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As Follows - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 494
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 27
Gots: 68 | 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 Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of swoopdog
4.76/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy golden, slightly orange. Large, 2 inch head that sticks around. Small amounts of lacing.

Smells like lemons and apples, with some floral and grassy aromas as well.

The taste has the same fruits, with a stronger floral presence, plus some mild Brett-like funk, apple cider, clove, black pepper. Spicy finish.

Well carbonated and hazy, with a full body and dry mouthfeel.

A great Belgian inspired ale from Stillwater.

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Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Always happy to see new beers from Stillwater coming around.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle into a snifter with a slightly hazy golden-apricot body. Small white builds up to about one finger with a super foamy, fizzy texture. Retention is pretty low as the head bubbles out in a short period of time. Spotty lacing in small amounts.

S- Reminiscent of a Saison yeast I have used for homebrew. Lemony citrus, tangerine stone fruit and tartness with nice earthy, herbal and floral hints. Mostly yeast influenced but some hops secondary to that.

T- Follows a pleasant aroma but opens up with some good complexity. One main difference is a pronounced stone fruit apricot and tangerine flavor really picking up. The spicy and herbal yeast is quite strong with hints of peppercorns, lemongrass, orange zest citrus, apple and pears. Hops in the finish blend in with spicy and grassy notes.

MF- Moderate bodied with a medium-dry feel. Texture is pretty creamy and silky with nice smooth high end carbonation. Spicy and hoppy bitterness lingers on the palate in the finish with no sign of 9% ABV.

Another interesting brew from Stillwater. I like the interplay between the spicy yeast and the stone-citrus fruit hops. Drinks very easy for 9% and lots of interesting nuances of flavor.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH signature glass. Stamped 6/23/13.

A: Not much head on a hazy, golden beer.

S: Smells yeasty, with a hint of tartness or funk. A bit reminiscent of a saison. Some fruit as well -- citrus peel, banana, pear, grape.

T: It is tasty, but perhaps unexceptional. Yeast-forward, with a muted tropical fruit and musty floral spice. The endtaste is dry and lingering. Very much like a saison.

M: Dry and crisp; complex and interesting.

O: A good beer, but less captivating than I was hoping. I would not have again.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

St: 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pale Creamsicle orange (pale gold in the light) with a fingernail length white head that does not go away. As Follows leaves nice and full lacing.

S: Bright lemon notes, herbal and grassy, fruity.

T: Spicy alcohol, lemon zing, rounded and delicate malt, herbal zing, noticeable alcohol in the back with subtle hoppy bitterness.

M: Medium and dry, but with nice roundness and softness.

O: Intense, yet delicate, As Follows is sun in a glass. The alcohol is noticeable and could be blended better, but the alcohol does not take away from the refined power of this beer. Enjoy it in sips.

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Photo of minterro
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought from Little's Wine and Liquor. Similar to their last beer... AWESOME bottle design.

bottled on 06/28/13

A&S: spice and citrus. The citrus is mostly tangerine, while the spice is coriander. Hits of cereal breadyness and earthy hops. Almost transparent at first, but turns almost opaque as the yeast comes in. toasty yellow colored beer. Thin layer of creamy white head.

T&M: light fruity (apricots and peaches). Very tart upfront along with being present in the finish. Slightly hoppy and spicy bitterness in the finish. Surprisingly not all that much alcohol presence, however I definitely feel fuzzy by the end of the bottle. Crisp and clean. Medium to high carbonation and on the lower side of body.

Overall: One recommendation, mix the yeast at the bottom of this beer as soon as you get a chance. Mixing it in exponentially improves this beer. I like what the brewery is doing, they for sure have a style, but if its not broke don't fix it.

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Photo of ksimons
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a hazy golden straw color with two fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-pale malts, citrus, stone fruity sweetness, spices, and a mild bitterness

T-taste is full of lemon citrus, sweet summer fruits, doughy bread, a bit spicy, and finishes with a piney hop bitterness

M-medium body, medium to high carbonation, finishes with a bitter aftertaste

Overall very drinkable, good flavors, and a very good take on the style

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.33/5  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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of icehawk
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 6/28/13.

Hazy, peachy golden body. Fat finger of dense, rocky-ish, bright white head. Nice lacing and retention. Juicy ripe pineapple, fruit cocktail, pears, melon, and yeasty sweet malts all over the nose. Peppery, spicy-ish hops mingle above. Very nice!

