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:
144
Reviews:
75
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
16
For Trade:
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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of avalon07
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a murky texture. There was almost no head to speak of. Very little lacing either.

S: A good aroma of malt, apples, spices, and a sugary quality.

T: Tasted of green apples, Belgian yeast, caramel, malt, and some spices. A nicely complex, focused beer with a lot of force to it. Quite tasty.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of better examples of a BSDA made by an American brewer. Isn't quite as fantastic as some of Stillwater's saisons, but a tasty beer nonetheless.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of BrianScottK
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of persnickyty
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light brown amber with a dense, creamy, off-white head that laces. It has a very interesting nose; herbal, almost barrel aged bourbon booze, and candy sugar. Drinking it provides much less of the herbal aromatics/flavors as everything blends together, once again similar to a barrel aged beer (even though it's not BA). Upfront there is caramelized sweetness followed by subtle floral herbal notes and a very subtle bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, rich with balanced flavors, herbal (not excessively), and delicious. This is a unique, approachable gruit-esque beer that's definitely worth trying if you have the chance.

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Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of furthurgone
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of busternuggz
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a red wine glass.

Dark brown with a slight dark amber at the edges. Ridiculous 1 1/2" puffy, bubbly khaki head that leaves curtains of lacing. Head is resilient , slowly recedes to about 1/4".

Big floral notes, like fresh flowers, and subtle chocolate lead on the nose with some juicy lemon and orange undertones and herbalness, like gentian or fennel seed.

Nuttiness and light caramel hit me first on the taste with a tangy, bright chocolate/carob. Ends with some molasses and earth, a little plant-like hop bitterness, and licorice. Very different from the scent.

Light-medium body, smooth, a little sticky. Ends fairly clean.

Overall tasty and unique, a little weird though. It comes off like a complex, light bodied brown ale. Hard to know what to make of it but it has character.

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2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

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 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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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and brown sugar notes, as well as some dark fruit. The flavor is very similar. I get quite a bit of dark fruit notes, as well as some toffee and a little bit of caramel. There is a touch of alcohol and some candy-sugar-like sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of kkipple
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.

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Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
4.04 out of 5 based on 144 ratings.
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