Autumnal | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
stillwater-artisanal.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by timtim on 10-12-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
270
Reviews:
113
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
10.67%
 
 
Wants:
13
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Ratings: 270 |  Reviews: 113
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of their unique "saisons". Dark brown colour, tastes like a Belgian, a dunkel unfiltered. Brown sugar. Good drinkability. Above average mouthfeel.Saison aroma.Some wood,caramel,white pepper, and European hops right there. Thanks Michael P.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with an off-white firm head.

Nose has sum "saison toast" character. Smells like a traditional saison with with a hit of toasty and malty hops and fruity character.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and inviting, albeit thin.

Flavors are "herbal-grassy saison" with a dose of light coffee and peaches. Not real "saison like" but pleasing. Flavors are light fruity citric coffee that goes to a bit bitter green character that goes to a more traditional green herb, celery salt white pepper and green pepper/celery character.

Finish is "green" and a bit funky with a bitter pepper finish. Drinkable even though it's a bit schizophrenic.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 8/26/13.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, toast, earth, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice caramel and spice presence all around.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

some of the best beer ive had from Stillwater yet. this red saison is entirely unique, perfect for fall. it has a deep brick red color, rusty almost, with a jovial white head over an inch tall in my new globe. dense looking, it needs light to show red. the nose and flavor are both excellent as well. both exude strong and interesting Belgian yeast, and the malt profile works so well with it. semisweet, hopped well enough too. harvest vibes abound with this, its earthy and dank. the mix of red malt and saison yeast needs to become a little more popular, such a lovely combination. for how many saison types Stillwater makes, they are all so different from one another, a testament to their competence and creativity. fuller body on this, makes it a slow sipper, and it only improves with temperature. a patient brew, to be contemplated and discussed. one of the most intriguing fall seasonals this year.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured out with a deep brown color and had a thin tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer is a little on the earthy side, some aromas of wood and spice on the nose. The taste of the beer was also a little bit on the wooden flavored side. Not a bad flavor at all really just not something I was really feeling at the time. The mouthfeel of this beer is nice, it's got a good carbonation level to it. Overall this brew was good, I would definitely drink it again.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Following a common theme of black saison farmhouse ales, this dark ale carries a bold black pepper flavor and bite across an expansive carbonation and very dry finish.

Autumnal Ale pours a dark brown hue with a billowing lightly tanned head that retains very well, while showing only slight strands of lace. A very froathy and hearty look.

Peppery notes fill and tickle the nose while a malty-rich backbone takes the shape of true malt or malted milk. Light notes of charred currants, berries, and walnuts give a little variety without undue attention.

The peppery attitude continues in taste: black pepper being the dominating taste, the beer claims a spicy demeanor with the maltiness contributes a rich, but not sweet, support. Low on hops, the beer relies on the peppery sharpness and light grain tannin contributions for balance. A light, nearly vegital flavor emits from the maltiness in a very odd and creamy way. Still, heavily charred fruits give a tart and toasty vibe throughout.

Creamy early due to expressive carbonation, but the beer dries out beautifully across the mid palate and into the evaporative-dry finish. Light bite and prickle of alcohol further emphasize the peppery phenolics. Tannins give a mild astringency that hides behind the timid hop bitterness and provides the only real distraction as the beer thins out late.

Thanks bbehr!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber with a finger of off white head and a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Malty and bready but not very sweet. There is a very mild tart note.

Taste: Malty with a mild sourness in the background. Fruity and herbal notes with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I didn't think this was as remarkable as many of the other Stillwater offerings. It was pretty good and well balanced.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A billowy gusher that pours a cola brown color capped by an impressive head that leaves plenty of lace (deduct .5 for the gushing)

Smell: Toasted brown bread, dried dark fruit, banana and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Toasted brown bread, dried dark fruit (figs and dates) and banana, up front, with a a bit of spice cake and vanilla in the middle; nicely blended through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Altbier meets Dubbel, I am having a hard time finding the Saison in all this; having said that, my bottle has been cellared for a year or two and has likely mellowed quite a bit; still, I like the result, even if it is quite different from what it tastes like in its youth

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium dark hazy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with balance sweetness is quite interesting. Taste is a nice mix between some caramel malt with light residual sugar notes and some light fruity ester. Boyd is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with easily drinkable characteristics thought lacking a little bit of complexity.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgundy color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass. Nice rings.

S - It smelled malty and slightly woody with some spices and floral notes.

T - Spicy up front, then in turns to bread crust, dark dried fruits, rich malt and toffee.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty good dark saison. Stillwater does great saisons and this is no exception, even if I did drink it out of season.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating(but I believe this was from last year). Pours slightly hazy red orange color with a small 1 finger off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Aromas of big grape, apple, apricot, pear, herbal, caramel, earth, floral, pepper, and yeast spices. Some pretty nice aromas with decent balance and complexity. Taste of grape, apple, pear, herbal, earth, floral, pepper, caramel, toffee, bread, and light yeast spices. Lingering notes of apple, pear, grape, caramel, toffee, bread, earth, floral, and light yeast spices on the finish for a short bit. Very malt forward over the spiciness; with a minimal amount of cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and slightly prickly mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good saison. Not nearly as spicy as I was hoping for; but had some good flavor balance and complexity. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper amber color. A finger of beige head.

Aroma: Apricots and fresh fruit. A light farmhouse funk. Grassy and straw flavors. Fairly light on the flavor.

Taste: Dry spice flavors. Bready malts. Some fruits, but more more malts. Straw and lemon flavors.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a decent saison, but was way too dry for me. Not refreshing like I would like it to be.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at Churchkey into a tulip.

Pours a fairly deep brown with a several finger light tan head. Good dose of lacing on the way down. Nose brings some dry roasted malt and a bit of earth. Something there reminds me a bit of oak and damp dirt. Not too bad, but not great. In fact, fairly unique. Flavor is disappointingly taken over by some darker malts and the saison yeast flavors are fairly muted and get lost. Feel is nice and dry on a medium body. Drinks alright, but I prefer their standard saison much more.

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Photo of nickfl
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a small head of off white foam, the body is a hazy, dark brown. The head settles slowly and leaves light lace.

S - lightly sour, dark fruit with dark caramel malt.

T - Dry caramel and toffee with some dark cherry. Darker malt in the middle with more cherry that starts to taste a bit like cough syrup. Lots of caramel and chery in the finish.

M - medium thick body and a sweet finish with moderate carbonation.

D - Pretty nice. It smells great, but the flavor gets cloying after the first glass.

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Autumnal from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
3.75 out of 5 based on 270 ratings.
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