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Beer Table - Table Beer - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 172
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 24.63%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: larryi86 on 04-14-2012

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Frothy and bubbly head with some lacing on a murky dull golden body. Aroma is excellent with lots of belgian yeast, tropical fruit and citrus, herbal hops and pale malts. Flavor follows with heavy lemon and banana for citrus, club soda, barnyard, Belgian yeast funk, musty malts, corriander. Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. This is an excellent saison. The flavor and aroma are full in flavor and body, a very complete saison with excellent Belgian character.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that took a long time to die down, eventually leaving a short head covering the surface and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose along with notes of lemon citrus and floral hops plus some slight hints of sourness from the Brettanomyces.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is much more complex, having a little more sourness, some hints of peppery spices and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really easy to drink Belgian Pale Ale that offers a bit of sourness to make the taste interesting. The only drawback is that it seemed a little too carbonated when pouring and you patiently had to wait for the head to die down.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out slowly and this one still had a massive white foamy head that formed on top leaving a nice sticky lacing on the glass. The retention was really good on this beer too. The color was a hazy yellow with some orange in there as well. The smell of the beer was earthy, some light acidic notes and subtle citrus on the nose as well. The taste of the beer was also on the earthy side, very subtle spicy notes with a solid bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was sharp, lots of carbonation in this one, really crisp feeling. Overall it was an enjoyable brew, much like a lot of Stillwater's beers.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a meringue-like head perched on top of the hazy amber-colored liquid; clumps of lacing stick to the glass

Smell: Bready, with lemon zest, sage and a barnyard tone

Taste: Opens bready, with the lemon and spice elements adding a slightly grassy character by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a nice blend of the base malt and the herbal with a subtle touch of bretty dryness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: This is a fantastic session beer, filled with flavorful nuance

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one. Served in a SAVOR wine glass. Pours a clear pale straw color with a very nice white head. Good retention and plenty of sticky lacing on the way down. The nose is beautiful with notes of hay and light earthy hops with a touch of very light citrus in the background. Flavor is hay and straw with a light, yet still brisk, bitterness. Light body and quite dry with excellent carbonation. Über solid. Put this one in cans too, please!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep bright golden color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with excellent retention and great lacing. Aroma of dry Brett notes with light funky notes is very enjoyable and refreshing. Taste is also dominated by some notes of dry flora notes with light Brett and funky ester with light rustic malt backbone. Light citric notes are also easily perceptible. Body is about average with great carbonation. Very enjoyable beer that is not overly dominated by Brett but still retain a great balance between drinkability and complexity.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Weird font usage on the supposedly French/English (but in the end just plain awkward) rendition of the name on the label.

This beer pours a hazy, very pale yellow straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, glistening, thinly foamy white head, which leaves broad swaths of chunky, splotchy lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of sharp, almost medicinal funk, fresh hay-like grainy malt, acidic lemon, a sweeter, fleshier tropical fruitiness, simmering dry yeastiness, and middling vegetal pine notes. The taste is grainy, straw-like pilsener malt, musty, dank barnyard esters, mild lemon-lime citrus pith, a hard to shake indeterminate essence of unripe pineapple and pear, and floral, piney hops.

The carbonation is rather peppy throughout this whole affair, but hardly unbearably so, the body medium-light in weight, and somewhat tepid in its smoothness, the yeast and funk notes having that effect. It finishes quite dry, the pale malt kind of squeezed out by those same fruity, yeasty, and thankfully restrained funky essences.

Most BPAs are only remarkable for their penchant of yeast over hop, from my North American vantage point, so this particular onslaught of Lambic funk and Yankee hops does a good job of splintering preconceptions. After more than an average palate adjustment, the appeal of this so-called 'table beer' comes to light, proving that flavour in a Belgian-style ale can exist in the absence of elevated alcohol levels.

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Photo of nickfl
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a huge head of fluffy white foam and an hazy good body. Pungent aroma of wheat and citrus with some spicy, musty yeast. Earthy flavor with herbal hops and musty wheat. Nicely balanced with a thick body and high carbonation. Nicely done, drinkable but far from boring, another great saison from Stillwater.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle - $9.49 at Mink's Package Store in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, light straw-hued body with a lofty, foaming, white crown of suds. Meringue-like lacing.

Smell: A touch of hay-esque malts, a spritz of fresh lemon and lime, half of a pineapple ring, and some Brett notes. As some of the yeastier deposits from the bottle make their way into the glass from latter pours, it picks up a big, spicy, floral perfumy quality.

