As Follows - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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4.39/5 rDev +7.1%
No bottle date. Picked up earlier this year, spring time 2013.
A-Huge dense head with a gold, hazy body.
S-Dank sweetness, melon and pear. Mild funk.
T-Like the aroma it has dankness throughout the palate. Pear and melon are there with faint spiciness.
M-Medium/full body. Moderate carbonation and dry finish.
O-Love Stillwater's beers and think they do awesome belgian, saison beers and this is no exception. Highly drinkable and the 9.0% is not apparent. Pick it up and enjoy.
12-22-2013 01:55:14 | More by mikem0487
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
Picked this up at vintage in boardman this weekend
A- Body is a uniformly hazy translucent pale yellow color. Pours with a thin one finger or so head that quickly fades to a thin collar and leave behind very little lacing in the glass.
S- YES! I know I am going to love this beer. A nose so hoppy it leans towards Belgian IPA with floral hops all over the place. Behind this is a hint of sweet juicy citrus, that infamous bready nose, some peppery spice, and just the slightest bit of funk.
T- The flavor offers everything the nose does-but it is just not as bright. Upfront is a bit of mild citrus with a dry floral hop overtone and just a hint of saltiness. The finish is a bit brighter offering a lot of floral hops, clove-like spice, and a rush of citrus and breadiness. Left to linger is a hint of saltiness, a good bit of breadiness.
M- The mouthfeel is decent-but somewhat thin overall. Carbonation is small and bubbly-a club-soda like bitterness to it.
O- Overall I really like this beer. I wish everything lined up more like the nose and that the mouthfeel were a little better. If it did then this would be one of the best available beers in my book. A very enjoyable version of my favorite style.
12-18-2013 02:08:42 | More by PittBeerGirl
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
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
Color is a deep, reddish-orange. Froth is full, fluffy, almost pure white and goes nowhere fast.
Aroma is redolent of strong esters, grain, Belgian yeast, orange, cotton candy and striking lemon notes.
Has a fine semi-funk to the tongue up front, followed by a well-balanced fusion of vanilla, orange, lemon candy, sugar and hops.
Medium bodied with little to no alcohol detected. And while it's easy going down, there's enough flavor and substance to to keep things from getting boring.
Easily one of the best BSPA's I've tried.
12-06-2013 23:07:32 | More by stephens101
4.23/5 rDev +3.2%
Look: golden - check, nice equal billowy white head - check, but it does descent very fast. Leaves a nice ring. Carbonation looks descent. There are some particles visible.
Smell: fruity, citrus zest, hint of mango, apple, yeast and there is definitely some funk. It's also slightly spicy. Everything is very subtle yet well balanced.
Taste: again, very well balanced. Starts fruity then goes to sweet dry malty middle and into some funk and tart - very nice, saison like. Bitterness also well balanced, with a nice aftertaste. High alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.
Mouthfeel: nice, slightly spicy carbonation, medium, creamy, silky body. Goes down nice and smooth with medium dry finish.
Overall: Very easy fruity yet a very well balanced complex story with some funk and spicy notes to take it to another level.
Oh, and absolutely love the bottle label.
11-26-2013 20:58:29 | More by tmzl
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
11-25-2013 05:13:59 | More by JohnGalt1
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
A - beautiful hazy gold
S - spicy, clovey, crisp and slightly fruity
T - light fruitiness and hop citrus with balanced phenol action. some banana and cloves. nice dry, slightly tart finish.
M - bubbly and crisp
I think this is a nice representation of a belgian golden ale. Love the dry finish and the light mouthfeel. You'd never know this beer was 9%, until you had 2 or 3...
11-24-2013 01:36:57 | More by ortovox
4.21/5 rDev +2.7%
A: Light golden in color with some lacing present.
S: Bready and yeasty with some sweetness.
T: Belgian funk with bananas and a hint of cloves.
M: A somewhat hoppy feeling Belgian brew.
O: Crisp, refreshing, a little hoppy...this Belgian has it all.
11-17-2013 05:18:02 | More by mcflypie
3.75/5 rDev -8.5%
good stuff yet again from Stillwater. this one is a hazy bright yellow brew with a heck of a nice looking two inches of pure white head, but it fades out after a minute or so. the nose is fruity, green apples and grapes, its wine or cider-like in character, with some good strong Belgian yeast. the label says hoppy, and so did the guy at the bottle shop, but I didn't find this to be a particularly hoppy brew, not by my standards anyhow. some decent citrus hops in the flavor, but this is far from a hop forward brew. its driven by Belgian yeast for sure. long apple tasting finish, not sure if I love that part. carbonation is good at first pour, but like the head it doesn't hold, and the last few sips are nearly flat. very well hidden booze strength though, this is a lot more drinkable than 9% abv probably should be. good beer all in all, not stillwaters most challenging brew, but I liked it for what it is.
11-15-2013 03:50:32 | More by StonedTrippin
4.16/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured from the bottle a hazy, dull straw color with two fingers of rocky white head.
Aroma of Belgian yeast, red apple, clove, and banana.
The taste matched the aroma. Belgian yeast, apple, clove, banana, honey, and table cracker with a buttery finish. The 9% abv was very well-hidden.
Medium bodied, sticky and dry with a moderate carbonation.
This was a terrific Belgian Pale for Stillwater.
11-12-2013 22:39:03 | More by Monkeyknife
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