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Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 307
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of maedhros09
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Amber-gold with fairly anemic head that dissipates to nothing pretty quickly
Smell: Acidic fruit nose - pear, apple, floral
Taste: Moderately sweet gentle floral and fruity, a bit acidic. Very mild finish
Feel: Light body, slightly undercarbonated.

Overall: Not knowing the style, it's hard to decide how well the Debutant fits. In an absolute sense it is a pleasant and flavorful fruity belgian ale with a gentle finish - Pretty enjoyable if somewhat unremarkable. The main disappointment is the lackluster head and seeming undercarbonation, though it's not a dealbreaker. However, after being fairly impressed by the Stateside and Cellar Door saisons it was a bit of a letdown. (690 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy orangish yellow body with good head and left a lace ring. Aroma has notes of yeast and spices but is pretty non-descript. Spicy, crisp body, light and easy to drink, there is some rye that comes across as giving off a little dryness. Slightly offbalance but still has tropical fruit sweetness along with a touch of citric acidity that adds sharpness to finish. (379 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Golden brew with just a bit of haze to it in a snifter from the 12oz tall bottle. Foamy white head rises to about one finger eventually falling to a medium belt. Lacing is somewhat rare.

S- Feels like some of the other Stillwater Saisons with a spicy and floral yeast profile but this delivers an especially floral aroma probably from the added plants. Coriander, pepper, heather, flowers, herbs, lemon oil and herbal tea.

T- As with the nose the floral and somewhat herbal earthy aspect of this brew is massive but still compliments the coriander, pepper and citrus zest from the base. Orange peel, vanilla type sweets, pears, apricot, cooking herbs and pale grapes. Pale grain sweetness, caramel, cereal and bready malts.

MF- Fairly creamy and right about medium overall thickness on the palate. Carbonation is moderately high with a spicy bitterness on the back end.

For me the biggest standout is the floral additions and the great base yeast once again from Stillwater. (981 characters)

Photo of alaskannomad
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice farmhouse characteristics. Beautiful color. But I don't taste the adjuncts at all, as the flavor comes entirely from the yeast and the malty grain.

Too sweet. Tastes like a dessert wine - almost like a 'barley sauternes". Add some hop character to increase bitterness, and this could be a real winner. (307 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (1,765 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,301 characters)

Photo of gregcordle
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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. (156 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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. (293 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (3,501 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours amber with a large fading head.
Nose shows bready malt, spicy farmhouse yeast and some soft grainy honey notes.
Flavours imitate a honey saison with amber malt. Some spicy hops and caramel. Finishes gently but well-balanced. (230 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stillwater Débutante has a thin, off-white head, a semi-clear, yellow-gold appearance, and fervent bubble streams. The aroma is of varied, funky spices and white bread, and the flavor is the same. Bitterness is low, here. Mouthfeel is medium, and Stillwater Débutante finishes not so dry and pleasant.

RJT (309 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Grain, pear skin, honeysuckle, heather, and lemon pith. Flavor is briney, with echoes of pear taking away that odd flavor, carrying into a dry, powdery finish. (159 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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. (1,080 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/23/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, honey, rye bread, herbal, floral, grass, clove, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, bready malt, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, honey, rye bread, herbal, floral, grass, clove, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, bready malt, and spice flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Biere de Garde style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, bready malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,444 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a cloudy golden hue with a one finger white head and a touch of lacing not much to look at really, the smell is honey, heather, more honey and peppery spices,the mouthfeel is Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and the tastes are Honeysuckle,peppery spices, a touch of apricot and finished quite sweet with honey dominating the finish and overall quite enjoyable and easy to drink but nothinh out of this world cheers. (428 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, spice, yeast, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, spice, yeast, and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with the special ingredients only really coming through in the smell for me.

Serving type: bottle. (595 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%

Slightly hazy gold with a decent head that quickly fades to a patchy covering. Interesting nose of heather, apple, flowers, honey, earth, cracked pepper, and some malty sweetness. Flavor is peppery and earthy with some floral notes, rustic graininess, and apple. Dryness keeps the sweetness at bay and there's a general mustiness that adds some character. Medium-light, creamy feel, with a dry finish. Decent, but not my favorite Stillwater beer. (451 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pokal.

Appearance
Golden with a short had that recedes immediately. Slightly hazy with lively carbonation.

Nose
Caramelized grains, potpourri, pink peppercorn, and lemongrass.

Taste
Caramel covered grains with some breadiness and dollops of honey. Potpourri, pink peppercorn, and lavender. Lemon zest and a bright floral character.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, crisp, off-dry, and refreshing.

Overall
Spicy, floral, and very refreshing. A nice Bière de Garde. (496 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle courtesy of mwrecording pours a lightly hazed gold with a firm cap of white head. Good retention and average lace.

Nose is peaches, apricots, bready yeast and lightly tropical hops.

Taste is nice and yeasty, I would believe it if someone told me this was brewed in Belgium. A superb crackery, light malt base - super dry with a little hop bite to round things out. This is a fantastic beer, I would absolutely love to have another sometime very soon. (466 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a beautiful honey amber color. Bright and rich and vibrant. A sexy brew.

The aroma has honey, light caramel, light brown sugar, very floral and sweet floral honey.

The flavor is driven by malt with some spice in the front. Caramel sweetness, a bit sugary quality on the mid palate. Some drying of floral and herbs. A rich honey on the back end.

Light mouthfeel. The appearance and aroma sold me, but the flavor was a bit disappointing, though as it warms up, the flavor slightly comes through more. (519 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

07-27-2011

"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."

Despite all that, it's lovely stuff. I like everything about it. Try it if you can. (452 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (252 characters)

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Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.