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Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 19
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerpirates on 02-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with good friend, Urbain Coutteau of De Struise Brouwers. Urbain describes this work as "Dark chess-nut coloured ale with a nice steady off-white head. Aroma is all about finesse, loads of blossoms and spring flowers. The mouth-feel is refined, playful and complex with Saison like peppery flavours. Soft nutty after taste with a bite."
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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 73
Reviews by Fux:
Photo of Fux
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Charles Quint goblet.

A: Dark brown, opaque. A 2 fingers nice, dense head with a good retention.

S: Floral notes, spicy. Very hoppy for the style. Very pleasant !

T: Sweet malts, candy sugars are predominating but not overwhelming. Tastes of yeasts, bread, with spicy, quite complex aromas of dark fruits, reminding quads. Alcohol is noticeable. Bitter notes also. Aftertaste is very soft however.

M: Medium bodied, with probably too much carbonation. Nothing special here.

O: Interesting brew. Relatively easy too drink

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and brown sugar notes, as well as some dark fruit. The flavor is very similar. I get quite a bit of dark fruit notes, as well as some toffee and a little bit of caramel. There is a touch of alcohol and some candy-sugar-like sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes. Served in a St. Feuillien goblet.

Pours a thick dark brown color with a creamy tan head that fades to some lacing.

Smells very fruity and floral. Notes of anise, sweet malt, and a light cake aroma.

Tastes are raisins, candied sugar, sweet bread, noticeably spicy and very much along the lines of Belgian Dark or a Quad. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium and easily drinkable.

Overall is really good with tons of different flavors going into this beer.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark malts and moderate amounts of earthy and slightly musty hops. Also present are hints of cocoa powder and lighter amounts of green apples and pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors kick things off with very slight hints of roast and are joined quickly by light cocoa powder. Joining in shortly thereafter are ripe pears and slight green apples flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of earthy hops. The hops, dark malts, and pear flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer but I certainly didn’t dislike it either. I’m not a fan of the whole dark saison movement in general, but if you are you’ll likely enjoy this one as it’s one of the better ones I’ve had.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a dense opaque brown body with a thick head that takes up half of the glass with light tan creamy foam that turns rocky as it settles. There is a strong carbonation of microbubbles that pop to the surface.

S- the dark wine and roasted malt qualities blend together with some bread crust notes growing as it warms. There is a mellow dark fruit ester in the finish.

T- The slightly sweet dark toffee flavor is dry with some roasted malt hints and a touch of brassy wheat to it. There is a taste of midnight wheat with the prune character that lingers a bit in the slightly dry finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a fizzy prick to it with a soft alcohol heat that grows as the beer opens but supports the flavors.

O- The nice dark wheat character has good flavor and nice depth to it that all blends well together.

Photo of 05Harley
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled on ??

Purchased @ The Good Beer Store, Fryeburg Maine

Price - $5.99/bottle(11.2 oz)

Pours murky brown with a 2 inch off-white head. The appearance looks like water from a well in Mexico. A few minutes pass and a layer of creamy froth remains but lacing is absent.

Aroma is Belgian spicey yeast, dark fruit, banana and wheat. The spice is prominent in the nose. This is the highlight of the beer.

The flavor begins sweet and quickly changes bitter, possibly due to the hops. Pepper, spice and yeast all present followed by alcohol.

The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and lite bodied. Effervescent with loads of carbonation. The finish is too dry and leaves me thirsty.

Overall this was drinkable but a bit overrated IMO. I found the label to be more interesting than the actual beer.

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Riley's. Said Belgian wit, it was anything but. A stouty saison cross-blend. smooth thick mouthfee of roasted malt, chocolate, and some spices, fig, chestnut, toast, caramel, pepper, cola. very rich and drinkable.As complex as a superior Belgian ale.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, publican - chicago

stillwater has quickly become abundant in the midwest.

appearance: served in a goblet, hazy cola-mahogany body, light tan lace

smell: dark fruits, peppery, floral

taste: certainly along the same vein as the pannepot line and rocheforts, but quite understandably less refined. belgian yeast, dark fruit, raisins and dates, brown sugar, bready.

mouthfeel: medium body, rich and well crafted

overall: good

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Murky dark brown body with a very substantial tan head. It almost overflows, but careful pouring saves the day. The head slowly recedes to a beautiful pillow of foam and eventually into lacing that is as dynamic as the changing storms on the surface of Jupiter. Forgive me for my over indulgence there.

Smell - I get an apple smell that I normally get from mediocre old ales. The fruit smell is certainly more powerful than the description I read here, but I do get some floral notes in the background. I wouldn't have gathered the saison influences without being told, though.

