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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
It’s my pleasure to present a collaboration with The Brewer’s Art. A Baltimore institution that helped to pioneer the Belgian beer movement in the States. Brewed with a combination of Spelt & Rye, accented with a blend of Heather, Honeysuckle, and Hyssop. The result is a rustic farmhouse ale displaying earthy tones & floral characteristics while maintaining intricate balance.

Added by StaEva on 06-14-2011

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a subtle hazy burnt orange color with a thin white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Light lingering lacing runs around the glass nicely. The smell starts off with some sweet honeysuckle, light floral (heather), subtle grassy sweetness. Slight sweet cherries. Light toast (with that good "butter" to it, not diacetyl) The flavor brings everything together to produce a nice sticky sweetness running into the aftertaste with all previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a nice semi-sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light. Decent for what it is. Overall, good biere de garde. Pretty sure I could have again.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a thin cap of loose foam that leaves scattered blobs of lace as it recedes.

Smells of stewed apples and pears, spiced honey, wildflowers, lemon and orange zest, sweet grain, soft barnyard funk and leafy herbal hops.

Tastes of apple crisp, honeyed peach, more juicy orange and lemon, trail mix dried apricots, breakfast cereal, fresh bread, mildly funky yeast and more tea-like hop bitterness.

Feels soft and round. Hefty medium body with silky carbonation. Finishes sweet and citrusy.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Doesn't look like much, but it's a very pleasant evening sipper.

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Photo of emquilxy
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque gold producing 3+ fingers of finely bubbled shaving cream like, lasting, white head that leaves a thin wash of streaky lace. Aroma is floral, spice, musty yeasty & heavy to white fruits, with a hints of wheat, pepper, bananas & faint clove. Unless the rye is manifested in the spice I'm missing it. Taste is floral, smooth cream, bready wheat, pale malts, lemon, spice, Belgian yeast notes of peach & pear with a dry hoppiness, bitter (heavily so for the style) & lightly sour flavors from just after mid-sip & lasting well into the aftertaste. The bitterness may come from the heather & rye more so than the hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation, creamy smooth with a peppery finish. Lasting bitterness on the tongue. I'm not sure about what I should have picked up from the from the hyssop & honeysuckle but the brew certainly has some strong floral notes.

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Photo of TheHopsman
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SStein
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pineapple_playa
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky bright golden yellow color with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is sweet fruit and yeast with some grain added. The taste is very close to the nose. Did not work for me.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of REDAMI
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into Orval chalice.

L-Copper-gold color, no head, minimal foam.

S-Very faint nose, sweet/sour grain, must.

T-Grassy and floral on the front end with a slight spice, mellows into rye and bready notes.

F-Sharp, crisp carbonation, dry on the palate.

A crisp, summery beer. One of those unique chances to actually taste all of the ingredients used rather than having them muddled into something else.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour: 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance: Light gold or straw in color. Mostly clear but also has some slight haze. Scant amounts of carbonation. Slight white head which reduces to a ring around the glass after settling. Slight amounts of lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma: very nice balance of light malt aroma mixed with hints of yeasty and earthy elements. On the swirl, there is a fair amount of flowery aromas and slight traces of alcohol. Taste: Reverse of the nose in order of ingredients experienced. The funky and yeasty notes make themselves known immediately. After, a slight tartness, which is balanced nicely by the malt is found. Very nice and balanced. Aftertaste: More pronounced malt on the back end as the tart and funky yeast elements recede. Also revealed is some subtle stone fruit notes. Somewhat peach-like. Notes: Excellent balance between the yeast and malt. Result/ Rating: Very good. 4.21 out of 5.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swgwilt
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigAl18
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BradShook
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AD17
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of innominat
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice Biere de Garde pours a rustic brownish amber with a modest head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring and thin layer with light lacing. Nose of earthy, musty, yeast laden funk with sweet light honey and herbal notes. Flavors exceed the nose with breaded yeasty goodness that hits on the front, sweet honey and light stone fruits of peaches on the middle, and herbal notes of rye that gives a light white pepper flavor rests soundly on the back and finishes moderately dry and highly quaff-able. A solid beer to keep style that has an artists touch. Great mouth feel, moderately carbonated and easy to sip. Excellent.


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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Funkwerks oversized snifter. Sipped on while Rembrandt Pussyhorse played in the background.

Apperance: Pours a thin cap of quickly dissipating head atop a golden brown body. Hazy body though there is no yeast floating around. Almost no lacing and just the thinnest of rings.

Aroma: On the nose light peppery phenols and pearish fruity esters. Fresh baked bread biere de garde maltiness under a herbal honey sweetness. Knowing rye and spelt was used in the beer you notice a grainy, almost minty maltiness. Good balance between the sweetness and herbal notes complementing each other.

Taste: Opens with more of that light white pepper note before going into a deep pear skin juiciness. The malts finish out with a lingering floral honey flavor. Snappy yeast and herbs clean up after the sweetness. Mental image of a honey jar label (flowers/beers).

Mf: Medium full body with a lower carbonation. No heat. Sweet and almost creamy.

Overall: A tasty and unique beer that plays well off the biere de garde style. I wouldn't mind a bit more carbonation. If you like a full, sweet slightly peppery beer with botanical notes this is probably for you.

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Photo of GrumD
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy and with little carbonation. The head soon disappears leaving it looking a little lifeless. Almost banana-like nose, perhaps from the yeast. The initial taste is of spice, but nothing overwhelms or impresses. It is also a little sweet for this style (I prefer the French versions, although they too are varied!). The finish is sweet and could perhaps benefit from a little bitter hop hit.

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