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Stillwater / Mikkeller Two Gypsies: Our Side - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 159
Hads: 292
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tbrown4 on 01-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Mikkel and Brian are two of the world's most unconventional brewers. By designing beers at various breweries around the globe, they have found the freedom to experiment and innovate, resulting in unique beers that often blur the lines of definition. After having met at a festival in Bodegraven, NL the two realized that their first creations both were called Stateside. It was then an obvious decision to make the two recipes into a new product, packed full of piney, resinous hops, and backed by the esters of a farmhouse yeast strain.
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Photo of GPHarris
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a three-fingers thick bubbly and tan head into a tulip glass. the body was a bright and bubbly amber color.
s - apples, floral hops, yeasty.
t - apples, floral hops, a hint of spiciness, big belgian yeast flavors.
m - crisp and dry.
o - good beer but i expected a little more. didn't mesh as well as other stillwater-only beers.

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Photo of Brenden
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is both hazy and bright, a deep medium orange color. The head, tinted pale orange, is big and fluffy, a billowing crown about two fingers tall that just lays on top unmoving, for the most part, and leaves webby lace on the walls of the glass as it follows the beer down.
There's no questioning this beer's Belgian nature or rustic roots from the aroma: gentle soft fruit flesh meets earth, must and a very gentle spiciness backed by some tropical fruits and just a bit of grass and flora to balance. As it warms, there's something like the candi sugars used in bigger Belgian styles and a sweetness derived from that mixing interestingly but nicely.
That sweetness is further balanced by a light tartness that adds a freshness to the tropical fruits and the pear flesh notes. The yeast is strong but kept in check, mostly spicy phenols adding lots of character, and overall complexity is big as breads come in and the hops add a soft bitterness with just very little added dryness as earth, grass and apple finish it.
The body is fluffy but strong, gentle but soft, and almost everything a Saison should be. There's a nice crispness and a depth from the body, while the fluffy texture on the tongue leads into a dryness that doesn't go too chalky but almost dances into the finish.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stillwater/Mikkeller Two Gypsies: Our Side

Appearance: golden orange, huge head, and good lacing.

Smell: yeast, wheat, grain, and a dark fruit.

Taste: fair malts, light hop, apple, and a light raisin sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is a good brew. The flavors mesh well and go down smooth with a full palate.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampled on tap @ 1702, Tucson; February 2012
Arrives from the tap with a frothy, fat one finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a deep gold / pale-amber leaning color that shows a brilliantly clear, gold hue when held up to the light. The nose is amply hoppy with notes of tropical fruit, herbal notes and a solid floral character. Specifiic notes of lychee, orange flower nectar, perhaps a hint of ginger, kumquat zest and meyer lemon are backed by yeast-derived notes of clove, a slight musty character, and some white pepper hints. The aroma smells fairly dry, which accentuates the herbal and spicy-floral hop notes over the fruit character, but it works well with the yeast spiciness.

Fairly dry tasting, with a nice light body that works great for something Saison’ish. There is a solid bitterness that is noticeable from the get go, and this lingers for quite a bit on the palate in the long finish. Spicy notes of clove, perhaps a hint of ginger, some peppery character pairs well with tropical fruit leaning notes of lychee, hints of kumquat zest and maybe even some papaya type notes. The hop-fruitiness is interesting, because this beer is fairly dry, the fruitiness is more noticed as an oral-nasal effect rather than a flavor. There is a nice, spicy, herbal hop character to this beer that adds a nice green edge; there is also a touch of pine character that also helps to add some edge to this beer. The alcohol provides some spiciness to the finish, though this is likely accentuated by the pizza that I am currently eating

This is probably a hop dominated beer (no it really is), but the Belgian / Farmhouse yeast character comes through quite nicely and really compliments and boosts the complexity of this beer. It all works quite well and really hits the spot for me, who likes really hop forward Saisons. Because of the dryness, which a Saison requires, the aroma smells more fruit focused than the flavor.

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Photo of socon67
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy yellow\amber pour with a very high white foam that just stays forever. Lacing is in thick rings.

S - Scents of fresh lemon zest, pale malts, and sme spicy. There is a musty yeast smell as well. Has a bit of wet horse dander\hay smell.

T - Refreshing flavors of tart citrus, a bit of peppery spice, and a rich yeast flavor. Has a robust finish with rich flavors from the yeast and light grains.

M - Actually feels rich and heavy for the style. Makes it feel rustic, and in a good way.

