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Classique - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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102 Reviews
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 479
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 22.94%
Wants: 22
Gots: 46 | 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

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Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-13-2013

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Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of head on a clear light golden body.
The aroma is light grain.
The taste is mild lemon bitterness and water.
The texture is softer.
It lakes real flavor.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in a tulip. Pours a translucent straw gold with a loose, one inch, cream-colored head that sizzles and pops as it slowly recedes into a thin soapy slick that coalesces around the edges. Nose is fairly subdued - cloves and a grassy quality as well as a hint of biscuit or cracker towards the back. Taste is earthy/herbal up-front but the biscuity malts dominate and the clove is well-hidden. Mouthfeel is light in body with an assertive, prickly carbonation. Overall, somewhat dull and the carbonation is a bit too much, approaching gassy. I wonder how it would taste on the beer engine though ...

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into tulip. Pours a hazy yellowish golden color with big white head. Aromas of fruitiness, yeast, little bit of funkiness. Taste follows with an earthy, fruity, spicy and herbal notes. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, I enjoyed this one. Solid saison from Stillwater, and would recommend to at least try this once.

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Photo of Moose90
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with no visible date

A — Pours a light and clear deep yellow color into the tasting glass. Light white head tries to form but fades and leaves little behind.

S — Smells of light yeast and fruit, somewhat estery and bright. Grainy undertone.

T — Tastes of light fruits and yeast, some balancing pilsner malts and yeast underneath, though it errs towards the saison side of things, its more of a lager than anything.

M — Medium bodied, though still light and bubbly.

O — Pretty good overall, though not really sure what style this falls into. It's too light for a Saison and too heavy to be a good Pils.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow tinged amber. Nose presents some spicy yeast phenols and some floral hops, just a hint of fruitiness. Taste is a touch grainy up front and dry with some pepper in the finish. Highly attenuated with a medium light body and a prickly high carbonation. Quite nice.

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.52/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this on tap at Hammerheads. Color is a transparent pale yellow. I have to say there wasnt much flavor, tasted a bit like an adjunct lager...very mild malt flavor. Somewhat harsh mouthfeel.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy gold body with two finger head and dies slow and left a lace ring. The aroma is mildly citric hopped and peppery spiced with hints of yeast. Smooth, fuller body, has a touch of funkiness and crispness in finish. Beer balances light spice notes, citric (mostly lemon) notes and has a minor sweetness to it at times (I don't get this sweetness on every sip). Easy going summer drinking saison.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold in color, this fizzy, clean tasting saison has aromas of green pepper and candy. The taste is very clean, with a bit of lemon, and an almost salty quality. Great summer sessionable beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap quick review:
Looks quite nice, hazy yellow gold with a large amount of white fluffy head.
Smell seems farmhouse-ish in nature, little green grass notes.

Taste is interestingly strange. I partially seems like a watery, but somehow decent session PA. There is a clay like base that hits me after a mildly lemon taste, upon which build an herbal, earthy bitterness that grows to the end, but never very strong. Somehow, though, the ending is quite enjoyable.

Very interesting brew. I'm still wondering how much I like it.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Saison - flavor of earth, spice and funk. Drinks easily definitely worth picking up or give a chance. Smooth - Would say just under medium to light light body.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: Initial pour is a nearly clear straw with a large rocky head. Great retention, the few inches of foam don't want to budge.

SMELL: Earthy, saison funk. Slight citrus, damp, musty basement, funk.

TASTE: Spicy Saison flavors, herbal also. Rosemary, Thyme and Thai Basil come to mind. Rustic yeast contributes to the pepper and slight funk. Mildly acidic, hops and yeast at work doing that part. Pretty light and refreshing.

FEEL: Light bodied, effervescent, with a lingering Saison flavor of earth, spice and funk. Drinks easily and could introduce those who aren't fond of the more herbal versions of this style to perhaps give it another chance.

OVERALL: Enjoyable Saison in a can. Has good flavor, light delicate body and goes down smoothly. Always an intriguing beer from Stillwater, this is no exception.

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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.

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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

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Extremely truncated notes from a can in NYC:

A: 1 finger wide head of white colour. Foamy and frothy.

Body is a clear yellow.

Looks well-carbonated. It's not hazy, so it's not traditional if it's actually meant to be a saison, but it's generally appealing.

