Stillwater / Voodoo Jungle De Rues | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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3.9 w/ 10 ratings

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The brew is a collaboration between Stillwater and Voodoo Brewing Company from Pennsylvania. Black Belgian Wheat Ale, it is brewed with pureed raisins, hibiscus, juniper, rose hips, and Schisandra berries.

Added by akorsak on 06-09-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by yourefragile:
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled at the Brass Rail Deli. This is the last pour, remnants from OctoFFEJ.

A: The witbier isn't white. Not at all. That out of the way, what's in my glass is a beautiful ebony coffee brown, opaque in its darkness. A white head, the opposite of the ale, sits complacently.

S: The nose is dominated by the chocolate and roasted malts that lend the ale its color. A yeasty sweetness follows the stark malts, mildly fruity and spice-laden.

T: The roasted flavors make an initial appearance but quickly yield to the spices. Raisins add a fruity fullness, darker of course. I don't know what schisandra berries are, but the ale does have a mildly tart berry flavor. Maybe they are related, maybe not. Juniper and pepper, competing and contrasting flavors, follow the berries. None of the traditional wit flavors are present, but what's here is powerful good.

M: The mouthfeel is rugged at times, mildly tart from the berries. The roasted malts and Belgian yeast strain are a nice one-two punch.

D: A black witbier, takes a while to process, doesn't it? The spice and berry additions make this a unique ale. I don't think that I've had a bad Stillwater beer.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Axic10
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Capone's in a 16oz pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin layer of foam that leaves slightly purple lacing behind.

Smell: Wheat, juniper, grapes and berries.

Taste: Toasted wheat, raisins/grape and a slight taste of flowers. Interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: An interesting beer, but I'm not sure if it's something i could drink regularly. Kudos to these two up and coming breweries for coming together and thinking outside of the box those.

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Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears near black with dark brown edges and an off white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of ripe fruit, freshly baked bread, cocoa, and a touch of espresso.
Taste is of the aromas with just a very bit of spicing and juniper berries coming through...though may just be psychosomatic in some sense because I'm not sure I would be getting that if I hadn't known it ahead of time.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly fizzy up front, leading to a smooth finish.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's- served in a tulip glass.

A- Pitch Black, with a thin white head that faded slowly to a very thin lace- that stayed for the duration.

S- Sweet, yeasty, hints of very faint cocoa, grass

T- Again, yeasty- grass/earth/flower- the unique combo of herbs in this brew poke with subtle hints.

M- Lighter- less fizzy, but almost milky like in smoothness. Very light weight for a black ale.

D- This is not my favorite style, but to fair it was not bad.

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Photo of John_M
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a dark cola color with fair head retention and lacing. The nose is OK, showing burnt toast, honey, and a slight sout component. The flavor profile is a bit better, although it pretty much replicates the nose in this moderately sweet dark wheat beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and drinkability is pretty good.

Nothing extraordinary hear (despite the cute name), but this is otherwise an easy to enjoy and appreciate beer from Stillwater.

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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a thin head into my glass. Nothing out of the orfinary here.

Aroma is full of flowery notes (hibiscus, rose hips) with a decent amount of fruitiness (schisandra berries) in the nose.

Flavorful with clove, chocolate and a decent flora/berry accent. You can hardly tell that it's a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is "peppery" with lingering clove. Very tasty.

Wow. So flavorful and yet, not easy to review. All over the place but in a good way. I would highly recommend trying this.

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Photo of speter
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's.

A: Pours a schwartzbier-like blackness with ruby highlights. The head was never very pronounced, and quickly faded away, which surprised me for a wheat beer.

S: I can smell the juniper and roast malts, and maybe the raisins, but that might just be suggestiveness. There is a hint of pepper, perhaps due to the schisandra berry. This was served in a goblet, so the smells quickly floated off.

T: A sweet start gives way to a spicy center with raisiny/plum/prune overtones. More like a dark weizen than a witbier. The finish is crisp and wheaty, with little aftertaste.

M: Very light chocolate. I'd expect a bit more carbonation, but none is really needed to balance the gravity.

D: Overall, a very nice beer. More akin to a dark weizen than a wit, but the complexity seemed proper. The lightness of the wheat effectively balances the darker malt roastiness.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classified as a witbier? I'll ignore that for now because this beer is dark brown and completely hazy. Served on draft at Churchkey recently. Beer forms a full off white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass and has moderate carbonation. Looks good.

Beer's aroma is yeasty with some nice esters and some roast in there. Smells pretty good.

My understanding of this beer is that it is a Belgian dark wheat ale with tons of spices in it and some other stuff. The palate on this beer is subtle. Its medium to light in body and really nice overall. The wheat character is nice, good bready esters in the midpalate and it finishes with slihgtly more roast than anticipated. Overall I enjoyed it.

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Stillwater / Voodoo Jungle De Rues from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 80% out of 100 with 10 ratings
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