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

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 18
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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Photo of luvtotri140
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a dark amber color.
Alot going on ,strong floral notes with hints of fruit and a strong booze taste to wash it all down
interesting beer but not my thing .

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 mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky, dark amber with a thin off-white mousse that dissipates quickly.

S: Aromas of wheat bread, herbs, cider apple, must, spiced pear, roasted nuts, caramel, and raisin are present on the nose, though subtle hints of flowers emerge as the beer warms.

T: Notes of wheat bread, oak, cream, herbs, grass, cider apple, spiced pear, plums, raisins, dates, figs, honey and roasted nuts are underscored by very subtle notes of baking spices, violets, and roses. The finish is warming and syrupy with wheat bread, caramel, nut, honey, cream, herb, and raisin flavors giving way to slightly prickly alcohol.

M: Displaying a fairly full, soft body, this ale is silky, smooth, and somewhat creamy in the mouth. Carbonation is unobtrusive. Alcohol is fairly pronounced, but not really distracting. An easy sipper to be sure.

O: A very solid Belgian strong dark ale with just a little bit of funk to keep it interesting. This is much subtler and more restrained than I was expecting, but it is still a very respectable brew. Stillwater continues to impress me.

Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky chestnut with an nice frothy ecru head; quite a few strands of lace remain behind

Smell: Caramel, molasses, Gin-soaked bananas, dates, figs, tobacco and spices

Taste: Layers of malt depth lead off, bringing caramel, molasses and brown sugar; above this base, the fruit flavors mingle, the bananas, dates and figs all mixed together in a Gin cocktail; the finish digs deeper, bringing tobacco and herbal tones that linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While there is tremendous complexity to this brew, I really don't care for the finish; it doesn't taste familiar as a BSDA (and I respect that) but it is not a beer that I enjoyed drinking

Photo of brewandstew
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

We're serving this guest tap at the brew pub where I work.

Appearance is amber with rocky white head. Clarity is brilliant.

Aroma has slight spice notes, dominated with floral rose notes and green apple.

Flavor is floral and medicinal. I get green apple and acetaldehyde with hints of rose. To me the flavor is not pleasant.

Mouthfeel is crisp and appropriate for the style.

Overall impression of this beer is that the flavor is convoluted and not well executed. Other reviews describe a beer darker in color than the beer we have on tap under the same moniker. The floral/ herbal ingredients do not seem to mesh well in the final product. I am not sure if the beer is fresh, though I know it was very expensive. I was hoping for a better experience.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enlivened by rose, violet and jasmine the bright and perfumy botanical character, this stronger darker Belgian ale relies on these herbs and spices to balance its sheer maltiness and intertwined fruit notes. Jaded? ...well, its anything but.

Jaded's tawny reddish brown hue gives it a certain port-wine character. But its unadulterated haze points more toward beer than of fortified wine. Especially when coupled with a dainty, dense and stainish yellow head, the ale effects are obvious. Its spotty lace is a testament to both the beer's Belgian-esque roots that promote foam production but also to its high alcohol content that inhibits retention and lace just a little.

Its high aromatic value doesn't steer toward those herb additions but instead projects the sweetness within: toffee, maple, brown sugar, and confectioner's candy shops wrap around its estery character of cherries, red grapes, figs, dates, red apples and apricots. Eventually, and after the beer warms significantly do its floral-fruity additions rise from the mix to make any meaningful impact. Lightly toasted in its grain character, its "crusted" aromas allow a full-out fruit cake aroma to resonate heading into the initial sip.

To taste, malt drives this beer- its sweet and bready armatures are built with molasses, brown sugar and molasses. Off of which hangs the fruity and spicy balance. Tilting heavily toward the fruit, those dried and pitted fruits of aromas give the malt sweetness a boost. Counterpart to the fruit and sweet tastes, a spicy peppercorn, cinnamon, clove and allspice note to springs to life and emboldens the flowery taste that's hidden within. As the taste develops, its spiced rum taste supplants its sweet upstart and signals a long, savory and "spring-fresh" taste that's kinda Pez-like.

