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As Follows - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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As FollowsAs Follows

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116 Reviews
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 493
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 27
Gots: 68 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 03-06-2012

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Reviews by GilGarp:
Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served slightly chilled into a tulip. Bottled on date 7/29/13.

As Follows is a very pale golden yellow with tiny bits of yeast floating in suspension. The head is thick and white but settles to a skim layer after a couple of minutes.

Aroma is mildly funky with a pleasant Belgian yeast character. It has lemon and spice notes.

Flavor is well balanced with Pilsner malt, phenol spice, yeast, and bright citrus. It is deceptively strong at nine percent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated as a bottle conditioned Belgian strong ale should be.

Overall a very solid Belgian pale from Maryland. Glad to have these guys in Colorado.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this is good. Got too much head on the pour, stopped let settle and finished pour. Head was nice sticky frothy foam. Settled to film and ring. Some lace or foam stuck on sides but then disappeared. Gold, orangeish opaque or somewhat murky color. At first I didn't get much for smell but then once the head left I got the fruits and grass. White grape, peach, orange, fresh grassy. I keep getting more as it warms a bit, was not too cold on pour either. Now I get apple cider maybe a bit vinegary. Rarely do I enjoy smell as much as this. Taste follow smell but get some hop bitterness and some sweetness but it is shifting to a sour-tang as I continue. The feel was a bit too fizzy and I don't like the dryness I'm getting. I may have a dry mouth though from too many salty thing today. Overall I am really taken by this one. Not as typical of a Belgian as I expected but I like where it's focused. Makes me want to try other Belgians because I have not always liked the style when heavier on spice or something that this doesn't have. Not sure what, but I like it. Stillwater keeps surprising me. Way to go.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

Hazy light golden, small white head, quick to just a very poor lace and almost nothing else.
Lemon, some cherry plum, some apricot, yellow apple, faint quince, so pretty nice and fruity on the nose. Honey. Belgian yeasts and hop make up nice lemongrass, spring flowers, coriander, faint peppermint, faint heather.
Feels a bit saison-oriented from the start. Nice orchard fruit, lots of apple and pear, a bit of quince, with a nice mildly tart yellow cherry and light lemon zing to freshen things up. Dry grainy malts, straw, honey sweetness. Great spicy yeasts, lots of clove, coriander, white pepper, floral tea. Never too heavy on the yeasts, but plenty flavorful. Finishes with spicy hops, not too strong and bitter, so safe from becoming a Belgian IPA.
Aftertaste is really nice, with clear clove lingering on the palate, generic blond fruit, some honey sweetness and a light herbal feel. Medium body, medium carbonation, just a bit prickly, a tiny bit dry too.
Great stuff, really nice flavors without going out of the style.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: The beer pours a hazy light gold. The head is a massive three fingers of stick, mousse-like, white foam that takes a long time to settle to a half inch or so leaving a lot of Belgian lace.

S: Moderate orange and pear ester and peppery notes with a hint of vanilla and light honey-like malt sweetness. The aroma only gets better as it warms with tropical fruit like hop aromas.

T: There is a moderate pepper and moderately strong hops bitterness up front with just a bit more honey-like malt sweetness than it need for support. It's close to IPA like territory for the bitterness malt balance. There is esters of lemon peel, strong grapefruit and a touch of pine apple. A super dry finish with a bit of lingering bitterness and clove.

M: A light bodied beer with high carbonation. A touch of dryness on the the tongue

O: Truly a work of art, I am hard pressed to name a Belgian ale I've enjoyed more, even my beloved sours. The smell is fantastic, it's everything I want in a Belgian with excellent balance. There was so much going on in the first couple sips it took me a minute to get my brain around all that was going on with the flavor.

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Photo of SanFranJake
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Guden
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's tap house in Baltimore following a Weezer concert.

A- bright pale yellow with no head and just a hint of haze. Looked simple enough that my light beer friends decided to give it a try.

S- bright citrus of grapefruit peel and pineapple with some pizza dough yeast and bread notes.

T- like the smell the citrus dominates with pineapple being the primary flavor (my friends thought it was a lot like sunny d) surprisingly little bitterness for a beer so hop forwards but certainly not a sweet or malty beer.

