yiannnos (1194) - , CYPRUS - JUL 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. An american saison, combining belgian yeast funkiness with citrus hops/
Christpuncher (2272) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
one of the better saisons out there. more hoppy than fruity. pours light yellow in color with a white head. bitter and fruity finish. had as a draft at haymarket.
falco242 (354) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one is tough to place. A bit of bread, a bit of bitter hops, some fruit and spice...a lot of flavor for sub 5%. Sweetness and pepper work well together.
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Eli Cannons in Middletown CT. They had it listed as a saison, and it sure tastes that way to me due to the yeasty, peppery flavor. Lots of citrus as well - great flavor. Sessionable and refreshing.
Chad9976 (1502) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 12oz can into a mug. It was canned on 6/16/14 and cost $3.20 ($0.27 per ounce).
Appearance: Bright lemon skin yellow hue over a hazy body. Plenty of spastic carbonation can be seen. Pours to a large, bright white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing.
Smell: Lemon fruit/peel/grass/pith, etc. A hint of hay or grass.
Taste: Stillwater Classique is one of the most unique beers I’ve ever drank. A lot of breweries are doing ale styles as lagers, but this is just the opposite. According to my sources it was modeled after the old “National Bohemian” adjunct lager recipe, but fermented with saison yeast. That makes it difficult to classify, style-wise. Saison? Cream Ale? Specialty Grain? Premium Lager? Beers like this prove that styles really don’t matter anymore.
As for the taste, it definitely has a lot of saison-like qualities. There’s a strong lemony presence from beginning to end, though some of that has to do with the hops I’m sure. Citrusy sweetness and tartness are present right away, immediately followed by a classic saison-like flavor of crushed black pepper seasoning. Mild bitterness towards the end, though it’s more of an herb-like seasoning taste. No corn presence in the taste, which is fine by me (a lot of craft breweries use corn in their saisons, actually). Overall, a really interesting palette that could probably be enjoyed by anyone.
Drinkability: Beers of this style (macro lager or traditional farmhouse ale) were always meant for their performance value, and this one continues that trend in two great ways. Firstly, it’s ridiculously easy to drink as the mouthfeel is thin and crisp, but never watery. It’s genuinely refreshing while in the mouth and leaves just a slightly dry aftertaste. Secondly, this beer is only 4.5% ABV, but has the flavor of a much stronger beer. It’s difficult for me to find a beer this light in weight that doesn’t grow old quickly, but in the case of Stillwater Classique I would want to bring a lot of it on an outing.
BrewBoxer (2482) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can at fraunces tavern where George Washington drank. Pours a cloudy hazy color with a lemony yeast flavor. Very good
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks GT2, yellow pour, white head, nose is grassy, taste is a little bitter, hoppy, grassy, complex.
williamstome (1495) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale gold, beautiful white head. Aroma is yeast, lemon, and hints of corn and floral hops. Tastes like a much smoother, rounder pilsener with yeast and lemony flavors. Smooth and tasty but not super exciting.
theisti (3584) - Kansas, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz can purchased as a single at Wine & Cheese, If You Please? on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The pour is a hazy golden yellow with a rocky one inch egg white head that falls slowly with nice lacing. The aroma is lemon and apple fruit, hay, grass and bready malt. The taste is a pleasant combination of the fruit soft sweet notes, along with the general hay bread malt. There is an interesting tang to the finish which also dried it out considerably. The palate is light to medium bodied, active carbonation and the clean dry finish. Interesting beer, quite easy to drink.
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I would not have guessed this is a corn based beer. I got some grassy notes and some faint tangy notes, but no corn. I even got a little bit of lightly fruity flavors. Tasty, regardless.