O - I like this collaboration, though it is a funky saison that almost goes into the depth of a wild ale if it had any sour notes. Worth trying.

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Photo of ckollias
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bomber bottle out of a craft beer glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden hue with an enormous, white, frothy head that never ends.

S: Sweet fruit and citrus aroma with a Belgian yeast scent.

T: Sweet with that fruit and citrus flavor similar to the smell. Crisp and finishes on the sweet side of dry.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Excellent collaboration beer – would buy this again if it was available.

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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

review entered from notes taken awhile back...

a: served in a tulip, the pour produces a dense, persistent off-white head with great retention atop a medium honey-amber colored ale

s: mostly lighter pale malts with a solid backing of toasted caramel, spicy saison yeast influence with moderate levels of muddled citrus peel and pine hops, bright and crisp front but with a sweet and toasty underbody at the same time

m: carbonation high and slightly abrasive on the tongue, body light-medium

t: pale malt backbone with a big enough caramel malt addition to provide a moderate sweetness and toasty grain flavor, yeast brings peppery spice, hop flavors come pronounced - lots of steeped pine and dried citrus peel, spicy and moderately bitter finish with lingering residual sugars

o: a nice beer overall and a unique mash-up of styles, but it seems a touch forced (that is to say, I'm not too sure these styles belong together in this composition), a nice enough drink if a bit lacking in refinement for the price point

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy peach-yellow color with a huge, rocky white head. Tiny bits of lacing left behind.

Bright aroma of belgian yeast, lemon, white wine, clove, light cracker and white pepper.

The taste and the aroma match perfectly. Lemon, white wine, yeast, clove, white pepper and light table crackers. Finished clean.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

This is a tasty collaboration from Stillwater and Mikkeller. Try it if you get the chance.

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Photo of joecast
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

And another beer received from a generous Aussie BA, Mr Kennedy

Looks absolutely fantastic in a stemmed Mikkeller glass. Gorgeous white lacing, light reddish gold with medium high carbonation. Very inviting.

Very well managed yeast and hop character on the nose. Light peppery spice, a bit herbal, clove like, and some tangerine hops to finish. Each part plays well into the next.

Gentle Belgian yeast sits in the background. Light clean malt. Hop character is restrained and doesn't cloud the issues. Excellent.

Wow! Blown away. Leaves an impression on the scale of a big RIS.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down at a very slow pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops with some sweet grainy and bready malts, and some Belgian yeast, spices, and lemon zest.

T - Starts off with with grapefruit, orange, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet grainy malts, lemon zest, and coriander. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with a bit more bitterness and Belgian yeast with some spices and some mild funk. The finish is a mix of pine and grassy hops with some bitterness, Belgian yeast, some tart lemon peel, a bit of funk, and some spices.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, tart, and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great overall balance with good hop character and yeast character.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark hazy amber with a big fluffy tan head that fades quickly. There is a lot of funk and bitterness in the beer's nose, but there are additional spice notes
reminiscent of orange peel and fennel. The taste is yeasty and citrusy, and can best be described as being a dirty amber Saison. Honestly, it's a bit hard to enjoy with the acetone dominating the palate. I'd prefer a bit more smoothness and drinkability, but the taste improves as it warms. As far as Stillwater beers go, this is somewhere in the middle for me...

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Photo of rand
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle to tulip glass

A: Cloudy orange in color...looks like a creamsicle. Super-sudsy head extends 4 inches up the glass on the gentlest of pours. Pretty much never recedes.

S: A subdued nose yields subtle tones of grass and honey and citrus. Some alcohol is noted, but barely. It stands out onlly because the rest of the bouquet is muted. Lemon-pepper, generic drying-spice linger.

T: The flavors are slightly more bold, starting with the citrus notes and earthy funk. Honey-sweetness meshes with a phenolic bend mid-sip. Some tea-like hop notes dry the palate, helped by a woody undertone. The flavor profile zips up and finishes overly dry.

M: Medium bodied, appropriately carbonated. From the head I expected a carbonated beast but it turned out to have a pretty smooth complexion.

Palatable? Drinkable? Yes...but kinda dull. Not what I was expecting from this collab. The phenolic tones are really the only flavors that stand out (not that they dominate), which isn't my favorite aspect of a saison. Still, not a bad beer, I'm throwing back the rest of the bottle pretty easily.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with foiled over standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high; Mikkeller is me favourite brewery (if you will...) in the world. Acquired at KnB Wines near San Diego for $13.99.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Poured clean, with no issues at all.

