1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Classique - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

Not Rated.
ClassiqueClassique

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

375 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 375
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 14
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Classique Alström Bros
Ratings: 375 | Reviews: 85 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-wheat, malt, lemon, spices, hint of pepper

T-lemon, grains, wheat, pepper, lemon, hint of clove, light yeasty funk, hint of tartness, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-a nice accessible saison at a good price

MDDMD, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Bsetz
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Bsetz, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of JayQue
3.51/5  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.

JayQue, Dec 02, 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
Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  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.

Reidrover, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of touchmeimsac
4.5/5  rDev +16%

touchmeimsac, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

A murky almost lemon yellow with lots of green depth to it as well, almost like wilted yellow grass colors. Head is frothy and large and settles to a soapy top with clumpy lacing and island chunky mountainous tops.

Soft yeast and lightly tart sensing. Dense malt and some wine like sourness, leafy hop and chewy sensing sweetbread. Quite nice.

Palate is a bit light bodied noticeably, in fact a little too light I would say with very little depth and not allowing the flavors to carry and last. Slight sharp hop and yeasty farmhouse punch on first sip. Juice like flavors of faint peach and apricot fill nicely, but disappear quite quickly on the swallow. Warmth brings out a nice hop and saison punch more while drinking.

It's not exactly Saison Dupont but seems to aim for that angle a bit with an American twist. Not a poor mans Dupont either, but a simple easy drinking one to go.

smakawhat, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.36/5  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.

tone77, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of RobertColianni
4/5  rDev +3.1%

RobertColianni, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +3.1%

GreenMountainBoy, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Durge, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of dougbassett
4/5  rDev +3.1%

dougbassett, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of oldedog
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

oldedog, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of heystevec
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

heystevec, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass fairly quickly and some faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus, pale malts, and spicy/peppery yeast.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts and some hints of wheat. That is followed my light flavors of lemon citrus and moderate flavors of peppery yeast which are present throughout. Light amounts of bitterness are present which linger for quite a while.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly upfront with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very refreshing and easy to drink with a nice flavor and aroma - this would be a great beer for outdoor summer events (especially considering the can format). Definitely a beer that is worth picking up and should be a regular for the summer.

dbrauneis, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of MacStinson
4.5/5  rDev +16%

MacStinson, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of BeerBucks
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

BeerBucks, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of csurowiec
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

csurowiec, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

DoubleJ, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jzlyo, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of bmur112
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

bmur112, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

SocalKicks, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Dope, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
3.51/5  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.

artoolemomo, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Hanzo, Nov 08, 2013
Classique from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.