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

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a big finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast, coriander and other spices, some orange peel, lemon zest, funk, and some grainy malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grainy malts, orange peel, lemon zest, coriander, and some other spices. Through the middle, some funk comes through with some Belgian yeast, and a bit of sweet bready malts. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy malts, Belgian yeast, funk, some spices, some floral hops character, and some spices.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, spicy, and funky finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice overall balance. Good yeast character.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of rustic malt with some fresh cut hay and some light funky ester. Taste is a wonderful mix between some rustic malt notes with nice dry floral notes with fresh-cut hay and light funky notes. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Perfect mix between complexity and drinkability.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy bronze color with a dense fluffy white head. The nose is incredibly pungent, aromatic, funky, sweet, and almost perfect. I have chosen to give it a perfect score because in 485 beers that I've reviewed...I haven't been this enthralled with a beer's nose since zombie dust.
I chose to serve the beer at cellar temp because I remember enjoying it so much at BCTC. The taste is incredible and dank with the most unique malt profile I've ever experienced. It tastes like drinking a meat pie, almost too much like it, but I tell my brain to's just the dank yeast and malts playing tricks on me. Honestly this is one of the best, most underrated beers that Brian has masterminded...completely worth trying.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Collaboration between Stillwater and Hof Ten Dormaal, brewed with raw spelt and estate-grown barley. Poured into my Hennepin globe. Warning: As I was taking the cage, I noticed a hiss and I BARELY held down the cork before it shot out. This stuff is SERIOUSLY carbonated...

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark orange/straw hue with a huge, fluffy white cap with great retention, not surprising with the high levels of carbonation.

Smell: Lots of pils malt with just a hint of earthy farmhouse funk and fruity hops. Not tons of depth, but rustic and pleasant.

Taste: Really nice pils-type malt backbone, medium-strong bitterness (not really surprising from a Stillwater-saison) and earthy hop flavors. There's a very "Belgian" character to this, though it doesn't have the vibrant fruity esters of a lot of the best examples (Dupont, Fantome, etc). Just a GHOST of citrus pith on the finish. Dry and bitter, but really pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-light.

Overall: Not really sure what to expect from this one. I had my first Hof Ten Dormaal last week and that was good as well. Really cool little brewery, it seems. At $6.00, I might pick up another of these if it was released again. Light, crisp, and refreshing.


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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 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 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 GPHarris
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick bubbly, fluffy, and light tan head into a tulip glass that billowed nicely. the body was straw gold and slightly hazy even after a gentle pour.
s - lemon, floral hops, grassy notes.
t - bready, floral, lemon, apples.
m - bubbly and dry.
o - i'm impressed w/ stillwater beers every time i try them. glad to see one in a 375ml bottle.

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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 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 zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a murky, golden/orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity and a little funky. Some grain-like aroma.

T - Fruity and spicy upfront with some caramel and sweet bread flavor. A touch of funkiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. Maybe a little overcarbonated. A medium bodied ale.

O - This is a good saison. It's cool that two great saison breweries teamed up on this one.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet yeast, earthy, and a small tartness. In the taste, dry earthiness, a small tartness of dry peaches. An earthy bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earth and small lemon citrus in the aftertaste. It's dry, earthy, yeasty, with notes of tart fruit, pretty nice across the board.

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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 homebrewhawk
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml. corked and caged bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Lots of carbonation. Pours a hazy pale gold with a massive big bubbled white head. Citrus, some noble hops and a bit of a floral note to the aroma. Bottle conditioned. Light bodied. More citrus in the flavor along with a bit of spice. Dry finish. Good stuff.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pale gold with 4+ fingers of fluffy white head that leaves behind big clouds of lacing. Aggressive carbonation. The end of the pour yields a yeasty storm in the glass making it extremely cloudy.

N: Clove, golden delicious apple, pear, hay and a crack of black pepper.

T: Big spicy Belgian yeast notes of clove and peppercorn at the front of the palate. Golden delicious apple, bosc pear, lemon juice, sharp wheat and hints of banana shortly follow. Spicy yeast shows again in the finish along with notes of dried hay. Notes of barnyard stick in the throat.

M: Light bodied, crisp, tingly and dry.

O: It's a Saison. It's from Stillwater. Bottom line: it's good! Very sharp, very spicy and very refreshing. The yeast takes the main stage on this one. Excellent!

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Photo of ccrida
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Bronze Age is hazy burnt gold with a white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is great, earthy, musty yeast with bright tropical fruit esters.

Taste is also funky, but with a bright green apple ester providing some brightness to counter the rustic bite of the spelt. The esters here are really fantastic, reminds me a bit of the old fantomes, without the lacto. Nice snap of herbal hops as well.

Mouthfeel is dry, spritzy and light bodied.

Drinkability is very good, this is an unquestionably solid saison. Unless you just can't stand estery beers, I'm not sure how anyone could not enjoy this.

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Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazed gold/apricot with a pinky of sand colored head. Hazes up even more as the bottle is decanted, above average head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, funk & band-aids, golden delecious apples

T: White grape juice with a touch of juicy fruit & banana taffy, plus lemon zest up front. Green apple skin, hay & some lemon & grapefruit as this warms, plus just a bit of peach. Finishes with dandeloin wine, white grapes & peach skin

MF: Light/medium bodied, firm carbonation, very refreshing

Very refreshing, a nice saison, albeit bloody expensive...

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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 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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Photo of impending
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


375ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed classic golden yellow, egg shell dense minor head retains well, ok lacing.

Aroma too is classic, mildly musty, spicy, sweet lemon rind and melded fruity yeasty goodness. A peculiar intriguing hint of vanilla. Thin to medium bodied lively mouthfeel.

Sweetness maintains a presence thought the length of the taste. Zesty citrus. Quiet dry twang intros the yeasty aftertaste which fades rapidly. Little bitter. Pairs well with delicate food. Delicious.

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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 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 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 mlazzaro
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml cork and cage bottle - served cold.

Huge noise off the cork. Smells like a lager yeast actually. Light crisp yeast aroma with a subtle sulfur note. Spice from spelt and farmhouse yeast comes through. Really clean and delicious aroma, just very mild despite raging carbonation.

Pours a hazy straw-amber color. Foamy head that holds just OK. Easy enough to get going again.

Flavors are tremendous. Spicey farmhouse yeast, pleasant grainy flavors from pilsner malt and the raw spelt. Hops lend a solid bitterness, and noblesk floral flavor, most likely Hallertau. Somewhat thicker body for a farmhouse ale yet still very dry to the tongue.

I like this beer, not your typical Saison. Unique, refreshing and delicious. Good callaboration.

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