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

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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): 7.50%

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
292
Reviews:
160
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
31
For Trade:
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Ratings: 292 |  Reviews: 160
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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 GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one was very carbonated.

A: Large head. Had to wait a few times for it to go down. Murky golden with crimson hues body.

S: grass, lemongrass, apricot and esters

T: lemongrass, black pepper zest, apple and floral. Belgian yeast and spice mixed in.

M: high carbonation, light to medium body. Semidry finish.

Overall: A little too carbonated. This one is also a touch dry and though its complex you really have to search the different sides out.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's interesting, strong citrus aromas from start to finish. The Belgian yeast is a big factor in the flavor. It's smooth and fruity. Aroma of peaches and oranges Maybe a little lemon too in the mix. Either way this is a really nice brew from these two monster breweries!

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and does not have any signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that faded away, leaving some lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy grapefruit in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has light flavors of citrus—grapefruit stands out in particular. The taste seems to be much more complex compared to other beers in the style.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink but lacks the dryness that would lend some refreshing qualities.

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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.

B-

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden apricot with a massive head that leaves lacing all around the tulip glass

Smell: Musty and fruity, with peppery spice, yeasty phenols and grassy hops

Taste: Yeasty phenols dominate, up front, with bread, caramel and grassy elements developing; very peppery, in the middle, with both pepper and bitter, grassy flavors building into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy, with buoyant carbonation

Overall: While there are a lot of interesting elements to this beer, they are not necessarily in harmony; I respect it more than I like it, as a consequence

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Photo of oline73
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap in a pint glass at Max's

Appearance - There is almost no head from the start. This one pours a very cloudy golden with orange tint.

Smell - Sweet and mildly fruity with hints of spice from the yeast. Not much hops in the smell.

Taste - Bitter citrus peel hops hit the tongue first. Then there is a mild sweetness with hints of banana and spice. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation, which surprised me considering the lack of head.

Drinkability - This one is very good and I would definitely be interested in more.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of hoppy dry notes with semi-sweet Belgian malt base is quite nice. Taste is a complex mix between some hoppy dry notes with light cat pee notes which are well balanced against some sweet rustic malt notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Another solid offering from a brewer that I love more and more.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Uprise Bar, Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a cloudy, orange color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly, off-white foam. It left patchy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled funky and slightly phenolic with some fruity notes - apple and pear.

T - It tasted spicy with touch of funk. Good caramel flavor with a nice green apple fruitiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and crackly on the tongue. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was fantastic on tap. I really enjoyed this one!

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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 nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a huge, three finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles down very slowly, it actually continues to expand for several minutes after pouring, and when it eventually does fade away it leaves thick spots of lace on the glass.

S - Fruity yeast notes of pear, pineapple, and vanilla with a little bit of herbal hop character in the background.

T - Fruity yeast and malt up front with soft vanilla and honey notes as well as some pear. More sweet malt in the middle with red apple and pineapple. Herbal hop flavor lingers into the finish with moderate bitterness and more pilsner malt.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very nicely made, it hits all the classic notes of the style with a yeast character that reminds me of a tripel. Very drinkable, though it is a bit difficult to pour and it is the only beer that I have seen where the head continues to grow for a full minute after you stop pouring it.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stillwater / Mikkeler Two Gypsies
No apparent freshness dating.

I had an interesting experience with this beer. Upon opening, I started to pour it but was a bit too rough in my approach and brought up too much head. As it didn't seem to want to die down after waiting a bit, I started to pour another glass. The same thing happened but it was more controlled and the head didn't come up quite as large. The first glass was crystal clear, but the second contained yeast and was quite hazy. In tasting them then, I found quite a difference. The clear one was more malt based, and offered floral notes but not much of the sharper mineralish and fruity character that I found in the yeasty version. Additionally, the yeasty version seemed more bitter. How that can be I don't know, but I tried it several times and found it to be so. That said, I combined the two in the hopes of getting a 'standard' mix.

Appearance: It's a hazy golden-orange amber beneath a large head of pillowy off-white. The head dies down slowly, but sadly not as much lacing is left behind as might be expected.

Smell: Floral, sweetish without being candy-ish... just a touch sugary. Some citrus fruit is present. Some red berries as well.

Taste: As is usual, the flavor follows the aroma. There's a bit of yeasty chalkiness to it, and some mineral. The malt is kind of subdued... it's gently candy-ish - softly sweet, and really more grainy than anything else although there is a bit of honey to it. And there is a touch of caramel as well but it's light. The hops are leafy, grassy, and citrusy... perhaps just a slight touch piney as well. Grassy notes seem to be dominant. As to the fruitiness, I think mainly of orange with a bit of apricot, and not juicy pineapple or raspy grapefruit. Some minor, underlying spices just float along almost unnoticed. There's a solid bitterness that balances it and brings it home dry. The yeast really rules the roost here, but it's more of a center point that holds everything together than a main point to be focused upon. Some alcohol is present but it's not out of place. In fact, it's welcome as it adds a spritz of dryness along with the chalky citrus rind and gentle pine in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body, and quite spritzy at first with a zesty, fine-bubbled seemingly-natural carbonation.

Overall: A ready to drink saison: it's not a full or rich style, in so many ways, but it should convey complexity, and this one is no sloucher. At the same time it should not be over-done, and this one is not. It's fairly well-balanced keeping the malt, hops, spice, bitterness and yeasty fruitiness & mineral character in check and all working together. Worth trying.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Served in a stem glass, a golden-amber color with a slight haze, and a small delicate cap of white head. Light aroma, grassy, organic, crisp and lightly citrusy. Light and crisp on the tongue as well, sweet with light sugar, grassy and floral, with hints of citrus zest. Not overly flavorful, but definitely nice, with little to no aftertaste. Light-medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, and quite drinkable overall.

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