Vieille Artisanal Saison – Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Purchased at Capitol Beer and Tap Room (12.7 oz. bottle) and poured into tulip glasses.
This “artisanal saison aged in oak barrels” pours a clear, pale grapefruit juice yellow with a slight, bright white head. It lovingly socks you with major farmhouse and tropical fruit aromas in front, and those are backed up in the nose by sour apple, hay, and earthy hops. Well-rounded citrus dominates the first swallow, ending with a juicy finish of wet grass, mango, and lemon peel. There is not much sourness here, just some citrus-y tartness, along with green apple, pineapple juice, dry crackers, and hops. Vieille is one of the best beers I’ve had from Crooked Stave, a delicious and refreshing saison with a delicate touch on the palette.