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As Follows - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BA SCORE
92
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411 Ratings
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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 17
Gots: 48 | FT: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 03-06-2012)
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Reviews by zhanson88:
Photo of zhanson88
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, very carbonated golden color. Several inches of fluffy white head form. Retention is great, as is the lacing.

Smell: Smell is of citrus, yeast, and lemon zest. Very nice, fresh smell.

Taste: Taste is similar to the smell. Maybe some green apple and pale fruit character as well. ABV is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Very nice. Overall, a very nice BPA that I would definitely have again.

zhanson88, Jun 25, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

MadScientist, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Guden
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Guden, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev -2.2%

JakerLou, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

GreenMountainBoy, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

olradetbalder, Today at 07:28 AM
Photo of JC333
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

JC333, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of tylerbrowe
4/5  rDev -2.2%

tylerbrowe, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Janeinma, Aug 10, 2013
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.

MattyG85, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of BGSteveU
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%

BGSteveU, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -2.2%

williamjbauer, Jan 05, 2014
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.

chinchill, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev -2.2%

SPRichard, May 16, 2012
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.

ianjsullivan, Sep 07, 2013
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.

Brenden, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev -2.2%

weonfire, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of JamesStreet
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%

JamesStreet, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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?

biboergosum, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.5/5  rDev +10%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Apr 10, 2014
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.

GilGarp, Jan 08, 2014
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.

Sammy, Jan 13, 2013
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.

Fatehunter, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

freewill35, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of George1799
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

George1799, Aug 18, 2013
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As Follows from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
92 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.