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86
very good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A ’Post Prohibition’ style ale brewed with Pilsner malt, corn, and rice. Hopped at 2lbs per BBL with Cluster, Northern Brewer, and Saaz and fermented with a farmhouse ale yeast and 2 strains of brettanomyces to weigh in at 4.5% ABV.

Batch 1 750ml
Batch 2 22oz

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-10-2012)
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Reviews by Doppelbockulus:
Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle in the first week of January 2012. It debuted at the Charleston Beer Exchange, they were chosen to be the first store to sell the beer, I watched them open the first box, and I purchased the first bottle. Here goes....

Pours a very light golden color with a substantial head that settles after a few minutes. In the glass it is hazy like an unfiltered hefeweisen.

Very fragrant with a sourness very close to that of a framboise, there is a raspberry character. It also reminds me of tropical sour fruits.

Taste is not fruity, it is like a dry tripel or saison. No sweetness, faint lemongrass, and a mild hop character with a tart note. It is kind of refreshing though.

mouthfeel is kind of like a champagne beer, bubbly, but dry, dusty and tart.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fun beer.
It was a hazy pale yellow color with a thick white head that lasted quite a while. There was a little bit of lace.

Funky brett aroma, lots of floral hops. Also some citrus.

Yeasty taste, some sour lemon. Very floral.

Crisp and tasy. I could drink this beer all day (and at 4.5% ABV probably could).

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jburchett
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
Batch #1
A- This beer is just a bit of a gusher pouring a thick rocky white foam that takes up most of the glass. It slowly settles down to a slightly hazy bright yellow body with a violent carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The earthy wet rice and strong grapefruit aromas of brett give way to some pithy green notes in the finish that could be hops or brett. There is an interesting lavender soap hint that comes through as the beer opens.

T- The touch of malt sweetness is followed by grapefruit brett character and a full pungent pithy hops in the finish. The green grapefruit flavor lingers for a bit after the dry finish. As it opens up there are some hints of slightly over ripe fruit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a gentle scrubbing fizz and compliments the hops nicely.

O- This beer really has a beautiful brett character that is full in the aroma with some nice bright flavors supporting it in the taste. There is a touch of tartness that grows and more depth comes with each glass.

Photo of JasonSiedman
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. More ornate, withered Victorian manuscript label imagery, very 'artisanal'.

This beer pours a very, very, very pale cloudy, almost white straw 'colour', with a tumultuous rising mass of thinly foamy, whipped cream head, which leaves broad swaths of chunky, splattered fuzzy lace around the glass as it genially abates. It is blonde, in the American sense, this much is certain.

It smells of funky, sort of cheesy yeast, a sour lemon and cherry fruitiness, grainy pale malt, soft earthy spice, and a sassy grassy hoppiness. The taste is tart lemon and mild white vinegar, a paler Brett funkiness than that of the nose (but still kickin' it), gritty pale malt, a touch of cornmeal, some understated black pepper mill detritus, and still prominent wet hay and grassy hops.

The carbonation is obviously quite the showman up front, and mostly keeps at it with a sharp, sometimes fizzy nature, the body medium-light in weight, maybe a smidgeon thin, but generally smooth for such a hoppy, modulated acidic brew. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the rice/corn kind of shouldering its way in, while the bitter hops and sour/funky combo just sit back and smirk.

A tasty enough pale wild ale, I don't quite grok the insistence on placing this in the Blonde Ale classification, even if said category, as a whole, is loosey-goosey at best. So a few niggling points off for that. And did pre-WWII beers in America really rely on wild yeast and bacteria for their fermentation? Maybe I've got some further reading up to do.

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Dawkins
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The farm smell is right there wafting through and after the pour. Really funky. Above average mouthfeel. Nothing exceptional taste wise, a little pepper, drinking of hay, but drinkable. Some rice as in saki, as in roast and toast rice. Worth a try for something different.

Photo of Ralphs66
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle signed by the brewer! Batch #1! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit nonic. Poured a slightly hazy pale golden yellow with three finger pure white fluffy head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, banana, fruit, spices, earthy funk, and horseblanket. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, spices, earth, and massive funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The brett going on in this one definitely took a front row seat in both the aroma and especially the flavor. The brett plays a really nice role in this style as it can stand out and dominate the brew. The aroma is quite nice on it as well. An absolute must try if you have not done so already. You won’t regret it at all.

Photo of ironchefkook
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of dtx00
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL capped bottle; from the Wine Source. In a DuClaw snifter.

A: Light, pale, golden, and straw-like. The haze gives the ale a post Prohibition Belgian look, somewhere between a saison and a tripel. A white head, not much lacing, follows.

S: One thing you can always count on: Stillwater bringing the intense saison nose. This is no exception, musty and fruity with the brett adding a lively dirtiness. Pepper and lemons provide spicy heat. Smells very nice.

T: The brett brings depth to the ale, dirty and funky without acidic tartness. As the brett fades, the pale malts and and saison yeast kick in. The breadiness is soft; the saison is spicy. In particular, freshly cracked peppercorns, lemons, and pale candi sugars. The light malt brings a sweetness that comes through at the end of each sip. The brett sucks much of the moisture out of the ale, leaving it dry (but not jarringly so). The first glass was very bubbly, effervescent to the point of brut. It has since settled down but was worth noting.

M: The late-sip pairing of sweet malts, Belgian spices, and Brettanomyces is a game changer, sweet and funky and lively. Not quite a full-on saison, although it is this close {indicates mere millimeters with thumb and pointer finger}. The ale feels heavy though, perhaps my only significant complaint.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours pale straw with a large head.
Nose shows funky, goaty Brett, soft lemon, light malt, grassy cow shit. Smells like a bloody farm. Intriguing.
Some of the farm characters transfer through as flavours, along with dry saison notes and grainy malt.
Massively high carbonation.
This one grew on me, despite the cow shit.

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