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Autumnal - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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85
very good

203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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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
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Bottled 8/26/13.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, toast, earth, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice caramel and spice presence all around.

03-15-2014 09:25:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-22-2012 19:44:45 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

Cask at Churchkey into a tulip.

Pours a fairly deep brown with a several finger light tan head. Good dose of lacing on the way down. Nose brings some dry roasted malt and a bit of earth. Something there reminds me a bit of oak and damp dirt. Not too bad, but not great. In fact, fairly unique. Flavor is disappointingly taken over by some darker malts and the saison yeast flavors are fairly muted and get lost. Feel is nice and dry on a medium body. Drinks alright, but I prefer their standard saison much more.

10-14-2010 22:28:14 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-24-2011 19:53:06 | More by nmann08
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brentk56

North Carolina

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
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-11-2013 06:07:18 | More by zestar
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -4%

Bottle: Poured a medium dark hazy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with balance sweetness is quite interesting. Taste is a nice mix between some caramel malt with light residual sugar notes and some light fruity ester. Boyd is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with easily drinkable characteristics thought lacking a little bit of complexity.

01-31-2012 17:59:53 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

Following a common theme of black saison farmhouse ales, this dark ale carries a bold black pepper flavor and bite across an expansive carbonation and very dry finish.

Autumnal Ale pours a dark brown hue with a billowing lightly tanned head that retains very well, while showing only slight strands of lace. A very froathy and hearty look.

Peppery notes fill and tickle the nose while a malty-rich backbone takes the shape of true malt or malted milk. Light notes of charred currants, berries, and walnuts give a little variety without undue attention.

The peppery attitude continues in taste: black pepper being the dominating taste, the beer claims a spicy demeanor with the maltiness contributes a rich, but not sweet, support. Low on hops, the beer relies on the peppery sharpness and light grain tannin contributions for balance. A light, nearly vegital flavor emits from the maltiness in a very odd and creamy way. Still, heavily charred fruits give a tart and toasty vibe throughout.

Creamy early due to expressive carbonation, but the beer dries out beautifully across the mid palate and into the evaporative-dry finish. Light bite and prickle of alcohol further emphasize the peppery phenolics. Tannins give a mild astringency that hides behind the timid hop bitterness and provides the only real distraction as the beer thins out late.

Thanks bbehr!

05-17-2011 16:30:45 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

A: The pour is a dark amber color, maybe chestnut, with a big khaki colored head.

S: Lots of yeast is there right away. There's some definite spiciness, particularly pepper and something else I can't quite identify. A surprising amount of roast and maybe even some coffee. Slight dark fruit and lemon zest aroma is here, too.

T: Roast and coffee are (shockingly) at the forefront. Fairly bitter with some floral hops. Seems to be a little bit of tea flavor. A bit of a dark chocolate thing going on as well. Definitely some more spice, but not nearly as yeasty or fruity.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D: I thought this was pretty good. Not as good as Stateside, but not as bad as some of the others.

01-17-2011 01:58:33 | More by womencantsail
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-02-2013 05:04:54 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.81/5  rDev +0.8%

750ml bottle - $10.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a rustic brown body, opaque, with a hefty layering of off-white suds.

Smell: Sugar-encusted, toasted dark bread, embodying a scent of caramel just as a blitz of tartish, ripe fruits, citrus, banana, and piquant phenolic spices (along with a drip of alcohol) pop in.

Taste: Moderately toasted bread crusts and fresh grains, with a sweetness of dark caramel and brown sugar. Has a herbaceous streak running through it from the hops, along with a little bitterness boosted by the suds. Soon, the wheat opens up, as does a little tempered roastiness. A portion of sawdust mingled with white peppercorns. Splash of fresh lemon juice. Hint of pear, prune, and bruised banana. Drying, zestful, tartish finish with some sweetness remaining.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A nice, respectable ale.

03-22-2013 22:36:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

This one poured out with a deep brown color and had a thin tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer is a little on the earthy side, some aromas of wood and spice on the nose. The taste of the beer was also a little bit on the wooden flavored side. Not a bad flavor at all really just not something I was really feeling at the time. The mouthfeel of this beer is nice, it's got a good carbonation level to it. Overall this brew was good, I would definitely drink it again.

09-17-2011 19:41:53 | More by Knapp85
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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
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Review #2100. I honestly have no idea why, but I got the urge to take down my sole Stillwater bottle whilst watching some YouTube videos from the 40-drinking crew. Good times. This stuff pours a clear sunset russet topped by over a finger of dirty ecru foam. The nose comprises hay, light dusty caramel, light orange peel, and a slight tinge of cocoa powder. The taste holds notes of orange zest, light lime zest, clove, light rye bread, banana, caramel, and a few drops of maple syrup. The fruit and malts clash a bit, never really melding all too well, but also not completely ruining things. Strange, really. The body is a straight medium, with a moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a pretty good saison, but one that doesn't quite come all the way together for me. It's still not bad, but it's missing that something to put it over the top.

12-13-2011 07:55:51 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-15-2011 16:34:51 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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zeff80

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgundy color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass. Nice rings.

S - It smelled malty and slightly woody with some spices and floral notes.

T - Spicy up front, then in turns to bread crust, dark dried fruits, rich malt and toffee.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty good dark saison. Stillwater does great saisons and this is no exception, even if I did drink it out of season.

06-08-2012 01:37:47 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-16-2011 21:36:33 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

A - Poured with a small head of off white foam, the body is a hazy, dark brown. The head settles slowly and leaves light lace.

S - lightly sour, dark fruit with dark caramel malt.

T - Dry caramel and toffee with some dark cherry. Darker malt in the middle with more cherry that starts to taste a bit like cough syrup. Lots of caramel and chery in the finish.

M - medium thick body and a sweet finish with moderate carbonation.

D - Pretty nice. It smells great, but the flavor gets cloying after the first glass.

03-25-2011 20:18:44 | More by nickfl
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-30-2013 21:15:10 | More by Kegatron
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

Stillwater Autumnal. Purchased in late spring, drinking now in early summer. "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 Mittlefruh, 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."

Dusky brown appearance, half-opaque, gorgeous head, big and billowy, lace leaving, luscious.

Aroma: there's the Belgian funk, here's the hops, and underneath the caramel malt. A twisted mix. Some chocolate here, some raisins, a little creamy, bits of nuts.

Taste: Mmm. Chocolate malt remains a minor player, mixes with dark fruit and nuts. Primarily a malt driven flavor, with mild and mellow hop character. Richness and sweetness aplenty. But never too much, great balance, great consumability.

Good spice in it, great malt, minor hops, terrific flavor.

07-06-2011 01:22:58 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

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
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Autumnal from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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