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

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.44/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very cloudy shade of yellow with a three finger offwhite head. Crazy carbonation with this one, but the beer itself is pretty murky and blah looking

S- slight grassy aroma, but really not much going on here at all. Disappointing

T- there is a bitter hoppiness to start...very grassy. Slight lemon. Doesn't taste very saison-esque...tastes more like an old IPA

M- medium bodied

O- I'm not a fan of this. I get more IPA qualities out of this than saison qualities, and it's just a mess

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of ToddT
2.66/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Slightly hazy amber color topped with a large off white head. Head fades slowly but only leaves a few spots of lace on the glass. A careful pour was required to keep this from becoming a glass of foam, plan accordingly.

S- Almost nonexistent, a hint a grapes, floral hops, and a slight note of caramel or sugar sweetness. Kind of disappointing.

T- Much better than the nose, grape sweetness and grass hops are the first notes, they carry through till the finish which was astringent and dry. The final note was of herbal hops, not a very pleasant finish.

F- Light in body and high carbonation, the body of the beer so far is the best hing about this. Still not liking the finish though.

O- I was looking forward to this and I was pretty disappointed. I thought that blending an IPA and Siason could yield some nice results and something interesting. The real problem for me was the finish and the drying astringent qualities in the taste. The 7.5% ABV was in line, but I'm going to think of this as a failed experiment from two really good brewers. Better luck next time.

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Photo of bum732
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

S: Some brett, grassy with some pepper, fresh cut flowers, some bright fruitiness.

L: Cloudy burnt orange, effervescent white head with good retention and lacing.

T: Off-flavored malt with a very earthy and peppery backbone. Medium low grassy bitterness with an almost brett like dryness. Quite grassy throughout bordering on vegetal.

M: High carbonation, medium mouthfeel, spritzy.

Meh, very grassy, not one of Stillwater's better efforts.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orangish colored beer, light, almost no head to it, one a saison? Aroma was belgian yeast but nothing beyond the pale of average.

Taste imparted those bitter notes from the hopping, but they didn't meld well with the phenolic yeast nature of the beer. This comes off as one of those collaborations that is way too expensive and where they just throw a bunch of mismatched weird stuff together and call it unique.

Too many tea leaves and toffee in this one, not enough tartness, not enough dryness, weird hopping regimen.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Pahn
3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Careful pour yields an out of control, 3 inch fizzy white head that dissipates slowly into a sparkly latticework, which leaves behind a couple spots of lacing after several minutes. Pours a hazy yellow orange, and occasionally leaves behind short lived spots of lacing.

Smell: While pouring, a strong bubblegum aroma fills the room. Strange. In the glass, there's some reasonably pungent foresty hops, effervescent Belgian yeast, some perfume/cologne smells, with lemony and strawberry-like hops. Nice.

The smells here compete but compliment each other. Lime, berries, floral perfume, peach, pear, lots of good stuff.

Taste: First sip: light, with a ridiculously adventurous burst of hop flavor and fruity esters--sensory overload. Fruits, herbs, candies, way more going on than I can keep track of. Finishes dry and citrusy, ultimately resolving into an almost unpleasant soapiness.

Second sip is still like a bizarro IPA, with a faint suggestion of a toasted malt backbone and flavor like a montage played in fast forward. Moderate to high bitterness; too much. Some tangy / tart saison flavors start to come out as well, clashing with the hops.

From the third sip on, the fruity hop flavor sort of settles down and takes a backseat to bitterness and kind of dank, abrasive saison tang. Strange and pleasant flavors weave in and out (really crazy, disparate flavors like candy cane, anise, pear, etc), but the dominant players are bitterness, tang, and Belgian IPA soapiness.

Maybe I'm doing this beer a disservice by reviewing it 7~ months after it came out, but it's doing me a disservice by tasting the way it does. This beer doesn't really work.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Dry and soapy finish.

Overall: This has elements of greatness, but the final product is not satisfying. It suggests refreshment, but fails to deliver. Teases with complexity, then goes way out of balance and comes across garish and overwhelming. Smells great and tastes significantly worse.

I like the idea of this beer... I've had enough of (Mikkeller) Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and (Stillwater) Brian Strumke's beers to know that they're both geniuses who have provided several examples of greatness to beer lovers. This is not one of them.

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3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
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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3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bottle says that the first beer for both Mikkeller and Stillwater were both called "Stateside". This is a better alternative to sending cease and desist letters back and forth.

This beer has a shy head with no retention. Only small soapy spots of foam left behind. Subsequent glasses held better with light lacing. The color is an interesting rustic, cloudy orange. The color goes really well with the overall look and feel of the presentation and concept behind Stillwater.

Lots of bright hops at first with juicy citru and fresh cut grass. The dry, rustic yet fruity yeast imparts a nice apple aroma and lots of spice. This really smells best when its cold. Things get a little sloppy with warmth. The yeasty fruit and spice quickly turns to a strong bandaid smell.

Lots of phenolic yeast. A little bit of bandaid, but nothing too bad. The yeast almost overruns everything. Some hops try to fight through, and succeed to a minor degree. The result is a bitter finish with lots of orange, apple and pear. The finish is were all the malts hide, there is lots of dough on the back end.

Lightly prickly. Hop oils are felt and help sustain a long, oily finish, but the body is dry overall.