Sm: Lemon peel, biscuity Belgian yeast, twang.

T: Lemon peel, farmhouse twang, biscuity Belgian yeast, Belgian pale malts.

Mf: Smooth, wet, overcarbonated, refreshing, light-bodied, and aptly thick.

O: Absolutely drinkable, but not a stand-out beer in the style. I could drink it by the litre, but I wouldn't buy it regularly. Nice work from Stillwater, but far from world-class.

High C+

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Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Classique is bright lemon yellow, somewhat foggy, and has a sudsy head - a fairly classic look indeed. Interestingly enough, its colour almost matches that of the can. A small bit of sediment made its way in but these tiny specs of yeast don't disturb the ultra-bright highlights.

The selling feature of this beer is supposed to be that it's made with corn and rice. The brewer also promises "loads of your favourite old-school American hops". But the real signature here, as with so many Stillwater offerings, is the yeast. It smells 'farmhouse-y'.

What do I mean by that? There are zestful, lightly peppered notions of orchard fruits and plenty of straw-like cereal grain. These impressions, though strongest on the nose, spill over onto the palate with strong flavours of hay, lemon, white pepper, and apples. There's no shortage of mouthfeel either; this is hearty, grainy, and pleasantly bitter. And for 4.5% it's pretty filling.

It's ironic isn't it: most beers brewed with corn and rice won't admit to it but their cloying and distasteful flavours make it obvious, while Classique promotes its use of those adjuncts and is full of wholesome, distinguishing character - little to none of which comes from the corn or rice.

Is a good rendition of an average, dull-ish beer good or is still merely an average, dull-ish beer only slightly better? Answer that question and you have my opinion of this "postmodern deconstruction of the American industrial lager". While the choice between Classique and any similar mass-produced beer is a clear no-brainer, I don't know that it's something I'd reach for often.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy; straw colored; 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a think collar; light lacing;

S: clove, bread, a little lemon;

T: a touch of bread up front; lemon with clove in the background along with a nice spiciness from mid-palate through the finish; a little bitterness at the end;

M: crisp; light bodied; pretty highly carbonated - a little prickly;

O: great aroma and flavor;

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Photo of zeledonia
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A Stillwater beer in a can! Canned 06/16/14. Tasted 21 November 2014.

Pours a hazy golden straw yellow, just a touch of orange. 1.5 fingers of white head, good retention, nice peninsulas of lacing reaching up the glass.

Smell is outstanding. Super bright, fruity and floral, glowing with saison yeast spark. Sweet oranges, flowers, and zippy spice in the background. Brings all the characteristics I want from a saison, in spades.

Taste is not what I expected. It's clean and crisp, with some juicy melony goodness, and a whole lot of spice. But primarily it's dry and clean, like a well-crafted pale ale. The yeast just brings accents to dance on that platform.

Feel is delightful. Light body, buzzy carbonation that melds perfectly with the spice.

This reminds me of a heavily dry-hopped APA. It's powerful in the nose, and clean, dry, and spicy in the mouth. It's just that the smells are yeast instead of hops, and the taste has spice instead of mild hop bite. A fantastic beer, and unlike any I've had before.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Stillwater Artisanal Ale's Classique a couple weeks ago for $2.19 at Holiday Market. I've been meaning to try this one, but I haven't see it around lately so when I saw It I knew I had to take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 8/29/14. Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a unique design to and I think it's eye catching. It poured a nice brighter yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with three fingers of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking Saison, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with that Saison yeast being the first to show up and it imparts some spicy and estery aromas that lead right into a nice fruity aroma with some pears, green apple and lemon like aromas coming through with the pear aromas seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some earthy, grassy, and wet straw like aromas with just a slight grainy aroma coming through. This beer had a good aroma that was true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but not as fruity and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with that Saison yeast still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the spicy and estery yeast flavors sticking out the most and the fruity aspects just barley show up in the background and it's hardly noticeable. Up next comes a light grainy flavor followed by some grassy and earthy flavors with just a slight wet straw flavor. On the finish there's a lower amount of medium bitterness with a Saison yeast like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting Saison, but I wish more of that fruitiness carried over from the aroma and that the bitterness was toned down.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, fairly clean, dry, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice, but I wish it was just a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a pretty nice example of the style, but it did have a couple aspects that held it back from being a pretty good example of the style, but other than that it had pretty much all the aspects that I would expect from the style. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, crisp, fairly clean, dry, not too filing and the taste did an ok gob at holding my attention, I think one or two is enough for me, anymore than that and the bitterness might really start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was how true to style it was, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style. What I liked the least about this beer was the bitterness and that more fruit flavors didn't carry over from the aroma, those and the smoothness are the only aspects that I would change. I might buy this beer again and I wouldn't turn one down, I think it makes for a nice warm weather beer and I think it's worth a try for anyone who is a fan of the style. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love and I think with just a little work this could be a very nice Saison. It's not my favorite Stillwater beer or Saison, but it's far from my least favorite in both categories. Nice job guys this was a pretty solid Saison, keep up the solid work.

