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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this on tap in a stemmed glass at Of Love & Regret on my birthday

The color is golden with lightly hazed appearance and thick white head that holds for a long time with fine bead and thick webbing of lace left on the glass. The smell is faintly vinous with hoppy aromas with bring and herbal and spiced element with possibly a sweet grass-like fragrance. The feel is nice and dry on entry with moderate bitterness slight malt texture with yeast spiciness and dry warming finish.

The taste is following the nose yet expands with more herbal and resinous hops mixed with the grassy flavor yet mild astringency with gentle yeast with peppery accent and moderately high carbonation adding to the yeast tanginess in the back of the throat. The flavor is lightly pine oriented with gentle zest and the yeast also brings a vinous element to mind. Overall a very complex Belgian Strong pale with tons of hoppy yeasty cohesion and dry finish making it all the more drinkable. For the 9% it packs you barely get any alcohol in the flavor-deceptive is right!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 12/13/13.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, juicy, and spicy Belgian style aroma with big hints of citrus fruit. Upfront Belgian yeast with some hints of clove and pepper spicing. Pale malt with hints of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. Big citrus hop presence with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, lemon, and apricot. Some banana and apple hints as well. Sweet hints of honey and candied sugar. Subtle earthy hints. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, fruity, and fairly spicy Belgian style taste with big notes of citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with some notes of clove and pepper spicing. Pale malt with some notes of wheat, straw, cracker, and grains. Banana and apple fruit notes. Good juicy presence of citrus hops with some notes of orange peel, mango, grapefruit, apricot, and lemon. Sweet notes of candied sugar and a little honey. Some earthy and grassy hops in the background. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy and fairly spicy with a drying finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good take on a Belgian style Strong Ale. Good mix of yeast and spice notes with a nice citrus presence.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/13/2013. Pours hazy/cloudy deep gold color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, black pepper, clove, herbal, grass, wheat, bread, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, banana, black pepper, clove, herbal, grass, wheat, bread, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/hop bitterness on the finish, with some slight fruity tartness; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, banana, black pepper, clove, herbal, grass, wheat, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong pale ale. All around nice balance and complexity of yeast, malt, and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Supershane17
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of seanchai
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Nolen12
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tylerstravis
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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

12oz bottle dated 3/31/14 poured into a tulip
A: Pours a hazy light orange with a one-finger head
S: Biscuit, banana, wheat and clove
T: Matches the nose adding a bit of caramel and the slightest touch of hops
M: Medium-bodied but a fairly short finish; the 9% is hidden
O: Tasty and recommended

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Photo of LowDrag
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of watsontiger98
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Storm21
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of fuzzcherry
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of macesq
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of elec
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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 jamesgaither
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of kell50
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Duwey
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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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As Follows from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
4.09 out of 5 based on 535 ratings.
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