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Classique - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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334 Ratings

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 12
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of justintcoons
4.28/5  rDev +10%

12oz can poured into a tulip.

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

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

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.

Light bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

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

justintcoons, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of IdrinkGas
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

IdrinkGas, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Knapp85, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of scottDC
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

scottDC, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2.8%

JAHMUR, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of GTB
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

GTB, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of jman005
4/5  rDev +2.8%

jman005, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

barczar, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of taylor714914
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

taylor714914, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev +2.8%

DeutschesBier, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

TheQuietMan22, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of random846
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

random846, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of jryanj927
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jryanj927, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -10%

RedneckBeerz, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Nutwood
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Nutwood, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Kendo
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

Kendo, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

GreesyFizeek, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +2.8%

KevinGordon, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of corysmith01
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

corysmith01, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of fmccormi
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

fmccormi, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Gatordaddy, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

avalon07, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of 2dogbrew
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

2dogbrew, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of wedge
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

Hazy straw with a big, slowly deflating head of airy foam. Delicate floral, spicy, grassy aromas meld with dried banana and apricot esters and float over a lightly sweet, pale grain base. Crisp, peppery, hoppy flavor upfront leading to some citrus oils, herbs, and slight cracker-like malts. Extremely refreshing, snappy, light body. This is right up my alley tonight. I'm going to grab another six pack of this for Labor Day weekend camping. You could alternate this with a nice, hoppy Pils and not miss a beat.

wedge, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of tastybeer
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%

Pale glowing yellow in color with a very nice looking white cakey head on top. Lace has already started and retention is about a 1/4 inch high. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and creamy. Banana pudding, lemon, and spice... Flavor is spicy and floral with lemon candy. Very refreshing, fun beer. Mouthfeel is very smooth until gradually broken up by tiny tingly carbonation bubbles. Overall good stuff.

tastybeer, Aug 24, 2013
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