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Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

Stillwater / Brewer's Art DebutanteStillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante

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BA SCORE
87
very good

174 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%


Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
It’s my pleasure to present a collaboration with The Brewer’s Art. A Baltimore institution that helped to pioneer the Belgian beer movement in the States. Brewed with a combination of Spelt & Rye, accented with a blend of Heather, Honeysuckle, and Hyssop. The result is a rustic farmhouse ale displaying earthy tones & floral characteristics while maintaining intricate balance.

(Beer added by: StaEva on 06-14-2011)
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i was very excited for this ancient grains type saison with all these botanicals in it, but it came across way too sweet for me, malty vanilla and not quite robust enough saison yeast define the nose and taste of this beer. clearish caramel color with a big bold white head, good looks. so much sweetness here i can't really get any of the botanicals or herbals i was looking most forward to. not sure what the spelt or rye contribute either, all i really get is residual sugar, light like honey, but still pervasive. feel is bogged down by it too, but its very well carbonated. some may enjoy the sweetness, i don't mean to make it sound like a pure sugar bomb because its a lit more interesting than that, the sugar just blocks the most interesting features of this beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 20:51:36 | More by StonedTrippin
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml foil wrapped bottle poured into a generously sized snifter glass at fridge temperature.

The beer pours a dark copper colour with a 1/2 finger of lingering fluffy white head. As soon as you pop the top on this creative gypsy brewers beer, you get an overwhelming aroma of barnyard funk, spicy rye notes and Belgian yeast characteristics even before it hits your glass. Once poured, there is a pleasant smell of subtle citrus hops in addition to the aforementioned aromas.

The beer has a nice yeast backbone to it, with flavours of coriander, cloves, pepper, subtle citrus/floral hops, some mild sourness and some spiciness from the rye malt added to this brew.

Overall, this is an agreeable saison. It isn't too over the top, yet the addition of rye and spelt grains add some more complex flavours and aromas to this brew. The beer has a nice funky smell to it which only increases as the beer warms up to room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 15:39:39 | More by schnarr84
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stillwater Debutante

Appearance: lemon orange, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: light grain, light fruit, and faint hops.

Taste: yeast, light fruit, and grain.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is an ok brew. It is pretty yeasty and grainy.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2013 07:31:15 | More by megahurts4
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Beaver13

Colorado

3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy golden yellow with a huge fizzy bubbly white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is toasted straw malts with some fruit, floral notes and funky yeast.

The flavor is sweet wheaty malts, some spices (coriander, pepper), a little fruit and earthy yeast with a bit of dry bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK sweet and spicy saison.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 07:05:39 | More by Beaver13
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml metallic salmon foil capped bottle. Artsy Greco-Roman seeming imagery adorns the label, but is in all likelihood more retro southern culture on the skids in nature.

This beer pours a rather cloudy, medium burnt golden amber hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, and by default, creamy off-white head, which renders a few swaths of Cat in the Hat abode lace around the glass as things quite literally slink away.

It smells of sassy soaked cereal grains - barley, rye, and some sort of adjacent hippie affair - honeyed apple mush, a zippy earthy floral character, subtly spicy cloves, yeasty banana, and a tardy wheat astringency. The taste is more yeasty, grainy multitudinous malts - the usual suspects, well aided and abetted by a further earthy, musty, back forty weirdness, where the crop just ain't quite normal, is it? Earthy, floral, and perfume counter citrus add to the mix, along with a mild dry nuttiness, a bit of white pepper and coriander spiciness, and soft earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are nice and frothy, at first, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, aided or hindered, it's kind of hard to tell, by the tiny, tiny bubbles that seem to be damned near everywhere. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, generally familiar maltiness and apple fruitiness more or less carrying the day.

A tasty enough saison, 'amped' up by the side-stepping grain, and mostly hard to discern floral adjuncts. Another weird, and limited in its wonder Belgian-influenced ale from Stillwater. I grok what they're doing as a gypsy brewer, and avid promoter of (their) local culture, but that hardly blows my skirt up, up here, so between that and the um, beer, it's a big fwuh, and if not that - meh.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 03:49:39 | More by biboergosum
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an slightly hazed effervescent amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Wet cereal, pears & appleskins & honeysuckle

T: Pears, whitegrapes, appleskins & spelt up front, ever so slight pineapple flavor. Damp grain, pineapples, lemons & pears as this warms, with some grapefruit boozey notes & leafy hops. Finishes dry with pineapple, white grape, apricots & leafy hops

MF: Slightly coarse, soft carbonation light bodied

An alright Saison, but not close to one of the better ones from Stillwater as far as overall drinkability & taste goes. Had the potential for greatness...

