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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #432
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,688
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 7.73%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
149
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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
 
Maryland, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  37
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: Distorted farmhouse pale ale
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Keepnitrl from Washington

3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Jun 04, 2017
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku pint. Bottom of can says BBE APR 2018.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient, sudsy lacing slides down the glass.

S- Nice Saison yeast characteristic that mingles with the hops in an inviting way. Notes of bubblegum, papaya and a little spice.

T- A little sweet in the front with the rich yeast characteristic coming through and then there's some piney bitterness on the back end. The hops and yeast eventually come together as its own cohesive flavor which work well on top of the soft body.

M- As said, soft but with a moderate hop bite. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- This is (dare I say it?) crushable with plenty of character and flavor to keep me coming back for more. Well done.

May 13, 2017
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veroniclesofnarnia from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy strawish lemon color. White head, dissipates faster than a billowing belgian style (so more pale ale there).

Lemony citrus notes and haystacks balance each other out. To compare to other Stillwater, it sort of smells like a less pronounced Stateside Saison but not in a negative way, just less intense and less musty.

Flavors are consistent with the nose-- lemon and haystacks. Nice and balanced, no perceived alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is bone-dry, refreshing, clean. Carbonation is perfect with the flavor profile. I'd put it at medium, medium-light.

Overall great beer, again to use other Stillwater as a point of reference it's between Stateside and Extra Dry, a perfect happy medium I'd say. Has a lot of elements of a well-balanced Champagne, and I would definitely pair it with buttery biscuits, fried chicken, or creamy cheese plates like I would a Champagne.

May 04, 2017
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fmccormi from California

4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stem); this has a best-before date of April 2018, with an unclear dating code which would seem to suggest a packaging date of April 20, 2017 (“BBE APR 2018 20 14:30”). If that’s the case, that would make this beer fifteen days old at the time of consumption—just over two weeks. It’s been chilled over 24 hrs prior to consumption, and rolled gently to mix it up a bit.

Appearance (3.5): This pours out three solid fingers of very active, bone-white head composed of big, fat, erupting bubbles and some whipped foam on the side. It caps a glowing, light orange-tan body that’s quite hazy and pretty. Not much lacing to be seen as the head recedes, but it was very pretty at the outset.

Smell (4.25): Fresh aromas of orange zest, macerated kumquat, a bit of limeade and fresh cut grass, and the sort of musky funk of passionfruit come out nicely right away. Lots of dusty hay and floury, starchy, cracked grains, along with oyster crackers, white pain de campagne crust, and a bit of sourdough. I think there are some orchard fruit phenols coming off of the yeast strain, as well, with a touch of apricot, ripe pink apple flesh, and Bosc pear. I’m really digging it.

Taste (4.25): Right at the outset, some of the fruity dry-hopping makes itself clear: kumquat flesh, some lime pith, sweet orange zest, and grassy bitterness for days (while falling well short of astringent). After that, the yeast strain really comes out more: green grape skins, crushed grape seed, a bit of Bosc pear flesh, and underripe nectarine mix and mingle with soft wheat boule, unsalted oyster crackers, and uncooked rolled oats. Right now, this is striking a wonderful balance between yeast phenols, malt, and dry-hopping. As the drink goes on, it opens up a bit and the interplay between sweet fruit tones and dry, grainy malt comes forward, while the pithy bitterness of the hops and the funky yeast phenols settle in toward the back of the palate. The finish is dry, with a pleasant, soft, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.75): This is dry, swishy, and effervescent, with a medium-light body that’s extremely soft and fluffy, but dry at the same time. The carbonation is extremely fine-grained, fluffy, and evenly distributed all over the palate; it spreads with a soft, foamy feel before expanding with a great, fluffy, silky body that washes out smoothly. Hachi machi, this is damn near perfect for a farmhouse pale ale.

Overall (4.5): This beer is outstanding, I think. It’s a bit odd, in my opinion, in that it’s somewhat lackluster in its appearance (still better than average, but still), and harbors a lot of subtlety in the balance of aromas and flavors that play out in the glass—and yet, the overall effect is a drinking experience that’s easy, multi-layered, and deeply satisfying. Like, it’s soft and full and light and dry and fluffy and grassy and citrusy and bready but not TOO much of any one of these things. It is, however, extremely well-rounded, and very, very well executed. Great job, Stillwater. Highly recommended.

