Stillwater / Mikkeller Two Gypsies: Our Side | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Brewed by:
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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 292
Reviews by prototypic:
Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Gypsies pours a very hazy yellowish gold color. Backlighting gives it more of a solid gold look. Carbonation is quite active. A semi-careful pour produced a white head that rose to three fingers in depth. It took quite a while to completely dissipate. Lacing was a little sticky and moderate in volume. Good looking stuff.

The nose is quite unique for a Saison, but is impressive. It features a nice, musky-earthy scent that is reminiscent of classic Saisons. It has a nice herbal quality to it, but isn’t vegetal at all. Hops are quite strong and come through loud and clear. If you’re into hop-forward Saisons, you’ll appreciate this one. The hops seem mostly grassy and floral. My guess is noble hops. Belgian yeast is spicy and prominent. Alcohol is buried. Smells damn good.

The flavor is good, but is a little less impressive. The hops seem to be more prominent here. I’m still guessing noble with the strong grassy, floral hop flavor. Belgian yeast adds a strong peppery spice flavor. It’s good and works pretty well with the hops. It’s intense though. Maybe a little less spice would be a little more overall. The musky, herbal, and earthy Saison flavors are all secondary, but complement the other flavors well. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Finishes spicy with a dry, grassy hop punch.

Two Gypsies has a medium body. Carbonation is seems active, but feels light. Maybe even a tad light for the style. It goes down nice and easy, but a few more bubbles wouldn’t hurt. It really is easy drinking though. A 750 = no problem.

As I understand it, Mikkeller and Stillwater Artisanal Ales each brewed a beer called “Stateside.” Apparently, Two Gypsies is a blend of the recipes. I don’t believe I’ve tried either “Stateside” release, but Two Gypsies is certainly good beer. It’s definitely a Saison with a strong hop presence. It’s novel, but it works well. The spicy flavor grows a tad tiresome, but that’s a minor complaint. Easy recommendation here.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ocelot2500
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a tight, fizzy white head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing.

Smells of grassy and slight fruit notes.

Tastes of the grassy and fruity notes with a spicy finish. Fruit notes lead off with orange zest, apples, and bananas. This then leads into grassy and floral hoppy notes. A moderate amount of sweetness blends well with the hops. Ends with a drying spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good saison with everything I expected.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood

A: The beer pours a hazed golden amber color with a finger of white head.

S: Smells sort of saison-like with a nice grass and yeast profile, as well as some citrus peel. It is on the sweet side, though. Somewhat sugary with a bit of caramel. Some floral hops and a hint of pepper.

T: Sweet up front with a big time candi sugar flavor. Floral and grassy notes, a bit of lemon zest, and a slightly perfumey feel to the beer. A bit of bready malt and some bitterness on the finish. As it warms, some apple comes out.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: If it wasn't so sweet, I would have liked this one significantly more.

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Photo of ckollias
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bomber bottle out of a craft beer glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden hue with an enormous, white, frothy head that never ends.

S: Sweet fruit and citrus aroma with a Belgian yeast scent.

T: Sweet with that fruit and citrus flavor similar to the smell. Crisp and finishes on the sweet side of dry.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Excellent collaboration beer – would buy this again if it was available.

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Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a light orange with a tad bit of haze. Single finger white head with some lacing before fading into a sticky collar. The nose certainly lets you know what it is--saison yeast and IPA-level hops come through. The yeast takes the forefron with some citrus and floral notes in the background. A bit of white pepper there as well. Not of the notes are a bit faint.

Taste is nice and hoppy with a saison kick to it. The flavors don't.meld perfectly but I like how this ended up. The mouthfeel really enhances my overall perception of the beer. The finish is dry and bitter after a full mouthfeel. Overall, I really like the theoretical concept and the beer itself is quite good. Solid effort all around.

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

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Tulip.

A. Pours 4 fingers of head. Thick lacing. Great retention. Color is a really nice bright orange.

S. Belgian yeast, spices, citrus, earthiness, a little sour, a little funk. Really nice smelling Saison.

T. Yeast, spice, citrus, some sour flavor. I get some hop flavor, but Im not sure I would describe it as piney and resinous as it states on the label. Has lingering hop presence that comes out really far back on the tongue.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/full carbonation. Drinks and finsihes pretty dry.

O. Nice Saison. Maybe a touch dryer than I prefer, but definitely a solid beer.

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Photo of PaBeerLover
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of tbrown4
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From Baltimore Sun article: "collaborative gypsy ale, is a mix of Stillwater Artisanal Ales' Stateside Saison and Mikkeller Stateside IPA."

Max's (Baltimore) on release day.

