Classique | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Thorpe429 on 03-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
522
Reviews:
116
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.65%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
59
For Trade:
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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
2.49/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

"Post-Modern" beer? Give me a break....
I'm assuming this is a Saison, as most douche beers are.

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. Not at all appealing.

Feel is way too carbonated. It's hard to reach through the fizz to get to flavor.

Overall, not overly impressed with this one. I'll skip it next time. Maybe I'll shoot my other one and pretend it's a post-modern idiot.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jmdrpi
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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 JavierGC
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of _Adam_
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of byronic
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FriedSlug
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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 MI_beerdrinker
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of secondtooth
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
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 Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevedore
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 jaxon53
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Budlum
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Skwalk47
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LAp
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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%
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 ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Classique from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
3.85 out of 5 based on 522 ratings.
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