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Rule Of Thirds (Import Series Vol. 4) - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Rule Of Thirds (Import Series Vol. 4)Rule Of Thirds (Import Series Vol. 4)

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88
very good

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 11
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A hoppy Belgian triple brewed with Dr. Canarus at Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus in Deinze-Gottem, Belgium. Three fermentables (Pils & Munich malt and Light Candi Sugar), generously hopped with Styrian Goldings, Hallertau Mittelfruh, and Amarillo.

(Beer added by: codewarrior on 09-12-2011)
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Reviews by DeanMoriarty:
Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up an 11.2 OZ bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Stone IPA branded pint glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a very hazy, honey-like hue with a decent head that unfortunately dissipates before I could get a sip in with no lacing at all.

S: Sweet malt and citrusy hops, some biscuit and not much more.

T: Pretty much on point with the nose, but with a good amount of booze and sweet fruity esters. Pretty weird and really not comparable to any credible "hoppy belgian" ale out there.

M: Medium to full bodied ale with appropriate carbonation for the style finishing with a earthy lingering bitterness from the hop - unfortunately the only good attribute from this one.

First off, not to boast by any means, but I have been to Holland and Belgium too many times to count, each time trying as many beers as possible, and I honestly feel like I have a pretty good grasp on what a "hoppy belgian" ale should be (La Chouffe, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor, Kannen & Kruiken, etc.) and this one's not even in the same ball park. Nice try, but good luck next time guys!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Guden
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Bright gold with a big fluffy head that lasts forever.

S- An interesting blend of sweet biscuits and bread, probably a bit oxidized.

T- Bright and sweet malts with a bit of pepper and some strange bread, might be oxidation. Not nearly as spicy or hoppy as I expected, but this is definitely past the best by date.

M- Medium carbonation, dry with a nice creaminess.

D- Definitely an old beer that is hard to measure versus what it once was. Not a great beer at this point, but drinkable.

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rule of Thirds, purchased at Max's during last year's BBW. In a goblet.

A: The hoppy tripel is champagne-like, foamy and bubbly. The first pour was only a few ounces of beer and an overwhelming white head. Three pours later, I had a hazy autumn brown ale, sediment-laiden and thick, resting underneath that dense white head.

S: From an arm's length away, the tripel aromas waft out of the glass, big with spicy sweetness. Candi sugars and phenols, paired with citrusy hops, create a big swirling nose. Hard to pin this one down, but the ale smells bubbly, if that makes sense.

T: The carbonation is ample, leading to a zesty mouthfeel. As that passes, my first register was caramel, fuller malts supporting the yeast and sugars. Pepper and botanicals, paired with the herbal hop varietals, gives the tripel a zing that overcomes that caramel malt start. The spices and hops, which grow more prominent as the ale warms, crowd out that unappealing caramel presence (I'll blame the temperature). The hops rear up in the finish, adding an herbal bite that couples well with the candi sugars - nearly a Belgian IPA.

M: The ale feels like its got a bit of age. Still though, the hoppy finish and effervescent feel are very nice. I've been nursing this one for a few hours, give it time to warm (and wake) up.

Photo of desint
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of tln13
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute. Pours a cloudy yellow orange amber. Massive fine white head. Aroma of sweet malt, orange citrus, light fruit. Taste is complex sweet fruit, apple, yeast, caramel malt. Hops faint at first then becoming dominant in the finish. Pleasant hop and fruit aftertaste. Creamy medium to heavy bodied. This is really good. On the sweet side for a tripel, but one of the nicest, most pleasant tripels I've ever had. Excellent.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellowish brown in color and poured with a finger high head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Quite unusual for the style, the smell has aromas of bananas, raisins and spices along with notes of floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has notes of orange zest in the flavor. There are some hints of bitterness from the hops and alcohol in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness and warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The beer is quite good but would be more drinkable if the alcohol was hidden from the taste.

Photo of cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of ShanePB
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Khybar Pass Pub this weekend. Poured into a tulip.

A: Cloudy orange golden color with a small white foamy head. Nice patches of sticky lacing with a minor retention cap.