A - pours light copper, opaque due temperature (clears up a tad as it warms), thin white fluffy head

S - light earthy aroma, surprisingly not much more

T - piney hop notes, slight spiced flavors, dark candied citrus fruit. Hop notes diminish as it warms.

M - very fine carb feel, creamy lightly coating the mouth

D - Quite easy to drink. No alcohol hints to be found.

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Photo of Blanco
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish orange color with huge white head with large bubbles. Smells mostly like typical saison yeasts. some fruity notes. taste is somewhat dry and ever slightly bitter with a little bit of saison in here. The taste is somewhat muddled and difficult to pick out, but still decent. Slightly funky taste, but not much else. Not getting any hop presence at all this with one.

Overall I have mixed feelings on this one. I can't pick out flavors or detect any complexity though I know I should. No offensive flavors, but having some issues figuring out what it going on here. Still, it's somewhat enjoyable so I can't completely kill it.

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Photo of jlogan7
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of PthPndr
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of mrshoes
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of benclimbs
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at City Beer SF

Maybe I'm just really in love with beer lately because I haven't been drinking it as often but i've been giving a lot of A's lately...but seriously, this beer is legit! it does not warrant its B+ rating.

Look is perfect in every way - amazing retention, head, lacing, carbonation.

Nose is yeast galore, a little fruit some esters, good but not stand out.

Taste - Just so enjoyable, incredible smooth fruit, a little tea/spicey character reminiscent of saisons but with a wonderful hoppy, bitter, citric finish.

Feel is good but almost too sharp due to the carbonation

Overall this is pretty damn awesome!

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

Hazed golden amber, moderate cap of white soapy bubbles with decent rings of lace. Scent is filled with fruity hops over top of musty grain, lightly funk defied and bready yeast, faint spiciing. Taste brings a very American rush of juicy citrus before the musty and earthy saision characters take over, quite sweet and bready. Lighter side of medium bodied, bubbly. Overall, quite unique and full flavored.

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Photo of corby112
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Farmers' Cabinet.

Pours a hazy bright golden orange color with pale yellowish orange hues and a frothy two finger white head.  Good retention slowly fading to a lasting cap/ring that leaves rings and chunks of lace.  

Slightly earthy aroma with subtle barnyard notes. Lots of bready yeast and crisp, light fruit.  Hints of orange and apple with subtle crisp hops, grass and straw.

Medium bodied and slightly creamy with a zesty, peppery spice presence up front that lingers into a slight dry finish.  Full bready yeast body with subtle earthy hops countering the saison yeast.  Hints of coriander, pepper and light fruit with lots of citrus/orange peel.  

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Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of dzni
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep golden / amber with nice head

S - Citrus, floral, maybe some pine

T - Yeasty, funky, little citrus, and an astringent piny-ness

M - Medium bodied, little carbonation

O - A very drinkable beer with a nice amount of hops but not overwhelming. For me, it seems closer to an IPA than a saison.

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Photo of bismarksays
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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

Pours with a head that fills half the glass, very delicate froth of just off-white color, too fine to really dimple, surface looks more like sand dunes, minimal stickiness to the lacing. The liquid is translucent and close to opaque, heavy yellow to orange rust water hue, lots of active bubbles moving about within. The nose comes across as drying, lemongrass, straw, white grapefruit pith, black tea leaves, leesy yeasts, pressed flowers, snap peas, crisp apple, peach, pear skin scents, touch of banana alongside mocha powder, retains focus and sense of purpose well. Medium-bodied, high prickle factor from the carbonation breaks up the muscularity of the brew, still it flexes more than moves. Sweeter tangerine, grapefruit, lemon citrus here, leads the way for basil, pepper and pine sap accents. A bit too tangy for the chamomile-led florality to really soak in, however, the peach, apricot, nectarine, apple fruit able to maintain a steady presence. While leafy on the whole, nicely balanced by softer bread and pastry flake notes. Understated complexity, as if you’ll find in it what you individually seek.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to jyounger30 for this beer in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks, Jay!

Poured into my New Belgium globe. Pours a hazy, orange amber hue with a huge offwhite head that slowly drops to about a finger's worth of foam. Leaves nice lacing.

Aromas of oranges and tangerines. Some peppery yeast. But a big fruity nose, dominated by citrus.

Flavors of peppery yeast, citrus hop bitterness. As others have noted, the hop bitterness starts off very citrusy, fades, then comes back with a wave of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry, with a mouthcoating bitterness. A little flatter in carbonation than what I prefer in a Saison.

Overall a very nice beer. Good summer time thirst quencher. Wish I could get my hands on some more, but glad I got to try out this bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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