Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely dandelion blonde pour; heavy carbonation evident and the white cap is persistently replenished. Super crisp pils malt with wildflower honey, dried grasses and chlorinated, mineral water nose. Subtle tones of apricot, and mint from the intrigue of quiet hops. Delicate esters twinkle here and there.
The flavor is dry as cobwebs a century old, or some moon rock mineral dust. Dried flowers, pencil shavings, dry maize and saltwater biscuit pils malt form the substantial body. The smacking, bitter dryness following raw green herbs. Gruyere rind level dry finish, with some mild funk being the only true flavor left to compete.
Eminently drinkable in its construction of healthy texture and high-treble crispness, in the goddamn stratosphere.
ametras (1342) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can. Blonde with a frothy white head. Slight haze. Flavors are pepper, orange peel, lemon, hay, grass and cereals with floral and earthy notes. Light body, moderate to high carbonation, slick texture. Dry, bitter and herbal finish.
hank37 (193) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a straw yellow. Aromas of earthiness and hay. Spice is.present but not as dominant as expected. Thereís other saisons Iíd have before this one.
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy golden pilsner straw in color with a nice creamy white head. Aroma is my favorite part bringing a unique nuance to sweet, light grassy smooth farmhouse yeast that I thoroughly enjoy. Flavor brings a nice blend of sweet pilsner malts, bitter green hops, and farmhouse yeast.
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 31, 2014
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Bridge Tap House in STL. Pours a fairly clear yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is apples and fairly bland. Flavor follows. Very mild. Not much yeastiness. Decent beer.
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yiannnos (1254) - , 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 (2837) - 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 (381) - 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.
ChadPolenz (1701) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 Iíve 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 ďNational BohemianĒ 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 donít matter anymore.
As for the taste, it definitely has a lot of saison-like qualities. Thereís a strong lemony presence from beginning to end, though some of that has to do with the hops Iím 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 itís 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, itís ridiculously easy to drink as the mouthfeel is thin and crisp, but never watery. Itís 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. Itís difficult for me to find a beer this light in weight that doesnít grow old quickly, but in the case of Stillwater Classique I would want to bring a lot of it on an outing.