S: Banana, lots of spice with clove and white pepper. A bite of a zesty citrus and some really profound yeast notes towards the back end of the aroma.

T: A pretty harsh bite of booze is up front, along with some very yeasty and bready qualities. Orange and lemon peel, clove and more peppery spices towards the finish.

M: Fairly active carbonation with a very scrubbing, clean feel to it. Somewhat dry in the finish but I like it, really what a Tripel should have, this does.

Not my favorite Tripel but a really nice take on the style. The alcohol was a bit too noticeable, especially when I've had some higher ABV Tripels hide it even better. The flavors are there though, well done.

Photo of oline73
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber color with two fingers of foamy white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Very sweet and malty. Getting a strong grape presence with some hops as well. The sweetness also has a hint of brown sugar to it.

Taste: Just as sweet as the smell indicates with some Belgian spice from the yeast. Still getting the strong grape notes as well as brown sugar and perhaps some wine. The finish has a slight hop bitterness to it along with the malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and over carbonated with a slick finish.

Overall: This one was a bit too sweet for me. Not terrible, just a bit too much.

Photo of smpeterson327
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very sweet beer but not overwhelming. Loved the initial candy taste that was backed up by hops and slight bitterness at the end.

Slightly hazy initial look that wasn't too appealing, but ended up being a very smooth drink that I would have ordered again if we'd stayed longer.

Really enjoyed this beer and I hope I see it in the US sometime soon!

Photo of Smurf2055
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this 11.2 ounce bottle up at State Line in Elkton, Maryland. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a very light copper color with a fluffy white head that is several fingers high and eventually falls into a thin cap with some lacing on the glass. The brew itself is slightly-hazy.

The nose first brings forward peach and other stone fruits along with a faint earthiness. There is some sweetness there and a touch of spice. The flavor takes a different turn with some peppery spice being much more prominent, though the fruity esters are still there. Along with that comes a bit of alcohol, which is then very pronounced through the finish, really taking its toll on the overall character of the beer. Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall, the alcohol is simply too much to get past, despite a very promising nose and good general flavor.

Photo of justintcoons
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours orange with gold highlights. This is a yeasty beasty; obviously unfiltered. Cloudy and murky. Yeast is suspended throughout the glass. There's 3 fingers of fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a while before dissipating.

N: Orange juice and notes of grassy noble hops. Bread, wheat and hints of strawberry banana. Unique and subtle.

T: Very bready and wheaty upfront along with faint notes of strawberry banana and orange juice. Nothing really develops mid-palate but is does get slightly sweeter. Okay, maybe just a hint of coriander in there. Finishes with orange citrus notes and noble hops.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, sticky and dry with a light-moderate bitterness.

O: This is incredibly easy drinking. Not as hoppy/bitter as expected. Although not extremely complex, it is rather tasty. If you're a fan of Tripel's I'd say give this one a go.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a tall, dense, white head. A surprisingly citrusy aroma to this. There's a nice bit of banana to it, too. Maybe a little bit of straw. Some sweetness of malt and sugar, as you might expect. The flavor is a bit bland. Light sweetness with some bready malt. A little straw and citrus peel flavor, maybe even lightly bitter. A faint banana flavor toward the back end. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alewife for Baltimore Beer Week.

The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is quite attractive in this beer, showcasing white pepper, light honey, light pine, some underlying clove and even some leafy tobacco. The flavor profile replicates the nose and I'm impressed by the amount of flavor this beer delivers. Also, there is considerable hoppy bitterness in the finish, with this beer reminding me more of a fine Belgian IPA than a tripel. The bitterness counters the light sweet malt and honey flavor very, very well. There is also some nice underlying spice in this medium bodied beer, and the finish was long, slight bitter, and spice filled. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, with the beer not the least bit hot or heavy on the finish.

A really nice effort from Brian S. at Stillwater. Maybe the best thing yet I've had from him. Quite well done...

Photo of draheim
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured gently into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden color w/ some suspended particulate sediment. Minimal white head.

Aroma is floral, herbal w/ notes of candi sugar & booze. Some caramel sweetness evident.

Taste is initially sweet, boozy w/ ample candi sugar present on the palate. I'm thinking this is a Belgian strong pale.

