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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Thorpe429 on 03-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
521
Reviews:
115
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.65%
 
 
Wants:
21
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59
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 8/7/13.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, yeast, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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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3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge and a thin film in between. Bits of lacing line the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of spices are present in the nose along with some hints of lemons.
T: From start to finish, flavors of peppery spices stand out in the overall taste, which also has a light amount of bitterness and notes of lemony citrus.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The spices also make your mouth feel a little prickly.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing qualities. It would make for a good choice for a summer brew.

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3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

As an architect by trade and education, the "postmodern" moniker on its label makes me think of something pure, advanced and without clutter- I can see where the brewers want to read this into their beer. But in the end... I don't know what postmodern means to beer.

The ale pours a rather common pale straw color with a hazy gaze. Its bright white froth is creamy and light even while trailing with clinging lace for random sticky patterns.

Bright aromas of lemons and green apples start the show, but does so with a light white wine note, a dry cracker-like snap and sharp grassy hops. Mild pepper and metallic scents give a snappy aroma heading into the first drink.

Its light straw flavor is lightly of bread, cracker, grain and whole wheat. Nearly rye-like with its spice, the beer's sweetness is short lived as it prefers a dry and minerally taste from the middle til the end. That's when the lemon, apple, and grassy flavors spring to life and close the beer's taste.

But to its texture, the beer is so dry, so crisp and so clean that it reveals a highly expressive ccarbonation value, sharp acidity and a minerally bite that makes me think more of seltzer water than of creamy ale. Its ample bubbly feel lifts the beer with ease to insure great refreshment and clean taste.

On par with many of the lighter body Saisons, I'll contend that this version needs a firmer wheat presence and a spicier note to control the balance of the beer. As is, I find its "postmodern" taste to be overly simplistic and perhaps aloof in its own arrogance. Or perhaps I'm reliving my architecture unpleasantries.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Extremely truncated notes from a can in NYC:

A: 1 finger wide head of white colour. Foamy and frothy.

Body is a clear yellow.

Looks well-carbonated. It's not hazy, so it's not traditional if it's actually meant to be a saison, but it's generally appealing.

Sm: Lemon peel, biscuity Belgian yeast, twang.

T: Lemon peel, farmhouse twang, biscuity Belgian yeast, Belgian pale malts.

Mf: Smooth, wet, overcarbonated, refreshing, light-bodied, and aptly thick.

O: Absolutely drinkable, but not a stand-out beer in the style. I could drink it by the litre, but I wouldn't buy it regularly. Nice work from Stillwater, but far from world-class.

High C+

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with a large pure white bubbly head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light rustic malt notes with some dry hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by rustic malt notes with light dry ester and some bready yeast notes are also noticeable. Body is light with great carbonation. Very much enjoyable if maybe a bit short on the complexity notes with great drinkability level.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Classique from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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