As Follows - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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4.31/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip (of course). The pour is majestic. It is pale gold in color, slightly hazy (my fault - I should have let it sit a day or two after purchasing before drinking), and sports a perfect head that dissipates down to some big, chunky lacing. On the nose I get some fruity esters (pears, lemons, and apples), some dry, flowery, husky hop notes, and some spicy phenols. Good complexity.
The beer has a medium body and a good firm feel. The flavors are quite complex and demanding. There is a fair amount of soft, sweet malt and fruit flavors up front. At mid-palate, hop bitterness and peppery dry notes come in and engage the palate. The aforementioned mix of sweet, bitter, and peppery flavors really makes me think of a beer that toes the line between Tripel and Saison. I'm not sure I like the flavor, but the complexity is impressive. The finish is dry and peppery and there is a slight hint of alcohol warmth on the finish.
This is far from my favorite style of beer and I seldom drink these. If I want a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, I'll grab a Duvel and revel in its lovely, irresistible champagne-like character. This one lacks that stony dryness that I love so much, and instead opts for a fruit and peppery flavor that I'm sorry to say doesn't completely agree with my palate. I doubt I'll buy it again, but I really appreciate the complexity and challenge to my senses that this beer brings and it meets the style description quite well, so for that I give it high marks. It definitely has a lot going for it and has me wondering if I should explore more Belgian Strong Pale Ales to see what else is out there.
Serving type: bottle
08-16-2013 23:34:10 | More by deadonhisfeet
4.26/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-10-2013 21:55:08 | More by Brenden
4.23/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Slightly cloudy golden in colour with a large white head. Very good retention.
Smell is unusual. Lots of fruit, very tropical. A seriously strong pineapple scent. Another reviewer mentions fruit cocktail. That is spot on. Some yeast as well, but the tropical fruit scent dominates.
Taste is rather different. Surprisingly dry, with the yeast playing a larger role. The fruit is there but the beer is not the sweet fruit blast that the nose suggested. Rather spicy. The pineapple is there but in the background, along with other fruit flavours. A bit powdery in the finish. Fairly bitter.
Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Quite creamy.
Overall, very good. The discrepancy between the nose and the flavour is remarkable, but both are very good in different ways. The hops really play a bigger role in this beer than is typical for the style, but it works.
Serving type: bottle
08-03-2013 19:55:50 | More by jrenihan
3.95/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Transparent, clear straw with white head. Sits like a pilsener, but the aroma betrays a much more complex beer.
Aroma: Hoppy, fruity
Taste: Fresh, slightly sweet citrus flavors
Palate: Lively mouthfeel, medium/light body
Overall: Really enjoyable, and unlikely light body for a high ABV.
Serving type: on-tap
08-02-2013 19:19:17 | More by icehawk
As Follows from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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