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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 DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up for $2.89 at vintage estate. Into a pint glass.
A - Ow dear big chunk floaties I didn't expect it to be that old. Still a rocking full inch of foam and a rather hazy bright yellow. I may have just had to watch my pour.
S - Wow is that juicy crisp ripe pear, citrus squeeze, and other fruity yeasts with just a delightful malt profile.
T - Very smooth fruity yeasts again pear is present and bubble gum chew with orange husk. Has a smooth grain tone to it keeping if from getting too sweet. Enjoyable.
M - I love big balanced beers and this one is no exception a very smooth flavorful experience with no ABV burn. Medium bodied at most.

Overall another beer I found which I was hesitant of the price but am very impressed with. I would go back and pick up the rest of their beers.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale lemon colour with plenty of big puffy head which lingers and clings to the sides of the glass. Suspended sediment throughout.

S: Initial sweet scents of overripe bananas together with white pepper, cloves and candied citrus peels of lemon and orange. Background floral notes abound.

T: Sweet pale malts and yeasty bread followed by tart, crisp pears.

M: Medium bodied with a clean and crisp finish.

O: Clean and crisp with balanced sweetness. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served slightly chilled into a tulip. Bottled on date 7/29/13.

As Follows is a very pale golden yellow with tiny bits of yeast floating in suspension. The head is thick and white but settles to a skim layer after a couple of minutes.

Aroma is mildly funky with a pleasant Belgian yeast character. It has lemon and spice notes.

Flavor is well balanced with Pilsner malt, phenol spice, yeast, and bright citrus. It is deceptively strong at nine percent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated as a bottle conditioned Belgian strong ale should be.

Overall a very solid Belgian pale from Maryland. Glad to have these guys in Colorado.

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Photo of mikem0487
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date. Picked up earlier this year, spring time 2013.

A-Huge dense head with a gold, hazy body.

S-Dank sweetness, melon and pear. Mild funk.

T-Like the aroma it has dankness throughout the palate. Pear and melon are there with faint spiciness.

M-Medium/full body. Moderate carbonation and dry finish.

O-Love Stillwater's beers and think they do awesome belgian, saison beers and this is no exception. Highly drinkable and the 9.0% is not apparent. Pick it up and enjoy.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at vintage in boardman this weekend

A- Body is a uniformly hazy translucent pale yellow color. Pours with a thin one finger or so head that quickly fades to a thin collar and leave behind very little lacing in the glass.

S- YES! I know I am going to love this beer. A nose so hoppy it leans towards Belgian IPA with floral hops all over the place. Behind this is a hint of sweet juicy citrus, that infamous bready nose, some peppery spice, and just the slightest bit of funk.

T- The flavor offers everything the nose does-but it is just not as bright. Upfront is a bit of mild citrus with a dry floral hop overtone and just a hint of saltiness. The finish is a bit brighter offering a lot of floral hops, clove-like spice, and a rush of citrus and breadiness. Left to linger is a hint of saltiness, a good bit of breadiness.

M- The mouthfeel is decent-but somewhat thin overall. Carbonation is small and bubbly-a club-soda like bitterness to it.

O- Overall I really like this beer. I wish everything lined up more like the nose and that the mouthfeel were a little better. If it did then this would be one of the best available beers in my book. A very enjoyable version of my favorite style.

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Photo of VincentFrey
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle poured into a Nepenthe Homebrew Tulip.

Label: It's absolutely beautiful, keeping the parchment Stillwater Artisanal script and all information contained toward the bottom. Frankly it's hard to describe the image; a person standing atop of skill as others look down and away, into the distance. It's a nice distillation of the other art Stillwater uses, without going into Three Floyd's territory.
Pour / Appearance: Pour very nicely into my tulip, with a blooming white head and some incredible lacing as it dissipates. As the liquid flows you get a bit of the house yeast esters, reminding you this is not a traditional blonde. Incredibly clear, as I can see another beer label a foot away clearly through the glass. Just beautiful, beautiful drink.

Aroma: Heavy, heavy yeast esters. Bits of phenolics like you'd get in a traditional Belgian (banana, clove, pepper) along with the more barnyard notes of a saison. The Belgian notes take precedence though, and while not my personal favorite, are critical to the style defined on the label. Sadly, not much hop aromatics despite the "boldly hoppy" claim. Hints of earth and dirt, but this is yeast driven.

