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

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 139
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 6.7%
Wants: 18
Gots: 16 | 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 Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
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 (723 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (2,337 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours out as a murky brown color with a really nice creamy tan looking head that doesn't quit. The aroma was nice it's like a mix of a saison with some sweet dark malts and fruits in the mix. Some grape and banana specifically on the nose. The taste is sweet up front and just very smooth. The body of this beer is pretty awesome from start to finish. I really like the mouthfeel also. Overall this beer is dangerously tasty. Wish I had some more to drink but the price hits pretty hard. (497 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  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 (719 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a dark chestnut brown body with a tall, quickly accumulating, light khaki-colored head.

Smell: Dark, moderately roasty malts hinting at less-than-bold coffee, sweet chocolate, mixed berries, cider, and liquor, with a portion of Pibb Xtra.

Taste: Dark, roasty with muted coffee, cocoa powder, pumpernickel bread, and a greedy sip of simple syrup given additional dashes of cola and cream sherry. Soundly sweet upfront. Mottled yeast comes and goes quickly. Plum jelly sits atop apples atop bitter orange peel atop over-ripened berries. Moderately acidic. Pungent pepper and whole clove spiciness grows on the back half with some encountered heat from the alcohol. Fruity, semi-dry finish with lingering tongue, gullet, and belly warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. Yearningly chewy.

Overall: A nicely complex brew. A little hot as it goes along, but makes for a decent nightcap. (929 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -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. (844 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - Giant billowing light tan foam that has excellent retention, and leaves behind splotches of lace as it slowly settles to a thick cap. Dark brown body that has some transparency and reddish highlights at the fringes.

S - Huge sharp wheat and spicy, estery yeast, along with some floral and perfume notes. Some green apple and pears, along with cloves and bananas, and some faint cocoa and caramel malt in the distant background. Hint of alcohol as well. Exactly as described - a Belgian Dark Wheat Ale brewed with spices.

T - Taste is actually better in my book, with more of the cocoa and candi sugar malt character coming through, and less spice and clove character. There's still some perfume character and fruity apples, but they actually blend well with the chocolate. Alcohol is much better hidden.

M - Smooth texture, medium-full body lower carbonation, and minimal alcohol warmth. One of the few Belgians that I think could use a more spritz actually.

D - I liked this significantly more Of Love & Regret, and once I got past the over-spiced nose there was a pretty decent beer in here. Split a bottle with the wife and finished my 16.5cl no problem. (1,240 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is dark brown with a nice retaining head of beige / off white bubbles and lacing on the glass. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is nutty with hints of yeast esters and other solvents, not the best aroma i've experienced from this brewery.

Beer is light in body with some minimal roast at the end of the palate, it is a little spicy with some nice phenol/esters in the midpalate, black pepper, mild bitterness at the end. Pretty good. (435 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Farmer's Cabinet on 4/9/11. Served in a tulip, this brew appears a muddy brown color with a tan cap about a finger strong. The head retains pretty decent and as it recedes leaves a leggy amount of lace on the glass. A swirl revives the cap back to a finger's strength.

The smell of this brew is of dark fruits mixed with a sweet Belgian candy aspect. Lots of Belgian yeast spices fill the nose with clove and light banana esters. As it warms, it picks up some more fruit character smelling reminiscent of apple skins.

The taste includes a sweetness like candy sugar mixed with some caramel maltiness. The Belgian yeast that was evident in the nose plays on throughout the taste profile. It finishes dry and spicy with a dark sweetness like molasses. There is a persistent green yeastiness left inside the mouth mixed with pear and apple skin flavoring.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is easy drinking and the alcohol is well integrated. Throughout the experience the abv was felt but never quite felt like the 10% it is listed as. Not bad, my only gripe is that green yeastiness, without that this brew would have been stellar. (1,182 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11oz bottle into a Mc chouffe tulip.

Jaded pours out dirty tap water beige/brown appearing darker shoe polish brown black in the glass. A big heaping of dense tight dark cola fizz that is milky. Good sticks.

Smell is bright at this young stage, a mix of belgian yeast with some wheat and citrus and earthy scents. A bit of nuttiness with warming. I get some fruit and light hop scents.

This is an interesting BSDA/saison/wheat ale. Taste is brighter than the dark appearence would lead on, less sweet. Wheat and earth with some citrus orange. Some bright bready yeast midway with lemon, other fruit. A bit of roast/nuts in the finish. An odd mix.

Feel is a nice medium and goes down easy for a dark appearence. I had no problem drinking this one quick, hard to pace myself. Carb is pretty smooth considering the massive head. A bit of a soft twang on the finish as well.

A great beer in my opinion, Im sure it will get mixed reviews. A semi quaffable drink that hides it's alcohol almost to well

Import Series Rankings (So Far)

1. A Saison Darkly
2. Jaded
3. Of Love & Regret (1,082 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,187 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first brew from this gypsy brewer. As with most gypsy brewers, the beers tend to be a little on the pricey side, but the upside is that a lot of different brews can be produced and the brews can be quite creative. I'm glad to see this brewer's beers available in Atlanta, and I look forward to a lot of future sampling. I really enjoyed this particular beer- apparently a strong Belgian style beer, but made with wheat. You get a nice dose of Belgian-like sweetness and spice from the yeast and malts, but a nice soft smoothness and light, tight graininess from the wheat. There is also a pronounced herbal and spicy bitterness on the finish that nicely conterpoints the semi-sweetness of the rest of the beer. The spiciness has almost a pepperiness to it along with some clove and perhaps even a slight bite of tgrue cinnammon- warming notes for sure. There is some light tropical fruit in the background, but nothing like the amount you'd get in a strong wheat beer like some of the German styles. The more I drink of this, the more I'm struck by the very tasty union between the warming spiciness and the fruity, smooth, wheat. Quite delicious. (1,150 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.91/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that is completely opaque with a two finger frothy, pillowy yellowish beige head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of zesty spice, roasted malt and sweet dark fruit. There's some subtle funk in the nose with a prominent floral presence that compliments the peppery notes. Hints of chocolate, caramel and toffee as well as some raisin and plum.

Creamy medium body with a lot of tight carbonation and zesty spice up front that lingers throughout over the roasted malt and sweet dark fruit notes into a very dry finish. The carbonation is excessive and quite unpleasant, overpowering the flavors of the beer. After a while the palate adjusts and it becomes more complex. Lots of zesty peppery spice countered by a subtle floral presence, some roasted malt and sweet dark fruit notes. Hints of chocolate, caramel, fig, plum and raisin. Subtle alcohol het but overall the ABV is decently masked. This could have been a very complex flavorful beer but the carbonation problems really hurt it and it is a bit heavy on the spices for my preference. (1,182 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.74/5  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. (767 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Dark ice tea body with an off-white head. Nice lace and retention.

S – Toffee, walnuts and brown sugar. Nice orange zest accents.

T – Orange marmalade, caramel, and brown breads up front. The middle adds a touch of spice with black pepper. Back end is fruity with raisins, dried plums, and apricot. A bright acidity frames the profile nicely.

M – Great effervescence. Medium body. Sweet, raisiny finish.

O – Simply delicious. There's very little keeping most of the categories from being a 5. (510 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,120 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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. (583 characters)

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Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
89 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.