As Follows - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 23
Gots: 59 | 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 drtth
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a slightly hazed golden yellow with a 1/16” white head that quickly recedes to a ring.

Smell: The aromas include touches of spice, apricot or peach, and lemony citrus buttressed by the yeast.

Taste: The flavors are much as expected from the nose except that there is some earthy, herbal hop bitterness in the mix and the alcohol isn’t really noticeable.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and the carbonation is light, smooth and persistent. The medium length finish begins with a bit of fruity sweetness and then the herbal bitterness emerges and things turn lightly dry.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I quite enjoyed this beer and would be happy to have it again in the future. My overall impression is of a well-made beer worth sampling and having more than once. I certainly would be willing to have this one again.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of zhanson88
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - light pour into a 22 ounce pilzner glass yielded a towering head filling half the glass with soap bubbles. Head lasts a long time and sits on top of a hazy orange-yellow murky ale.
S - lemons, hops, earthy must, belgian yeast and coriander with pepper.
T - Sweet tart lemons over an earthy hoppy background. Hops are light and floral. Earthiness is well defined but not lambic in character. Lemon/spicy/tart is gentlle and pleasant.
M - goes down smooth and easy with just a small residual drying in the throat and slight sweet coat of the mouth.
D - 9% is almost non-existent. Lemon zest refreshes the palate decreasing fatigue. An easy drinker for such a big beer.

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy gold with an explosive 4 fingers of head. They head is made up of huge, sudsy bubbles sort of like a bubble bath. The big soapy lacing clings to the glass. Very aggressive carbonation.

N: Lemon zest and bready malts along with hints of coriander and rye. The Belgian yeast and Brett are apparent.

T: The front of the palate is very soft just picking up hints of lemon zest and some sweet candy sugars. Mid-palate has rye, earth, wheat bread, notes of lemongrass and some funky Brett character. The rye and earth notes hang on in the finish. Hay and horse blanket also come forward. Overall the beer comes through very earthy.

M: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing and relatively clean. Has a ever-so-slight tartness and is extra dry.

O: Barnyard, earth and rye dominate the flavor profile. Lemon zest and hints of coriander lye beneath. Very refreshing and easy drinking albeit very funky. The 9% abv is masked extremely well.

Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A hazy golden color with a huge fluffy white head.

S- Light fruits, lemons, pepper, Belgian yeast, floral hops.

T- Some lemon, pepper, light fruits, citrus and floral hops, nice malt backbone, earthy.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- Really good, and 9% ABV is very well hidden. I had this on draft and it is not as good, less complex, I am guessing that warmth is helping the flavor too. Very tasty, definitely will be buying more.

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow. tried both the draft and bottled version. i thought the bottled version was showing slightly better. both were fantastic. sort of a super-saison. best analogy that i can make is as follows is to stateside as avec les bon voeux is to saison dupont. here goes: pours a hazy, glowing white gold with a huge, lively white head that shrinks to proper, holds well and leaves tons of lace. nose is full of spicy phenols and fruity esters that seem to just shoot up in to the olfactory factory. i get white pepper and other bright spices at first, which seems to be balanced by pineapple, lemon, peach and maybe some melon. a touch of sweet(ish) doughy/bready malt pokes it head through to create some backbone as well. taste is boom! blast off! fitting to be drinking Stillwater's anniversary beer on the same day as the anniversary of the first space voyage. astronaut Yuri Gagaran would enjoy this, no doubt. taste is all of the spicy, fruity, malty (yeasty, hoppy) notes that i described above translated in an almost weightless body and amplified by fairly zippy carbonation and a pleasant boozy heat. spice notes seemed to lean a bit towards herbs in the middle, and i was thinking i could taste white sage and/or a hint of eucalyptus. it had me thinking super-stateside at first, then super-cellar door, then i realized this was just super-stillwater. stillwater turned up to 11. created on earth but heard in outer space. extremely well-balanced. long spicy finish with a very clean end. i really enjoyed this one.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's. What a delightful beer.

Hazy yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a great-looking tripel. The nose is wonderful. Yeasty, spicy and with a nice herbaceous lemony character, fresh cut grass and dry pale malt with a touch of honey, this is very enjoyable. The palate has a nice lemon-like hop character, a very nice herbal character, moderate yeast (pepper and other spices) and a crisp, clean malt profile. Drying and spicy on the finish, this beer is light in body, crisply carbonated and thoroughly refreshing. The ABV is very well hidden too. Highly recommended.

Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

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