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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
stillwater-artisanal.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A ’Post Prohibition’ style ale brewed with Pilsner malt, corn, and rice. Hopped at 2lbs per BBL with Cluster, Northern Brewer, and Saaz and fermented with a farmhouse ale yeast and 2 strains of brettanomyces to weigh in at 4.5% ABV.

Batch 1 750ml
Batch 2 22oz

Added by Jason on 01-10-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
185
Reviews:
64
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
13.85%
 
 
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17
Gots:
12
For Trade:
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Ratings: 185 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The farm smell is right there wafting through and after the pour. Really funky. Above average mouthfeel. Nothing exceptional taste wise, a little pepper, drinking of hay, but drinkable. Some rice as in saki, as in roast and toast rice. Worth a try for something different.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw/blonde with an impressive inch and a half of head. Huge gobs of lace get left behind. Looks very appealing.

The smell starts with heavy corn, grass and grain. Citrus and flowers make a small appearance.

The grain shows up quick, lemon and grass follow shortly. Simple but well balanced. Goes down very easily.

Easy to get through a bottle, but not worth the price. Love Stillwater, sort of like this beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, pale golden color with a one-finger, bubbly white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very phenolic and funky with caramel notes.

T - Good funky flavor with a nice spicy bitter bite. Nice funkiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

O - This is a pretty tastier beer. It reminded me of a lighter version of Rayon Vert.

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Photo of JasonSiedman
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap

The body sits a light golden yellow with a foamy white cap. Great retention with lines of lace inside the glass.

The nose is strong with brett. Barnyard, hay, lemon, fruity yeast, with some pale malt holding down the back end.

Holy brett. Easily the most brett forward beer I have come across. A clean lager-like base with a sweet, cereal-like graininess and a huge dose of Brett. Heavy barnyard, straw, wet hay, lemon.

Light body with moderate carbonation. I've run in to some brett beers recently that had the carbonation turned up too high. This guy got it right. High, but yet complementary to the prickly brett qualities.

The brett hits you like a ton of bricks. What a unique base for such a heavy brett character. If you like brett, seek out this beer. Nicely done.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is a very light pale yellow, light haze, with a fair amount of white fluffy head. Nose has a great Brett presence, dusty and lightly leathery, hints of peppery spice with a lemony fruity back end. The taste is great, strong Brett presence again, dusty, very fruity array of tropical fruits. Mango's and apricots, very expressive and tight. Soft body, a touch syrupy, decent carbonation. Extremely refreshing and so bright especially for the abv.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
Batch #1
A- This beer is just a bit of a gusher pouring a thick rocky white foam that takes up most of the glass. It slowly settles down to a slightly hazy bright yellow body with a violent carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The earthy wet rice and strong grapefruit aromas of brett give way to some pithy green notes in the finish that could be hops or brett. There is an interesting lavender soap hint that comes through as the beer opens.

T- The touch of malt sweetness is followed by grapefruit brett character and a full pungent pithy hops in the finish. The green grapefruit flavor lingers for a bit after the dry finish. As it opens up there are some hints of slightly over ripe fruit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a gentle scrubbing fizz and compliments the hops nicely.

O- This beer really has a beautiful brett character that is full in the aroma with some nice bright flavors supporting it in the taste. There is a touch of tartness that grows and more depth comes with each glass.

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Photo of masonkessinger
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

consumed on 6/30, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from my stillwater wineglass. As the bottle is a 22ozer, must be batch 2.

a - brew poured an opaque golden blonde with visible carbonation and a thin bubbley head that dissolved rather quickly leaving a very thin skin of bubbles on the surface. there was very minimal lacing that was spotty at best.

s - i immediately pick up some brett funk/sweetness on the nose (ooh how i love brett). some other saison like qualities are there, but mostly brett and pale malts on the nose.

