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Existent - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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ExistentExistent

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BA SCORE
86
very good

500 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 15
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Existent represents the philosophy behind Stillwater Artisanal. We strive to define ourselves through our passion and sincerity while accepting that not all aspects of life are readily explainable. To manifest this ideology we present an ale of intrigue. Deep & dark though deceptively dry, braced by a firm yet smooth bitterness and accented with an earthy hop and mild roast aroma. This is an ale for you to define...
’and if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.’ –Nietzsche

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 11-13-2010)
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 21 January 2014. Tasted 2 June 2014.

Pours a deep soft brown, clear but dark. Little head, which actually grows after the pour thanks to the abundant bubbles (which formed a cool clover shape on the surface). Decent lacing.

Smell is funny. Definitely more like a BSDA than a saison, with sugar and dark fruits. As a Belgian dark, I like it. As a saison, it's weird - nothing about it says saison to me.

Taste is similar. It's got some candy sugar flavor, some of that slightly astringent quality I associate with tripels. I'm wondering if there was a mix-up in the bottling; is it always like this? Once again, I get nothing from it that says saison, though it's decent as-is. A little flat, kinda empty on the back end.

Feel is okay. Medium body, carbonation on the light side. Kinda settles, bringing a sinking heaviness that needs more carbonation to counter it.

All I can say is, what's up with this beer? I love saisons, and in no way do I think this is a saison. Unless they did some weird stuff and threw a saison yeast into it. It's basically a mid-level BSDA.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2014 03:52:56 | More by zeledonia
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TheTinDoor

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-01-2014 02:52:01 | More by TheTinDoor
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-31-2014 18:49:38 | More by Hellpop65
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Mphis

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-30-2014 03:31:14 | More by Mphis
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-28-2014 06:54:57 | More by PappyVans
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shehateme

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

05-26-2014 00:20:30 | More by shehateme
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david18

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

05-25-2014 18:40:19 | More by david18
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stillwater Artisanal Existant has a thin, cream-colored head, a very dark brown appearance, with noticeable and fairly large yeast chunks floating about, and bit of a lacing sheen left behind. The aroma is of slightly dank, bready malt, with just a hint of spice. Taste is of sweet, spicy, rich, gourmet bread, dark fruit, fairly strong bitterness, and some hard-to-pin-down herbs. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Stillwater Artisanal Existant finishes rich, full, and memorable.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 13:28:21 | More by RonaldTheriot
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +25%

05-22-2014 20:24:45 | More by afsdan
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civicm87

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-22-2014 18:25:40 | More by civicm87
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BodyPolitic

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-22-2014 04:52:14 | More by BodyPolitic
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ToddBeans

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

05-18-2014 21:58:05 | More by ToddBeans
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Ian_Alexander

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

05-18-2014 04:48:12 | More by Ian_Alexander
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 01/21/14.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with some hints of ruby. About one finger of off white head that quickly fades away. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A dark and spicy yeast forward Belgian style aroma with good hints of roast and funk. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove, pepper, and farmhouse funk. Dark malt with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and grains. Big fruit hints of bananas along with some apple, pear, grapes, and slight citrus hints of orange and lemon. Subtle earthy hop hints. Also some hints of candied sugar. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a yeasty and fruity Belgian style taste with a big presence of dark malt notes. Upfront Belgian yeast with notes of clove, peppers, and some farmhouse funk. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, biscuit, caramel, toffee, and grains. Big taste of bananas along with some fruit notes of pear, apple, grapes, lemon, and orange. Slight notes of candied sugar. Some earthy and grassy hops in the background as well. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and somewhat prickly. Finishes dry.

Overall: A very unique and good take on a Saison. Has the spicy and fruity Belgian notes with a nice balance of dark malt.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2014 07:05:11 | More by MattyG85
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ksimons

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-12-2014 22:21:31 | More by ksimons
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micropale

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-11-2014 21:09:55 | More by micropale
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tbone64

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -47.4%

05-11-2014 12:04:08 | More by tbone64
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-10-2014 15:58:34 | More by henryclay_
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-08-2014 21:07:33 | More by williamjbauer
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-08-2014 01:55:14 | More by XmnwildX12
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/5/2013. Pours lightly cloudy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 3 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, pear, apple, toast, peppercorn, clove, herbal, floral, grass, dark bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, pear, apple, peppercorn, clove, herbal, floral, grass, dark bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roast, caramel, toast, pear, apple, peppercorn, clove, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice crisp malt/yeast flavor balance with zero cloying after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately prickly, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dark saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2014 03:44:35 | More by superspak
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

05-05-2014 14:08:01 | More by Schlafly33
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-05-2014 11:15:36 | More by mikefuski17
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lic217

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-04-2014 13:23:51 | More by lic217
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avisong

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-03-2014 23:33:11 | More by avisong
Existent from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.