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Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap. Arrived in a tulip, a clear straw color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is funky with hay, grass and spice notes. It's dann tasty, big and bold for a Saison. Fruity and funky with spice and, perhaps, a touch of rye. Medium, bubbly mouthfeel.

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Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of alcohol, earthy, slight hop, hint of liquor, citrus, wheat, slight pale malt, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthiness, hint of smoke, slight citrus, pepper, Euro yeast, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and wheat. Overall, complex, earthy, smoky, and wheat saison (unusual but delicious), and good blend.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

given my penchant for anything italian, and my major respect for all the saisons stillwater makes, this is a match made in heaven for me personally. these collaborations they have done are all good, and the price point was really fair on this one too. its a hazy but slightly less pale beer, rusty orange in color, some yeast sediment, and a huge and fluffy tan head that never settles. it smells pretty funky, yeasty, and different. maybe a kiss of brett in here, but this is less a wild beer to me as it is a rustic old world saison. in any event, the yeast makes it, spicy like white pepper and even anise, with a protein rich body and a lot of textural wheat as well in the base. the yeast has a lot to cling to, and it really takes advantage. i get a white grape fruitiness for a moment, even a hint of lemongrass and sage. i dont believe any of those things are actually in the beer, which makes this yeast that much more interesting. belgian in some respects, esters and all, but its supremely dry and well carbonated in the finish too, instantly gone for how flavorful it is. as far as saison goes, we live in a world where it seems like every brewery is making one, and so many are average and samey, especially on the local beer circuit around town here. its so nice to be refreshed by a beer like this that has no equal out there. highly impressed. i want to get another bottle and try to culture the yeast for a homebrew...

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The farmlands of central Europe grew beer out of necessity and not from the adherence to style guideline or prescription. This leeway allows for something of the fruit, spice and effervescent ilk to rein in the starchy presence of biere de garde or the campfire whimsy of norther Germany.

Its burnt orange hues are softly of bronze and impressive with a rich mousey head. Doughy aromas are in strong support of orchard fruit, citrus and herb before the initial taste of light bread, biscuit, honey and powdered sugar begin to layer upon the mouth.

Its broad and starchy coat buffers the mouth from the medley of fruit and spice to come. Its moderate and bready sweetness invites the tangy-sweet flavors of ripe oranges, lemons papaya, plantain, and apples to make early impressions while dried citrus, botanicals and spice come late. Firm carbonation keeps the ale creamy and fullish while also balancing the peppercorn, spruce and minty finish.

Both malty and dry in finish, the fruit and sweetness slowly fade and leave the finish to contend with an earthy vinous acidity, spice-forward bite and hints of cut grass, spruce tip and leafy hops to dry the palate. Just shy of complete refreshment or cleanliness, the rustic aftertaste is toasty and tea-like.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Opaque and fairly solid chestnut to dull lemon body. Not much carbonation visible except for a little stream in the middle that's hard to see, and a very minor half finger creamy white head. Manages to stay thought with a nice whipped up if small top.

Aroma is quite sharp and bretty on first pour. Real nice garden green herbs of sage and some malt chewy sweetness. Light hints of hay and sweet bakery bread dough. Interesting brett angle that stays away from pepper and hotness, even though it's quite powerful. Some juicy like fruit tones manage to squeak out in a tropical way as well.

Palate brings much of that pleasure. Real juiced and creamy full body on the mouthfeel. Hints of vanilla but quickly takes over in mild sharp flavors of sage, and mint herbality. Chewy finish with and excellent coating, aftertaste comes out in real nice hints of tropical fruits and some grapefruit like bitterness oils to match. Sweet passionfruit and peach mix it up as well, in this fuzzy tasting fruit basket saison, letting some of the nice fruit qualities go all over the place.

Real interesting take on a saison, with a varied fruity angle. Real nice.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into snifter, purchased at CBX for $9.69 wow! Hope it's good. Best before 5-31-2016
A: pours a fine frothy white 2 finger head, honey orange body, decent lacing with a thick residue near the top and spotty, carbonation
S: citrus, peppercorn, honey, sweet fresh bread, hay
M: medium light body, carbonation, mineral resin on tongue
T: some citrus, peppercorn, cattiness, phenolic, mineral water, grapefruit, wheat, hay, smooth overall finish
O: great brew with awesome aroma, the water they use must be hard due to the minerally flavor in the water

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/31/2016. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, peppercorn, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pine, and yeast/spice earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste if big lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, peppercorn, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, pine, and yeast/spice earthiness. Good amount of peppercorn/yeast spiciness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, pine, and yeast/spice earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced saison style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color, nice head and soapy lace. Aroma of fruits and spices as well as a slight funky barnyard. Taste is right in line with aroma; fruity sweetness, peppery spices. Great feel; it has the crispness of a light beer but the fullness of a medium bodied brew.
I loved this brew. It was so flavorful and delicious. I'm surprised to see it is retired when I just in fact had it at Jimmy's No 43 in NYC. I would love to have this again and will had back there soon before it is kicked.

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Photo of dar482
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden orange.

