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As FollowsAs Follows

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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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Added by John_M on 03-06-2012

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Photo of jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly cloudy golden in colour with a large white head. Very good retention.

Smell is unusual. Lots of fruit, very tropical. A seriously strong pineapple scent. Another reviewer mentions fruit cocktail. That is spot on. Some yeast as well, but the tropical fruit scent dominates.

Taste is rather different. Surprisingly dry, with the yeast playing a larger role. The fruit is there but the beer is not the sweet fruit blast that the nose suggested. Rather spicy. The pineapple is there but in the background, along with other fruit flavours. A bit powdery in the finish. Fairly bitter.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Quite creamy.

Overall, very good. The discrepancy between the nose and the flavour is remarkable, but both are very good in different ways. The hops really play a bigger role in this beer than is typical for the style, but it works.

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Photo of icehawk
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25


Appearance: Transparent, clear straw with white head. Sits like a pilsener, but the aroma betrays a much more complex beer.

Aroma: Hoppy, fruity

Taste: Fresh, slightly sweet citrus flavors

Palate: Lively mouthfeel, medium/light body

Overall: Really enjoyable, and unlikely light body for a high ABV.

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

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 6/28/13.

Hazy, peachy golden body. Fat finger of dense, rocky-ish, bright white head. Nice lacing and retention. Juicy ripe pineapple, fruit cocktail, pears, melon, and yeasty sweet malts all over the nose. Peppery, spicy-ish hops mingle above. Very nice!

Cantaloupe rind and woody/herbal hop bitterness up front. Sweetish malt and fruit quickly take over. Pear and fruit cocktail mix with banana and under-ripe peach. Some sweetness, but alongside some welcome tangy, almost tart, -ness. Herbal hop bitterness increases into the finish. Belgian yeast all over this thing, and it's a good thing. A little peppery spice in the finish. Lingering woody hop bitterness and pear malt sweetness. Medium full body with a slightly syrupy feel. Nicely done.

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

Pours a hazy golden color with billowing white head, settles very slowly to half an inch, with thick rings down the glass. Smell: doughy, spicy, slightly herbal, nectarine, pineapple note. Taste: peach, pear, white grape, spicy, citrus peel and alcohol notes. Carbonation pushes it to full bodied. Tasty.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Stillwater's As Follows a few months ago for $9.99 at The Lager Mill. I enjoyed Lower Dens and it gave me a good first impression of this brewery so I decided to give this one a shot, so lets see how it goes. 2012 Vintage. Poured from a foiled brown 750ml bottle.

A- The label is really good looking, it reminds me of the artwork for some of the heavy metal albums I like to listen to it, it really has a cool and dark look to it that really makes it eye catching, one of the better labels I have seen in awhile. It poured a nice and very hazy lemon yellow color that took on a nice orange hue when held to the light with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the and and left tons of lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, one of the best looking beers I've seen in a while, the color, head and lacing were all very good.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a big fruity aroma, I get a nice apple cider like aroma with lots of citrus zest coming through along with some awesome lemon grass aromas. Up next I get a nice straw and wet hay like aroma followed by some more earthy aromas. I also get some nice yest aromas that are a little tart and a lighter amount of malts that had a bread and cereal like aroma to it. This beer had a very nice aroma, it was pretty complex and very well balanced.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a some real nice fruit flavors, I get a real nice orange and pineapple flavor that is very similar to pineapple orange juice with some citrus zest flavors and a little bit of lemon grass in the background. Up next comes a lighter straw like flavor with some earthy flavors and some bready and cereal like malts flavors. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of light bitterness with a slight bit of tartness to go with it and it had a fruity and earthy aftertaste. This is a very good tasting beer, the flavors were very clean and refreshing with a nice amount of complexity, I really enjoy it.

M- Very smooth, crisp, clean, refreshing, the alcohol was hidden very well, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, with a higher amount of slightly prickly carbonation. The mouthfeel was very good and it worked really well with this beer, no complaints.

