Rule Of Thirds (Import Series Vol. 4) | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Rule Of Thirds (Import Series Vol. 4)Rule Of Thirds (Import Series Vol. 4)

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A hoppy Belgian triple brewed with Dr. Canarus at Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus in Deinze-Gottem, Belgium. Three fermentables (Pils & Munich malt and Light Candi Sugar), generously hopped with Styrian Goldings, Hallertau Mittelfruh, and Amarillo.

Added by codewarrior on 09-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 58
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellowish brown in color and poured with a finger high head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Quite unusual for the style, the smell has aromas of bananas, raisins and spices along with notes of floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has notes of orange zest in the flavor. There are some hints of bitterness from the hops and alcohol in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness and warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The beer is quite good but would be more drinkable if the alcohol was hidden from the taste.

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at Smoke and Barrel in washington dc adams morgan.

a- A fair golden color that was a little pale for my liking.

s- Smell was relativley faint with a little hops and a little sweetness.

t- This is the beers high point, a little hoppy and a little sweet. Very palatable for such a high abv it really doesnt taste nearly as heavy as other 8% beers.

o- this would be a hell of a session beer ddespite it scarcity. it would be nice if it was more widely distributed.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden color with three fingers of fluffy white head. Good retention and soapy lace.

Candied orange on the aroma right up front with doughy yeast in the background. A little bit of grassy hops in linger in the background with a little bit of ginger. Caramel and toffee on the pallet more than anything. A bit of orange kicking around with some slightly bitter hops giving in the finish with doughy yeast.

A little sticky on the feel with subtle carbonation. Overall, a solid offering from these guys.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, out of an American brewery, c'mon,

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a very light white head, spotty lace.

S: Quite hoppy, very grassy with some orange zest.

T: Direct hop character with pine and a lot of lemon zest. Medium bready malt. A fresh taste, vibrant hops.

M: Medium-bodied, light carbonation, creamy carbonation.

O: A hoppy tripel, you get what's advertised. Well made, an enjoyable effort although it's expensive.

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Photo of isitsavage
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Cork and Barrel in DC. Collaboration with Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus.

Second Stillwater beer I've had, the first being the Our Side collaboration with Mikkeller so I guess I haven't truly had a purely Stillwater beer yet. However I have found both of these beers to be very unique and enjoyable.

Arrived at my table in a tulip glass, cloudy, yeasty appearing yellow with a finger of white head.

Smells both hoppy and sweet. Bready and bitter.

Taste is complex and I found it to follow the menu description (hoppy tripel) in the best way possible. Perfect amount of hoppy bitterness for me, not being a big hop head. Nice bready almost chewy yeast sweetness. There is really something else special going on here that I can't put my finger on. Wish I could describe it at least a little bit but I didn't take any notes during tasting. I'll have to take a look through the other reviews to see if anyone picked up on it. I will say I felt the same way about the Mikeller Our Side collaboration and It's something I'm really liking from this brewer, always seems to have something a little special or unique while still staying relatively true to the style.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up an 11.2 OZ bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Stone IPA branded pint glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a very hazy, honey-like hue with a decent head that unfortunately dissipates before I could get a sip in with no lacing at all.

S: Sweet malt and citrusy hops, some biscuit and not much more.

T: Pretty much on point with the nose, but with a good amount of booze and sweet fruity esters. Pretty weird and really not comparable to any credible "hoppy belgian" ale out there.

M: Medium to full bodied ale with appropriate carbonation for the style finishing with a earthy lingering bitterness from the hop - unfortunately the only good attribute from this one.

First off, not to boast by any means, but I have been to Holland and Belgium too many times to count, each time trying as many beers as possible, and I honestly feel like I have a pretty good grasp on what a "hoppy belgian" ale should be (La Chouffe, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor, Kannen & Kruiken, etc.) and this one's not even in the same ball park. Nice try, but good luck next time guys!

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Photo of larryi86
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chalice

A- A very hazy golden/copper color with a small with head.

S- Sweet, banana, yeast, citrus/tropical hops.

T- Hoppiness is much more noticeable in the taste. The sweetness and yeast are just like smell and are balanced by the hops that come out nicely in the finish.

M- Medium body, high carbonation.

O- This is a nice beer and I am really enjoying it. 8%ABV is well hidden. It is unique and the flavors work well together. As also another good beer from Stillwater, but not as good as Jaded. Hopefully I can get some more some.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

excellent triple in the face of something Belgian. this is dead on ball accurate with a nice unique hopping of american hops. pour is golden and i pour the murk in too. great belgian carbonation and warmth going down not as the cost of booziness. nice esters and yeastiness. walnut zucchini bread with pineapple. palate is breathy and voluminous. nice belgian cane note and complex ester of very mild citrus fruit. nice spiciness and just straight up a beautifully balanced tripel. best american coined render i've had... or um... american gypsy render. afterall it says product of Belgium.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip with a slightly hazy golden color with a quarter inch white head.

The aroma is sweet candy with some banana and citrus.

The taste starts out with some candy sweetness. There is a bit of spicy yeast flavor. The hop flavor comes across a bit vegetably.

The body is medium to full with lots of carbonation.

This is nice to try but the yeast flavor doesn't mix with the hops as well as I would hope. This is a nice one to try either way.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a duvel tasting snifter

L: Hazy apricot body, with a frothy bubbly head, 2 fingers. Dissipates quickly but some stubbornly clings to the edge of the glass.

S: Smell is more like a quad for sweetness, cut short by a biting hop profile in the tail. Crisp bitterness lingers long after the first sniff.

T: Starts smooth and syrupy, great light carmel apple taste through the opener here, with the hops sliding in underneath, and eventually taking over the beer (not unwelcomely). Finish is a lingering crisp bitterness with citrus notes that mirrors the nose.

F: For as big as this beer tastes, the mouthfeel is refreshingly light and crisp.

D: Good drinking beer here, bit of a sipper, but all around enjoyable and refreshing, while still standing up to it's big-beer style expectations.

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