Classique - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured from a 12 ounce can into an Allagash cervoise glass.
A: Almost three fingers of fluffy, white head. Sticky lacing. The beer is hazy and effervescent, but highly translucent. Very pale yellow.
S: Lots of yeast. Tangible funk. Not much spice. Generally pretty saisony, with a some floral notes and malt sweetness.
T: Sort of a like a robust lager with saison yeast. Drinkable, light, compelling, and rewarding.
M: Tart and carbonated. Refreshing.
O: I liked this a lot. Expensive, but probably worth it. Recommended.
09-26-2013 05:59:33 | More by AgentMunky
3.48/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
09-25-2013 07:02:40 | More by BEERchitect
4.04/5 rDev +3.6%
12oz can into a Duvel tulip. Thanks, Drew!
A: Clear straw body topped by a dense, white, billowing, perfectly-sized head that swells just above the rim of the oversized tulip before slowly receding and leaving copious lacing behind. Gorgeous Saison.
S: Predominantly yeasty, with lots of medicinal phenols alongside some tart citrus, chalky minerality, and grassiness. Quite complex for a low-ABV example of the style. I'm a fan.
T: Fruity up front, with banana and citrus ahead of dry minerality, phenolic spiciness, and a hint of grassy hop bitterness on the bone-dry finish. Slightly chalky, super-dry aftertaste. Did I mention it's dry? Good, but not quite as engaging as the aroma.
M: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Soft and terrific.
O: I'm loving a nice, crisp, flavorful Saison in a can. Definitely worth picking up.
09-24-2013 01:25:42 | More by woosterbill
4/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
09-23-2013 22:34:15 | More by metter98
4.25/5 rDev +9%
Looks like the canning date is 02/07/2013. Pours out a nice golden straw color, with an aggressive, 2 inch head. Decent gobs of lace remain until the end.
Floral hops, pale and wheat malts are the first thing I smell. The yeast is light and slightly funky.
Crisp, light citrus and wheat are followed by tart funk, a slight sweet cumquat and a dry finish. Goes down smooth. Just a bit heavy on carbonation.
One of my top two session Saisons. Very tasty. No can taste.
09-22-2013 02:51:19 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
I was told this was brewed with rice and corn, as sort of a craft version/alternative to a macro brew. Not sure how accurate that was but it shaped my expectations and perceptions of the beer.
This pours a light yellow-gold in color. There’s a zesty aroma that’s full of lemony citrus notes.
I found it to be light bodied with a clear hoppy profile of citrus, dominated by all sorts of lemony notes. It’s tasty and could be an easy drinker, yet rewarding enough for those who are looking for more in their beer.
09-21-2013 23:03:29 | More by elNopalero
4.46/5 rDev +14.4%
The beer comes in a hazy golden yellow with a fluffy white.
The aroma is wonderful of lemon peel, pear, apple fruitiness, a bit of wheat, some biscuit gentle malt, along with some of that saison funk.
The flavor follows with some lemon and fruity notes, and them a biscuit malt, but then the finish just has this huge amount of drying and lots of floral and grassiness in there.
The body is light with a good amount of carbonation.
A really wonderful saison that has a good amount of complexity and that huge drying and finish is really exciting.
Tasting Notes: This was perfect with spicy and oily food. The drying on the end just cleans all that up wonderful and it really accentuates the drying and grass notes on the end.
09-14-2013 06:44:04 | More by dar482
4.23/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
09-10-2013 22:39:04 | More by StonedTrippin
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