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

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Reviews: 159
Hads: 292
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
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 Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -5%
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? (305 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one was very carbonated.

A: Large head. Had to wait a few times for it to go down. Murky golden with crimson hues body.

S: grass, lemongrass, apricot and esters

T: lemongrass, black pepper zest, apple and floral. Belgian yeast and spice mixed in.

M: high carbonation, light to medium body. Semidry finish.

Overall: A little too carbonated. This one is also a touch dry and though its complex you really have to search the different sides out. (452 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and does not have any signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that faded away, leaving some lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy grapefruit in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has light flavors of citrus—grapefruit stands out in particular. The taste seems to be much more complex compared to other beers in the style.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink but lacks the dryness that would lend some refreshing qualities. (657 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a light orange with a tad bit of haze. Single finger white head with some lacing before fading into a sticky collar. The nose certainly lets you know what it is--saison yeast and IPA-level hops come through. The yeast takes the forefron with some citrus and floral notes in the background. A bit of white pepper there as well. Not of the notes are a bit faint.

Taste is nice and hoppy with a saison kick to it. The flavors don't.meld perfectly but I like how this ended up. The mouthfeel really enhances my overall perception of the beer. The finish is dry and bitter after a full mouthfeel. Overall, I really like the theoretical concept and the beer itself is quite good. Solid effort all around. (748 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden apricot with a massive head that leaves lacing all around the tulip glass

Smell: Musty and fruity, with peppery spice, yeasty phenols and grassy hops

Taste: Yeasty phenols dominate, up front, with bread, caramel and grassy elements developing; very peppery, in the middle, with both pepper and bitter, grassy flavors building into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy, with buoyant carbonation

Overall: While there are a lot of interesting elements to this beer, they are not necessarily in harmony; I respect it more than I like it, as a consequence (609 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's interesting, strong citrus aromas from start to finish. The Belgian yeast is a big factor in the flavor. It's smooth and fruity. Aroma of peaches and oranges Maybe a little lemon too in the mix. Either way this is a really nice brew from these two monster breweries! (271 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Uprise Bar, Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a cloudy, orange color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly, off-white foam. It left patchy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled funky and slightly phenolic with some fruity notes - apple and pear.

T - It tasted spicy with touch of funk. Good caramel flavor with a nice green apple fruitiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and crackly on the tongue. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was fantastic on tap. I really enjoyed this one! (501 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

golden amber color with a huge, towering head of white that refused to part ways no matter what you did. Really just superb looking with tons of lacing down the sides of the glass and a rich and proper looking appearence. Nice elements of light clove, peach, hints of grain and fresh grasses and a nice little spicey punch to it. Warming brings out the wonderful light tart notes through the air that carry over so well into the flavor. Not over done at all, in fact it seemed to fit perfectly as the mellow sourness played off of the rich grainy and frsh flavor. Smooth, subtle and soft, this just worked on every level it possibly could have. (644 characters)

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood

A: The beer pours a hazed golden amber color with a finger of white head.

S: Smells sort of saison-like with a nice grass and yeast profile, as well as some citrus peel. It is on the sweet side, though. Somewhat sugary with a bit of caramel. Some floral hops and a hint of pepper.

T: Sweet up front with a big time candi sugar flavor. Floral and grassy notes, a bit of lemon zest, and a slightly perfumey feel to the beer. A bit of bready malt and some bitterness on the finish. As it warms, some apple comes out.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: If it wasn't so sweet, I would have liked this one significantly more. (657 characters)

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

A - Pours with a huge, three finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles down very slowly, it actually continues to expand for several minutes after pouring, and when it eventually does fade away it leaves thick spots of lace on the glass.

S - Fruity yeast notes of pear, pineapple, and vanilla with a little bit of herbal hop character in the background.

T - Fruity yeast and malt up front with soft vanilla and honey notes as well as some pear. More sweet malt in the middle with red apple and pineapple. Herbal hop flavor lingers into the finish with moderate bitterness and more pilsner malt.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very nicely made, it hits all the classic notes of the style with a yeast character that reminds me of a tripel. Very drinkable, though it is a bit difficult to pour and it is the only beer that I have seen where the head continues to grow for a full minute after you stop pouring it. (972 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap in a pint glass at Max's

Appearance - There is almost no head from the start. This one pours a very cloudy golden with orange tint.

Smell - Sweet and mildly fruity with hints of spice from the yeast. Not much hops in the smell.

Taste - Bitter citrus peel hops hit the tongue first. Then there is a mild sweetness with hints of banana and spice. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation, which surprised me considering the lack of head.

