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Classique - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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very good

353 Ratings

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | 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%

Sludgeman, Sep 04, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +7.2%

Guden, Sep 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

aztraz, Sep 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

masterofsparks, Sep 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

kvgomps, Sep 01, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

Phigg1102, Aug 30, 2014
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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

ThisWangsChung, Aug 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

ironchefkook, Aug 29, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -16.5%

KMcG, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

rjp217, Aug 29, 2014
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1/5  rDev -74.2%

ClandestineHaze, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

CCutch, Aug 28, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +19.6%

Dur921, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

kyle86, Aug 27, 2014
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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%

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

alelover, Aug 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jshusc, Aug 25, 2014
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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

ONovoMexicano, Aug 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

oriolesfan4, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

MN_Beerticker, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

HuntDaddy540, Aug 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

dwoolley1, Aug 19, 2014
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1/5  rDev -74.2%

AEL22, Aug 16, 2014
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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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