Classique - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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very good

433 Ratings
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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 19
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
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Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-13-2013

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Ratings: 433 | Reviews: 94
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Photo of Billolick
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, w/o freshness info.
Pours heavily hazed yellowy and dull in color. Nice looking fine and light near white head, goes to a film, thicker collar and quality looking strands and webs of fine lacing.

Spiced, perfumed, citric and tropical nose. nice

Sightly tart, brightly flavorful, with more citrus, lemon/lime comes to mind. Spicy, astringent and biting yeast and hop notes in the rear adding to the intrigue and complexity. Real nice stuff, fine summer kinda brew.

Would be great with all sorts of foods- cheeses, thai, spicy all candidates for pairings.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, straw yellow in color, clear

Smell: apple and hay

Taste: sweet apple, hay, lemon, slight banana

Mouthfeel: sweet start with funkiness, light bodied and high carbonation

Overall: A good saison. I like this a lot better than their Stateside Saison. Very light and crisp. A good warm weather sipping beer.

Photo of pat61
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%

A slightly tart nose joined with light grains and a hint of fruit and lemon.
Pours very light effervescent hazy straw under a 2” white persistent foam cap that produces rich lace.
Palate: Citrusy fruit over light water cracker malt with an assertive grapefruit rind bitter accent on the finish. Bone dry with the lemony tartness and light fruit balancing the assertive bitterness.
Light, refreshing and effervescent – a perfect summer beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Canned(?) date stamped on the bottom of August(?) 2013.
Pours pale golden-yellow; hazy; very good head.

Aroma: banana, bubblegum, green tomato ... there's more, and in total it is much nicer than this mix sounds.

Flavor: some Belgian notes; like nose; no musk or funk.

Feel: very clean, especially for style

O: Another excellent canned beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a globe glass)

A- This beer pours a pale lemon yellow body that is hazy with a thick sticky snow white head of cream that has some nice lacing. There is a swirl of microbubbles billowing to the surface.

S- The hint of pils malt is followed by a soft lemon pith with some slight soapy qualities to it.

T- The dry grapefruit pith flavor is soft with some field corn hints to it and a dry finish that has some sulfur or pepper hints to it. It is a clean but dry finish.

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

O- This is a nice looking beer and pretty taste but it is a bit dry with very little yeast profile to make it a session beer. Especially if price is a factor.

Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A brilliant gold, this Saison is bright and clear. A large, clean white head is heavy and rocky, a strong one nearly a full finger's height after peaking at two. Plenty of patching clings as it recedes.
This beer's overall profile is light but firm, with a gently musty, dusty earthiness and spices under an even base of pale malts with underlying floral and herbal notes, lemon zest gently adding to the depth in each sniff and each sip. A lightly dry, vinous sort of character is a major part of the character.
The feel is bright, crisp and clean in a light body with a strong carbonation that doesn't take away from the soft strength, but it does add a strong spritziness that, with the dryness, throws things off ever so slightly.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%

Poured from the twelve ounce can into a snifter.

A- Pale, foamy white head, sticky wall of lace. Body is cloudy, golden and shows brisk carbonation. 4

S- Lemony, sweet malt, floral aroma of lilies, peppery. 4

T- Floral, faint malt and grain flavors, tiny hints of honey. The lemony flavor emerges as it warms. 3

M- Sweet, light, mildly effervescent, and aggressively bitter at the finish. Dry like wine. 3.75

There are some decent traits to this beer, but the flavor really lacks. It's mostly faint and offers little to surprise or make note of. 3.12

Photo of tastybeer
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale glowing yellow in color with a very nice looking white cakey head on top. Lace has already started and retention is about a 1/4 inch high. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and creamy. Banana pudding, lemon, and spice... Flavor is spicy and floral with lemon candy. Very refreshing, fun beer. Mouthfeel is very smooth until gradually broken up by tiny tingly carbonation bubbles. Overall good stuff.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Stillwater Classique
12 oz. can, "PCKG 06/16/2014 15:48"
$2.15 @ Stinky Bklyn, 215 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY

I love that there's nothing at all on the label of this beer to describe it other than "POSTMODERN BEER". Personally I don't agree that it's a post-modern at all, but I think it's ballsy to not put out something more (which can be a huge challenge to brewers who are making something that doesn't quite fit any particular style), and I find it fun. If it wasn't Stillwater I might have passed it over, but as they're a trusted brewery I was sure it'd be good.

So, what is it? It's not a Saison or Farmhouse Ale if you go by current BJCP guidelines because it's just not strong enough, but I wouldn't doubt that there have been beers of this strength (4.5% abv) made in the past... were Belgian farmers even measuring their gravity? Probably not. Nor is it really a Belgian pils.

