Based in Denver Colorado, one of the top craft beer capitals in the US, it can be tough to stand out. Crooked Stave Artisanal Beer Project has managed to just that. They made for themselves brewing sour and farmhouse style brews along with using special yeast strands and barrel aging. Most of their beers are made in small limited run batches and once one batch is gone they move on to the next. Today we’re going to take a look at their Vieille Artisanal Saison.
Pour: A really nice golden color with a bit of haze. Not much of head, small and off white fading quickly.
Nose: Very fragrant, the aromas just pour out of the glass. You can smell the yeast with of hint a tartness behind it. Very faint notes of hops with a touch of citrus.
Palate: Reminds more of almost a white wine, slightly dry with ripe pear at the end. Almost no hop presence what so ever, you can taste the yeast over the hops. The finish is quick and clean with a balanced dryness, slight creaminess from the oak and no acidity at all.
Overall: Not what I was expecting but really cool take on a classic style. I was expecting more of dryness to this but it drank more like a South African Chablis with its hints of oak and pear. I really enjoyed this and would recommend to this to someone looking for something a little outside the box with awesome flavor. Looking forward to more to come from Crooked Stave.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Pints