Jaded
Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
ABV:
10%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 10.89%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
145
From:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  16
Gots
  17
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: Brewed with good friend, Urbain Coutteau of De Struise Brouwers. Urbain describes this work as "Dark chess-nut coloured ale with a nice steady off-white head. Aroma is all about finesse, loads of blossoms and spring flowers. The mouth-feel is refined, playful and complex with Saison like peppery flavours. Soft nutty after taste with a bite."

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woosterbill from Kentucky

3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Grimbergen chalice.

A: Muddy mahogany body under a thin, fine cap of tan foam. Average retention but nice sticky lace. Not especially compelling.

S: Sweet fruits and malts are dominant here, with raisins and chocolate standing out in front of some intensely herbal, spicy character. Plenty of alcohol, too. Interesting, but it falls short of being really enjoyable.

T: Weird. It tastes like someone poured something like Rochefort 8 over a bed of cinnamon-heavy potpourri. Very spicy, very floral, rather medicinal, and malty underneath it all. Clove, cinnamon, and bay leaf open things up, followed by wheat, carrot cake, prune, candied date and cocoa powder. Some dry bready malt finishes things out, followed by a huge wave of herbal, spicy alcohol on the aftertaste. The transition from core sweetness to the dryness of the finish is a bit distracting, as is the prevalence of strange spices, but overall I kind of like it. But only kind of.

M: Full-bodied, sticky, and heavily carbonated, it begins to feel a little overbearing but ultimately smoothes out nicely. I’m a fan.

O: What a strange brew. I love how it absolutely assaults me with flavor every which way, from the upfront spices to the back-end booze, and how it brazenly strikes its own path out from the safe core of a typical BSDA. If even a little bit of integration or refinement were here to lend structure to the sensory explosion then this would be a fantastic ale – as it is, it’s an exciting and challenging one. I’m glad I tried it once, but I won’t be ordering it again.

Cheers!

Apr 19, 2011
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy dark brown color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of banana ester with light cloves notes. Taste is a complex mix of cloves and banana ester with semi-sweet wheat malt with nice Belgian twist. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Another very well brewed beer from those two fine brewers.

Jun 06, 2011
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Riley's. Said Belgian wit, it was anything but. A stouty saison cross-blend. smooth thick mouthfee of roasted malt, chocolate, and some spices, fig, chestnut, toast, caramel, pepper, cola. very rich and drinkable.As complex as a superior Belgian ale.

Sep 25, 2011
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is dark brown with a nice retaining head of beige / off white bubbles and lacing on the glass. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is nutty with hints of yeast esters and other solvents, not the best aroma i've experienced from this brewery.

Beer is light in body with some minimal roast at the end of the palate, it is a little spicy with some nice phenol/esters in the midpalate, black pepper, mild bitterness at the end. Pretty good.

Nov 05, 2011
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky chestnut with an nice frothy ecru head; quite a few strands of lace remain behind

Smell: Caramel, molasses, Gin-soaked bananas, dates, figs, tobacco and spices

Taste: Layers of malt depth lead off, bringing caramel, molasses and brown sugar; above this base, the fruit flavors mingle, the bananas, dates and figs all mixed together in a Gin cocktail; the finish digs deeper, bringing tobacco and herbal tones that linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While there is tremendous complexity to this brew, I really don't care for the finish; it doesn't taste familiar as a BSDA (and I respect that) but it is not a beer that I enjoyed drinking

Jan 29, 2014
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ho- boy, is this a beer, or what! Let it warm up to temp out of fridge and then poured with grand, light tan, sudsy, foamy, frothy, fluffy head and lots of clingy lace. Color is a cloudy dark brown amber. Aroma is amazing: I kept getting different things each time I took a whiff - black pepper, pot, caramel malt, toffee, dates but not raisins, hops, rich black earth, bacon. Flavor has a lot more sweetness and suggestions of the nose characteristics and kept in check by the soft, but still there carbonation. Body is full and luscious. Finish is like flavor with notable alcohol warmth. Definitely a sipper. Very well done.

Jun 29, 2011
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a dense opaque brown body with a thick head that takes up half of the glass with light tan creamy foam that turns rocky as it settles. There is a strong carbonation of microbubbles that pop to the surface.

