As Follows - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 481
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 5.81%
Wants: 23
Gots: 61 | 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 flexabull
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of joshdykema, thanks again!

Pours a cloudy gold color with a huge bright white head.

Aromas are of champagne, dust, some floral notes, and some lemon citrus. Pretty nice nose.

Taste is peppery up front. Some notes of lemon zest, sugar, bready, champagne, earthy, with a bitter mineral like finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, and clean with good body.

Overall, a pretty tasty, complex and well done take on the style. Solid brew. (443 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy straw color with a massive white head with ridiculous retention that clings to the glass
S-orange, pepper, lemon
T-Citrus lemon up front met withn lots of hop bitterness(bit of pine) finishes earthy and peppery
M-medium bodied, light for abv
O-Well balanced and tons of flavor. Never head of the brewery before and was drawn in by the artwork. Look forward to trying more of their beers. (402 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: The beer pours a hazy light gold. The head is a massive three fingers of stick, mousse-like, white foam that takes a long time to settle to a half inch or so leaving a lot of Belgian lace.

S: Moderate orange and pear ester and peppery notes with a hint of vanilla and light honey-like malt sweetness. The aroma only gets better as it warms with tropical fruit like hop aromas.

T: There is a moderate pepper and moderately strong hops bitterness up front with just a bit more honey-like malt sweetness than it need for support. It's close to IPA like territory for the bitterness malt balance. There is esters of lemon peel, strong grapefruit and a touch of pine apple. A super dry finish with a bit of lingering bitterness and clove.

M: A light bodied beer with high carbonation. A touch of dryness on the the tongue

O: Truly a work of art, I am hard pressed to name a Belgian ale I've enjoyed more, even my beloved sours. The smell is fantastic, it's everything I want in a Belgian with excellent balance. There was so much going on in the first couple sips it took me a minute to get my brain around all that was going on with the flavor. (1,150 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a gold color with a couple inch white fluffy head that stays around a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and fruity, the brew smells like pears, lemon peel, bready malt/wheat, peppery spice, cloves, and a bit of tropical fruit. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but I think the spicy and bready flavors are stronger than the fruity ones. There's also the addition of some green grapes and an herbal flavor to the taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with high but soft carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, even though it has a bit too much carbonation for me. With that being said, I'd like to try it again in the future. $9.99 a bottle. (729 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mini nonic, huge overflowing head of foam that lasts for a good while, leaving behind copious sudsy lacing. Great retention, head remains for the duration. Lightly hazed pastel yellow that glows a bit in the light.

Dry and spicy aroma, lemongrass and some sort of dried citrus peel.

Flavors are well integrated and the overall feel is very smooth. Moderate spice, dry herbal and bitter, light clover honey on the back end. Somewhat grassy, leaning toward hops but it could be a bittering spice instead, hard to pin down. Possibly some chamomile in there. Medium bodied with very charged carbonation. Nice with washed rind cheese or charcuterie. (658 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into snifter at barley oak in mandeville, LA. Pours a golden straw with good head and lacing. Smells of great belgian wheaty yeast and slight funk. Taste is citrusy hoppy belgian wit. Mellowed out by nice malty flavors and a slight alcohol burn. A bit dry but bursting of belgian pale flavors. Great brew and reminds me of a slightly hoppy and "wit" saison. (373 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$7.00 pour a 10oz pour. Served in a tulip.
Sampled 07AUG12

[A] A bright white fluffy foamy head of 1 1/2 fingers with average retention. The body is a gorgeous hazy straw color with a soft, white incandescent quality if you will. Lacing is slim to modest.

[S] Think 'hoppy farmhouse saison.' Then think 'masterfully executed.' this beer is that. Floral, citrusy hops stand against the expectations for the style, but work impressively well with the faint earthy farmhouse notes.

[T] Summer fruit notes of peach and nectarine with gentle tangerine-like acidity and sweetness. ABV seems about right at 7.5%, but I would believe an entire point lower as well. [Man, I was way off]

[M] Crisp throughout and very refreshing. Acidity works the tongue front to mid, while the dry finish braces you for the next sip. Medium body with just a hint of alcohol on the end.

[O] One of Brian's best yet. (894 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours an almost-clear golden color. A gentle pour produces 2 inches of white head, good retention and lacing.

S- Fruit (apples, pear and lemon) as well as some spice. Bready, doughy malt aroma and some clove as well.

T- Fruit, spice and bready malt. Pear, lemon and apple fruitiness blend with banana and clove. Mild booze and a bit of pepper towards the finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and very creamy, with a dry finish.

O- A pretty solid BSPA, good work from Stillwater. (543 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With uncharacteristic dry-fruit taste with zesty effervescent and a superb peppery balance, Stillwater hits a chord with this Belgian-style strong pale ale that's rarely seen from brewers outside of Belgium.

As follows starts with a bright absolute yellow pour that glows brilliantly through its yeasty haze. The somewhat eruptive carbonation builds a dense creamy stark white foam stance that proves to be stubborn and structural as it clings to the lace, building rings of foam along the glass as the beer fades.

