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

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Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3)Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3)

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

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.

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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of Pahn
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Moderate pour yields a 3 inch, fizzy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving little lacing. Pours the advertised dark chestnut color, and leaves a couple small islands of lacing.

Smell: Floral and fruity... at first. Apparent early on that this beer isn't kidding around; the aroma continues to grow and change for the entire life of the beer. First it's flowers and light fruits, then spicy quad-like Belgian yeast and cola, then some herbal, foresty hops, then a thick layer of brown sugar and caramel, then a mild banana ester and some wheaty roundness, then gingerbread and fresh cookies.

Jesus. With warmth, there's pepper, more flowers, raisins, a mild citrus and booziness, fig, date, plum. It just keeps going, and all of it smells delicious. Complete and utter success. Reminds me why BSDA/quad/dubbel is my favorite style of beer.

Taste: Almost as good as the smell. At first, spicy Belgian yeast with a punchy finish that's kind of bready and fruity. Some alcohol flavor through the front that positively influences the taste. Soon some clove and mild pepper come out. The aftertaste becomes chocolaty and spicy.

It doesn't take long to become clear that I'm not going to be able to pin down an "overall character" to the flavor of this beer, or a "typical sip," or even a dominant flavor. It keeps changing, bringing at least 3 pleasant and intriguing flavors with every sip. Here's a spicy BSDA candi sugar hit through the middle leading to an apple finish, here's smooth caramel and clove with a chocolate finish and long marzipan aftertaste, etc. The flavor, like the aroma, simply does not stop developing.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Very carbonated. Gets creamier with time, which is nice. Not too sugary. Long aftertaste, mild heat.

Overall: This is a beer for the strong Belgian beer lover who doesn't want to get bored while drinking. There is no danger of that with Jaded. You could almost call it "messy" or "confusing" if it didn't smell and taste so damn good. Very impressive beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of sweemzander
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a very dark brown/ burnt sienna color. Produced a huge 4 finger sized tan colored frothy head. Amazing retention to it. Plenty of lace left behind as it finally decided to dissipate.

(S)- Bone dry with lots of earthy yeast and biscuit components. Subtle hints at dark berry fruits in the background.

(T)- Interesting. A dense/rich profile of a dry earthy clay yeast and a mild roasted aspect with biscuit. Some raisin and prune in there too.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Definitely thicker and richer for the style with some stout-like qualities in there too. Smooth and clean yet mildly bitter finish.

(D)- An interesting take on the style. Very rich and dense without feeling thick. I would be curious how this would age due to how strong the inner components of this beer is. A solid beer right here.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled on ??

Purchased @ The Good Beer Store, Fryeburg Maine

Price - $5.99/bottle(11.2 oz)

Pours murky brown with a 2 inch off-white head. The appearance looks like water from a well in Mexico. A few minutes pass and a layer of creamy froth remains but lacing is absent.

Aroma is Belgian spicey yeast, dark fruit, banana and wheat. The spice is prominent in the nose. This is the highlight of the beer.

The flavor begins sweet and quickly changes bitter, possibly due to the hops. Pepper, spice and yeast all present followed by alcohol.

The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and lite bodied. Effervescent with loads of carbonation. The finish is too dry and leaves me thirsty.

Overall this was drinkable but a bit overrated IMO. I found the label to be more interesting than the actual beer.

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Photo of larryi86
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A very dark brown with a three finger off-white head

S- Dark fruits, spices, pepper, floral notes, Belgian yeast, great complexity, can't get enough of the smell, screams drink me!

T- Beautifully complex and very close to the smell. I am loving the mix of the dark fruits and roasted malts with the lighter floral and pepper flavors, great balance.

M- Medium body, creamy, smooth.

O- This is a great beer that exceeded my expectations. I will put this tasting up there with the first time I tried Pannepot and Rochefort 8. I will be stocking up on this when it is available.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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 BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11oz bottle into a Mc chouffe tulip.

Jaded pours out dirty tap water beige/brown appearing darker shoe polish brown black in the glass. A big heaping of dense tight dark cola fizz that is milky. Good sticks.

Smell is bright at this young stage, a mix of belgian yeast with some wheat and citrus and earthy scents. A bit of nuttiness with warming. I get some fruit and light hop scents.

This is an interesting BSDA/saison/wheat ale. Taste is brighter than the dark appearence would lead on, less sweet. Wheat and earth with some citrus orange. Some bright bready yeast midway with lemon, other fruit. A bit of roast/nuts in the finish. An odd mix.

Feel is a nice medium and goes down easy for a dark appearence. I had no problem drinking this one quick, hard to pace myself. Carb is pretty smooth considering the massive head. A bit of a soft twang on the finish as well.

A great beer in my opinion, Im sure it will get mixed reviews. A semi quaffable drink that hides it's alcohol almost to well

Import Series Rankings (So Far)

1. A Saison Darkly
2. Jaded
3. Of Love & Regret

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Photo of corby112
2.91/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that is completely opaque with a two finger frothy, pillowy yellowish beige head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of zesty spice, roasted malt and sweet dark fruit. There's some subtle funk in the nose with a prominent floral presence that compliments the peppery notes. Hints of chocolate, caramel and toffee as well as some raisin and plum.

