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Extraomnes / Stillwater Migdal BavelExtraomnes / Stillwater Migdal Bavel

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Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by danieelol on 01-06-2013

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Photo of halo913
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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 danieelol
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saison brewed with Myrrh & Szechuan Peppercorns.

Pour is muddy yellow with good head/lacing.

Smell is nice and spicy. I was going to say paté. Like Route des Épices, which also features pepper, this one reminds me of the patés which feature jellied peppercorns on top. Has a fruitiness behind that.

Taste also features a spicy pepperiness, again a bit like a paté.

I think this brewery has been very astute in identifying pepper as a prominent flavour in (good) saisons, and its use as an adjunct here certainly does not detract from the brew. In fact, I am enticed by the prospect of a "table saison" at around 4.2%, brewed with both salt and pepper. Anyhoo, this is a nice beer which perhaps derives too much of its flavour from a singular ingredient (Peppercorns, I don't know what Myrrh tastes like so can't identify it here).

The beer is pretty decent, but the best part of this pricy bottle is no doubt the artwork.

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Photo of Faroveryonder
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of laituegonflable
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
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 BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
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 adamdarcy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of MWMBeerguy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Daniellobo
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of REDAMI
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Lightly hazy, golden. Creamy white foam of fine bubbles.

S - Slight sour notes, bready yeast.

T - Hop forward, piney rather than grapefruit gives it a nice grassy green taste. Tart follows with slight bready malt. More hops on the finish.

M - No hop slickness (which is good), fine effervescent carbonation.

The hoppiness is unusual for the style, but not out of place. The piney hops use give it a nice green flavor rather than focusing on the tart citrus notes normally expected from a saison/farmhouse ale. An unexpected pleasure.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/31/2016. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, peppercorn, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pine, and yeast/spice earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste if big lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, peppercorn, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, pine, and yeast/spice earthiness. Good amount of peppercorn/yeast spiciness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, pine, and yeast/spice earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced saison style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WesM63
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFields
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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 impending
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


33cl into a tulip. Pours a lightly hazed pale orange gold, tight dense frothy head, excellent lacing.

The aroma is sweet camphor and hibiscus, mint, zero earth or funk - more a typical bspa.

The taste is overwhelmingly herbal - fennel, rosemary and pine needles ?? But backed by a citrus and floral vague fruitiness. Thin bodied very lively mouthfeel, a minor mouth swish and it's instant foam.

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Photo of jsurfs82
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of desint
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -1%
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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Extraomnes / Stillwater Migdal Bavel from Extraomnes
4.04 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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