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 05:19:35 | More by russpowell
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick fluffy, rocky, off-white head into a tulip glass that left thin sheeting and good lacing throughout. the body was a hazy, bubbly amber color.
s - floral and sweet like honey and fruit.
t - floral, bready, earthy, fruity.
m - slightly bubbly.
o - another complex and delicious saison from stillwater.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 14:01:40 | More by GPHarris
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Arrives a faintly hazy, light honey color with a quickly retreating white head.
Smell is malt, hops, clove, banana and a hint of yeast. Decent balance.
Taste is much the same: clove, banana, malt, light hops and just a whiff of wheat.
Just under medium body, lighter effervescence than expected. Lightly drying as well. A decent saison but no St. Somewhere.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2013 00:07:29 | More by PorterLambic
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Libationguy

Nevada

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy medium straw color with orange and copper hues. Pillowy off-white 2-finger head with medium retention.

Clean nose that still has a strong sense of carbonation even after the beer has sat in the glass fior a few minutes. Orange zest, coriander, lemon zest, light grains, lemon zest.

The palate has a wonderful density: rich lightly roasted malt, roasted hazelnuts, cashews, lemon peel, coriander, white pepper. Just enough bitterness to balance any sweetness from the malt.

Medium+ bodied, with a warm richness and a very mild warmth from the alcohol. Very slight wateriness on the finish. Bitterness becomes a little more exposed in the aftertaste, but is not at all unpleasant.

Very enjoyable. Carbonation softens a little on the palate. Five minutes in the glass before starting on this beer helps.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 17:57:49 | More by Libationguy
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harrymel

Washington

3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk

Hazy corn colored with a solid sheet of whites. Nice saison nose, some grain, some pear, clay, soil, grass, hay and old Willamette hops. The intense carbonation veils the flavors of sweet grain, yam, hibiscus, some pear, some nice yeast flavors. Full bodied with insanely hi carb and a dry finish. The beer is really nice, tone down the carb and we have a real winner.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 07:13:44 | More by harrymel
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C20Percent

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a gold color with a big bubbly white head of foam on top. Mighty bubbly.

S: Strong floral smells. Citrus. Fruits. Honey. Reminds me of a white wine. Sweet.

T: Spices -- rye, maybe -- lemons. Fruits. Flowers. Honey. Peppery?

M: Bold carbonation. Pretty smooth for a Farmhouse Ale. Bonus.

O: If you like this style, then you'll probably really like this beer. I'm not a huge Saison / Farmhouse Ale. I like the spices. Like the smell. Good brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 16:56:55 | More by C20Percent
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap a bright golden color with two fingers of sticky white head. Nice amounts of lacing left behind.

Aroma of floral and herbal hoppy notes along with white pepper, clove, and a bit of yeast and honey.

The taste was very nice with the hoppy floral and herbal notes along with the clove, pepper, and yeast notes from the aroma. Finished clean/

Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

A very nice Saison from Stillwater. A must try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2013 01:11:26 | More by Monkeyknife
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popery

California

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, 8/11/11. Bottle, home. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a healthy white head. Aroma has fairly mild floral notes with a bit of rye, nice light grain and a big musty earthiness. It’s nice and dry with a touch of spice and a bit more floral presence. Good, fresh grain flavor. Light feel. Well carbonated. A nice beer that manages to work in floral notes on a dry, earthy body.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 03:44:16 | More by popery
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: A huge creamy peak of mountainous meringue head that billows on top of a unrelentingly murky body of dark apricot. Retention is outstanding. The creamy film never goes away and delicate lace clings to the glass.

S: Aroma is floral with bountiful rye notes, honeysuckle, soapy yeast, musty cardboard, white grapes, and spicy wheat. Reminds me of the decorative floral bath soap by grandma used to have when I was a child.

T/M: Spices are more upfront than the nose. Earthy, floral and fruity with a timid kiss of hop bitterness. Honeysuckle is prominent with powdery yeast and rustic wheat gracing the creamy, yet prickly body. Finish is very dry with spicy and floral bite. Bartlett pears and ground black pepper linger afterwards.

O: Debutante is my first Stillwater offering and i can say I am eager to try more. Aggressively earthy and floral with hearty wheat, spices and a kiss of fruit. Wonderfully complex and well blended saison. What a great introduction to Stillwater ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 22:22:48 | More by Hopswagger
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srhoadsy

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a flute.

Pours a clear straw color with an inch and a half of airy white head that very slowly recedes and leaves a quarter inch surface layer with nice lacing.

Aroma of sour grapes with a grassy background.

Flavor follows through aroma with a slight peppery taste as well.

Body is dry and crisp with good dose of carbonation.

Not my favorite from Stillwater(Existent), but all around a nicely balanced and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 00:40:49 | More by srhoadsy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy bright golden color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of rye and spelt malt is easily detectable with some good notes of rustic ester and light residual sugar notes. Taste is a complex mix between some fruity ester with good notes rustic malt with spicy notes of rye malt and light residual sugar notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with excellent level complexity while retaining a very nice level of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 18:29:16 | More by Phyl21ca
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from Stillwater. Looks nice. Smells nice. A good profile of flavors, but not really pushing it or trying to be obnoxious. And that's the key I think. Do it right and do it well, but don't try to be out of control with things. A very well done brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 17:13:04 | More by RblWthACoz
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vfgccp

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Semi opaque light gold body. Nice lace and retention.