Overall this has maybe a little too much sweetness for a beer billed on the label as a "hoppy Belgian triple." IMHO, Hops were AWOL.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big big thanks to 321jeff for continuously helping to feed my stillwater obsession. poured into a stillwater wine glass.

a - classic tripel look, but a bit more murky than i had expected. generous foamy head and some small yeast chunks. dark orange...almost brown in color the head lasted for days and has a classic belgian look that you just don't find from beers brewed in the states. really creamy looking. lacing clings hard.

s - very nice and complex smell. oranges, lemons. hops are there but more of a dry hopped vibe. gives the beer a touch of bitterness to the smell.

t - flavors are melded nicely not letting anything really stick out too much, but finishes with some booziness. somewhat fruity and definitely yeasty. kind of pale ale-ish and definitely some candied sweetness. the hops come across mostly in some bitterness.

m - uber creamy. really nice tripel. super easy to drink. has the mouth and qualities that i look for in a high quality quad or BSDA. really smooth and silky. fantastic body.

o - all-in-all a very unassuming tripel that is pretty balanced and easy to drink. i do find that tripels can be polarizing, but this one is a pleasure...especially when it comes to the mouth feel. it is also wonderful to drink other styles from brian aside from saisons. i think he's hit the nail on the head with cellar door and i was extremely pleased with the belgian strong dark and his barrel aged brews have been nothing short of fantastic. this is a really nice tripel with a touch of a bitter finish counterbalanced by some really nice candied sweetness. VERY glad i got to taste this one. thanks again to 321jeff for helping me try as many brews from this amazing brewer!

Photo of razorsdescent
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at Smoke and Barrel in washington dc adams morgan.

a- A fair golden color that was a little pale for my liking.

s- Smell was relativley faint with a little hops and a little sweetness.

t- This is the beers high point, a little hoppy and a little sweet. Very palatable for such a high abv it really doesnt taste nearly as heavy as other 8% beers.

o- this would be a hell of a session beer ddespite it scarcity. it would be nice if it was more widely distributed.

Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for his relentless persuit of drinking all things possible from any/all "Gypsy Brewers" and sharing them with me.

375ml bottle into a tulip. Warning here, this one is explosively carbonated and despite having a glass ready, brew was lost during the gushing. The brew appears a copper orange color with a mountainous 4 + fingers of white head composed of rather large bubbles.

The smell of this is hoppy with herbs, rinds, pulp, zest and earthy mineral quality coming into play towards the back. A pleasant citrus note fills the nose all around and is surprisingly enjoyable albeit unexpected for the style.

The flavor is spicy with yeasty character blended into citrus hop character. Fruity rinds, pulp and zest of oranges mixes with minerals and a bit of sulfur/carbonic quality. The fruity and floral components blend into caramel malt sweetness that hints to something along the lines of belgian candy.

This is a med to light bodied brew with an effervescent, lively and overdone amount of carbonation. This gushed out the bottle and filled the glass with bubbles instead of beer. 3 pours later we have liquid. However, overall its not bad and one of the better stillwater offerings ive had to date.

Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Mattias
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of isitsavage
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Cork and Barrel in DC. Collaboration with Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus.

Second Stillwater beer I've had, the first being the Our Side collaboration with Mikkeller so I guess I haven't truly had a purely Stillwater beer yet. However I have found both of these beers to be very unique and enjoyable.

Arrived at my table in a tulip glass, cloudy, yeasty appearing yellow with a finger of white head.

Smells both hoppy and sweet. Bready and bitter.

Taste is complex and I found it to follow the menu description (hoppy tripel) in the best way possible. Perfect amount of hoppy bitterness for me, not being a big hop head. Nice bready almost chewy yeast sweetness. There is really something else special going on here that I can't put my finger on. Wish I could describe it at least a little bit but I didn't take any notes during tasting. I'll have to take a look through the other reviews to see if anyone picked up on it. I will say I felt the same way about the Mikeller Our Side collaboration and It's something I'm really liking from this brewer, always seems to have something a little special or unique while still staying relatively true to the style.

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Rule Of Thirds (Import Series Vol. 4) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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