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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 joecast
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

And another beer received from a generous Aussie BA, Mr Kennedy

Looks absolutely fantastic in a stemmed Mikkeller glass. Gorgeous white lacing, light reddish gold with medium high carbonation. Very inviting.

Very well managed yeast and hop character on the nose. Light peppery spice, a bit herbal, clove like, and some tangerine hops to finish. Each part plays well into the next.

Gentle Belgian yeast sits in the background. Light clean malt. Hop character is restrained and doesn't cloud the issues. Excellent.

Wow! Blown away. Leaves an impression on the scale of a big RIS.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down at a very slow pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops with some sweet grainy and bready malts, and some Belgian yeast, spices, and lemon zest.

T - Starts off with with grapefruit, orange, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet grainy malts, lemon zest, and coriander. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with a bit more bitterness and Belgian yeast with some spices and some mild funk. The finish is a mix of pine and grassy hops with some bitterness, Belgian yeast, some tart lemon peel, a bit of funk, and some spices.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, tart, and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great overall balance with good hop character and yeast character.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark hazy amber with a big fluffy tan head that fades quickly. There is a lot of funk and bitterness in the beer's nose, but there are additional spice notes
reminiscent of orange peel and fennel. The taste is yeasty and citrusy, and can best be described as being a dirty amber Saison. Honestly, it's a bit hard to enjoy with the acetone dominating the palate. I'd prefer a bit more smoothness and drinkability, but the taste improves as it warms. As far as Stillwater beers go, this is somewhere in the middle for me...

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Photo of rand
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle to tulip glass

A: Cloudy orange in color...looks like a creamsicle. Super-sudsy head extends 4 inches up the glass on the gentlest of pours. Pretty much never recedes.

S: A subdued nose yields subtle tones of grass and honey and citrus. Some alcohol is noted, but barely. It stands out onlly because the rest of the bouquet is muted. Lemon-pepper, generic drying-spice linger.

T: The flavors are slightly more bold, starting with the citrus notes and earthy funk. Honey-sweetness meshes with a phenolic bend mid-sip. Some tea-like hop notes dry the palate, helped by a woody undertone. The flavor profile zips up and finishes overly dry.

M: Medium bodied, appropriately carbonated. From the head I expected a carbonated beast but it turned out to have a pretty smooth complexion.

Palatable? Drinkable? Yes...but kinda dull. Not what I was expecting from this collab. The phenolic tones are really the only flavors that stand out (not that they dominate), which isn't my favorite aspect of a saison. Still, not a bad beer, I'm throwing back the rest of the bottle pretty easily.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ToddT
2.66/5  rDev -32.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip.

A- pours a clear, golden color with a enormous 4" white head that nearly feels the glass. Large blotches and trails of lacing.

S- grapes, some apple and light citrus with spices and pine aromas.

T- has the grape/vinous notes but not as strong as the nose would lead on. Some citrus, spice and nice crisp hop bitterness.

M- medium body and high carbonation. Dry and effervescent mouthfeel.

O- nice saison with some fruitiness and citrus that finishes dry.

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Stillwater / Mikkeller Two Gypsies: Our Side from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 292 ratings
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