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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 13
Gots: 28 | 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 MbpBugeye
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Bodega, but this review is from a bottle extra'd to me by finewinemike. Poured into a Denis Meyers Duvel Tulip.

Appearance
This one is oddly murky. The color is a pale orange. The only thing that really saves the appearance for me is the head. It's long lasting as a thick layering. There are a few spots of slippery lace.

Aroma
The aroma takes a minute of breathing to awaken. Once it does, you are greeted with notes of over ripe banana, pear skins, some clove and other spices. I can swirl up some bandaid aromas, but they are faint and hidden. After a little while I begin to pick out an aroma that makes me picture the yolks of hard boiled eggs. I'm not sure if this is a sulfury smell or what; it just smells like hard boiled eggs.

Taste
Lots of pear covers up most of the banana notes. Apple cider notes grow stronger with warmth. There is a lot of strange spiciness going on here. Lots of mineral type flavors. Some sweetened lemon-lime develops on the finish.

Mouthfeel
Fizzingly expansive carbonation fills the mouth as the beer seems to flash to CO2 as soon as it hits the tongue.

Overall
This was better on tap, as so many beers usually are. This isn't really an off putting beer, its just weird at times and there isn't anything there to make up for it's strangeness.

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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.

Photo of isitsavage
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass.

Light, bubbly, hazy yellow in the glass. Large, maybe three fingers of white head.

Smell is yeast, funk, sweetness (honeysuckle?), slightly lemony citrus, very floral.

Crisp in the mouth, a mild tartness, fairly sweet, and some yeast. Slightly herbal but nothing really stands out. For me, kind of an average saison, not super interesting.

Photo of Beaver13
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at The Hulmeville Inn

Debutante has colors consisting of burnt orange with a copper tint in between the lines. Darker than the average saison. No head, or even a skimpy cap, just some straggled popping bubbles, no lace. Smell is pretty dull with a big fruity essense. Kinda artificial. Some small toasted malt along with faded pepper. Not all that pungent, or good for that matter. Taste is not any better. The main taste here is artificial fruit, almost cereal like. Whatever yeasy in here is not a good look. Some small toasted bready malt in the middle rounding out to some grain in the end. Hops are not in the picture, or registering with me. Feel is medium with not a whole lot of activity, the beer is far from dead though, could use a jump start. Not my favorite from Stillwater, this would actually be my least favorite. I could not even stomach my glass.

Photo of nickthetick
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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

Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

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

Photo of PorterLambic
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of pleasewearpants
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at my campsite into a hollowed out pineapple. Aroma is very pineappley. Haha. Grainy, cat piss, wet grass. Nice hazy burnt orange color. Light pepper aroma. Flavor is very mild. Nice saison. A little more body than most. Drinking this at a campsite from a hollowed pineapple

Photo of seedyone
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of n2185
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Lots of spices at first with candy sugar and orange zest. The finish has some lightly funky barnyard aromas.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of spices and orange zest at first. The finish has some musty barnyard flavors and a slight bitterness.

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little watery and under-attenuated.

O: A decent saison, though a little on the simplistic and watery side. Still, it's not bad.

Photo of biegaman
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
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 womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours a fairly clear golden orange color with a finger of white head.

S: Very fruity, much more than I was expecting. There's a bit of pineapple and perhaps some passion fruit. Really heavy on the bubblegum and yeast. In fact, it's a bit like Juicy Fruit.

T: The flavor is very much the same as the aroma. Lots of bubble gum and sweet fruitiness to the flavor. Juicy Fruit once again comes to mind. A bit of bread and tropical fruit with a moderate yeastiness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Though I've liked some of the Stillwater saison, this was a bit too...estery for me.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a glass of this at Rattle N Hum in Manhattan's Midtown area. An ok Saison. Not my favorite style and not my favorite beer of this style.

Appearance was a cloudy straw color with a nice amount of carbonation.

Aroma was of grassy yeast. a little bit of bready malt. No hops to speak of.

Flavor was somewhat citrusy, not bad and pretty refreshing.

Overall not a terrible beer but not one I'd order again.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a cloudy bronze with a foamy white head that lingered through about half of the drinking session. Big aroma of Belgian yeast, hay, orange, banana. Taste is almost like a dubbel, following the smell a lot, with bready Belgian yeast up front, hay, grass, moss, wildflowers, orange zest and banana peel, mild peppery spice. Medium mouthfeel, pretty drinkable, but a little too much of the yeasty dubbel taste for me, which I'm learning more and more I have to be in the mood for to enjoy.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of wedge
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

Photo of harrymel
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of bum732
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Wheat like funk, slight spiciness, some bright fruitiness, some honey and cooked mushrooms.

L: Cloudy amber orange, off-white head with good retention.

T: Some wheat and rye grainy sweetness with some white pepper spiciness. Prominent cereal cracker like tastes prominent throughout. Spicy, medium bitterness leads to a drying in the back of the throat from the rye.

M: Medium full body, medium high carbonation.

Interesting Saison, the spelt and rye are pretty prominent. Not sure how much i liked the spelt, added a strong cereal graininess that i didn't care for. Not one of Stillwater's better efforts, but not bad either.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/25/12 notes. had on tap at Fireworks in Arlington, VA yesterday. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a bright murky orange color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of spices, floral hops, yeast, pepper, citrus hops, and some fruity malts. Pretty nice but heavy on the spices.

t - Tastes of spices, floral hops, Belgian yeast, earthy notes, hay, pepper, ligth citrus hops. Again, heavy on the spices.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth body.

o - Overall a nice saison, but not my favorite Stillwater beer. A bit too heavy on the spices for me. If you like spice/pepper in your saisons you may like this more then I did, but I probably wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev -6%

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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out with a nice rising white head and a cloudy yellowish gold body. The head had a good retention but the lacing wasn't really doing much. The smell of the beer was grainy and didn't really have to much of a farmhouse aroma to me. The taste of the beer had some light spicy notes and some sweet grainy malts that was pretty tasty I thought. The mouthfeel was light and well carbonated and it really when down easy. Overall its a very drinkable beer, it tasted good and left a good impression on me, I would more than likely drink this one again.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a tight, white head that leaves not much lacing.

Smells of a bit of bright fruits with grassy and flora hops.

Tastes of some sweet fruits with hop note counters and a bit of spice. Notes of pear and apple lead the way with a bit of grape and lemon zest. A moderate amount of sweetness that I find pleasant. Some bread comes through in the middle and adds body. Ends with grassy notes and spice that counter the fruits. Spicing is a little light for me. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation. I prefer saisons with a more crisp, light feel.

Overall, this is a solid saison, but the price is prohibitive ($11.00 for a 750).

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