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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A classic Belgian farmhouse ale brewed with estate grown barley & raw spelt. Crafted at one of Belgium's most self sustaining farmhouse breweries.

Added by avalon07 on 01-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of drpimento
2.92/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is strong skunk. Appearance is a soap sudsy head and scum. Flavor has a bit of fish at first, then is a little sweet tang and not a lot else. Bit of a let down from Stillwater. Sure don't understand this high rating, although I acknowledge it is in green glass.

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Photo of roblund
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Orange/golden color similar to apple juice. Careful pour left only a thin line of head.
Smell: As expected the smell is typical Saison/Farmhouse funk. Bready aroma mixed in with some subtle fruit and spice notes.
Taste: Very light taste, nothing is overpowering in this beer. One thing I noticed was that this beer was not a carbonated as I expected. Light fruits such as grapes come through along with a pleasant grassy flavor. Not much spice from this beer, but the finish of this beer leaves an earthy taste on the palate.
O: A solid Saison that was pleasant and easy to drink, just as it should be.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with huge, pillowy white head. Aroma has a nice, belgian yeast character with the specific bubblegum notes. Taste is really clean, nut much going on. Body is really light and dry. Very easy drinking but lacks complexity. Nut bad but boring.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange, fizzy tall white head, light lacing. looking good.
Well, this did come out of a green bottle so I'm not surprised at the lightly skunked nose. through that though there is hope of funk, yeast, grass and a little citrus.
The skunk jabs first but is quickly wiped away by crisp hops, citrus, a grassy sweetness, and delicious yeast.
Highly carbonated, dry and sharp. Spot on.
I know some of the classics like Foret, DuPont, etc come in green bottles, so maybe the light skunk is meant to happen? If that's so I prefer it without.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a deep, golden/adobe amber color (muddy as hell) with a loud (no really) fizzy head that settles out somewhat quickly (note: the yeast comes out of the bottle a good time behind the beer and darkens it considerably)
S: Wonderful dankness comes out right away, followed by some funk and brine and a bit of (not overly estery) tartness as well as a somewhat earthy graininess (coming from the spelt, one would assume), there's like a sweet and sour/brew day aroma trade going on here that's pretty interesting though it comes and goes
T: immediate sweet, with a quickly fading sourness, caramel notes (like straight wort) married with a grainy character while the suggestion of (sweet) corn and a tartness follows, I wish it was spicier (but I assume if I had had it fresh it might have been)
M: a bit coarse and dry
O: This is the second beer I'm having to posess spelt in its grain bill and I must say, each of the two beers I've had with spelt (the other being La Vermontoise from La Blaugies and Hill Farmstead) have hinted at some real possibilities and unmet potential. This beer I find to be much too sweet and not nearly pale enough to turn itself into a real winner but it's not bad. It's just not great either.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle - $6.98 at Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, bright yellow body with a stiff, expanding, white head that never quite fizzles out.

Smell: Yeast, earthy nose, with spicy, herbal, cracked, gently toasted grain tones, like spice and grains discarded in a basement with a thin drip of fruit and citrus juice.

Taste: Rustic, coarse yet smooth grains layered with tastes of biscuits, sourdough, sliced pear, light banana, white pepper, and a coating of musty, earthy yeast. Restrained sweetness. Floral, clove-dosed citrus juice. Minerally. Spicy, dry, effervescent finish with a hint of white grapeskin.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well-carbonated.

Overall: A yeast quaffer if there ever was one!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a really nice looking golden color with a beautiful white head that had a great retention. The smell of the beer gave off some fresh grainy aromas that I found to be pretty good. It didn't really give off much a farmhouse aroma in my opinion. The taste had a sweetness to it, there was hardly a bitter note at all in this brew. The mouthfeel was super smooth, kind of oily in a way, but I really enjoyed it. Overall I thought it was a good brew and I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Tapestry in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger pillowy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with farmhouse funk, grass and straw followed by delicate floral hops and light fruit. Faint barnyard character with some grassy hops, apple and pear in the nose.

Medium bodied but a bit fuller than I expected with a decent balance of funky yeast, zesty spice, musty brett and light fruit notes. Somewhat dry and earthy up front from the farmhouse/saison yeast giving off some hay and grass flavor. I'm not sure if there's any brett in this beer but there's a faint musty brett-like quality. Some grassy, piny hops and peppery spice mid-palate followed by sweet citrus and light. Prominent lemon peel flavor in the finish along with some bread, banana and apple.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into snifter. Purchased in Davis.

