Autumnal - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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District of Columbia
4.65/5 rDev +23%
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.
10-12-2010 00:58:24 | More by timtim
4.55/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
02-13-2012 15:10:28 | More by OWSLEY069
4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
11-07-2011 17:34:44 | More by AppalachianVntnr
4.38/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
10-27-2011 16:19:15 | More by Valmor88
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
$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
05-01-2011 13:45:14 | More by wisrarebeer
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
4.25/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
04-04-2011 21:16:49 | More by lowendfrequency
4.22/5 rDev +11.6%
Lots of light fruit swirling around with a healthy dose of spice in it as well. Nice touches of coriander, lemon, hints of pepper coming through, with a touch of pears warming up to it as it came up to room temperature. The initial taste was peppery, with a rush of lemon following suit almost immediately. A wonderful sense of light fruit really just ran all over this one. I was quite impressed I have to admit. Smooth mouth feel was more the adequately carbonated and really just kept the profile popping throughout. An easy sipper, the moderate ABV lended itself well to a warm late summer evening
08-09-2011 01:32:56 | More by mikesgroove
4.2/5 rDev +11.1%
Another great beer from Stillwater. Thanks Brian! Served in my Stillwater Artisan Ale angled wine glass (I think its the saison glass) because I can.
Beer is brown and hazy with aggressive carbonation and a nice thick head that settles to a half a finger with some lacing on the walls. The head is made up of a off white to brown small bubbles with a few medium ones in there. Another saison but this one is dark.
Aroma is sweet with a hint of malts and some darker notes like toffee or a mild spice, smells great. Slightly bready with strong yeast presence.
Beer is roastier than expected but its good. Medium to light in body, finishes dry, yeast character in the midpalate. Lots of carbonation in the mouth, tastes pretty good. The sweetness on the front would be nice to accent the yeast character more. Overall its a good beer.
10-21-2010 02:44:35 | More by drabmuh
4.2/5 rDev +11.1%
Let this warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a nice, foamy, frothy, fluffy, billowy, thick, creamy, fine, light tan head, that lasts forever and lots of lace. Color is a clear, brown orange medium amber with lots of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is a fresh blend of caramel, berry, toffee, and some astringency. Flavor is a less complex blend of sweet, caramel malt, bitter, carbonic tang. Body is both soft, full and yet cut by the great carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has medium lenght with a little alcohol at the end. Very easy drinking beer. Grew on me the more I "sampled" it. I want another sample.
08-03-2011 02:42:18 | More by drpimento
4.14/5 rDev +9.5%
Appearance: A billowy gusher that pours a cola brown color capped by an impressive head that leaves plenty of lace (deduct .5 for the gushing)
Smell: Toasted brown bread, dried dark fruit, banana and a hint of vanilla
Taste: Toasted brown bread, dried dark fruit (figs and dates) and banana, up front, with a a bit of spice cake and vanilla in the middle; nicely blended through the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: Altbier meets Dubbel, I am having a hard time finding the Saison in all this; having said that, my bottle has been cellared for a year or two and has likely mellowed quite a bit; still, I like the result, even if it is quite different from what it tastes like in its youth
08-16-2013 23:48:56 | More by brentk56
Autumnal from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
85 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.