Taste: Well, the yeast stays as is, but the hops certainly get bolder! I can't pinpoint any particular hop that hits me, but the earthiness takes a turn for a lightly resinous grass, which blends beautifully with the yeast. It is near impossible to tell this is 9% as well, an especially hard to hide fact in such a pale beer. Maybe sugar got it up there, and it'd be fitting with Belgian style, but the malt backing (pils, light munich, aromatic, hint of c20 maybe?) provides enough that the yeast and hop combo aren't totally overwhelming, while the high carbonation keeps your tongue tingling while filling out the body.

Overall: A very good beer that remains true to the Belgian style, while also playing around with the hop profile and some yeast characteristics.

Bottom Line: I paid $2 for a 12oz bottle and am more than happy. It's a great beer. You should try it if you see it, although I'd suggest buying a single or draft before going in on the 4pk if you aren't aware of Stillwater's other beers.

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Photo of stephens101
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a deep, reddish-orange. Froth is full, fluffy, almost pure white and goes nowhere fast.

Aroma is redolent of strong esters, grain, Belgian yeast, orange, cotton candy and striking lemon notes.

Has a fine semi-funk to the tongue up front, followed by a well-balanced fusion of vanilla, orange, lemon candy, sugar and hops.

Medium bodied with little to no alcohol detected. And while it's easy going down, there's enough flavor and substance to to keep things from getting boring.

Easily one of the best BSPA's I've tried.

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Photo of tmzl
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: golden - check, nice equal billowy white head - check, but it does descent very fast. Leaves a nice ring. Carbonation looks descent. There are some particles visible.

Smell: fruity, citrus zest, hint of mango, apple, yeast and there is definitely some funk. It's also slightly spicy. Everything is very subtle yet well balanced.

Taste: again, very well balanced. Starts fruity then goes to sweet dry malty middle and into some funk and tart - very nice, saison like. Bitterness also well balanced, with a nice aftertaste. High alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

Mouthfeel: nice, slightly spicy carbonation, medium, creamy, silky body. Goes down nice and smooth with medium dry finish.

Overall: Very easy fruity yet a very well balanced complex story with some funk and spicy notes to take it to another level.

Oh, and absolutely love the bottle label.

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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 ortovox
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - beautiful hazy gold

S - spicy, clovey, crisp and slightly fruity

T - light fruitiness and hop citrus with balanced phenol action. some banana and cloves. nice dry, slightly tart finish.

M - bubbly and crisp

I think this is a nice representation of a belgian golden ale. Love the dry finish and the light mouthfeel. You'd never know this beer was 9%, until you had 2 or 3...

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Photo of mcflypie
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light golden in color with some lacing present.

S: Bready and yeasty with some sweetness.

T: Belgian funk with bananas and a hint of cloves.

M: A somewhat hoppy feeling Belgian brew.

O: Crisp, refreshing, a little hoppy...this Belgian has it all.

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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 Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a hazy, dull straw color with two fingers of rocky white head.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, red apple, clove, and banana.

The taste matched the aroma. Belgian yeast, apple, clove, banana, honey, and table cracker with a buttery finish. The 9% abv was very well-hidden.

Medium bodied, sticky and dry with a moderate carbonation.

This was a terrific Belgian Pale for Stillwater.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up some head which has okay retention. The head is a fluffy, pure cotton white while the body is a dull and pale straw with hints of lemon which looks weaker when held up to the light. A good amount of lacing has already been left behind.

Nose- Subtle but intriguing. Very Belgian with notes of apple and banana and spice from the yeast. A touch of cloves and even small hint of peaches and melon. Some lemon, coriander, and grapefruit. You have to work for the aroma but a lot of nice, fruity esters are there.