May 06, 2017
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

16oz can

Pours an extremely soapy white head into my tulip glass, one finger in height. Head fizzes away within a minute. The body is nice and hazy, with what would appear to be a large amount of carbonation. Body is light yellow in color. Even though the haze is nice, this head was gross, so not super good looking so far.

Nose is quite interesting, bitterness is sharp, light grassy hops, with somewhat of a metallic aroma. Very basic citrus aromas of lemon are here. Extremely faint farmhouse yeast esters. Not a huge fan so far, the metallic aroma, along with the lack of complexity and intensity in aroma make for a sub par nose.

I mean, the flavor is tough to judge. On one hand, I could see it being hard to make a farmhouse pale ale, a hybrid, if you will. On the other hand, it can surely be done better than this, I know. The esters come through, if only a little bit. Bitterness is there, but again, it's extreeeeemely small, like barely there at all. Other than that, the beer has a very watery, mineral taste to it. Quite unimpressed here.

The mouthfeel is not too great, again, mineral feel, with an over abundance of carbonation. The body is paper thin. Leaves a tiny amount of lingering dryness, but who cares at this point.

Drinkability is ok, it goes down, but I'm not particularly enjoying this.

The appearance turned out bad, as expected. Zero lacing. Bad head. Hazyness does not make up for this.

Overall, I mean this doesn't taste bad, but I can't say it tastes good. A 3 may be generous in a few areas here.

Nov 21, 2018
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alexsergio from New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 03, 2018
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heddar33 from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 19, 2017
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paresis from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 21, 2017
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ADTaber from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 13, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

some friends have said this one was way too belgian to be enjoyable. for my personal tastes, its a bit runaway on the yeast as well, but i really liked the beer. the yeast is fruity and floral and estery and bright, but the beer is dry and it doesnt linger. this also has an insanely original hop profile, or else there is some synergy with the yeast, but its highly fruity, almost orange tic tac tasting, with real citrus too, white grape, green pear, and a pixie stick element too, but not sugary, its odd but i cant set my glass down. wheaty in its base i would think, the beer feels soft and fluffy despite high carbonation, and it has some haze to it. fresh cut flowers, grassy bittering hops, and dry cereals finish it out with the belgian yeast. stillwater is easily one of the most prolific brewers out there these days, more flavors seemingly flooding the market each week, and they really do all styles very well, and keep their beer interesting enough to always hold my attention. i really like what they do, and have a lot of respect for an operation that can span the entire range of beers at this level of quality. i only bought a single of this, but i would have crushed a four pack if i had it. uniquely belgian and a little funky, fun beer!

Jun 23, 2017
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varian7 from California

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 03, 2017
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jcb7472 from Florida

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 04, 2018
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WhiskeyMax from Iowa

4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 08, 2017
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maxarvo from England

3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 15, 2019
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 29, 2017
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MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dec 19, 2018
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BenCo from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 12, 2019
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Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 15, 2017
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Bluecrow from New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The can pours pale yellow with a lot of haze and 1/2 cm foam cap.
The aroma is lightly citrus with a wisp of funk. The flavor is really full; lemon, grapefruit and mango are prominent. There is a Brett-like earthiness throughout. The hop bite is minimal but detectable. I do not know if the base yeast is a saison, but it may be so. The finish is dry-ish. The flavors linger. In all this is a very pleasing brew.

May 28, 2017
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FLima from Brazil

3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy yellow golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Interesting and elegant aroma with notes of chamomile, lemongrass, lychees, pine, honey, orange drops, some rounded sourness, pineapple juice, powder milk and a bit of white pepper.
Flavor with notes of lemon and pineapple sourness, chamomile, lemongrass, lychees, herbal hops, Saison yeast, spices, green wine, green apple, candi sugar, pears, oats, white pepper and powder milk. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness and lingering mild sourness acidity.
Bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Good citrusy and herbal Saison with elegant notes and great complexity; I could go on and on. Funkiness under leash. Saison towards new England.

Feb 18, 2018
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 30, 2017
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 04, 2017
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rdoggg from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 09, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, served in a tulip glass. Pours a opaque straw yellow body, slight orange hue, one finger white head, short-lived, short retention and no lacing. Smell is straw, sulfur, grapefruit, bread, sharp pepper and floral notes. Flavour is biscuit, sulfur, lots of floral, light resin and grapefruit, slight spice. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, good carbonation, slightly prickly with a mild-moderate bitterness. A hopped up saison, that's the long and short of it. Drinkable and very tasty.

Jun 06, 2017
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Boone757 from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 23, 2017
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