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Classique - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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very good

408 Ratings

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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 16
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-13-2013

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Billolick
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, w/o freshness info.
Pours heavily hazed yellowy and dull in color. Nice looking fine and light near white head, goes to a film, thicker collar and quality looking strands and webs of fine lacing.

Spiced, perfumed, citric and tropical nose. nice

Sightly tart, brightly flavorful, with more citrus, lemon/lime comes to mind. Spicy, astringent and biting yeast and hop notes in the rear adding to the intrigue and complexity. Real nice stuff, fine summer kinda brew.

Would be great with all sorts of foods- cheeses, thai, spicy all candidates for pairings.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of utopiajane
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a faint straw color, hazed and with plenty of bubbles that want up. A good head of loose white bubbles that fell to a thin layer on top and a ring. Nose is spicy with a bit of yeasty funk and has plenty of lemon citrus. Very faint apple. A lightly sweet grain malt and grassy herbal. The taste is earthy and and peppery. It has a sheeting dryness in the middle of the beer. Palate cleansing, refreshing and finishes with a sharp bitter and a reminder of the faint fruits. Peppercorns and spice . There is a light lemon peel but the beer never gets too fruity sweet. Grassy and herbal. Has a touch of sour or astringency on it .

I liked this but I thought it drank a lot like seltzer and was lacking in a bright fruit flavor to really bring it home. It finishes completely and leaves hardly any aftertaste.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz can into a tulip.

Appearance: light yellow hue with a moderate haze and effervescence. Head is a thick cap of pillowy white foam. I think it looks quite nice.

Smell: lightly sweet with a hint of sourness and a light, grassy and refreshing farmhouse funk. This reminds me of a light witbier-cum-saison, which really appeals to me.

Taste: green grass, a little funk and a general refreshing attitude. Not particularly complex, but well-crafted and tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: a bit on the light side body-wise, but that's to be expected. Carbonation is quite big and leaves a good creaminess despite the thinnish body.

Overall: I love the concept of this beer. A very tasty and refreshing session saison in a can? Sign me up!

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a bright glowing straw color into my hill farmstead wine style glass. Plentiful fluffy white head (2 fingers), great lacing and fantastic retention.

S - Lots of grainy aromas, faintly tart, minimal malty sweetness and minimal bitter hops

T - Refreshing grainy lemon flavor up front, followed by a wave of tame semi-dry hop bitterness, mild yeasty tartness on the back-end. Aftertaste is mildly bitter and tart.

M - Superbly refreshing. Light bodied, solid carbonation, extremely drinkable.

O - Very light, very refreshing, great drink-ability. However very mild in flavor overall.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Attractive pale golden with barely a haze. Plenty of foam in the squat Blanche de Bruges chalice with lacing to the last. Faint aroma with a little grain in the nose. Quite bitter from the start along with the yeasty taste. More of an austere Witbier than a Farmhouse.

This is a beer that definitely needs food to go with it. It is so bitter after a few sips that it tastes like some new fiendish hop with all the aromatics boiled out of it. Muddy aftertaste and on the harsh side. I'm beginning to give up on Stillwater after a couple promising beers a couple years ago. From the 12 oz can purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting to see some Stillwater cans. Hard to find a good description of it.

A- Poured from the can to a tulip glass. Golden body with a fairly hazy appearance. White cap forms with a nice foamy, bubbly texture. Good head retention and thick webs of lace run around the glass.

S- Aroma appropriate for a 4.5% farmhouse ale. Good mix of spices, lemon zest citrus, pepper, tamgerine and a bit of an herbal feel. Light malt sweetness and some corn in the backdrop of the yeast.

T- Follows the nose with a refreshing Saison flavor with an added earthy dry feel, maybe Brett but could also just be from a Saison strain. Peppercorns, lemon peel, grassy herbs, bread and some fruity esters coming from yeast. Light cracked grains and some added spicy citrus hints seemingly from hops.

MF- High carbonation agitates the palate but a nice foamy, creamy texture delivers the flavor nicely. Slight spicy bitterness and quite dry overall.

Solid and sessionable Saison brings a lot of flavor for 4.5%. Satisfying and something I would recommend to people who like farmhouse brews.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Classique from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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