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Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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278 Ratings
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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 12
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StaEva on 06-14-2011

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.
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3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigJim5021
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of mick303
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. An orangey gold colour with a solidly creamy cap of white head, showing nice lace and retention.

S- lemony citrus and intense floral tones, earthy heather notes, mild spiciness with a rustic rye spice, has a pleasant malt character to it, complimented by a really nice earthy and herbal quality that is all balanced really nicely.

T- start is sweet and malty with a growing herbal quality, rustic malt and toffee then a herbal and slightly slick evergreen, heather for sure, oranges, white pepper, growing toward a balanced bitterness with spruce and earthy floral notes, Meyer lemons, still a bit sweet on the finish, but with a lot of flavour. Becomes more developed as it warms.

M- moderate body and appropriate carbonation, not too assertive with a slick sweet character to it. Balanced well and a satisfying sipper but shows some alcohol warmth I find.

Overall I did think this was quite impressive, the ingrediant additions really shined on the aroma but I think became a bit buried in the herbal oily and sweet character on the palate. A very interesting beer though and it is well proportioned to give you a good display of some complex flavours and remain balanced. I think some small alterations would fix some of the balance critiques. Very nice.

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3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.69/5  rDev -3.9%

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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of gregcordle
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Awesome example of a bier de garde. I wish more people embraced these styles. Musty, spicy and lemon zest come through. Very crisp with high carbonation.

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3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.96/5  rDev +3.1%

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Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.