Classique | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Saison - flavor of earth, spice and funk. Drinks easily definitely worth picking up or give a chance. Smooth - Would say just under medium to light light body.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the can into willi becher pint glass. A truly remarkable looking beer, with very lively carbonation rising through the hazy golden body to support a massive dome of creamy white head. It drops to form some beautiful columns and crags, leaving webbed lacing on the side of the glass. It would be hard to improve the look of this beer.

The aroma is clearly Saison-esque. Cracker malts, light green apple skins, white plum nectarine, with an herbal hop aroma.

Very full flavored for a session beer! Very dry throughout, with a light to medium strength hop bitterness, and a light sour cereal grain finish. Notes of fresh herbs, lemon, nectarine fruitiness (minus the sweetness) and cracker-like malts on the palate. Carbonation is very active, with a lighter body beer. Dry, effervescent.

This is a drinkable saison, with a lowish alcohol content and robust amount of flavor and character. It's a perfect anytime beer, and would likely pair very well with any number of food dishes. It is hard to beat this beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%

A slightly tart nose joined with light grains and a hint of fruit and lemon.
Pours very light effervescent hazy straw under a 2” white persistent foam cap that produces rich lace.
Palate: Citrusy fruit over light water cracker malt with an assertive grapefruit rind bitter accent on the finish. Bone dry with the lemony tartness and light fruit balancing the assertive bitterness.
Light, refreshing and effervescent – a perfect summer beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town during the Stillwater tap takeover event. Pours a somewhat cloudy pale yellow color. Nice nose with a bit of corn and wheat alongside a mild take of saison spice. Floral, spicy, hay. Flavor is similar with a smooth bitterness. Tastes like young Premium. Really nice and will be an amazing warm weather beer.

EDIT: Have had cases of the cans of this. Absolutely love it. Great balance of hops and yeast. Earthy and mild citrus. Great bitterness level. Bumping up all scores.

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Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy golden yellow with a fluffy white.

The aroma is wonderful of lemon peel, pear, apple fruitiness, a bit of wheat, some biscuit gentle malt, along with some of that saison funk.

The flavor follows with some lemon and fruity notes, and them a biscuit malt, but then the finish just has this huge amount of drying and lots of floral and grassiness in there.

The body is light with a good amount of carbonation.

A really wonderful saison that has a good amount of complexity and that huge drying and finish is really exciting.

Tasting Notes: This was perfect with spicy and oily food. The drying on the end just cleans all that up wonderful and it really accentuates the drying and grass notes on the end.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a pale yellow, transparent with a creamy tight white head. Nose is super floral, loads of hops and a nice clean grain bill to balance. Taste is so easy to drink, lots of floral hops and nice smooth grain bill. High carb, tight, dry. Excellent.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy; straw colored; 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a think collar; light lacing;

S: clove, bread, a little lemon;

T: a touch of bread up front; lemon with clove in the background along with a nice spiciness from mid-palate through the finish; a little bitterness at the end;

M: crisp; light bodied; pretty highly carbonated - a little prickly;

O: great aroma and flavor;

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Photo of wedge
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw with a big, slowly deflating head of airy foam. Delicate floral, spicy, grassy aromas meld with dried banana and apricot esters and float over a lightly sweet, pale grain base. Crisp, peppery, hoppy flavor upfront leading to some citrus oils, herbs, and slight cracker-like malts. Extremely refreshing, snappy, light body. This is right up my alley tonight. I'm going to grab another six pack of this for Labor Day weekend camping. You could alternate this with a nice, hoppy Pils and not miss a beat.

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Photo of avalon07
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, bright white, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity, and enticing smell. Very nice.

T: Tasted of a good amount of fruit (bananas, especially), esters, a little malt, some spices, pepper, and the saison barnyard funk, though this wasn't as pronounced as it is in other beers. A lively and light flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

O: Yet another excellent saison from Stillwater. Exceptionally well done.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A session saison, brewed like Premium but no brett. Pours a pale yellow, lots of carbonation. Typical saison smell, taste follows nicely. Refreshing on the palate, a little funk here. I'll have another.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was told this was brewed with rice and corn, as sort of a craft version/alternative to a macro brew. Not sure how accurate that was but it shaped my expectations and perceptions of the beer.
This pours a light yellow-gold in color. There’s a zesty aroma that’s full of lemony citrus notes.
I found it to be light bodied with a clear hoppy profile of citrus, dominated by all sorts of lemony notes. It’s tasty and could be an easy drinker, yet rewarding enough for those who are looking for more in their beer.

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Photo of larryi86
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can, canned 9/10/13, poured into a tulip

A- A slightly hazy golden color with a four finger white head.

S- Lemons, green apples, some funk, touch of cloves, sweet bread, very nice.

T- Slightly tart citrus/lemon upfront, some sweet malts, some funk in the finish with cracked black pepper and a little herbal bitterness, well balance with a nice amount of complexity.

