As Follows | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John_M on 03-06-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
535
Reviews:
129
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
8.56%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
80
For Trade:
2
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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveCash
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothman
3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

White head. Golden orange color. Light haze.

Lots of bananas, cloves, Belgian yeast, and spice. Herbal notes and some floral hops.

Bubbly feel. A bit boozy. Dry.

Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish tulip. Very cool bottle artwork.

L: Pours a cloudy light to medium golden color. 2 fingers of white head. Sparse lacing.

S: Citrus... lemon rind and tangerine. Lots of yeasty goodness.

T/F: Semi-sweet mingled with citrus. Lemon for sure... tropical fruits/pineapple. Complex from the yeast which gives it some good spice. Cloves and nutmeg. Well carbonated. Zesty on the tongue and medium in body. Finish and aftertaste are citrus.

O: My first beer from Stillwater and a delicious one at that. Complex and citrusy... a credit to the style.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware). This has a freshness date of October 2017 printed in yellow ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“BBE OCT 17 18 10:28”), which makes me think this was bottled in October of 2016. All things considered, this should be in decent condition for the style. Refrigerated several days.

Appearance (3.0): Probably one and a half fingers of bone white, somewhat crackly foam rise off of the pour, capping a slightly hazy, 24ct gold-colored body. It recedes surprisingly quickly, but hey. It leaves no lacing to speak of, and the head eventually dies down to just a thin collar at the surface of the beer, where it meets the glass. No retention.

Smell (4.0): This offers a full bouquet, right up the middle of what a BSPA should smell like: baked pear and pastry (think pear galette), coriander and white pepper, orange zest, juicy-sweet floral notes, honey, fresh cut grass, unpasteurized apple juice, and maybe grains of paradise. Crushed white grapes. Some slightly medicinal, phenolic undertones come through, blending well with the spice notes present here. The malt is in there with fresh-baked, multigrain country bread, warm with a touch of honey. Nice stuff.

Taste (4.25): Oooh, this is a lot like the nose but much fuller and richer, in some way. The sweetness suggested by the fruit and honey in the nose is emphasized, more than the spice and phenol components. Candied pear, bright apple flesh, a touch of lemon juice, malt balls, toasted white bread with buckwheat honey, and a touch of candied orange peel fill out the sweet, malty, yeasty heart of this beer. Around the edges, light phenolic tones with very light white pepper, stronger coriander, and a light medicinal character offer counterpoint to the malty, yeasty core; on top of it all, grassy and floral bitterness with citrusy notes that play very well with the citrus-oriented part of the beer’s yeasty sweetness offer a nice, hoppy component that doesn’t just complement but really meshes well with the rest of the beer. No booze is obvious, per se, but you can tell it’s hidden nicely by the sweet, yeasty body and some of the phenolic character of this beer. Very well-constructed.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Carbonation is surprisingly subdued, with a low volume but very tingly feel boosted by the alcohol content of this beer. The body has a full feel, with a somewhat north of medium weight and creamy, slick, slightly syrupy feel. It’s a big, full-feeling iteration of the style.

Overall (4.0): In my mind, there are a couple of different ways that you approach this style, from a design standpoint: the less common way is like Duvel, which is crisp and effervescent, and can be quite dry; the other, much more common form is like this beer. It’s rich, creamy, quite fruity, can be quite spicy, very yeasty, and chewy. It’s got some more room for variation than a typical tripel, another blond, strong, pale Belgian style of beer, and this beer is very much a product of that room for variation, if you ask me. It’s big, yeasty, sweet but never cloying, spicy but never aggressive, and phenolic but never offputting. It’s quite good, and a fairly straightforward (but well-built) example of this style, if you ask me. That said, it also isn’t blowing the roof off of the style—it just hits all the necessary notes, and hits them well. Recommended for fans of the style.

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Photo of heddar33
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Taybeh
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AndreRus
4.96/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Some wine grape notes. Incredibly delicious. Definitely does not taste like abv. 9.0.

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Photo of DanfromVan
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The woman I loved was from Baltimore. But like this beer, the love turned bitter, and the necklaces and scent were spectacular but thin and not long lasting. Too much alcohol, for a thin beer, and a very hoppy finish made for a short lived affair with this one. Could be an interesting summer chiller att about 6% ABV.9% just kills it.

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Photo of swgwilt
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patrickt22
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bgfunk
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

To me this is nothing like a Belgian Ale. I've spent most of my adult life drinking St. Bernardus, Gulden Draaak and Kasteel, and this is nothing like that. This taste more of a double IPA than anything from Belgium. Very bitter but conceals it's high ABV very well.

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Photo of AD17
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 13tido
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Njriorden
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of daledeee
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Browsed through the local beer store otherwise known as the grocery store. I look up the score before I buy. This one faired well and I already liked what I had from them.

Poured a straw yellow with plenty of granules suspended but otherwise clear. The head is white and good but it goes away.

Nose was funky/skunky at first. Swirling of the glass released some bubblegum and fruits.

Taste mellowed to a nice Belgian yeast flavor with some hints of banana and other tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel is really nice and was smooth to the tongue with nice carbonation.

Overall, this reminds me of other Saisons and Belgians I have had. I like it. True to style

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