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Reviews: 99
Hads: 302
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 4.94%
Wants: 13
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StaEva on 06-14-2011

It’s my pleasure to present a collaboration with The Brewer’s Art. A Baltimore institution that helped to pioneer the Belgian beer movement in the States. Brewed with a combination of Spelt & Rye, accented with a blend of Heather, Honeysuckle, and Hyssop. The result is a rustic farmhouse ale displaying earthy tones & floral characteristics while maintaining intricate balance.
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Photo of benbazi
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a nice pillowy head in my tulip glass.

smells of delicious floral, citus fruits and pepper!

tastes of fruit, earth and delicious pepper spicyness with a right on dry finish.

medium body appropriate carbonation, smooth.

overall this another winner from stillwater, i dig this beer. (311 characters)

Photo of StaEva
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Featured on draft this past weekend at Whole Foods in Devon, PA. I was told by Brian Strumke that this was a blend of Belgian malt, rye, and spelt, with heather, honeysuckle, and hyssop selected to specifically compliment each of the three grains. True alchemy at work in this recipe design...

Pour was a hazy orange/copper color. caramel toned, beautiful two fingers of cream-colored, yeasty head. Retained for most of the glass.

Amazing aromas of mellow orange-citrus, musty, grassy lemon, bread and Belgian fruits. Good funk to it, for sure.

First sip was very citrus-juicy in the middle, with a great imprint of musty funk from the nose. Rustic straw qualities, fresh cut grass, deep earthy moss notes on the exhale— almost getting a smoky reverberation under the earthy herbal flavors that linger on that exhale. Amazing depth, and balanced complexity. Super crisp finish, medium bodied with great prickly carbonation.

I adore this beer. It's better than Hennepin, better than any farmhouse or Saison I've ever had. A true original, you have to try this at all costs. (1,078 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Tulip glass

A- A nice orange color with a two finger white that fades somewhat quickly leaving a very active lacing.

S- Earthy herbs and spices, slightly hoppy, yeast, hint of funk.

T- Nice light tart fruit flavor, balanced with nice spiciness, nice complexity.

M- Crisp, clean, smooth, light to medium body.

O- This is another great Saison from Stillwater. This is definitely a unique Saison worth trying, I am glad that I have another bottle to later. (487 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

proper looking with a kind of an off-orange color and a white head. nose reminds me of wildflowers, lemon, herbs, lemony rye seed (if there was such a thing), rye, spelt, lemongrass and carries a buckwheaty/soba umaminess that i can't describe along with a faint fruitiness. great malty base that amplifies and harmonizes with the spice (which also seems to harmonize with the phenols, blurring the line that seperates spice from yeast at work) to create a new melody. such a familiar taste, yet like nothing i've tasted before. well done my friends. dry, spicy, balanced and pleasant. not a trace of booze. the spice never becomes overbearing, and there even is a touch of bitter in the end to zip it up. medium body with a soft feel. wonderful. a bit adventurous, but in a gentle way. another winner from our local heroes! (824 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

golden orange. Lots of haze and cloudiness here with a large two finger high head of white foam that just would not receded. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom to reinforce it.

The aroma was loaded with spices. Hints of lemon and cinnamon where abound here, with a rich earthy mix to it. Lots of almost a nutmeg I am picking up here. The flavor took off right where that left off. A rich mixture of lemon, fresh grass, light fruit flavors and a ton of spice. Nice hints of allspice, cinnamon and pepper here. Nice light to medium body feel capped it off very well and the overall drinkability was very nice (618 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy peach, carbonation clings to the sides, but any deeper in is cloudy. Very nice two inch, off-white head that leaves some pretty decent lacing behind.

Pale malts, earth, lemon and barnyard funk (not a huge amount) make up the smell. Good but simple.

Smooth pale malts and a hint of spice start the taste, yeasty funk (light but nice) follow. There is an earthy middle with hints of lemon, flowers and herbs. Very smooth and complex flow to the taste. Moderate/light body, moderate carbonation, pleasant aftertaste give it high marks in feel.

Stillwater knocked it out of the park with this collaboration. It was very worth the wait, and I'm going back for more. (680 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a one finger fine off-white head and lacing. Aroma of light fruit, floral elements light spicing and a suggestion of sweet caramel malt. Flavor of light fruit with peppery bitterness from the heather, develops nice floral notes in the middle to finish somewhat dry with a touch of rye sourness. A very pleasant flavor progression. Complex variety of flavors, but none dominate, allowing something interesting to develop over the taste. Although light to medium in body, it manages a bit of creaminess in the mouth feel. Another interesting and fun to drink take on the saison style. Nicely done. (667 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased and enjoyed in February, 2012.

This pours a golden-orange color with a tight layer of foam. Lovely aroma. I get a light floral ‘wildflowers in bloom’ note which accents the estery aroma. It has a zesty flavor and a real zing to each sip. There’s a light crispness to this that’s all about the flavor. It’s estery, yeasty springtime floral-ness forward. The grain bill has some interesting components but I couldn’t identify or single out some of the specifics, other than an apparent rye zest. But spelt? Heather, honeysuckle & hsyssop?

