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%
 
 
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16
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Photo of ncelauro
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of brewandstew
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

We're serving this guest tap at the brew pub where I work.

Appearance is amber with rocky white head. Clarity is brilliant.

Aroma has slight spice notes, dominated with floral rose notes and green apple.

Flavor is floral and medicinal. I get green apple and acetaldehyde with hints of rose. To me the flavor is not pleasant.

Mouthfeel is crisp and appropriate for the style.

Overall impression of this beer is that the flavor is convoluted and not well executed. Other reviews describe a beer darker in color than the beer we have on tap under the same moniker. The floral/ herbal ingredients do not seem to mesh well in the final product. I am not sure if the beer is fresh, though I know it was very expensive. I was hoping for a better experience.

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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 random846
4/5  rDev -1%

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

33cl bottle into a HF wine glass

A: Pours a dark brown color with amber highlights. A finger of creamy khaki foam forms with great retention and lacing.

S: Sweet prunes mixed with sherry/oxidation notes. Belgian yeasty esters help balance the sweetness. The dark dried fruit sweetness is pretty intense in that it's concentrated, not necessarily too sweet.

T: My first thought on the flavor is oxidation. I get a bit of cardboard mixed with sherry notes. Dark, overripe fruits are still there, though not quite as intense as the aroma. I also get some burnt sugars. Esters are there, but are hiding behind the fruit.

M: Medium thickness and creamy carbonation.

O: A nice BSDA. Intense dark fruit with nice subtle esters.

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Photo of jorgerod99
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of impending
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of mportnoy
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Proclarush
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Xandrose
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of bpasquini
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky reddish amber with almost no head, leaves a little lacing after taking a drink

S: To me theres not a whole lot going on here, smells like most other belgian strong ales, but has a little extra floral aroma to it, the smell is very light to, almost hard to smell, but what you get from it smells pretty good

T: First taste is a nice strong yeast flavor, which then transfers to a sweet honey floral flavor followed with a little bit of an alcohol presence, but the alcohol is very light and compliments the beer, this is surprisingly full of flavor compared to how weak the scent was given off of the beer

M: Light for a strong belgian, very crisp as well which is nice, slightly oily as well which makes it smooth

O: It's pretty good, I didn't know what to think about it at first but the more I drink it the more I like it, definitely pick this one up if you like belgian style beers

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a murky light brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that doesn't retain long before soon becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind.

S- Pretty standard Belgian yeast aroma that's sweet and has good notes of Belgian Candi sugar. Kinda boozy though.

T- Packs a flavorful punch of spice, yeast and alcohol that's married well. The sweetness reigns throughout and there's notes of honey and lavender that are quite pleasant. Not as boozy in the taste as the aroma.

M- Pretty slick, almost syrupy. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A nice tasting BSDA that benefits well from the mixture of spices.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.74/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a clear red-orange amber with a thin off-white head that dissipated to patch foam and a ring around the glass with slippery lacing. Interesting aroma of toasted malt, dark dried fruit, dark fruit esters, almost like a rich porter blended with a Belgian dark. Flavor is dominated by the dark dried fruit emphasizing dates and figs, sweet earthiness, rich caramel malt with hints of toasted malt, finishes with sweet fresh and dried dark fruit, leaning towards a barleywine profile, but retaining the dark Belgian fruitiness and character. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Very nice flavor balance. Hope I can find another bottle of this one. Stillwater is amazing, but combined with de Struise, a sublime collaboration.

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Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jklecko2
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of popery
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber. It would be dark for Belgian golden, but it's pretty light for a BSDA. They should just call this a Belgian ale and leave it at that. Small to medium off-white head. Fades to not much after a couple minutes. Just a bit of lacing. The aroma is raisins, pepper, caramel and some nutty, toasty malt. There's also a light spice touch, almost like a woody cinnamon, possibly the flowers coming out in an odd way. The taste is pretty sweet with a bunch of toasty malt. It dries out some in the finish with a woody, floral aftertaste. Peppercorn spice throughout, pretty strong. Slight medicinal note - I'm not normally a fan but it works well, here. For the floral side, I wish there was a bit more rose and less jasmine, which I'm not a big fan of in beer. That said, the flowers are much more restrained than I expected. Stillwater does a very good job with not overdoing oddball ingredients in their beers. Little booze evident, just some warmth at the end. Decent bitterness towards the finish, sort of a leafy tobacco flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty light for the abv and initial sweetness. Overall, it's a pretty good BSDA, but despite the complexity, I'm left a bit unsatisfied. The flavors just don't quite play off each other well, for my palate anyway.

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Photo of GTB
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Tone
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.

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Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of CB_Crowe
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Nutwood
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of lsummers
4/5  rDev -1%

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