M- Light, smooth, crisp.

O- Very easy to drink. Just another solid beer from Stillwater and I will be picking up more of this. I truly love everything about this beer, including the price, only $13 for a 6 pack!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a tulip.

Hazy yellow/blonde with 3 fingers of fluffy white head. Good retention and low carbonation.

Pear, lemon, peach, sourdough, grains and a light farmhouse funk.

Lemon and pear with a touches of peach. Spent grains, sourdough bread and lemongrass. Very light farmhouse yeast character with notes of hay and potpourri.

Light bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

An awesome Table Saison and in a can no less! Get some!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) is now into the big push towards review number 1,000 (1K) and I am growing ever more CANtemplative on the approach to a number that approaches insanity. I remember when I was first challenged by Nick "The Tick" D717 to undertake this madness that I thought 100 MIGHT be achievable. Now, the sky's the limit, but I am still CANfronted with new CANned beers and ways to think about them.

From the CAN: "Postmodern Beer"!

I am a writer and teacher of English literature and I spent a semester at Pitt with the venerable Professor Harry Mooney and some of the most erudite classmates of my undergraduate career CANsidering what Prof. Mooney referred to as "The Modernist Tradtion". Modernism was an outgrowth of the end of "The War to End All Wars", World War I, which was unlike any in recorded history up until that time. Survivors began to wonder, since all "rules" of warfare had been thrown out, what other things, such as art, music and literature, would be like if extant rules of the day were likewise disregarded or disposed of entirely. The results were and are astounding and there is argument as to whether the movement CANtinues even today. For those that argue that it ended after World War II, there is Post-Modernism, or PoMo, in which a sense of irony is applied to what was produced in the Modernist era.

How CAN a beer be Postmodern? It would require that beer at some point have been CANsidered Modernist. CAN that be? I would point to Olde Frothingslosh with both Sir Reginald and Lady Fatima Yechblah as its spokespeople so that this beer brings that sensibility into the 21st Century A. D. with a steampunk sensibility on its graphics. Olde Frothingslosh was nothing more than Iron City (lager) Beer in new CANs for the holiday season and this beer CAN be a whole buncha nothing, also, but that remains to be seen.

The Crack! released a squirt of white foam and stepped back to reveal another brimful craft CAN. My inverted Glug, which is highly postmodern in and of itself, was just a tad overzealous and a wee bit overflowed the lip of the tall glass into which it was being deCANted. The massive, three-plus fingers of head looked like a soft, bone-white pillow or clouds being flown through by a jet or meringue atop a lemon pie. The last is probably the most apt as the beer was an extremely light-yellow (SRM = 1) with a slight haziness and it occurred to me that I have urinated a darker stream than this. If it is true that we CANnot buy beer, but only rent it, how CAN this be if my urine is darker that what caused it to be produced? Nose had that distinct Saison smell of "earthy yeast tones", although I thought that I may have noted some Brett in the mix. Wow! The mouthfeel was prickly with lots of tight little CO2 bubbles scrubbing against my tongue. The taste reminded me a LOT of Green Flash's Rayon Vert, which I got to pour for Chuck Silva at SAVOR 2012. I would be quite dubious if there was not just a touch of Brett in this beer. It was lemony-citrus, but with the smells of a working farm intertwined. I grew up in the city but spent many summers out in the countryside, where my late Pops would take a deep breath and say, "Ah, it smells like all outdoors!" I read a reviewer who mentioned "wet hay, dried [cut] grass [and] cheese rind" and I would apply those here, also. None of which are meant in a negative way by me, just as a means of trying to CANvey what a "postmodern beer" tastes like. The finish was dry, almost like a white wine and this would be a great summertime beer at just 4.5% ABV. On a bone-chillingly cold day following another crippling snowstorm? Not so much.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A Stillwater beer in a can! Canned 06/16/14. Tasted 21 November 2014.

Pours a hazy golden straw yellow, just a touch of orange. 1.5 fingers of white head, good retention, nice peninsulas of lacing reaching up the glass.

Smell is outstanding. Super bright, fruity and floral, glowing with saison yeast spark. Sweet oranges, flowers, and zippy spice in the background. Brings all the characteristics I want from a saison, in spades.

Taste is not what I expected. It's clean and crisp, with some juicy melony goodness, and a whole lot of spice. But primarily it's dry and clean, like a well-crafted pale ale. The yeast just brings accents to dance on that platform.

Feel is delightful. Light body, buzzy carbonation that melds perfectly with the spice.

This reminds me of a heavily dry-hopped APA. It's powerful in the nose, and clean, dry, and spicy in the mouth. It's just that the smells are yeast instead of hops, and the taste has spice instead of mild hop bite. A fantastic beer, and unlike any I've had before.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like the canning date is 02/07/2013. Pours out a nice golden straw color, with an aggressive, 2 inch head. Decent gobs of lace remain until the end.