While I enjoyed this beer tremendously after tasting the Debutante and a Fantome in the same weekend I also found myself wondering if I’ve hit a wall in terms of my ability to detect some of the more subtle and unique variations, or if I’m missing out on some things. (834 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Semi opaque light gold body. Nice lace and retention.

S - Lightly sour with dried flowers, dandelion, honey, and green banana.

T - Smooth opening of malt and honey into an orangey fruit center. Tart, dry hop note on the backend with hay and herbal characteristics.

M - Medium/full and surprisingly creamy for a saison.

O - Sweeter and creamier than traditional for the style, but it works beautifully. (409 characters)

Photo of gregcordle
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Awesome example of a bier de garde. I wish more people embraced these styles. Musty, spicy and lemon zest come through. Very crisp with high carbonation. (156 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle courtesy of mwrecording pours a lightly hazed gold with a firm cap of white head. Good retention and average lace.

Nose is peaches, apricots, bready yeast and lightly tropical hops.

Taste is nice and yeasty, I would believe it if someone told me this was brewed in Belgium. A superb crackery, light malt base - super dry with a little hop bite to round things out. This is a fantastic beer, I would absolutely love to have another sometime very soon. (466 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy bright golden color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of rye and spelt malt is easily detectable with some good notes of rustic ester and light residual sugar notes. Taste is a complex mix between some fruity ester with good notes rustic malt with spicy notes of rye malt and light residual sugar notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with excellent level complexity while retaining a very nice level of drinkability. (563 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap a bright golden color with two fingers of sticky white head. Nice amounts of lacing left behind.

Aroma of floral and herbal hoppy notes along with white pepper, clove, and a bit of yeast and honey.

The taste was very nice with the hoppy floral and herbal notes along with the clove, pepper, and yeast notes from the aroma. Finished clean/

Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

A very nice Saison from Stillwater. A must try. (464 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to jecker for sharing this with me -enjoyed from the 750 poured into a tulip.

The color is dark golden with some sunny aspects and moderate amount of haze which fits the style(spiced saison), the bead is small and the cap is light tan. This has that fresh yeasty, creamy wheat infused aroma I like in certain saisons, the yeast influence brings a slight funk, but mild in comparison to the earthy spice and slight toastiness from the wheat with light fruit ester. The smooth spiced feel is great with a gentle creamy body and slight spiced bitter middle, the edges have some funk from the yeast to keep things interesting, but mainly in the peripheral taste with a light dry texture and gentle yeast fruit with only a slight amount of sweetness from the malt.

This Saison has a lot of yeast driving the flavor, the presence is full on with mild wheat flavors which come off as lightly bready and fresh toasted with slight pear and light funkiness giving an earthy flavor from the yeast. The hops give a light herbal accent bringing out some complexity in the spice additions and the mild bitterness helps to lighten the taste a bit. The toasted wheat presence is high, perhaps there is some oat in the malt too since it is so silky smooth with creamy yeast element in the finish. Overall I found this to be a very high quality and quaffable saison, the spice notes are not out of place and the collaboration is nothing short of excellent which you would expect from two American brewers who know their way around the Belgian styles. A great example of what can happen when inspiration ignites between a couple brewers. Very nice take on the style. (1,658 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jecker shared this with me originally. Didn't take notes so a 750 mL from State Line will suffice.

A: The saison, an American saison per the label, is golden and hazy, a deeper hue that verges on all-out orange. A huge head, over five fingers on the first two pours, doesn't leave any lace behind.

S: The nose is very floral, enough to nearly induce a seasonal allergy attack. While that's a bit of an embellishment, the ale doesn't skimp on the fresh aromas. Fresh cut flowers and chalky aromas are strong, sage and pepper come through later.

T: Chalky, the powdery feel coming from the spice profile. Much like Stillwater's other saisons, the unusual spice profile makes the ale work. Citric flavors mix with the flowers, all overwhelming and yet subtle at the same time. Citrus hops are present, especially closer to the finish. Pepper and sharp spices dominate the finish, sharing the stage with pineapple and more spices. The complexity is right on par with Stillwater's best, this one veering into an equally experimental result. The ale is very lively as well, plenty of carbonation to keep the taste on a path of evolution.

M: The mouthfeel is very lively, packed with more flavors than most saisons put together. The dusty flavors segue nicely into a formidable saison body. Hops near the finish seal the deal with citrusy zest. Well done. I'd say its just a hair behind Cellar Door and Stateside. (1,410 characters)

Photo of Blanco
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Whole Foods

Pours a light orange/dark gold color. White solid head. Decent lacing. Steady streams of really tiny bubbles come up from the bottom of the glass. Smell is very "saison-esque" with some light fruit and a tiny hint of the funk. Definitely has a hint of the farmhouse in it, but seems like it might need some time in a bottle to bring that out. Taste is dry and refreshing. No funk or farmhouse aspects to speak. Some more hints of fruit, tartness, pear, maybe some apple, grass. Extremely smooth and no bite or bitterness to speak. The more sips I take, the more I enjoy this beer.

