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Autumnal | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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3.77/5
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271 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#19,717
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
271
pDev:
10.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
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.

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3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Jeffreysan
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!

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3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Autumnal does indeed have autumnal brown and orange tones but it's frustratingly hesitant to part with them; highlights are just about snuffed out by an overall complexion that's both dim and concealing. Too bad, this ale could be quite pretty, but if my LED desk lamp fails to tease out any colour then what hope is there? I might as well have poured the sediment in.

Brewed with wheat, Cara-Munich malts, and roasted barley, a trio of German hops, then fermented with Belgian farmhouse yeast, this one is, from a stylistic perspective, all over the map. From the consumer standpoint it's equally confusing; though brewed with so much, it actually smells like very little. I'm actually finding this crudely grainy, yeasty aroma off-putting.

That Autumnal doesn't resemble one beer style specifically is no surprise; the fact that it has no specific style of its own, however, is disappointing. Whatever is read on paper is only marginally tasted on the palate; there is a spiciness and dried fruit element (yeast), trace herbal bitterness (hops), and the odd hint of creamy chocolate on the finish (malts), but nothing stands out.

Nothing, that is, except maybe the 7.2%. The absence of malt allows a rough, unsophisticated, grain distillate-like alcohol presence to free reign. What little nutty sweetness is offered is not forthcoming enough to handle this kind of yeast; brutish notes of stale prune, rank fruits, and spent grain run amok in the aftertaste and really spoil the overall experience.

Autumnal proves the old adage that 'a Jack of all trades is the King of none'. Or, perhaps, it's like an intricate movie that has so much going on that you have to watch it a few times to really follow and appreciate it. Maybe - but I doubt it. If anything, this beer is a reminder of something we all learned in high school: trying too hard to be cool will not make you cool.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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2.95/5  rDev -21.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Cloudy copper with reddish-mahogany highlights. Has 1/2 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. Light carbonation with plenty of yeast sediment floating around.

Nose
Brown brad, brown sugar, hazelnut, and dark fruit.

Taste
Caramel, brown bread, and toasted grains. Notes of brown sugar and touches of hazelnut. Suggestions of dark fruit, concord grape, and black plum. Earthy hop presence with a squeeze of lemon. Light notes of hay, potpourri, and clove.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, off-dry, and refreshing.

Overall
A malty Oktoberfest grain bill with Stillwater's Saison Ale yeast. Yes, please! Very tasty and hides the alcohol extremely well.

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Autumnal from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 271 ratings
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