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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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Photo of MLoxxer
2.55/5  rDev -37.7%
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 MNAle
3.19/5  rDev -22%
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 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 JamieDuncan
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%

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 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 Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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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Photo of jellikit
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: yellow with a hint of orange. Crystal clear. Thick, foamy head. Great lacing.

S: coriander. Banana. Hints of black pepper.

T: cloves, bananas. Malts are bread and biscuit. Slight hop bitterness. Tastes like there is a bit of Brett mixed in. Funky.

M: lightly carbonated. Medium-heavy body. Dry'ish.

O: decent. Not excellent. A bit under-carbonated for the style in my opinion. The bitterness is a bit too much for the style. I like it, don't love it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle -- bottled on date 31 May 2014 -- served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours pale amber in color; cloudy with a small head that soon dies down ro a ring but leaves decent lacing. Full pour still left some sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: mainly fruity with hints of apricots and oranges. Some alcohol esters.

Flavor: Largely follows the aroma: Lightly spicy and moderately fruity, with a relatively high hop load. There's only a very mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

Feel: light-medium body and crisp, medium high carbonation. Dry finish.

O: a very good version of the style with high but very well-hidden ABV.

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Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

good stuff yet again from Stillwater. this one is a hazy bright yellow brew with a heck of a nice looking two inches of pure white head, but it fades out after a minute or so. the nose is fruity, green apples and grapes, its wine or cider-like in character, with some good strong Belgian yeast. the label says hoppy, and so did the guy at the bottle shop, but I didn't find this to be a particularly hoppy brew, not by my standards anyhow. some decent citrus hops in the flavor, but this is far from a hop forward brew. its driven by Belgian yeast for sure. long apple tasting finish, not sure if I love that part. carbonation is good at first pour, but like the head it doesn't hold, and the last few sips are nearly flat. very well hidden booze strength though, this is a lot more drinkable than 9% abv probably should be. good beer all in all, not stillwaters most challenging brew, but I liked it for what it is.

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Photo of beagle75
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bread and mild phenolic yeast stand out, with lemon citrus and ashes in a supporting role. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins almost dry, with cardboard and bright fruit. Hops are earthy but muted, seeming stale. Late flavors are nuanced and unctuous, buttery at times, overlapping into the texture. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Fairly light and refreshing for a strong ale, this beer is strange perhaps because of the way that is retains levity in the face of what ought to be burdensome flavor and texture. The combination of stale and creamy is not one often encountered.

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

Pours a cloudy golden wheaty color with a monster of a bubbly white head.

Smells of white grapes, dry yeast (brett?), bananas and pears and apples and other sweet fruit.

Taste is pretty dry at first, fades into sweeter fruit flavors similar to the nose, lots of dry white wine like flavor. Pretty good!

Mouthfeel is very nice, tons of carbonation obviously, nice full body and really drinkable.


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Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Tapestry in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy, surprisingly hop forward aroma with some grassy pine needle and citrus followed by peppery spicy, bready yeast, light fruit and booze. There's also a subtle musty character along with lemon peel, mango and grapefruit. Also, some estery light fruit notes, notably banana, apple and pear.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of earthy hops, sweet fruit, zesty spice and Belgian yeast notes. Less hop forward than the nose suggests but there's still a decent amount of earthy pine and sweet citrus/tropical fruit. Hints of mango, pineapple and lemon peel a lot with spicy, grassy bitterness. Not very dry however with bready yeast, alcohol and light fruit countering the hops. Peppery spice with possibly some coriander followed by hints of apple, pear and booze. Subtle heat but the high ABV is well masked makin it easy to drink.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Something just makes me buy every single Stillwater release that I come across. Anyway, This beer poured out as a lightly hazy yellow color. The head was massive even with a slow pour it was out of control. The head was fluffy and white. The smell of the beer had a slight herbal note to it along with some grains that add a bit of sweetness on the nose. The taste of the beer has a clean refreshing taste to it with some a light lemon-like flavor in there. The yeast and herbal notes are the most flavorful. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied, very drinkable and gently carbonated. Overall it's not my favorite from Stillwater, but I do enjoy trying everything that comes from this brewery.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a tulip glass, a cloudy bronzed yellow color with a small cap of white head that sinks to a ringlet. Aroma of bready yeast, pale malts, spice, light fruits, leafy hops. The taste reflects the aroma, bready yeast and malts, herbal hops, moderately bitter, peppery spice, and a touch of grass. Strange metallic twinge in the aftertaste, but within tolerance. Medium body, crisp, drying, and nice overall.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Greenish gold color with a decent level of haze. Large head with plenty of large bubbles. Yet, it settles in a rocky fashion. Spotty and chunky lace on the glass as it settles.

