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Existent - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BA SCORE
86
very good

502 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
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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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-05-2013 00:11:51 | More by nh2032
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-04-2013 17:00:06 | More by Rekrule
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buzzword

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-03-2013 21:48:20 | More by buzzword
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-30-2013 21:37:34 | More by Immortale25
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YieldToNothing

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-29-2013 03:15:56 | More by YieldToNothing
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled April 4th 2013.

A nice dark walnut brown body, with light mocha pin head bubbles at first coming from the body. Settles with a large styrofoamy head, light tan and foamy retention appearance.

Nice subtle nose here. Light brett and dark sucrose with matching raisin and Belgian classic sweetness. Kind of dry, and a nice light fruit component and subdued quality. Kind of a dry sourdough dark bread going on.

First sip brings some nice dark malt and brown sugar sweetness, then quickly the palate gets incredibly dry with lots of crisp and dry brett action. Good mild hop sting, with a large sour and dry yeasty finish. Real nice balance between sweetness and brett dry qualities. Sweet palate fills with raisin and fig, with the dry qualities coming with dark sourdough brown bread, and a near champagne texture.

Overall a very solid and fun offering from Stillwater.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 18:28:06 | More by smakawhat
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-28-2013 05:09:21 | More by jacewg
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jfstilling

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-27-2013 23:58:44 | More by jfstilling
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jbeervt

Vermont

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-27-2013 23:05:41 | More by jbeervt
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CDCNAM

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-26-2013 03:47:37 | More by CDCNAM
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mverity

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown color with a tan head. The color is odd, for a saison. Or maybe that's just my take on things. The smell is mostly earthy and deeply roasted malts. A bit bready too. Taste is interesting. I pick up lots of leather, some damp earth, lots of the malt that was present in the aroma, a touch of toffee/caramel sweetness, and an odd bitterness that is definitely not from hops; almost like burnt coffee. My first Stillwater beer that I don't absolutely love.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 23:37:02 | More by mverity
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popery

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-25-2013 04:51:31 | More by popery
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The third of the Stillwater 4-packs, how will this stand up to the others...

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into an over-sized tulip glass. The body is pretty much black but some dark brown can be seen as light shows through around the edges. A nice light brown head forms with a frothy, creamy texture and about one finger high. Retention is good and lacing is super spotty.

S- Strong Saison yeast up front with the dark malts in the background. Yeast notes of fruit, apple, banana, and some spice like clove and nutmeg. Nutty, brown sugar and slight roast malt hints behind that. Warmth helps to open the roastiness and some rich depth.

T- Things re-arrange here but the same basic spicy dark Belgian ale feeling stays put. The fruits feel darker here, maybe combined with roast bitterness and I get a strong spiced raisin and cherry feeling. Nutmeg, banana, roast grains, pepper and plum all come to mind. Definitely comes close to hitting that medicinal feel.

MF- Very foamy and somewhat creamy overall feel to a moderate-light body. Carbonation is high, hence the foaminess, and there is a pretty strong spicy bitterness in the finish. Slight alcohol heat. Just a bit abrasive.

I would be very interested to learn the true differences in recipe between this and something like Cellar Door. The fruits all feel like raisin and cherry and overall it is super spicy like a Dark Belgian Christmas brew. Good and complex but is somewhat harsh with the spicy bitterness and slight alcohol heat.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 01:25:30 | More by cbutova
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kingmaker

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-23-2013 18:13:03 | More by kingmaker
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-23-2013 02:41:14 | More by Giantspace
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -21.1%

07-23-2013 00:35:52 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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PaulMc

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-22-2013 07:15:08 | More by PaulMc
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EliotRosewater

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-21-2013 14:03:39 | More by EliotRosewater
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NYR_Rob

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-20-2013 23:15:07 | More by NYR_Rob
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

07-16-2013 01:36:55 | More by Sludgeman
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pknyc

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-15-2013 14:10:45 | More by pknyc
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-15-2013 11:24:16 | More by rkcrozier
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip
Bottled on: 4/4/13

A: Pours a very dark cola brown, faint ruby hues when held to light. Just under 2 fingers width of light tan head dissipates down fairly quickly to a thin film. Leaves effectively no lacing.

S: Belgian yeast spicy notes, like clove and banana. Definitely spice predominant, a bit of nutmeg, caramel, and a hint of roasted malt. Some booze. This kind of reminds me of a BSDA, christmas release.

T: Initially it doesn't taste anything like the aroma, as it seems much lighter with citrus and some brett-like funk notes. As it warms the dark flavors come out, with dark fruits and some caramel malts. The funk stays around though. This is very unique, although Im not sure how much I like the conglomeration of flavors.

M/D: Medium body, lighter than it looks. Carbonation on the heavier side. Drinkability is average.

O: Unique, but not really my thing. Not bad, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:34:14 | More by zac16125
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-13-2013 15:56:48 | More by mrfrancis
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Bnoise11

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-13-2013 03:10:52 | More by Bnoise11
Existent from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.