What it is, is: 1) a hazy, light golden ale with a bright white head, 2) offering the aroma of a sweetish pilsner malt base,and some chalky, spicy, fruity (crisp apple) and phenolic Belgian yeast, followed by 3) the same characteristics in it's flavor... the yeast character somewhat dominates the malt, and it's moderately bitter with some grassy/leafy/floral hop notes that don't appear nearly as strong in the aroma as they do in the flavor; 4) Medium-light in body, and gently crisp, 5) finishing dry with a mineralish edge. Overall, a well-made, balanced, and very drinkable ale that showcases its yeast.

Photo of ordybill
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a spicy aroma with a hint of citrus, pretty good
Appearance- This brew looks like a slightly darker version of Coors Light, thankfully this is deceiving
Taste- Has a grass and citrus flavor with maybe some pepper thrown in. not bad, every sip I took I enjoyed it more.
Palate- This is a light bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a nice thin feel.
Overall- This is a really good saison. It doesn't have an overwhelming flavor that some saison's do but I really enjoyed the flavor and character. I would drink this again.

Photo of Evahflow
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Slightly murky straw colored with an eggshell white bubbly inch of head
S-Hay, pepper, pears, lemon
T- Hay, grain, slight spicy pepper tones, pear, slight lemon tartness to finish it up
M- light bodied, zippy carbonation, more bitter than I expected but works nicely
O- This is a tasty spin on a saison. I'd like a bit more yeast character to shine through but overall this was a balanced summertime supper. I'd love to have this available to drink on a porch/beach/after mowing a lawn

Photo of KYGunner
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant and bright golden coloring with a frothy and light marangue for a head. The retention was impressive and the lacing thick.

The nose is sweet and aromatic with tangy clove banana and a yeasty body. Light bubblegum-like sweetness compliments a wheat scent.

The flavor is a tad metallic with a grainy wheat and yeasty clove. There's a bit of unexpected piney hops at the finish and I detect no banana.

The feel is very dry but sprite and bubbly.

This was really good until I tasted it and then they lost me. Maybe it needs to be on tap to truly show it off.

Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bright golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very mild, some lemons, malts. Taste is a bit unusual for the style. Lots of lemons, tart, some yeast, fruits. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.77/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours yellow with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows some Belgian yeast, some farmhouse funky notes, soft vegetal hints and banana.
Some of the Belgian and farmhouse notes remain as flavours along with a corn note and apple characters.
Carbonation is a bit excessive.

Photo of philbe311
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A Saison in a can??? Yes, please...

A - A fairly active pour that yields a bit more than three fingers worth of crisp airy fluffy pure white colored frothy goodness comprised of lots and lots of big chunky bubbles... Rock solid retention... Once settles there is a swirled lacing with a heavy dollop in the center of the glass and a modest collar... The color is a pale to medium gold... There is a very slight haziness throughout... A slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Lots of lemon zest... Fresh cut grass... Some wheat notes... Belgian yeast... Green apples... Pears... Perhaps some light white pepper notes... Deep and complex... Each whiff reveals a new subtle nuance...

T - The spice component is dialed up several notches on the palate... Sage... White pepper... Some mint notes as well... Tart citrus... Lots of grassy / wheat notes... Some flaky white biscuit as well... The Belgian yeast component lingers beneath the surface and adds nice depth and complexity...

M - Light to medium bodied... Brisk carbonation... Crisp and refreshing... Starts with a touch of dryness... The dryness intensifies throughout... The finish is a bit leathery...

D - I picked this one up on a whim and was quite happy that I did... While this one may fall a bit short of world class Saison, it's not too far off... There's a lot to offer in this 4.5% offering from Stillwater Artisan Ales... I can't say a single bad thing about this brew... I'm rather infatuated with it at this moment... Cheers...

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with a large pure white bubbly head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light rustic malt notes with some dry hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by rustic malt notes with light dry ester and some bready yeast notes are also noticeable. Body is light with great carbonation. Very much enjoyable if maybe a bit short on the complexity notes with great drinkability level.

Photo of Spikester
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy pale gold with a large foamy white head that has good retention. Laces the glass pretty well. Smell is mild banana clove white pepper. Some yeasty biscuit as well.
Taste is similar to the nose but less pungent. There is a good amount of hop bitterness in the dry finish. Body is light and carbonation was just right. Overall a very flavorful beer for such a low abv.

Photo of fourstringer
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Brewer's Art goblet with a moderate hand. No identifiable date. Cool can with a dude rockin' an eye patch, flanked by two eagle heads. First Stillwater I've had from a can.

A: Hazy, medium pale yellow with a lime tint. About 1 finger of clean, white head with good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Inviting yeast with fruit notes. Some citrus and vanilla. Honey. Faintly floral with a nice sweetness. Pale malt brings whiffs of grass, biscuit. Some spice is present, namely coriander. Very nice.