Nice effort here but I think it could use some tweaks. The yeast is much too powerful and the bandaid aromas and flavors are less than enjoyable. I think the hops could really shine here.

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3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Bridgetown Beerhouse. Poured into snifter.

A- Pours a hazy apricot-like color with a small fluffy head. Head dissipates pretty quickly. Almost no lacing.

S- Spicy phenols, apple, pear, Belgian yeast and some peppery and floral/perfume undertones. All the saison elements are there. It's just a little bland to me. Nothing really grabs my attention.

T- At first, I wasn't sure how I felt about the taste. I feel like the grassy hops are competing with the fruity, yeasty components. And no one is really winning. It's starts by being spicy (not heat-wise) and phenolic with notes of pear, apple and yeast. But then the grassiness from the hops come in and kind of wash everything else out. Not terrible but it's just not working IMO.

M- The light, crisp body you would expect from a saison. Plenty of carbonation. Finishes bone dry.

O- A little disappointing. The aroma is forgettable. There is a clash of flavors in the taste. There are much better options out there. If you are a real fan of either brewery, go ahead and grab some. If not, then feel free to overlook this beer.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another new one (to me) from Stillwater / Mikkeller. A vigorous, down-the-middle pour into a clean glass yields only a small head, which dissipates soon after. With 3 out of 4 Stillwater bottles (Cellar Door being the excellent exception), this has been the case - under-carbonated in my opinion. Nice nose though - fresh, appley, grassy, bright and hoppy. Hops play a nice role in this, a touch of citrus and herb, on top of a nice bready and rustic farmhouse vibe, with hay and fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. I really want to like this beer but the flatness is just not letting it fall into place. To me a saison should scream fresh and lively, and while it has nice flavor, this beer as a whole is anything but. Cellar Door - fantastic and very well carbonated. The other three (this one, Stateside, and Existent) have all been very dull and under-carbonated, while being somewhat tasty despite. Maybe they are going for this? I dunno, I'm confused... I notice I am the first to review a bottle of this, the rest all being draught / cask...

Stillwater, if you're reading/listening - what's up with the lack of carbonation in your bottles? Would like to know what the story is before I buy more...

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: hazy amber. Thick white head and lacing.
smell: Fruit, spice, and yeast. Yep fits the style. The style may not be for me but i'm just not feelin it. I've very little experience with the style so...full disclosure.
taste: Much like the nose. There's a bit of an unpleasant finish imo.
overall: Not too impressed. Love most Mikkellers I've had and i know this has a high reputation. This is the 3rd bottle i've had and well, maybe just not for me.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Blanco
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased on a trip to the US recently. Opened with @LaitueGonflable in Sydney.

Pours a hazy golden-amber colour, with an enormous frothy head of off-white, that forms a majestic crest and then subsides as the bubbles supporting it get larger and larger. In truth, the haze must come from the second half of the bottle, because the intial pour was quite clear. Body is extremely light and fluid, which is not surprising for a saison, but is pretty surprising for a 7.5% beer, whatever its disposition. Looks good.

Nose is bright with funk and oak, with a creamy sweetness masking the crisp, green crushed vegetation sharpness of the saison yeast. Some appleskin notes, and a hint of odd bitterness, or the suggestion of bitterness to follow. Interesting.

Taste is peppery and dry, with a husky vegetal character part way through the palate, and a drying finish of green appleskin that lends a touch of tartness. There's a little bit of sharpness mid way that suggests an overuse of hops, and a lack of funk that suggests an under-use of the yeast by-products.

Feel is light and crisp and pleasant.

Overall, it's yet another saison from Stillwater that doesn't really quite reach the heights of the style. It's a little disappointing given that that's their trademark. I'm still waiting for them to whack me over the head with something truly exciting.

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Photo of jbeatty
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
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 kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with foiled over standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high; Mikkeller is me favourite brewery (if you will...) in the world. Acquired at KnB Wines near San Diego for $13.99.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Poured clean, with no issues at all.

A: Pours a seven finger beige colour soft head of nice cream and thickness, and excellent retention considering the highish ABV. Body colour is a hazy dirty yellow. No yeast particles are visible. Nontransparent. Non-opaque. No bubble show. It's not looking great for a saison, but I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Bright clean lemon zest, pleasant floral notes, clean citrus, light bretty yeast, fruity, slightly tart, and very alive. Quite appealing and above all fresh. Mild to average in strength. I'm quite excited for it. No alcohol comes through.

T: Floral bright hopping. Light lemon with little acidity. Bretty yeast. Fruity but not distinct. Some grapefruit in a non hoppy sense. Clean and luscious. Clean bright malts provide a solid backbone. Evocative and tasty. Nicely balanced. A bit simple, but also quite subtle with what few flavours it does have. I like it. No alcohol comes through. Nicely balanced. A bit lactic. Has enough body. A bit zesty. Has some light spice.

Mf: Smooth, light, thin, wet. Has presence. Apt for the style, but not ideal for the flavours. Above all else, it's soft - probably the best characteristic of the beer as a whole.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style. Far overpriced at $13.99. I wouldn't get it again, but it's nice for what it is. Hides its ABV well. A mild disappointment from Mikkeller, but then again brighter beers are not his strong suit. Only worth trying by hardcore fans of the style.

A decent candidate for short term aging.

Best served chilled.


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