A: Pours a seven finger beige colour soft head of nice cream and thickness, and excellent retention considering the highish ABV. Body colour is a hazy dirty yellow. No yeast particles are visible. Nontransparent. Non-opaque. No bubble show. It's not looking great for a saison, but I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Bright clean lemon zest, pleasant floral notes, clean citrus, light bretty yeast, fruity, slightly tart, and very alive. Quite appealing and above all fresh. Mild to average in strength. I'm quite excited for it. No alcohol comes through.

T: Floral bright hopping. Light lemon with little acidity. Bretty yeast. Fruity but not distinct. Some grapefruit in a non hoppy sense. Clean and luscious. Clean bright malts provide a solid backbone. Evocative and tasty. Nicely balanced. A bit simple, but also quite subtle with what few flavours it does have. I like it. No alcohol comes through. Nicely balanced. A bit lactic. Has enough body. A bit zesty. Has some light spice.

Mf: Smooth, light, thin, wet. Has presence. Apt for the style, but not ideal for the flavours. Above all else, it's soft - probably the best characteristic of the beer as a whole.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style. Far overpriced at $13.99. I wouldn't get it again, but it's nice for what it is. Hides its ABV well. A mild disappointment from Mikkeller, but then again brighter beers are not his strong suit. Only worth trying by hardcore fans of the style.

A decent candidate for short term aging.

Best served chilled.


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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from recent Maine trip. So looking forward to this one, what would be the problem then? Fresh fruity and yeasty aromas greet me. Tasty peach, apricot, lemon, white pepper with the mix. The problem - way too much carbonation. Became a sipper as there was gas gas gas.Will time cause it to calm down?

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of hoppy dry notes with semi-sweet Belgian malt base is quite nice. Taste is a complex mix between some hoppy dry notes with light cat pee notes which are well balanced against some sweet rustic malt notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Another solid offering from a brewer that I love more and more.

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Photo of ToddT
2.66/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Slightly hazy amber color topped with a large off white head. Head fades slowly but only leaves a few spots of lace on the glass. A careful pour was required to keep this from becoming a glass of foam, plan accordingly.

S- Almost nonexistent, a hint a grapes, floral hops, and a slight note of caramel or sugar sweetness. Kind of disappointing.

T- Much better than the nose, grape sweetness and grass hops are the first notes, they carry through till the finish which was astringent and dry. The final note was of herbal hops, not a very pleasant finish.

F- Light in body and high carbonation, the body of the beer so far is the best hing about this. Still not liking the finish though.

O- I was looking forward to this and I was pretty disappointed. I thought that blending an IPA and Siason could yield some nice results and something interesting. The real problem for me was the finish and the drying astringent qualities in the taste. The 7.5% ABV was in line, but I'm going to think of this as a failed experiment from two really good brewers. Better luck next time.

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Photo of NWer
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abundant foam result of semi-aggressive pour into my Russian River Chalice.
Foggy golden yellow. Apparently unfiltered but I'm guessing by its appearance.
Balanced. Nothing dominates this beer - malts - yeast - hops.
Slight tanginess reminds me of the style.
Very enjoyable sipper on a cool late summer afternoon.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip.

A- pours a clear, golden color with a enormous 4" white head that nearly feels the glass. Large blotches and trails of lacing.

S- grapes, some apple and light citrus with spices and pine aromas.

T- has the grape/vinous notes but not as strong as the nose would lead on. Some citrus, spice and nice crisp hop bitterness.

M- medium body and high carbonation. Dry and effervescent mouthfeel.

O- nice saison with some fruitiness and citrus that finishes dry.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.44/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very cloudy shade of yellow with a three finger offwhite head. Crazy carbonation with this one, but the beer itself is pretty murky and blah looking

S- slight grassy aroma, but really not much going on here at all. Disappointing

T- there is a bitter hoppiness to start...very grassy. Slight lemon. Doesn't taste very saison-esque...tastes more like an old IPA

M- medium bodied

O- I'm not a fan of this. I get more IPA qualities out of this than saison qualities, and it's just a mess

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

256th Review
75cl bottle poured into Westy 12 (small) chalice

Thanks ricoch3t for this birthday gift!

A: Pours a vibrant hazy orange. 3+ (foamy white) fingernail head on medium pour. Holy head!

S: Smells of cracked wheat, white pepper, Belgian yeast, citrus fruit. Very rich and inviting.

