Classique | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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3.85/5
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526 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#13,041
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
526
pDev:
10.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 526 |  Reviews: 117
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

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

Photo of beertraveler08
2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GOBLIN
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
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 gregcordle
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gus_13
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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 StevenMilligan
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atigerlife
2.69/5  rDev -30.1%
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 foundersfan1
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisKayler
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of gjoker321
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classique from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 526 ratings