Taste- Starts off with a lot more presence than the nose. Many of the fruity esters of the nose (orange, lemon, banana, apple, and grapefruit) followed by a big wallop of Belgian yeast, coriander, and cloves. A hint of bandaid as well. The cloves and coriander combined with the yeast leave a slight tingle with the dry finish. Some lightly sour fruit that I can't quite define- pineapple maybe? A slight astringency that works well and seems to suggest a slight funkiness. It seems Stillwater has got something here with their Golden Belgian Ale. I think this is definitely better than Duvel as it seems to straddle the line between a Tripel and a BSPA. Light and airy with mimosa like qualities. The clove is very well rounded and even gives there a slight ash taste to the flavor profile. This beer is a success in regard to complexity, presence, and balance. Very good beer that is almost great.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with excellent carbonation, a nice, crispy dry finish, and a slight tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability- Very accessible and very interesting. Plus the price is right. Can't beat 3 bucks a bottle for well done BPSA.

Overall- A little surprised. I find a lot of Belgian golden ales are technically good but still not enjoyable. This is both. It may not be Damnation but it is definitely worth a try. I will be buying this again.

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Photo of swoopdog
4.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Super light golden straw pilsner look with a nice full finger worth of off-white head also a good amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom. Nice temporary lacing which you would expect for the high amount of alcohol in this.

S - Lots of those Belgian confectionery bready characters with a hint of that Saison funk which really helps to elevate this. Hints of Banana and clove are present but not overpowering. Nice smelling beer although I could do with more variance or a stronger smell.

T - Tight Belgian yeast with those big bready notes following the nose very nicely. Nice summertime fruit sweetness and clove round themselves into that big farmhouse funk that really gives this incredible drinkability.

M - Medium bodied with the effervescence in the carbonation giving this a very subdued tongue tingle. Sweet but not cloying and bready without being chewy. This is where this beer shines bright.

O - Wow I have never had anything from Still Water before today and I can say as someone who has tried their share of farmhouse beers in the midwest this beer really knows how to represent that huge saison taste. This is a great beer and something that is definitely 4-pack worthy at the very least.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed and the color of golden straw. Just a finger of perfectly white foam that fell fast and left a thin ring and film on top. Nose is abundant with fruit like lemon, orange and stone fruits like apricot. It's tart and has a little earth to it. The malt is light as feather on the nose and there is a hop floral and that sweet dry middle that you associate with dry pales or with IPA's only more subtle of course. Taste greats you with deeply juicy stone fruit quality and dry lemon grass over a light cracker. The orange is so juicy and there is some spice from hops and grass, even a little pepper. There is a hint at bitter but nothing too strong and the aftertaste lingers with all those flavors combined. Not a hint of the 9% abv in the drink. Ample carbonation and a mouthfeel that's a touch sticky with all that sweet fruit.

Fabulous and understated.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/28/13.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen floating in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and citrus and pineapple-like aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, yeast, and fruity flavors on the finish. I am not sure if there is Brett in this one, but it does have a similar aspect in the taste. There is a mild amount of hop and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has some really nice aromas and flavors that make it super easy to drink.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy golden, slightly orange. Large, 2 inch head that sticks around. Small amounts of lacing.

Smells like lemons and apples, with some floral and grassy aromas as well.

The taste has the same fruits, with a stronger floral presence, plus some mild Brett-like funk, apple cider, clove, black pepper. Spicy finish.

Well carbonated and hazy, with a full body and dry mouthfeel.

A great Belgian inspired ale from Stillwater.

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Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Always happy to see new beers from Stillwater coming around.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle into a snifter with a slightly hazy golden-apricot body. Small white builds up to about one finger with a super foamy, fizzy texture. Retention is pretty low as the head bubbles out in a short period of time. Spotty lacing in small amounts.

S- Reminiscent of a Saison yeast I have used for homebrew. Lemony citrus, tangerine stone fruit and tartness with nice earthy, herbal and floral hints. Mostly yeast influenced but some hops secondary to that.

T- Follows a pleasant aroma but opens up with some good complexity. One main difference is a pronounced stone fruit apricot and tangerine flavor really picking up. The spicy and herbal yeast is quite strong with hints of peppercorns, lemongrass, orange zest citrus, apple and pears. Hops in the finish blend in with spicy and grassy notes.

MF- Moderate bodied with a medium-dry feel. Texture is pretty creamy and silky with nice smooth high end carbonation. Spicy and hoppy bitterness lingers on the palate in the finish with no sign of 9% ABV.

Another interesting brew from Stillwater. I like the interplay between the spicy yeast and the stone-citrus fruit hops. Drinks very easy for 9% and lots of interesting nuances of flavor.