Its palate sensations are quite nice but peculiar. Full-bodied through the majority of its taste, its zesty carbonation pulls from its residual sweetness for a slightly numbing and prickly spite. As the sugars slowly dissolve, its finish is spicy, malty-dry and with a soft slickness from those botanical oils.

The only thing that this Jaded has in common with rose, jasmine and violets is that they have oriental roots. But this ale is all about Belgium as it paired well with Roth Gran Queso Original cheese and hot capicola charcuterie.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a HF wine glass

A: Pours a dark brown color with amber highlights. A finger of creamy khaki foam forms with great retention and lacing.

S: Sweet prunes mixed with sherry/oxidation notes. Belgian yeasty esters help balance the sweetness. The dark dried fruit sweetness is pretty intense in that it's concentrated, not necessarily too sweet.

T: My first thought on the flavor is oxidation. I get a bit of cardboard mixed with sherry notes. Dark, overripe fruits are still there, though not quite as intense as the aroma. I also get some burnt sugars. Esters are there, but are hiding behind the fruit.

M: Medium thickness and creamy carbonation.

O: A nice BSDA. Intense dark fruit with nice subtle esters.

Photo of bpasquini
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky reddish amber with almost no head, leaves a little lacing after taking a drink

S: To me theres not a whole lot going on here, smells like most other belgian strong ales, but has a little extra floral aroma to it, the smell is very light to, almost hard to smell, but what you get from it smells pretty good

T: First taste is a nice strong yeast flavor, which then transfers to a sweet honey floral flavor followed with a little bit of an alcohol presence, but the alcohol is very light and compliments the beer, this is surprisingly full of flavor compared to how weak the scent was given off of the beer

M: Light for a strong belgian, very crisp as well which is nice, slightly oily as well which makes it smooth

O: It's pretty good, I didn't know what to think about it at first but the more I drink it the more I like it, definitely pick this one up if you like belgian style beers

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 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 popery
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber. It would be dark for Belgian golden, but it's pretty light for a BSDA. They should just call this a Belgian ale and leave it at that. Small to medium off-white head. Fades to not much after a couple minutes. Just a bit of lacing. The aroma is raisins, pepper, caramel and some nutty, toasty malt. There's also a light spice touch, almost like a woody cinnamon, possibly the flowers coming out in an odd way. The taste is pretty sweet with a bunch of toasty malt. It dries out some in the finish with a woody, floral aftertaste. Peppercorn spice throughout, pretty strong. Slight medicinal note - I'm not normally a fan but it works well, here. For the floral side, I wish there was a bit more rose and less jasmine, which I'm not a big fan of in beer. That said, the flowers are much more restrained than I expected. Stillwater does a very good job with not overdoing oddball ingredients in their beers. Little booze evident, just some warmth at the end. Decent bitterness towards the finish, sort of a leafy tobacco flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty light for the abv and initial sweetness. Overall, it's a pretty good BSDA, but despite the complexity, I'm left a bit unsatisfied. The flavors just don't quite play off each other well, for my palate anyway.

Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, red color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of caramel malt, earthy malt, slight sweet malt, slight hops, toffee, slight grass, hint of alcohol, hint of alcohol, and a hint of nut. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight hops, alcohol, hint of grass, and slight citrus. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

Photo of avalon07
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a murky texture. There was almost no head to speak of. Very little lacing either.

S: A good aroma of malt, apples, spices, and a sugary quality.

T: Tasted of green apples, Belgian yeast, caramel, malt, and some spices. A nicely complex, focused beer with a lot of force to it. Quite tasty.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of better examples of a BSDA made by an American brewer. Isn't quite as fantastic as some of Stillwater's saisons, but a tasty beer nonetheless.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light brown amber with a dense, creamy, off-white head that laces. It has a very interesting nose; herbal, almost barrel aged bourbon booze, and candy sugar. Drinking it provides much less of the herbal aromatics/flavors as everything blends together, once again similar to a barrel aged beer (even though it's not BA). Upfront there is caramelized sweetness followed by subtle floral herbal notes and a very subtle bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, rich with balanced flavors, herbal (not excessively), and delicious. This is a unique, approachable gruit-esque beer that's definitely worth trying if you have the chance.