Overall I really liked this beer and I thought that it was a very good example of the style that blurred the line between a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and a Farmhouse Ale, it had the complexity and drinkability that I really look for in this style, it was pretty much exactly what I want in this style. This beer had great drinkability, it was very smooth, crisp and refreshing with the taste doing a great job at holding my attention, this is the type of beer that I would have no problem drinking the whole 750ml bottle, it's a great summer time beer that keeps me coming back for more. What I liked the most about this beer was how balanced it was, no aspect was too overpowering and it looked very good from the bottle to what was inside it. What I liked the least about this beer was the price, it wasn't super expensive at $9.99 for 750ml but that would prevent me from buying it often, I know STillwater just started selling some of their beer in 12oz four packs and I think that would be the perfect format for this beer. I would buy this beer again, it's a great beer to cool off with during the summer heat and I would recommend this to anyone who likes Belgian Pale Ales or Farmhouse Ales. All in all I was pretty impressed with this beer, this is the second beer I've had from Stillwater and this one is even better than the first one I had, Stillwater is on my radar now and I will for sure be on the look out for more of their beers. This is one of the better Belgian Strong Pale Ales that I have had so far, good job guys, this is one great beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Had to look up 'Eschatological' at first (sorry Jordan, I forgot you splainin' this to me a few weeks ago), and now the name and label imagery makes a modicum of sense.

This beer pours a hazy, muddled medium golden yellow hue, with a fistful of billowy, finely foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some nice fuzzy chain link fence lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of dry apple cider, fresh squeezed lemon juice, earthy yeast, light white and green ground pepper, a bit of spicy coriander, pale doughy malt, and a nose-tickling dose of prickly alcohol. The taste quite fruity - apple, pear, a hint of peach/apricot, all deftly mixed with a stoic bready pale grainy malt, lulling, near-edgeless yeast, tame white pepper and clove spices, and a wet hay/straw hoppiness. The big booze is quite amicably integrated.

The carbonation is understated, but still a tad frizzy when you pause briefly to think about it, the body a decently propped-up medium weight, and generally smooth, a few hits of yeast and hop astringency nothing worth getting all that worked up about. It finishes well off-dry, the tight fruitiness, abetting pale malt, and fading yeast all keeping a stern focus.

A pretty enjoyable BSPA, the fruit and spice well rendered, the yeast on its best behaviour, not to mention the mostly AWOL alcohol (say that ten times fast!). I'm glad to finally come across a Stillwater offering where I can associate it directly to a given style. Not that they have to brew that way at all, but when I start to notice patterns like that, it sort of hinders overall recognizance, ya know?

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - straw yellow, muted orange accents, soapy white foam

S - lots of fragrant grapefruit, lemon zest, cereal

T - tangy but not bitter grapefruit, hint of mango, very nice

M - medium heavy

O - a nice, drinkable strong ale. Definitely hides the alcohol taste.

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Photo of Kendo
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy light-golden-orange with a big (2-finger-plus) bubbly white head that settles slowly and leaves rings of foamy lace.

S: Vinuous with some lighter fruit (grapes, pears, apple skins) and a touch of biscuity/bready malt.

T: Bready doughy malt foundation is followed by a touch of spice and the skins of fruits - grapes and apples come to mind. Some faint yeastiness too. Finishes with a modest lemony bitterness that provides a nice balance or offset to the yeasty/doughy stuff.

M: Real nice - tinkly effervescence makes it drink pretty light. Call it medium in heft, though it really drinks lighter.

O: Really good stuff.

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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 bashiba
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a milkey yellow with a huge and frothy white head, sticky lacing and good retention.

The smell had an almost lactose dairy quality to it mixing in with the nice notes of musty farmhouse yeast.

The flavor has the lactose here as well with an almost white cheese quality. A bit funky with a light creamy sweetness and a big shot of fennel in the finish along with a touch of juniper.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with just a touch of warmth.

Very nice, has a great farmhouse quality to it.

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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 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 Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very saison, yet it is not. Golden ale smell. Very good for the style. A tasty spicy fruity apricot peach creation, with white pepper. Big head. Smooth above average mouthfeel. Nicely hopped. Yeasty but it is well integrated. Very drinkable.Bottle from Premiere.

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

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into a stemmed Belgian tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a very pale yellow color, initially clear but increasingly hazy with each pour. The head was very lively and initially poured out at 2" of snow white foam. Settled to a rocky surface and left a lot of stickage behind.

S= The aroma was full of sweet pils malt, candi sugar, Belgiam yeast, esters, and hops.

T= Started off slightly sweet with a nutty/biscuit character that I found appealing and very much like the best Belgian examples of this style. Surprisingly but pleasantly hoppy flavors all through the middle. Finished dry and hoppy.

MF= Effervescent carbonation under a medium body. Crisp. Palette cleansing.

D= The alcohol stays well hidden, making this a dangerous beast. I would gladly drink this again, and again.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a big finger of frothy white head.

S - Sweet grainy malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, spices, lemon zest, a bit of funk, fruity esters, hint of booze.