Taste - Rich caramel with a lot of fruit undertones to keep it interesting. The initial flavors are simple, but the finish is far from boring. It ends with an earthiness and a peppery finish that I didn't need to read about to notice. Interesting take.

Mouthfeel - Doesn't taste like 10% at all. Rich and creamy at first, but finishes dry and spicy. A nice dichotomy that keeps the palate interested.

Overall - Not as interesting as the description makes it out to be, but still a nice take on the style. The finish separates it from just any other BSDA.

Photo of bashiba
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice dark brown with chestnut highlights, with a thick and creamy tan head, nice retention.

The smell is mild with dark fruit notes and a touch of chocolate.

The flavor is interesting, very chocolaty with a big blast of anise in the finish. Some peppery and Belgian spices slowly creep in with just a hint of mint as well, finishing with a mild bitterness. Has just a hint of banana wheat as well.

Has a weird slick mouthfeel, it feels diacytel like, but I don't taste it, also a heavy amount of prickly CO2.

A strange Belgian Dark, Complex, easy to drink, but yet not all together satisfying either, just plain odd.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy dark brown color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of banana ester with light cloves notes. Taste is a complex mix of cloves and banana ester with semi-sweet wheat malt with nice Belgian twist. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Another very well brewed beer from those two fine brewers.

Photo of logicalparadox
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful dark honey, malty color with a nice head and plenty of retention.

Aroma is complex and heavy. Sweet, with hints of the florals being overshadowed by dark fruits, maltiness, and molasses.

Taste is sweet, with dark notes of sugar plums, mollases, and some hints of the floral additions. A malty, sweet and strong brew. The alcohol is very noticeable. A big beer, to be sure.

mouthfeel is sticky and heavy. It's a big beer and not for the faint of heart.

Overall, not my favorite. An interesting brew with much complexity, but a big beer with a high alcohol presence that is not very well hidden. A bit overwhelming, especially on the sweetness. However, if you like this style, you will find a wide range of complex flavors and aromas on which to ponder

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.74/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a clear red-orange amber with a thin off-white head that dissipated to patch foam and a ring around the glass with slippery lacing. Interesting aroma of toasted malt, dark dried fruit, dark fruit esters, almost like a rich porter blended with a Belgian dark. Flavor is dominated by the dark dried fruit emphasizing dates and figs, sweet earthiness, rich caramel malt with hints of toasted malt, finishes with sweet fresh and dried dark fruit, leaning towards a barleywine profile, but retaining the dark Belgian fruitiness and character. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Very nice flavor balance. Hope I can find another bottle of this one. Stillwater is amazing, but combined with de Struise, a sublime collaboration.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazelnut color of brown, with a slightly reddish tint to it. Very hazy and cloudy and with a good amount of sediment running through it. A good two inch plus of head formed on the top, a nice tan colored pillow like but sticky head formed on the top and really never faded.

Lots of dark spices here. I could pick up even some dark fruits, plums and maybe even a bit of grape in the nose. The deep caramel like sweetness was also present here and gave it a good lifet and a nice fullness. Some apples and plums, maybe a fig mixed in seemed to bring out the lighter notes. Meanwhile, underneath that was a deep caramel like flavor that blended in with a earthy or bready like back. Very complex and yet remarkably smooth

Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a murky light brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that doesn't retain long before soon becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind.

S- Pretty standard Belgian yeast aroma that's sweet and has good notes of Belgian Candi sugar. Kinda boozy though.

T- Packs a flavorful punch of spice, yeast and alcohol that's married well. The sweetness reigns throughout and there's notes of honey and lavender that are quite pleasant. Not as boozy in the taste as the aroma.

M- Pretty slick, almost syrupy. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A nice tasting BSDA that benefits well from the mixture of spices.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a hazy chestnut with a huge, three fingered light tan head. Head is made up of a nice mixture of large and small bubbles, and is slowww to drop. Nice chunky lacing left behind.

Aromas of peppery spicy yeast, caramel malt, figs and raisins. Citrus hops.

Flavors of dark fruits, dried figs, raisins, caramel malt, spicy peppery yeast, and a touch of flinty mineraliness.

Mouthfeel is medium, malty, some drying astringency, and a good level of carbonation.

Overall a fantastic DSDA. Nice saison touch to a big beer base. Worth seeking out.

Photo of oline73
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap during Baltimore Beer Week. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with a layer of fluffy, off white head.

Smell: Sweet with spices and caramel malt. Reminds me a bit of apple pie.

Taste: Quite smooth. Caramel malt and some fruity notes. Reminds me a bit of a hoppy barleywine. The finish is quite sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very well made beer with hardly any trace of the alcohol. The only Issue I have with it is there is no wow factor.