S - Lightly sour with dried flowers, dandelion, honey, and green banana.

T - Smooth opening of malt and honey into an orangey fruit center. Tart, dry hop note on the backend with hay and herbal characteristics.

M - Medium/full and surprisingly creamy for a saison.

O - Sweeter and creamier than traditional for the style, but it works beautifully.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 16:41:49 | More by vfgccp
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a one finger fine off-white head and lacing. Aroma of light fruit, floral elements light spicing and a suggestion of sweet caramel malt. Flavor of light fruit with peppery bitterness from the heather, develops nice floral notes in the middle to finish somewhat dry with a touch of rye sourness. A very pleasant flavor progression. Complex variety of flavors, but none dominate, allowing something interesting to develop over the taste. Although light to medium in body, it manages a bit of creaminess in the mouth feel. Another interesting and fun to drink take on the saison style. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 03:24:35 | More by LiquidAmber
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a massive, long-lasting, creamy head. Average lacing.

S: An unusual aroma: Kind of herbal, kind of floral, kind of spicy. Interesting.

T: Tasted of some malt, spices (cloves, et. al.), a good amount of yeast, and a pronounced herbal quality. The flavor here grew on me as it went on. Very strong forceful. Note: This beer tastes more like a biere de garde than a saison.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Like everything Stillwater makes this one is worth a shot. Not my favorite of theirs, but pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 13:10:02 | More by avalon07
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DCon

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ The Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar in St. Louis, MO for $9. Tapped from the "Dark" Looking Tap Handle from Stillwater into a 12oz Pint Glass. Stillwater's 750mL bottles are ALWAYS over $15 so I decided to try this on-tap first.

Aroma- Tons of complexity comes from this brew. Huge spices and a fresh/fruit blend is included. Bit of clove as well. Super potent!

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that has good head retention. Has a deep golden colored body but clear. Leaves thick frothing behind.

Flavor- VERY malty and almost a deep grain flavor from the beginning. Spices then come in with a bit of pepper and then prickles at the finish with slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent, Sweet Spices, and then a mixed fruit flavor finishes on the palate.

Overall Impression- A decent Saison by Stillwater/Brewer's Art but not worth the price... I haven't seen this in bottle shops yet but won't be looking to purchase it. Not even taste/flavor for me. The spices were a good contribution to the beer but needed more character.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 15:14:41 | More by DCon
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a cloudy opaque, pale, orange marmalade coloring with a thin, filmy coating on top. Aromas of sweet honey and a blend of spicing, including a clove presence. Flavors are light, with an effervescent feel on the tongue. Subtle sweetness in the backbone carries the dynamic spice profile of nutmeg, clove, heather, and oregano on a smooth body. The aftertaste is a muted version of the flavors, doing a good job of carrying the major profiles over into the end of the palate. Quick, clean finish, with a touch of citrus sweet at the very end. Very easy to drink, and very well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 16:47:23 | More by GarthDanielson
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benbazi

California

4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a nice pillowy head in my tulip glass.

smells of delicious floral, citus fruits and pepper!

tastes of fruit, earth and delicious pepper spicyness with a right on dry finish.

medium body appropriate carbonation, smooth.

overall this another winner from stillwater, i dig this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 01:06:00 | More by benbazi
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden color slightly cloudy with a decent white head and some lacing

S-lemon, floral, and herbal with hints of spice

T-yeasty, spice,floral and earthy flavors with a hint of sourness

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp slightly tart feel

O-a decent Saison, but not in the top tier

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 01:42:58 | More by MDDMD
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cosmicevan

New York

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to 321jeff for yet another stillwater hookup. enjoyed from my stillwater wine glass.

a - the brew poured a murky golden orange with a generous creamy head. the head hung out and left big chunky lacing on the glass. visible carbonation could be seen rising to the surface along the glass' edges. really dark color...opaque, kind of like a pewter orange.

s - as advertised...a nice rustic farmhouse. excellent spicing on the earthy base. soft hint of sweetness, but drowned out by rye and mostly belgian spicing and white pepper.

t - a bit of a let down in the flavor dept. kind of muddled and muted. fairly grainy with lots of spicing. as the beer warmed, some great citric and floral notes came out.

m - cooling and soft, prickly carbonation...somewhat dry finish.

o - overall, not a bad beer, but a bit of a let down. stillwater makes so many excellent saisons, but i found this one to be better than average, but not really at the level that i've come to expect from brian's saisons. enjoyable on a warm memorial day weekend, but lacking in the sweetness to be the perfect beverage for right now. probably more of an end of summer beer than an early summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 22:04:31 | More by cosmicevan
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Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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