Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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2.98/5 rDev -22.6%
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fizzingly expansive carbonation fills the mouth as the beer seems to flash to CO2 as soon as it hits the tongue.
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.
08-06-2011 03:23:08 | More by MbpBugeye
3/5 rDev -22.1%
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.
11-10-2013 07:05:39 | More by Beaver13
3/5 rDev -22.1%
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.
10-19-2011 01:26:20 | More by isitsavage
3.08/5 rDev -20%
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.
09-20-2011 22:48:34 | More by BARFLYB
3.28/5 rDev -14.8%
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
08-03-2011 23:07:27 | More by nickthetick
3.35/5 rDev -13%
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.
08-16-2013 00:07:29 | More by PorterLambic
3.44/5 rDev -10.6%
"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.
06-04-2014 23:49:53 | More by seedyone
3.45/5 rDev -10.4%
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
09-13-2011 23:41:50 | More by pleasewearpants
3.45/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
01-15-2012 19:34:15 | More by n2185
Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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