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Autumnal - Stillwater Artisanal Ales


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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%

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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 jayhawk73


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a nice two finger cocoa head. Very good lacing on my CBS snifter. Light brown streaks when held to the light. The nose is really well done, roasted malts, pepper, coriander, as well as an earthy vibe to it. Really smooth, and very pleasant. The taste is a little less spicy than the nose, with the caramel malt and hops coming through to the front. Feel is medium full with a nice dry finish. Overall, this is a really nice farmhouse ale. I would definitely have this again. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 23:12:27 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 17:59:53 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.99.

A: Caramelly russet with 1-2 fingers of soft beige, foamy head with good retention but spotty lace.

S: Very nutty, earthy aroma coupled with pear and apricot aromas. The hopping is light and a little floral and spicy. The yeast really accentuates the earthy nose.

T: Flavor is much more roasted than the nose with still plenty of nutty, leathery malt character but with more sweeter caramel and then roast through the finish. The sweeter fruits and floral nature don't come through as much in the flavor. The finish is pretty dry with a lot of woody malt notes in the aftertaste.

M: A good feel with plenty of carbonation to maintain the dryness and crispness but it feels like too much to me and some more creaminess and less sharp carbonation would do this beer some good.

O: I like Existent better as it takes the unique roast farther than Autumnal, but this is by no means a bad beer and I am glad I tried it. While there is less roast character, the earthiness of this brew surpasses the other Stillwater saisons I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:00:21 | More by argock
Photo of TMoney2591


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 07:55:51 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 01:41:00 | More by Bung
Photo of u2carew


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
A) Pours with a big head. Hazy brick brown body. Sticky big bubble lacing on the drink down.
S) Pungent. Wet blanket with an eerily sweet caramel aroma.
T) Light citrus notes. Earthy. A slight sour. A distinct hop finish - leafy and "green".
M) Medium light body. Dry and tannin in the finish.
O) A very unique and quite tasty saison. I would definitely drink another one.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 02:07:09 | More by u2carew
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 01:14:39 | More by MrELovesBeer
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 04:40:43 | More by ADZA
Photo of AppalachianVntnr

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 17:34:44 | More by AppalachianVntnr
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 00:37:16 | More by nataku00
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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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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 05:26:19 | More by FosterJM
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 16:19:15 | More by Valmor88


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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 09:57:56 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 02:11:43 | More by EORS
Photo of WanderingFool


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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 22:13:47 | More by WanderingFool
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 18:16:23 | More by oline73
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 01:34:19 | More by isitsavage
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 16:07:28 | More by xnicknj
Photo of fo5s

District of Columbia

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...

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 03:14:16 | More by fo5s
Photo of Knapp85


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 19:41:53 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jneiswender


3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the Belgian Beer Festival in Boston. On tap and served in a two ounce tasting glass.

A.murky amber body with an off white head

S. Sweet caramel or toffee smell

t.grass. spice. Some grain

M. Medium

d. Okay. I Would drink this again. I think this would pair well with food.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 03:25:25 | More by jneiswender
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours chestnut brown with a two inch head of beige, dense foam. Plenty of ripped sheets of lacing throughout the glass as well as a solid skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with roasted nuts, cocoa, raisins, clove dust, vanilla, and dark rum.

Medium bodied with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Velvety, but the carbonation is a bit light for the style.

Caramel, hazelnuts, cocoa dust, and raisins start the palate. Hints of toffee, roasted malt, and brown bread follow through.

Finishes with some lingering sweet malt, chocolate, and raisins.

This is a nutty, chocolaty Belgian, but I'm not getting any Saison character. Pretty tasty albiet a bit pedestrian and certainly very costly for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 23:51:07 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of pdoran10


3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Autumnal pours out a deep brown color into a snifter, with two full fingers of off white head. That fade slowly and leave very nice lacing.

Smell is candied malt sweetness, with an herbal spicy hop presence. Very sweet in the nose.

Taste is big malt sweetness, slight chocolate and spice notes. Herbal and spcied hops blend with sharp slightly tart carbonation on the finish. It's almost like an Oktoberfest beer fermented with saison yeast. The flavors don't mesh well.

The mouthfeel on this beer is well done. Substantial and thick, but dry with high carbonation.

Overall a well crafted beer, and I get what they were going for, but the concept and flavors just don't mesh that well.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 06:06:43 | More by pdoran10
Photo of ncfranklin


3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml into a tulip.

A: Murky brown. Very nice two finger head of tan with some thicker lacing. Quite nice looking.

S: Nose of sour fruit, cherry and apple dominant. Breadiness undertone.

T: Slightly tart, with some sour that's more medicinal than funk. Bready levels underneath. No where near the fruit the nose indicated. Not pleasant, as no flavor really shines through.

M: Well carbonated, leaves the mouth slightly dry.

D: Quite a disappointment. No real burst of flavor in the mouth, just a mash of slight sourness and grain. No where near worth the $13 bottle price tag.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 16:40:19 | More by ncfranklin
Autumnal from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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