Classique - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 454
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 21
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 MarkQ617
2.52/5  rDev -35.2%
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. (192 characters)

Photo of TheTrevor
2.61/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

The can says "Postmodern beer". I can't tell if these guys have their tongues firmly planted in their cheeks or are gigantic douchebags. It poured a cloudy yellow with a big fluffy white head. The smell is some grassy hops and a bit of citrus. The taste is dominated by the hops. It's piney and grassy, very little malt sweetness to offset. The astringency of it lingers on the palate. The mouthfeel is pretty aggressively carbonated. I dunno, I was hoping for something a little more. Thoroughly underwhelming. (511 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.77/5  rDev -28.8%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%

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 (558 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Served from tap in a taster glass at Haymarket.

Bachelor Party-Palooza 2014 (Part 1) won't stop yet, especially when a Stillwater saison (do they make anything else, really?) is handy. This stuff pours a lightly hazy straw-brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises grass, light clove (I think that's what that is), flowers, and dry biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some rather mild pine needle and a hint of some vague fruitiness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice enough saison, but one that's too focused on the hops for any yeast character to actually shine through. (682 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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+ (652 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Attractive pale golden with barely a haze. Plenty of foam in the squat Blanche de Bruges chalice with lacing to the last. Faint aroma with a little grain in the nose. Quite bitter from the start along with the yeasty taste. More of an austere Witbier than a Farmhouse.

This is a beer that definitely needs food to go with it. It is so bitter after a few sips that it tastes like some new fiendish hop with all the aromatics boiled out of it. Muddy aftertaste and on the harsh side. I'm beginning to give up on Stillwater after a couple promising beers a couple years ago. From the 12 oz can purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego. (630 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%

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 (1,363 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (863 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

As an architect by trade and education, the "postmodern" moniker on its label makes me think of something pure, advanced and without clutter- I can see where the brewers want to read this into their beer. But in the end... I don't know what postmodern means to beer.

The ale pours a rather common pale straw color with a hazy gaze. Its bright white froth is creamy and light even while trailing with clinging lace for random sticky patterns.

Bright aromas of lemons and green apples start the show, but does so with a light white wine note, a dry cracker-like snap and sharp grassy hops. Mild pepper and metallic scents give a snappy aroma heading into the first drink.

Its light straw flavor is lightly of bread, cracker, grain and whole wheat. Nearly rye-like with its spice, the beer's sweetness is short lived as it prefers a dry and minerally taste from the middle til the end. That's when the lemon, apple, and grassy flavors spring to life and close the beer's taste.

But to its texture, the beer is so dry, so crisp and so clean that it reveals a highly expressive ccarbonation value, sharp acidity and a minerally bite that makes me think more of seltzer water than of creamy ale. Its ample bubbly feel lifts the beer with ease to insure great refreshment and clean taste.

On par with many of the lighter body Saisons, I'll contend that this version needs a firmer wheat presence and a spicier note to control the balance of the beer. As is, I find its "postmodern" taste to be overly simplistic and perhaps aloof in its own arrogance. Or perhaps I'm reliving my architecture unpleasantries. (1,606 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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 some fine cheese. (282 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a great Saison. Would be a very refreshing summertime beer though. Pours a good Saison-like straw yellow color. Medium size bubbly white head with average retention and some spotty lacing.

Aroma is pleasant but mild. Some lemon and a little peppery spicing. Flavor is more lemon and spicing with a little Saison yeasty funk. Tastes pretty good but for those that like musty barnyard flavors and aromas with their Saisons, this one don't cut it.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing Could use a little more body as a Saison, but just fine as a generic summertime thirst quencher.

I would drink this again, especially as a summer beer. (637 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up mostly head which looks to have pretty good retention. The head is a fluffy, pure cotton white while the body is a dull lemon to pale straw which looks even weaker in the light. Good amount of lacing has already been left behind.

Nose- A bit subtle but typical of the style in its notes. A little bit of tart apple, some banana, some cloves. The cloves seem to be the most dominant aspect at the moment- at least from the can. From the glass, the notes are pretty much equal despite being very subdued. Swirling doesn't show much more than this.

Taste- Shows cloves to be the dominant note in the flavor profile. A slight bit of banana but practically no apple. At the moment, there is way too much yeast and clove flavor for me. It mellows out a bit but nothing really stands up to replace those flavors. Maybe a little bit of apple, a little more lemon but not enough to give this presence or complexity that I would like. A good beer but pretty average for a saison. There are other mild fruit esters: peach, melon, maybe light cherry? My biggest problem with this beer is that seems a little watery and thin. The flavor profile is good despite some of my criticisms. This beer is definitely above average to good. And how much can you expect out of 2 dollar canned saison? However, I think St. Feuillien might be slightly better.

Mouthfeel- Very light with light carbonation that still has a bit of zing. A little watery.

Drinkability- Maybe a little too much clove and yeast but other than that, very sessionable. Very cheap as well. At least for the style.

Overall- Above average, almost good. Definitely worth a try. Not many saisons come in cans, so it is a good option for someone who wants a more portable saison. I do wonder if the can is proper for a saison since it would (in my thinking) eliminate conditioning or at least the drinker's control over how much yeast is in the beer. (1,925 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stillwater Classique has a very thick, foamy, off-white head, a hazy, bubbly, yellow appearance, and a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of pungent, sweet, zesty, spiced bread, and the flavor is the same, with low bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Stillwater Classique finishes semi-dry, refreshing, easy going, and highly drinkable. No better or worse than any other farmhouse ale I have had. Good stuff, though.

RJT (436 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
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 (473 characters)

Photo of shleepy
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at The Trappist in Oakland. Poured into a regular pint glass.

Pale golden color. Fairly thick, white head.
A bit too watery for my taste, but it's a pretty interesting beer. Subtle fruity notes and a corn(y) maltiness lead the way to a bitter finish. Probably better with food than by itself. (304 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can from "Lifesource" Salem OR $2.59 Very hazy yellow coloured beer with a sticky.clingy white head. Aroma has phenolics,over ripe pear,roses,..unusual and unexpected! Taste us different again very "bubbly",some spice,pepper and a bit of bitter apple, good but not as good as the aroma! mouth feel is overall thin very dry tangy ginger root end! weird beer a meld of different styles..still OK in my book. (410 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Sydney Wine Merchants. fridged. no BB.

A - light straw, two finger head stays nicely. Lines of lace.

S - dry, lemons. Muted and one dimensional.

T - funk, earth, lemons, Belgian yest, spice, saison on the money.

M - highly carbonated, lively, zesty, tho in all that, quite lightweight and just a hint watery.

O - a very approachable Saison, despite light ABV. Very light and refreshing as a drink after a few ales at the club. Smell is less than half the story. (473 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,621 characters)

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