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Vieille Artisanal Saison | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Vieille Artisanal SaisonVieille Artisanal Saison
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ArrogantB on 04-08-2013

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Reviews:
142
Ratings:
933
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
22.94%
 
 
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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet aroma with some yeast and malt present as well.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, spices (pepper), citrus (lemon), and malt in the finish. A very well balanced flavor that's light, sweet and enjoyable.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this is only the third Crooked Stave beer I've had, they've shown themselves to be more than capable of making a great brew. This one is well made and flavorful.

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Photo of imscotty
3.85/5  rDev -4%

A: Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow with a frothy white head. The head and what little lacing there was faded quickly.

S: Strong citrus, lemon, sour aromas.

T: Slightly sour with strong lemon citrus flavors. There is a cidery apple flavory too that is not disagreeable. There is a very slight bit of spicy pepperiness to the finish. As I got to the bottom of the bottle it actually got cloudier and tastier I think. I should have poured the whole bottle at once.

M: Very light bodied and fairly well carbonated.

O: This would be a good thirst quenching beer for a hot summer's day. Lacks a bit in the complexity department to rate higher and perhaps justify the price. Still, a quality sour.

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Photo of Zach136
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with me, $11.50 from Brusin' Ales

Appearance: Hazy blonde

Aroma: Medium intensity, pickle-y brett character and faint grassy hop notes.

Flavor: Medium light tartness and bitterness. Oaky & white wine character.

Mouthfeel: Very Dry

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale to medium golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint straw yellow + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy white head that slowly reduces to medium thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to slightly stronger than moderate aromas of barnyard funkiness - wet hay and earthiness from the brett. There is a very light aroma of lemon citrus and oak barrels.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts and wheat with a light amount of lemon citrus and hints of herbs/spices (coriander and rosemary). That is followed by moderate to stronger flavors of wet hay and earthiness from the brett - quite a bit of funkiness to this one. Light hints of oak from the barrel aging persist through the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing while still having quite a bit of funkiness. Exceptional.

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Photo of crankdatank
4.25/5  rDev +6%

375 poured into a leffe 25cl glass. Hazy or age with nice whit head which fades quickly. Smell is dank barnyard with some citrus and hay. Taste is great very tart with light dry funkiness. Mouthfeel is effervescent but thick. Lingering tartness. This is what I'm looking for in a saison. Complex and enticing, delicious.

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Photo of Jonada
4.05/5  rDev +1%

375 ml bottle poured into a teku glass. 2013 Batch 8

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with 1+ finger of a white soapy head that dissipates to thick collar and wispy cap. Body is very hazy with some light visible carbonation.

Smell: Tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, grassy hops, peppery yeast, light oak, and slightly funky.

Taste: White grape, green peppercorns, light sourness, lemongrass, and some lacto character.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a soft, almost creamy mouthfeel and medium/high lively carbonation. Finishes dry with a very mild bitterness.

Overall: Really good beer. Lots of flavor, super refreshing and a pretty good value for a barrel aged beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a murky dark-ish orange, with no head or lacing.

Smells strongly of tart lemon and lime, with a bit of oak, and lots of barynard Brett funk.

The taste is similar. The strongest flavors are of tart lemon and lime, with the funkiness there, but not overpowering. Only a touch of spicing, which is nice, along with a little oak, and some lactic acid that lingers slightly on the tongue.

This one has a fairly light body, with a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. There's a moderate amount of carbonation.

A fairly solid, if slightly un-exciting, funky saison.

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

A pale straw color.

The aroma is filled with stinky funk along with a lemons.

The flavor follows with that strong tart lemon juice, a hint of funk, slight breadiness, and is dry as a bone on the backend. A good mouthfeel for the ABV and highly refreshing.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -0.2%

375 ml bottle. Served in a Prairie Teku glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch white head. Both the head retention and lacing are good. The brew smells like lemon peel, earthiness, hay, limes, and oak. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some tropical fruit, peppery spice, grainy/bready malt and green apple. The tartness comes out more as the brew warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's refreshing and has a good amount of soft carbonation which helps make it smooth and easy to drink. I liked this a lot, overall I thought it was good. This was the first Crooked Stave beer I've tried, and hopefully I'll try more soon! $8.99 a bottle.

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Photo of zookerman182
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Appearance is a foggy yellow with a Snow White foamy to finger head.
Aroma is lemon peel, minerals, tartness, coriander notes.
Taste is amazing. Perfectly balanced between citrus and basement.
Damp hay, farm, mineralistic qualities. But clean and refreshing.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy but it finished a little dry.
No lingering flavors which is okay here, just keeps me drinking more.
If I had this near by I'd buy it all the time.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Tasty, tart, lots of barnyard and funk. Yeast is crazy. Reminds me of brie... with that almost "footy" thing going on, especially on the nose, but also pretty evident in the finish, which is long. Speaking of cheeses... I get a bit of bleu cheese here, too. Along with hay, and lamb's wool. Meyer lemon, or maybe preserved lemon. In the back, there's a little acetone (nail polish remover), faint and blended in very well into everything else, confusing the senses and confounding some of the other flavor notes, but not in a bad way... like that one cord that kind of both disrupts, but pulls together a piece of music. The oak is also subtle and mixes things up, but in a good way. I wouldn't have guessed oak. Very interesting brew.

