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

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88
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 9
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:
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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bmur112

Maryland

5/5  rDev +26.6%

12-12-2011 17:26:34 | More by bmur112
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +26.6%

11-14-2011 18:05:28 | More by Jspriest
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viaingo

Maine

4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Type: Belgian Tripel
Color: Dark Orange and cloudy.
Body: Lightly carbonated. Very full body beer.
Head: Thin white head but lingers for a period of time.
Taste: Excellently mellow. Its hoppy but still has great taste to accompany it. Somewhat fruity and very malty. Overall complex.
Aroma: Sweet an metallic (comes with a tripel). Somewhat hoppy.

Expect to see more Stillwater Artisanal Ales beer highlighted on this blog (activebeergeek.com). It is simply a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 02:01:13 | More by viaingo
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 04:51:07 | More by LiquidAmber
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

03-10-2012 21:21:51 | More by sludgegnome
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cestlavie

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-20-2011 03:15:35 | More by cestlavie
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grantino9

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-26-2012 17:52:06 | More by grantino9
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John11486

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-09-2012 22:11:57 | More by John11486
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vfgccp

New York

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice wheat orange body. The white head sits low with low retention and lace.

S - Great nose. Green apple, sage, hard cider, and a lace of spruce.

T - Sweet apple and honey opening. A spruce and rosemary center counterbalances the sweetness and keeps things in check through a soft malty finish.

M - Creamy, medium/full body.

O - Delicious. Great profile and excellent smoothness for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 16:51:17 | More by vfgccp
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cosmicevan

New York

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:19:16 | More by cosmicevan
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John_M

Oregon

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...

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 12:56:37 | More by John_M
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isitsavage

Texas

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 01:49:07 | More by isitsavage
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tln13

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

04-22-2012 19:10:48 | More by tln13
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Smurf2055

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-08-2013 20:26:08 | More by Smurf2055
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samEBC

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-12-2012 16:32:33 | More by samEBC
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ngeunit1

California

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden orange with a finger of frothy slightly off white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, and grassy hops, sweet grainy malts, Belgian yeast, spices, spices, a touch of funk.

T - Sweet caramel and grainy malts, grapefruit, citrus, and a bit of grassy hops, some bitterness, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander and other spices, and and a touch of farmhouse funk.

M - Medium bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, lightly tart, and lightly spicy finish.

D - Great balance. Good mix of spices, malt, and hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 07:49:35 | More by ngeunit1
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rtepiak

Poland

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

excellent triple in the face of something Belgian. this is dead on ball accurate with a nice unique hopping of american hops. pour is golden and i pour the murk in too. great belgian carbonation and warmth going down not as the cost of booziness. nice esters and yeastiness. walnut zucchini bread with pineapple. palate is breathy and voluminous. nice belgian cane note and complex ester of very mild citrus fruit. nice spiciness and just straight up a beautifully balanced tripel. best american coined render i've had... or um... american gypsy render. afterall it says product of Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 02:23:46 | More by rtepiak
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Halcyondays

California

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, out of an American brewery, c'mon,

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a very light white head, spotty lace.

S: Quite hoppy, very grassy with some orange zest.

T: Direct hop character with pine and a lot of lemon zest. Medium bready malt. A fresh taste, vibrant hops.

M: Medium-bodied, light carbonation, creamy carbonation.

O: A hoppy tripel, you get what's advertised. Well made, an enjoyable effort although it's expensive.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 05:55:35 | More by Halcyondays
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razorsdescent

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 08:55:07 | More by razorsdescent
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gford217

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle.

Pours a very hazy golden orange with a huge fluffy white head that hangs on stubbornly to the sides and leaves a thick cap on top.

Aroma is really nice and complex for a tripel with some underlying fruit notes, peaches mixed with bananas. There is also a lot of spiciness with some cloves and maybe a hint of lemon zest.

The taste isn't quite as nice as the nose but still solid with a little more yeasty spiciness and some fruity esters. There is also more caramel malts than I was expecting. There is some alcohol in the finish.

The mouthfeel is really, really creamy for a tripel with soft carbonation.

As usual with Stillwater, this is a unique take on a traditional style.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 03:35:37 | More by gford217
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smpeterson327

California

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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2013 19:12:14 | More by smpeterson327
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larryi86

Delaware

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chalice

A- A very hazy golden/copper color with a small with head.

S- Sweet, banana, yeast, citrus/tropical hops.

T- Hoppiness is much more noticeable in the taste. The sweetness and yeast are just like smell and are balanced by the hops that come out nicely in the finish.

M- Medium body, high carbonation.

O- This is a nice beer and I am really enjoying it. 8%ABV is well hidden. It is unique and the flavors work well together. As also another good beer from Stillwater, but not as good as Jaded. Hopefully I can get some more some.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 02:45:14 | More by larryi86
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer served in a Stillwater wine glass because I love to do this. Beer is yellow, hazy with a nice white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, nice retention. Looks good.

Aroma is tea-like, sweet, with a nice yeastiness to it. Smells good.

Beer is pretty spicy, sage-like, sweet, yeasty, light to medium in body, mildly dry finish. Decent beer, a repeat for me. 8%? Really? Hides the ethanol well.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:43:10 | More by drabmuh
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a muddy looking gold color with a fizzy white head on top. The retention and lacing are decent. The smell of the beer is sweet similar to what could be a barley wine. The hops have definitely mellowed but it's still enjoyable. The flavor is still good in my opinion whether the hops have gone south or not. The taste of the beer is sweet, I get notes of honey, some spice, malt and just a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel is sharp upfront with a solid carbonation that settles into a creamy finish. Overall it's a good brew. Wishing I could have had it fresh also but all in all I found it to be good regardless.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 22:42:20 | More by Knapp85
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desint

Belgium

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-06-2013 21:51:50 | More by desint
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Rule Of Thirds (Import Series Vol. 4) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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