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Stillwater / Mikkeller Two Gypsies: Our SideStillwater / Mikkeller Two Gypsies: Our Side

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mikkel and Brian are two of the world's most unconventional brewers. By designing beers at various breweries around the globe, they have found the freedom to experiment and innovate, resulting in unique beers that often blur the lines of definition. After having met at a festival in Bodegraven, NL the two realized that their first creations both were called Stateside. It was then an obvious decision to make the two recipes into a new product, packed full of piney, resinous hops, and backed by the esters of a farmhouse yeast strain.

Added by tbrown4 on 01-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Stillwater beer to try.Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed orange infused golden with a large blooming head that took quite awhile to subside.Lemon verbina,phenolic spice (although light),and citrusy hops in the nose,all come together real well.Not much funk on the palate wich I am happy for, its mainly yeasty phenols,lemon oils,and sharp American hops.I like this beer I took a chance on it not knowing how I would like it,all in all its a nice subtley complex "American style" saison.

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Photo of Marc33
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jbeatty
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 6/23/2011

A: Pours an opaque, dark orange with huge off-white head, settling into a nice frothy layer with nice lacing.

S: Initial whiff of yeast, herbal hops which blend into a more piney character, followed by sweet, citric fruits, mostly oranges, lemons.

T: Oranges, spices, some farmhouse character, bitter herbal hops and lemon rind. Long bitter finish with a surprising amount of alcohol present.

M: The mouthfeel is hindered by the excessive carbonation, making the flavors too prickly, too rough and aggressive.

O: Fine, but too rough to enjoy much on its own, but goes well with food.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice beer. In a tulip the beer was a hazy orange color with a gigantic white head that resembled whipped cream.

Lots going on in the aroma. That nice Belgian yeast aroma. Onions, fruit, and sweet malt. Difficult keeping track of it all.

Good taste too, just not quite up to what the aroma promised. Very yeasty. Piquant onions.
Apricot. Sweet malt. A bit of hops late.

Just a touch on the sharp side, but overall a very good beer.

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Photo of NWer
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abundant foam result of semi-aggressive pour into my Russian River Chalice.
Foggy golden yellow. Apparently unfiltered but I'm guessing by its appearance.
Balanced. Nothing dominates this beer - malts - yeast - hops.
Slight tanginess reminds me of the style.
Very enjoyable sipper on a cool late summer afternoon.

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Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear copper with a massive four fingers of dense off-white head. Solid stream of carbonation rising in the tulip glass. Head has excellent retention and leaves the glass coated in lacing.

S - Big lemongrass aroma. Very herbal and earthy. Some decent funk in the aroma as well.

T - Very herbal, dry and bitter. Huge grassy taste. Funk is somewhat mild but present. A bit of fusal alcohol. Good overall but very dry.

M - Ridiculously carbonated, which detracts from the enjoyment even after the beer has been sitting for awhile. Mouthfeel is light and very dry.

O - Pretty interesting saison. Lowering the carbonation and adding a touch of citrus would improve this, but still pretty enjoyable overall.

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Photo of DWolf
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cool peach colored beer. Nice, but some head or lacing would have been even better. Muted aroma, didn't pull much out of it other than standard belgian yeast.

Taste was full of carbonation, didn't make sense based on the appearance, but ok, weird bitterness. Too medicinal at times. Went from ugh, to not bad, to, eh, there it is again. Seems like it is trying to hard to be complex, with all sorts of competing flavoroids that don't jive with each other. Is there tea leaves and toffee here? Seems more like a DFH let's do something weird for the sake of being weird type of collaboration, but yeah, Mikkeller does a lot of that too, they just have a better overall track record than this with me for their other stuff.

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Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of daveytheformer
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a huge foaming almost pinkish white head that takes a really long time to settle. Once it does lots of sticky lacing is left about.

Smells sort of like ripe peaches. Rose pedals as well come to mind. Spicy yeast follows behind the fruit.

Tastes dry and like tart apples. Noticeable hop flavor in there too. Kind of unpleasant for some reason that I can't quite put my finger on.