Zesty aromas of tart apple cider and lemons spring to the nose with sharpness and intensity. White pepper, light coriander and clove bounce off of the fruity scent while the spicy pang of alcohol tingles the olfactory senses. All this yeast character is packaged into a thin envelope of doughy malt and fresh baked wafer crackers.

The blend of malt and fruit coat the front of the tongue with restrained sweetness, dry bread, and zested lemons and peeled green apple- yielding a dry cider and chardonnay taste to start. But the peppery notes of clove, coriander, and freshly ground white pepper extends from the alcohol taste and pulls the malt and fruit across middle palate. Landing at a surprisingly bitter hop finish of straw or hay, the beer begins to resemble bolder saisons.

Medium-light in body, the early carbonation seemingly evaporates from the tongue and leaves a dry cotton candy texture that flushes the beer past the mid palate and into a terse finish of ultimate dryness and bold alcohol warmth. Mild hop-derived astringency accompanies the bitterness and gives the final impressions something more to ponder.

Where we're quick to applaude Delirium Tremens, Piraat, and Lucifer ales for exhibiting similar and authentic Belgian character, let's not forget to throw this one into the conversation as well. (1,840 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-orange color with a rocky, three-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty and spicy with some caramel notes.

T - It tasted spicy and yeasty with some sweet caramel and grain flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was a really tasty Belgian-style ale. Another great Stillwater brew. (433 characters)

Photo of impending
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a mid hazed pale orange, froth continues to grow 2 minutes after the pour, excellent lacing.

Wonderfully vivid aroma, all high notes. Strong citrus, unripened light skinned fruits, pineapple, cedar all enveloped in sweet yeasty goodness. Bright clean pure.

Surprisingly strong hop dominated flavor. Pine and grapefruit. Slightly dry, a bit more herbal bitter is the finish. Powdery yeast in the aftertaste.
Light to middln lively mouthfeel.
cheers
jd (482 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gouyasse tulip glass. Pours a light, clear golden amber with a massive slightly off-white head and pillowy lacing. A careful pour had half a glass of foam, which slowly formed large bubbles but had good retention. Aroma of apple, grape and pear juice, Belgian spicing yeast reminiscent of saison. Flavor dry, apples, pears, slight citrus, light bready malt, finishing with and interesting spicy herbal taste, similar to sage or rosemary. Bitter herbal and citrus peel aftertaste that had interesting enough flavor to be enjoyable. Light to medium bodied, but active carbonation gave this a pleasant mouth feel. Another interesting and off-the-main-road ale from Stillwater. These guys are great. (709 characters)

Photo of Guden
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's tap house in Baltimore following a Weezer concert.

A- bright pale yellow with no head and just a hint of haze. Looked simple enough that my light beer friends decided to give it a try.

S- bright citrus of grapefruit peel and pineapple with some pizza dough yeast and bread notes.

T- like the smell the citrus dominates with pineapple being the primary flavor (my friends thought it was a lot like sunny d) surprisingly little bitterness for a beer so hop forwards but certainly not a sweet or malty beer.

M- part of the reason the beer doesn't need heavy hops to maintain the balance away from sweet is how dry it is with just enough body to keep it in the beer realm. The high carbonation also adds to the prickliness and drink ability.

O- As Follows (like everything else I've found from Stillwater) is a well done and interesting beer. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all and I gladly went for a second pint. Very different and refreshing. (963 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: unk

Pours a golden, diaphanous ale with a thick, three fingers of light cream. This falls slowly. Smells of hops, and strongly of fresh mint (never had this experience with hops, but I’ve heard tell of it). Hints of resin, skunk, Belgian yeast, earthy hay and soil. Flavor is exceptional: grain, measured bitterness, hints of grass and classy Belgian yeast character. Nicely balanced and tasty. Medium bodied with hi, sparkly carb, even a bit too high. Semi dry finish. A really fine beer. I questioned this brewery with its obscure labels and sudden appearance in my area, this is worth it. (603 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy banana pear; a light German hefe. Towering, creamy white head with stellar retention and sheets of lace.

S - Honey, banana, Easter bread, orange zest, yeast, candied ginger.

T - Pear, dandelion, white bread crust, cilantro bitters, honey and an edge of booze. Strong, tanniny plant stem finish.

M - Medium body with a backend that coats your palate. Nice fizz.

