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Crooked Stave Vieille Artisanal

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RATINGS: 523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Vieille meaning ďOldĒ is our artisinal barrel-aged Saison, lightly dry hopped. Each batch release is a diverse blend of Vieille casks that have taken on a soft Brettanomyces character before being lightly dry hopped. Dominated by a floral, citrusy hop character, a subtle herbal note and a tart finish, Vieilleís character exemplifies artisan Saisons.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12509) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2015
375ml bottle from 2014. Small white head atop lightly hazed straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, lemon, Brett/wood/cherry, some tartness. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, Brett/wood, some tart, light cherry, sour. Light-medium body, light effervescence, stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (13341) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 25, 2015
KōLF 070815. Golden -yellow colour with a white head. Aroma is funk, brett, lemon. Flavour is dry, funk, citrus, lemon, fruit, brett, floral. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (1280) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2015
December 31st, 2013 - New Yearís proceeds, on the heels of one Crooked Stave to the next, from St. Bretta to Vieille. The saison follows, light-to-light beer, glowing like a rural sunset, golden hour in a glass. The nose expresses a peppery nose and the bitterness of grapefruit pith, with a touch of dried flower. The flavor is as interesting, but more complex, with more direct sourness up front, and bitterness on the back. Effectively the most sour saison Iíve tried, with a refreshing, crisp wave of fruit near the end, featuring light and slightly underripe green melon. And while it has all these dashes of exotic flavors and spice market touches, there is still, underneath it all, that ineffable saison quality. Itís the blend of grains that speaks to a product of the dirt and field, and gives saisons that "rustic" quality. Mysterious, unfathomable, and art.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Pours a very hazy, pale golden yellow color with dark straw colored edges and a two finger frothy white head that quick settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down. Earthy, musty aroma with a decent amount of barnyard funk and damp oak along with some horse blanket, wild bugs, lactic cheesiness, bready yeast and ester-y light fruit notes. Has similar character as a Gueuze with lactic funk, dank, musty earth, citric acidity, cobweb and damp basement along with some peppery spice, yeast, acetic acid and sweeter light fruits. Very funky with lots of oak and wild bugs along with lactic cream, lemon juice, grass, straw, apple and pear. Very complex and very close to an authentic Belgian sour. On the fuller end of medium body with crisp, light carbonation and some tart, puckering sourness that lingers over the musty bugs, dry oak, earthy funk, acidic acid and sweeter fruit notes into a dry, acetic finish. Decent amount of tart sourness but could use more acidity. The sourness is cut by some lactic, cheesy funk and dry, toasted oak. Wild bugs contribute to the funk but thereís a sweet vinous presence that compliments the bready yeast and ester-y light fruit notes. Almost has a white wine like characteristic mid-palate with some light grape and stone fruit flavor. Hints of grass and straw complimenting the bugs and funky yeast before hints of bread, apple and lemon juice come through in the finish. Citric acidity becomes more prevalent as it warms but it could be a little stronger for my preference. Some lingering acetic acid on the back end but itís not harsh or solvent like. Overall, this is a very interesting and flavorful beer. Kind of like a light American version of gueuze blended with earthy saison notes. Refreshing and easy to drink with complex flavors. Another solid beer from the folks at Crooked Stave.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (2635) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Itís just pretty good all the way around- Good aroma with lots of yeast, some caramel malt, funk, bit of fruit. Flavorís similar to nose with lemon added plus bitter tart, sweet in back. Textureís a bit soft; nice. Easy drinking. Nothing exceptional, but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (6906) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 12, 2015
8/X/15 - 37.5cl bottle @ home - BB: n/a, 2014 vintage, batch II (2015-1461) Thanks to ElManana+1 for sharing the bottle!

Clear bright yellow beer, irregular off-white head, little stable, bit adhesive. aroma: fruity, funky, sourish, lemony, acidic, bit grassy. MF: soft carbon, medium to light body. Taste: bit lemony, sourish, bit watery, spicy touch. Aftertaste: lemony, bit spicy, fruity, peaches, soft bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3322) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2015
Pours hazy pale golden color with white head. Funky brett and lime aromas with some floral, wood, and white wine. Tart flavor with funky brett, sour citrus, and oak. Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Iím really liking this beer. I could drink lots of this if it wasnít so expensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (1377) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steve Hackley on September 25. Thanks Steve! This was poured from a 375 mL bottle. The pour is a pretty clear light gold color with a small white cap of head that remains for quite a long time. The aroma has a little lime and some sourness in there. Itís surprisingly good being that I donít care for saisons. I like the little funkiness thatís present on the back end as well. The flavor is pretty good. There is a nice tropical fruit happening, which I like, and then it kind of tails off into a little bit of a funky pepper. The sour is still pretty apparent throughout. The mouth feel is light and crisp with a nice carbonation. The aftertaste is lingeringly citrusy hop and a good spicy funk. Not too bad at all for a style that Iím not crazy about

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (4408) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 1, 2015
bottle at home from brewdog
if youíre looking for a challenging yet highly interesting and drinkable saison this is it. definite poop and baby sick on the nose, thereís also a fresh peashoots note. thankfully those undesirable flavours donít make it through to flavour which is very much a light tartness, lactic, vegetal, leafy hops, silage, moderate carbonation, peashoots, dry finish. the oak is a mere caress allowing the brett character to show through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (3477) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Hazy gold with a thin head, funky lightly tropical fruit nose, dry-tart with a hint of sweetness, notes of citric and ascorbic acids, hay and banana. Odd yet balanced.

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