Floral hops, pale and wheat malts are the first thing I smell. The yeast is light and slightly funky.

Crisp, light citrus and wheat are followed by tart funk, a slight sweet cumquat and a dry finish. Goes down smooth. Just a bit heavy on carbonation.

One of my top two session Saisons. Very tasty. No can taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

an expert saison here, different than most. it pours a perfectly clear yellowish color, no yeast suspended or haze at all, unlike the style normally presents itself. very light transparent brew, with a sturdy white lace head on top of my tulip that doesn't budge. the nose has an almost apple complexion, green apples and cut grass, more summery than autumnal, with a Belgian type yeast on the lighter side too. the flavor has a peculiar fruity aspect, but it isn't apples. I cant quite place it, maybe golden raisins or green grapes, its almost wine-like in that way, but the malt is very delicate and the yeast ferments completely, there is no sugar in this finish. extra dry, which I love here. perhaps a touch light on the body, it goes down like water without leaving a big impression on my palate, and with the quick finish its hard to really get a feel for this one. sessionable no doubt, but I wouldn't suggest following a big ipa or anything with a brew like this. Stillwater has impressed me so far, even though this one is a little light for my tastes, it is a quality offering.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a clear straw yellow with an inch of fluffy white head loosely piled up to the brim of my teku. There is no visible sediment and the head fades into a thin halo around the perimeter after several minutes. The nose has a potent yeast presence reminiscent bubblegum and pear. The taste presents all expected aspects of a good farmhouse - yeast, grain, a touch of spicy hops - and has a mild-medium lingering bite that reminds me of pear and peppercorn. The mouthfeel is light bodied, effervescent, masked alcohol, and transitions from initial yeast sweetness to a foamy peppercorn bite and finally a lingering bitterness. I'd say this beer reminds me most of a GI's matilda and Allagash's house beer, although it is more sessionable. Neither the taste nor mouthfeel are not sacrificed by having such a low abv. I'm really impressed with the product, although I've yet to find a stillwater saison that leaves me hanging...

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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. The stamp on the bottom of the can is compressed to the point of being just about unreadable but I think it says 05/04/2013.

A- Pours a light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing cascades slowly down the glass.

S- One of the most soily beers I've ever smelled. Also has a sweetness with some banana notes. Moderately effervescent.

T- Mild flavor of wheat and some yeast richness including some Brett which is certainly welcome bringing notes of green olive. Bright and smooth with some slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M- Crisp and snappy with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- A great session saison with plenty of character and subtleties.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks tenderbranson69 for sharing this can, enjoyed chilled from a goblet.

The color is golden sunny and hazed with thick 2 fingers of sudsy white head with finge bead and copious lace. The smell is lemony reminiscent of noble hops with slight spice and mild yeast ester with light malt nose. The feel is very good with relatively high carbonation and dry body with light spritzy feel and mild bitterness -very good for a table saison.

The taste is great lots of yeastf flavor which is both spicy with fruity tinges and slight peppery tinge with mild hop and subtle malt accent with a good body for the low abv, The taste is very full for a table saison with mild citrus element which gives it a slight amount of levity. Overall I think this is pretty solid in fact better the good, a pretty exceptional small saison in every sense - exceeds expectations- Kudos Stillwater!

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Photo of tastybeer
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale glowing yellow in color with a very nice looking white cakey head on top. Lace has already started and retention is about a 1/4 inch high. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and creamy. Banana pudding, lemon, and spice... Flavor is spicy and floral with lemon candy. Very refreshing, fun beer. Mouthfeel is very smooth until gradually broken up by tiny tingly carbonation bubbles. Overall good stuff.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold in color, this fizzy, clean tasting saison has aromas of green pepper and candy. The taste is very clean, with a bit of lemon, and an almost salty quality. Great summer sessionable beer.

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Photo of Craiger1967
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a saison style tulip glass, nice froth and clingy lace.

Grapefruit, passionfruit, Kiwi and apricot flavors come thru on the tongue and a nice bite of hops at the back of the tongue.

Beautiful smells waft up from the glass, lemony and sulfur, grass and peach.

One of the best tasting Saison's I've had in a long time, I'm going down to the liquor store for this.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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 mattbk
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale yellow, well carbonated, fairly cloudy. The color is almost banana yellow.
S: Peppery, slight funk, some light noble hops, floral hops. Nice, mild, but inviting.
T: Same pepper, almost clove, balanced with a touch of pear-like fruit, some mild malt sweetness, slight corn touch, light bitterness, very nice kiss of floral hops, spicy, on the finish. Lovely beer. Very, very drinkable despite some of its complexity. The hops are just a bit too high maybe, adds to the drying qualities. Tasty, enjoyable.
M: Nice and dry, could be a little more carbonated actually, but it is well carbonated.
O: This beer is quite enjoyable, great flavor despite low ABV, very sessionable, very tasty. Would like the hops turned down just a bit. No major complaints here though.

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