Photo of beerpirates
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

Aroma is plum, raisin, loads of fruity and floral hops, some wheat and spices.
Flavour is sweetness of malt, caramel and some liquorice, nice hop bitterness with some spices. Touch of wheat. Some alcohol in the finish. Reminds of lot's and lot's of standard Belgian brews, but then with an extra touch. Good beer.

Photo of cosmonick
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a medium sized snifter

Appearance: Even though I poured fairly gently, the brew still poured with a thick tan head. The body is a medium brown with dark orange tones.

Aroma: I pick up sour plum, grapes and what seems to be dry white wine.

Taste: This starts with a very sweet and smooth red grape and plum front, a fairly spicy middle, and slight dry grain (maybe wheat?) finish. That doesn't really do it justice... this is a pretty complex brew and I'm having a difficult time nailing it down. It is reminiscent of a sweeter Rochefort 8.

Mouthfeel: This ale is just a little thicker than water with medium carbonation.

Overall: There is a noticeable alcohol warmth but I really don't taste it. This is a very enjoyable and, at 10% abv, surprisingly drinkable beer.

Edit: After letting the brew warm a bit, the scent of alcohol is much more noticeable.

Eis Igian,
Randall

Photo of Casey10
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow found this at a small shop near where I live and was quite impressed.

Poured into tulip a slight head with a dark body with a nutty overtones. Nice smell really nice belgian sugar taste the mouthfeel gives the consumer what Belgium I all about.

Either way a nice brew worth the price and must try

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into two small snifters.

A: At first, it pours a typical quad-ish, dark, cola-brown color. I decided to swirl around the yeast at the bottom of the bottle and pour it into my snifter. What I got looked like chocolate milk...or some English Breakfast with milk. Slowly swirling tendrils of suspendid sediment. A khaki colored layer of foam spreads out on top and slowly melts down to a creamy collar that left a fair amount of lace behind.

S: Rich and yeasty in the nose. Plenty of dark fruit, carmelized brown sugar, fudge brownies, and chocolate chip bread pudding.

T: See above. Caramel and molassas are the leaders here with dark chocolate, fudge, coconut, white pepper, and vanilla. Heather came up with carmelized oatmeal.

M: Slick and chewy. Quite sticky and coating. Very rich and satisfying with an interesting layer of bitterness that left a peppery prickle on the tongue to sizzle long into the finish.

O: This was a good, but not great, BSDA. I love the collaborative spirit but I'd pinned my hopes on Struises' involvement being a game changer.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at some bottle shop in Brugge. Served in a Struise cervoise in our hotel room in Brussels. Not quite a Stillwater glass, but appropriate since it was made at Struise. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately-dark brown with a long-lasting tan head and some really nice lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light spicing and phenolic character with a bit of nuttiness. Light toast as well. Flavor is slightly nutty and peppery with some bread toast. A bit chewy with a dry finish. Quite nice.

Photo of hmph
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: nice dark brown with a nice sized head with a creamy toffee color, good amount of bubbles and lacing

S: a bit of raisin on my first whiff but also some fruit and large amount of spice on the end, but not overly harsh, after a few sips I got a large yeast style as well

T: Nice mix with some complexity, you get a lot more of the yeasty bread like taste mix with the taste, still large spice and fruit taste

O: really liked this beer, never tasted its 10% for a second, very well made, will look forward to more Stillwater beers

Photo of sweemzander
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a very dark brown/ burnt sienna color. Produced a huge 4 finger sized tan colored frothy head. Amazing retention to it. Plenty of lace left behind as it finally decided to dissipate.

(S)- Bone dry with lots of earthy yeast and biscuit components. Subtle hints at dark berry fruits in the background.

(T)- Interesting. A dense/rich profile of a dry earthy clay yeast and a mild roasted aspect with biscuit. Some raisin and prune in there too.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Definitely thicker and richer for the style with some stout-like qualities in there too. Smooth and clean yet mildly bitter finish.

(D)- An interesting take on the style. Very rich and dense without feeling thick. I would be curious how this would age due to how strong the inner components of this beer is. A solid beer right here.

Photo of justintcoons
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky chestnut brown with an explosive fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Nice fluffy lacing left on the side of the glass.

N: Big wheat notes, faint banana and tones of chocolate. Some dark fruit is also apparent.

T: Darkly roasted wheat, banana and notes of fig upfront. Mid-palate brings in some molasses, cola and semi-sweet chocolate. Finishes with a slight earthy hoppiness, tobacco, overripe plum and dark Belgian candy sugar.

M: Full bodied, velvety, creamy, sticky and smooth.

O: This is incredibly smooth for 10%. Beautiful complexity. This is a stellar BSDA!

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Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.