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

Stillwater / Mikkeller Two Gypsies: Our SideStillwater / Mikkeller Two Gypsies: Our Side

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BA SCORE
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very good

279 Ratings
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%


Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: tbrown4 on 01-05-2011)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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?

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 03:09:22 | More by Sammy
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 02:08:01 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 17:41:12 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 22:17:57 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 18:53:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 21:39:40 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

06-07-2011 03:09:10 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 02:19:09 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 04:32:30 | More by NeroFiddled
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 04:09:53 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 03:07:45 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2013 20:22:08 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 05:55:14 | More by Knapp85
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Halcyondays

California

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 22:06:13 | More by Halcyondays
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 04:45:12 | More by tempest
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kojevergas

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
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-

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 04:12:52 | More by kojevergas
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Our Side, from Specific Gravity.

A: The saison is wildly carbonated, a three finger white head that had me worried. That head quickly settles down, leaving a few legs of lace behind. The ale underneath is a mildly hazy orange color, clear and light. A steady stream of bubbles runs through the middle of the glass.

S: Musty and fruity, plenty hoppy too. The Belgian IPA landscape brings a dry, musty yeast together with light fruits and a strong herbal hoppiness. Light flowers, earthy but still bitter, create that always-interesting yeasty-hoppy struggle. The saison freshness is tough to miss and the hops bring a strong aroma.

T: Mmmm, spicy with the zesty freshness of fruits and flowers. Hops are strong, bitter and earthy, lots of flowers. They contrast to the yeasty sweetness. The latter brings light fruits and Stillwater, of course, brings plenty of spices. Booze is present, noticeable as the ale warms. Fairly dry, the finish leaves only the hops behind. The spiciness, a little peppery and fragrant, lasts throughout the ale. The hoppiness, not quite fresh, still packs a great punch. A great beer to sip my way through.

M: As varied and diverse a s a good Belgian IPA, musty and fruity and bittter all at once. I expected the hops to fade away but the ale has held up very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 02:20:06 | More by akorsak
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 01:55:15 | More by Rifugium
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 21:40:34 | More by rhoadsrage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased on a trip to the US recently. Opened with @LaitueGonflable in Sydney.

Pours a hazy golden-amber colour, with an enormous frothy head of off-white, that forms a majestic crest and then subsides as the bubbles supporting it get larger and larger. In truth, the haze must come from the second half of the bottle, because the intial pour was quite clear. Body is extremely light and fluid, which is not surprising for a saison, but is pretty surprising for a 7.5% beer, whatever its disposition. Looks good.

Nose is bright with funk and oak, with a creamy sweetness masking the crisp, green crushed vegetation sharpness of the saison yeast. Some appleskin notes, and a hint of odd bitterness, or the suggestion of bitterness to follow. Interesting.

Taste is peppery and dry, with a husky vegetal character part way through the palate, and a drying finish of green appleskin that lends a touch of tartness. There's a little bit of sharpness mid way that suggests an overuse of hops, and a lack of funk that suggests an under-use of the yeast by-products.

Feel is light and crisp and pleasant.

Overall, it's yet another saison from Stillwater that doesn't really quite reach the heights of the style. It's a little disappointing given that that's their trademark. I'm still waiting for them to whack me over the head with something truly exciting.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:48:33 | More by lacqueredmouse
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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.  

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 05:06:09 | More by corby112
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DoubleJ

California

3.88/5  rDev -2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 02:55:52 | More by DoubleJ
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Public House, in San Francisco.

The beer looks like a ripe peach when held to the light, condensation on the glass even doubling for fuzz. Indeed, it looks like something I'd like to take a bit out of. The beer's complexion is transparent but foggy, owing, I imagine, to a protein haze on the behalf of an ample maltiness. Its head leaves lacing with bigger veins than a bodybuilder.

The beer smells like God's own secret batch of peach lemonade. Its bouquet has the super distilled essence of apricots, millions of them. I suppose that it's yeast and hops that account for this blossoming, slightly sour fruitiness and the floral overtones that pair with it. Assuming so, they've done their job perfectly. Heck, why drink it when I can keep smelling it?

Clean, toasty, Belgian-esque malts make up the foundations and they're instantly recognizable, even over-top the tart fruity notes. What takes more time to show is all the green, candied hoppiness. These ales that combine rich, quality continental maltiness with brazen, zesty American hops have become quite fashionable, and with good reason.

This relatively potent beer is disguised with a pleasant overall floral quality, akin to an herbal tea. There is some bitterness - which should be expected anytime the name Mikkeller is on the label - and what's there is surprisingly assertive. A rash of yeasty spice, subtle until this point, washes up on the finish with a hide tide of (well contained) alcohol warmth.

"Two Gypsies" refers to the fact that neither brewer - Mikkel Borg Bjergsø (Mikkeller – Denmark) and Brian Strumke (Stillwater Ales – Baltimore, USA) - actually has a brewing facility of their own. They're just a couple of mooches that go around the world borrowing other peoples' stuff. And it's a damn good thing they let them! It'd be a crime not to.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 04:59:49 | More by biegaman
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 00:04:35 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 01:11:29 | More by glid02
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Stillwater / Mikkeller Two Gypsies: Our Side from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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