Mouthfeel is medium and I would say it's over carbonated like soda.

Overall is ok but not great by any means. Worth trying once I guess.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap multiple times at Brewvival.

Pours a clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust pilsner malts with solid amounts of grassiness and musty hops. Also present are hints of more bitter earthy hops and herbal notes.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit more one-dimensional. Large light malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by herbal hop flavors. Midway through the sip the herbal notes recede and slight funk and grassy hops come into play. The grassy hops and light malt flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer but it was missing a certain something to catapult it into the upper tier of saisons. Still, very refreshing and worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)

A- This beer pours a murky deep apricot body and a thick off-white foam that takes up 1/4 of the glass and pushes over the top. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding up the sides of the glass.

S- The fruity esters of yeast is full with a nice dry saison yeast quality and some soft herbal dry hints in the finish with a faint cinder block note.

T- The soft ester yeast blend with a soft pine resin hop note in the finish. A cream note with some dry bubble gum hints grows as the beer opens and a finish of carbonic acid and hop resin lingers a bit after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a crisp scrubbing fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has lots of nice saison yeast characteristics and soft but good hops. The scrubbing fizz tends to cover up to much of the flavor and aroma.

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Photo of Brenden
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is both hazy and bright, a deep medium orange color. The head, tinted pale orange, is big and fluffy, a billowing crown about two fingers tall that just lays on top unmoving, for the most part, and leaves webby lace on the walls of the glass as it follows the beer down.
There's no questioning this beer's Belgian nature or rustic roots from the aroma: gentle soft fruit flesh meets earth, must and a very gentle spiciness backed by some tropical fruits and just a bit of grass and flora to balance. As it warms, there's something like the candi sugars used in bigger Belgian styles and a sweetness derived from that mixing interestingly but nicely.
That sweetness is further balanced by a light tartness that adds a freshness to the tropical fruits and the pear flesh notes. The yeast is strong but kept in check, mostly spicy phenols adding lots of character, and overall complexity is big as breads come in and the hops add a soft bitterness with just very little added dryness as earth, grass and apple finish it.
The body is fluffy but strong, gentle but soft, and almost everything a Saison should be. There's a nice crispness and a depth from the body, while the fluffy texture on the tongue leads into a dryness that doesn't go too chalky but almost dances into the finish.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of CoalPorter
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half pour from a tap to a Palm goblet

A - very cloudy, deep orange amber as the sun comes through it. Almost no head and a ring of large bubbles around the perimeter, leaving little residue

S - sweet orange candy notes and and alcohol come first, with and underpinning of floral and pine hop presence

T - In reverse of the aroma the hops are at the fore here. Grapefruit and pine giving way to a bitter finish with hints of caraway

M - very bubbly, light feel initially, but then leaves a resiny hop coating in the mouth

O - Despite being aggressively hop flavored I found this beer dangerously drinkable. Then again I like hops.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

omg this is some! say the least!...from the guy that makes flawless beer....yet here is another one in that mold!

pours a huge over carbonated head, true to style, dark orange in color....

smells like maybe french saison yeast...i can smell a dry hop on this one too....

taste is hopped perfectly! sure thanks to mikkeller...almost an intense citrus taste...perfect!

feel is creamy slightly dry

overall this one lives up to expectation!....good job

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of AlexChillton
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from recent Maine trip. So looking forward to this one, what would be the problem then? Fresh fruity and yeasty aromas greet me. Tasty peach, apricot, lemon, white pepper with the mix. The problem - way too much carbonation. Became a sipper as there was gas gas gas.Will time cause it to calm down?

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Photo of Ssomnoremac
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stillwater appears on the West Coast! (on-tap at Blue Palms)

Have to credit the HOPRY for introducing me to this brewery. Never thought it would get to the west coast this quickly!

Excellent, well balanced saison. Just what you want in terms of this kind of yeast; not too funky, as saisons go.

Lovely dirty orange haze. Nicely hoped and very drinkable.

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