Taste: Light, mild-mannered pils malts, very low, sans-crust bready quality and just a hint of sweetness. Soft touch of lemon-lime citrus. A few drops of pineapple juice. Heck, maybe some green apple. Lightly bitter. Agreeable, leathery funk character. Coriander and fresh florals later on. A little bit of mineral and a rebound of oily, moist citrus on the staunchly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Well carbonated for a nicely crisp mouthfeel.

Overall: It's a little hay-like malts, some funk, and a appreciated citrus, until you're brain is wrecked by the outstanding refreshment.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

I sure did like this one. Served in a tulip glass, a copper-gold color with a slight haze, capped with a finger of creamy white head that retained 'til the end and left a thick blanket of lacing on the glass. Great aroma, fresh, and laden with floral sweetness, honeydew, pear, apricot, afterthoughts of bready yeast, peppery spice, hay. The taste fell a little short of the aroma, but it was still very nice. Pale malts, sugar sweetness, floral, fresh cut hay, bready, light hints of citrus and melons. Smooth and tasty, light-medium body, but still a bit chewy, and highly enjoyable at a nice reasonable alcohol level.

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Photo of russpowell
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up a Lukas Liqours in KC, MO

Pours an effervescent straw/honey color with a 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Hazes up a bit, great head retention & lacing

S: Dirty & grassy, fades as this warms

T: Follows the nose, some green apple skins & nice sourness up front. Some citrus mixes with with grassyness & brett. Finishes with orchard fruit, brett funk & grapefruit

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation, great balance

Such an easy drinker, another great beer from Stillwater

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy bright golden color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, strawberry, pineapple, peach, pear, white pepper, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, herbal, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, strawberry, pineapple, peach, pear, white pepper, hay, straw, grass, herbal, wheat, cracker, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount earthy bitterness/yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, strawberry, pineapple, white pepper, hay, straw, grass, herbal, wheat, cracker, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a crisp malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a really excellent Brett session saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/13/12 notes. Had this on tap at Fourth Avenue Pub in Brooklyn before the nets game. Served in a chalice.

a - Pours a hazy, golden yellow-orange color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks quite nice.

s - Smells of yeast, floral hops, citrus hops, lemon, brett, oranges, and earthy notes. Nose is nice, though not overpowering is any of the flavors.

t - Tastes of brett, citrus hops, oranges, lemon, floral hops, fruity malts, spice, yeast, wheat, bready malts, earthy notes. More brett and orange than the nose. Really nice and a step up for me; I like it a lot.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation. Body is super smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall a very good beer, and one of the better ones I've had from Stillwater to be honest. Nice orange, citrus, and brett to it and super easy to drink, I'd certainly have this one again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mostly clear medium straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint hints of pale golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a couple of small to medium sized two finger thick caps surrounded by a thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of pale malts, Belgian yeast, lemon citrus, and floral hops all under the moderate to strong funky barnyard aroma of Brett.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts and lemon citrus which gives it just a hint of tartness and sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of Belgian yeast which adds a spicy characteristic to the beer and a light to moderate flavor of floral hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly. There is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of slightly sour funkiness and hay from the Brett which lingers for quite a while.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable with the Brett really adding to the complexity of the aromas/flavors to the beer. Definitely an enjoyable brew worth grabbing, as have all the beers in this series that I have tried. Brett is showcased in this brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer shared by Michael or Michael (have issues) the other day. Thanks! Beer is yellow and hazy with a lazy white head, wispy bubbles, some lacing, low retention, moderate carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is strongly brett, very strong, nice aroma, like Orval on crack.

So light in body and yeast forward. Very strong brett presence and a dry finish, it is definitely a session table beer and is yeast heavy. Very strong, very nice, I'd have it again.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL 2012 bottle.

Pours a hazy straw golden color with a frothy, light white head that has nice retention and thick webs of lace. Earthy and floral nose, light lemon and funk. Flavor starts floral and hoppy, Belgian yeast, pepper, straw, and light brett finish. Medium thick, full body with moderate carbonation and a clean, dry finish. Very refreshing, would pair well with something.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden amber. Half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Mild aroma of wheat, lemon and a hint of funk. Flavor is subdued wheat, lemon, light fruit and yeast funk. Finish is surprisingly citrus, slightly sour and astringently bitter. The bitterness was supported by the interesting progression of flavors. Surprisingly complex for a low ABV ale. Light bodied, but nice mouth feel from the active carbonation. I liked this, but the flavor seemed more like a light saison than a Belgian pale. The funkiness/sour finish was a bit much for me, but would appeal to those who like wild yeast flavors. Well made and unusual, as I expect from Stillwater.