M- part of the reason the beer doesn't need heavy hops to maintain the balance away from sweet is how dry it is with just enough body to keep it in the beer realm. The high carbonation also adds to the prickliness and drink ability.

O- As Follows (like everything else I've found from Stillwater) is a well done and interesting beer. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all and I gladly went for a second pint. Very different and refreshing.

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Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of JC333
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy straw gold pour supports a thin, almost fizzy foam collar that doesn’t do much lace. S: Belgian yeast, banana over hops on the nose, some orange peel, light earthiness. T: Some malty sweetness, light biscuit, apricot to peach, some pepper on the finish. F: Very creamy, medium light body, medium high carbonation. O: Light and refreshing and hard to believe that this is 9% abv.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 12/13/13.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, juicy, and spicy Belgian style aroma with big hints of citrus fruit. Upfront Belgian yeast with some hints of clove and pepper spicing. Pale malt with hints of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. Big citrus hop presence with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, lemon, and apricot. Some banana and apple hints as well. Sweet hints of honey and candied sugar. Subtle earthy hints. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, fruity, and fairly spicy Belgian style taste with big notes of citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with some notes of clove and pepper spicing. Pale malt with some notes of wheat, straw, cracker, and grains. Banana and apple fruit notes. Good juicy presence of citrus hops with some notes of orange peel, mango, grapefruit, apricot, and lemon. Sweet notes of candied sugar and a little honey. Some earthy and grassy hops in the background. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy and fairly spicy with a drying finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good take on a Belgian style Strong Ale. Good mix of yeast and spice notes with a nice citrus presence.

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Photo of BGSteveU
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle -- bottled on date 31 May 2014 -- served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours pale amber in color; cloudy with a small head that soon dies down ro a ring but leaves decent lacing. Full pour still left some sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: mainly fruity with hints of apricots and oranges. Some alcohol esters.

Flavor: Largely follows the aroma: Lightly spicy and moderately fruity, with a relatively high hop load. There's only a very mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

Feel: light-medium body and crisp, medium high carbonation. Dry finish.

O: a very good version of the style with high but very well-hidden ABV.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of ianjsullivan
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

St: 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pale Creamsicle orange (pale gold in the light) with a fingernail length white head that does not go away. As Follows leaves nice and full lacing.

S: Bright lemon notes, herbal and grassy, fruity.

T: Spicy alcohol, lemon zing, rounded and delicate malt, herbal zing, noticeable alcohol in the back with subtle hoppy bitterness.

M: Medium and dry, but with nice roundness and softness.

O: Intense, yet delicate, As Follows is sun in a glass. The alcohol is noticeable and could be blended better, but the alcohol does not take away from the refined power of this beer. Enjoy it in sips.

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Photo of Brenden
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer #2 8/9/13

As follows is a translucent, clouded pale yellow brew that develops a sizeable fluffy, foamy white head with good retention that shows some stick as well, leaving behind a good amount of patchy lace.
There's a light funk in this beer, strong enough to be noticeable but very gentle, melding with the other elements in this beer rather than overpowering them. There's a definite note of Belgian yeast, very gently spicy with a light banana-like sweetness. It's got a light tartness and a bit of lemon, somewhat a mix between pulpy (juicy) and rind. A bit of crackery malts hold it all together, and a little hoppiness even comes through, particularly in the middle and into the finish. Soft but flavorful, there's a certain strength to its gentleness.
The feel is fluffy and well-carbonated without being too filling or hard. Crispness runs through, and there's a certain depth to the light body Stillwater seems to have mastered.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, golden orange/copper color with a finger and a half of white-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with strong notes of bready, toasted malt, imparting aromas of English muffins and French baguettes, followed by some pineapple-like citrus, candied sugar, Belgian yeast funkiness, spices like black pepper, coriander, saffron, ginger and a touch of floral, piney hops.

Taste: Damn good! Lots of bready toasted malt up front, followed by some candied sugar-like sweetness, citrus such as pineapple and orange, spices such as black pepper, coriander, ginger and a touch of saffron, Belgian yeast, and finished with some floral, piney, grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation. With an ABV of 9.0%, this beer is very deceptive as there is very little, line none what-so-ever, alcohol on the palate. The alcohol is incredibly well masked.

Overall: This is an excellent Belgian-style golden ale. Highly recommended.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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As Follows from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
91 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.