As Follows - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 111
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rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 5.81%
Wants: 23
Gots: 61 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/28/13.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen floating in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and citrus and pineapple-like aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, yeast, and fruity flavors on the finish. I am not sure if there is Brett in this one, but it does have a similar aspect in the taste. There is a mild amount of hop and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has some really nice aromas and flavors that make it super easy to drink. (740 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a cloudy golden body. Aroma is full with corriander citrus and Belgian yeast. Standard Stillwater aroma. Very herbal taste with Belgian yeast and clove up front finishing with a citrus and herbal hop character. Lighter side of medium body and moderate carbonation. Another very nice brew from Stillwater. The Belgian character is excellent ad the semi dry finish is right on for the style. (433 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey.

Pours a semi-hazed golden color with a thin white head that falls quickly to a collar.

The nose carries some light spice notes and a faint bit of stone fruits, maybe some peach and apricot. There is a light breadiness underscoring the yeast notes, and this continues through to te flavor. The flavor also ha some light herbal notes to accompany the slight fruit character of the nose.

Body is light and somewhat effervescent with a dry, semi-bitter finish. Often times it feels like the mouthfeel is one of the better portions of Brian's beers, and this one is no exception. Very tasty overall. (618 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color capped by a couple of inches of foam which display real staying power and leave a fair amount of lace

Smell: Very fruity, with stone fruit, grapefruit and a hint of banana

Taste: Fruity, with with stone fruit and banana and a very floral citrus tone that builds in the middle; yeasty and spicy, after the swallow; clean finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Really like this beer; verges on Belgian IPA territory but not overly hoppy (508 characters)

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

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. (916 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With uncharacteristic dry-fruit taste with zesty effervescent and a superb peppery balance, Stillwater hits a chord with this Belgian-style strong pale ale that's rarely seen from brewers outside of Belgium.

As follows starts with a bright absolute yellow pour that glows brilliantly through its yeasty haze. The somewhat eruptive carbonation builds a dense creamy stark white foam stance that proves to be stubborn and structural as it clings to the lace, building rings of foam along the glass as the beer fades.

Zesty aromas of tart apple cider and lemons spring to the nose with sharpness and intensity. White pepper, light coriander and clove bounce off of the fruity scent while the spicy pang of alcohol tingles the olfactory senses. All this yeast character is packaged into a thin envelope of doughy malt and fresh baked wafer crackers.

The blend of malt and fruit coat the front of the tongue with restrained sweetness, dry bread, and zested lemons and peeled green apple- yielding a dry cider and chardonnay taste to start. But the peppery notes of clove, coriander, and freshly ground white pepper extends from the alcohol taste and pulls the malt and fruit across middle palate. Landing at a surprisingly bitter hop finish of straw or hay, the beer begins to resemble bolder saisons.

Medium-light in body, the early carbonation seemingly evaporates from the tongue and leaves a dry cotton candy texture that flushes the beer past the mid palate and into a terse finish of ultimate dryness and bold alcohol warmth. Mild hop-derived astringency accompanies the bitterness and gives the final impressions something more to ponder.

Where we're quick to applaude Delirium Tremens, Piraat, and Lucifer ales for exhibiting similar and authentic Belgian character, let's not forget to throw this one into the conversation as well. (1,840 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Something just makes me buy every single Stillwater release that I come across. Anyway, This beer poured out as a lightly hazy yellow color. The head was massive even with a slow pour it was out of control. The head was fluffy and white. The smell of the beer had a slight herbal note to it along with some grains that add a bit of sweetness on the nose. The taste of the beer has a clean refreshing taste to it with some a light lemon-like flavor in there. The yeast and herbal notes are the most flavorful. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied, very drinkable and gently carbonated. Overall it's not my favorite from Stillwater, but I do enjoy trying everything that comes from this brewery. (698 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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? (1,626 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-orange color with a rocky, three-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty and spicy with some caramel notes.

T - It tasted spicy and yeasty with some sweet caramel and grain flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was a really tasty Belgian-style ale. Another great Stillwater brew. (433 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a Max's tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden/orange with a finger of fluffy white head that sticks around pretty well and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Herbal and yeasty, slight sweetness from the malt. There is a slight citrus note that shows up behind the herbal yeast.

