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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 12
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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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:14:41 | More by akorsak
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

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

Batch 2, 22oz bomber. Surprising price of $10.99 per.

Fits the bill nicely as a blonde. Hazy blonde, with a finger of bright white head.

The aroma is quite funky, hay-like, barnyard, slight wheaty, almost grainy note.

Taste is rather funky, with a bit of apple skins, and citrus peels. Pale malts, grains and some grassy hops.

Light, crisp, somewhat bubbly, almost effervescent. Good feel for the style.

Not much a fan of blonde (ales), but the Brett funks this thing up and makes it a beast.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 03:42:50 | More by EgadBananas
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cheesetoast


4/5  rDev +5%

02-28-2012 20:31:36 | More by cheesetoast
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MikeB_


4/5  rDev +5%

07-12-2014 13:34:00 | More by MikeB_
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev +5%

02-13-2012 17:37:00 | More by nathanjohnson
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%

02-03-2013 02:24:17 | More by Hanzo
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bmur112

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

11-12-2013 11:49:49 | More by bmur112
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videofrog

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

11-14-2013 14:21:17 | More by videofrog
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5%

01-17-2013 01:50:16 | More by bradfordjohnson
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jonnybraddock


4/5  rDev +5%

06-21-2012 23:49:27 | More by jonnybraddock
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SummitVA

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

06-13-2012 01:15:31 | More by SummitVA
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

07-26-2012 04:36:10 | More by rolltide8425
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%

02-06-2012 01:30:25 | More by JAHMUR
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +5%

01-09-2013 06:21:50 | More by strongaf
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +5%

10-29-2012 05:48:41 | More by twelveinches
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masonkessinger

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5%

08-13-2012 19:26:16 | More by masonkessinger
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

08-21-2012 01:55:32 | More by Gatordaddy
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev +5%

08-05-2012 20:12:55 | More by ThePorterSorter
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +5%

02-21-2013 02:53:36 | More by t0rin0
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

01-23-2014 01:34:52 | More by MacQ32
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ParkbrauFan

Iowa

4/5  rDev +5%

02-28-2014 03:47:16 | More by ParkbrauFan
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

07-18-2014 17:35:51 | More by smithj4
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven imperial pint. Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow amber. Healthy three finger head and active carbonation leaving chunks of foam on the side of the glass as it slowly dissipated. Looked great! Aromatic aroma of Belgian yeast and spicing, light fruit and citrus, slightly sour and funky. Flavor dominated by citrus, mostly lemon, and brett funk. Light grain and sweet malt. Astringently bitter finish, but supported by the fruit from the citrus. I'm not a big fan of brett, but I have to admit that the low level in this ale along with the refreshing lemon flavor was quite nice. Light to medium bodied. Not my style, but I enjoyed the whole bottle. Good job, Stillwater.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 04:16:40 | More by LiquidAmber
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nickfl

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, straw colored body. The head sinks down slowly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - A slightly sulphury aroma of yeast, grainy malt, and earthy Brett.

T - Clean, earthy malt up front with notes of hay. The Brett comes out in the middle with notes of wet dirt and lemongrass. The beer finishes with lots of earthy hops and matching funky straw and dirt yeast character.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Really interesting. The funky notes play perfectly with the earthy European hops and make for an odd but endearing little beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 08:55:39 | More by nickfl
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