As Follows - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 23
Gots: 59 | 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 dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Hazy light golden, small white head, quick to just a very poor lace and almost nothing else.
Lemon, some cherry plum, some apricot, yellow apple, faint quince, so pretty nice and fruity on the nose. Honey. Belgian yeasts and hop make up nice lemongrass, spring flowers, coriander, faint peppermint, faint heather.
Feels a bit saison-oriented from the start. Nice orchard fruit, lots of apple and pear, a bit of quince, with a nice mildly tart yellow cherry and light lemon zing to freshen things up. Dry grainy malts, straw, honey sweetness. Great spicy yeasts, lots of clove, coriander, white pepper, floral tea. Never too heavy on the yeasts, but plenty flavorful. Finishes with spicy hops, not too strong and bitter, so safe from becoming a Belgian IPA.
Aftertaste is really nice, with clear clove lingering on the palate, generic blond fruit, some honey sweetness and a light herbal feel. Medium body, medium carbonation, just a bit prickly, a tiny bit dry too.
Great stuff, really nice flavors without going out of the style.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy light straw body.
The aroma is mild overall: coriander, lemon and dry grain.
The taste starts with lemon bitterness, moves to a mild honey sweetness and finishes with a dry bitter note. Good profile.
The texture is silky with right amount of fizz. Excellent.

Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a one finger white head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Hazy straw color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light citrus nose and flavor is tart citrus with some sweet malt. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Poured from a 12oz bottle, it produces a nice off-white, finger and a half head. Doesn't last long but leaves a nice little cap for the duration. Minimal lacing. Lovely little floating bits of "sediment." As I drink this outside by the grill I notice the color of autumn leaves. Smells fantastic. Smells yeasty and citrusy at the same time. It's a bold ad hoppy Belgian as described on the bottle. I'm still getting a taste for Belgians but this one is most agreeable. Smooth mouthfeel with just a hint of bitterness. Despite it's relatively high ABV, it's not offensively alcohol-ee. One wouldn't know it has a high percentage without reading the bottle... Or waiting for the inevitable pleasant buzz to start. This is a tasty beer. I don't review many beers but felt this was a worthy candidate. Highly recommend Stillwater As Follows. Cheers!

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Stillwater As Follows has a thin, off-white head, an opaque, yellow-gold appearance, and minimal lacing. The aroma and flavor are quite subdued or mellow, but one will detect spices of some sort, sweet malt, and relatively weak bitterness, and a background citrus. Mouthfeel is medium and Stillwater As Follows finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and only a touch alcohilic.

RJT

Photo of schoolboy
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

Like others of this style, this is a wonderful, easy drinking brew that is really quite grand.

It looks right for the style and has an appropriate aroma, though perhaps muted. The taste is maybe a little less understated than a Duuvel which is nice in the beginning but later tires. It has all that yeasty goodness going on with hops hidden by all that. Of course is all hides a lot of alcohol amazingly well.

This is a wonderfully decadent ale. It would be nice to do a serious session of these drinking a whole bottle of four or so varieties. Alcohol daydream. Great brew - highly recommended.

Photo of Radome
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Belgian goblet.

A - 4.25 - Medium straw color. First pour is clear, later ones hazy with sediment. Head thick, fluffy and mousse-like. Very sticky lacing.

S - 4.5 - Inviting mix of sweet, simple malt and complex yeast. Notes of bubblegum and very faint musty barnyard.

T - 4.5 - Clean, bready malt. Light touch of noble hops. Strong yeast notes of bubblegum, spices and very faint horseblanket.. Fairly dry finish.

M - 4.0 - Light to medium body. Medium hops bitterness. Strong alcohol burn verging on boozy. Full, prickly carbonation.

O - 4.5 - A great example of the style. Clean and subtle, yet with strong alcohol and a bit of barnyard funk in the background. Well done!

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color capped by a couple of inches of foam which display real staying power and leave a fair amount of lace

Smell: Very fruity, with stone fruit, grapefruit and a hint of banana

Taste: Fruity, with with stone fruit and banana and a very floral citrus tone that builds in the middle; yeasty and spicy, after the swallow; clean finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Really like this beer; verges on Belgian IPA territory but not overly hoppy

Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle -- bottled on date 31 May 2014 -- served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours pale amber in color; cloudy with a small head that soon dies down ro a ring but leaves decent lacing. Full pour still left some sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: mainly fruity with hints of apricots and oranges. Some alcohol esters.