t - lots of brett funk begins a devilish dance with an intense amount of spicing. lots of grains, almost rye like. interesting and different...but the finish is a bit awkward and grainy. finishes almost rubbery...but i got used to the finish after a few sips. all in all rather tasty.

m - very lively and prickly carbonation. really tickles my tongue. finishes dry with an odd aftertaste.

o - overall, an interesting beer. the brett seems to be what saves the beer and makes it enjoyable, but when the brett fades on the flavor after swallowing a taste the finish is a bit rubbery and has that barnyard funkiness to it. all in all i did enjoy this beer and am very glad to have tried it. i would probably pick this up again if given the chance. pretty tasty and nice for the warm weather. rather refreshing.

bottle

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Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jburchett
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of keanlacrosse
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at ? (I think TJ's, Paoli, PA)

Not a bad beer for a style I'm not a huge fan of. Poured a light, golden yellow, pale and slightly hazy, with a small cap of white bubbles for a head; minimal retention and lacing. Aromas of pale malts, musty grass, and a distinctive Belgian yeast quality that puts this on the border of a saison (typical Stillwater fare). More of the same in the taste, bready pale malts, yeast, grass, light herbal hops. Light-medium body and quite good for the style.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2, 22oz bomber. Surprising price of $10.99 per.

Fits the bill nicely as a blonde. Hazy blonde, with a finger of bright white head.

The aroma is quite funky, hay-like, barnyard, slight wheaty, almost grainy note.

Taste is rather funky, with a bit of apple skins, and citrus peels. Pale malts, grains and some grassy hops.

Light, crisp, somewhat bubbly, almost effervescent. Good feel for the style.

Not much a fan of blonde (ales), but the Brett funks this thing up and makes it a beast.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pohldogg356
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, batch 2 presumably.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a soapy white head that leaves some streaks of lacing. There is a thin cap on top throughout.

Aroma is crisp and clean with some spicy saison yeast as well as plenty of straw and light brett funk. There is also quite a pronounced lemon character and apricots.

Light lactic sourness up front, though very subtle, with some underlying fruity sweetness, grapes maybe. Spicy yeast and lots of grass and a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel is lively and light, almost fizzy, which makes it very drinkable. Dry finish.

Another excellent beer in the long line of Belgian-style brews from Stillwater. This is probably the lightest and most drinkable I've had from them even if it's not quite a complex and "meaty" as some of the other.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli PA into a tulip style glass.

A: A medium golden color with a one finger white fluffy head. Full glass lacing sticks.

S: Nice brett smells of barnyard, hay, straw, lemon and yeast. Some floral herbal hops as well.

T: The brett yeastiness really shines through early on to mix with the lemon tartness to yield some funk of wet hay, straw and barnyard. I get some subtle sweetness, but the beer really mostly stays tart. Herbal and floral hops keep some bitterness going and the finish is tart and dry. Nice brett beer, easy to drink!

M: Light and tart, no alcohol.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I really loved the brett and how it lasted through the entire tasting experience. This is a very drinkable beer that I will seek out again.

One of the easiest most flavorful drinking bretted beers I have had to date. You can have a few of these and really enjoy each one. Nice.

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Photo of jonnybraddock
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of elNopalero
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1, enjoyed 6/2012 thanks to XicanoBeerRun.

A post-Prohibition ale? In this case it means a beer made with corn and rice. If there were more adjunct lagers made as good as this it would definitely change my opinion of using rice and corn as ingredients to brew with. Hmmm….

This pours a cloudy golden-straw color with a tremendous billowy layer of cottony foam sitting atop it. There’s some slightly tart lemony notes in the aroma.

The flavoring has a mild tartness to it and a light spice with a bitterness midpoint. At first I thought of a rye spiciness, with its concomitant fruit-like notes. Turns out there’s a double addition of Brett, which would explain the interesting and hard-to-place flavors and aromas, as well as the exceptionally dry finish. (And what I can only describe as a light “baking soda” hint on the flavor.) Crisp, light, delicious.

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Photo of theminutemen
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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