S- the dark wine and roasted malt qualities blend together with some bread crust notes growing as it warms. There is a mellow dark fruit ester in the finish.

T- The slightly sweet dark toffee flavor is dry with some roasted malt hints and a touch of brassy wheat to it. There is a taste of midnight wheat with the prune character that lingers a bit in the slightly dry finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a fizzy prick to it with a soft alcohol heat that grows as the beer opens but supports the flavors.

O- The nice dark wheat character has good flavor and nice depth to it that all blends well together.

Jan 30, 2012
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bashiba from Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice dark brown with chestnut highlights, with a thick and creamy tan head, nice retention.

The smell is mild with dark fruit notes and a touch of chocolate.

The flavor is interesting, very chocolaty with a big blast of anise in the finish. Some peppery and Belgian spices slowly creep in with just a hint of mint as well, finishing with a mild bitterness. Has just a hint of banana wheat as well.

Has a weird slick mouthfeel, it feels diacytel like, but I don't taste it, also a heavy amount of prickly CO2.

A strange Belgian Dark, Complex, easy to drink, but yet not all together satisfying either, just plain odd.

Feb 20, 2012
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a dark chestnut brown body with a tall, quickly accumulating, light khaki-colored head.

Smell: Dark, moderately roasty malts hinting at less-than-bold coffee, sweet chocolate, mixed berries, cider, and liquor, with a portion of Pibb Xtra.

Taste: Dark, roasty with muted coffee, cocoa powder, pumpernickel bread, and a greedy sip of simple syrup given additional dashes of cola and cream sherry. Soundly sweet upfront. Mottled yeast comes and goes quickly. Plum jelly sits atop apples atop bitter orange peel atop over-ripened berries. Moderately acidic. Pungent pepper and whole clove spiciness grows on the back half with some encountered heat from the alcohol. Fruity, semi-dry finish with lingering tongue, gullet, and belly warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. Yearningly chewy.

Overall: A nicely complex brew. A little hot as it goes along, but makes for a decent nightcap.

Jan 19, 2012
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enlivened by rose, violet and jasmine the bright and perfumy botanical character, this stronger darker Belgian ale relies on these herbs and spices to balance its sheer maltiness and intertwined fruit notes. Jaded? ...well, its anything but.

Jaded's tawny reddish brown hue gives it a certain port-wine character. But its unadulterated haze points more toward beer than of fortified wine. Especially when coupled with a dainty, dense and stainish yellow head, the ale effects are obvious. Its spotty lace is a testament to both the beer's Belgian-esque roots that promote foam production but also to its high alcohol content that inhibits retention and lace just a little.

Its high aromatic value doesn't steer toward those herb additions but instead projects the sweetness within: toffee, maple, brown sugar, and confectioner's candy shops wrap around its estery character of cherries, red grapes, figs, dates, red apples and apricots. Eventually, and after the beer warms significantly do its floral-fruity additions rise from the mix to make any meaningful impact. Lightly toasted in its grain character, its "crusted" aromas allow a full-out fruit cake aroma to resonate heading into the initial sip.

To taste, malt drives this beer- its sweet and bready armatures are built with molasses, brown sugar and molasses. Off of which hangs the fruity and spicy balance. Tilting heavily toward the fruit, those dried and pitted fruits of aromas give the malt sweetness a boost. Counterpart to the fruit and sweet tastes, a spicy peppercorn, cinnamon, clove and allspice note to springs to life and emboldens the flowery taste that's hidden within. As the taste develops, its spiced rum taste supplants its sweet upstart and signals a long, savory and "spring-fresh" taste that's kinda Pez-like.

Its palate sensations are quite nice but peculiar. Full-bodied through the majority of its taste, its zesty carbonation pulls from its residual sweetness for a slightly numbing and prickly spite. As the sugars slowly dissolve, its finish is spicy, malty-dry and with a soft slickness from those botanical oils.

The only thing that this Jaded has in common with rose, jasmine and violets is that they have oriental roots. But this ale is all about Belgium as it paired well with Roth Gran Queso Original cheese and hot capicola charcuterie.