The aroma hits of spicy saison yeast and bready malt. Fresh grass and a citrusy hops come through as well.

The flavor follows with that brightness with grapefruit and orange hops and grass. A spicy yeast quality comes through in the middle with a light crackery malt. The finish is spicy with that peppercorn coming through, but without too much taking over the beer.

A very refreshing saison.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pale, cloudy gold. Creamy head, lovely cradle of foamy lace. Not much of a crown. Looks pretty nice.

Smells rubbery. Organic, with slight lemon zest and an aged riesling character. Touch of cherry and a mild coconut hint. Weird, but good.

Taste is also very rubbery. Citric twang upfront, but then big industrial, well-aged riesling flavours. Touch of cherry again, some berry-flavoured candy as well. Interesting; grape ester, petrochemical, but also refreshing, and pleasant.

Bit of fizz; slight dryness as a result. OK, but not great.

Interesting flavours; overall reasonably refreshing with a curious twist to keep you interested.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Shared with Sam and Rich in Sydney.

Pours a quite cloudy dusty yellow colour with a slightly foamy head of white. This settles to a decent centimetre of persistent head. Carbonation is powdery, and roils and froths in the body when swirled or tilted. Lacing is good, forming slick streaks. Overall, it looks pretty good.

Nose is dusty and minerally, with a slight earthiness and a green vegetative note. Some pepper and an aroma like old orange peel. It's a bit light on, but it's relatively pleasant and captures some good Saison qualities.

Taste is much better, with a fullness in the body, and a fruity vegetative character like green capsicum and celery leaf. The yeast lends peppery tones to the beer while a wheatiness lends some mild fine acidity underneath. There's a clinging plasticky tone on the finish which is almost like the opening aroma of a lambic, but it also suggests a bit of alcohol heat. Feel is quite smooth for the most part, with a crispness on the back to complement the heat that arises.

Overall, very drinkable, with complexity and a good deal of sophistication. There are a few oddities, but they seem well-placed to create interest. I did enjoy this a lot.

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Photo of REDAMI
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Lightly hazy, golden. Creamy white foam of fine bubbles.

S - Slight sour notes, bready yeast.

T - Hop forward, piney rather than grapefruit gives it a nice grassy green taste. Tart follows with slight bready malt. More hops on the finish.

M - No hop slickness (which is good), fine effervescent carbonation.

The hoppiness is unusual for the style, but not out of place. The piney hops use give it a nice green flavor rather than focusing on the tart citrus notes normally expected from a saison/farmhouse ale. An unexpected pleasure.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a bight gold/orange with a massive head and very nice lacing.

Pale malts, orange rind and a bit of funk make up the smell.

White bread, rustic grain maltiness and a bit of citrus start this off. Some funk, slight fresh cut grass and a hint of minerals finish it. Very nice on the body, smooth and moderately carbonated.

Not my favorite of the Stillwater brews, but very worth a try.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light and clear straw color, solid inch of dense white head, fades eventually but a centimeter or so sticks around forever.

Nose is dominated by estery yeast, bananas and grapes and apples or pears, maybe some spices, mostly a really nice and subtle fruit bouquet.

Taste is sharper, some hop character with a faint lemon citrus noticeable up front, then fades into a somewhat more tart fruit character than the nose, mostly green apple and grape in the taste, some very light spice again. Tasty yeast character. A balanced and delightful saison, subtle but lots going on.

Mouthfeel is nice, lots kf carbonation but it stays out of the way and doesn't distract with fizziness or anything, feels fairly dry and pleasant on the tongue but also soft and restrained, very nice.

I like this!


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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gouyasse tulip glass. Pours a cloudy caramel amber with a massive white head. A sneaky gusher; quiet for a few seconds and as I reached for the glass to pour, started rapidly foaming over. The huge head slowly dissipated to chunky lacing. Classic saison aroma of saison yeast, sweet malt, lemon and spices. Flavor of pear, apple and lemon juice, saison and wild yeast, biscuit malt, starting slightly sweet and floral and changing quickly to a dry, slightly peppery, spicy finish. Interesting earthy, exotic spice component that may be the myrrh. Medium bodied with active, spicy carbonation. An overall straightforward saison with an interesting sweet estery start and dry finish; nice flavor transition. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of impending
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


33cl into a tulip. Pours a lightly hazed pale orange gold, tight dense frothy head, excellent lacing.

The aroma is sweet camphor and hibiscus, mint, zero earth or funk - more a typical bspa.

The taste is overwhelmingly herbal - fennel, rosemary and pine needles ?? But backed by a citrus and floral vague fruitiness. Thin bodied very lively mouthfeel, a minor mouth swish and it's instant foam.

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Photo of Dope
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very cloudy pale orange. Mid-sized off-white fluffy head. Decent fluffy streaks of lacing left behind. Considerably good head retention as the head revives amazingly.

S: Nice citrus and grassy notes up front. Substantial biscuity malt. Get some other fruits in there, pears and apples it seems. Even some grape skin. Nice refreshing aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma. Up front there is some citrus, pear and apple along with the tart grape skin. Bready, crackery malt with a little grass. The finish is very peppery - loaded with black pepper. Black pepper basically stands alone in the lingering aftertaste. Spicy, even for a saison.

