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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 BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With uncharacteristic dry-fruit taste with zesty effervescent and a superb peppery balance, Stillwater hits a chord with this Belgian-style strong pale ale that's rarely seen from brewers outside of Belgium.

As follows starts with a bright absolute yellow pour that glows brilliantly through its yeasty haze. The somewhat eruptive carbonation builds a dense creamy stark white foam stance that proves to be stubborn and structural as it clings to the lace, building rings of foam along the glass as the beer fades.

Zesty aromas of tart apple cider and lemons spring to the nose with sharpness and intensity. White pepper, light coriander and clove bounce off of the fruity scent while the spicy pang of alcohol tingles the olfactory senses. All this yeast character is packaged into a thin envelope of doughy malt and fresh baked wafer crackers.

The blend of malt and fruit coat the front of the tongue with restrained sweetness, dry bread, and zested lemons and peeled green apple- yielding a dry cider and chardonnay taste to start. But the peppery notes of clove, coriander, and freshly ground white pepper extends from the alcohol taste and pulls the malt and fruit across middle palate. Landing at a surprisingly bitter hop finish of straw or hay, the beer begins to resemble bolder saisons.

Medium-light in body, the early carbonation seemingly evaporates from the tongue and leaves a dry cotton candy texture that flushes the beer past the mid palate and into a terse finish of ultimate dryness and bold alcohol warmth. Mild hop-derived astringency accompanies the bitterness and gives the final impressions something more to ponder.

Where we're quick to applaude Delirium Tremens, Piraat, and Lucifer ales for exhibiting similar and authentic Belgian character, let's not forget to throw this one into the conversation as well.

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S - It smelled yeasty and spicy with some caramel notes.

T - It tasted spicy and yeasty with some sweet caramel and grain flavors.

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

O - This was a really tasty Belgian-style ale. Another great Stillwater brew.

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Photo of impending
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


750ml into a tulip. Pours a mid hazed pale orange, froth continues to grow 2 minutes after the pour, excellent lacing.

Wonderfully vivid aroma, all high notes. Strong citrus, unripened light skinned fruits, pineapple, cedar all enveloped in sweet yeasty goodness. Bright clean pure.

Surprisingly strong hop dominated flavor. Pine and grapefruit. Slightly dry, a bit more herbal bitter is the finish. Powdery yeast in the aftertaste.
Light to middln lively mouthfeel.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gouyasse tulip glass. Pours a light, clear golden amber with a massive slightly off-white head and pillowy lacing. A careful pour had half a glass of foam, which slowly formed large bubbles but had good retention. Aroma of apple, grape and pear juice, Belgian spicing yeast reminiscent of saison. Flavor dry, apples, pears, slight citrus, light bready malt, finishing with and interesting spicy herbal taste, similar to sage or rosemary. Bitter herbal and citrus peel aftertaste that had interesting enough flavor to be enjoyable. Light to medium bodied, but active carbonation gave this a pleasant mouth feel. Another interesting and off-the-main-road ale from Stillwater. These guys are great.

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Photo of Guden
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's tap house in Baltimore following a Weezer concert.

A- bright pale yellow with no head and just a hint of haze. Looked simple enough that my light beer friends decided to give it a try.

S- bright citrus of grapefruit peel and pineapple with some pizza dough yeast and bread notes.

T- like the smell the citrus dominates with pineapple being the primary flavor (my friends thought it was a lot like sunny d) surprisingly little bitterness for a beer so hop forwards but certainly not a sweet or malty beer.

M- part of the reason the beer doesn't need heavy hops to maintain the balance away from sweet is how dry it is with just enough body to keep it in the beer realm. The high carbonation also adds to the prickliness and drink ability.

O- As Follows (like everything else I've found from Stillwater) is a well done and interesting beer. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all and I gladly went for a second pint. Very different and refreshing.

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Photo of harrymel
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: unk

Pours a golden, diaphanous ale with a thick, three fingers of light cream. This falls slowly. Smells of hops, and strongly of fresh mint (never had this experience with hops, but I’ve heard tell of it). Hints of resin, skunk, Belgian yeast, earthy hay and soil. Flavor is exceptional: grain, measured bitterness, hints of grass and classy Belgian yeast character. Nicely balanced and tasty. Medium bodied with hi, sparkly carb, even a bit too high. Semi dry finish. A really fine beer. I questioned this brewery with its obscure labels and sudden appearance in my area, this is worth it.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy banana pear; a light German hefe. Towering, creamy white head with stellar retention and sheets of lace.

S - Honey, banana, Easter bread, orange zest, yeast, candied ginger.

T - Pear, dandelion, white bread crust, cilantro bitters, honey and an edge of booze. Strong, tanniny plant stem finish.

