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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 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 oberon
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Stillwater beer to try.Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed orange infused golden with a large blooming head that took quite awhile to subside.Lemon verbina,phenolic spice (although light),and citrusy hops in the nose,all come together real well.Not much funk on the palate wich I am happy for, its mainly yeasty phenols,lemon oils,and sharp American hops.I like this beer I took a chance on it not knowing how I would like it,all in all its a nice subtley complex "American style" saison.

Photo of jbeatty
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 6/23/2011

A: Pours an opaque, dark orange with huge off-white head, settling into a nice frothy layer with nice lacing.

S: Initial whiff of yeast, herbal hops which blend into a more piney character, followed by sweet, citric fruits, mostly oranges, lemons.

T: Oranges, spices, some farmhouse character, bitter herbal hops and lemon rind. Long bitter finish with a surprising amount of alcohol present.

M: The mouthfeel is hindered by the excessive carbonation, making the flavors too prickly, too rough and aggressive.

O: Fine, but too rough to enjoy much on its own, but goes well with food.

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

A very nice beer. In a tulip the beer was a hazy orange color with a gigantic white head that resembled whipped cream.

Lots going on in the aroma. That nice Belgian yeast aroma. Onions, fruit, and sweet malt. Difficult keeping track of it all.

Good taste too, just not quite up to what the aroma promised. Very yeasty. Piquant onions.
Apricot. Sweet malt. A bit of hops late.

Just a touch on the sharp side, but overall a very good beer.

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.

Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear copper with a massive four fingers of dense off-white head. Solid stream of carbonation rising in the tulip glass. Head has excellent retention and leaves the glass coated in lacing.

S - Big lemongrass aroma. Very herbal and earthy. Some decent funk in the aroma as well.

T - Very herbal, dry and bitter. Huge grassy taste. Funk is somewhat mild but present. A bit of fusal alcohol. Good overall but very dry.

M - Ridiculously carbonated, which detracts from the enjoyment even after the beer has been sitting for awhile. Mouthfeel is light and very dry.

O - Pretty interesting saison. Lowering the carbonation and adding a touch of citrus would improve this, but still pretty enjoyable overall.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cool peach colored beer. Nice, but some head or lacing would have been even better. Muted aroma, didn't pull much out of it other than standard belgian yeast.

Taste was full of carbonation, didn't make sense based on the appearance, but ok, weird bitterness. Too medicinal at times. Went from ugh, to not bad, to, eh, there it is again. Seems like it is trying to hard to be complex, with all sorts of competing flavoroids that don't jive with each other. Is there tea leaves and toffee here? Seems more like a DFH let's do something weird for the sake of being weird type of collaboration, but yeah, Mikkeller does a lot of that too, they just have a better overall track record than this with me for their other stuff.

Photo of daveytheformer
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a huge foaming almost pinkish white head that takes a really long time to settle. Once it does lots of sticky lacing is left about.

Smells sort of like ripe peaches. Rose pedals as well come to mind. Spicy yeast follows behind the fruit.

Tastes dry and like tart apples. Noticeable hop flavor in there too. Kind of unpleasant for some reason that I can't quite put my finger on.

Mouthfeel is medium and I would say it's over carbonated like soda.

Overall is ok but not great by any means. Worth trying once I guess.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap multiple times at Brewvival.

Pours a clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust pilsner malts with solid amounts of grassiness and musty hops. Also present are hints of more bitter earthy hops and herbal notes.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit more one-dimensional. Large light malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by herbal hop flavors. Midway through the sip the herbal notes recede and slight funk and grassy hops come into play. The grassy hops and light malt flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer but it was missing a certain something to catapult it into the upper tier of saisons. Still, very refreshing and worth a shot if you see it around.

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

(Served in a tulip)

A- This beer pours a murky deep apricot body and a thick off-white foam that takes up 1/4 of the glass and pushes over the top. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding up the sides of the glass.

S- The fruity esters of yeast is full with a nice dry saison yeast quality and some soft herbal dry hints in the finish with a faint cinder block note.

T- The soft ester yeast blend with a soft pine resin hop note in the finish. A cream note with some dry bubble gum hints grows as the beer opens and a finish of carbonic acid and hop resin lingers a bit after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a crisp scrubbing fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has lots of nice saison yeast characteristics and soft but good hops. The scrubbing fizz tends to cover up to much of the flavor and aroma.

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.

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

Half pour from a tap to a Palm goblet

A - very cloudy, deep orange amber as the sun comes through it. Almost no head and a ring of large bubbles around the perimeter, leaving little residue

S - sweet orange candy notes and and alcohol come first, with and underpinning of floral and pine hop presence

T - In reverse of the aroma the hops are at the fore here. Grapefruit and pine giving way to a bitter finish with hints of caraway

M - very bubbly, light feel initially, but then leaves a resiny hop coating in the mouth

O - Despite being aggressively hop flavored I found this beer dangerously drinkable. Then again I like hops.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

omg this is some! say the least!...from the guy that makes flawless beer....yet here is another one in that mold!

pours a huge over carbonated head, true to style, dark orange in color....

smells like maybe french saison yeast...i can smell a dry hop on this one too....

taste is hopped perfectly! sure thanks to mikkeller...almost an intense citrus taste...perfect!

feel is creamy slightly dry

overall this one lives up to expectation!....good job

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?

