Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Washington, United States
3.77 | pDev: 10.61%
Aug 02, 2017
Oct 12, 2010
Very Good
Notes: This deep amber hued ale takes it’s inspiration from Germany while still nodding to the Belgian farmhouse tradition. The base is comprised of German two-row, wheat, Cara-Munich, and roasted barley. Generously hopped with a blend of Perle, Spalt, and Hallertau Mittelfrüh and fermented with a rustic Belgian farmhouse ale yeast. These elements together provide a melange of earth and fruit aromas backed with hints of caramel with a dry clean finish.
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Reviewed by seedyone from New York

4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Very pleasant surprise. Slightly hazy ruby/mohagony look. Foamy excitation on the crown with very little on the tongue. The sweet/tart of a light port, but less body.

The 25 fl oz bottle should get better as it warms.
Aug 02, 2017
Rated: 3.61 by prost2hefeweizen from Oklahoma

May 22, 2017
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle - yet again, more hard to really identify with label imagery, which sure as shit doesn't engender shelf turnover, IMHO.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick amber colour, with a veritably teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves a bit of streaky and chunky low-lying cloud form lace around the glass as it slowly but surely subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, muddled black berry and stone fruity notes, musty Belgian yeast, a mild mixed peppercorn spiciness, and some very tame leafy, herbal, and estery floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, muddled bruised pome fruit, some faintly phenolic Low Countries yeastiness, further indistinct grainy notes, and more weak earthy, musty, and herbal verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-taunting frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and not particularly smooth, as both the yeast and tart fruitiness make hay where it really isn't required. It finishes trending dry, the malt sort of bottoming out, the fruitiness humming 'la la la', and that elevated ABV seeming to be planning its first move.

Overall, this is one of the better kitchen sink offerings that I've had from this brewer - it's essentially a maltier version of a base saison, with some noble hops tossed into the mire. Not bad, in the sense that I can kind of appreciate what the hell they're going for, for once.
Mar 03, 2017
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium to dark walnut brown with a one finger light khaki head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of grainy malt, saison yeast; lightly earthy. Flavor is grainy malt with little hint of caramel at the start, dates, light grassy hops, saison yeast and a touch of spicy funk. Finishes with grains and light hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. An interesting take on a saison; quite a bit darker than traditional and with the interesting light caramel in the start, although mostly traditionally grainy and medium dry. There is a light earthiness that really does make this reminiscent of an autumn evening with dry leaves. I've always enjoyed Stillwater's saisons and this one is also very nice. This may have been the first Stillwater I ever tried, but for some reason never reviewed it until now.
Jan 10, 2017
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Reviewed by allengarvin from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: Dark ruby-red color with a small but consistent head.
S: Sweet, slightly musty malt aroma, hints of dark fruits. No hop scent I can detect.
T: More bitterness than I was expecting, offsetting the sweetness, though hop flavor is fairly low. Very fruity yeast character, and complex malt flavor. Bitterness carries over to the dry finish. I would probably have identified this as a dubbel in a blind tasting.
M: Full-bodied, soft, slightly low carbonation mouthfeel.
O: Decent Belgian dark, not really what I'm looking for in a Saison.
Nov 18, 2016
Rated: 2.93 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Sep 03, 2016
Rated: 4.12 by Ela from Massachusetts

Aug 14, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York

Aug 11, 2016
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Reviewed by bushbeer75 from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz brown bottle - bottled on 8/3/15 [215: 2015]

Stillwater Artisanal Autumnal Ale poured a dark amber hue producing a 2-finger off-white foamy head that held well and formed chunks of lacing. The aroma is of dark fruit toasted bread and just a little sweetness. The taste begins with toasted bread, then dark fruit [dates and figs come to mind] and finishes with a hint of sweet caramel. Mouth feel is medium with a moderate carbonation.

