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RATINGS: 328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This deep amber hued ale takes it’s inspiration from Germany while still nodding to the Belgian farmhouse tradition. The base is comprised of German two-row, wheat, Cara-Munich, and roasted barley. Generously hopped with a blend of Perle, Spalt, and Hallertau Mittelfrüh and fermented with a rustic Belgian farmhouse ale yeast. These elements together provide a melange of earth and fruit aromas backed with hints of caramel with a dry clean finish.

Maris' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (1023) - Canberra, - NOV 4, 2012
From a 750ml bottle on 4/11/2012 (shared by Butz - thanks). Pours a very cloudy dark amber with lots of yeast floaties. Has quite a strong, quite pungent fruity, yeasty aroma. The flavour is primarily of dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, spices and Belgian yeast. The carbonation is high and the bitterness medium. A good Belgian style ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamstome (992) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Deep walnut brown, small offwhite head. Aroma of nuts and chocolate, flavor of chocolate, cherry, dark fruit, yeast, nuts

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1248) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Stillwater is a gypsy brewery that never brews anything to style, and I respect and appreciate that. Though it does make their beers a little difficult to judge since I don’t know what to compare it to. This purports to be an amber/saison hybrid, though I might describe it as an altbier/saison hybrid. Either way, it’s got a lot of dark maltiness and a distinct saison character on the finish. Definitely apropos for the fall season.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 8/8/14 and cost $4.75 ($0.40 per ounce).

Appearance: Murky brownish/chestnut hut, though translucent. Pours to a two-finger, ivory, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.

Smell: Light nose of dark malts and a hint of saison yeast esters.

Taste: Brews in the amber/brown/altbier ballpark tend to have a malt-forward palette and that’s definitely true here. Lightly sweet flavors of caramel, combined with slight rustic notes of peanut, hazelnut and dry hops give it a well-balanced body. There’s a subtle spiciness throughout due to the saison yeast used for fermentation, which really comes through right as it finishes. There’s a quick burst of peppercorn, which is interesting, as well as a subtle coffee-like aftertaste. This isn’t a typical palette, and for that I’m grateful.

Drinkability: Though technically a bigger beer at 7.2% ABV, Stillwater Autumnal drinks and feels like something more sessionable. There’s not alcohol presence whatsoever, and the actual presence in the mouth is remarkably comfortable. The carbonation is light and the texture is smooth, which makes it easy to gulp down. Probably a good beer to pair with your Thanksgiving meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4491) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2014
A little along the lines of most reds. Pours amber with food head and lacing. Light coppery aroma and light hippy citrus. Light bitter finish. Tap at Love and regret.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1346) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Easily one of the best ambers I’ve had, although that may not be a fair comparison, due to the ABV of this one. Strong and solid malty notes. For a purported farmhouse, not getting any Belgian yeast notes, but that is OK. This one is super, super flavorful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (917) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Dark red brown with light tan head that sticks around. Aroma acetate/green apples, some heavy wheat, hosin sauce. Tastes leather, boozy, sweet. Some rustic yeast cuts the big munich malts, but this one is a bit of a malt bomb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6975) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2014
A pint or so on tap at Dutch’s... Mostly clear red orange color, looks a bit darker in the glass, kind of brown. Thin off-white head. Few ropes of lace. Medium plus body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation, kind of crisp, with a slick finish. Caramel, lightly peppery malts, some mild dark fruitiness. Sort of toasty, and a little wheat creaminess. Lighter to moderate sweet taste, nice light to moderate bitterness. Good balance to the taste, lighter on the spiciness than most farmhouse ales. Good full malty body to it, but not too sweet. Some chocolate notes. Awesome autumn ale. A very nice choice to wash down my prosciutto sandwich. Perfectly balanced. Gets better as I go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
A well put together beer, but not really what I’m looking for in a saison. While the light funk, yeasty spiciness, fruity and slightly hoppy characterisitics of the aroma and flavor were nice, the beers faults were equal to it’s strengths. Too much carbonation (about half the time in Stillwater brews) and replaces the sun-shiney aspect of the saisons i really like with a little dustiness. Still ok, but not at the pricepoint. It’s a 94/97 on RB, so i’m kind of in the minority. Better on tap, 3.5to 3.1."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (2553) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2014
On tap at Barrels & Bottles. Amber, reddish and clear appearance with a beige head. Aroma of fruity esters, light yeast, earthy hops, floral notes, light caramel/toffee and dark fruits. Similar flavor, malty and fruity with medium sweetness and light bitterness. Medium to full body, pretty good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (6723) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
[5734-20130823] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Toasted dusty bread aroma has a 12-grain note. Slightly hazy, brown amber body with a medium-lasting off-white head. Toasted grainy yeast flavour has a metallic quality. Medium body. Interesting to sample. (7/3/7-/3/13) 3.3
(w/ blankboy, jercraigs, Radek Kliber, Colin)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (4244) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown with no head. Aromas of toffee and caramel. Taste is sweet, caramel, light herbal, tea maybe. Thin texture, medium body. Sweet finish.

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