Flavor: Largely follows the aroma: Lightly spicy and moderately fruity, with a relatively high hop load. There's only a very mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

Feel: light-medium body and crisp, medium high carbonation. Dry finish.

O: a very good version of the style with high but very well-hidden ABV.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No label information. As Follows is brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Available in 12 oz. 4 packs and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Tulip glass. Served above 59º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy head of an eggshell white color over a banana yellow body with medium haze and plenty of sediment. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Belgian cracker malt with a moderate syrupy viscosity underneath. Musty, peppery hops with an assertive bitterness. Peppery spices of coriander and clove, and bitter orange peel. Fairly effervescent. 3.75

(Taste) Cracker and syrupy malt with a moderate sweetness finishes bitter with musty orange rind and a soft arrangement of spice. Notes of lemon juice, apricot and raw pineapple round out the flavor profile. More boldly flavored over the aroma, it finishes very dry and yet is quite drinkable. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual and lightly peppery. Carbonation generates a soft crispness for a mellow spritely mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is medium. 3.75

(Overall) A strongly flavored Belgian Style Strong Golden Ale with a flavorful malt base, potent phenols and a bold spiciness create one flavorful beer. 4

Stillwater Artisanal's
As Follows Belgian Style Golden Ale
3.91/5.00

Photo of spinrsx
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle from Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for $4

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, yeast, breads/grains, lemons, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste banana, breads/grains, hops, and a peppery spice mix. There is also oranges/lemons, coriander/clove, and a bit of a funk.

Overall - Seriously good stuff. Lots of vibrant flavour and a complex taste that keep this beer very interesting throughout. It's also incredibly refreshing. A winner.

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

The color is intensely bright and has a glow of yellow. It's capped by a dense foam that sat as a film for the entire drink.

The nose is thick with a floral perfume, honeysuckle and lemon.

The nose really didn't reveal enough because the flavors are quite diverse, blend seamlessly and hold tremendous character. The beginning is just a bit spicy with black peppercorn, Apple and bubblegum. Mid palate seems to be banana and cider qualities while it finishes with a stronger banana and orchard fresh Apple.

The feel is sprite and airy, smooth and a bit dry.

Had no expectations at all when ordering this but it is a true diamond in the rough.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is hazed golden yellow with a tight white head. Nose is nice, moderate farmhouse yeast, lighter spice and lemon with faint notes of fresh grain. Taste is sweeter, farmhouse is present and still balanced. More lemon and pepper than the nose, well carbonated light body and fairly dry. Finish is sweet with grapefruit bitterness.

Photo of Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this on tap in a stemmed glass at Of Love & Regret on my birthday

The color is golden with lightly hazed appearance and thick white head that holds for a long time with fine bead and thick webbing of lace left on the glass. The smell is faintly vinous with hoppy aromas with bring and herbal and spiced element with possibly a sweet grass-like fragrance. The feel is nice and dry on entry with moderate bitterness slight malt texture with yeast spiciness and dry warming finish.

The taste is following the nose yet expands with more herbal and resinous hops mixed with the grassy flavor yet mild astringency with gentle yeast with peppery accent and moderately high carbonation adding to the yeast tanginess in the back of the throat. The flavor is lightly pine oriented with gentle zest and the yeast also brings a vinous element to mind. Overall a very complex Belgian Strong pale with tons of hoppy yeasty cohesion and dry finish making it all the more drinkable. For the 9% it packs you barely get any alcohol in the flavor-deceptive is right!

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 12/13/13.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, juicy, and spicy Belgian style aroma with big hints of citrus fruit. Upfront Belgian yeast with some hints of clove and pepper spicing. Pale malt with hints of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. Big citrus hop presence with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, lemon, and apricot. Some banana and apple hints as well. Sweet hints of honey and candied sugar. Subtle earthy hints. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, fruity, and fairly spicy Belgian style taste with big notes of citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with some notes of clove and pepper spicing. Pale malt with some notes of wheat, straw, cracker, and grains. Banana and apple fruit notes. Good juicy presence of citrus hops with some notes of orange peel, mango, grapefruit, apricot, and lemon. Sweet notes of candied sugar and a little honey. Some earthy and grassy hops in the background. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy and fairly spicy with a drying finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good take on a Belgian style Strong Ale. Good mix of yeast and spice notes with a nice citrus presence.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Photo of jellikit
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of zac16125
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of TCMike
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of gatornation
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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%

Photo of drpimento
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of endovelico
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of alaimoa
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

As Follows from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
91 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.