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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John_M on 03-06-2012

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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 526
Photo of DanfromVan
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
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 Bgfunk
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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 daledeee
4.18/5  rDev +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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Photo of clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden body with two finger head that died quick and left bit of a lace ring. Aroma is sweet thanks to bit of bubblegum yeast and candi sugar aromas, as well as some tropical fruit notes come through (and some minor tartness as well). Smooth, medium bodied beer that is fluffy and sweet thanks to yeast notes, candi sugar and tropical fruits (mainly pineapple and peach). This sweet aspect is kept in check with undercurrents of peppery spices, almost clove-like, notes of citric (like lemon) hops and bits of bread malt although the beer is still thick/cloying at times.

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Photo of MLoxxer
2.55/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer on tap, served in a pint glass of all things. I really think it was served before its time (pretty green tasting). Appearance-wise it lacked the yeasty haze I like to see in a Belgian strong pale, in fact it was quite transparent. The flavor wasn't quite as developed as I had hoped. That being said I am glad to see another beer in this style being offered domestically.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, Julian date 274:15 (Oct 1, 2015).

Poured without the yeast, it's pale gold in color with a slight haze to it. Large, frothy white head with good retention. Very fruity aroma along the lines of pears and apples. Light spiciness and light grainy malt. A little more spiciness in the flavor, but the alcohol is completely hidden. Medium-light bodied with a dry finish. Not as carbonated as something like Duvel, but the flavors are spot on. A very clean and smooth Belgian style ale with a sneaky-high ABV. Nicely done.

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Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nicely done! A perfect replica of a Belgian ale. Sweet, fruity, spicy, some floral notes, hints of citrus, all masking some high ABV, which is not at all evident in the taste (or aroma). I love it.

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Photo of MNAle
3.19/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Stamped 274:15 11:41, reviewed on 1/29-30. Aroma is fruity, perhaps banana, bready yeast, grass. Color light straw, slightly hazy, vigorous carbonation, tall, white bubbly head. Moderate feel. Mild and fruity taste, banana, almost hefe-like taste which tansitions to a very slightly bitter finish. There is no booziness to this; the alcohol is well hidden. To say this is not what I was expecting is an understatement. Maybe I'm just used to English style of strong ales. To my preferences, this beer is too soft fruity and saccharine. I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of zonker17
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow, small amount of sediment brings little haze. Big head in a Duvel tulip that nearly completely goes away. Grassy nose, a little floral/herbal. Taste of Belgian yeast, slight bitterness, clean aftertaste. Light bodied and high carbonation.

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Photo of champ103
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazed straw/yellow color. A towering bone white head rises to over two fingers. Dense with great retention. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Fairly simple in the nose. A yeast like spiciness up front. Some bread, and fruitiness that ranges from orange/citrus to banana. Not "funky" in the Bret sense, but noticeable Belgian funky yeast. Very nice.
T: Again, that Belgian yeast is very apparent up front. Spicy, earthy, light funk. Baked bread, and fruity esters that, again, range from orange rind to banana/clove. Maybe a little hoppy bitterness in the finish. Love the spicy and ester character here.
M/D: A medium body with a beautiful effervescent bite. Crisp and bright, very refreshing, and finishes on the slightly dry side. Really enjoyable to drink. With a well hidden alcohol content, and great yeast character. Something I want to come back to.

An excellent example of the style. Nuanced and refined, though with a ton of character at the same time. Really well done and something I will need to get more of.

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Photo of retry4z
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great example of a Belgian golden strong--Belgian yeast in taste and aroma shines through. Massive head. Overripened banana and tropical fruit, warming aftertaste, floral and leafy flavor. Aroma is right on point, possibly eclipses Duvel.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pilsner glass; color is an opaque straw, head is bright white, presents about 1/2 inch thick and dissipates quickly to a ring and light top.

Smell is fairly simple and subdued for a beer of this strength, but that is enticing as the heat from the abv is tamed by the breader malts; light subtle yeast spiciness is noted, lighter fruit esters.

Taste is similarly smooth the aroma, nice smooth mouthfeel for a strong belgian, hops are more pronounced than the aroma with a solid backing bitterness; esters and light spices noted, maybe touch of clove or banana.

Mouthfeel is where this beer stands out, very smooth and light on the tongue until a lingering bitterness kicks in - very pleasant.

Overall, a wonderful take on the belgian pale ale/strong belgian style. Smooth aroma, taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this is good. Got too much head on the pour, stopped let settle and finished pour. Head was nice sticky frothy foam. Settled to film and ring. Some lace or foam stuck on sides but then disappeared. Gold, orangeish opaque or somewhat murky color. At first I didn't get much for smell but then once the head left I got the fruits and grass. White grape, peach, orange, fresh grassy. I keep getting more as it warms a bit, was not too cold on pour either. Now I get apple cider maybe a bit vinegary. Rarely do I enjoy smell as much as this. Taste follow smell but get some hop bitterness and some sweetness but it is shifting to a sour-tang as I continue. The feel was a bit too fizzy and I don't like the dryness I'm getting. I may have a dry mouth though from too many salty thing today. Overall I am really taken by this one. Not as typical of a Belgian as I expected but I like where it's focused. Makes me want to try other Belgians because I have not always liked the style when heavier on spice or something that this doesn't have. Not sure what, but I like it. Stillwater keeps surprising me. Way to go.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy straw gold pour supports a thin, almost fizzy foam collar that doesn’t do much lace. S: Belgian yeast, banana over hops on the nose, some orange peel, light earthiness. T: Some malty sweetness, light biscuit, apricot to peach, some pepper on the finish. F: Very creamy, medium light body, medium high carbonation. O: Light and refreshing and hard to believe that this is 9% abv.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased at CBX in Charleston, poured into snifter.
A: pours a plus one finger white foam head, a clear light golden body, carbonation, very little lacing
S: Belgian yeast, candy sugar, sweet grass, fruit tones of peach and white grape
M:medium light body with a hint of creaminess, semi dry finish on the tongue I'm guessing due to alcohol
T: just fantastic, Belgian yeast n candied sugar, peach, white grape, sweet hay, sweet orange, hints of orange rind, slight metallic towards the end that combines with some slight hop bitterness
O:as mentioned before the alcohol is well hidden and the taste is great, must try, I wonder how well this would age for a several months?