Cantaloupe rind and woody/herbal hop bitterness up front. Sweetish malt and fruit quickly take over. Pear and fruit cocktail mix with banana and under-ripe peach. Some sweetness, but alongside some welcome tangy, almost tart, -ness. Herbal hop bitterness increases into the finish. Belgian yeast all over this thing, and it's a good thing. A little peppery spice in the finish. Lingering woody hop bitterness and pear malt sweetness. Medium full body with a slightly syrupy feel. Nicely done.

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Photo of babaracas
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with billowing white head, settles very slowly to half an inch, with thick rings down the glass. Smell: doughy, spicy, slightly herbal, nectarine, pineapple note. Taste: peach, pear, white grape, spicy, citrus peel and alcohol notes. Carbonation pushes it to full bodied. Tasty.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Stillwater's As Follows a few months ago for $9.99 at The Lager Mill. I enjoyed Lower Dens and it gave me a good first impression of this brewery so I decided to give this one a shot, so lets see how it goes. 2012 Vintage. Poured from a foiled brown 750ml bottle.

A- The label is really good looking, it reminds me of the artwork for some of the heavy metal albums I like to listen to it, it really has a cool and dark look to it that really makes it eye catching, one of the better labels I have seen in awhile. It poured a nice and very hazy lemon yellow color that took on a nice orange hue when held to the light with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the and and left tons of lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, one of the best looking beers I've seen in a while, the color, head and lacing were all very good.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a big fruity aroma, I get a nice apple cider like aroma with lots of citrus zest coming through along with some awesome lemon grass aromas. Up next I get a nice straw and wet hay like aroma followed by some more earthy aromas. I also get some nice yest aromas that are a little tart and a lighter amount of malts that had a bread and cereal like aroma to it. This beer had a very nice aroma, it was pretty complex and very well balanced.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a some real nice fruit flavors, I get a real nice orange and pineapple flavor that is very similar to pineapple orange juice with some citrus zest flavors and a little bit of lemon grass in the background. Up next comes a lighter straw like flavor with some earthy flavors and some bready and cereal like malts flavors. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of light bitterness with a slight bit of tartness to go with it and it had a fruity and earthy aftertaste. This is a very good tasting beer, the flavors were very clean and refreshing with a nice amount of complexity, I really enjoy it.

M- Very smooth, crisp, clean, refreshing, the alcohol was hidden very well, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, with a higher amount of slightly prickly carbonation. The mouthfeel was very good and it worked really well with this beer, no complaints.

Overall I really liked this beer and I thought that it was a very good example of the style that blurred the line between a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and a Farmhouse Ale, it had the complexity and drinkability that I really look for in this style, it was pretty much exactly what I want in this style. This beer had great drinkability, it was very smooth, crisp and refreshing with the taste doing a great job at holding my attention, this is the type of beer that I would have no problem drinking the whole 750ml bottle, it's a great summer time beer that keeps me coming back for more. What I liked the most about this beer was how balanced it was, no aspect was too overpowering and it looked very good from the bottle to what was inside it. What I liked the least about this beer was the price, it wasn't super expensive at $9.99 for 750ml but that would prevent me from buying it often, I know STillwater just started selling some of their beer in 12oz four packs and I think that would be the perfect format for this beer. I would buy this beer again, it's a great beer to cool off with during the summer heat and I would recommend this to anyone who likes Belgian Pale Ales or Farmhouse Ales. All in all I was pretty impressed with this beer, this is the second beer I've had from Stillwater and this one is even better than the first one I had, Stillwater is on my radar now and I will for sure be on the look out for more of their beers. This is one of the better Belgian Strong Pale Ales that I have had so far, good job guys, this is one great beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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?

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - straw yellow, muted orange accents, soapy white foam

S - lots of fragrant grapefruit, lemon zest, cereal

T - tangy but not bitter grapefruit, hint of mango, very nice

M - medium heavy

O - a nice, drinkable strong ale. Definitely hides the alcohol taste.

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Photo of Kendo
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy light-golden-orange with a big (2-finger-plus) bubbly white head that settles slowly and leaves rings of foamy lace.

S: Vinuous with some lighter fruit (grapes, pears, apple skins) and a touch of biscuity/bready malt.

T: Bready doughy malt foundation is followed by a touch of spice and the skins of fruits - grapes and apples come to mind. Some faint yeastiness too. Finishes with a modest lemony bitterness that provides a nice balance or offset to the yeasty/doughy stuff.

M: Real nice - tinkly effervescence makes it drink pretty light. Call it medium in heft, though it really drinks lighter.

O: Really good stuff.

