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Autumnal - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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.

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Photo of MrELovesBeer
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two for two with Stillwater. Last try was the Our Side, the Mikkeller collab. This time the Autumnal which I had after having a mediocre rotisserie chicken...and some M&M's...so wasn't able to try a food pairing but I'm digging it as a post-dinner beverage just the same. Loved the ruby color and lovely carbonation. Smells like port wine in a barn, like a dark saison I guess. Caramel, pepper (or maybe I'm thinking pepper because of the aggressive carbonation?), and some bitter pith-like flavors mixing it up in here. My lager-wife loved this one, so I think it's a great crowd pleaser. Definitely would take this to a dinner party. Got enough depth but can be accessible to most drinkers.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ADZA
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark murky rusty amber hue which leaves a frothy two finger head and sporadic lacing.

S-Belgian bready malts,pears,raisins and toffee.

T-Starts off fruity with hints of raisins,cherries and grapes followed by old english toffee and anzac biscuits finished with an earthy dryness.

M-Dry,medium bodied and creamy.

O-A very refreshing drop thats very easy to knock back with nothing making it a standout or letting it down either cheers.

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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 nataku00
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a goblet. Beer pours a murky brown, hazy and cloudy, with a thin film of off white soapy head. Minimal lacing from the beer that slides right back into the glass. Some bubbles at the surface of the glass.

Nose is pretty dull, light grass and herbal notes, darker baked bread, and some lighter caramel malts.

Taste follows the nose, grass and herbal flavors on the tongue before the dark bread and caramel malts comes in middle of the tongue. Finish is medium, some residual sweetness and light herbal flavors.

Light body with good carbonation typical for a saison. Would have like a little more interesting flavors from this, but it was pretty average.

Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

931st Review on BA
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@Bruery Provisions

App- A nice brown with some orange and yellow highlights. A small glass but a lot of color. A good one finger head with a big ring of bubbles.

Smell- A very fall beer. Smells like a leaf pile with a good bit of yeast and dampness behind it.

Taste- Really there is not a lot going on in the glass but its only a couple things. You take a saison with some dry, yeasty flavors and then combine a bit of Autumn Maple and a good bit of vegetal notes.

Mouth- Medium bodied beer with a good bit of a medium carbonation. A spicy water yeast residual flavor.

Drink- It was tasty. Needed a bit more pop to it with a little less unbalance between then layers. More dry and leafy than I was expecting.

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.

1.98/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750mL to tulip. Sampled in March 2011. $8.50 for the bottle.

A: Three fingers of light brown, long lasting head of creamy/frothy texture. The body is dark amber brown and so murky that it nearly opaque. There is a whole army of bubbles rising rapidly to the surface to maintain the head. As the drink goes down, a fair amount of straggly lace is left behind.

S: Caramel sweetness and lightly roasted grain with a light citrusy floral hop presence. Earthy, leafy, musty. Kind of a clash in aromas.

T: Decent on the front end but any and all flavor completely vanishes from mid palate on. Very dry on the back. The shortness of the flavor really comes as a detriment to this brew. Tastes like Perrier with lightly roasted malts. Also, a hard to describe sour note is mixed in.

M: Medium body, minerally texture (again, think sparkling water). Fizzy effervescence. Where the carbonation ends and the dryness begins is indistinguishable due to the absence of flavor.

D: I've heard someone say that, even as you're drinking one, a saison is never fully finished attenuating. Well let me tell you that this one is. Way over-attenuated with bracing, dominating dryness that, unfortunately doesn't match the flavor profile one bit.

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.

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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Autumnal pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thick, slightly off white head. The foam fades quickly to a sheet on the beer and leaves behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of caramel, bread and toast. Belgian notes of clove, bubblegum and pepper are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is dry and soft with a light effervescent fizz. The flavor is malty and sweet with a touch of spice. It starts with caramel and bread. In the middle flavors of cherry, grape, bubble gum and clove move in. It finishes sweet with a lingering caramel malt sweetness.

An interesting autumn brew. Malty like a German beer, but spiced like a Belgian. Very tasty.

Photo of oline73
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber with a finger of off white head and a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Malty and bready but not very sweet. There is a very mild tart note.

Taste: Malty with a mild sourness in the background. Fruity and herbal notes with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I didn't think this was as remarkable as many of the other Stillwater offerings. It was pretty good and well balanced.

Photo of isitsavage
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Brown/amber in color, nice fluffy tan 3 finger head with good retention, spotty lacing.

Strong hop smell at first, some fall spices reveal themselves later, a swirl gives off aromas of yeast funk and pears.

Taste is tart but not really sour, funky, pears and apples, some spice. Ends with some caramelized sugar and hops, sweet and bitter notes fighting with each other. Prickly and tart in the mouth, numbs the tongue with each sip, medium mouthfeel, dry finish leaves me wanting to sip more, pretty drinkable.

Good overall, was expecting something a little more "fall inspired" but this wasn't bad.

Photo of xnicknj
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at jose pistolas in philly

Pours a slightly hazed caramel brown color with some brighter red hues. Thin beige head dissolves, very little retention or lacing to speak of.

Slightly funky in the nose with yeast and some Belgian tones. Sweeter caramel malt and flairs of dark fruit. Touch of sugar and bitterness as well.

Floral hops and spice up front. Decent amount of caramel and darker malt swirled with fruit like raisin and date. A bit sweet, a little spicy. Finishes a touch bitter.

Medium body, high carbonation, dry, bubbly, and lingering on the palate. It's an alright fall take on the style, but I've definitely had better from Stillwater.

Photo of fo5s
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle served in a saison dupont glass. No dating on the bottle, and no idea when this is from.

A- pours a dark amber / brown. Big head, but somewhat thin and recedes quickly. Healthy lacing. Apparently this isn't a normal saison...

S- caramel malts, some funky. Seems like the yeast is on par with the style here...

T- quite the melange (to steal a word off the bottle notes)...a touch of caramel, some breadiness and some classic saison horseblanket fund.

M- a touch thin up front, sticky on the back end.

O- overall this is a unique beer...almost a cross between an oktoberfest (breadiness), dubbel (sweet malts / belgian yeast) and a saison (funk). I wasn't a fan at first taste, but it's grown on me throughout the glass. An interesting bridge from a summer saison to an oktoberfest - the name makes sense on this one...

Autumnal from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
85 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.