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Classique - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BA SCORE
88
very good

388 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 15
Gots: 35 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of fourstringer
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Brewer's Art goblet with a moderate hand. No identifiable date. Cool can with a dude rockin' an eye patch, flanked by two eagle heads. First Stillwater I've had from a can.

A: Hazy, medium pale yellow with a lime tint. About 1 finger of clean, white head with good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Inviting yeast with fruit notes. Some citrus and vanilla. Honey. Faintly floral with a nice sweetness. Pale malt brings whiffs of grass, biscuit. Some spice is present, namely coriander. Very nice.

T: Starts with a floral, moderate bitterness and faint pale malt notes. Very dry in the finish and throughout, really. No alcohol, as expected. Good, but not quite the complexity the nose suggested.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body. No prickliness, which is nice. Slightly oily on the palate.

O: Very sessionable saison that drinks more like a pilsner. Smell is particularly good, but those elements don't quite make it into the mouth... Regardless, this was just what the doctor ordered for a thirsty, NFL wild-card Sunday.

Prost!

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4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) is now into the big push towards review number 1,000 (1K) and I am growing ever more CANtemplative on the approach to a number that approaches insanity. I remember when I was first challenged by Nick "The Tick" D717 to undertake this madness that I thought 100 MIGHT be achievable. Now, the sky's the limit, but I am still CANfronted with new CANned beers and ways to think about them.

From the CAN: "Postmodern Beer"!

I am a writer and teacher of English literature and I spent a semester at Pitt with the venerable Professor Harry Mooney and some of the most erudite classmates of my undergraduate career CANsidering what Prof. Mooney referred to as "The Modernist Tradtion". Modernism was an outgrowth of the end of "The War to End All Wars", World War I, which was unlike any in recorded history up until that time. Survivors began to wonder, since all "rules" of warfare had been thrown out, what other things, such as art, music and literature, would be like if extant rules of the day were likewise disregarded or disposed of entirely. The results were and are astounding and there is argument as to whether the movement CANtinues even today. For those that argue that it ended after World War II, there is Post-Modernism, or PoMo, in which a sense of irony is applied to what was produced in the Modernist era.

How CAN a beer be Postmodern? It would require that beer at some point have been CANsidered Modernist. CAN that be? I would point to Olde Frothingslosh with both Sir Reginald and Lady Fatima Yechblah as its spokespeople so that this beer brings that sensibility into the 21st Century A. D. with a steampunk sensibility on its graphics. Olde Frothingslosh was nothing more than Iron City (lager) Beer in new CANs for the holiday season and this beer CAN be a whole buncha nothing, also, but that remains to be seen.

The Crack! released a squirt of white foam and stepped back to reveal another brimful craft CAN. My inverted Glug, which is highly postmodern in and of itself, was just a tad overzealous and a wee bit overflowed the lip of the tall glass into which it was being deCANted. The massive, three-plus fingers of head looked like a soft, bone-white pillow or clouds being flown through by a jet or meringue atop a lemon pie. The last is probably the most apt as the beer was an extremely light-yellow (SRM = 1) with a slight haziness and it occurred to me that I have urinated a darker stream than this. If it is true that we CANnot buy beer, but only rent it, how CAN this be if my urine is darker that what caused it to be produced? Nose had that distinct Saison smell of "earthy yeast tones", although I thought that I may have noted some Brett in the mix. Wow! The mouthfeel was prickly with lots of tight little CO2 bubbles scrubbing against my tongue. The taste reminded me a LOT of Green Flash's Rayon Vert, which I got to pour for Chuck Silva at SAVOR 2012. I would be quite dubious if there was not just a touch of Brett in this beer. It was lemony-citrus, but with the smells of a working farm intertwined. I grew up in the city but spent many summers out in the countryside, where my late Pops would take a deep breath and say, "Ah, it smells like all outdoors!" I read a reviewer who mentioned "wet hay, dried [cut] grass [and] cheese rind" and I would apply those here, also. None of which are meant in a negative way by me, just as a means of trying to CANvey what a "postmodern beer" tastes like. The finish was dry, almost like a white wine and this would be a great summertime beer at just 4.5% ABV. On a bone-chillingly cold day following another crippling snowstorm? Not so much.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with a large pure white bubbly head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light rustic malt notes with some dry hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by rustic malt notes with light dry ester and some bready yeast notes are also noticeable. Body is light with great carbonation. Very much enjoyable if maybe a bit short on the complexity notes with great drinkability level.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

draft at sams in durham into a shaker

pours a hazy yellow color with a slight head. smell is of lemon and wheat...crisp is a good word as well. taste holds true and has a bit of funk as youd expect from a saison...very refreshing i drank it alongside a spicy burrito and it complimented it very well. would be a great summer beer. easy drinking but great flavor. light body light carbonation.

overall just a real enjoyable and approachable saison. recommended.

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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

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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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!

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Classique from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.