Classique - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Avg: 3.88
pDev: 22.94%
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-13-2013

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the can into willi becher pint glass. A truly remarkable looking beer, with very lively carbonation rising through the hazy golden body to support a massive dome of creamy white head. It drops to form some beautiful columns and crags, leaving webbed lacing on the side of the glass. It would be hard to improve the look of this beer.

The aroma is clearly Saison-esque. Cracker malts, light green apple skins, white plum nectarine, with an herbal hop aroma.

Very full flavored for a session beer! Very dry throughout, with a light to medium strength hop bitterness, and a light sour cereal grain finish. Notes of fresh herbs, lemon, nectarine fruitiness (minus the sweetness) and cracker-like malts on the palate. Carbonation is very active, with a lighter body beer. Dry, effervescent.

This is a drinkable saison, with a lowish alcohol content and robust amount of flavor and character. It's a perfect anytime beer, and would likely pair very well with any number of food dishes. It is hard to beat this beer.

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Photo of Craiger1967
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a saison style tulip glass, nice froth and clingy lace.

Grapefruit, passionfruit, Kiwi and apricot flavors come thru on the tongue and a nice bite of hops at the back of the tongue.

Beautiful smells waft up from the glass, lemony and sulfur, grass and peach.

One of the best tasting Saison's I've had in a long time, I'm going down to the liquor store for this.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant and bright golden coloring with a frothy and light marangue for a head. The retention was impressive and the lacing thick.

The nose is sweet and aromatic with tangy clove banana and a yeasty body. Light bubblegum-like sweetness compliments a wheat scent.

The flavor is a tad metallic with a grainy wheat and yeasty clove. There's a bit of unexpected piney hops at the finish and I detect no banana.

The feel is very dry but sprite and bubbly.

This was really good until I tasted it and then they lost me. Maybe it needs to be on tap to truly show it off.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Light yellow color with good carbonation; even a slow pour brings a huge head
S: A bit grassy, lemony, yeasty, malty, spicy, hoppy... just a little bit of everything
T: Lemongrass, a pleasant bitterness, some malt, finishes dry with citrus and yeast
M: Light-bodied, crisp, fairly strong carbonation
O: Nice beer. It's well balanced with just a bit of all of the right things

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yay cans! smudged date I can't read.

Huge head rising up forces me to stop pouring right before the end, frothy bubbled almost 3 finger foamy head that fades at a med pace, with lots of soapy lacing, crystal clear golden light pilsner colored.

Nose nice farmhouse saison, little funk, with mild spices, nice lemon rind, grassy lemongrass, light sweet grainy toasty malt, and even a bit of a creamy malt, nice bright lemon zest and citrus,

Taste starts similarly, with the grainy malt, toasty and a little bready, and mild creamy, some grassy flavors and lemongrass. Then into lemon zest, light citrus, mild saison spices, a nice farmhouse funk that's light but tasty. Also some mild grassy lemony hops kick in with a nice bitterness. An interesting fruity quality comes through, the mild citrus fruit and a bit of stone fruit too. Finish is a long bitter lemon rind flavor, quite bitter actually as it dries a lot, little sticky feel though, more saison spices and lemon grassy flavors lingering.

Mouth is med to a little bit lighter bod, nice bright carbonation.

Overall pretty nice, lots of lemon zest, nice bitterness and good blend of the hops and saison rind flavors, nice malts and saison yeast additions, light farmhouse but not much, more of an easy drinking saison.

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Photo of minterro
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought from Colorado Liquor Mart a little while back.

Poured into a odd goblet I have.

Hazy yellow semi-lively colored beer. pours about two fingers of fizzy white head when pour without vigor. Musty, grassy, spicy, earthy notes are the main components of the aroma. There are some slight citrus (lemon) and fruity (peach) tones in there as well.

T&M: Pretty complex stuff going on in the taste. The fast fade in bitterness really caught me off guard. The finish appear to be surprisingly bitter, but as soon as that taste appears its fades away to a very mild, non-dry clean finish (that you normally don't get with beer this yeasty). On the heavy side of carbonation, light body.

Overall: Another great beer from Stillwater. I really should buy a ton of their stuff and try it back to back, because their beers seem to have a general theme, but are at the same time have their unique characteristics.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 8/7/13.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, yeast, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. The stamp on the bottom of the can is compressed to the point of being just about unreadable but I think it says 05/04/2013.

A- Pours a light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing cascades slowly down the glass.

S- One of the most soily beers I've ever smelled. Also has a sweetness with some banana notes. Moderately effervescent.

T- Mild flavor of wheat and some yeast richness including some Brett which is certainly welcome bringing notes of green olive. Bright and smooth with some slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M- Crisp and snappy with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- A great session saison with plenty of character and subtleties.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.


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Photo of woodychandler
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Photo of Axnjxn
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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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

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Photo of JayQue
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of Reidrover
3.61/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of smakawhat
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
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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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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
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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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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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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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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Photo of MacQ32
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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Photo of mactrail
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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Classique from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.