Extraomnes / Stillwater Migdal Bavel

Extraomnes / Stillwater Migdal BavelExtraomnes / Stillwater Migdal Bavel
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Belgian Saison
Ranked #398
Ranked #8,349
4.05 | pDev: 7.16%
Very Good
Extraomnes / Stillwater Migdal BavelExtraomnes / Stillwater Migdal Bavel
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 60
Reviews by laituegonflable:
Photo of laituegonflable
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pale, cloudy gold. Creamy head, lovely cradle of foamy lace. Not much of a crown. Looks pretty nice.

Smells rubbery. Organic, with slight lemon zest and an aged riesling character. Touch of cherry and a mild coconut hint. Weird, but good.

Taste is also very rubbery. Citric twang upfront, but then big industrial, well-aged riesling flavours. Touch of cherry again, some berry-flavoured candy as well. Interesting; grape ester, petrochemical, but also refreshing, and pleasant.

Bit of fizz; slight dryness as a result. OK, but not great.

Interesting flavours; overall reasonably refreshing with a curious twist to keep you interested.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Shared with Sam and Rich in Sydney.

Pours a quite cloudy dusty yellow colour with a slightly foamy head of white. This settles to a decent centimetre of persistent head. Carbonation is powdery, and roils and froths in the body when swirled or tilted. Lacing is good, forming slick streaks. Overall, it looks pretty good.

Nose is dusty and minerally, with a slight earthiness and a green vegetative note. Some pepper and an aroma like old orange peel. It's a bit light on, but it's relatively pleasant and captures some good Saison qualities.

Taste is much better, with a fullness in the body, and a fruity vegetative character like green capsicum and celery leaf. The yeast lends peppery tones to the beer while a wheatiness lends some mild fine acidity underneath. There's a clinging plasticky tone on the finish which is almost like the opening aroma of a lambic, but it also suggests a bit of alcohol heat. Feel is quite smooth for the most part, with a crispness on the back to complement the heat that arises.

Overall, very drinkable, with complexity and a good deal of sophistication. There are a few oddities, but they seem well-placed to create interest. I did enjoy this a lot.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The farmlands of central Europe grew beer out of necessity and not from the adherence to style guideline or prescription. This leeway allows for something of the fruit, spice and effervescent ilk to rein in the starchy presence of biere de garde or the campfire whimsy of norther Germany.

Its burnt orange hues are softly of bronze and impressive with a rich mousey head. Doughy aromas are in strong support of orchard fruit, citrus and herb before the initial taste of light bread, biscuit, honey and powdered sugar begin to layer upon the mouth.

Its broad and starchy coat buffers the mouth from the medley of fruit and spice to come. Its moderate and bready sweetness invites the tangy-sweet flavors of ripe oranges, lemons papaya, plantain, and apples to make early impressions while dried citrus, botanicals and spice come late. Firm carbonation keeps the ale creamy and fullish while also balancing the peppercorn, spruce and minty finish.

Both malty and dry in finish, the fruit and sweetness slowly fade and leave the finish to contend with an earthy vinous acidity, spice-forward bite and hints of cut grass, spruce tip and leafy hops to dry the palate. Just shy of complete refreshment or cleanliness, the rustic aftertaste is toasty and tea-like.

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Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of alcohol, earthy, slight hop, hint of liquor, citrus, wheat, slight pale malt, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthiness, hint of smoke, slight citrus, pepper, Euro yeast, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and wheat. Overall, complex, earthy, smoky, and wheat saison (unusual but delicious), and good blend.

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Photo of dar482
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden orange.

The aroma hits of spicy saison yeast and bready malt. Fresh grass and a citrusy hops come through as well.

The flavor follows with that brightness with grapefruit and orange hops and grass. A spicy yeast quality comes through in the middle with a light crackery malt. The finish is spicy with that peppercorn coming through, but without too much taking over the beer.

