As Follows | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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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%
 
 
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30
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80
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Photo of texasspottedcow
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -37.7%
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 msumike89
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrismattlin
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jacobob10
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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%
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 OregonGrown7
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Tiernan
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FlatlandTrailRunner
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of zonker17
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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 cgrunin
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of xungmound98
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of champ103
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +10%
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 OKFine
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.01/5  rDev -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 +6.6%
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 mgavin
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RMoeNay
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryan33iowa
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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