3xB: Stillwater Autumnal
This Week’s Big Bottle: Stillwater’s Autumnal
This week I tasted a big bottle of Stillwater’s Autumnal, which is an amber ale with a tan head. For those you following my “research”, this makes a Stillwater artisan ale trifecta for yours truly. I have enjoyed all three. I am sorry I do not have a good picture to show you. The Von Matterhorn’s have a long-standing family tradition of not drinking in well-lit establishments when in public. We prefer discretion when indulging our appetites and would prefer not to become the Lohan’s of European society. This makes taking beer photos difficult. Anyways, on to my impression of this ale.
The foundation is made up of German two-row barley, wheat, Cara-Munich malt, and roasted barley. It has a bounteous mild-spicy hoppiness with a Perle, Spalt, and Hallertau Mittelfrüh blend. The roasted malts, caramel, and earthy flavors are fairly dominant while the familiar saison fruit flavors take a back seat. Once again the Belgian farmhouse ale yeast brings things together nicely for a clean finish. One downside is that there can be a sour aftertaste if the beer warms beyond its recommended serving temperature. A good balanced fall brew.
Donald “Don” Von Matterhorn
Revelry and Recreational Sports Division
Von Matterhorn Industries International Unlimited Global Inc.