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As Follows - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 14
Gots: 43 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 03-06-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

DeanMoriarty, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

eawolff99, Aug 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Jtrigonis, Aug 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

blmar311, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

ncelauro, Aug 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

stevefinny, Aug 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

SGToliver, Aug 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

ellswrth, Aug 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

George1799, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of deadonhisfeet
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.

deadonhisfeet, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Tertullian007, Aug 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

IanSpindler, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

archero, Aug 12, 2013
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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.

Brenden, Aug 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Janeinma, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

UltimateLivewire, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

deereless, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

schopenhauerale, Aug 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

jsurfs82, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Envelopes, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

sgregory, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
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.

jrenihan, Aug 03, 2013
As Follows from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
91 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.