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As Follows - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 19
Gots: 56 | FT: 2
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John_M on 03-06-2012

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Ratings: 457 | Reviews: 112
Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

Photo of MadScientist
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of Guden
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of ianjsullivan
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Had to look up 'Eschatological' at first (sorry Jordan, I forgot you splainin' this to me a few weeks ago), and now the name and label imagery makes a modicum of sense.

This beer pours a hazy, muddled medium golden yellow hue, with a fistful of billowy, finely foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some nice fuzzy chain link fence lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of dry apple cider, fresh squeezed lemon juice, earthy yeast, light white and green ground pepper, a bit of spicy coriander, pale doughy malt, and a nose-tickling dose of prickly alcohol. The taste quite fruity - apple, pear, a hint of peach/apricot, all deftly mixed with a stoic bready pale grainy malt, lulling, near-edgeless yeast, tame white pepper and clove spices, and a wet hay/straw hoppiness. The big booze is quite amicably integrated.

The carbonation is understated, but still a tad frizzy when you pause briefly to think about it, the body a decently propped-up medium weight, and generally smooth, a few hits of yeast and hop astringency nothing worth getting all that worked up about. It finishes well off-dry, the tight fruitiness, abetting pale malt, and fading yeast all keeping a stern focus.

A pretty enjoyable BSPA, the fruit and spice well rendered, the yeast on its best behaviour, not to mention the mostly AWOL alcohol (say that ten times fast!). I'm glad to finally come across a Stillwater offering where I can associate it directly to a given style. Not that they have to brew that way at all, but when I start to notice patterns like that, it sort of hinders overall recognizance, ya know?

Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very saison, yet it is not. Golden ale smell. Very good for the style. A tasty spicy fruity apricot peach creation, with white pepper. Big head. Smooth above average mouthfeel. Nicely hopped. Yeasty but it is well integrated. Very drinkable.Bottle from Premiere.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy light straw body.
The aroma is mild overall: coriander, lemon and dry grain.
The taste starts with lemon bitterness, moves to a mild honey sweetness and finishes with a dry bitter note. Good profile.
The texture is silky with right amount of fizz. Excellent.

Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent & slightly hazed pear color with 4 fingers of ivory colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Grassy with some hay notes, some lemon peel.

T: Grapefruit, pineapple, a touch of juicy fruit green apple skins & pears up front. Phenolic notes & dryness as this warms, sourness picks up as well, just a bit more grapefruit.
Finishes with much grapefruit, dryness, & touch of sourness

MF: Medium bodied firm carbonation, pretty warming

So drinkable, another winner from Stillwater. So happy to get this in Mizzou, they seem at least 3 bucks a bottle cheaper than what I saw in North Carolina

Photo of bashiba
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a milkey yellow with a huge and frothy white head, sticky lacing and good retention.

The smell had an almost lactose dairy quality to it mixing in with the nice notes of musty farmhouse yeast.

The flavor has the lactose here as well with an almost white cheese quality. A bit funky with a light creamy sweetness and a big shot of fennel in the finish along with a touch of juniper.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with just a touch of warmth.

Very nice, has a great farmhouse quality to it.

Photo of KYGunner
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The color is intensely bright and has a glow of yellow. It's capped by a dense foam that sat as a film for the entire drink.

The nose is thick with a floral perfume, honeysuckle and lemon.

The nose really didn't reveal enough because the flavors are quite diverse, blend seamlessly and hold tremendous character. The beginning is just a bit spicy with black peppercorn, Apple and bubblegum. Mid palate seems to be banana and cider qualities while it finishes with a stronger banana and orchard fresh Apple.

The feel is sprite and airy, smooth and a bit dry.

Had no expectations at all when ordering this but it is a true diamond in the rough.

Photo of jellikit
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: yellow with a hint of orange. Crystal clear. Thick, foamy head. Great lacing.

S: coriander. Banana. Hints of black pepper.

T: cloves, bananas. Malts are bread and biscuit. Slight hop bitterness. Tastes like there is a bit of Brett mixed in. Funky.

M: lightly carbonated. Medium-heavy body. Dry'ish.

O: decent. Not excellent. A bit under-carbonated for the style in my opinion. The bitterness is a bit too much for the style. I like it, don't love it.

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mini nonic, huge overflowing head of foam that lasts for a good while, leaving behind copious sudsy lacing. Great retention, head remains for the duration. Lightly hazed pastel yellow that glows a bit in the light.

Dry and spicy aroma, lemongrass and some sort of dried citrus peel.

