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Classique - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

372 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 13
Gots: 35 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-13-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Sammy, May 10, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 8/7/13.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, yeast, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +3.1%

zestar, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town during the Stillwater tap takeover event. Pours a somewhat cloudy pale yellow color. Nice nose with a bit of corn and wheat alongside a mild take of saison spice. Floral, spicy, hay. Flavor is similar with a smooth bitterness. Tastes like young Premium. Really nice and will be an amazing warm weather beer.

EDIT: Have had cases of the cans of this. Absolutely love it. Great balance of hops and yeast. Earthy and mild citrus. Great bitterness level. Bumping up all scores.

Thorpe429, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

nmann08, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge and a thin film in between. Bits of lacing line the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of spices are present in the nose along with some hints of lemons.
T: From start to finish, flavors of peppery spices stand out in the overall taste, which also has a light amount of bitterness and notes of lemony citrus.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The spices also make your mouth feel a little prickly.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing qualities. It would make for a good choice for a summer brew.

metter98, Sep 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

GRG1313, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  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.

BEERchitect, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

jaydoc, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

kylehay2004, Sep 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Knapp85, Sep 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

SocalKicks, Nov 11, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

largadeer, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

TMoney2591, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

JAHMUR, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

an expert saison here, different than most. it pours a perfectly clear yellowish color, no yeast suspended or haze at all, unlike the style normally presents itself. very light transparent brew, with a sturdy white lace head on top of my tulip that doesn't budge. the nose has an almost apple complexion, green apples and cut grass, more summery than autumnal, with a Belgian type yeast on the lighter side too. the flavor has a peculiar fruity aspect, but it isn't apples. I cant quite place it, maybe golden raisins or green grapes, its almost wine-like in that way, but the malt is very delicate and the yeast ferments completely, there is no sugar in this finish. extra dry, which I love here. perhaps a touch light on the body, it goes down like water without leaving a big impression on my palate, and with the quick finish its hard to really get a feel for this one. sessionable no doubt, but I wouldn't suggest following a big ipa or anything with a brew like this. Stillwater has impressed me so far, even though this one is a little light for my tastes, it is a quality offering.

StonedTrippin, Sep 10, 2013
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.

NeroFiddled, Aug 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

WVbeergeek, Jul 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

nickfl, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to get a chance to try this one.

Light yellow straw color. Very soapy nose, which normally is a big danger sign to me. Thankfully this is bringing some funk. It's about time after all these beers with wads of sugar and bread and yeast. It's still a bit bright and loud with a citrus tone that is a bit heavy. But what's there works. I can dig it. Brings the old world funk I want to see.

RblWthACoz, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks tenderbranson69 for sharing this can, enjoyed chilled from a goblet.

The color is golden sunny and hazed with thick 2 fingers of sudsy white head with finge bead and copious lace. The smell is lemony reminiscent of noble hops with slight spice and mild yeast ester with light malt nose. The feel is very good with relatively high carbonation and dry body with light spritzy feel and mild bitterness -very good for a table saison.

The taste is great lots of yeastf flavor which is both spicy with fruity tinges and slight peppery tinge with mild hop and subtle malt accent with a good body for the low abv, The taste is very full for a table saison with mild citrus element which gives it a slight amount of levity. Overall I think this is pretty solid in fact better the good, a pretty exceptional small saison in every sense - exceeds expectations- Kudos Stillwater!

Slatetank, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yay cans! smudged date I can't read.

Huge head rising up forces me to stop pouring right before the end, frothy bubbled almost 3 finger foamy head that fades at a med pace, with lots of soapy lacing, crystal clear golden light pilsner colored.

Nose nice farmhouse saison, little funk, with mild spices, nice lemon rind, grassy lemongrass, light sweet grainy toasty malt, and even a bit of a creamy malt, nice bright lemon zest and citrus,

Taste starts similarly, with the grainy malt, toasty and a little bready, and mild creamy, some grassy flavors and lemongrass. Then into lemon zest, light citrus, mild saison spices, a nice farmhouse funk that's light but tasty. Also some mild grassy lemony hops kick in with a nice bitterness. An interesting fruity quality comes through, the mild citrus fruit and a bit of stone fruit too. Finish is a long bitter lemon rind flavor, quite bitter actually as it dries a lot, little sticky feel though, more saison spices and lemon grassy flavors lingering.

Mouth is med to a little bit lighter bod, nice bright carbonation.

Overall pretty nice, lots of lemon zest, nice bitterness and good blend of the hops and saison rind flavors, nice malts and saison yeast additions, light farmhouse but not much, more of an easy drinking saison.

jlindros, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +3.1%

oline73, May 16, 2014
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