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Autumnal - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This deep amber hued ale takes it’s inspiration from Germany while still nodding to the Belgian farmhouse tradition. The base is comprised of German two-row, wheat, Cara-Munich, and roasted barley. Generously hopped with a blend of Perle, Spalt, and Hallertau Mittelfrüh and fermented with a rustic Belgian farmhouse ale yeast. These elements together provide a melange of earth and fruit aromas backed with hints of caramel with a dry clean finish.

(Beer added by: timtim on 10-12-2010)
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Reviews by Apostlebrews:
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3.38/5  rDev -10.6%

This beer is a dark amber in color. The carbonation is evident in the pour as it left about three-fingers worth of head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Fortunately, the head dissipates quickly.

Lots of spice, yeast, and sweet fruits on the nose. As the beer warmed, I could pick up some caramel in the aroma as well.

The taste is a Belgian bomb of sugar, spices, and dark fruits. Slightly sour. Grape, ginger, and figs are the dominant flavors up front before the Belgian funk shows up. This beer has a creamy caramel finish that took my by surprise. With all the carbonation that hits the tongue up front, I wasn't expecting such a creamy finish. The carbonation fades in the mouth and allows this beer to end with a smooth coating on the tongue.

At first, I wanted to write about how this is a decent beer, but sort of forgettable, and then I remembered what I learned about farmhouse ales. These are brewed to "get by" on the farm. They aren't meant to blow your socks off with a bag of tricks. They come from a time of simplicity and hard work. They're rustic. And when I think about that, I think Autumnal successfully embodies this style. It's not the best beer I've tasted, but it's satisfying. I think that's all it needs to be.

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01-03-2013 04:27:19 | More by Apostlebrews
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

On tap at Sessions last night.Poured nto a stemmed glass a somewhat murky russet/amber with a nicely formed light brown head atop.A decent amount of funky yeastiness with some phenolic-like spice as well.Not as funky on the palate with spiced notes and mild tartness,an odd dairy almost cheese-like flavor I got in the after taste wich is something I have never encountered I gotta say.It's funky but not to the heights I was expecting,it's good and a bit odd.

01-21-2012 17:31:31 | More by oberon
Photo of wesbrownyeah


3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

Autumnal by Stillwater Artisanal ale in the Farmhouse stye, 7.2% alcohol content.

A- Pours a soda colored fluid that shows light brown in sun light. Produces a heavy off white head that leaves massive lacing on the glass.

S- Rich chocolate malts and sharp yeasty bite upfront on the nose, mild funk in the back.

T-M- Taste upfront is of dark fruits mostly plums and raisins. Mild and light farmhouse funk come to in the backbone with hay and wet blanket. Mouthfeel is watery and leaves nothing to roll it over smoothly.

All and all ok. Its drinkable with a no frills design but malt is its go to point.

07-02-2011 22:55:57 | More by wesbrownyeah
Photo of weatherdog


2.85/5  rDev -24.6%

750mL bottle poured into a Leinenkugels Big Eddy snifter

It pours a deep brown, nearing chestnut with a billowing tan head, the head dies down into a scattered layer of bubbles along the surface of the beer, no lacing on the sides of the glass.

The nose is really malty for a saison. I'm getting a hint of oxidation as well. Not much signature spice but a little roast is in there. I'm just not loving the mash up of a brown ale and saison they seem to be headed in.

The taste is even more malty brown ale-like with a bit of bitterness present. There seems to be a lack of a good saison/farmhouse character and the yeast have lent a more fruity ester profile akin to a warm fermented homebrew. I'm just not a fan of a the mildly roasted/ malty brown ale with some fruity esters. I've had much better dark saisons.

The body is teetering on the medium heavy side which doesn't compliment the intended style although carbonation is on the high side which is expected. It's just not very drinkable to me as the estery flavor is too distracting from what the beer should be. I'm sadly disappointed in my first beer from this brewery. A brewery of which I've heard really good things from.

01-24-2011 02:03:20 | More by weatherdog
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

Large bottle from Decicco's in Ardsley, NY, no freshness info offered.

Pours murky darker brown, the head is loose, light mocha and while initially huge,fairly quickly departing. Thin collar and some fine lacing left on the glass.

Sniff reveals some tea and Belgian like yeasty notes.

More tea, caramel malts, ripe fruit on the tongue. Some peppery spicing...not sure what to make of this one, another different and interesting/odd ball sort of saison from Stillwater. Worth a try, quality American take on a much loved Belgian style brew, through a German filter...go figure

12-29-2010 02:07:09 | More by Billolick
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

04-20-2013 19:42:37 | More by GreenMountainBoy
Photo of Mantooth

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-25-2013 14:17:51 | More by Mantooth
Photo of Libationguy


4.06/5  rDev +7.4%

Slightly hazy copper color with amber hues. Off-white 2-finger head with medium+ retention. Carbonation is aggressive.

