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Classique - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BA SCORE
88
very good

286 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a clear straw yellow with an inch of fluffy white head loosely piled up to the brim of my teku. There is no visible sediment and the head fades into a thin halo around the perimeter after several minutes. The nose has a potent yeast presence reminiscent bubblegum and pear. The taste presents all expected aspects of a good farmhouse - yeast, grain, a touch of spicy hops - and has a mild-medium lingering bite that reminds me of pear and peppercorn. The mouthfeel is light bodied, effervescent, masked alcohol, and transitions from initial yeast sweetness to a foamy peppercorn bite and finally a lingering bitterness. I'd say this beer reminds me most of a GI's matilda and Allagash's house beer, although it is more sessionable. Neither the taste nor mouthfeel are not sacrificed by having such a low abv. I'm really impressed with the product, although I've yet to find a stillwater saison that leaves me hanging...

Serving type: can

09-08-2013 01:48:07 | More by ThePorterSorter
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SlainteAlbanyNY

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

09-07-2013 22:36:33 | More by SlainteAlbanyNY
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Hazy yellow/blonde with 3 fingers of fluffy white head. Good retention and low carbonation.

Nose
Pear, lemon, peach, sourdough, grains and a light farmhouse funk.

Taste
Lemon and pear with a touches of peach. Spent grains, sourdough bread and lemongrass. Very light farmhouse yeast character with notes of hay and potpourri.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Overall
An awesome Table Saison and in a can no less! Get some!

Serving type: can

09-07-2013 17:52:11 | More by justintcoons
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

09-06-2013 23:39:29 | More by IdrinkGas
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

09-05-2013 01:27:50 | More by Knapp85
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scottDC

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

09-03-2013 19:57:55 | More by scottDC
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

09-02-2013 18:30:09 | More by JAHMUR
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GTB

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

09-02-2013 16:13:47 | More by GTB
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jman005

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2%

09-01-2013 21:14:40 | More by jman005
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barczar

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant lemony straw with a billowing white head that dissipates at a modest pace, leaving spotty lacing.

Green apple, pear, lemon, earthiness, floral notes, a hint of barnyard, and bubblegum form the aroma. Pretty complex!

Flavor is dominated by phenolic notes of bandaid, bubblegum, pepper, and a hint of smoke. There's an underlying ester profile of past and muted lemon. The finish is decidedly dry and a touch bitter. Earthy notes and light horse blanket add depth.

Body is a tad light, with carbonation a touch on the high side.

Not my favorite style, and the bitterness is too much for my palate. That said, a very complex beer. Well worth 2 bucks.

Serving type: can

09-01-2013 18:09:57 | More by barczar
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

When I saw this new Stillwater offering, I had to try it.

Nice fluffy head with crisp, clean citrus and hops coming through on the nose.

Taste is crisp and dry, with a nice hop bitterness and pilsner malt coming through.

mouthfeel is a little thicker than I prefer, but still gets the job done.

Overall, a nice clean refreshing beer.

Serving type: can

08-31-2013 22:06:43 | More by taylor714914
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%

08-31-2013 14:54:29 | More by DeutschesBier
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12-ounce can. It looks like a packaging date is printed on the bottom of the can but it is very hard to make out. I think it is “08/06/2013.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is very hazy, light gold. For a second I thought it had a pink tint. Two fingers of dense, white head dissipated slowly to leave lacing along the glass, a spotted skim, and a ring around the edge.

Smell: Very saison-like with moderate doses of funk and spice. The Brett funk is not as intensely farmhouse-esque as other versions of the style and I can appreciate that. Pepper spice tickles the nose hairs and there is a hint of citrus underneath.

Taste: Very straightforward and mostly mirrors the smell: Brett funk, pepper spice, and lemon zest.

Drinkability: It is tasty and drinkable, but for $12/sixer I expect much more.

Serving type: can

08-31-2013 06:37:07 | More by TheQuietMan22
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random846

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

08-31-2013 01:52:41 | More by random846
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jryanj927

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

08-30-2013 23:23:48 | More by jryanj927
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-29-2013 20:43:55 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Nutwood

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

08-29-2013 04:11:12 | More by Nutwood
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Kendo

New York

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly hazy yellow with a 1-finger white head.