Nov 26, 2013
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dirtylou from New York

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, publican - chicago

stillwater has quickly become abundant in the midwest.

appearance: served in a goblet, hazy cola-mahogany body, light tan lace

smell: dark fruits, peppery, floral

taste: certainly along the same vein as the pannepot line and rocheforts, but quite understandably less refined. belgian yeast, dark fruit, raisins and dates, brown sugar, bready.

mouthfeel: medium body, rich and well crafted

overall: good

May 30, 2011
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kkipple from South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Easter Sunday, decided to go all Belgian-y on this wonderfully chill spring day. This beer has been waiting in my beer closet for some time.

11.2 ounce brown bottle with more of that amazing Stillwater label art - seriously one of the best in the business. Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.

A. Walnut brown, deep and light-absorbent. The tan toasted marshmallow head is dense and even, a finger tall and supported by little rising bubbles from below. A very pretty beer. Tiny lace dots stick to the glass, but the head itself is everlasting.

S. Ahh, this is complex stuff. I added some of the yeasty lees, at first blush Jaded gives up a very Maudite-y aroma, heavy sweet malt, rich prunes and yeast character, mildly peppery. Some alcohol crunchiness too, but this is 10% after all. I'm looking for the wheat and it's elusive; this is a very yeast-driven smell, hearty and sweet.

T. Heck yes this is good. A large, billowing beer full of rich toasted malt, dark, sugary raisins and prunes, finished off with some delightful alcohol heat. The wheat adds deftness here, I think, and the yeast character on display is grand - complimentary, but reserved enough to know when to quiet down. Spicy, peppery notes and a minor herbal quality offset the malt sweetness and turn this into a complex, enjoyable delight.

M. Full, expansive carbonation keeps this from being too dense or sweet, while the finish alternates between candi sugar / malt sweetness and candi sugar and yeast driven spicy notes. Has a Weizenbock thing going on too, interestingly.

De Struise and Stillwater struck mithril here. Jaded is a very good beer, and maybe the best thing I've had from Stillwater. I will buy more and you should too.

Apr 08, 2012
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Blakaeris from Iowa

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque caramel brown with virtually no head.

Aroma is Belgian candi sugar balanced with oaky earthy notes. Caramel and toffee. Acidic with subtle anise.

Taste is similar to the nose. Sweet, tart, and acidic at the same time. More caramel and toffee from the nose along with the addition of dark fruit. Finishes with dry woody tannins and a slight tartness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Chewy.

Overall a pleasant BSDA. Flavorful and smooth. A winner.

Feb 21, 2012
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Antnyd82 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

Jan 29, 2013
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GbVDave from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into two small snifters.

A: At first, it pours a typical quad-ish, dark, cola-brown color. I decided to swirl around the yeast at the bottom of the bottle and pour it into my snifter. What I got looked like chocolate milk...or some English Breakfast with milk. Slowly swirling tendrils of suspendid sediment. A khaki colored layer of foam spreads out on top and slowly melts down to a creamy collar that left a fair amount of lace behind.

S: Rich and yeasty in the nose. Plenty of dark fruit, carmelized brown sugar, fudge brownies, and chocolate chip bread pudding.

T: See above. Caramel and molassas are the leaders here with dark chocolate, fudge, coconut, white pepper, and vanilla. Heather came up with carmelized oatmeal.

M: Slick and chewy. Quite sticky and coating. Very rich and satisfying with an interesting layer of bitterness that left a peppery prickle on the tongue to sizzle long into the finish.

O: This was a good, but not great, BSDA. I love the collaborative spirit but I'd pinned my hopes on Struises' involvement being a game changer.

Oct 15, 2011
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jaxon53 from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

Jun 25, 2013
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nickfl from Florida

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with half a finger of light tan foam on top of a dark brown body with clear, amber highlights. The head fades away very slowly and leaves nice lace in its wake.

S - Dark sugar and light tartness with notes of sour cherry, caramel malt, and a hint of chocolate.

T - Light tartness with some dark caramel and red apple. Sweet toffee and chocolate in the middle with more dark fruit. Finishes with notes of cinnamon, plum, red apple, and dark caramel.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a bit different from what I would normally expect from these guys. It is very sweet and almost comes off as a Belgian dark strong, but with a syrupy caramel character that isn't all together unpleasant. Worth trying, but not my first choice from Stillwater's portfolio, especially considering the price.