A very refreshing saison.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of halo913
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of avalon07
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A surprisingly amount of sweetness in the aroma, with the typical saison funkiness as well.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, a bit of malt, the saison funkiness, and a good amount of citrus as well. While the flavor is definitely a saison, it does almost seem to have elements of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale as well. Definitely a tasty beer.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Stillwater certainly knows its saisons and this one is no exception. Drinkable.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of popery
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow gold color. A bit hazy, though there's a good amount of lees on the bottom of my bottle, so this is dependent on the pour. Relatively small white head. Lots of little bubbles. The aroma is a bit heavy on the somewhat medicinal myrrh flavor. The yeast might be contributing to that flavor, as well. It was quite pleasant initially, when the beer was colder, and the aroma was woodier, but as the beer warmed, the medicinal side became more prominent and started to push out the fruity peppercorn notes. The peppercorn provides a very nice fruity pepper flavor. There's some pale malt in the background, but it gets overshadowed by the spicing. Nice pale malt sweetness in the taste. The spices kick in quickly. Again, I really like the fruity Szechuan peppercorn flavor, and the myrrh is nice but a bit too medicinal for my taste. That said, this is a beer that I'm really going back and forth on. I'm sort of splitting the difference with my scores, but I do very much appreciate the thought behind it. At any rate, the finish is dry and fairly bitter. There's a bit of citrus kicking in at that point, as well. Nice mouthfeel. Carbonation is slightly low for a saison. Personally, I'd prefer things to be even lighter. Anyway, it's another nice Stillwater beer and further shows Strumke's thoughtful approach to the style.

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Photo of adamdarcy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Opaque and fairly solid chestnut to dull lemon body. Not much carbonation visible except for a little stream in the middle that's hard to see, and a very minor half finger creamy white head. Manages to stay thought with a nice whipped up if small top.

Aroma is quite sharp and bretty on first pour. Real nice garden green herbs of sage and some malt chewy sweetness. Light hints of hay and sweet bakery bread dough. Interesting brett angle that stays away from pepper and hotness, even though it's quite powerful. Some juicy like fruit tones manage to squeak out in a tropical way as well.

Palate brings much of that pleasure. Real juiced and creamy full body on the mouthfeel. Hints of vanilla but quickly takes over in mild sharp flavors of sage, and mint herbality. Chewy finish with and excellent coating, aftertaste comes out in real nice hints of tropical fruits and some grapefruit like bitterness oils to match. Sweet passionfruit and peach mix it up as well, in this fuzzy tasting fruit basket saison, letting some of the nice fruit qualities go all over the place.

Real interesting take on a saison, with a varied fruity angle. Real nice.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows light bready malt, lemon and grapefruit, along with spicy Belgian yeast and banana.
More spicy notes as flavours along with some serious mineral content further drying out the finish. Other than that there's some bready malt and little else.
Carbonation seems a bit full-on.
Seems pretty spot-on for a saison but its just not exciting me.

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Photo of jsurfs82
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gouyasse tulip glass. Pours a cloudy caramel amber with a massive white head. A sneaky gusher; quiet for a few seconds and as I reached for the glass to pour, started rapidly foaming over. The huge head slowly dissipated to chunky lacing. Classic saison aroma of saison yeast, sweet malt, lemon and spices. Flavor of pear, apple and lemon juice, saison and wild yeast, biscuit malt, starting slightly sweet and floral and changing quickly to a dry, slightly peppery, spicy finish. Interesting earthy, exotic spice component that may be the myrrh. Medium bodied with active, spicy carbonation. An overall straightforward saison with an interesting sweet estery start and dry finish; nice flavor transition. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of vermilcj
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of spicelab
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw, bright and clear, with a rapidly forming white head that is on the light and fluffy side. Collapses slowly with the odd spot of lace to a final ring.

Extremely floral, with sweet ester character lurking underneath but kept in its place. Good amount of sour citrus pith. Szechuan is quite prominent and accentuates the floral spice.

Flavours are similar but drier and spicier, with plenty of heather and a very dry grassiness. Everchanging and intriguing.

Light to medium with a mildly tart and refreshing finish.

Terrific beer that keeps you guessing. The szechuan imparts plucky complexity as it integrates with the base Saison. Love it.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light and clear straw color, solid inch of dense white head, fades eventually but a centimeter or so sticks around forever.

Nose is dominated by estery yeast, bananas and grapes and apples or pears, maybe some spices, mostly a really nice and subtle fruit bouquet.

Taste is sharper, some hop character with a faint lemon citrus noticeable up front, then fades into a somewhat more tart fruit character than the nose, mostly green apple and grape in the taste, some very light spice again. Tasty yeast character. A balanced and delightful saison, subtle but lots going on.

Mouthfeel is nice, lots kf carbonation but it stays out of the way and doesn't distract with fizziness or anything, feels fairly dry and pleasant on the tongue but also soft and restrained, very nice.

I like this!


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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a bight gold/orange with a massive head and very nice lacing.

Pale malts, orange rind and a bit of funk make up the smell.

White bread, rustic grain maltiness and a bit of citrus start this off. Some funk, slight fresh cut grass and a hint of minerals finish it. Very nice on the body, smooth and moderately carbonated.

Not my favorite of the Stillwater brews, but very worth a try.

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Extraomnes / Stillwater Migdal Bavel from Extraomnes
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 60 ratings