S: Lemony over cereal grains with a touch of wheat twang. Also a modestly earthy yeastiness.

T: First impression: it's light - which is not surprising for a beer that's just 4.5% ABV. Pretty much follows the nose, with cereal grains, lemony bitterness, some grassiness and a touch of tartness; reminds me of a yeasty pilsner, if that makes sense. . . . Finishes quite dry. Refreshing change of pace for the warmer months.

M: Lighter side of medium in heft; carbonation is fairly active.

O: Good stuff. Stillwater's Saisons have impressed me so far.

Serving type: can

08-29-2013 00:18:38 | More by Kendo
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really interesting beer here, a saison in a can is unheard of. Purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy, swirly light yellow, with a 2 inch foamy white head. Tree ring like lacing down the glass.

Smells include lemon, citrus, hay, and Belgian yeast.

The taste is similar. This is very smooth, and goes down easily- clearly a session saison, or something of that sort. Some crackery and bready malts, hay, lemon, orange, Belgian yeast esters, a tiny bit of sweetness.

Light bodied, crisp, quite refreshing.

A great beer, loved this one.

Serving type: can

08-28-2013 12:16:12 | More by GreesyFizeek
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

08-27-2013 20:54:44 | More by KevinGordon
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corysmith01

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-27-2013 16:07:18 | More by corysmith01
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fmccormi

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz can to a medium-sized snifter; canning date of August 8, 2013 (I think—if I’m reading this right (very hard to read), it says “PKG 08/07/2013 09:57”) making this beer about a little over two and a half weeks old.

Appearance (3.0): The body is a pale, clear-ish straw yellow color with a chill haze. The head is active at first, rising quickly and easily to a couple of fingers before dying down to a thin film and collar of bone-white froth on the surface. Very little lacing, just a couple of legs here and there.

Smell (4.25): A crisp, juicy mix of light citrus fruit tones (tangerines or something like it) and sweet, AAL-like malt tones (corn, sweetened oats, pilsner-ish malt?) lies alongside some modestly spicy, Belgian-derived influence—particularly a little clove and some black pepper. Gives a rather floral impression, overall.

Taste (4.0): Following the nose, this is mostly composed of some crackery, slightly vegetal-sweet (corn) AAL-like malt tones, but also a somewhat strong grassy, herbal-medicinal component that feels like it’s part hops and part phenols when it’s on the cold side. It’s crisp and snappy, although the medicinal character of the phenols could rub some people the wrong way. As it warms up, though, that phenolic character dies down a bit and trends toward grassy-herbal, which works better for the style. It also comes off as very, very floral, which is light and airy and lovely and tasty.

Mouthfeel (4.5): It has a soft, voluminous carbonation that foams easily and quickly without tingling much and prickling not at all. The body is light, crisp, and very dry in the finish, almost to the point of being chalky. Incredibly easy to drink. Like, crazy easy.

Overall (4.0): I like this beer. I like the concept, I like the execution, I like the brewery, I like the price (Stillwater in $12 sixers of cans? YespleasegiveusmorepleaseMrStrumke), and I like the brew itself. It’s not perfect, and you might be a little miffed if you came in here and saw the “saison” style categorization, but if you take the beer for what it is and what it’s meant to be, I really think it’s great. Great concept, great execution. Very likely will be buying more.

Serving type: can

08-27-2013 01:58:23 | More by fmccormi
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%

08-26-2013 03:50:10 | More by Gatordaddy
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, bright white, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity, and enticing smell. Very nice.

T: Tasted of a good amount of fruit (bananas, especially), esters, a little malt, some spices, pepper, and the saison barnyard funk, though this wasn't as pronounced as it is in other beers. A lively and light flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

O: Yet another excellent saison from Stillwater. Exceptionally well done.

Serving type: can

08-25-2013 22:55:38 | More by avalon07
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

08-25-2013 20:31:30 | More by 2dogbrew
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