Apr 12, 2012
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first brew from this gypsy brewer. As with most gypsy brewers, the beers tend to be a little on the pricey side, but the upside is that a lot of different brews can be produced and the brews can be quite creative. I'm glad to see this brewer's beers available in Atlanta, and I look forward to a lot of future sampling. I really enjoyed this particular beer- apparently a strong Belgian style beer, but made with wheat. You get a nice dose of Belgian-like sweetness and spice from the yeast and malts, but a nice soft smoothness and light, tight graininess from the wheat. There is also a pronounced herbal and spicy bitterness on the finish that nicely conterpoints the semi-sweetness of the rest of the beer. The spiciness has almost a pepperiness to it along with some clove and perhaps even a slight bite of tgrue cinnammon- warming notes for sure. There is some light tropical fruit in the background, but nothing like the amount you'd get in a strong wheat beer like some of the German styles. The more I drink of this, the more I'm struck by the very tasty union between the warming spiciness and the fruity, smooth, wheat. Quite delicious.

Jun 05, 2011
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mendvicdog from Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Oct 21, 2013
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle at Beer Store Malvern, enjoyed chilled in a goblet

The color is medium brown with light tan head and spotty lace sticks with a fine bead. The smell has a fruity scent with dark malt in aroma and light sweet nutty odor and mild yeast ester with a gentler herbal accent. The feel is smooth with sweet and dense body with medium carbonation and light nuttiness with slight accent of earthen dry qualities in the warming finish.

The taste is very good with nicely balance malt sweetness with a date and light nutty taste with herbal flavor and some vanilla with caramel and toffee mid palate. The herbal taste could be hops with mild yeast adding stone fruit qualities with a mild amount of alcohol as it finishes with a tea-like (black)floral and roasted yet astringent flavor. This is a good dark strong Belgian ale which is very drinkable considering it is 10%, it doesn't have any alcohol taste to speak of.

May 06, 2016
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazelnut color of brown, with a slightly reddish tint to it. Very hazy and cloudy and with a good amount of sediment running through it. A good two inch plus of head formed on the top, a nice tan colored pillow like but sticky head formed on the top and really never faded.

Lots of dark spices here. I could pick up even some dark fruits, plums and maybe even a bit of grape in the nose. The deep caramel like sweetness was also present here and gave it a good lifet and a nice fullness. Some apples and plums, maybe a fig mixed in seemed to bring out the lighter notes. Meanwhile, underneath that was a deep caramel like flavor that blended in with a earthy or bready like back. Very complex and yet remarkably smooth

Aug 07, 2011
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Tone from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, red color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of caramel malt, earthy malt, slight sweet malt, slight hops, toffee, slight grass, hint of alcohol, hint of alcohol, and a hint of nut. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight hops, alcohol, hint of grass, and slight citrus. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

Jun 25, 2013
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1%

Feb 10, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - Giant billowing light tan foam that has excellent retention, and leaves behind splotches of lace as it slowly settles to a thick cap. Dark brown body that has some transparency and reddish highlights at the fringes.

S - Huge sharp wheat and spicy, estery yeast, along with some floral and perfume notes. Some green apple and pears, along with cloves and bananas, and some faint cocoa and caramel malt in the distant background. Hint of alcohol as well. Exactly as described - a Belgian Dark Wheat Ale brewed with spices.

T - Taste is actually better in my book, with more of the cocoa and candi sugar malt character coming through, and less spice and clove character. There's still some perfume character and fruity apples, but they actually blend well with the chocolate. Alcohol is much better hidden.

M - Smooth texture, medium-full body lower carbonation, and minimal alcohol warmth. One of the few Belgians that I think could use a more spritz actually.

D - I liked this significantly more Of Love & Regret, and once I got past the over-spiced nose there was a pretty decent beer in here. Split a bottle with the wife and finished my 16.5cl no problem.

Jul 19, 2011
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is wheaty and yeasty with a firm hint of caramel and a touch of hops. It pours an inviting opaque chocolate brown with a slim pale head. Flavor is yeasty, wheaty and malty and has an undertone of caramel, hoppy and nutty hints, and a fairly strong alcohol nip. Texture is smooth, edgy and minimally fizzy. Finish has a whisper of sweetness within the alcohol bite.

Apr 24, 2011
Jaded from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 145 ratings