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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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t0rin0

California

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

02-21-2013 02:51:51 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 15:45:04 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:40:41 | More by metter98
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 08:24:13 | More by womencantsail
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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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-16-2011 21:40:45 | More by JAHMUR
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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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oline73

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 03:20:48 | More by oline73
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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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-10-2013 17:56:22 | More by yourefragile
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 23:33:22 | More by akorsak
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 14:01:29 | More by stakem
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-12-2013 02:14:37 | More by BillRoth
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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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sendbeer

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

12-02-2013 17:13:35 | More by sendbeer
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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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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 15:53:21 | More by ShanePB
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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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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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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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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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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +26.6%

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

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.1%

01-31-2012 05:56:07 | More by IdrinkGas
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up @ Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD last week

The beer pours a rich looking, hazy golden amber with a creamy, tight-knit white head that laces. Yeast/sediment speckle the bottom of my glass. The nose is relatively fruit/yeast forward with a bit of sugar and very little hops. It drinks the same as it smells with yeast esters overpower the beer's sweetness and unapparent hops. The mouthfeel seems off as a typically clean, drinkable Belgian beer style is now a hard-to-consume yeast bomb. The hops used are not particularly aromatic or bittering...so I'm not sure how this beer can be described as a "hoppy" version of anything. Regardless, I'm not completely let down once I've given the beer a chance to warm -- a lot more of the expected tripel sweetness is able to cut through its overpowering yeastiness. I'm not exactly sure how fresh this bottle is/when this beer was released, which may contribute to its overpowering yeast and underwhelming hop profile. I would recommend other stillwater collabs over this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 00:00:25 | More by ThePorterSorter
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 11.2oz bottle at Whole Foods - Bowery.

The appearance is a great looking orange tone with a bubbly white head. Its` nose has grains, banana, citrus, biscuit and some clove. A very appealing aroma, that draws you in. While the taste was now quite as impressive; It is somewhat earthy, floral hops, yeast, a somewhat bitter finish. Mouthfeel is med-full, with a middle of the road carbonation level. I am happy I picked this offering from Stillwater up, but with a decent cost to it, it certainly will not become a regular.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 00:50:23 | More by mltobin
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Rule Of Thirds (Import Series Vol. 4) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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