Overall, not my favorite Saison/Farmhouse Ale - enjoyable nonetheless. Sure worth a try if you like the style.
Jul 10, 2016
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice amber pours a murky brown color with a light off white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring with light lacing. Nose of dark berries, dark sugars, light esters, and mild yeasty funk. Flavors exceed the nose with blackberries and medium dark brown sugar notes on the front and sides, dark breaded malts hit the middle with a light bittering hop note on the rear with a touch of toffee. Decent mouth feel, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

Jun 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real great looker of a brew. Deep chestnut red, looking like a real nice Marzen but with a classic Belgian middle column of carbonation rising through the center of the glass. Frothy and big bubble-bath foam on creation, with a solid easy four finger head, clingy and with moderate retention as it settles with soft foamy peaks and valleys. Great looking brew.

Real nice toasty malts of brown bread, with a mild sensing funk and brett. Chewy sourdough but with a darker grain bready quality that really shines. Slight herbal hop punch as well that comes out nicely, it's like a marzen saison or something, real neat.

Taste brings the goods. Malt bread basket filled with excellent brown bread flavors in the mid palate. Slight clove warmth finish on the phenol action but more brett makes it really linger. Lots of interesting bread angles, dry rye, pumpernickel, banana bread like ester with a good funky mix of farmhouse flavors. Drinks lightly for easy consumption with a supportive neutral mouthfeel that lets the flavors take turns. A mix of green earth and herb hop also pops nicely on the finish with a good farmhouse accent.

Reminds me of a real good solid bretted marzen, the best of both and works nicely. Fun and tasty brew.
Jun 05, 2016
Rated: 3.33 by hophugger from Virginia

Apr 15, 2016
Rated: 3.76 by Treycotton from Oklahoma

Apr 09, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by Amp from Oklahoma

Apr 09, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by rspauldi from Texas

Mar 18, 2016
Rated: 2.93 by KirkFrancis from North Carolina

Feb 20, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by andyjeigh from Oklahoma

Jan 19, 2016
Rated: 3 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Jan 08, 2016
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Reviewed by sphmiel from Missouri

4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark Amber, head fades to a thin rim. Sweet malts in the nose. Nice effervescence, sweet malts followed by yeast and bitter hops. Not the typical saison, but very enjoyable.
Dec 26, 2015
Rated: 3.28 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden

Dec 21, 2015
Rated: 4 by Matt141 from Texas

Nov 22, 2015
Rated: 3.65 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Nov 02, 2015
Rated: 4.55 by Smclarty from Oklahoma

Oct 26, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

Oct 19, 2015
Rated: 4 by mbalint1 from Oklahoma

Oct 07, 2015
Rated: 3.34 by target88 from Kentucky

Sep 25, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by bump8628 from Oklahoma

Sep 16, 2015
Rated: 3.7 by craftaholic from New York

Sep 15, 2015
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: A nearly brilliant deep amber to light brown pour under a stiff 3” frothy and clingy cream colored foam collar. S: Dark malt, traces of maple, fruit, barnyard. T: Rich dark malt flavors, traces of maple but not overly sweet, no burnt or harsh roast flavors. F: Very effervescent producing a creamy mouthfeel and giving the fairly light body more substance. O: A great beer for early October with a big pot roast.
Aug 10, 2015
Rated: 3.81 by ColSanders123 from Georgia

May 04, 2015
Rated: 3.63 by zeledonia from Washington

Apr 16, 2015
Rated: 3.02 by JamLand from District of Columbia

Mar 20, 2015
Rated: 4 by nathanmiller from New York

Mar 17, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Mar 12, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by Goatdavemac from North Carolina

Feb 19, 2015
Rated: 4.14 by AngusOg from North Carolina

Feb 18, 2015
Rated: 3.42 by wattersmike90 from New York

Feb 14, 2015
Rated: 4 by random846 from California

Feb 03, 2015
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Reviewed by Jeffreysan from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Not very aromatic at all, but I do get some notes of toasted malt, a touch of nuttiness, some brown sugar and a touch of barnyard-y hay, straw and wet blanket

Taste: Very nice flavors of toasted malt up front, imparting notes of biscuits or crackers, flowed by some dried stone fruit, such as resins, apricots, or dates, some brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of Belgian yeast which imparted some earthy notes of leather and tobacco, finished with a touch of sour cherry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 7.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! This is another great beer by Stillwater. I’m really, really impressed with this brewer!
Jan 27, 2015
Rated: 3.44 by pigpen892 from Kentucky

Jan 03, 2015
Autumnal from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 271 ratings