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Photo of smcolw
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Foams out of the can when opened. Large, frothy white head. It takes two pours from the 12 oz can into the 20 oz glass. Some chunky spots remain on the glass as it slowly recedes lumpily. The liquid is cloudy gold.

Mild aroma of mostly fresh grain. A bit sour.

Sour and peppery are my first impressions of this beer. The aftertaste is more of the same, but it doesn't last long. A bit thin on the body, but the high carbonation exacerbates the mouth feel.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can I to snifter. Thanks for the extra AutumnBeerLove!

A: Pours a clear light golden with a huge, thick, three fingers of bright white head that slowly bubbled away into a dense film. Spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Light nose with a clean bready grain bill and tons of peppery spice. Notes of earth and mint chewing gum come through as well.
T: Dry and crackery grains up front, with herbal hops, and earthy, peppery yeast in the finish. Slight hints of bubblegum and sweet stone fruit. Fresh cut yard trimmings and lemon zest in the finish. The aftertaste is very grassy and has a nice vegetal bitterness to it.
M: Medium-light body, drying, bitter, and crisp mouthfeel, and bubbly and splashy carbonation.
O: A clean and easy saison. Definitely light, like a pale saison. Flavor was good but didn't reinvent the wheel. Solid. Thanks again Kevin.

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Photo of DIM
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a hazy golden color with lots of suspended particulate, is can conditioning a thing? it poured with a fast living but short-lived bone whitehead.

Not much of an aroma coming out of the glass, some barnyard grass, a little lemon, and lightly tart grains. Lots more going on flavor-wise. This is incredibly dry overall and very refreshing. Pithy lemons and tart, earthy grains are prominent. There is also a layer of zestier, fresher tasting lemon. Grassy bitterness and light lingering clove round things out. There was more to pick out here, but sadly my glass was empty far too quickly. I don't think I spent 15 minutes on this one. The mouthfeel is (was) light, spritzy, and refreshing.

I'm looking for a case of this next summer.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer -- tart, clean, refreshing -- but somehow it feels a little disjointed. Unique with some lemon rind, grassy and mineral notes, and dry and bitter finish. I miss getting a little more from the yeast, given the style. Might pair really well with interesting cheese.

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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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%

12 oz can into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color. The head is a finger high, and white in shade. And yikes, is the head ever scraggly-looking. Retention isn't horrible, though. Not a pretty beer, not at all. (2.25)

Smell: There's a good level of spiciness here. Aside from the black pepper notes, there are also elements of lemongrass, cream, and sesame seed. A touch of grassy hoppiness comes through, as well. At least on the nose, it smacks of a successful grisette. (3.5)

Taste: Initially, a lemongrass flavor envelops the palate. Eventually, it will finish with spicy, herbal, and even minty notes. It's strange, yeah, but it's also somewhat deep. For a bone-dry, 4.5% saison, that's damn near miraculous. Still, not all of the notes fully work (sometimes the back end is too minty). (3.5)

Mouthfeel: This is quite light in feel, fitting well with its bone-dry finish. Despite the dryness, the finish is extremely long, and almost contemplative. There's a lot of carbonation here too. Definitely a refreshing beer after everything else is considered. (3.5)

Overall: It's not often one finds a beer like this in six-pack cans. Calling it a postmodern beer may be a load of hipster baloney, but this is a solid grisette beer regardless. (3.5)

3.44/5: Sure it's not perfect, but it's a saison available in six-pack can format...'nuff said

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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.

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Classique from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.