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

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 18
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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."

(Beer added by: beerpirates on 02-23-2011)
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Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Easter Sunday, decided to go all Belgian-y on this wonderfully chill spring day. This beer has been waiting in my beer closet for some time.

11.2 ounce brown bottle with more of that amazing Stillwater label art - seriously one of the best in the business. Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.

A. Walnut brown, deep and light-absorbent. The tan toasted marshmallow head is dense and even, a finger tall and supported by little rising bubbles from below. A very pretty beer. Tiny lace dots stick to the glass, but the head itself is everlasting.

S. Ahh, this is complex stuff. I added some of the yeasty lees, at first blush Jaded gives up a very Maudite-y aroma, heavy sweet malt, rich prunes and yeast character, mildly peppery. Some alcohol crunchiness too, but this is 10% after all. I'm looking for the wheat and it's elusive; this is a very yeast-driven smell, hearty and sweet.

T. Heck yes this is good. A large, billowing beer full of rich toasted malt, dark, sugary raisins and prunes, finished off with some delightful alcohol heat. The wheat adds deftness here, I think, and the yeast character on display is grand - complimentary, but reserved enough to know when to quiet down. Spicy, peppery notes and a minor herbal quality offset the malt sweetness and turn this into a complex, enjoyable delight.

M. Full, expansive carbonation keeps this from being too dense or sweet, while the finish alternates between candi sugar / malt sweetness and candi sugar and yeast driven spicy notes. Has a Weizenbock thing going on too, interestingly.

De Struise and Stillwater struck mithril here. Jaded is a very good beer, and maybe the best thing I've had from Stillwater. I will buy more and you should too.

kkipple, Apr 08, 2012
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.

Mora2000, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

olradetbalder, Friday at 07:26 AM
Photo of jtladner
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

jtladner, May 18, 2013
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev -1%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
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.

daveytheformer, Jul 26, 2011
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.

glid02, Apr 27, 2011
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

acurtis, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of 05Harley
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

05Harley, May 20, 2011
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -1%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
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.

Sammy, Sep 25, 2011
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

dirtylou, May 30, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Gonzoillini, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Alieniloquium, Oct 06, 2011
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.

bashiba, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of mscudder
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

mscudder, Sep 09, 2014
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of logicalparadox
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
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

logicalparadox, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of XicanoBeerRun
5/5  rDev +23.8%

XicanoBeerRun, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
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

mikesgroove, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev -1%

campfirebrew, May 25, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Immortale25, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of jmilo64
2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

jmilo64, Apr 22, 2012
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Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.