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Crooked Stave Vieille Artisanal

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RATINGS: 421   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Vieille meaning “Old” 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, Vieille’s character exemplifies artisan Saisons.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11388) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2015
CBC 2014. Hazy golden with a thick and lasting white head. Fruity and funky aroma with pineapple and lemon peel. Dry and tart, funky flavour with citrus hops and a nice bitter finish

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6372) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
Medium offwhite head. Hazy yellow body with fast, big-bubbled carbonation. Lemony mealy herbal aroma with funky floral notes. Acidic funky earthy wooden taste with lemony notes. Mid-to-light body. Sharpish, strange mouthfeel. Dry-acidic wooden mealy aftertaste with funky vinegary notes. The aroma was very nice, but the rest is a bit disappointing. Could be more complex. (0.375l bottle, from Gulating Ølutsalg, Strømmen.)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alexanderdahl (44) - DENMARK - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours golden Hazy w light white foam. Fruity, salty and some wheaty sweetness fin the nose, as well as some crisp sourness. Very crisp sourness in the taste, light pepper, slight salt and a little thin, watery finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brontebeach (163) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
A great saison. Lacks the punch of the Belgian saisons (not as bitter / sour) but makes up for it and even nudges ahead overall with amazing balance whilst still delivering that expected saison distinctiveness on the palate. Love it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle. Bright clear hay-yellow with a small white head. Aroma is funky, with grape, wheat, citrus, elderflower, hoppy stuff. Taste has salt, citrus, funk. Palate is a bit flat and watery, but otherwise pretty delicious.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1159) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle, as pictured. Golden yellow-orange pour. White head. Nice tart, dry flavor. A little bit funky, a little bit fruity. You can get a little bit of the Brett in it. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (2737) - BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2015
Oak aged saison with thin, loose and quickly breaking, off-white head; cloudy, yellowish peach blonde colour with good fizz. Interesting bouquet, indeed very much a saison, with impressions of candied lemon, redcurrant, oaky tannins, yoghurt, sorrel, leather, wet hay, starfruit, white pepper, dry sherry, wine vinegar, apple peel, weeds, sweat and ’horseblanket’ (Brett). Crisp onset, fruity in a quenching, sourish way, lemony acidity, sharpish carbonation, sweetish bready malts in the back, yeasty, smooth, thinnish and powdery mouthfeel, a bit starchy even, finishing in a dry, spicy finish in which earthy hop bitterness manages to stay in perfect balance with the continuing sourness, long and very quenching, with a subtle and refined woody oak touch, the tannins of which render the aftertaste even more dry. I was very much in the mood for a saison today and this is without a doubt a tasty, quenching, complex and very well-crafted example. Very Belgian, too: if I had to taste this blind, I’d situate this in Wallonia rather than Colorado...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lobs_ols (225) - LATVIA - FEB 6, 2015
Opaque pale gold, medium white head. Soft yeast, haye and apple aroma. Sweet and sour, some dryness. Finishes clean, some sour notes. Lovely little saison.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukemcg (8) - Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2015 does not count
Barnie funk, effervescent on the tongue, crisp, lemony, cloudy yellow color

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopbag (127) - - FEB 5, 2015
2013 batch 7. Aroma has oak, lactic acid, light sweet malt, pear, and cherry. Quite tart with lots of funk, but the sourness seems balanced. The flavor is less interesting than the aroma but the same elements are there. Drinkable and refreshing with abundant barnyard. Finish is oak and under ripe pear.


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