQue
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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 JakerLou
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of robertm2152
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JGebers
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of groleau
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ohiovania
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ladle69
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolo75
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 982 ratings