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:
#4,260
Reviews:
158
Ratings:
982
pDev:
9%
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Ratings: 982 |  Reviews: 158
Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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 +1.5%
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 -9.8%
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 ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of kidzord
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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 Muirjustin
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of PatrickKellyCT
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good stuff, wish it was cheaper

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Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skwalk47
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
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 samreynolds
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of thumperskibum
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AD17
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pretext
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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 CDCNAM
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 982 ratings