As Follows - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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4.83/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
10-19-2012 22:46:07 | More by MadScientist
4.76/5 rDev +16.1%
A - Super light golden straw pilsner look with a nice full finger worth of off-white head also a good amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom. Nice temporary lacing which you would expect for the high amount of alcohol in this.
S - Lots of those Belgian confectionery bready characters with a hint of that Saison funk which really helps to elevate this. Hints of Banana and clove are present but not overpowering. Nice smelling beer although I could do with more variance or a stronger smell.
T - Tight Belgian yeast with those big bready notes following the nose very nicely. Nice summertime fruit sweetness and clove round themselves into that big farmhouse funk that really gives this incredible drinkability.
M - Medium bodied with the effervescence in the carbonation giving this a very subdued tongue tingle. Sweet but not cloying and bready without being chewy. This is where this beer shines bright.
O - Wow I have never had anything from Still Water before today and I can say as someone who has tried their share of farmhouse beers in the midwest this beer really knows how to represent that huge saison taste. This is a great beer and something that is definitely 4-pack worthy at the very least.
10-13-2013 23:40:20 | More by swoopdog
4.61/5 rDev +12.4%
12oz Bottle poured into a Nepenthe Homebrew Tulip.
Label: It's absolutely beautiful, keeping the parchment Stillwater Artisanal script and all information contained toward the bottom. Frankly it's hard to describe the image; a person standing atop of skill as others look down and away, into the distance. It's a nice distillation of the other art Stillwater uses, without going into Three Floyd's territory.
Pour / Appearance: Pour very nicely into my tulip, with a blooming white head and some incredible lacing as it dissipates. As the liquid flows you get a bit of the house yeast esters, reminding you this is not a traditional blonde. Incredibly clear, as I can see another beer label a foot away clearly through the glass. Just beautiful, beautiful drink.
Aroma: Heavy, heavy yeast esters. Bits of phenolics like you'd get in a traditional Belgian (banana, clove, pepper) along with the more barnyard notes of a saison. The Belgian notes take precedence though, and while not my personal favorite, are critical to the style defined on the label. Sadly, not much hop aromatics despite the "boldly hoppy" claim. Hints of earth and dirt, but this is yeast driven.
Taste: Well, the yeast stays as is, but the hops certainly get bolder! I can't pinpoint any particular hop that hits me, but the earthiness takes a turn for a lightly resinous grass, which blends beautifully with the yeast. It is near impossible to tell this is 9% as well, an especially hard to hide fact in such a pale beer. Maybe sugar got it up there, and it'd be fitting with Belgian style, but the malt backing (pils, light munich, aromatic, hint of c20 maybe?) provides enough that the yeast and hop combo aren't totally overwhelming, while the high carbonation keeps your tongue tingling while filling out the body.
Overall: A very good beer that remains true to the Belgian style, while also playing around with the hop profile and some yeast characteristics.
Bottom Line: I paid $2 for a 12oz bottle and am more than happy. It's a great beer. You should try it if you see it, although I'd suggest buying a single or draft before going in on the 4pk if you aren't aware of Stillwater's other beers.
12-17-2013 00:28:15 | More by VincentFrey
4.6/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
07-20-2012 20:23:06 | More by smakawhat
4.6/5 rDev +12.2%
$7.00 pour a 10oz pour. Served in a tulip.
[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.
10-06-2012 19:53:12 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
4.54/5 rDev +10.7%
Wow, serious brew, yet can just about drink the hell out of it. Very true to style. Great body, excellent finish, though a tad rich. Nice appearance with good head retention. Exotic aroma. Odd in that on one hand it seems balanced, yet it's also got some extremes. A little boozy too.
05-01-2014 02:44:17 | More by drpimento
As Follows from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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