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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
stillwater-artisanal.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
It’s my pleasure to present a collaboration with The Brewer’s Art. A Baltimore institution that helped to pioneer the Belgian beer movement in the States. Brewed with a combination of Spelt & Rye, accented with a blend of Heather, Honeysuckle, and Hyssop. The result is a rustic farmhouse ale displaying earthy tones & floral characteristics while maintaining intricate balance.

Added by StaEva on 06-14-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
330
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
17.92%
 
 
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14
Gots:
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Photo of flavoursaviour
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At TJ's. From the keg, into a tulip, and then into my mouth.

Pours a golden amber with thin head that doesn't retain itself very well.

Aroma of strong yeast, light citrus, butterscotch and prunes or raisons.

Tastes moderately of wheat malt and toasted bread followed by a touch of hop bitterness.

Mouth feels medium bodied with a yeasty, granular tongue coating.

Overall the nose carries the flavor profile, and the head and mouthfeel left something to be desired, but I'd have another one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Whole Foods on P St. NW in DC. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pours a mostly-clear light orange-ish color with a 1.5-finger white head and some good spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries quite a bit of saison yeast and accompanying spice plus a little bit of citrus and light malt. Flavor has a touch of malt as the backing plus spice and citrus; light pepper and herbs throughout. Light to medium body with good carbonation. Nice brew, but not my favorite from Stillwater. Still, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of larryi86
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Tulip glass

A- A nice orange color with a two finger white that fades somewhat quickly leaving a very active lacing.

S- Earthy herbs and spices, slightly hoppy, yeast, hint of funk.

T- Nice light tart fruit flavor, balanced with nice spiciness, nice complexity.

M- Crisp, clean, smooth, light to medium body.

O- This is another great Saison from Stillwater. This is definitely a unique Saison worth trying, I am glad that I have another bottle to later.

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Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

proper looking with a kind of an off-orange color and a white head. nose reminds me of wildflowers, lemon, herbs, lemony rye seed (if there was such a thing), rye, spelt, lemongrass and carries a buckwheaty/soba umaminess that i can't describe along with a faint fruitiness. great malty base that amplifies and harmonizes with the spice (which also seems to harmonize with the phenols, blurring the line that seperates spice from yeast at work) to create a new melody. such a familiar taste, yet like nothing i've tasted before. well done my friends. dry, spicy, balanced and pleasant. not a trace of booze. the spice never becomes overbearing, and there even is a touch of bitter in the end to zip it up. medium body with a soft feel. wonderful. a bit adventurous, but in a gentle way. another winner from our local heroes!

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden color with a slightly off-white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with solid amounts of crisp pears and lighter amounts of musty hops and breadiness. Also present are very slight phenolic spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light and mildly bready malt flavors up front are joined quickly by equal amounts of pears and lemon rinds. Midway through a slight spiciness comes into play, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this beer but it was nothing to write home about. Worth a shot for the saison-lovers out there.

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Photo of Blanco
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Whole Foods

Pours a light orange/dark gold color. White solid head. Decent lacing. Steady streams of really tiny bubbles come up from the bottom of the glass. Smell is very "saison-esque" with some light fruit and a tiny hint of the funk. Definitely has a hint of the farmhouse in it, but seems like it might need some time in a bottle to bring that out. Taste is dry and refreshing. No funk or farmhouse aspects to speak. Some more hints of fruit, tartness, pear, maybe some apple, grass. Extremely smooth and no bite or bitterness to speak. The more sips I take, the more I enjoy this beer.

This is a good beer to give someone's who's curious about the style and you don't want to scare them away with something overpowering or terribly funky. Very solid and perfect for this time of year.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a glass of this at Rattle N Hum in Manhattan's Midtown area. An ok Saison. Not my favorite style and not my favorite beer of this style.

Appearance was a cloudy straw color with a nice amount of carbonation.

Aroma was of grassy yeast. a little bit of bready malt. No hops to speak of.

Flavor was somewhat citrusy, not bad and pretty refreshing.

Overall not a terrible beer but not one I'd order again.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Had on draft at Specific Gravity.

appearance: orangish yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: saison yeast, orange peel, grass / hay,

taste: orange peel, citrus, saison spicy yeast,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice complex saison / farmhouse ale. Stillwater amazes me with how many different beers they can create with similar ingredients. Great props goes out to them.

cheers,
the CPj

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured into a pint glass, a cloudy bronze with a foamy white head that lingered through about half of the drinking session. Big aroma of Belgian yeast, hay, orange, banana. Taste is almost like a dubbel, following the smell a lot, with bready Belgian yeast up front, hay, grass, moss, wildflowers, orange zest and banana peel, mild peppery spice. Medium mouthfeel, pretty drinkable, but a little too much of the yeasty dubbel taste for me, which I'm learning more and more I have to be in the mood for to enjoy.

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Photo of StaEva
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Featured on draft this past weekend at Whole Foods in Devon, PA. I was told by Brian Strumke that this was a blend of Belgian malt, rye, and spelt, with heather, honeysuckle, and hyssop selected to specifically compliment each of the three grains. True alchemy at work in this recipe design...

Pour was a hazy orange/copper color. caramel toned, beautiful two fingers of cream-colored, yeasty head. Retained for most of the glass.

Amazing aromas of mellow orange-citrus, musty, grassy lemon, bread and Belgian fruits. Good funk to it, for sure.

First sip was very citrus-juicy in the middle, with a great imprint of musty funk from the nose. Rustic straw qualities, fresh cut grass, deep earthy moss notes on the exhale— almost getting a smoky reverberation under the earthy herbal flavors that linger on that exhale. Amazing depth, and balanced complexity. Super crisp finish, medium bodied with great prickly carbonation.

I adore this beer. It's better than Hennepin, better than any farmhouse or Saison I've ever had. A true original, you have to try this at all costs.

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