Photo of busternuggz
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a red wine glass.

Dark brown with a slight dark amber at the edges. Ridiculous 1 1/2" puffy, bubbly khaki head that leaves curtains of lacing. Head is resilient , slowly recedes to about 1/4".

Big floral notes, like fresh flowers, and subtle chocolate lead on the nose with some juicy lemon and orange undertones and herbalness, like gentian or fennel seed.

Nuttiness and light caramel hit me first on the taste with a tangy, bright chocolate/carob. Ends with some molasses and earth, a little plant-like hop bitterness, and licorice. Very different from the scent.

Light-medium body, smooth, a little sticky. Ends fairly clean.

Overall tasty and unique, a little weird though. It comes off like a complex, light bodied brown ale. Hard to know what to make of it but it has character.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: large head on a deep amber and dark body with decent lacing.

S: very sweet aroma, mostly pear, pineapple and green apple.

T: both lightly toasted and caramel malt, sour cherry, confectioners chocolate, fig and raisins.

M:medium body and moderate carbonation with a subtle semi dry finish.

Overall: The aroma is very good but a little different, tart, as compared to others. Not as sweet as some in the genre which is to my liking.

Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with half a finger of light tan foam on top of a dark brown body with clear, amber highlights. The head fades away very slowly and leaves nice lace in its wake.

S - Dark sugar and light tartness with notes of sour cherry, caramel malt, and a hint of chocolate.

T - Light tartness with some dark caramel and red apple. Sweet toffee and chocolate in the middle with more dark fruit. Finishes with notes of cinnamon, plum, red apple, and dark caramel.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a bit different from what I would normally expect from these guys. It is very sweet and almost comes off as a Belgian dark strong, but with a syrupy caramel character that isn't all together unpleasant. Worth trying, but not my first choice from Stillwater's portfolio, especially considering the price.

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 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.

Photo of elNopalero
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for the bottle share.

This pours a nice looking murky raisin-brown color with a nice amount of foam. Bear in mind that I got the tail end of the bottle in my pour so I’m also looking at some yeast and sediment kicked up in the glass. But that’s because, as my buddy put it, I like that kind of thing. Heh.

There’s a fantastic aroma of raisins and figs, really more like this thick, dark, dried fruit scent that is in itself just amazing. Tastes fantastic. It’s malty yet light on the palate, thanks to its effervescence. Flavors of raisins and figs and a touch of tobacco coat the palate in layers, with this hint of it’s 10% abv only coming across at the very end. If you can only have one beer tonight make it this one.

Photo of beagle75
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a half-pint chalice.

A: Hazy, medium brown color with less than one finger of persistent mocha-tinted foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Brown sugar and dark fruit are featured together, in addition to spirituous brown grain. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with black pepper and dark figgy fruit. Hop aromatics are strongly herbaceous as acidity is sharp and citric--but short-lived--into the sweeter middle. Roasted flavors begin to mellow and take on a savory quality as lively fruit fades. Grain takes on a more rustic quality in the finish where savoriness surges, seeming meaty. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, syrupy and acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This almost passes for a typical Belgian-style strong dark, until the defining savoriness is unveiled. Belgian yeast combines with roasted wheat to create an unexpected intersection of phenolics, dark esters, and lingering umami. Although it weighs in at 10% abv, the alcohol doesn't really reveal itself here.

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

Pours opaque caramel brown with virtually no head.

Aroma is Belgian candi sugar balanced with oaky earthy notes. Caramel and toffee. Acidic with subtle anise.

Taste is similar to the nose. Sweet, tart, and acidic at the same time. More caramel and toffee from the nose along with the addition of dark fruit. Finishes with dry woody tannins and a slight tartness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Chewy.

Overall a pleasant BSDA. Flavorful and smooth. A winner.

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 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!

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.

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Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.