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Stillwater / Brewer's Art DebutanteStillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante
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Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

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.

Added by StaEva on 06-14-2011

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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 326
Reviews by megahurts4:
Photo of megahurts4
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Pours a thin head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma has lots of honey and a nice floral smell.
The taste starts with a malty sweetness, moves to an even bigger honey sweetness, finishes with a mild lemon bitter note.
The texture is light and crisp.
It's on the sweet side for me but still tasty.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Stillwater's Debutante a couple weeks ago for $3.09 at Holiday Market. I'm a fan of Biere De Garde's and this one caught my eye and I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks nice, I like the design and it's got that typical Stillwater style to it, it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice cloudy bright golden color that took on more of an apricot color when held to the light with just about two fingers worth of off white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had some better head retention and lacing,

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts some nice funky farmhouse aromas with some musty and wet straw like aromas coming through and it's followed by nice a fruity aroma with a lemon like aroma sticking out the most with some berry like aromas showing up in the background. Towards the end comes a light grainy, sweet malt and spelt like aroma along with some floral and grassy hop aromas. This beer had a good aroma that's pretty inline with the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but just a little lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and they impart the same funky farmhouse like aspects that they did in the aroma and they seem to be just a little lighter. Up next comes that nice fruity aspect that I got in the aroma, but this time it's the berry like aspects that stick out the most and they are followed by a light floral and grassy hop flavor. On the finish comes this nice yogurt like flavor that goes good with the berry aspect and a slightly higher amount of light bitterness with just a slight bit of tartness and it had a nice berry yogurt and farmhouse yeast like aftertaste. This was a good and unique tasting Biere De Garde, I like it.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, slightly refreshing, a little dry on the finish, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, it had most of the aspects that I look for in the style while still being fairly unique and I thought that made this beer memorable. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, fairly crisp, slightly refreshing, a little dry on finish, not filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think two or three of these would be my limit, it's pretty easy drinking and I think it makes for a nice Fall time beer. What I like the most about this beer was the taste, aroma and drinkability, they were all good and worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the head retention, but in the end it wasn't that big of a deal. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was just a nice Biere De Garde and I enjoyed drinking it. It isn't my favorite of the style, but it was one of the better ones I'e had and it's one of the better beers I've had from Stillwater. Good job guys, this was a tasty beer that was a little unique, keep up the good work.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

As the taste of the European farmhouse extend from Belgium and into France, the character turns more lager-like, maltier and softer with the fruit and spice. While its Belgianesque balance remains intact, it takes a softer and more mellow turn.

Its stern malty pour suggest a bready weight with its swirling haze and milky straw hues. As its creamy head builds, it reveals the flowery character of honeysuckle, heather and mint. Its mellow flavors sooth the early palate with a doughy-sweet introduction.

Its rich cookie dough flavor and feel is given a creamy lift with and abundance of carbonation to keep the taste light and marshmallowy. But with certain grain spiciness, there's a husky earthiness that rides up against peppercorn and pecan skins but without becoming an overly spicy beer.

With a minty and pepper taste gaining steam, the ale's firm texture wavers enough to suggest a malty-dry finish. Any spicy, woodsy or grainy bite is buffered with residual bread texture while its floral bouquet continues to swirl above the palate, extending lightly into aftertaste.

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Photo of biegaman
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Débutante definitely looks suited to high society; not only does it have the colour and complexion of gold but also shares the same prickly bubbles and beaded collar as Champagne. Back-light reveals phenomenal highlights that intensify that "aristocratic" image.

Brewed with spelt, rye, heather, honeysuckle, and hyssop, you can forgive me for saying that I have no clue what to expect. The bouquet isn't yet prepared at this point to reveal much, but with an ingredients list like that I can't imagine it not having unique aromatics... unfortunately, apart from unearthing a subtle floral honey note, warming does little good.

Equally as disappointing as the near void bouquet is the lack of distinguishing flavour. The sweet taste of cereal grains and the musty yeastiness that's typical for a Bière de Garde is present, but none of our star ingredients make noteworthy impressions. Perhaps it leans a bit more floral, but overall this is still the yeast's show - and stinky, spicy phenols dominate as per usual.

With ingredients like heather, honeysuckle, and hyssop I expected something much brighter and more colourful. A naive thought perhaps on my part - knowing full well that Bières de Gardes are characterized by a musty, moldy, farmhouse-like quality - but this really failed to deliver the kind of interesting and unique herbal and floral elements I had hoped for.

I've largely been a big fan of the Stillwater offerings I've tried, but Débutante really failed to impress. In hindsight, I would have been much happier with any of the other 4-packs on the shelf from this brewer. Oh well, they can't all be winners. Anyone who enjoys the style might as well try this but those only curious about the exotic ingredients, just save your money.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of joel66
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Beaver13
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of innominat
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kingcrowing
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of xdefeatsy
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold pour with a thin cream colored foam cap. Light lace. Fruit and light dried fruit nose with some light floral notes. Rich fruit, dried apricot palate with some bubble gum in the background. Moderate herbal bitterness. Above average carbonation and a medium body. No one element stands out but they all fall together very well.

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Photo of Libationguy
4.04/5  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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Complex floral and herbal flavor is more appealing than the rather yeasty/funky aroma.

Feel: Medium-full body with good carbonation.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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