M - Medium body with a backend that coats your palate. Nice fizz.

O - A really nice Saision that's semi-floral and on the sweeter side of the style.

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

big thanks to joefuzz for looking out for me and picking this up for me while on a beer run in NYC. mad props to you my man...VERY much appreciate it!!! enjoyed from my stillwater wine glass.

a - defoiled the bottle and popped the cap and filled my glass...brew poured a deep murky orange with three fingers of bubbly frothy almost soapy looking head. very foamy. slowly bubbled away leaving chunks of lacing.

s - belgian yeast and very earthy. some belgian spicing. pepper and tropical fruit and sour grapefruit.

t - taste resembles the nose. peppery spiciness crossed with clove-like bubble gum and belgian yeast.

m - mouth is tingly and the beer is a bit boozy.

o - overall a nice belgian strong pale ale. a bit on the spicy peppery side of things and earthy like a saison, but solid none-the-less. i tend to prefer a bit less spicing and more sweetness.

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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 siege06nd
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a very cloudy, pale gold color. Massive four finger eggshell white head explodes from the glass. The sides of the head fall off more quickly than the center, leaving a cool little volcano type formation. Lacing is sticky and consistent. The head is just a little soapy and loose for my taste.

S. Yum, lots of green apple, cider, pear, and grape flavors. Good amount of banana and yeast as well. A lot of phenolic character here balanced out with a muted coriander-like spice. Very nice.

T. Closely follows the nose with a lot of apple skin and some grape. On the mid, a massive dose of yeast and spicy character as the phenols take hold, almost medicinal. The finish is a nice flowery hop profile with some residual sugar and spice. Excellent.

M. Balanced, flavorful, and well-integrated. Carb may be just a little short of crisp/refreshing level.

O. A very nice Beglian Pale. The yeast, spice, hops, and sugars are balanced near perfectly. A very hoppy and phenolic finish without being overwhelming. Well-crafted, highly recommended.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a cloudy golden body. Aroma is full with corriander citrus and Belgian yeast. Standard Stillwater aroma. Very herbal taste with Belgian yeast and clove up front finishing with a citrus and herbal hop character. Lighter side of medium body and moderate carbonation. Another very nice brew from Stillwater. The Belgian character is excellent ad the semi dry finish is right on for the style.

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Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent & slightly hazed pear color with 4 fingers of ivory colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Grassy with some hay notes, some lemon peel.

T: Grapefruit, pineapple, a touch of juicy fruit green apple skins & pears up front. Phenolic notes & dryness as this warms, sourness picks up as well, just a bit more grapefruit.
Finishes with much grapefruit, dryness, & touch of sourness

MF: Medium bodied firm carbonation, pretty warming

So drinkable, another winner from Stillwater. So happy to get this in Mizzou, they seem at least 3 bucks a bottle cheaper than what I saw in North Carolina

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Photo of samie85
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a finger and a half of white head.

Smells of light clove, heavy yeast and some hints of sweet grain.

Follows the nose with a light clove, an estery fruit character, some bubblegum and a nice bitterness on the finish.

Light mouthfeel with some dryness from the combination of hops with ample carbonation.

Very drinkable and more complex than most Belgo Strong Pales I've had, mostly due to this one not being all esters.

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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 smakawhat
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Super sudsy white head, huge and gushing, lots of soapy shocking white bubbles, sits on a glowing lemon body with that roaring column of fire in the middle, and tiny pinhead bubbles rising. Giant clumps of lacing, chucks and clusters everywhere. Fantastic aggressive but in controlled looking beer.

Nose is dry powdered yeast, dry clove, lots of sweet like cinnamon, chewy malt and mixture of some small Belgian like candy.

Extremely dry finish, giving towards brut champagne and a nice sense of pepper. Great lingering heat like clove spice on the finish. Lots of spirtzy like champagne and sparkling white wine carbonation. Warmth brings great characters of mellon, pear and light citrus zest in the mid palate. Just a hint of hop bitterness wanting to hide out I think too.

This beer is a real winner, very impressed by it, Stillwater really nailed this one. I would love to have this again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of yeast, light fruit, light hops, and some malt.

T: An extremely vibrant, forceful flavor of Belgian yeast, some fruit, a bit of malt, light hops, and a good shot of spices (pepper). Very flavorful and complex.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the most likeable BSPAs I've had in awhile. Drinkable.

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Photo of drtth
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a slightly hazed golden yellow with a 1/16” white head that quickly recedes to a ring.

Smell: The aromas include touches of spice, apricot or peach, and lemony citrus buttressed by the yeast.

