Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,001
Ranked #15,859
3.87 | pDev: 11.11%
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
Very Good
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Photo of JRed
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden body topped by a snow cap. Papaya, lemon, cream, grass in the nose. Tastes of lemon juice, citrus with rind, papaya, salt? Light bodied, quite dry.

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Photo of JediMasterLenin
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass

Look: Pale, mostly clear yellow. Rocky, 2 finger head that leaves lacing all the way down.
Smell: Not getting a ton on the nose, banana and that's about it.
Taste: Follows the nose but more intense. Lots of banana, and some green apple on the end. Bready and sweet.
Feel: Thin mouthfeel but with big bubbles.
Overall: Very nice and refreshing. A bit thin on the nose and mouthfeel but solid and very drinkable.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy translucent bright yellow in appearance, with streams of bubbles and a resulting massive soapy white head. Good retention. Tons of lacing.
Can't smell much through the head, but I get green banana, green pear, tart green apple skin, hay, white grape must/white wine, clove, and white flowers.
Nice lemony flavor with tart green apple skin, pear, hints of banana, white cracker malt presence, hay, honeydew melon, with a touch of clove and bell pepper on the finish. Medium-dry finish.
The mouthfeel is a bit light, but the carbonation is intense. Makes for a refreshing thirst-quencher on a hot day.
A very fine and flavorful low-abv saison/grisette. Recommended for fans of the style.

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Photo of Sewercap
1.74/5  rDev -55%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Do you like Budweiser or Coors? Then this is the beer for you! Light and fizzy! Your friends all drink craft beer and you don’t want to be left out? Pick this up, and you can still fit in without any of those annoying hops or flavor that they always talk about! For fans of Bud, Coors, Labatt, and Corona.

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Photo of bonns42
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a 5oz taster, then drank the rest from the can.

Look: crystal clear pale straw with a thick fluffy head that faded really quickly.
Smell: Green apple sweetness. Really pleasant actually.
Taste: Light floral hops. Really, really sweet aftertaste. Super light on flavor.
Mouthfeel: Really light, some carbonation. Definitely less than I expected given that huge head.
Overall: started super sweet immediately, then turned kind of bitter, then sweet again. Somewhat of a forgettable beer. Not bad, but not really that great either.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a hazy goldenstraw color and a modest head that leaves few spots of foam

Smell: Green apple, lemon and a vinous, white wine character; hints of grass

Smell: Wheat bread forward with the green apple, lemon and vinous elements developing; dry, mineral tones, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Simple and refreshing but ultimately forgettable

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Vermont Tap house. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow color with a light transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a slim finger’s worth of quickly dissipating head. The smell had some sweet corn up front, a Belgian sweet sugary malt, some lemon pulp and some white pepper. Slight Belgian yeastiness (breadiness). The taste was mainly the same with a semi-dry sweet aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good. Some stickiness to the tongue, but nothing overbearing. Overall, saison, eh, maybe, hmmm...there’s some Belgian aspects going on, so I guess I can see it for the most part.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

"Post-Modern" beer? Give me a break....

Pours a golden blonde color with glowing crystal-like quality. The head is 1 finger stable.

Lots of clove and peppery notes on the nose, slight banana and grapefruit peels.

Carbonation gets in the way of the flavor profile, but what I can taste is pretty peppery. Lots of pepper, lemon pith, and bitter stone-like flavors.

Extremely carbonated feel.

Overall, it's a saison. Others might dig this, but I don't like the whole post-modern crap. It's douche-y. Again, drinkable, but I hate when people try to mix up socialist garbage with beers.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, dated best by Aug 2017 on bottom

fairly clear golden color, bone white head. good head retention. peppery aroma. taste is pale, crackery malt flavor, and herbal dry aftertaste. thin bodied.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale gold beer with a giant white head that leaves a curtain of lacing behind. The aroma is funky with banana. lemon, hay and some sweetness. The taste is tart with banana, spiciness and a light sweetness that ends with a mild bitterness. Pretty solid low ABV beer.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pale golden, with huge white head and spotty lace.

Aroma: Malty grains, little more.

Taste: Sweetly malted, and I get very little of the funky, spicy saison character here somehow. Maybe my can was not so fresh? My take was more of a simple pale lager, with more grains and yeast taking over the flavor profile. I got some toasty, even toffee notes here. Not memorable or inviting at all. If I ever get my hands on a fresh can or on draft, I’ll update my review accordingly, but this one didn’t push the right saison buttons here at all.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a slightly hazy, but mostly clear golden yellow body with a two finger white head, good retention, bits of lacing, thin collar that sticks around for a good while. Smells of lemon, esters, minerals, light bread, bit of earth, slight banana, light mustiness. Essentially a clean Brett saison. Very nice and refreshing aroma. Flavour is a crushable combination of light lemon tartness, esters, bread, the mineral-like Belgian yeast flavours, finishing with a light leather astringency that lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, on the lighter side, crisp and super refreshing on a hot day such as this one. Works great after a post-work bike ride. Light leathery bitterness on the finish. An overall solid, crushable canned saison that immediately inserted itself into the running for a spot in my regular refrigerator rotation.