T - Grainy malts, lemon zest, coriander and other spices. Belgian yeast, a bit of farmhouse funky, bready malts, some more spices and fruity esters. Sweet bready malts, Belgian yeast, a bit of funk, spices, lemon zest, a hint of booze.

M - Medium bodied moderate-plus carbonation. Smooth with a dry, estery, and spicy finish.

D - Nice balanced BSPA. Good mix of spices, yeast character, and malt flavors.

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

Beer is hazy and golden with a white head, small bubbles, some lacing, high carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty and sweet with a nice malt backbone to it, interesting aroma.

Beer is a little spicy with a nice floral character and an almost champagne like yeastiness to it. A very effervescent beer with a nice finish. Decent saison.

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

Bottle courtesy of joshdykema, thanks again!

Pours a cloudy gold color with a huge bright white head.

Aromas are of champagne, dust, some floral notes, and some lemon citrus. Pretty nice nose.

Taste is peppery up front. Some notes of lemon zest, sugar, bready, champagne, earthy, with a bitter mineral like finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, and clean with good body.

Overall, a pretty tasty, complex and well done take on the style. Solid brew.

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Photo of atr2605
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy straw color with a massive white head with ridiculous retention that clings to the glass
S-orange, pepper, lemon
T-Citrus lemon up front met withn lots of hop bitterness(bit of pine) finishes earthy and peppery
M-medium bodied, light for abv
O-Well balanced and tons of flavor. Never head of the brewery before and was drawn in by the artwork. Look forward to trying more of their beers.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: The beer pours a hazy light gold. The head is a massive three fingers of stick, mousse-like, white foam that takes a long time to settle to a half inch or so leaving a lot of Belgian lace.

S: Moderate orange and pear ester and peppery notes with a hint of vanilla and light honey-like malt sweetness. The aroma only gets better as it warms with tropical fruit like hop aromas.

T: There is a moderate pepper and moderately strong hops bitterness up front with just a bit more honey-like malt sweetness than it need for support. It's close to IPA like territory for the bitterness malt balance. There is esters of lemon peel, strong grapefruit and a touch of pine apple. A super dry finish with a bit of lingering bitterness and clove.

M: A light bodied beer with high carbonation. A touch of dryness on the the tongue

O: Truly a work of art, I am hard pressed to name a Belgian ale I've enjoyed more, even my beloved sours. The smell is fantastic, it's everything I want in a Belgian with excellent balance. There was so much going on in the first couple sips it took me a minute to get my brain around all that was going on with the flavor.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a gold color with a couple inch white fluffy head that stays around a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and fruity, the brew smells like pears, lemon peel, bready malt/wheat, peppery spice, cloves, and a bit of tropical fruit. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but I think the spicy and bready flavors are stronger than the fruity ones. There's also the addition of some green grapes and an herbal flavor to the taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with high but soft carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, even though it has a bit too much carbonation for me. With that being said, I'd like to try it again in the future. $9.99 a bottle.

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

Poured from tap into snifter at barley oak in mandeville, LA. Pours a golden straw with good head and lacing. Smells of great belgian wheaty yeast and slight funk. Taste is citrusy hoppy belgian wit. Mellowed out by nice malty flavors and a slight alcohol burn. A bit dry but bursting of belgian pale flavors. Great brew and reminds me of a slightly hoppy and "wit" saison.

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4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$7.00 pour a 10oz pour. Served in a tulip.
Sampled 07AUG12

[A] A bright white fluffy foamy head of 1 1/2 fingers with average retention. The body is a gorgeous hazy straw color with a soft, white incandescent quality if you will. Lacing is slim to modest.

[S] Think 'hoppy farmhouse saison.' Then think 'masterfully executed.' this beer is that. Floral, citrusy hops stand against the expectations for the style, but work impressively well with the faint earthy farmhouse notes.

[T] Summer fruit notes of peach and nectarine with gentle tangerine-like acidity and sweetness. ABV seems about right at 7.5%, but I would believe an entire point lower as well. [Man, I was way off]

[M] Crisp throughout and very refreshing. Acidity works the tongue front to mid, while the dry finish braces you for the next sip. Medium body with just a hint of alcohol on the end.

[O] One of Brian's best yet.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours an almost-clear golden color. A gentle pour produces 2 inches of white head, good retention and lacing.

S- Fruit (apples, pear and lemon) as well as some spice. Bready, doughy malt aroma and some clove as well.

T- Fruit, spice and bready malt. Pear, lemon and apple fruitiness blend with banana and clove. Mild booze and a bit of pepper towards the finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and very creamy, with a dry finish.

O- A pretty solid BSPA, good work from Stillwater.

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