This is a good beer to give someone's who's curious about the style and you don't want to scare them away with something overpowering or terribly funky. Very solid and perfect for this time of year. (807 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy bright golden-orange color with a finger of thick frothy white head atop. the head fades slowly leaving behind lots of lace in the process.

S - Aroma is a complex mix of some banana yeast, some earthy and herbal spices, and some citrus and pineapple elements. There is also a bit of grain that comes through.

T - Starts off with a kick of banana yeasty flavor and some light spices. Through the middle, the spices get a bit richer with some more earthy and floral elements coming through. However, there is still a good balance provided by the citrus and yeast flavors. The finish is a mix of yeast, earthy and floral elements, spice, and a citrus that all linger together.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer felt very smooth and quite dry which made it very refreshing.

D - Very drinkable. The spices here were very complex and a bit different compared to most saisons. However, they wound up being well balanced and worked very well to deliver a great saison. (1,003 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazey amber. Looks like a summer sunset. Finger and a half of off white head. Decent retention.

S- honey kissed dry whisper of pale malt. Seductively floral with out being cloying. Slight musty character with a yeasty finish.

T- honey kissed malt flavor up front. Full floral burst that is balanced and seductive. Musty flavors blend with the floral notes. Yeast flavor with a touch of white wine. Finishes dry with a nice palate cleansing ceral grain.

MF- average slick bready mouthfeel. Average body and soft active carbonation.

D- average drinkability.

Overall a great saison with just the right amount of floral characteristics. One of the beat beers Stillwater has done IMO. (695 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from Stillwater. Looks nice. Smells nice. A good profile of flavors, but not really pushing it or trying to be obnoxious. And that's the key I think. Do it right and do it well, but don't try to be out of control with things. A very well done brew. (262 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jecker aka Josh for bringing this one to our IPA day party.

A - Pours hazy golden yellow with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving little to no lace down the glass.

S - Smells of spicy yeast, light funk, grassy hops, blackboard chalk, and some light fruitiness; mostly pear.

T - Starts off with a big dose of spicy yeast slowly giving way to a mix of grassy hops, light fruit, musty basement funk, and some chalk dust. The finish is a mix of chewy/spicy yeast and some light funk, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Spicy, smooth, feel with a bit of funk toward the very end that lingers on the pallet for some time.

O - Not too bad. I still prefer some of their other saisons but this one was still ver good. Glad I got to try it. Thanks again Josh! (839 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split with my wife the other night. Served in Stillwater wine glasses. Beer is orangish / amber with a haze and a thin white head that leaves some lacing behind, mild to moderate carbonation.

Aroma is strongly yeasty with a mild bitterness and an estery sweetness.

Beer tastes really nice, I like it a lot. Medium in body, sweet on the front end and throughout is a nice yeast character. The esters make a nice forward palate, sweet, banana, mild bubble gum, the finish has a subtle bitterness that I really enjoy a lot. (522 characters)

Photo of C20Percent
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a gold color with a big bubbly white head of foam on top. Mighty bubbly.

S: Strong floral smells. Citrus. Fruits. Honey. Reminds me of a white wine. Sweet.

T: Spices -- rye, maybe -- lemons. Fruits. Flowers. Honey. Peppery?

M: Bold carbonation. Pretty smooth for a Farmhouse Ale. Bonus.

O: If you like this style, then you'll probably really like this beer. I'm not a huge Saison / Farmhouse Ale. I like the spices. Like the smell. Good brew. (456 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light golden/amber color with a mild amount of white head and just a little lacing.

Smell: A bit sweet from the malt with a herbal yeasty note and some fruitiness.

Taste: Mildly sweet malt with strong fruit and floral notes. There is a herbal flavor in the background with a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The fruity notes were very pleasant and the flavor was quite well balanced. I would have this again in the future. (590 characters)

Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into a grand bordeaux wine glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow with thick opacity. A nice finger's worth of frothy white head forms on my pour, which retains nicely. There is reasonable lacing from this white head.

Nose: Up front hay and belgian yeast hit me, as well as some spiciness and grassy qualities. Maybe a bit more strongly Belgian than other Saisons I've experienced.

Taste: Very nice. Definite Belgian spice, yeast, pretty floral and earthy as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, good carbonation, feels very refreshing--however I just returned from running an interval workout so maybe I'm just particularly thirsty.

Overall: A good Belgian-style/Saison. Very crisp and refreshing, certainly above average as a general ale, but I don't know that it's anything particularly special in the genre. That said, it's very good and I would recommend. (861 characters)

Photo of srhoadsy
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a flute.

Pours a clear straw color with an inch and a half of airy white head that very slowly recedes and leaves a quarter inch surface layer with nice lacing.

Aroma of sour grapes with a grassy background.

Flavor follows through aroma with a slight peppery taste as well.

Body is dry and crisp with good dose of carbonation.

Not my favorite from Stillwater(Existent), but all around a nicely balanced and drinkable beer. (451 characters)

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