Creamy medium body with a lot of tight carbonation and zesty spice up front that lingers throughout over the roasted malt and sweet dark fruit notes into a very dry finish. The carbonation is excessive and quite unpleasant, overpowering the flavors of the beer. After a while the palate adjusts and it becomes more complex. Lots of zesty peppery spice countered by a subtle floral presence, some roasted malt and sweet dark fruit notes. Hints of chocolate, caramel, fig, plum and raisin. Subtle alcohol het but overall the ABV is decently masked. This could have been a very complex flavorful beer but the carbonation problems really hurt it and it is a bit heavy on the spices for my preference.

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Photo of mltobin
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at The Ginger Man in SoNo.

Appearance is a deep red/brown color with a thin head. Its` smell has fruit, specifically plum and cherries; with some spice also present. The taste of Jaded was not as good as what lead up to it. It tastes sweet, light malts, some bitterness too. MF is full bodied w/ low carbonation. This was an interesting beer to try, pretty good overall.

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Photo of morningthief
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fellow BA Pahn for the birthday gift!

Poured from a bottle into a Pabst chalice. Color is dark brown, the hue of a fine piece of mahogany furniture. A one-finger, off-white head dissipates slowly and leaves a half-centimeter layer of foam atop the brew. Funnily enough, the colorway of this beer is identical to the walls and trim of my apartment (sadly, not my choice).

Smell is overwhelming with Belgian yeast character, some vanilla, and dark fruit. This is one of the finest smelling Belgian style ales I have ever had the privilege of sampling. Very in your face, and it compliments the taste quite nicely.

Whoa now. What follows the nose is an explosion of well balanced malty flavors. Fruit flavors of apple and raisin, slightly roasty, slightly boozy; perfectly balanced. Dare I say the profile rivals that of Rochefort 10. A faint tartness conjoined with some lingering hop bitterness in the finish rounds out the exceptional flavor.

Honestly, we can stop right here. Jaded could feel like a warm can of Pepsi on the tongue and I would still be impressed. Alas, this is a perfectly carbonated brew, with a distinct, refreshing medium body that only compliments its other characteristics.

Consider this my gateway to the plethora of Stillwater offerings. If dude's other brews are half as good as Jaded, I shall consider them rousing successes.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
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 glid02
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark malts and moderate amounts of earthy and slightly musty hops. Also present are hints of cocoa powder and lighter amounts of green apples and pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors kick things off with very slight hints of roast and are joined quickly by light cocoa powder. Joining in shortly thereafter are ripe pears and slight green apples flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of earthy hops. The hops, dark malts, and pear flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer but I certainly didn’t dislike it either. I’m not a fan of the whole dark saison movement in general, but if you are you’ll likely enjoy this one as it’s one of the better ones I’ve had.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to JAHMUR for the in person swap at the rosso release.

a - opened my 11.2oz bottle and poured it into a lost abbey tulip. poured a brownish purple with a thick sedementy look to it and a perfect to style creamy thick head. this beer is pretty attractive and almost captures more of a quad look to it. lacing is also quad like and creamy. it's got the look that you only get from an authentic belgian brew.

s - dark fruit, sweet plums and grapes. belgian yeast. a bit spicy and a bit floral, but mostly dark fruit and subtleness.

t - whoa, lots going on. immediately i notice the spiciness followed by the normal dark fruit medley then rounds out with an intense floral thing. very complex and the booze mixes with the floral aspect to create something really unique and different.

m - mouth is smooth and creamy with a spicy kick to it. leaves an alc tingle. very creamy and to style.

o - i'm a very big fan of brian's work and was extremely pleased to get ahold of this beer. i'm also very interested in exploring more and more de struise beers. it is really nice to see than an american can bring to life an authentic belgian style beer (albiet in an authentic belgian brewery) since most american takes on BSDA and quads leave a LOT to be desired. i'd love to see this same recipe brewed state-side for comparison. brian continues to wow me with his ability to brew my favorite styles of beer with a unique and tasty spin.

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Photo of gford217
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.

It's a really murky pour out of the bottle and settles in as a ruddy brown. Head is creamy and hangs on for a while with a bit of lacing.

Aroma is sweet and floral, as in flowers, not floral hops. In addition to the perfume-like aromas, there is a light chocolate malts aroma and some spicy Belgian yeast.

The taste has an interesting herbal kick up front, some flowers with cinnamon and other spices mixed in. The malts are in control underneath but the finish brings back the bitter herbal flavors, almost medicinal in character.

The mouthfeel is really nice, thick and creamy for a saison with strong carbonation.

Overall, it's another really creative brew from Stillwater, but it's not nearly as good as A Saison Darkly, which I really enjoyed. The spices and herbs bring a nice complexity but don't exactly come together for me. Still tasty.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
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.


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Photo of Casey10
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow found this at a small shop near where I live and was quite impressed.

Poured into tulip a slight head with a dark body with a nutty overtones. Nice smell really nice belgian sugar taste the mouthfeel gives the consumer what Belgium I all about.

Either way a nice brew worth the price and must try

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Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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 beerpirates
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

Aroma is plum, raisin, loads of fruity and floral hops, some wheat and spices.
Flavour is sweetness of malt, caramel and some liquorice, nice hop bitterness with some spices. Touch of wheat. Some alcohol in the finish. Reminds of lot's and lot's of standard Belgian brews, but then with an extra touch. Good beer.

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Photo of Brabander
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a very nice dark ale. Urbain made this one together with Stillwater New York.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks very nice, Deepdarkbrown fluid with the well known Struise head. Great smell and an even better taste. Pinetree and some nice herbs. This is definatly one of the better beers i have tasted the last months. Good sweetness and very drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden.

What a treat i am giving myself. Thanks Urbain!

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Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 145 ratings