Photo of Ssomnoremac
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stillwater appears on the West Coast! (on-tap at Blue Palms)

Have to credit the HOPRY for introducing me to this brewery. Never thought it would get to the west coast this quickly!

Excellent, well balanced saison. Just what you want in terms of this kind of yeast; not too funky, as saisons go.

Lovely dirty orange haze. Nicely hoped and very drinkable.

Photo of DrewShal9
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks as always Larry!

A: apricot bodied with a huge white soapy head that doesn't leave any lacing (surprisingly!)
S: apple, lemon, peaches, slight FUNK, and some booze as it warms up
T: mainly peach and apples, funk, lemon, delicious!
M: drying yet leaving the tongue watering. Lighter bodied but very smooth
O: excellent brew and this is what I expect a saison to be. If you can find this, get it immediately!

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.

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.

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

on-tap, brasserie v

from notes

appearance: served in an appropriate chalice, bright orange body, light frothy crest

smell: mildly hopped, grassy, herbal hops

taste: A by-the-books saison - not really what i was expecting from this collaboration...still quite nice - grassy hops, earthy, peppery spice, dash of orange zest.

mouthfeel: light and crisp

drinkability: strong

Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Gypsies pours a very hazy yellowish gold color. Backlighting gives it more of a solid gold look. Carbonation is quite active. A semi-careful pour produced a white head that rose to three fingers in depth. It took quite a while to completely dissipate. Lacing was a little sticky and moderate in volume. Good looking stuff.

The nose is quite unique for a Saison, but is impressive. It features a nice, musky-earthy scent that is reminiscent of classic Saisons. It has a nice herbal quality to it, but isn’t vegetal at all. Hops are quite strong and come through loud and clear. If you’re into hop-forward Saisons, you’ll appreciate this one. The hops seem mostly grassy and floral. My guess is noble hops. Belgian yeast is spicy and prominent. Alcohol is buried. Smells damn good.

The flavor is good, but is a little less impressive. The hops seem to be more prominent here. I’m still guessing noble with the strong grassy, floral hop flavor. Belgian yeast adds a strong peppery spice flavor. It’s good and works pretty well with the hops. It’s intense though. Maybe a little less spice would be a little more overall. The musky, herbal, and earthy Saison flavors are all secondary, but complement the other flavors well. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Finishes spicy with a dry, grassy hop punch.

Two Gypsies has a medium body. Carbonation is seems active, but feels light. Maybe even a tad light for the style. It goes down nice and easy, but a few more bubbles wouldn’t hurt. It really is easy drinking though. A 750 = no problem.

As I understand it, Mikkeller and Stillwater Artisanal Ales each brewed a beer called “Stateside.” Apparently, Two Gypsies is a blend of the recipes. I don’t believe I’ve tried either “Stateside” release, but Two Gypsies is certainly good beer. It’s definitely a Saison with a strong hop presence. It’s novel, but it works well. The spicy flavor grows a tad tiresome, but that’s a minor complaint. Easy recommendation here.

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

Had a glass at Queens Alewife, it appeared a hazy amber. The aroma reminded me a bit of Saison Dupont, but there was an extra fruity edge. The esters come out with cherry with almost a black licorice. It's not juicy, just a slight complement to the spicy, herbal farmhouse character. By herbal, I mean it tastes and smells like there's a hit of fresh garden herbs, but not over the top, that works in with the dry Belgian yeast. It lacks the deep, complex character of the best saisons, but it's a very tasty, well-balanced beer.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the otherside- pouts. Hazy golden orange with a one finger head, nice retention, no lacing.

Smell is wonderful- some nice tart wild yeast smell, a little sweet pale malt and a little citrus hops (barely noticeable).

Taste is consistent with smell- nice tartness, well balanced with sweet pale malt, taken over by citrus hops towards the end; lemony.

Mouthfeel is also excellent- nice light body with exceptional carbonation. This is a great beer and you should get it if you can.

Photo of zonker17
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Careful pour led to clear amber color with substantial, slightly off-white head. Head retention very good. Little to no lacing left behind. Funk on the nose. Taste to style but a bit too bitter or hoppy. Highly carbonated leaning toward dry. A good beer but not outstanding.

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, lemon zest, lemon rine, spices, floral, and floral hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, citrus hop, earth, floral, and floral hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. This was a fairly well balanced brew on both the aroma and flavor. The citrus and floral aspect in this one really made it quite interesting and enjoyable. While being well balanced it still managed to be quite complex quite was a very refreshing aspect. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of drcarver
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy golden hue with a large off white fluffy head. head lasts for the duration and lacing covers the side of the glass.

S - sweet with a nice hint of farmhouse style funk

T/M - nice cheesy farmhouse funk with a bright hoppy finish. apricot like sweetness in the middle and pine notes at the end. little aftertaste but for a midtongue bitterness.

O - great, great, great.

Photo of bum732
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

S: Some brett, grassy with some pepper, fresh cut flowers, some bright fruitiness.

L: Cloudy burnt orange, effervescent white head with good retention and lacing.

T: Off-flavored malt with a very earthy and peppery backbone. Medium low grassy bitterness with an almost brett like dryness. Quite grassy throughout bordering on vegetal.

M: High carbonation, medium mouthfeel, spritzy.

Meh, very grassy, not one of Stillwater's better efforts.

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