Sour with a bit of earthiness to it. Good dose of Belgian yeast aroma as well.

Sour flavor start with a bitter finish. Good lemon rind and peppery hop finish. Short aftertaste that is a blend of the hop and the soured malt. Less Belgian in the flavor than in the smell. Thinnish body with ample carbonation. Overall, a classic Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle picked up at the COOP a couple of nights ago... Poured into my FW goblet... a 1" meringue like head rises and takes a while to settle back down... the brew is hazed straw golden.

Nose shows big green apple and some lemon zest essence... Smells like brett is used somewhere in the fermentation/finishing process, but I am not sure... could just be a bunch of grassy hops.

Flavor has nice tart green apple esters.. maltiness shows as a cracker/dry bready element.. a light white pepper/lesser clove note appears on the finish.... fairly aggressive grassy/earthy hoppiness with warmth punctuates the mid-palate through the finish.

Big carbonation.. even a bit abrasive.. light body... no real EtOH... I like this one.


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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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 zac16125
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip
Bottled on: 12/13/13

A: Very hazy almost opaque with a pale straw color. Less than 1 fingers width of white head quickly dissipates down and leaves only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Lots of banana-y esters, tart citrus, floral, hay. I also get a bit of funk although I dont believe there is any wild agents in this one.

T: Interesting. Hoppier than is typical for the style, and definitely get the funky notes that I smelled in the aroma. There are some citrus notes, and subtle spice, but for the most part I would consider this one not to be to style. Its certainly more Saison-ish to me, which isnt necessary a bad thing unless you are coming in expecting a Duvel or Delirium Tremens type of beer (which I was).

M/D: Medium body, appropriate carbonation, a bit syrupy on the finish, ABV is very well masked and drinkability is average.

O: Certainly not blown away by this one. A good beer, and certainly worth a try, but lacks many (most) of the characters I look for in a Belgian Strong Pale.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH signature glass. Stamped 6/23/13.

A: Not much head on a hazy, golden beer.

S: Smells yeasty, with a hint of tartness or funk. A bit reminiscent of a saison. Some fruit as well -- citrus peel, banana, pear, grape.

T: It is tasty, but perhaps unexceptional. Yeast-forward, with a muted tropical fruit and musty floral spice. The endtaste is dry and lingering. Very much like a saison.

M: Dry and crisp; complex and interesting.

O: A good beer, but less captivating than I was hoping. I would not have again.

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Photo of Chrysostom
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As always, this beer is reviewed live - not from notes. Authentically. Hipster-approved.

As always, I review to style (ala BJCP), modified by personal taste (contra BJCP), not to personal taste alone. If I reviewed to personal taste alone, certain excellent exemplars of styles I do not prefer would receive lower marks than poor exemplars of styles I love.

This is called an "Eschatological Ale" - I'm a Catholic seminarian-monk and theologian, so I couldn't not buy it (eschatological, adj. theology dealing with the end times and the consummation of all things, from root eschatology, n. the study of the last things). The label looks like a 1920's tattoo, like Sailor Jerry's. The name reminds me a bit of "Arrogant Bastard: Can You Handle The Bastard?" advertising.

Without further ado, a review.

P: $9.99 750mL bottle, crown capped (under a plastic-backed foil that took a wine key to remove), poured at around 40ºF, warming as I write the review, in to a Chimay goblet/chalice (I forgot my Duvel tulip again). Thank you to Blacklick Wine and Spirits in Columbus, OH.

