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Existent - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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very good

537 Ratings
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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 17
Gots: 50 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

TastyAdventure, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of lewzer99
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It pours a coffee brown, with a thin off white head.
S: I get some chocolate, pitted fruits, and booze.
T: First there's chocolately roasted malts, a mild sweetness, yeast, and an earthy hop bitterness on the back end.
M: Medium bodied but good carbonation
O: It's pretty good, but a little disappointing.

lewzer99, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jayhunter357, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Denzo, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of schaffer9252
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

schaffer9252, Jun 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

BeerBeast, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of zeledonia
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.

zeledonia, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

TheTinDoor, Jun 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Hellpop65, May 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Mphis, May 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

PappyVans, May 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

shehateme, May 26, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

david18, May 25, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
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.


RonaldTheriot, May 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

civicm87, May 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

BodyPolitic, May 22, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

ToddBeans, May 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Ian_Alexander, May 18, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
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.

MattyG85, May 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ksimons, May 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

micropale, May 11, 2014
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2/5  rDev -47.4%

tbone64, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
Existent from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.