Taste: The flavors are much as expected from the nose except that there is some earthy, herbal hop bitterness in the mix and the alcohol isn’t really noticeable.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and the carbonation is light, smooth and persistent. The medium length finish begins with a bit of fruity sweetness and then the herbal bitterness emerges and things turn lightly dry.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I quite enjoyed this beer and would be happy to have it again in the future. My overall impression is of a well-made beer worth sampling and having more than once. I certainly would be willing to have this one again.

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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 zhanson88
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, very carbonated golden color. Several inches of fluffy white head form. Retention is great, as is the lacing.

Smell: Smell is of citrus, yeast, and lemon zest. Very nice, fresh smell.

Taste: Taste is similar to the smell. Maybe some green apple and pale fruit character as well. ABV is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Very nice. Overall, a very nice BPA that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - light pour into a 22 ounce pilzner glass yielded a towering head filling half the glass with soap bubbles. Head lasts a long time and sits on top of a hazy orange-yellow murky ale.
S - lemons, hops, earthy must, belgian yeast and coriander with pepper.
T - Sweet tart lemons over an earthy hoppy background. Hops are light and floral. Earthiness is well defined but not lambic in character. Lemon/spicy/tart is gentlle and pleasant.
M - goes down smooth and easy with just a small residual drying in the throat and slight sweet coat of the mouth.
D - 9% is almost non-existent. Lemon zest refreshes the palate decreasing fatigue. An easy drinker for such a big beer.

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

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy gold with an explosive 4 fingers of head. They head is made up of huge, sudsy bubbles sort of like a bubble bath. The big soapy lacing clings to the glass. Very aggressive carbonation.

N: Lemon zest and bready malts along with hints of coriander and rye. The Belgian yeast and Brett are apparent.

T: The front of the palate is very soft just picking up hints of lemon zest and some sweet candy sugars. Mid-palate has rye, earth, wheat bread, notes of lemongrass and some funky Brett character. The rye and earth notes hang on in the finish. Hay and horse blanket also come forward. Overall the beer comes through very earthy.

M: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing and relatively clean. Has a ever-so-slight tartness and is extra dry.

O: Barnyard, earth and rye dominate the flavor profile. Lemon zest and hints of coriander lye beneath. Very refreshing and easy drinking albeit very funky. The 9% abv is masked extremely well.

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Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A hazy golden color with a huge fluffy white head.

S- Light fruits, lemons, pepper, Belgian yeast, floral hops.

T- Some lemon, pepper, light fruits, citrus and floral hops, nice malt backbone, earthy.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- Really good, and 9% ABV is very well hidden. I had this on draft and it is not as good, less complex, I am guessing that warmth is helping the flavor too. Very tasty, definitely will be buying more.

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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at DBGB Kitchen & Bar, New York, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down and left a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of lemons in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a bit spicy and has lemony flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol in this beer is very well hidden—it drinks like a regular saison but with the flavors kicked up a notch.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at DBGB Kitchen & Bar in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow in color. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy off-white head that reduces to a film over the majority of the surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: This beer has the prototypical smell that you would expect from the style (including a bit of a saison influence). There is quite a bit of a lemony citrus aroma with hints of spices and some light floral hops.

T: There is some light earthiness with a fair amount of lemon citrus and spices. You can definitely taste the floral hops but there is very little bitterness. Quite delicious.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very dry.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink. The alcohol is quite well hidden but with the higher ABV this beer is just a little too strong to be sessionable. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and would definitely have it again.

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

wow. tried both the draft and bottled version. i thought the bottled version was showing slightly better. both were fantastic. sort of a super-saison. best analogy that i can make is as follows is to stateside as avec les bon voeux is to saison dupont. here goes: pours a hazy, glowing white gold with a huge, lively white head that shrinks to proper, holds well and leaves tons of lace. nose is full of spicy phenols and fruity esters that seem to just shoot up in to the olfactory factory. i get white pepper and other bright spices at first, which seems to be balanced by pineapple, lemon, peach and maybe some melon. a touch of sweet(ish) doughy/bready malt pokes it head through to create some backbone as well. taste is boom! blast off! fitting to be drinking Stillwater's anniversary beer on the same day as the anniversary of the first space voyage. astronaut Yuri Gagaran would enjoy this, no doubt. taste is all of the spicy, fruity, malty (yeasty, hoppy) notes that i described above translated in an almost weightless body and amplified by fairly zippy carbonation and a pleasant boozy heat. spice notes seemed to lean a bit towards herbs in the middle, and i was thinking i could taste white sage and/or a hint of eucalyptus. it had me thinking super-stateside at first, then super-cellar door, then i realized this was just super-stillwater. stillwater turned up to 11. created on earth but heard in outer space. extremely well-balanced. long spicy finish with a very clean end. i really enjoyed this one.

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