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Photo of LAp
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip. The nose is pepper, lemon, banana, and cloves, somewhere between a hefe, lager, and saison. Pours a faintly hazy straw yellow with a meniscal head of clear/barely white foam that quickly dissipates to leave trace and rapidly dissipating lacing. Nosed from the tulip, the elements of lemongrass and pepper come through even more prominently - this beer has an excellent aroma. The palate opens with a sharp, almost tangy take on the yeasty, spicy Farmhouse profile, with emphatic notes of lemon, followed later by banana, pepper, and clove. The backend of the palate brings a nice quantity of Belgian yeast, but is accompanied too by a somewhat over-malted lager-esque base that detracts from the its opening. The body is crisp (good carbonation) and refreshing (very light bodied), but as the beer sits on the tongue and the malt base begins to seep in, that lightness starts to become more cheap than refreshing (owing in large part to the way it interplays with the disappointing latter half of the beer's flavor profile).

There's an excellent interpretation of the Saison style in here somewhere, but the lagery backend of this beer (and the way it mingles with the light body) ultimately makes this beer more a respectable bargain-priced Farmhouse rather than something truly exciting.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy golden straw color with a huge, fluffy, bright white head. Retention is minimal and there are random chunks of lacing. Smell is barnyard funk, rubber tires, fresh cut grass, citrus and a peppery spiciness. Taste is the same. Feel is light and crisp. Overall this beer is OK, but I prefer more heavily hopped saisons that are lighter on funk. The feel makes it very drinkable, but the flavors do not.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy in appearance with scents of lemon, grass, dandelion, peppercorn and musty basement. Taste is tangy with lemon and pine leading the way followed by a slight musty and funky flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp . . . way to crisp for this style in my opinion. Overall I would have expected better from Stillwater but I see what they are going for and it is sure to please some.

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Photo of Gus_13
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with off white head that has a bit of retention but great lacing. Citrus, pepper spice, grain, and citrus pith in the aroma. Flavor follows the nose. So easy to drink. Could definitely be a daily beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is hands down better than almost any pale lager out here, light but robust in aroma and taste. Some citrus qualities mix well with the cereal grains. Nice fluffy head and lots of sticky lacing. This is an everyday drinking beer, perfect for summertime and picnics.

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Photo of atigerlife
2.69/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

L: Pours a very light yellow, slightly opaque. HUGE fluffy white head. Good lasting power. Lots of tiny bubbles seen rising. Not a bad start...

S: Sweet. Floral. Light straw. Some citrus notes.

T: Minimal flavor stands out. Quite muddled. Kept giving this beer a try, but just couldn't get a clean picture of what was going on with this one.

F: Light bodied. Cleansing.

O: Not enjoyable. I had a six pack, so I tried to like it. But, just never got a clear picture of what this beer was attempting.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Hazy yellow color with an impressive head that recedes quickly and leaves a small ring of lacing. Aroma of fruity esters, pepper, and floral hops. Body of slightly sour yeast, bright floral hops, pepper, and spices with a pleasant hoppy finish. Medium body and high carbonation.
Well spiced and balanced farmhouse that lays down a complex body. Very nice and refreshing year rounder. The yeast and hops stand out but don't take over. Also a wide distribution.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of head on a clear light golden body.
The aroma is light grain.
The taste is mild lemon bitterness and water.
The texture is softer.
It lakes real flavor.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in a tulip. Pours a translucent straw gold with a loose, one inch, cream-colored head that sizzles and pops as it slowly recedes into a thin soapy slick that coalesces around the edges. Nose is fairly subdued - cloves and a grassy quality as well as a hint of biscuit or cracker towards the back. Taste is earthy/herbal up-front but the biscuity malts dominate and the clove is well-hidden. Mouthfeel is light in body with an assertive, prickly carbonation. Overall, somewhat dull and the carbonation is a bit too much, approaching gassy. I wonder how it would taste on the beer engine though ...

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into tulip. Pours a hazy yellowish golden color with big white head. Aromas of fruitiness, yeast, little bit of funkiness. Taste follows with an earthy, fruity, spicy and herbal notes. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, I enjoyed this one. Solid saison from Stillwater, and would recommend to at least try this once.

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Photo of Moose90
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with no visible date

A — Pours a light and clear deep yellow color into the tasting glass. Light white head tries to form but fades and leaves little behind.

S — Smells of light yeast and fruit, somewhat estery and bright. Grainy undertone.

T — Tastes of light fruits and yeast, some balancing pilsner malts and yeast underneath, though it errs towards the saison side of things, its more of a lager than anything.

M — Medium bodied, though still light and bubbly.

O — Pretty good overall, though not really sure what style this falls into. It's too light for a Saison and too heavy to be a good Pils.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow tinged amber. Nose presents some spicy yeast phenols and some floral hops, just a hint of fruitiness. Taste is a touch grainy up front and dry with some pepper in the finish. Highly attenuated with a medium light body and a prickly high carbonation. Quite nice.

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.52/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this on tap at Hammerheads. Color is a transparent pale yellow. I have to say there wasnt much flavor, tasted a bit like an adjunct lager...very mild malt flavor. Somewhat harsh mouthfeel.

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