T: Classic saison here - nice earthy yeast tones with loads of spice. Touch of wheat and mellow citrus zest. Crisp, refreshing, and easy to drink.

M: Light/medium bodied with loads of carbonation.

O: A nice collaboration brew from two really good (gypsy) brewers!

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Photo of samie85
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange color with two fingers of white head.

Smells very similar to the as Follows profile in terms of esters and also hops.

Way more caramel sweetness and herbal hop aroma/bitterness than the nose lets on. it strikes an almost even balance between the two edging slightly towards the hoppy end of the scale.

Light bodied with a prickly feel and ample carbonation with a nice dose of dryness on the finish.

This a is really nice beer. I'm starting to think I've been missing out this whole time on Stillwater. I really want to try more of their offerings, but the price-point is a little prohibitive for my budget.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Huge off-white head with great retention and lace. Pale orange gold body.

S - Stillwater never disappoints when it comes to delivering the complex earthy nose that I love in a good saison. This version is on the floral side of the style. Dry dandelion, orange and grapefruit zest, mildew, green plant stems, and honeysuckle.

T - Dry and earthy profile with dried flowers and plant stems. A touch of honey sweetness rounds out an otherwise dry, herbal finish.

M - Nice carbonation on a medium/light frame.

O - Great drinkability. The dryness has a pleasant sour kick to it, and white indescript, the profile has nice complexity.

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Photo of cvm4
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange with a touch of gold, huge eggshell head.

S - Fruity, yeast, musty along with some hops. Not much standing out here.

T - Earthy, grassy & spicy beer here! Slightly underscored yeast and citrus. Hops hit you at the end that are somewhat piney but not 100%.

M - Medium bodied, high carbonation. Not a wet or dry finish to me.

O - A lot of different flavors/elements in this beer and a very well done saison.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy medium orange amber. A careful pours produces a massive white head with good retention and tons of lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and heavy on Belgian spicing; faint hops. Flavor is dry, grassy citrus with light malt and peppery spicing, developing a hoppy bitterness and finishing peppery and dry. Light to medium bodied with active carbonation giving it an interesting mouth feel. Well made and interesting, but a bit on the dry side for my tastes. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stillwater / Mikkeler Two Gypsies
No apparent freshness dating.

I had an interesting experience with this beer. Upon opening, I started to pour it but was a bit too rough in my approach and brought up too much head. As it didn't seem to want to die down after waiting a bit, I started to pour another glass. The same thing happened but it was more controlled and the head didn't come up quite as large. The first glass was crystal clear, but the second contained yeast and was quite hazy. In tasting them then, I found quite a difference. The clear one was more malt based, and offered floral notes but not much of the sharper mineralish and fruity character that I found in the yeasty version. Additionally, the yeasty version seemed more bitter. How that can be I don't know, but I tried it several times and found it to be so. That said, I combined the two in the hopes of getting a 'standard' mix.

Appearance: It's a hazy golden-orange amber beneath a large head of pillowy off-white. The head dies down slowly, but sadly not as much lacing is left behind as might be expected.

Smell: Floral, sweetish without being candy-ish... just a touch sugary. Some citrus fruit is present. Some red berries as well.

Taste: As is usual, the flavor follows the aroma. There's a bit of yeasty chalkiness to it, and some mineral. The malt is kind of subdued... it's gently candy-ish - softly sweet, and really more grainy than anything else although there is a bit of honey to it. And there is a touch of caramel as well but it's light. The hops are leafy, grassy, and citrusy... perhaps just a slight touch piney as well. Grassy notes seem to be dominant. As to the fruitiness, I think mainly of orange with a bit of apricot, and not juicy pineapple or raspy grapefruit. Some minor, underlying spices just float along almost unnoticed. There's a solid bitterness that balances it and brings it home dry. The yeast really rules the roost here, but it's more of a center point that holds everything together than a main point to be focused upon. Some alcohol is present but it's not out of place. In fact, it's welcome as it adds a spritz of dryness along with the chalky citrus rind and gentle pine in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body, and quite spritzy at first with a zesty, fine-bubbled seemingly-natural carbonation.

Overall: A ready to drink saison: it's not a full or rich style, in so many ways, but it should convey complexity, and this one is no sloucher. At the same time it should not be over-done, and this one is not. It's fairly well-balanced keeping the malt, hops, spice, bitterness and yeasty fruitiness & mineral character in check and all working together. Worth trying.

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Stillwater / Mikkeller Two Gypsies: Our Side from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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