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Photo of beagle75
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bread and mild phenolic yeast stand out, with lemon citrus and ashes in a supporting role. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins almost dry, with cardboard and bright fruit. Hops are earthy but muted, seeming stale. Late flavors are nuanced and unctuous, buttery at times, overlapping into the texture. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Fairly light and refreshing for a strong ale, this beer is strange perhaps because of the way that is retains levity in the face of what ought to be burdensome flavor and texture. The combination of stale and creamy is not one often encountered.

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Photo of bashiba
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a milkey yellow with a huge and frothy white head, sticky lacing and good retention.

The smell had an almost lactose dairy quality to it mixing in with the nice notes of musty farmhouse yeast.

The flavor has the lactose here as well with an almost white cheese quality. A bit funky with a light creamy sweetness and a big shot of fennel in the finish along with a touch of juniper.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with just a touch of warmth.

Very nice, has a great farmhouse quality to it.

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Photo of Chrysostom
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As always, this beer is reviewed live - not from notes. Authentically. Hipster-approved.

As always, I review to style (ala BJCP), modified by personal taste (contra BJCP), not to personal taste alone. If I reviewed to personal taste alone, certain excellent exemplars of styles I do not prefer would receive lower marks than poor exemplars of styles I love.

This is called an "Eschatological Ale" - I'm a Catholic seminarian-monk and theologian, so I couldn't not buy it (eschatological, adj. theology dealing with the end times and the consummation of all things, from root eschatology, n. the study of the last things). The label looks like a 1920's tattoo, like Sailor Jerry's. The name reminds me a bit of "Arrogant Bastard: Can You Handle The Bastard?" advertising.

Without further ado, a review.

P: $9.99 750mL bottle, crown capped (under a plastic-backed foil that took a wine key to remove), poured at around 40ºF, warming as I write the review, in to a Chimay goblet/chalice (I forgot my Duvel tulip again). Thank you to Blacklick Wine and Spirits in Columbus, OH.

A: Dark yellow, almost golden colour, almost cloudy. A bit cloudier than Duvel, but, overall, similar in appearance with a similar head, creamier, with less (but still strong) retention and slightly less (but still strong) lacing. The head recedes very slowly to a thick cap which, as mentioned, leaves a good deal of lace, indicating a strong hopping in such a high-ABV brew. Highly active carbonation - at least three or four separate streams of bubbles.

S: Straight English IPA in the nose, modified by some Orval-esque barnyard funk. Way outside of style. Heavy amounts of citrus fruit and citrus-y hops come through, and nothing much else. Kind of like an American take on Duvel Tripel Hop. Some Belgian funkiness, but it's subdued. Alcohol is surprisingly subdued (almost non-existent) in the nose. As it warms, it smells of heavily-hopped and alcoholic Orval.

T: A big wallop of citrus followed by a big kiss of hops. Hopping in this beer is higher than most English IPAs, and heads towards the middle of the American IPA spectrum. No sweetness here. There's a strong malt backbone, though, which more than holds up to the hopping. There is a thick maltiness up front, where the hops keep in and keep going, and going, like the Energizer bunny. Strong bitter finish.

M: Tight carbonation folding and fading in to a bitter, somewhat smooth, tart and lingering finish which coats the mouth thoroughly, (more than) reminiscent of an English-style American IPA like Great Lakes' Commodore Perry. It reminds me a bit of Great Lakes' Pale Ale, Burning River, as well.

D: Moderately-low to Moderately-high, depending on your taste for IPA. IPA is not my style of choice, but this is still a pretty good beer.

O: This is an IPA modified with some characteristically Belgian funk. On the whole, it reminds me a bit of a more-hopped version of Steenbrugge's Tripel. Recommended for lovers of Duvel Tripel Hop, and recommended for lovers of IPAs - either English or American - to try. Everything pulls together well, and the mouthfeel is a highlight. Not exactly Belgian - as a BCJP "Recognized" Beer Judge, I'd reject this for "out of style" (granted that Belgian IPAs fall under the same category as Quads in BJCP... [what?!]... so, maybe not), but a pretty damned good Double IPA with less hopping than is customary.

This fits in so many of the pale ale/IPA style it's ridiculous:

To style: 60/100.
To English IPA style: 76/100.
To American IPA style: 72/100.
To American Pale Ale style: 75/100.
To American Double IPA style: 64/100. (Marked down only due to absence of extreme hopping.)
To taste: 68/100.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden wheaty color with a monster of a bubbly white head.

Smells of white grapes, dry yeast (brett?), bananas and pears and apples and other sweet fruit.

Taste is pretty dry at first, fades into sweeter fruit flavors similar to the nose, lots of dry white wine like flavor. Pretty good!

Mouthfeel is very nice, tons of carbonation obviously, nice full body and really drinkable.


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