A: Dark yellow, almost golden colour, almost cloudy. A bit cloudier than Duvel, but, overall, similar in appearance with a similar head, creamier, with less (but still strong) retention and slightly less (but still strong) lacing. The head recedes very slowly to a thick cap which, as mentioned, leaves a good deal of lace, indicating a strong hopping in such a high-ABV brew. Highly active carbonation - at least three or four separate streams of bubbles.

S: Straight English IPA in the nose, modified by some Orval-esque barnyard funk. Way outside of style. Heavy amounts of citrus fruit and citrus-y hops come through, and nothing much else. Kind of like an American take on Duvel Tripel Hop. Some Belgian funkiness, but it's subdued. Alcohol is surprisingly subdued (almost non-existent) in the nose. As it warms, it smells of heavily-hopped and alcoholic Orval.

T: A big wallop of citrus followed by a big kiss of hops. Hopping in this beer is higher than most English IPAs, and heads towards the middle of the American IPA spectrum. No sweetness here. There's a strong malt backbone, though, which more than holds up to the hopping. There is a thick maltiness up front, where the hops keep in and keep going, and going, like the Energizer bunny. Strong bitter finish.

M: Tight carbonation folding and fading in to a bitter, somewhat smooth, tart and lingering finish which coats the mouth thoroughly, (more than) reminiscent of an English-style American IPA like Great Lakes' Commodore Perry. It reminds me a bit of Great Lakes' Pale Ale, Burning River, as well.

D: Moderately-low to Moderately-high, depending on your taste for IPA. IPA is not my style of choice, but this is still a pretty good beer.

O: This is an IPA modified with some characteristically Belgian funk. On the whole, it reminds me a bit of a more-hopped version of Steenbrugge's Tripel. Recommended for lovers of Duvel Tripel Hop, and recommended for lovers of IPAs - either English or American - to try. Everything pulls together well, and the mouthfeel is a highlight. Not exactly Belgian - as a BCJP "Recognized" Beer Judge, I'd reject this for "out of style" (granted that Belgian IPAs fall under the same category as Quads in BJCP... [what?!]... so, maybe not), but a pretty damned good Double IPA with less hopping than is customary.

This fits in so many of the pale ale/IPA style it's ridiculous:

To style: 60/100.
To English IPA style: 76/100.
To American IPA style: 72/100.
To American Pale Ale style: 75/100.
To American Double IPA style: 64/100. (Marked down only due to absence of extreme hopping.)
To taste: 68/100.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a one finger white head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Hazy straw color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light citrus nose and flavor is tart citrus with some sweet malt. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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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 Jadjunk
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No label information. As Follows is brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Available in 12 oz. 4 packs and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Tulip glass. Served above 59º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy head of an eggshell white color over a banana yellow body with medium haze and plenty of sediment. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Belgian cracker malt with a moderate syrupy viscosity underneath. Musty, peppery hops with an assertive bitterness. Peppery spices of coriander and clove, and bitter orange peel. Fairly effervescent. 3.75

(Taste) Cracker and syrupy malt with a moderate sweetness finishes bitter with musty orange rind and a soft arrangement of spice. Notes of lemon juice, apricot and raw pineapple round out the flavor profile. More boldly flavored over the aroma, it finishes very dry and yet is quite drinkable. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual and lightly peppery. Carbonation generates a soft crispness for a mellow spritely mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is medium. 3.75

(Overall) A strongly flavored Belgian Style Strong Golden Ale with a flavorful malt base, potent phenols and a bold spiciness create one flavorful beer. 4

Stillwater Artisanal's
As Follows Belgian Style Golden Ale

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Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mini nonic, huge overflowing head of foam that lasts for a good while, leaving behind copious sudsy lacing. Great retention, head remains for the duration. Lightly hazed pastel yellow that glows a bit in the light.

Dry and spicy aroma, lemongrass and some sort of dried citrus peel.

Flavors are well integrated and the overall feel is very smooth. Moderate spice, dry herbal and bitter, light clover honey on the back end. Somewhat grassy, leaning toward hops but it could be a bittering spice instead, hard to pin down. Possibly some chamomile in there. Medium bodied with very charged carbonation. Nice with washed rind cheese or charcuterie.

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