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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, floral notes, hint of pale malt, spice, hint of citrus, and hint of sour. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of floral hops, spice, citrus, slight wheat, hint of pale malt, and hint of yeast. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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

A 650 mL bottle from Appalachian Vintners in AVL. A light bretty ale to get me through the night.

A: Pale, incredibly light, the yellow hue of a macro lager. This pale ale lives up to its name admirably although a mild hazy does weigh on the ale. Plenty of white head on both the first two pours. Ample lacing follows.

S: The light acidity of the brettanomyces leaps out, a dry lemony crispness. Underneath, pale malts and an assertive hop bite linger but the brettanomyces is the star.

T: The lightness of the ale is superb, soft enough to go with most any dinner offering. The brett, like the nose though, is the big game in town. It's dirty horseblanket flavors are light, lemony with a dry citric finish. This isn't funky in the pedio/lacto sense; instead, the brett leaves a general 'dirtiness' to the ale. A very dry finish to it, I immediately need another sip. The low alcohol is a blessing, never getting in the way of the brett. Light piney residue isn't a standout but its definitely there. A low key way to end a day.

M: The bretty dryness is very nice, approachable even. It's lingering lemony flavors own the ale while keeping things light. Quite nice.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with an inch and a half off-white frothy head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like hay, peppery spice, pears, brett, lemon peel and some earthy hops. It tastes like sage, pepper, lemon peel, hay, brett and a little bit of bubblegum. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth but has a little bit too much carbonation for me. I think it's a good overall brew. Low in alcohol, but full of flavor! It's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of avalon07
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A big aroma of yeast, spices, and a shot of malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast (a lot of it), malt, spices (pepper especially), and citrus (lemon). At first this flavor seemed grating, but for some reason grew on me as I went along. A vibrant, complex taste.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A slightly unusual example of a BPA, but well worth checking out.

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Photo of barczar
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy light golden color with a half inch white head.

Estery aroma, with banana and champagne notes accompanying barnyard funk.

Flavor revealed sharp citrus and fairly lactic tones, with horse blanket mid-palate, finishing extremely plasticy and pretty bitter.

Body was moderate to light, with fairly high carbonation.

The phenols were a bit overwhelming. Good citrus and funk,, and the dry finish was nice, but the plastic overwhelmed.

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

On tap at Bailey's, $7.50/12 oz pour. Probably the most expensive beer at Baileys at the time.

A hazy orange with a dense, creamy, fluffy, white head that leaves sheets of lace, this beer is gorgeous. The nose is a riot. A blend of saison yeast and aggressive Brett phenolics, particularly clove and a touch of plastic, this beer is quite excellent. Spicy, mildly floral as well, with a straw/ hay malt backbone. Moderately frothy/yeasty, this isn't super clean but is solid, good even, for the style.

The palate opens with a big spicy and phenolic bite. Aggressive clove, white pepper, plastic along with the malt base which has a blend of hay, grass, wheat and a little honey, this beer is intensely flavored. The mid-palate is a little frothy/yeasty/turbid, which makes it a little messy, but it's a rather riotous mess. The finish has a lingering blend of honey, clove and plastic. Medium in body (thanks to how hazy this beer is) but light on the palate, this beer has a creamy carbonation. I really enjoyed my glass of this.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour is a hazy golden yellow with a dense white head and a few larger bubbles. The nose is nice, light brett, heavy fruit presence, apricots and tropical stuff, light hop presence, oily and sweet. The taste is a bit less expressive but still very nice and balanced. Great gentle Brett presence, fruity and nice, tropical flavors, apricot, light hop, oily and a touch sweet. Light body, refreshing and crisp carbonation.

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Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has a decent funk, light bready malt, citrus.

The flavor follows with a good amount of citrus peel, a light bready malt, a funky quality in there along with a bit of spicy yeast onto a light herbal hops on the back.

A really delicious brew at its ABV. I would drink this consistently. There's a good balance hints of funk, fruit, drying, spice, and hops.

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Beer Table - Table Beer from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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