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Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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85
very good

247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 12
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  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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Ratings: 247 | Reviews: 92 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

DaftPatrick, Jul 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

joel66, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a Sam Adams pint glass this was a really good-looking beer. Gold in color, fairly large white head that persisted, and excellent carbonation, almost like a vortex.

Sweet, fruity aroma. Earthy/floral. A bit of spice.

Malt taste up front, rye mostly. Sweet, honey. A little citrus. Tang of spice. Herbal hops.

Nice beer. I liked how the spice lingered on.

lordofthewiens, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Beaver13, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

GreenMountainBoy, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lions Pride poured into a chalice.

Pours a very bright gold with a good one finger fluffy white head with nivethin lacing. Nose on this is crazy - egg whites, tart and malty and there's something else I can't put my nose on...

Taste is as unique as the nose, very sharp and crisp with a unique tart and bready yeast flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and full, very rich and a bit bitter overall its very good and somehow very different.

kingcrowing, Aug 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

xdefeatsy, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of Libationguy
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Libationguy, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%

12 oz bottle. Complex floral and herbal flavor is more appealing than the rather yeasty/funky aroma. Medium-full body with good carbonation.

chinchill, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

SPRichard, May 16, 2012
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden color with a slightly off-white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with solid amounts of crisp pears and lighter amounts of musty hops and breadiness. Also present are very slight phenolic spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light and mildly bready malt flavors up front are joined quickly by equal amounts of pears and lemon rinds. Midway through a slight spiciness comes into play, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this beer but it was nothing to write home about. Worth a shot for the saison-lovers out there.

glid02, Jul 17, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

sgttibbs, Apr 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

acurtis, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

biboergosum, Oct 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

zachpaschal, Jun 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Sammy, Aug 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Desaparecido, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of benbazi
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

benbazi, Jun 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

bconsidine, Oct 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

VictoriaAnne, Jul 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Gonzoillini, Aug 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

aztraz, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of russpowell
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...

russpowell, Sep 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of nickthetick
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a clouded, opaque over ripened orange into an American shaker with a half finger of white head.

S: sweet oranges, pineapple, butterscotch lifesavers, golden apples, a tiny bit of spice a good malt sweetness.

T: a bit tart, light apples and sweet oranges. A good malt backbone and not as much spice as I am used to in a saison. The sweet yeasty flavors linger on the tongue nicely.

MF: medium body, smooth but good effervescence. A bit sweet but not overly so.

O: a good saison from two home state brewers, but there are many better ones I would search out first

nickthetick, Aug 04, 2011
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Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
85 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.