M: Medium bodied and pretty smooth. Abnormally high carbonation gives it a full, airy mouthfeel.

O: One of the better saisons I've had. Carbonation was a bit high, I ended up losing part of the (already tiny) bottle due to gushing. Made it a little TOO airy too. Still, a minor detraction overall. Good layers of flavors, well balanced, crisp and refreshing. Nice and peppery which I like.

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Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip

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

S- Lot of yeast. Light fruits, bread, touch of apple, floral notes, touch of funk, pepper.

T- Earthy funkiness, light fruit, some citrus and apple, floral notes, some piney hops in the finish, well balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- And this is just another solid saison that Stillwater is a part of. Pricey, but a nice treat.

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Photo of popery
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow gold color. A bit hazy, though there's a good amount of lees on the bottom of my bottle, so this is dependent on the pour. Relatively small white head. Lots of little bubbles. The aroma is a bit heavy on the somewhat medicinal myrrh flavor. The yeast might be contributing to that flavor, as well. It was quite pleasant initially, when the beer was colder, and the aroma was woodier, but as the beer warmed, the medicinal side became more prominent and started to push out the fruity peppercorn notes. The peppercorn provides a very nice fruity pepper flavor. There's some pale malt in the background, but it gets overshadowed by the spicing. Nice pale malt sweetness in the taste. The spices kick in quickly. Again, I really like the fruity Szechuan peppercorn flavor, and the myrrh is nice but a bit too medicinal for my taste. That said, this is a beer that I'm really going back and forth on. I'm sort of splitting the difference with my scores, but I do very much appreciate the thought behind it. At any rate, the finish is dry and fairly bitter. There's a bit of citrus kicking in at that point, as well. Nice mouthfeel. Carbonation is slightly low for a saison. Personally, I'd prefer things to be even lighter. Anyway, it's another nice Stillwater beer and further shows Strumke's thoughtful approach to the style.

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Photo of avalon07
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

S: A surprisingly amount of sweetness in the aroma, with the typical saison funkiness as well.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, a bit of malt, the saison funkiness, and a good amount of citrus as well. While the flavor is definitely a saison, it does almost seem to have elements of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale as well. Definitely a tasty beer.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Stillwater certainly knows its saisons and this one is no exception. Drinkable.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dull, hazy golden amber with over an inch of sticky white head that laces. The nose has potent notes of yeast (fruit, bread, etc) and unrecognizable spice. The spice, yeast, and honey-like sweetness all meld together in the nose to produce something that's distinctly a farmhouse ale. The taste is quite unexpected with an inviting sweetness, slightly warming alcohol, and spice transition into a tingling, herbal aftertaste. I understand there is pepper and myrrh infused into this saison, and I'd say that the spice from the pepper is distinct and slightly biting, but the myrrh is less obvious (maybe due to lack of experience in consuming myrrh). Either way, all the elements of a herbal-infused saison are present and provide for a unique drinking experience. The beer's mouthfeel and body are light and drinkable as heavy handed grain sweetness smoothly fade into a slightly bitter/biting, semi-dry, and effervescent finish. I struggle to find stillwater beers that I don't enjoy and this is no exception to Brian's outstanding lineup.

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Photo of spicelab
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw, bright and clear, with a rapidly forming white head that is on the light and fluffy side. Collapses slowly with the odd spot of lace to a final ring.

Extremely floral, with sweet ester character lurking underneath but kept in its place. Good amount of sour citrus pith. Szechuan is quite prominent and accentuates the floral spice.

Flavours are similar but drier and spicier, with plenty of heather and a very dry grassiness. Everchanging and intriguing.

Light to medium with a mildly tart and refreshing finish.

Terrific beer that keeps you guessing. The szechuan imparts plucky complexity as it integrates with the base Saison. Love it.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows light bready malt, lemon and grapefruit, along with spicy Belgian yeast and banana.
More spicy notes as flavours along with some serious mineral content further drying out the finish. Other than that there's some bready malt and little else.
Carbonation seems a bit full-on.
Seems pretty spot-on for a saison but its just not exciting me.

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Photo of danieelol
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saison brewed with Myrrh & Szechuan Peppercorns.

Pour is muddy yellow with good head/lacing.

Smell is nice and spicy. I was going to say paté. Like Route des Épices, which also features pepper, this one reminds me of the patés which feature jellied peppercorns on top. Has a fruitiness behind that.

Taste also features a spicy pepperiness, again a bit like a paté.

I think this brewery has been very astute in identifying pepper as a prominent flavour in (good) saisons, and its use as an adjunct here certainly does not detract from the brew. In fact, I am enticed by the prospect of a "table saison" at around 4.2%, brewed with both salt and pepper. Anyhoo, this is a nice beer which perhaps derives too much of its flavour from a singular ingredient (Peppercorns, I don't know what Myrrh tastes like so can't identify it here).

The beer is pretty decent, but the best part of this pricy bottle is no doubt the artwork.

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Extraomnes / Stillwater Migdal Bavel from Extraomnes
4.04 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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