Classique - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 21
Gots: 45 | FT: 2
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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 heygeebee
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wow session farmhouse eh? Haven't had many of those! Into a pint glass at $2.29 for the single can.
A - Bam! Hit with some killer carbonation getting well over two inches of head atop of a semi clear almost light beer looking watery yellow. Was able to get a pillow effect over the rim with the foam!
S - Has a distinct lemon grass and peppery smell. Some herbal hops and belgium like yeasts. Smells rather good.
T - Dry herbal hops, mild peppery zing and a dry effervescent like finish. It's good.
M - Not as bubbly and carbonated as I thought. Very on par with the style. A bit light but it's to be expected.

Overall its a very decent session farmhouse beer worth trying. They makes some pretty great beers.

Photo of Ri0
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz can into snifter.

A - Hazy golden straw with a foamy 3 finger nice white head and decent lacing. As soon as I crack the can open the foam starts to build, just marvelous.

S - Light grain, grass, cracker, lemon zest and hints of pepper. Not much funk or yeast to it.

T - A nice lemony zest, grains, light cracker notes. I pick up the yeast in the flavor along with a slight pepper note on the finish. Very refreshing.

M - Light body with excellent carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

O - What a fantastic easy drinking session sasion that is perfect for summer. I will be buying more six packs of this one.

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

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a two-finger foamy white head. Light amount of lacing.

S - Aroma of apple,banana, bubblegum, & white pepper.

T - Starts off with a taste of lemon, pear, and banana. White pepper and clove come through mid-palate. Finish is white pepper spiciness with a bitter hop bite.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Nice beer with great flavor for being low ABV. A great warm weather beer.

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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 9/18/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, bread, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, bread, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light earthy/bready tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, bread, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very nice saison. All around good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of mattbk
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale yellow, well carbonated, fairly cloudy. The color is almost banana yellow.
S: Peppery, slight funk, some light noble hops, floral hops. Nice, mild, but inviting.
T: Same pepper, almost clove, balanced with a touch of pear-like fruit, some mild malt sweetness, slight corn touch, light bitterness, very nice kiss of floral hops, spicy, on the finish. Lovely beer. Very, very drinkable despite some of its complexity. The hops are just a bit too high maybe, adds to the drying qualities. Tasty, enjoyable.
M: Nice and dry, could be a little more carbonated actually, but it is well carbonated.
O: This beer is quite enjoyable, great flavor despite low ABV, very sessionable, very tasty. Would like the hops turned down just a bit. No major complaints here though.

Photo of shleepy
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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 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 danieelol
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice shiny filtered lemon colour. Good head/lacing.

Nose is light banana phenols, lemon sherbet, subtle bite of pine and a little pear.

Taste is lemon, bit of pear, bit of the banana phenols. Strong and persistent bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a lot about a mineral-y pear character. Decent body for the ABV and competitive carbonation.

Very solid "table" beer. Hop character evoked Sorachi Ace for me, and there's enough evidence Sorachi Ace works well with farmhouse beers by now.

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


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.


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 micromaniac129
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was a pretty decent beer but with nothing really special about it either. I could see this as the summer yard work beer, it's perfect.
A hazy golden color with a tall white head would be easy to spot and quite tempting from the back of the yard.
The aroma is lean but still has a nice malt and yeast flair.
It's easy to drink, smooth with a nice flavor of malty breads yeast and some lemony esters.
Hey! it's perfect for pulling out a tree stump.

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

Can from Beermongers on Brian's insistence.

A pale yellow with a voluminous off-white head that falls off to a disk leaving plenty of lacing, this looks great! The nose is fresh, snappy, hoppy, mildly doughy with a touch of floral character. In other words - awesome. Lemon and mildly minty hops, dusty, doughy, honey malt, a fruity (peach?) yeast character and a firming earthy bitterness are perceived.

The palate opens with a moderate bitterness, earthy, minty and mildly lemony, along with a soft, malt character, a little biscuit and water cracker. Mineral-like with a carbonic acid bite, this beer has an excellent blend of hop, malt and yeast flavors. Fruity Belgian yeast? Check. A touch of spice to go with it? Check - there's some pepper. Bone dry and hoppy? Check. Light in body, crisply carbonated with lingering bitterness and honey on the finish, this feels great on the palate. Highly recommended.

Photo of FLima
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yellow golden color with a thin head with low retention.
Typical Hoppy Saison aroma, strong notes of mint, pineapple and Belgian yeast.
Flavor of pineapple juice, green apples, pine, lemon tartness, herbal and floral hops, non-sweet biscuit malt, passion fruit, apricot and lemongrass.
Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with lively carbonation, which was appropriate here.
A fruity Saison. I found it quite similar to their Why Can't IBU. This may be a Saison going towards a Belgian IPA and the former a Belgian IPA walking towards a Saison. And both with the strong pine-mint scent, except for it would be a mellow Saison.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.


Photo of cpetrone84
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a pale yellow, transparent with a creamy tight white head. Nose is super floral, loads of hops and a nice clean grain bill to balance. Taste is so easy to drink, lots of floral hops and nice smooth grain bill. High carb, tight, dry. Excellent.

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the can into willi becher pint glass. A truly remarkable looking beer, with very lively carbonation rising through the hazy golden body to support a massive dome of creamy white head. It drops to form some beautiful columns and crags, leaving webbed lacing on the side of the glass. It would be hard to improve the look of this beer.

The aroma is clearly Saison-esque. Cracker malts, light green apple skins, white plum nectarine, with an herbal hop aroma.

Very full flavored for a session beer! Very dry throughout, with a light to medium strength hop bitterness, and a light sour cereal grain finish. Notes of fresh herbs, lemon, nectarine fruitiness (minus the sweetness) and cracker-like malts on the palate. Carbonation is very active, with a lighter body beer. Dry, effervescent.

This is a drinkable saison, with a lowish alcohol content and robust amount of flavor and character. It's a perfect anytime beer, and would likely pair very well with any number of food dishes. It is hard to beat this beer.

Photo of Craiger1967
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a saison style tulip glass, nice froth and clingy lace.

Grapefruit, passionfruit, Kiwi and apricot flavors come thru on the tongue and a nice bite of hops at the back of the tongue.

Beautiful smells waft up from the glass, lemony and sulfur, grass and peach.

One of the best tasting Saison's I've had in a long time, I'm going down to the liquor store for this.

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 ONUMello
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Light yellow color with good carbonation; even a slow pour brings a huge head
S: A bit grassy, lemony, yeasty, malty, spicy, hoppy... just a little bit of everything
T: Lemongrass, a pleasant bitterness, some malt, finishes dry with citrus and yeast
M: Light-bodied, crisp, fairly strong carbonation
O: Nice beer. It's well balanced with just a bit of all of the right things

Photo of jlindros
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.

Classique from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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