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As Follows - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 113
Hads: 489
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 5.81%
Wants: 23
Gots: 63 | 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 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 ONUMello
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 3/31/14 poured into a tulip
A: Pours a hazy light orange with a one-finger head
S: Biscuit, banana, wheat and clove
T: Matches the nose adding a bit of caramel and the slightest touch of hops
M: Medium-bodied but a fairly short finish; the 9% is hidden
O: Tasty and recommended (295 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: yellow with a hint of orange. Crystal clear. Thick, foamy head. Great lacing.

S: coriander. Banana. Hints of black pepper.

T: cloves, bananas. Malts are bread and biscuit. Slight hop bitterness. Tastes like there is a bit of Brett mixed in. Funky.

M: lightly carbonated. Medium-heavy body. Dry'ish.

O: decent. Not excellent. A bit under-carbonated for the style in my opinion. The bitterness is a bit too much for the style. I like it, don't love it. (457 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip
Bottled on: 12/13/13

A: Very hazy almost opaque with a pale straw color. Less than 1 fingers width of white head quickly dissipates down and leaves only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Lots of banana-y esters, tart citrus, floral, hay. I also get a bit of funk although I dont believe there is any wild agents in this one.

T: Interesting. Hoppier than is typical for the style, and definitely get the funky notes that I smelled in the aroma. There are some citrus notes, and subtle spice, but for the most part I would consider this one not to be to style. Its certainly more Saison-ish to me, which isnt necessary a bad thing unless you are coming in expecting a Duvel or Delirium Tremens type of beer (which I was).

M/D: Medium body, appropriate carbonation, a bit syrupy on the finish, ABV is very well masked and drinkability is average.

O: Certainly not blown away by this one. A good beer, and certainly worth a try, but lacks many (most) of the characters I look for in a Belgian Strong Pale. (1,035 characters)

Photo of TCMike
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Produced a nice two finger white head. Beer color is a hazy gold.

Smell is of hay, biscuit, and banana.

Taste is similar, but with a little hop bite, not overpowering. Medium mouth-feel, and carbonation. Nice lacing.

Very good stuff! Easy drinking for 9 percent. (265 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle BO 12/13/13
A- pours a mostly clear golden yellow color with small white head and just a touch of lacing
S-light white fruits with spice and and yeast some lemon and citrus
T- sweet citrus hops fruity esters some mild yeast nice fruity finish
M-crisp and fruity with nice hops has tripel characteristics a dry finish
O- very good Belgian style brew has hint of a tripel and a saison hoppy and fruity ABV is hidden for a 9% (437 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, serious brew, yet can just about drink the hell out of it. Very true to style. Great body, excellent finish, though a tad rich. Nice appearance with good head retention. Exotic aroma. Odd in that on one hand it seems balanced, yet it's also got some extremes. A little boozy too. (284 characters)

Photo of endovelico
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Colour is golden yellow. Small almost non existing head. Little lacing. Slight haziness. Medium to medium low perceived effervescence.

Smell: Medium intensity. Aromatics include all the usual suspects: Banana, clove and bubblegum as well as some beautiful rose petals and dried hops aromatics.

Taste: Medium to medium high intensity. Follows on the nose. Balanced. Good complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium low to low bitterness. Dry finish. Mild and short lived after-taste. Medium to low carbonation. Unobtrusive Alcohol.

Overall: Great drinkability and price for value. True to style and rivalling of any top tier Belgian BPAs I've had to date. (663 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

June 2013 Bottle poured into glass.
A: golden with full haze and sticky white head
S: bit muted with yeasty funk and citrus rind
T: citrus earthiness, bit of barnyard driven by the Belgian tang and has a great depth of sweet, bready, earthy
M: great carb, smooth and crisp finish (280 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up for $2.89 at vintage estate. Into a pint glass.
A - Ow dear big chunk floaties I didn't expect it to be that old. Still a rocking full inch of foam and a rather hazy bright yellow. I may have just had to watch my pour.
S - Wow is that juicy crisp ripe pear, citrus squeeze, and other fruity yeasts with just a delightful malt profile.
T - Very smooth fruity yeasts again pear is present and bubble gum chew with orange husk. Has a smooth grain tone to it keeping if from getting too sweet. Enjoyable.
M - I love big balanced beers and this one is no exception a very smooth flavorful experience with no ABV burn. Medium bodied at most.

Overall another beer I found which I was hesitant of the price but am very impressed with. I would go back and pick up the rest of their beers. (795 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale lemon colour with plenty of big puffy head which lingers and clings to the sides of the glass. Suspended sediment throughout.

