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

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 19
Gots: 13 | 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: 136 | Reviews: 73
Photo of morningthief
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fellow BA Pahn for the birthday gift!

Poured from a bottle into a Pabst chalice. Color is dark brown, the hue of a fine piece of mahogany furniture. A one-finger, off-white head dissipates slowly and leaves a half-centimeter layer of foam atop the brew. Funnily enough, the colorway of this beer is identical to the walls and trim of my apartment (sadly, not my choice).

Smell is overwhelming with Belgian yeast character, some vanilla, and dark fruit. This is one of the finest smelling Belgian style ales I have ever had the privilege of sampling. Very in your face, and it compliments the taste quite nicely.

Whoa now. What follows the nose is an explosion of well balanced malty flavors. Fruit flavors of apple and raisin, slightly roasty, slightly boozy; perfectly balanced. Dare I say the profile rivals that of Rochefort 10. A faint tartness conjoined with some lingering hop bitterness in the finish rounds out the exceptional flavor.

Honestly, we can stop right here. Jaded could feel like a warm can of Pepsi on the tongue and I would still be impressed. Alas, this is a perfectly carbonated brew, with a distinct, refreshing medium body that only compliments its other characteristics.

Consider this my gateway to the plethora of Stillwater offerings. If dude's other brews are half as good as Jaded, I shall consider them rousing successes.

Photo of vfgccp
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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 Cyberkedi
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is wheaty and yeasty with a firm hint of caramel and a touch of hops. It pours an inviting opaque chocolate brown with a slim pale head. Flavor is yeasty, wheaty and malty and has an undertone of caramel, hoppy and nutty hints, and a fairly strong alcohol nip. Texture is smooth, edgy and minimally fizzy. Finish has a whisper of sweetness within the alcohol bite.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to JAHMUR for the in person swap at the rosso release.

a - opened my 11.2oz bottle and poured it into a lost abbey tulip. poured a brownish purple with a thick sedementy look to it and a perfect to style creamy thick head. this beer is pretty attractive and almost captures more of a quad look to it. lacing is also quad like and creamy. it's got the look that you only get from an authentic belgian brew.

s - dark fruit, sweet plums and grapes. belgian yeast. a bit spicy and a bit floral, but mostly dark fruit and subtleness.

t - whoa, lots going on. immediately i notice the spiciness followed by the normal dark fruit medley then rounds out with an intense floral thing. very complex and the booze mixes with the floral aspect to create something really unique and different.

m - mouth is smooth and creamy with a spicy kick to it. leaves an alc tingle. very creamy and to style.

o - i'm a very big fan of brian's work and was extremely pleased to get ahold of this beer. i'm also very interested in exploring more and more de struise beers. it is really nice to see than an american can bring to life an authentic belgian style beer (albiet in an authentic belgian brewery) since most american takes on BSDA and quads leave a LOT to be desired. i'd love to see this same recipe brewed state-side for comparison. brian continues to wow me with his ability to brew my favorite styles of beer with a unique and tasty spin.

Photo of gford217
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.

It's a really murky pour out of the bottle and settles in as a ruddy brown. Head is creamy and hangs on for a while with a bit of lacing.

Aroma is sweet and floral, as in flowers, not floral hops. In addition to the perfume-like aromas, there is a light chocolate malts aroma and some spicy Belgian yeast.

The taste has an interesting herbal kick up front, some flowers with cinnamon and other spices mixed in. The malts are in control underneath but the finish brings back the bitter herbal flavors, almost medicinal in character.

The mouthfeel is really nice, thick and creamy for a saison with strong carbonation.

Overall, it's another really creative brew from Stillwater, but it's not nearly as good as A Saison Darkly, which I really enjoyed. The spices and herbs bring a nice complexity but don't exactly come together for me. Still tasty.

Photo of woosterbill
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Grimbergen chalice.

A: Muddy mahogany body under a thin, fine cap of tan foam. Average retention but nice sticky lace. Not especially compelling.

S: Sweet fruits and malts are dominant here, with raisins and chocolate standing out in front of some intensely herbal, spicy character. Plenty of alcohol, too. Interesting, but it falls short of being really enjoyable.

T: Weird. It tastes like someone poured something like Rochefort 8 over a bed of cinnamon-heavy potpourri. Very spicy, very floral, rather medicinal, and malty underneath it all. Clove, cinnamon, and bay leaf open things up, followed by wheat, carrot cake, prune, candied date and cocoa powder. Some dry bready malt finishes things out, followed by a huge wave of herbal, spicy alcohol on the aftertaste. The transition from core sweetness to the dryness of the finish is a bit distracting, as is the prevalence of strange spices, but overall I kind of like it. But only kind of.

M: Full-bodied, sticky, and heavily carbonated, it begins to feel a little overbearing but ultimately smoothes out nicely. I’m a fan.

O: What a strange brew. I love how it absolutely assaults me with flavor every which way, from the upfront spices to the back-end booze, and how it brazenly strikes its own path out from the safe core of a typical BSDA. If even a little bit of integration or refinement were here to lend structure to the sensory explosion then this would be a fantastic ale – as it is, it’s an exciting and challenging one. I’m glad I tried it once, but I won’t be ordering it again.


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 stakem
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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 Brabander
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a very nice dark ale. Urbain made this one together with Stillwater New York.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks very nice, Deepdarkbrown fluid with the well known Struise head. Great smell and an even better taste. Pinetree and some nice herbs. This is definatly one of the better beers i have tasted the last months. Good sweetness and very drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden.

What a treat i am giving myself. Thanks Urbain!

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