Hello all! Hope this post finds everyone content and comfortable on these glorious summer days! Now that the wife and I have acclimated back to our lives here in Brentwood Bay, I decided to get back to sampling some new and exciting beers. And so, on one of our many walks into town, I picked up a few new items that I’ve been putting off until now. One such bottle comes from Westminster Maryland, care of the renowned Stillwater Artisanal brewery.
I would admit that this brewery has been previously unknown to me, hence why I was avoiding picking up any bottles that have been popping up at my local sudsy dispensers. That, plus the high price for a single bottle (in the vicinity of ten dollars for a 750 ml bottle) was a little dissuading. But after consulting with my bud at my favorite local beer store, I learned that not only was this particular beer critically acclaimed, it was also his favorite example of a Belgian-style beer produced outside of Belgium. How could I resist?
Appearance: Deep gold, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Yeasty, light, sugary malts
Taste: Immediate hints of barley-wine like malts, Belgian yeast, mild oak
Aftertaste: Clean finish, lingering yeasts
Many times over, I got a Westmalle Tripel feel from this beer. It’s color, taste, and yeasty, effervescent quality were very similar to that Belgian classic! It differed in that it was lighter on the malt and sugar levels, and of course alcohol content as well. Overall, I’d have to say my friends appraisal could very well be right. This beer really could be one of the best Belgian-style beers to be found outside of Belgium.