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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 ianjsullivan
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

St: 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pale Creamsicle orange (pale gold in the light) with a fingernail length white head that does not go away. As Follows leaves nice and full lacing.

S: Bright lemon notes, herbal and grassy, fruity.

T: Spicy alcohol, lemon zing, rounded and delicate malt, herbal zing, noticeable alcohol in the back with subtle hoppy bitterness.

M: Medium and dry, but with nice roundness and softness.

O: Intense, yet delicate, As Follows is sun in a glass. The alcohol is noticeable and could be blended better, but the alcohol does not take away from the refined power of this beer. Enjoy it in sips.

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Photo of minterro
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought from Little's Wine and Liquor. Similar to their last beer... AWESOME bottle design.

bottled on 06/28/13

A&S: spice and citrus. The citrus is mostly tangerine, while the spice is coriander. Hits of cereal breadyness and earthy hops. Almost transparent at first, but turns almost opaque as the yeast comes in. toasty yellow colored beer. Thin layer of creamy white head.

T&M: light fruity (apricots and peaches). Very tart upfront along with being present in the finish. Slightly hoppy and spicy bitterness in the finish. Surprisingly not all that much alcohol presence, however I definitely feel fuzzy by the end of the bottle. Crisp and clean. Medium to high carbonation and on the lower side of body.

Overall: One recommendation, mix the yeast at the bottom of this beer as soon as you get a chance. Mixing it in exponentially improves this beer. I like what the brewery is doing, they for sure have a style, but if its not broke don't fix it.

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Photo of ksimons
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a hazy golden straw color with two fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-pale malts, citrus, stone fruity sweetness, spices, and a mild bitterness

T-taste is full of lemon citrus, sweet summer fruits, doughy bread, a bit spicy, and finishes with a piney hop bitterness

M-medium body, medium to high carbonation, finishes with a bitter aftertaste

Overall very drinkable, good flavors, and a very good take on the style

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip (of course). The pour is majestic. It is pale gold in color, slightly hazy (my fault - I should have let it sit a day or two after purchasing before drinking), and sports a perfect head that dissipates down to some big, chunky lacing. On the nose I get some fruity esters (pears, lemons, and apples), some dry, flowery, husky hop notes, and some spicy phenols. Good complexity.

The beer has a medium body and a good firm feel. The flavors are quite complex and demanding. There is a fair amount of soft, sweet malt and fruit flavors up front. At mid-palate, hop bitterness and peppery dry notes come in and engage the palate. The aforementioned mix of sweet, bitter, and peppery flavors really makes me think of a beer that toes the line between Tripel and Saison. I'm not sure I like the flavor, but the complexity is impressive. The finish is dry and peppery and there is a slight hint of alcohol warmth on the finish.

This is far from my favorite style of beer and I seldom drink these. If I want a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, I'll grab a Duvel and revel in its lovely, irresistible champagne-like character. This one lacks that stony dryness that I love so much, and instead opts for a fruit and peppery flavor that I'm sorry to say doesn't completely agree with my palate. I doubt I'll buy it again, but I really appreciate the complexity and challenge to my senses that this beer brings and it meets the style description quite well, so for that I give it high marks. It definitely has a lot going for it and has me wondering if I should explore more Belgian Strong Pale Ales to see what else is out there.

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Photo of Brenden
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer #2 8/9/13

As follows is a translucent, clouded pale yellow brew that develops a sizeable fluffy, foamy white head with good retention that shows some stick as well, leaving behind a good amount of patchy lace.
There's a light funk in this beer, strong enough to be noticeable but very gentle, melding with the other elements in this beer rather than overpowering them. There's a definite note of Belgian yeast, very gently spicy with a light banana-like sweetness. It's got a light tartness and a bit of lemon, somewhat a mix between pulpy (juicy) and rind. A bit of crackery malts hold it all together, and a little hoppiness even comes through, particularly in the middle and into the finish. Soft but flavorful, there's a certain strength to its gentleness.
The feel is fluffy and well-carbonated without being too filling or hard. Crispness runs through, and there's a certain depth to the light body Stillwater seems to have mastered.

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As Follows from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
4.09 out of 5 based on 534 ratings.
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