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Photo of Guden
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly hazy light gold with a huge white head that sticks to the edges while falling in the center.

S- tons of Brett derived character leap from the glass (and bottle for that matter). Horse blanket and wet earth lead with some lemon, tangerine and pineapple also peaking through. Some buttery, Chardonnay like oak shows more as it warms.

T- much less funky than the nose would suggest with a tart pop on the front and a mix of subtle earth, light oak and fruit in the middle with a long smooth, tart finish.

M- extremely creamy, with enough pop to get all the flavors where they should be. The mouthfeel might be derived from the oak tannins but its hard to be sure.

O- it's hard to think of another beer similar to this one. On the nose it seems like many funky, Brett beers but the mouthfeel and moderate tartness make this one entirely unique. A very enjoyable drinking experience all around.

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Photo of Moose90
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap, and tasted from bottle as well, updating review with notes from each

A — Pours a hazy pale yellow, almost orange hue into the glass. There is a thin off-white colored head that forms, but it fades and leaves little lace behind.

S — Smells quite yeasty and phenolic, notes of lemon, lime, citrus, yeast, brett, bready, very bright and focused.

T — Tastes much like the nose, this is quite clean, sharp almost, but very focused on letting the character of the yeast shine through.

M — Light in body, with a nice enough lasting finish and carbonation level.

O — Very nice overall, a good benchmark for Crooked Stave.

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Photo of mactrail
2.8/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Extremely pale amber-tinted brew. Nice foam in the Gordon's thistle glass with a surplus of frothy carbonation.

Very light flavors and quite tart/sour. The malt has vanished and left a vinegary shadow. Lots of bitterish pepper that seems to increase with sipping. I wish there was a category for non-traditional sours, or else put this into the American Wild ale lineup. How do you compare this with such sensuous brews as Firestone Walker "Opal" and a hundred other fruity and zesty Saisons?

This is too much like a Belinerweiss to be reviewed adequately as a Saison. I also object to the price of this stuff. But if you're into trying sours, this is very approachable. From the 375 ml bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquors. Batch 10/2014.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pale honey gold with soft foamy head. Little to no lace.

S - piney, funky, tart and grassy.

T - tastes light and super refreshing. Lightly tart, with touches of pink lemon, lime, orange and raspberry. A little watered down and mineral-y. Some barnyard yeast and hay flavors. A nicely done light, tart saison. One can imagine this type of brew being dispensed to farmhands during the summer months centuries ago. Still does the trick nicely, though I may opt for a slightly heavier version of the style if given a choice -- this one is just a tad watery, though totally refreshing.

M - mouthfeel is thin, rounded out by prickly tartness, and finishes very dry.

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

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thick white head that leaves behind moderate lacing as it recedes.

S: Aromas of oak, must, pineapple, biscuit, lemon rind, cider vinegar, sea salt, and herbs are present on the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, must, sea salt, cider vinegar, lactic funk, lemon rind, lime zest, unripened pineapple, biscuit, oak, herbs, and wildflower honey explode on the palate. The finish is dry and tart with an unusual combination of lemon rind, oak, cider vinegar, lime zest, and honey flavors.

M: Light in body and dry. Carbonation is crisp, rendering this ale supremely easy to drink.

O: A very respectable and unique saison. It is well worth trying for fans of the style.

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Photo of richj1970
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 375 ml bottle into snifter glass. Bottle is labeled 2013 Batch 8.

A: Pours a light lemon yellow with a two finger frothy white head that lasted a couple of minutes and leaving some spotty sticky lacing. It was a little cloudy on first pour, but cleared a bit as it warmed. The head eventually settled to a small ring around the edge.

S: Slightly spicy yeast mixed with light citrus fruits. Lemons and limes. Some barnyard funk that reminds me of wet grass.

T: Slightly sour with an earthy funk. Granny Smith apples, lemon zest, wet hay, and maybe a little black pepper.

M: Fairly light body almost watery and reasonably well carbonated for the style. Finish is crisp and dry leaving a tart memory.

O: Easy drinking and refreshing saison. Very enjoyable, but given the price, I was hoping for something a little more special.

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Photo of Lisa_B
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampling this prior to the Surette based on reviews here, although I purchased both... Poured into a stemless wine glass to warm it a bit and try to push out the flavors.

A - plus side: nicely cloudy, tawny golden color, initially poured with a decent head
negatives: head disappeared quickly, very little lacing

S - light and citrusy with cedar, funkiness only on a deep inhale, not much complexity

T - matches the nose almost to a tee - but there is a really nice lingering lightness that comes from the (probably) low sugar content paired with the dry hopping.

M - crisp and easy, a bit too watery for me for a regular drinking beer.