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a hazy, murky, golden with a one finger white head that dissipated rather fast. The smell of the beer is funky, barnyardish-straw, then a sweet citrus hoppiness, with a sourish note throughout. This beer is highly effervescent, very dry and moderately bitter, with some pine, some straw, slight lemon, pretty salty, some pepper notes that seem to linger on the tongue. This beer is pretty easy to drink for a 9% beer. Maybe not my favorite style but still a well made and enjoyable beer none the less. If your into Belgians you should give this one a try, Cheers!

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Photo of dar482
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer offers heavy Belgian yeast, breadiness, a bright orange, and spicy quality.

The flavor hits of heavy yeast quality with some banana, clove and more spice. A clean quality with some sweetness hiding the alcohol. A medium plus phenolic quality hits at the end as the beer dries out.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, golden orange/copper color with a finger and a half of white-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with strong notes of bready, toasted malt, imparting aromas of English muffins and French baguettes, followed by some pineapple-like citrus, candied sugar, Belgian yeast funkiness, spices like black pepper, coriander, saffron, ginger and a touch of floral, piney hops.

Taste: Damn good! Lots of bready toasted malt up front, followed by some candied sugar-like sweetness, citrus such as pineapple and orange, spices such as black pepper, coriander, ginger and a touch of saffron, Belgian yeast, and finished with some floral, piney, grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation. With an ABV of 9.0%, this beer is very deceptive as there is very little, line none what-so-ever, alcohol on the palate. The alcohol is incredibly well masked.

Overall: This is an excellent Belgian-style golden ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a tulip at the Brave Horse Tavern in Seattle.

Appearance: nice, smooth golden hue with a light haze and a finger of frothy ivory foam leaving a little lace on the glass. Not bad.

Smell: sweet, lightly malty and wiht a green, springy hop character. Light and fluffy; I like it.

Taste: quite malty and sweet, getting close to tripel territory here. Those same notes of green, grassy and springy come through from the aroma. There's not a strong alcohol heat, which helps the balance; overall I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body but with a big carbonation and a very, very nice creaminess. Wonderful.

Overall: a very nice BSPA, almost bordering on a hoppy tripel. I am down with this beer.

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Photo of drewaha
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mild floral hoppy aroma. Medium carbonation. Taste is a nice light hop with a yeasty backbone. Very light for a 9% abv beer. Definitely pick one up if you can

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Taste is very complex and interesting. Hints of dryness but with a silky smooth sweetness and a surprisingly medium full body perception. Alcohol is well hidden. "Funk" is subtle and adds more complexity than actual assertive flavors. A joy to sip on, my only wish is that is was a little lighter in mouthfeel and more digestible.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%

So this is my second Stillwater beer. This one was not as disappointing as the first but I am confused about the ratings. Something off about the beer, I am really struggling to put my finger on it. To much bad after taste, sticks to the back of the tongue. Everything else seems good, but the off aftertaste kills the beer for me. I am thinking that there is something in stillwater that does not work for me. Hope you enjoy as much as the rAvg.

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Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Pale golden pour, no foam, a few stray bubbles. Translucent; not totally clear. Earthy scent, with a hint of alcohol. Strong "Belgian" tangy taste, but fairly dry, not very fruity or sweet. Hoppy, slightly bitter finish with a zing from carbonation. Fairly "dry" mouthfeel, light, bubbly, pleasant. Finish turns a little sour after a while. Overall, pretty pleasant with a few of the flavors a little off.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Hazy light golden, small white head, quick to just a very poor lace and almost nothing else.
Lemon, some cherry plum, some apricot, yellow apple, faint quince, so pretty nice and fruity on the nose. Honey. Belgian yeasts and hop make up nice lemongrass, spring flowers, coriander, faint peppermint, faint heather.
Feels a bit saison-oriented from the start. Nice orchard fruit, lots of apple and pear, a bit of quince, with a nice mildly tart yellow cherry and light lemon zing to freshen things up. Dry grainy malts, straw, honey sweetness. Great spicy yeasts, lots of clove, coriander, white pepper, floral tea. Never too heavy on the yeasts, but plenty flavorful. Finishes with spicy hops, not too strong and bitter, so safe from becoming a Belgian IPA.
Aftertaste is really nice, with clear clove lingering on the palate, generic blond fruit, some honey sweetness and a light herbal feel. Medium body, medium carbonation, just a bit prickly, a tiny bit dry too.
Great stuff, really nice flavors without going out of the style.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy light straw body.
The aroma is mild overall: coriander, lemon and dry grain.
The taste starts with lemon bitterness, moves to a mild honey sweetness and finishes with a dry bitter note. Good profile.
The texture is silky with right amount of fizz. Excellent.

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