Drinkability - This one is very good and I would definitely be interested in more. (578 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (2,695 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Served in a stem glass, a golden-amber color with a slight haze, and a small delicate cap of white head. Light aroma, grassy, organic, crisp and lightly citrusy. Light and crisp on the tongue as well, sweet with light sugar, grassy and floral, with hints of citrus zest. Not overly flavorful, but definitely nice, with little to no aftertaste. Light-medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, and quite drinkable overall. (463 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

B- (2,026 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap, I think, at Max's Taphouse into a standard pint. I ordered the cask version but I am pretty sure he gave me the draft version instead. Oh well...

A - Pours hazy copper orange with a small half finger tall white head leaving minimal lacing down the glass.

S - Nice mix of spicy saison yeast and pungent citric hops. Not as bready as your typical Belgian IPA, but in a good way. Nothing too over the top but still a very solid offering.

T - Nice grassy hop bite up front giving way slowly to a mix of spicy saison yeast and faint caramel malt sweetness. Finish is a bit chewy with plenty of lingering hop bitterness. The balance of flavors is very well done. It really does need all the flavors to work in harmony for it to work out and luckily for this one it does. Very nice stuff.

M - Medium-light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Finish is bready with a good bit of lingering hop bitterness. Nothing too special here.

D - Pretty good stuff. I enjoyed the mix of saison and IPA, the faint funk and bright hops played well off each other. I would have loved to try this on cask... (1,110 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a saison at the time of this review. Poured into a Stillwater saison wine glass because I can.

Beer is orange and hazy with a huge head, small and large bubbles, lots of carbonation, lots of lacing.

Aroma is sweet and really yeasty, nice, love that aroma from Brian's yeast.

Beer is medium bodied, sweet on the leadoff, great yeast character on the midpalate the whole thing is so well connected and put together, I really enjoy it. I'd have it again, I'm going to pick up a few more. (495 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,940 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso into a tumbler.

Appears a pale burnt orange and cloudy color. There is visible really small carbonation from the bottom, and small pinhead off white bubbles for a head. Manages to leave nice lacing and a collar throughout drinking.

Bouquet is a surprising send of dried orange peel, real nice. But that's unfortunately all I get off of it.

Taste at first is initially wet but with a surprisingly good mouthfeel and expansive in the mouth. Muted fruit in the palate bordering almost into sour (but not quite getting there). The beer though feels strangely like it's missing some flavor and some kick which really seems odd. There's a small weak apple cider feel to this drink as well and a garden quality. It also feels a little "spritzy".

This wasn't too bad actually kind of nice but I would have to be in the mood for this to want it again. Not sure what that mood would be though. (919 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a medium orange with an impressive frothy white head. Average head retention and solid lace.

S: Very grassy and herbal, notes of the American influence.

T: Grass, pine and white pepper type flavours, with some good estery notes. Hoppier than the style would usually indicate but well made.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy feel, soft carbonation.

O: Kind of middle of the road for me, though the flavours are there. I'm pretty tough on this style, but still worth seeking out. (515 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions, on to the beer:

It looks like fall with its autumn orange color. A little lace it brings clings to the glass. At first, the nose hits hard with the hops. Given some time to air out, we start to get a little rusitc. More specifically, the aroma is piney, toffee, and a little rustic.

It's a weird one, but I like it. This IPA meets saison has got it. Pine juice and rustic saison characterstics to taste, and while I like it, I wouldn't want many helping of it (491 characters)

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much exactly what you want to see when you pour a saison. Nice golden color, slightly hazy, with a towering head that slowly breaks down into a loosely held together pillow on top of the beer. Smells nicely of lemons, coriander, and pepper- also spot on for me for the style. The taste is similar, but not quite as sharply defined, and although the citrus is quite present, the pepper and spice less so. Moderately sharp and crisp on the palate, which is nice. A solid endeavor from two very cool breweries. (514 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Farmers' Cabinet.

Pours a hazy bright golden orange color with pale yellowish orange hues and a frothy two finger white head.  Good retention slowly fading to a lasting cap/ring that leaves rings and chunks of lace.  

Slightly earthy aroma with subtle barnyard notes. Lots of bready yeast and crisp, light fruit.  Hints of orange and apple with subtle crisp hops, grass and straw.

Medium bodied and slightly creamy with a zesty, peppery spice presence up front that lingers into a slight dry finish.  Full bready yeast body with subtle earthy hops countering the saison yeast.  Hints of coriander, pepper and light fruit with lots of citrus/orange peel.   (674 characters)

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Stillwater / Mikkeller Two Gypsies: Our Side from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
89 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.