A: Pours a cloudy apricot gold with a two fingers of fluffy bright white head. Definitely pour this one slowly, it wanted to froth up. There’s a lot of yeast in the bottom the bottle and a few floaties got loose in my glass. Head faded into thick quarter-inch film that lasted the whole beer through.
S: Tons of dry earthy spice on the nose. Clove, pepper and earth are strong with hints of golden fruits, wheat, straw, orange-zest, and yeast.
T: Strong base of straw, wheat and toasted grain flavors, mixed with peppery spices, yeast and a kiss of sweet fruit. The finish is earthy and dry and the aftertaste has notes of wood, clove and Belgian yeast.
M: Bubbly, boarder line frothy, carbonation that is soft and fluffy on the palate. Drying mouthfeel, touch of sweetness, and a medium-full body.
O: A solid saison all-around but it falls short of the greats of the style. A bit too mild and wet overall but I’d drink it again.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JAHMUR for opening this during a recent bottle-share at NEBCO.

A: Hazy gold body under a finger of fine white head. Ok retention and lacing. Decent.

S: Really floral, earthy, and phenolic. A bit funky. Not bad.

T: Follows the nose, with the addition of some toasty malt and spice on the dry finish. Solid.

M: Creamy, lively, smooth. Excellent texture.

O: Tasty but ultimately forgettable Saison.


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Photo of kawilliams81
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 350 ml cork n cage bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip.

A- pours a cloudy golden with. 2" thick white head. Glass nearly coated in lacing.

S- umm waiter I didn't order a Heineken! Big skunk aroma at first, followed by citrusy lemon and spices.

T- Lots of lemon and citrus with spices familiar with other saisons to follow. Light bitter hop finish.

M- medium body, high carbonation. Slightly acidic and very tingly mouthfeel.

O- just an ok saison. Not liking the skunkiness and wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a golden yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, sugar, spices, bubblegum, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, bubblegum, earth, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Unfortunately nothing really stood out on this one flavor-wise. However, the aroma had a very nice complex aspect going on. I just wish the flavor would have followed suit as this would have been one Hell of a brew if that were the case. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer appears a hazy straw yellow hue with a quarter inch of white head. The aroma offers floral notes, pepper, yeast, grass. An abundance of cracked pepper in the flavor, along with some earth notes and a yeast presence. The beer is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this was decent, but not among my favorite offerings from Stillwater.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Whole Foods on P Street in DC. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a slightly-cloudy golden color with a small, fizzy white head. Some sparse lacing on the way down, along with a few bubbles on top. The nose carries some grassy notes plus a bit of spice and light earth.

The flavor has mild spice and earthiness plus a very slight mineral character. Average duration and a light bitterness through the finish. Light body with good carbonation. A bit tame, but still quite drinkable with a very nice feel.

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

Enjoyed this corked and caged bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy orangish-yellow hue with a thick, fizzy, 4-finger white head that slowly fizzes down leaving no trail on the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast aroma with hints of fruits.

T: Similar to the smell there is a tart spicy phenol flavor. Slight citrus and fruit hints.

M: Medium body and heavy carbonation.

O: This was a solid farmhouse ale. Great body and head!

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a light, hazy gold with an inch of head. The lace doesn't stick around too long.
The smell is pale malts, funk and citrus.
The taste give off more than the smell. Soured yeast, pale malts, slight hint of pear, citrus and a hint of grain. The mouth is nice and smooth.
A great collabeeration of talents on this beer. I'll grab another to pop in my cellar for sure!

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: For starters, the cork flew out of the bottle with very little provocation from me, evidencing the high level of carbonation. The beer pours a hazy golden color with a huge three-finger, fluffy white head. The head is fed by a never-ending stream of bubbles from the base of the glass, making me think that it will probably last until next week.

S: Incredibly earthy and yeasty smelling brew, with a bit of funk. Cracked wheat adds a great deal of graininess to the aroma as well. Smells like a solid saison.

T: Yeast is definitely the prominent flavor on the front end of the beer, mixed with the cereal grain taste that was present in the nose. The finish is exceptionally dry, with a good deal of bitterness present.

M: Light body and tons of carbonation make this a very crisp brew.

O: Not the best saison that I've had. I find the bitter finish to be a little less than pleasant. The flavors are good, I just wish that it had a little more malt character, and a little more funkiness to it. Still very drinkable.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather fizzy and direct take on a saison.

