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Autumnal | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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 zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp 750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.
Opening the cap the beer is a gusher but not too bad. the appearance takes a small hit for the spillage or gushing.
Beige foam oozes out of the bottle onto my desk.
Beer pours a rich deep mahogany with garnet tints on the edges and bottom of the glass when held up to the light.
Large creamy beige head billows up 3-4 cm on the pour but settles fairly rapidly to a sturdy edge layer and some wispy islands on the surface.
Aroma is sweet malt with toffee and molasses mixing with plums and black cherry. Some bready yeast notes and a bit of musty blanket buried in the nose.
First sip reveals an average body and fine prickly carbonation, smooth texture and an overall physically pleasing beer to drink.
Flavor is also malty with dark fruit and molasses moving to some bready yeast and finishing with red grape and a little bit of musty grass. Dries out a bit on the finish too.
No hints of alcohol anywhere and the beer is fairly complex.
Im actually getting a little smoke on the finish after working through most of the bottle, that is interesting and unexpected.
Overall a decent complex beer. NOt my favorite style but still an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Russet brown, rich amber when held to light, clear with many, many streams of fine bubbles rising to a billowy & creamy light khaki head. Great retention & really good lacing. Second pour yields a firm dose of cloudiness. More of a murky chestnut brown.

S: Caramelly sweetness & bread crust malts with a backbone that is nutty & biscuity. Herbal, leafy, & grassy hops in a laidback rather than forward manner. Good bit of dark fruit. Hint of peppery spice. A bit malty & sweet for stated style but fair strength and nicely pleasant.

T: Herbal, leafy, grassy, & almost vegetal hops fight it out in the open with lots of caramel sweetness. Again, hops are strong but relaxed. More flavor and character than bitter. Dark bread crust and toasty / nutty malts weigh in on the side of sweetness. Some yeasty phenols show up in the middle. Approaching the end some dark fruit emerges & then a bit of roast. Hint of peppery spice. Finish is roast & a touch of hoppy resin/earth.

M: A bit under medium body with carbonation quite strongly balanced yet very finely textured & soft feeling. Smooth but too well attenuated to be creamy. Flash of sweetness at the open and then it is drying from herbal & earthy notes with a touch of soft astringency and a bit of spice. Firm but not aggressive. Ghost hint of alcohol warmth way back in the throat.

D: A big Alt with a touch of Belgian flair more than a dark saison. Just not spicy & earthy enough. Could also be more dry / less sweet. Too malt focused for a saison. Not even a hint of tart and/or funk. A bit too oddly herbal. Still it is tasty and it really grows on you. Nice and interesting. 4/7 Sticke, 2/7 dubbel, 1/7 saison. Something like that.

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruddy amber in the Affligem chalice. First glass was very foamy. Second has a nice dense head. Very sudsy mouthfeel. Beery and herbal smell, but not strong.

First sip is a sharp eye opener, but it mellows out. The yeasty Belgian flavors bloom into a pleasant bitterish, malty flavor. Some fruit. Only slightly sweet, but the tartness is restrained as well. Seems really well balanced. A shifting and complex stew of flavors-- tobacco, pear skins, persimmon-- but all very subtle. The bitterness seems to more from the yeast, but the lable cites three European hops. Not any floral hop scents to be found, according my taste buds. Certainly not bitter like so many other examples of the Saison style.

A lot of the pleasure of this is in the big, creamy mouthfeel along with the rambunctious flavors. If this is what "rustic" tastes like, it's really good. 750 ml bottle from Best Damn in San Diego.

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Photo of runbirddrinkbeer
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this from a 750 ml bottle. Pours hazy brown with four fingers of off white head. Some lacing.
S-fruit and caramel notes dominate. Some funk.
Taste-Malty sweetness with little hop bitterness present.
Mouthfeel is amazing smoothness with fair sustained carbonation.
Overall a decent interesting offering which paired well with Sauerkraut and spareribs. Love the Saisons, (especially the more yeasty sharp tasting offerings )Would buy this again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my Super Bowl beer.

It pours a cloudy auburn tan with thick foam topping. There’s a funky saison aroma, in a good way. It’s slightly musty with yeasty esters. Flavor is along similar lines, light estery yeast with a subtle roast around it and some hoppiness. I don’t pick up a signature ‘barnyard funk’ but maybe some hints of wet leaves, or maybe that’s the power of suggestion. Nice hoppy finish on the end.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of u2carew
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of MrELovesBeer
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of ADZA
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of AppalachianVntnr
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Valmor88
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.

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2.04/5  rDev -45.6%
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.

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Photo of EORS
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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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Photo of WanderingFool
3.83/5  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.

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Photo of oline73
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of isitsavage
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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