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

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 11
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: codewarrior on 09-12-2011

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.
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Photo of justintcoons
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
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 John11486
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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 cosmicevan
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 draheim
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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 cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of bmur112
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of ShanePB
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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 viaingo
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of mltobin
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.39/5  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 impending
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip. Pours a fully hazed dull butterscotch orange, dense slightly off white head subsided slowly, ok lacing.

Aroma is sweet and floral, honey, yeast and apricot skins.

Malts & hops balanced well with strong yeasty malt flavors upfront and all hops trailing. Nice peppery kick as the aftertaste begins. Although not particularly strong, the aftertaste is defined by the bitters which disappear quickly, doesn't linger. Light to medium bodied lively mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
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 Verecund
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra from a recent trade. Thanks, Drew. October 10, 2011.

Pours a hazy burnt orange / copper with one finger of white head. Decent splotches of lacing.

Biscuity malts with citrusy and grassy hops peeking through the tripel base. Candied orange; light banana esters. Fairly appetizing.

Sweet biscuity and caramel malts, orange zest, and a diminished citrus, herbal, and grassy hop component. Ends with a touch of Belgian yeast and a small amount of surprising [spicy] heat.

More or less what one would expect from a hoppy tripel. Please to have tried this - Stillwater is putting out some solid beers. A well constructed beer.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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 razorsdescent
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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 Bendurgin
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden color with three fingers of fluffy white head. Good retention and soapy lace.

Candied orange on the aroma right up front with doughy yeast in the background. A little bit of grassy hops in linger in the background with a little bit of ginger. Caramel and toffee on the pallet more than anything. A bit of orange kicking around with some slightly bitter hops giving in the finish with doughy yeast.

A little sticky on the feel with subtle carbonation. Overall, a solid offering from these guys.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of isitsavage
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
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!

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