S: Initial sweet scents of overripe bananas together with white pepper, cloves and candied citrus peels of lemon and orange. Background floral notes abound.

T: Sweet pale malts and yeasty bread followed by tart, crisp pears.

M: Medium bodied with a clean and crisp finish.

O: Clean and crisp with balanced sweetness. Definitely worth trying. (492 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served slightly chilled into a tulip. Bottled on date 7/29/13.

As Follows is a very pale golden yellow with tiny bits of yeast floating in suspension. The head is thick and white but settles to a skim layer after a couple of minutes.

Aroma is mildly funky with a pleasant Belgian yeast character. It has lemon and spice notes.

Flavor is well balanced with Pilsner malt, phenol spice, yeast, and bright citrus. It is deceptively strong at nine percent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated as a bottle conditioned Belgian strong ale should be.

Overall a very solid Belgian pale from Maryland. Glad to have these guys in Colorado. (658 characters)

Photo of mikem0487
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (483 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of VincentFrey
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (2,180 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (535 characters)

Photo of tmzl
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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. (868 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

3.5/3.75/4/3.75/3.75 (751 characters)

Photo of ortovox
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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... (381 characters)

Photo of mcflypie
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (255 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 Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (398 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up some head which has okay retention. The head is a fluffy, pure cotton white while the body is a dull and pale straw with hints of lemon which looks weaker when held up to the light. A good amount of lacing has already been left behind.

Nose- Subtle but intriguing. Very Belgian with notes of apple and banana and spice from the yeast. A touch of cloves and even small hint of peaches and melon. Some lemon, coriander, and grapefruit. You have to work for the aroma but a lot of nice, fruity esters are there.

Taste- Starts off with a lot more presence than the nose. Many of the fruity esters of the nose (orange, lemon, banana, apple, and grapefruit) followed by a big wallop of Belgian yeast, coriander, and cloves. A hint of bandaid as well. The cloves and coriander combined with the yeast leave a slight tingle with the dry finish. Some lightly sour fruit that I can't quite define- pineapple maybe? A slight astringency that works well and seems to suggest a slight funkiness. It seems Stillwater has got something here with their Golden Belgian Ale. I think this is definitely better than Duvel as it seems to straddle the line between a Tripel and a BSPA. Light and airy with mimosa like qualities. The clove is very well rounded and even gives there a slight ash taste to the flavor profile. This beer is a success in regard to complexity, presence, and balance. Very good beer that is almost great.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with excellent carbonation, a nice, crispy dry finish, and a slight tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability- Very accessible and very interesting. Plus the price is right. Can't beat 3 bucks a bottle for well done BPSA.

Overall- A little surprised. I find a lot of Belgian golden ales are technically good but still not enjoyable. This is both. It may not be Damnation but it is definitely worth a try. I will be buying this again. (1,889 characters)

Photo of swoopdog
4.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Super light golden straw pilsner look with a nice full finger worth of off-white head also a good amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom. Nice temporary lacing which you would expect for the high amount of alcohol in this.

S - Lots of those Belgian confectionery bready characters with a hint of that Saison funk which really helps to elevate this. Hints of Banana and clove are present but not overpowering. Nice smelling beer although I could do with more variance or a stronger smell.

T - Tight Belgian yeast with those big bready notes following the nose very nicely. Nice summertime fruit sweetness and clove round themselves into that big farmhouse funk that really gives this incredible drinkability.

M - Medium bodied with the effervescence in the carbonation giving this a very subdued tongue tingle. Sweet but not cloying and bready without being chewy. This is where this beer shines bright.

O - Wow I have never had anything from Still Water before today and I can say as someone who has tried their share of farmhouse beers in the midwest this beer really knows how to represent that huge saison taste. This is a great beer and something that is definitely 4-pack worthy at the very least. (1,220 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed and the color of golden straw. Just a finger of perfectly white foam that fell fast and left a thin ring and film on top. Nose is abundant with fruit like lemon, orange and stone fruits like apricot. It's tart and has a little earth to it. The malt is light as feather on the nose and there is a hop floral and that sweet dry middle that you associate with dry pales or with IPA's only more subtle of course. Taste greats you with deeply juicy stone fruit quality and dry lemon grass over a light cracker. The orange is so juicy and there is some spice from hops and grass, even a little pepper. There is a hint at bitter but nothing too strong and the aftertaste lingers with all those flavors combined. Not a hint of the 9% abv in the drink. Ample carbonation and a mouthfeel that's a touch sticky with all that sweet fruit.

Fabulous and understated. (866 characters)

As Follows from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
92 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.