T: Starts with a floral, moderate bitterness and faint pale malt notes. Very dry in the finish and throughout, really. No alcohol, as expected. Good, but not quite the complexity the nose suggested.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body. No prickliness, which is nice. Slightly oily on the palate.

O: Very sessionable saison that drinks more like a pilsner. Smell is particularly good, but those elements don't quite make it into the mouth... Regardless, this was just what the doctor ordered for a thirsty, NFL wild-card Sunday.

Prost!

Photo of BTVflatlander
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised to have found the ideal warm weather beer (in theory) for me. A sessionable saison in six packs of cans? Shit. High expectations going in, within reason. I was hoping for something better than Victory Swing but obviously not DuPont.

A: Hard to say because I drank from the can, but cloudy for sure which is one of my biggest gripes with Victory Swing. An unfiltered saison to me feels like heresy.

S: Yeasty, spicy, and fruity. Smells real good.

T: Reminds me of Victory Swing to an extent BUT slightly more balanced and nuanced, but still very clove/pepper heavy with some nice Belgian character.

M: This is what, in my opinion, makes this beer so great. Despite it being what I'd consider a session saison, the mouthfeel and carbonation are spot on and it's tough to tell you're drinking something under 5%. Awesome

O: Coming into this with high expectations, I must say I'm impressed overall. For a $11 sixer, I need good reason to buy something like that frequently and, honestly, I can see myself buying this very frequently as summer approaches. Highly recommended.

Photo of smakawhat
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

A murky almost lemon yellow with lots of green depth to it as well, almost like wilted yellow grass colors. Head is frothy and large and settles to a soapy top with clumpy lacing and island chunky mountainous tops.

Soft yeast and lightly tart sensing. Dense malt and some wine like sourness, leafy hop and chewy sensing sweetbread. Quite nice.

Palate is a bit light bodied noticeably, in fact a little too light I would say with very little depth and not allowing the flavors to carry and last. Slight sharp hop and yeasty farmhouse punch on first sip. Juice like flavors of faint peach and apricot fill nicely, but disappear quite quickly on the swallow. Warmth brings out a nice hop and saison punch more while drinking.

It's not exactly Saison Dupont but seems to aim for that angle a bit with an American twist. Not a poor mans Dupont either, but a simple easy drinking one to go.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RB

12oz can picked up at the COOP a month back.. pours clear straw golden.. white head with flecks in the pillow.

Big phenolic bubblegum and minor clove and peppercorn.. white wheat.. green apple esters.

Flavor is nicely done with the lower ABV... clovey phenols and grassy/lemon hops mesh a fermented out pale malt essence..

big carbonation.. still pretty drinkable... The low ABV is special, I would like to see this more often in the coolers.

3.25/3.5/3.75/3.5/3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really interesting beer here, a saison in a can is unheard of. Purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy, swirly light yellow, with a 2 inch foamy white head. Tree ring like lacing down the glass.

Smells include lemon, citrus, hay, and Belgian yeast.

The taste is similar. This is very smooth, and goes down easily- clearly a session saison, or something of that sort. Some crackery and bready malts, hay, lemon, orange, Belgian yeast esters, a tiny bit of sweetness.

Light bodied, crisp, quite refreshing.

A great beer, loved this one.

Photo of wedge
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw with a big, slowly deflating head of airy foam. Delicate floral, spicy, grassy aromas meld with dried banana and apricot esters and float over a lightly sweet, pale grain base. Crisp, peppery, hoppy flavor upfront leading to some citrus oils, herbs, and slight cracker-like malts. Extremely refreshing, snappy, light body. This is right up my alley tonight. I'm going to grab another six pack of this for Labor Day weekend camping. You could alternate this with a nice, hoppy Pils and not miss a beat.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip. Pours a pale straw amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of saison yeast, light citrus, light, sweet bready malt, a hint of funk. Flavor is mild malt, wheat, saison yeast and light citrus, finishing drier with a light funky bite. Light to medium bodied. A very nice light saison, flavor is muted from Stillwater's other offerings, but that's to be expected in the sessionable ale. Manages to cover all the expected saison flavor elements in a lighter ale. Well done, as expected from this brewery. A nice saison for pairing with a meal.

Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. The stamp on the bottom of the can is compressed to the point of being just about unreadable but I think it says 05/04/2013.

A- Pours a light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing cascades slowly down the glass.

S- One of the most soily beers I've ever smelled. Also has a sweetness with some banana notes. Moderately effervescent.

T- Mild flavor of wheat and some yeast richness including some Brett which is certainly welcome bringing notes of green olive. Bright and smooth with some slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M- Crisp and snappy with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- A great session saison with plenty of character and subtleties.

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