O - It makes me think of a Gewurtztraminer. It would be a nice picnic beer for a summer day. It's certainly not bad, just a bit light and flat in character for me.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a brown 375 mL bottle with a date/batch number on the back label: 2013/Batch 7. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a brassy golden amber color with just a bit of haze and some variance in the hue, with a darker, more matte area as well as spun gold sheen on the edge of the glass where the light refracts. A one-finger off-white head of sudsy, thin foam sits atop the body and remains for a couple minutes before fading to a wispy film across the top of the liquid. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

Smell - Pretty unassuming smell, with light characteristics of pale malt, slightly spicy yeast and fruity esters along with barnyard funk and wet hay and some fainter woody characteristics and that twang of Brett.

Taste - Pretty similar to the smell, some funk and wet grass as well as slight lemon zest and oaky characteristics are present alongside that distinct Brett funkiness. Almost a yogurt-like presence from the yeast that hints at lactobacillus, but not even close to as sour.

Mouthfeel - As seems typical with beers of this level of ABV, the body simply isn't satisfying as it's too light and watery. Carbonation is moderate and the finish is dry with just a tiny bit of tartness on the finish.

Overall, a decent saison, but I can't help if my enjoyment of it was negatively impacted by the fact that I enjoyed Surette so much more. That said, this would be a pretty tasty session saison, or as they were once known: saison.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice, light, clear yellow tea color. Bright white head with ok retention and lace, a little sub-bar for the style.

S - Lemongrass, banana, hay, barn-yardy brett, and a strong floral dandelion aroma.

T - Surprisingly strong sour character. Bright lemongrass, dandelion flowers, sharp lemon acidity, bitter lemon seeds, lactic sourness, pollen, and soft wheat notes in the background.

M - Light body with a wateriness that ebbs and weaves throughout the mouthfeel. Sub-par carbonation.

O - Great flavor with a bellow average mouthfeel for the style.

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

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project branded snifter

Pours a slightly cloudy medium golden capped by a fluffy one and a half finger bright white head. Above average retention, traces of thin lacing. Earthy yeast, light accents of oak, hints of lemon and hay on the nose. Very light lemon, hay, and plenty of earthiness and funk. More light slightly sweet citrus midpalate. Finishes bone dry with continued light citrus, earthiness, and rounded out by wet oak notes. Light body, lively carbonation, slick and smooth mouthfeel. A wonderful sessionable saison. Recommended.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 5/20/14

Appearance: Somewhat clear but mostly hazy solid gold - honey with a touch of orange - pours with a small white head - fades to a few wisps, leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Funky in a distinctly Crooked Stave way - yeasty funk with some fruity esters, other fruits, and some serious Brett - apple, pear, and some lemon - some pale malts, light bread, and some wood

Taste: Light and refreshing, while still being very flavorful - nice level of funk with some fruity notes - some hints of apples and pears - some citrus, a touch of orange and some hints of lemon - pale malts, pale grains, light bread, maybe some crackers - some funky Brett and some wood - finishes dry

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, dry finish

Overall: Another solid saison from Crooked Stave? Not surprising

I'm not surprised this is tasty. The sour notes, Brett funk, and light fruit notes are quite good. It's light and refreshing, and it's more of an entry level than some other Crooked Stave offerings.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy hay gold. Head is loose bright-white and bubbly. Drops to a small cap with minimal lacing.

Smell: Funk and a slight citric tartbedge right up front. Some grass and damp basement coupled with hay. Lemon zest, some pear and apple skin. Lemon juice. Barnyard and a touch lactic. A touch of pale malt. Slightly sweet. A touch of melon and some mealy fruit. A bit of leafy hop with a touch of citrus.

Taste: Super clean and pale malts. Lightly sweet. Some mild bready notes. Very light citric sour edge. Some grass and hay with some damp elements. A touch of bretty funk with some sweat. Super light and pale. Hints of lemon zest and juice. Mildly citric with a very soft powdery yeast. So very mild and mellow.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a mild carbonation. Drinks close to water. Smooth and easy.

Overall: Is this beer or spring in a bottle.

So easy and light. Must drink all summer.

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Photo of cbutova
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed last night to notes.

A- Super hazy golden yellow body poured to a few pint glasses. A one finger white head forms with a thick, creamy texture. Decent head retention as it falls to a foamy ring. Lacing webs at the top and spots below.

S- Farmhouse Saison yeast with a Brett presence above that. Citrus fruits, apple, spice and some herbal presence from the Saison yeast. Brett with funk and some barnyard.

T- Just about equal balance of Saison yeast and Brett with the base strain taking just a slight edge. Lemon zest citrus, spice, herbs, apple, pear, floral and tangerine notes. Brett brings grassy, dry funk and a slight tartness (could also be from the Saison strain).

MF- Light end body that gets dried out by both yeasts. Carbonation is medium with a foamy, silky feel. Finishes with a nice gentle tartness.

Balanced out mix of Saison spicy, citrusy yeast and Bretty straw funk.

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy peach-yellow color with two fingers of creamy white head. Sticky lacing left behind.

This had an earthy funk aroma with white wine, tart green apple and light oaky notes..

Tart tasting for sure. White wine, green apple, vinegar, earthy funk, yeast, and oak. Tartness lingered thru the finish.

Medium bodied and very fry with a fairly sharp carbonation.

An easy-drinking Saison with a nice tart personality.

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Vieille Artisanal Saison from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
89 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.
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