1. The BeerAdvocate Store is back! Pre-order your stuff now. Items begin shipping Dec 15. Christmas deadline = Dec 18 @ 5pm EST.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Autumnal - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

Not Rated.
AutumnalAutumnal

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

230 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 230
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | 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)
View: Beers (35) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 230 | Reviews: 105 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jbeizer
5/5  rDev +32.6%

One of my all time favorites. Perfect balance of malt and hops for a darker, though not dark, saison.

Photo of Draven11
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of touchmeimsac
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of MacStinson
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of timtim
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another winner from stillwater. i heard it described by Brian as being like a mix between Uergie Stickebier and Saision DuPont. Pretty good description I'd say, kind of like altbier meets saison, or saistoberfest or if you've read phil m.'s book on farmhouse ales, this is one that highlights all things associated with the wonderful tradition. hazy brown with a tan head that holds. light roast hits me first in the nose followed by some fruity malty sweetness, wet rock/damp cellar and rounded/complimented by a generous hopping. call me crazy, but it all reminds me of what i would smell if i were stuck at the bottom of a well in the fall time in the country next to a hop farm and being able to smell fresh doughnuts cooking in the distance. taste is a well-incorporated, well-balanced mix of the above, and even though the hops are definitely there they just compliment and elevate the other flavors (very old-world alt-like) instead of standing out too much or really playing a main role. very masterfully done there. mouthfeel is soft and carries a medium body. i think it's near perfect actually. no pricklyness, but still light, bright and lively. the biere de guardes/farmhouse ales/saisons/real alts/whatever that i've had that have had similar grain bills have been slightly cloying or sticky, or maybe just a touch too full, and this one nails it in my opinon. im very impressed here, and loving the roasty goodness of this beer. really evokes a sense of season, really speaks to me, really does well with food and really goes down easy. i'll be looking forward to quite a few more of these! my favorite new brewer. thanks Stillwater.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, earthy and nice yeastiness, and a sweet fruitiness mixed in. In the taste, earthy, fruity, and even a small tartness. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earthy and fruitiness in the aftertaste. Nice fruitiness, earthy, refreshing and tasty.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of John11486
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of jjboesen
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of AppalachianVntnr
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Exactly as Brian says it its: "This deep amber hued ale takes it’s inspiration from Germany while still nodding to the Belgian farmhouse tradition." Cloudy, rusty brown with orange highlights. The aroma is spicy Saison with toffee and caramel backing the spice a sort of banana pudding meets spiced banana bread. The palate shows the same glimpses of caramel with a white pepper note in the back and some weight from the two-row and wheat. Dry finish.

Photo of Valmor88
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown pour, nice 2 fingered white head. Good retention with lacing down the glass.

S: Malty sweet odor with caramel and evergreen hints.

T: Chocolatey/caramel flavor from the malts, with some citrusy hop tones. These are followed by some fruity esters, maybe cherries? Tart carbonated finish - very clean. There are a lot of flavors going on in this beer.

M: Medium-high carbonation. Medium bodied with a very dry finish.

O: This is a very drinkable brew, with quite a few different flavors you might not always see in a saison.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$10.99 for a 750ml

A: light copper clear, rocky head when poured and kept nice lacey head all the way
S: medium to full nose, very nice malty-yeasty Belgian qualities, slightly sweeter, caramel roasted undertones
T: very full taste, nice malty backbone with spirtzy CO2 and well-balanced yeast throughout, sweeter malt but true to type, not cloying
M: very soft, clean crisp, roasted malt, very smooth
O: very good beer, reminded me of an abbey beer

Photo of EORS
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of lowendfrequency
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a wineglass during a bottle share. A rich deep copper colored liquid with a formidable rocky tan head. Steady lacing shows this is well carbonated.

Aroma is spicy with a distinct breadiness. Peppercorns and clove stand out but there is some caramel and plum notes showing up. Some floral hops with a slight bubblegum in the background.

Flavor is a strong toffee, spice, toasted bread and fruit. The fruit character spans the full spectrum from citrus and banana to figs and plums. This beer fools the senses into thinking it's intensely malty but finishes dry, peppery and refreshing. The mouthfeel is seriously dry, almost desiccating but without being thin and really pulls this beer together.

I enjoyed this beer immensely. It's apparent that this is a well made product and was fermented with skill and know-how. I feel that reviews of this beer are skewed by comparing it to a traditional saison. To truly appreciate this beer, pre-conceptions of what a saison is, or can be, need to be thrown out. This is a fantastic, balanced, well made beer that is deserving of it's price.

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of justintcoons
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Cloudy copper with reddish-mahogany highlights. Has 1/2 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. Light carbonation with plenty of yeast sediment floating around.

Nose
Brown brad, brown sugar, hazelnut, and dark fruit.

Taste
Caramel, brown bread, and toasted grains. Notes of brown sugar and touches of hazelnut. Suggestions of dark fruit, concord grape, and black plum. Earthy hop presence with a squeeze of lemon. Light notes of hay, potpourri, and clove.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, off-dry, and refreshing.

Overall
A malty Oktoberfest grain bill with Stillwater's Saison Ale yeast. Yes, please! Very tasty and hides the alcohol extremely well.

Photo of grover37
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of xungmound98
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Mphis
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of brewdude1982
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Autumnal from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
85 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.