Flavors are well integrated and the overall feel is very smooth. Moderate spice, dry herbal and bitter, light clover honey on the back end. Somewhat grassy, leaning toward hops but it could be a bittering spice instead, hard to pin down. Possibly some chamomile in there. Medium bodied with very charged carbonation. Nice with washed rind cheese or charcuterie.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a gold color with a couple inch white fluffy head that stays around a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and fruity, the brew smells like pears, lemon peel, bready malt/wheat, peppery spice, cloves, and a bit of tropical fruit. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but I think the spicy and bready flavors are stronger than the fruity ones. There's also the addition of some green grapes and an herbal flavor to the taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with high but soft carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, even though it has a bit too much carbonation for me. With that being said, I'd like to try it again in the future. $9.99 a bottle.

Photo of smakawhat
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Super sudsy white head, huge and gushing, lots of soapy shocking white bubbles, sits on a glowing lemon body with that roaring column of fire in the middle, and tiny pinhead bubbles rising. Giant clumps of lacing, chucks and clusters everywhere. Fantastic aggressive but in controlled looking beer.

Nose is dry powdered yeast, dry clove, lots of sweet like cinnamon, chewy malt and mixture of some small Belgian like candy.

Extremely dry finish, giving towards brut champagne and a nice sense of pepper. Great lingering heat like clove spice on the finish. Lots of spirtzy like champagne and sparkling white wine carbonation. Warmth brings great characters of mellon, pear and light citrus zest in the mid palate. Just a hint of hop bitterness wanting to hide out I think too.

This beer is a real winner, very impressed by it, Stillwater really nailed this one. I would love to have this again.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle picked up at the COOP a couple of nights ago... Poured into my FW goblet... a 1" meringue like head rises and takes a while to settle back down... the brew is hazed straw golden.

Nose shows big green apple and some lemon zest essence... Smells like brett is used somewhere in the fermentation/finishing process, but I am not sure... could just be a bunch of grassy hops.

Flavor has nice tart green apple esters.. maltiness shows as a cracker/dry bready element.. a light white pepper/lesser clove note appears on the finish.... fairly aggressive grassy/earthy hoppiness with warmth punctuates the mid-palate through the finish.

Big carbonation.. even a bit abrasive.. light body... no real EtOH... I like this one.

3.5/3.75/4/3.75/3.75

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$7.00 pour a 10oz pour. Served in a tulip.
Sampled 07AUG12

[A] A bright white fluffy foamy head of 1 1/2 fingers with average retention. The body is a gorgeous hazy straw color with a soft, white incandescent quality if you will. Lacing is slim to modest.

[S] Think 'hoppy farmhouse saison.' Then think 'masterfully executed.' this beer is that. Floral, citrusy hops stand against the expectations for the style, but work impressively well with the faint earthy farmhouse notes.

[T] Summer fruit notes of peach and nectarine with gentle tangerine-like acidity and sweetness. ABV seems about right at 7.5%, but I would believe an entire point lower as well. [Man, I was way off]

[M] Crisp throughout and very refreshing. Acidity works the tongue front to mid, while the dry finish braces you for the next sip. Medium body with just a hint of alcohol on the end.

[O] One of Brian's best yet.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy golden, slightly orange. Large, 2 inch head that sticks around. Small amounts of lacing.

Smells like lemons and apples, with some floral and grassy aromas as well.

The taste has the same fruits, with a stronger floral presence, plus some mild Brett-like funk, apple cider, clove, black pepper. Spicy finish.

Well carbonated and hazy, with a full body and dry mouthfeel.

A great Belgian inspired ale from Stillwater.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gouyasse tulip glass. Pours a light, clear golden amber with a massive slightly off-white head and pillowy lacing. A careful pour had half a glass of foam, which slowly formed large bubbles but had good retention. Aroma of apple, grape and pear juice, Belgian spicing yeast reminiscent of saison. Flavor dry, apples, pears, slight citrus, light bready malt, finishing with and interesting spicy herbal taste, similar to sage or rosemary. Bitter herbal and citrus peel aftertaste that had interesting enough flavor to be enjoyable. Light to medium bodied, but active carbonation gave this a pleasant mouth feel. Another interesting and off-the-main-road ale from Stillwater. These guys are great.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Stillwater As Follows has a thin, off-white head, an opaque, yellow-gold appearance, and minimal lacing. The aroma and flavor are quite subdued or mellow, but one will detect spices of some sort, sweet malt, and relatively weak bitterness, and a background citrus. Mouthfeel is medium and Stillwater As Follows finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and only a touch alcohilic.

RJT

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at DBGB Kitchen & Bar, New York, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down and left a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of lemons in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a bit spicy and has lemony flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol in this beer is very well hidden—it drinks like a regular saison but with the flavors kicked up a notch.

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As Follows from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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