Autumnal | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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3.77 w/ 271 ratings

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

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

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Photo of ncaudle
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at the Barley Oak in Mandeville, LA. Poured into snifter, a ruby brown pecan color. No head but a thin lacing exists. Look is flat and ordinary. Smells of slight sweet caramel malts and some slight mild hop. Meh. Taste is really nice. Sweet caramel malts but slightly bitter and ever so slight funk/earth. It has a slightly dry finish and bitter on the tip of the tongue. Really nice unique maltier saison. I like this brew. Its mild but flavorfull at the same time.

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Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber colour with a tight, creamy, light tan head. Good lacing and nice head retention.

Fruity with lots of clove and cinnamon. The fruits are harder fruits. Not bad.

Classic saison flavours of fruit and spice. Slightly higher than normal malt character which is expected.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A solid beer. Nothing amazing but it is an interesting take on the saison.

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Photo of bigeyedfish89
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3+ fingers of khaki head. Slightly murky, great lacing, average head retention

S: Jammy, pears,the nose fades as this warms.

T: Pears, slight date flavors, some herbal hops & green appleskins up front. Leafy hops, more appleskins, some white grape & jammy notes as this warms, some boozeyness & maybe a touch of chardonnay. Finishes dry, fruitty, & a bit jammy

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation

This didn't wow me as much as some other offerings from these guys. Not bad, glad I got to try it...

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -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 cosmicevan
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

explosive opening, beer went EVERYWHERE! after the cleanup I was able to enjoy the brew from my stillwater wine glass. brew was a deep purple with lively carbonation and a creamy head with streaky lacing.

zingy saison with a touch of ginger and dark fruit. kind of a cross between a BSDA and a saison.

flavor also carries a ton of grape. way more BSDA than saison.

creamy and tasty. a bit on the thinner side.

overall I dig it. this bottle has some time on it, but tastes fantastic. grape and dark fruit. lovin it, but this aint no saison un the traditional sense but a very good beer none the less. I would definitely have this again. much more enjoyable than I remembered.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp 750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.
Opening the cap the beer is a gusher but not too bad. the appearance takes a small hit for the spillage or gushing.
Beige foam oozes out of the bottle onto my desk.
Beer pours a rich deep mahogany with garnet tints on the edges and bottom of the glass when held up to the light.
Large creamy beige head billows up 3-4 cm on the pour but settles fairly rapidly to a sturdy edge layer and some wispy islands on the surface.
Aroma is sweet malt with toffee and molasses mixing with plums and black cherry. Some bready yeast notes and a bit of musty blanket buried in the nose.
First sip reveals an average body and fine prickly carbonation, smooth texture and an overall physically pleasing beer to drink.
Flavor is also malty with dark fruit and molasses moving to some bready yeast and finishing with red grape and a little bit of musty grass. Dries out a bit on the finish too.
No hints of alcohol anywhere and the beer is fairly complex.
Im actually getting a little smoke on the finish after working through most of the bottle, that is interesting and unexpected.
Overall a decent complex beer. NOt my favorite style but still an enjoyable experience.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of SickGnar
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Russet brown, rich amber when held to light, clear with many, many streams of fine bubbles rising to a billowy & creamy light khaki head. Great retention & really good lacing. Second pour yields a firm dose of cloudiness. More of a murky chestnut brown.

S: Caramelly sweetness & bread crust malts with a backbone that is nutty & biscuity. Herbal, leafy, & grassy hops in a laidback rather than forward manner. Good bit of dark fruit. Hint of peppery spice. A bit malty & sweet for stated style but fair strength and nicely pleasant.

T: Herbal, leafy, grassy, & almost vegetal hops fight it out in the open with lots of caramel sweetness. Again, hops are strong but relaxed. More flavor and character than bitter. Dark bread crust and toasty / nutty malts weigh in on the side of sweetness. Some yeasty phenols show up in the middle. Approaching the end some dark fruit emerges & then a bit of roast. Hint of peppery spice. Finish is roast & a touch of hoppy resin/earth.

M: A bit under medium body with carbonation quite strongly balanced yet very finely textured & soft feeling. Smooth but too well attenuated to be creamy. Flash of sweetness at the open and then it is drying from herbal & earthy notes with a touch of soft astringency and a bit of spice. Firm but not aggressive. Ghost hint of alcohol warmth way back in the throat.

D: A big Alt with a touch of Belgian flair more than a dark saison. Just not spicy & earthy enough. Could also be more dry / less sweet. Too malt focused for a saison. Not even a hint of tart and/or funk. A bit too oddly herbal. Still it is tasty and it really grows on you. Nice and interesting. 4/7 Sticke, 2/7 dubbel, 1/7 saison. Something like that.

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2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruddy amber in the Affligem chalice. First glass was very foamy. Second has a nice dense head. Very sudsy mouthfeel. Beery and herbal smell, but not strong.

First sip is a sharp eye opener, but it mellows out. The yeasty Belgian flavors bloom into a pleasant bitterish, malty flavor. Some fruit. Only slightly sweet, but the tartness is restrained as well. Seems really well balanced. A shifting and complex stew of flavors-- tobacco, pear skins, persimmon-- but all very subtle. The bitterness seems to more from the yeast, but the lable cites three European hops. Not any floral hop scents to be found, according my taste buds. Certainly not bitter like so many other examples of the Saison style.

A lot of the pleasure of this is in the big, creamy mouthfeel along with the rambunctious flavors. If this is what "rustic" tastes like, it's really good. 750 ml bottle from Best Damn in San Diego.

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Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of runbirddrinkbeer
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this from a 750 ml bottle. Pours hazy brown with four fingers of off white head. Some lacing.
S-fruit and caramel notes dominate. Some funk.
Taste-Malty sweetness with little hop bitterness present.
Mouthfeel is amazing smoothness with fair sustained carbonation.
Overall a decent interesting offering which paired well with Sauerkraut and spareribs. Love the Saisons, (especially the more yeasty sharp tasting offerings )Would buy this again.

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Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of Atyoungberg
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, earthy and nice yeastiness, and a sweet fruitiness mixed in. In the taste, earthy, fruity, and even a small tartness. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earthy and fruitiness in the aftertaste. Nice fruitiness, earthy, refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of elNopalero
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my Super Bowl beer.

It pours a cloudy auburn tan with thick foam topping. There’s a funky saison aroma, in a good way. It’s slightly musty with yeasty esters. Flavor is along similar lines, light estery yeast with a subtle roast around it and some hoppiness. I don’t pick up a signature ‘barnyard funk’ but maybe some hints of wet leaves, or maybe that’s the power of suggestion. Nice hoppy finish on the end.

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Photo of John11486
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jayhawk73
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a nice two finger cocoa head. Very good lacing on my CBS snifter. Light brown streaks when held to the light. The nose is really well done, roasted malts, pepper, coriander, as well as an earthy vibe to it. Really smooth, and very pleasant. The taste is a little less spicy than the nose, with the caramel malt and hops coming through to the front. Feel is medium full with a nice dry finish. Overall, this is a really nice farmhouse ale. I would definitely have this again. Cheers.

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Autumnal from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 61.6% out of 100 with 271 ratings
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