Presentation: 55ml green capped bottle. Esoteric label with hand being taped over the image of a brain and framing of barley. Notes brewing with raw spelt and a reference to its traditional intent, as well as brewing at Hof Ten Dormaal. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy pale gold pour with a moderate fizzy head, fair retention with soft surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Light earthy nose, grainy touch, with a spicy hint.

T - Generic grassy touch, light spice and sweet, with a tiny touch of fruit.

M - Medium-light body, high carbonation, soft smoothness after the crispy touch.

O - Good quaff, a bit simplistic on the surface, and maybe a tad too supported by the texture. Maybe a good nod to some classic brews.

Notes: Still a nice brew, but all things considered this might be one of the least memorable offerings I've been lucky to try from Stillwater. A bit too fizzy and monochord for me.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a hazy copper pour with 3 fingers of detergent like head. smells of skunked beer.. lemongrass, vienna style malts, not a huge fan of these smells. the flavor is a mix of vanilla, almond, lemograss, an oaky flavor, bread, black pepper. really interesting flavor profile. medium body with very high carbonation.

warning, do not open this one up in the middle of the night while your wife is sleeping.. quite possibly the loudest cork i've ever popped. a really delicious beer, definitely didn't know what to expect from this one, and well, i got a completely unique beer. definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.99. Poured into a fluted beer glass.

Saisons/Farmhouse Ales are a favorite style of mine, so I might drink this no matter waht but in my opinion this beer is not a good representation of the style. This beer is still refreshing, but grading based on style, there are much better Saisons.

A - Pours a cloudy golden/orangish color (sediment at bottom which I did not pour), well carbonated, a huge fairly dense white head.

S - First wiff was sour, the some slight spiciness, some faint citrus, but not the heavier spice and fruit typically expected from this style.

T - Dry, a bit tart, no alcohol at all, some low bitterness, higher maltiness than typical for the style.

MF - Light bodied, high carbonation with an accompanying prickly feeling, refreshing.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. There is a large fluffy sticky white head. The color is light golden.

The aroma has some nice apricot mixed with some pepper. There is a nice floral aroma here as well.

The floral aroma translates into the taste as well. There is a nice slightly spicy orange candy taste as well. Some grassy hops are evident towards the finish. All the flavors are nicely balanced.

The body is light to medium. There is nice fluffy carbonation. This is a tasty saison that is great if you like floral saisons.

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Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing this one with me. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a straw yellow color 4 fingers worth of white froth. A full wall of lace sticks to the glass. A swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is grassy with sulfuric elements as herbal character. Some hay to straw-like grain inclusion is persistent in the nose. A minor backing of cheese and yogurt developes as the brew warms up.

The taste is quite barnyard-like with a straw or hay inclusion mixed with sulfur and grass. There is a minor yeasty quality evident that is earthy. A bit of yogurt flavoring fills out the backend.

This is a light bodied brew with a warming inclusion of alcohol. This was a unique mix of character for a saison that was fitting and enjoyable. Worth a try if you run across it.

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

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, with light honey, light ranier cherry and noticeable clove. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and while the beer is pretty tasty, I just wish there was bit more of everything. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long, spice infused and lightly bitter finish. Alcohol is barely an after thought.

A nice enough beer, but as is fairly typical with Stillwater, not really anything to get overly excited about either.

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Photo of cvm4
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took the cage off and the cork popped off by itself a second later. Quite scary and convenient.

A - Pours a cloudy golden straw color. Billowing white head.

S - Loads of Belgian yeast, orange peel and pepper.

T - Slightly floral but has a dry/spicy orange fruit characteristic to it.

M - Light body, high carbonation. About what it should be.

O - A saison worth trying if you happen to cross paths with it.

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

Gary coming through again hitting another Stillwater want. enjoyed from my stillwater wine glass.

a - de-caged and uncorked with a HUGE POP the brew poured a golden (perhaps bronze?) yellow with a HUGE 3 or 4 fingers of frothy head that slowly evaporated leaving large chunks of milkshake like lacing on the glass. classic stillwater visual appeal.

s - grassy and earthy saison. some candied sugar from the belgian yeast but definitely more grassy than your typical stillwater saison. lemon rinds and a hint of citric. smells pretty boozy too.

t - much like the nose, grassy and earthy with lemon. finishes with a slight sweet uptick. belgian yeast. pretty even tasting. nothing spectacular, but a pretty solid saison. very classic.

m - a bit dry. medium to full bodied. carbonation is smooth and not prickly. a bit juice-like.

o - overall, very good. lacks some of the sweetness that i prefer for the style, but stillwater brews a lot of different saisons and it is nice to try a more classic saison from one of the best brewers of the style. i enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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