Taste: Herbal notes dominate, just as they did in the smell. This reminds me of a strong, hoppy wit. MIldly fruity with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the herbal notes in this beer. I thought it was light and easy to drink given the abv. I would have it again. (665 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this on tap in a stemmed glass at Of Love & Regret on my birthday

The color is golden with lightly hazed appearance and thick white head that holds for a long time with fine bead and thick webbing of lace left on the glass. The smell is faintly vinous with hoppy aromas with bring and herbal and spiced element with possibly a sweet grass-like fragrance. The feel is nice and dry on entry with moderate bitterness slight malt texture with yeast spiciness and dry warming finish.

The taste is following the nose yet expands with more herbal and resinous hops mixed with the grassy flavor yet mild astringency with gentle yeast with peppery accent and moderately high carbonation adding to the yeast tanginess in the back of the throat. The flavor is lightly pine oriented with gentle zest and the yeast also brings a vinous element to mind. Overall a very complex Belgian Strong pale with tons of hoppy yeasty cohesion and dry finish making it all the more drinkable. For the 9% it packs you barely get any alcohol in the flavor-deceptive is right! (1,061 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
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 (618 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a tulip glass, a cloudy bronzed yellow color with a small cap of white head that sinks to a ringlet. Aroma of bready yeast, pale malts, spice, light fruits, leafy hops. The taste reflects the aroma, bready yeast and malts, herbal hops, moderately bitter, peppery spice, and a touch of grass. Strange metallic twinge in the aftertaste, but within tolerance. Medium body, crisp, drying, and nice overall. (450 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Greenish gold color with a decent level of haze. Large head with plenty of large bubbles. Yet, it settles in a rocky fashion. Spotty and chunky lace on the glass as it settles.

Sour with a bit of earthiness to it. Good dose of Belgian yeast aroma as well.

Sour flavor start with a bitter finish. Good lemon rind and peppery hop finish. Short aftertaste that is a blend of the hop and the soured malt. Less Belgian in the flavor than in the smell. Thinnish body with ample carbonation. Overall, a classic Belgian pale ale. (523 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is hazy and golden with a white head, small bubbles, some lacing, high carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty and sweet with a nice malt backbone to it, interesting aroma.

Beer is a little spicy with a nice floral character and an almost champagne like yeastiness to it. A very effervescent beer with a nice finish. Decent saison. (327 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/13/2013. Pours hazy/cloudy deep gold color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, black pepper, clove, herbal, grass, wheat, bread, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, banana, black pepper, clove, herbal, grass, wheat, bread, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/hop bitterness on the finish, with some slight fruity tartness; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, banana, black pepper, clove, herbal, grass, wheat, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong pale ale. All around nice balance and complexity of yeast, malt, and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,512 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at DBGB Kitchen & Bar in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow in color. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy off-white head that reduces to a film over the majority of the surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: This beer has the prototypical smell that you would expect from the style (including a bit of a saison influence). There is quite a bit of a lemony citrus aroma with hints of spices and some light floral hops.

T: There is some light earthiness with a fair amount of lemon citrus and spices. You can definitely taste the floral hops but there is very little bitterness. Quite delicious.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very dry.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink. The alcohol is quite well hidden but with the higher ABV this beer is just a little too strong to be sessionable. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and would definitely have it again. (973 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Tapestry in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy, surprisingly hop forward aroma with some grassy pine needle and citrus followed by peppery spicy, bready yeast, light fruit and booze. There's also a subtle musty character along with lemon peel, mango and grapefruit. Also, some estery light fruit notes, notably banana, apple and pear.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of earthy hops, sweet fruit, zesty spice and Belgian yeast notes. Less hop forward than the nose suggests but there's still a decent amount of earthy pine and sweet citrus/tropical fruit. Hints of mango, pineapple and lemon peel a lot with spicy, grassy bitterness. Not very dry however with bready yeast, alcohol and light fruit countering the hops. Peppery spice with possibly some coriander followed by hints of apple, pear and booze. Subtle heat but the high ABV is well masked makin it easy to drink. (1,048 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Max's during their Belgian fest.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, as I get considerable honey, orange and light clove in this one. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and it struck me that this beer is pretty similar to the regular stateside beer from Stillwater. Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth, with the low carbonation working very well in this one. Alchol is well disguised, and the finish is long with a hint of ginger at the the end.

Nothing extraordinary, but another solid beer from Stillwater nonetheless. (599 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a one finger white head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Hazy straw color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light citrus nose and flavor is tart citrus with some sweet malt. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. (277 characters)

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