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Existent - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BA SCORE
86
very good

509 Ratings
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Ratings: 509
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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Kerfluffel

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark brown with reddish hues and a nice light tan head with great retention and lovely lacing. Very attractive brew.

S: Just amazing, deep and complex. Smoky roasted malts accompany rich dark fruits and yeast funk. Notes of raw cacao and brett. I can't stop smelling this stuff.

T: Malty goodness, roasty and slight chocolate. Mildly sour and moderate hopping. Notes of figs, pumpernickel, brett, citrus, apples, and so much more. This brew evolves and changes it seems. Not as spectacular as the nose but still quite delicious.

M: Surprisingly light, perfect carbonation. Mild bitterness, dry.

O: One word: spectacular. One of my new favorite brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 05:24:10 | More by Kerfluffel
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Existent opens to what is partly a nice farmhouse ale aroma, with bananas and cloves mixing with a musty funkiness that smells like fermented apple cider and the inside of a grain silo, and partly a very light Flemish sour, with light touches of vinegar spotting the edges. There’s also a nice dose of rosewater, lemon, and pink grapefruit from the hops, which mixes with the cherry, berry, orange, and apricot fruit esters well, though it can leave a bubblegum overtone. Toast crust, biscuit, whole wheat bread, and a smattering of hay form an earthy base. As a whole, the nose is very nice, the sour vinegar providing an excellent counter to the apple cider, and the full assortment of fruity aromas proving very enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a shot of bananas and cloves that mixes instantly with the fermented apple cider and musty funkiness of the farmhouse, followed closely by the touches of vinegar that add extra layers of flavor, and a few sprinkles of white pepper. Fruits follow, with berry, cherry, and orange dominating, though there are also flavorful threads of pineapple and syrupy sweet-tart maraschino cherry. Light grapefruit and lemon from the hops adds more citrus. Brown sugar and vanilla add a bit more to the mix, and the base of toast crust, biscuit, whole wheat bread, and light hay translate well from the nose. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, the farmhouse banana/clove/cider/must especially present, and lingering on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is a dry medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a well-made farmhouse ale which offers a wide variety of neatly-balanced flavors, and in good strength and proportion. There is a slight alcoholic overtone, especially later in the mouthful and in the aftertaste, but it doesn’t mar the palate. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 00:29:21 | More by jondeelee
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

08-14-2013 05:27:25 | More by oriolesfan4
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klink40

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.1%

08-13-2013 18:40:55 | More by klink40
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jryanj927

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-11-2013 03:46:41 | More by jryanj927
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danipp

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-09-2013 05:56:55 | More by danipp
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Rich cola exit from the bottle sits a flat black in the vessel accompanied by a 3+ finger porous, foamy, dark khaki colored head. Retention was good, sloppy patchwork lacing with a covering that sticks around for most of the drink.

S: For aroma some root-beer, sweet cola, soft nutty maltiness with some sweetened vanilla coffee roast with a moderate amount of awareness.

T: Flavor of coffee, roasted chocolate bitterness, nutty attributes, small grainy muskiness, dried cola with a roasty dry bitterness. A hint of sweet fennel, warm pine and some woodsy notes. Some creamer lingers over the coffee roast with a warm dry honey sweetness.

M: Mouthful was moderate carbonation, yeasty roastiness with some creaminess and a dry bitterness.

O: Overall drinks like a belgian stout, good yeasty attributes, smooth creamy roastiness and chocolate base. Good variation of spiciness, funkiness, solid good.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 00:28:28 | More by beerthulhu
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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
Existent from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.