Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
stillwater-artisanal.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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."

Added by beerpirates on 02-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
145
Reviews:
75
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
16
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17
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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of Sammy
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: large head on a deep amber and dark body with decent lacing.

S: very sweet aroma, mostly pear, pineapple and green apple.

T: both lightly toasted and caramel malt, sour cherry, confectioners chocolate, fig and raisins.

M:medium body and moderate carbonation with a subtle semi dry finish.

Overall: The aroma is very good but a little different, tart, as compared to others. Not as sweet as some in the genre which is to my liking.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours out as a murky brown color with a really nice creamy tan looking head that doesn't quit. The aroma was nice it's like a mix of a saison with some sweet dark malts and fruits in the mix. Some grape and banana specifically on the nose. The taste is sweet up front and just very smooth. The body of this beer is pretty awesome from start to finish. I really like the mouthfeel also. Overall this beer is dangerously tasty. Wish I had some more to drink but the price hits pretty hard.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of brentk56
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

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Photo of oline73
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap during Baltimore Beer Week. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with a layer of fluffy, off white head.

Smell: Sweet with spices and caramel malt. Reminds me a bit of apple pie.

Taste: Quite smooth. Caramel malt and some fruity notes. Reminds me a bit of a hoppy barleywine. The finish is quite sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very well made beer with hardly any trace of the alcohol. The only Issue I have with it is there is no wow factor.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at some bottle shop in Brugge. Served in a Struise cervoise in our hotel room in Brussels. Not quite a Stillwater glass, but appropriate since it was made at Struise. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately-dark brown with a long-lasting tan head and some really nice lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light spicing and phenolic character with a bit of nuttiness. Light toast as well. Flavor is slightly nutty and peppery with some bread toast. A bit chewy with a dry finish. Quite nice.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cool cellared 12 oz bottle. Some sediment left in the bottle.
Pours hazy dark reddish-brown with a fine looking tan head that has moderate retention but leaves excellent lacing.
Rich flavor that's a bit boozy. Hints of dried plums, dates and fruit-bread.
Pleasing aroma with a hint of the 9% ABV,
Medium-full body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of nickfl
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Dark ice tea body with an off-white head. Nice lace and retention.

S – Toffee, walnuts and brown sugar. Nice orange zest accents.

T – Orange marmalade, caramel, and brown breads up front. The middle adds a touch of spice with black pepper. Back end is fruity with raisins, dried plums, and apricot. A bright acidity frames the profile nicely.

M – Great effervescence. Medium body. Sweet, raisiny finish.

O – Simply delicious. There's very little keeping most of the categories from being a 5.

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Photo of mikesgroove
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

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Photo of Slatetank
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Murky dark brown body with a very substantial tan head. It almost overflows, but careful pouring saves the day. The head slowly recedes to a beautiful pillow of foam and eventually into lacing that is as dynamic as the changing storms on the surface of Jupiter. Forgive me for my over indulgence there.

Smell - I get an apple smell that I normally get from mediocre old ales. The fruit smell is certainly more powerful than the description I read here, but I do get some floral notes in the background. I wouldn't have gathered the saison influences without being told, though.

Taste - Rich caramel with a lot of fruit undertones to keep it interesting. The initial flavors are simple, but the finish is far from boring. It ends with an earthiness and a peppery finish that I didn't need to read about to notice. Interesting take.

Mouthfeel - Doesn't taste like 10% at all. Rich and creamy at first, but finishes dry and spicy. A nice dichotomy that keeps the palate interested.

Overall - Not as interesting as the description makes it out to be, but still a nice take on the style. The finish separates it from just any other BSDA.

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Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Farmer's Cabinet on 4/9/11. Served in a tulip, this brew appears a muddy brown color with a tan cap about a finger strong. The head retains pretty decent and as it recedes leaves a leggy amount of lace on the glass. A swirl revives the cap back to a finger's strength.

The smell of this brew is of dark fruits mixed with a sweet Belgian candy aspect. Lots of Belgian yeast spices fill the nose with clove and light banana esters. As it warms, it picks up some more fruit character smelling reminiscent of apple skins.

The taste includes a sweetness like candy sugar mixed with some caramel maltiness. The Belgian yeast that was evident in the nose plays on throughout the taste profile. It finishes dry and spicy with a dark sweetness like molasses. There is a persistent green yeastiness left inside the mouth mixed with pear and apple skin flavoring.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is easy drinking and the alcohol is well integrated. Throughout the experience the abv was felt but never quite felt like the 10% it is listed as. Not bad, my only gripe is that green yeastiness, without that this brew would have been stellar.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1%

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Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
4.04 out of 5 based on 145 ratings.
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