Toasted malt, coriander, semi-dried black fruits, orange peel, vanilla and nugat.

Dates, coriander, citrus zest, mocha, marzipan, nugat and lightly caramelized malt.

Medium+ bodied with a clean feel to the palate. Slight bitterness in the finish is helping to keep everything clean. Beer is over carbonated though.

Interesting beer with a lot of this happening. Would like to see an easing in the beers carbonation though.

08-30-2013 18:46:23 | More by Libationguy
Photo of SPRichard

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-27-2011 15:43:06 | More by SPRichard
Photo of hagbergl


4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-15-2013 19:19:52 | More by hagbergl
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a clear dense brown body with an orange glow at the base and a strong carbonation of microbubbles gliding up the side of the glass. There is a light oatmeal colored head that is creamy and sticks to the glass in sheets with each sip.

S- The earthy pale malt notes have a hint of cream and some wheat bread notes to follow. There is a rusty but no metallic aroma that comes through in the finish aswell.

T- The tart note that starts off has a grain and flinty quality to it with some dry toasted malt flavors coming through. There is a soft saison yeast hint in the finish which is very dry aswell. There is a brassy phenolic plastic flavor that blends with a spicy/tangy hop quality in the finish that grows to get in the way of other flavors.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight crisp fizz and no real alcohol heat noticed.

D- The tartness increases a bit to much and the rest of the flavors become a bit to muted and it starts to taste like bad breath. The tart and hop characters really don't work together in this beer and it is a bit of a mess.

04-12-2011 20:37:43 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Griffith


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-26-2014 14:02:24 | More by Griffith
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Another of their unique "saisons". Dark brown colour, tastes like a Belgian, a dunkel unfiltered. Brown sugar. Good drinkability. Above average mouthfeel.Saison aroma.Some wood,caramel,white pepper, and European hops right there. Thanks Michael P.

05-08-2011 03:49:17 | More by Sammy
Photo of bconsidine


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-15-2013 17:48:54 | More by bconsidine
Photo of Atyoungberg


3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-16-2012 22:57:48 | More by Atyoungberg
Photo of Gonzoillini


2/5  rDev -47.1%

03-20-2012 02:46:04 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of markcp


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-19-2013 19:37:56 | More by markcp
Photo of russpowell


3.45/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3+ fingers of khaki head. Slightly murky, great lacing, average head retention

S: Jammy, pears,the nose fades as this warms.

T: Pears, slight date flavors, some herbal hops & green appleskins up front. Leafy hops, more appleskins, some white grape & jammy notes as this warms, some boozeyness & maybe a touch of chardonnay. Finishes dry, fruitty, & a bit jammy

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation

This didn't wow me as much as some other offerings from these guys. Not bad, glad I got to try it...

07-20-2012 01:52:10 | More by russpowell
Photo of Kegatron


3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-30-2013 21:15:10 | More by Kegatron
Photo of zonker17


4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

05-29-2012 23:10:47 | More by zonker17
Photo of EORS


4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

Had a sample of this during beer week and bought a bottle home to try. Poured into a highball glass.

Appearance: Medium brown with a billowy head and medium carbonation. Head retains well and laces down the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel and raisin on the nose, with some mustiness.

Taste: Tanginess from the yeast balances the mellow, sweet malty flavor of the beer. The Belgian yeast is a great way to add a bit of balance to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation with a crisp finish.

Overall: Brewer described this to me as an altbier brewed with Belgian yeast, and it's a great take for that. All the flavor of an alt without the syrupiness or overly sweet character that some American interpretations of alt have. Definitely worth a try.

10-17-2011 02:11:43 | More by EORS
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-06-2013 03:32:07 | More by richj1970
Photo of GRG1313


3.83/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a clear copper with an off-white firm head.

Nose has sum "saison toast" character. Smells like a traditional saison with with a hit of toasty and malty hops and fruity character.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and inviting, albeit thin.

Flavors are "herbal-grassy saison" with a dose of light coffee and peaches. Not real "saison like" but pleasing. Flavors are light fruity citric coffee that goes to a bit bitter green character that goes to a more traditional green herb, celery salt white pepper and green pepper/celery character.

Finish is "green" and a bit funky with a bitter pepper finish. Drinkable even though it's a bit schizophrenic.

02-28-2011 02:52:23 | More by GRG1313
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-04-2014 20:22:46 | More by JamFuel
Photo of Bung


4/5  rDev +5.8%

750. Solid amber pour, a long lingering off white head.

Aroma, yeasty and tart fruit. Little caramel, malt and mustyness.

Taste, a faint tart quickly gives way to caramel, some yeasty spice. Some green-ness to it. A faint toast and cocoa, then earth. Finish is nice.

Light side of mid bodied, good carbonation. Drinks easy.

They are doing some interesting things with Saison variations down at Stillwater. Would like to see more follow suit.

12-04-2011 01:41:00 | More by Bung
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Autumnal from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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