Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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3.73/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
04-23-2011 02:56:34 | More by gford217
3.58/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
04-19-2011 13:55:13 | More by woosterbill
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
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
04-17-2011 02:40:09 | More by Casey10
3.93/5 rDev -3%
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.
04-15-2011 18:37:47 | More by stakem
4.05/5 rDev 0%
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.
04-02-2011 19:16:21 | More by beerpirates
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
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!
02-24-2011 21:48:36 | More by Brabander
Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.