O - A really nice Saision that's semi-floral and on the sweeter side of the style. (458 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to joefuzz for looking out for me and picking this up for me while on a beer run in NYC. mad props to you my man...VERY much appreciate it!!! enjoyed from my stillwater wine glass.

a - defoiled the bottle and popped the cap and filled my glass...brew poured a deep murky orange with three fingers of bubbly frothy almost soapy looking head. very foamy. slowly bubbled away leaving chunks of lacing.

s - belgian yeast and very earthy. some belgian spicing. pepper and tropical fruit and sour grapefruit.

t - taste resembles the nose. peppery spiciness crossed with clove-like bubble gum and belgian yeast.

m - mouth is tingly and the beer is a bit boozy.

o - overall a nice belgian strong pale ale. a bit on the spicy peppery side of things and earthy like a saison, but solid none-the-less. i tend to prefer a bit less spicing and more sweetness. (862 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Tapestry in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy, surprisingly hop forward aroma with some grassy pine needle and citrus followed by peppery spicy, bready yeast, light fruit and booze. There's also a subtle musty character along with lemon peel, mango and grapefruit. Also, some estery light fruit notes, notably banana, apple and pear.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of earthy hops, sweet fruit, zesty spice and Belgian yeast notes. Less hop forward than the nose suggests but there's still a decent amount of earthy pine and sweet citrus/tropical fruit. Hints of mango, pineapple and lemon peel a lot with spicy, grassy bitterness. Not very dry however with bready yeast, alcohol and light fruit countering the hops. Peppery spice with possibly some coriander followed by hints of apple, pear and booze. Subtle heat but the high ABV is well masked makin it easy to drink. (1,048 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a very cloudy, pale gold color. Massive four finger eggshell white head explodes from the glass. The sides of the head fall off more quickly than the center, leaving a cool little volcano type formation. Lacing is sticky and consistent. The head is just a little soapy and loose for my taste.

S. Yum, lots of green apple, cider, pear, and grape flavors. Good amount of banana and yeast as well. A lot of phenolic character here balanced out with a muted coriander-like spice. Very nice.

T. Closely follows the nose with a lot of apple skin and some grape. On the mid, a massive dose of yeast and spicy character as the phenols take hold, almost medicinal. The finish is a nice flowery hop profile with some residual sugar and spice. Excellent.

M. Balanced, flavorful, and well-integrated. Carb may be just a little short of crisp/refreshing level.

O. A very nice Beglian Pale. The yeast, spice, hops, and sugars are balanced near perfectly. A very hoppy and phenolic finish without being overwhelming. Well-crafted, highly recommended. (1,048 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a cloudy golden body. Aroma is full with corriander citrus and Belgian yeast. Standard Stillwater aroma. Very herbal taste with Belgian yeast and clove up front finishing with a citrus and herbal hop character. Lighter side of medium body and moderate carbonation. Another very nice brew from Stillwater. The Belgian character is excellent ad the semi dry finish is right on for the style. (433 characters)

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

Pours an effervescent & slightly hazed pear color with 4 fingers of ivory colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Grassy with some hay notes, some lemon peel.

T: Grapefruit, pineapple, a touch of juicy fruit green apple skins & pears up front. Phenolic notes & dryness as this warms, sourness picks up as well, just a bit more grapefruit.
Finishes with much grapefruit, dryness, & touch of sourness

MF: Medium bodied firm carbonation, pretty warming

So drinkable, another winner from Stillwater. So happy to get this in Mizzou, they seem at least 3 bucks a bottle cheaper than what I saw in North Carolina (618 characters)

Photo of samie85
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a finger and a half of white head.

Smells of light clove, heavy yeast and some hints of sweet grain.

Follows the nose with a light clove, an estery fruit character, some bubblegum and a nice bitterness on the finish.

Light mouthfeel with some dryness from the combination of hops with ample carbonation.

Very drinkable and more complex than most Belgo Strong Pales I've had, mostly due to this one not being all esters. (454 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Something just makes me buy every single Stillwater release that I come across. Anyway, This beer poured out as a lightly hazy yellow color. The head was massive even with a slow pour it was out of control. The head was fluffy and white. The smell of the beer had a slight herbal note to it along with some grains that add a bit of sweetness on the nose. The taste of the beer has a clean refreshing taste to it with some a light lemon-like flavor in there. The yeast and herbal notes are the most flavorful. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied, very drinkable and gently carbonated. Overall it's not my favorite from Stillwater, but I do enjoy trying everything that comes from this brewery. (698 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Super sudsy white head, huge and gushing, lots of soapy shocking white bubbles, sits on a glowing lemon body with that roaring column of fire in the middle, and tiny pinhead bubbles rising. Giant clumps of lacing, chucks and clusters everywhere. Fantastic aggressive but in controlled looking beer.

Nose is dry powdered yeast, dry clove, lots of sweet like cinnamon, chewy malt and mixture of some small Belgian like candy.

Extremely dry finish, giving towards brut champagne and a nice sense of pepper. Great lingering heat like clove spice on the finish. Lots of spirtzy like champagne and sparkling white wine carbonation. Warmth brings great characters of mellon, pear and light citrus zest in the mid palate. Just a hint of hop bitterness wanting to hide out I think too.

This beer is a real winner, very impressed by it, Stillwater really nailed this one. I would love to have this again. (941 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of yeast, light fruit, light hops, and some malt.

T: An extremely vibrant, forceful flavor of Belgian yeast, some fruit, a bit of malt, light hops, and a good shot of spices (pepper). Very flavorful and complex.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the most likeable BSPAs I've had in awhile. Drinkable. (513 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (983 characters)

As Follows from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
91 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.