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Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.40% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: StaEva on 06-14-2011)
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Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

golden orange. Lots of haze and cloudiness here with a large two finger high head of white foam that just would not receded. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom to reinforce it.

The aroma was loaded with spices. Hints of lemon and cinnamon where abound here, with a rich earthy mix to it. Lots of almost a nutmeg I am picking up here. The flavor took off right where that left off. A rich mixture of lemon, fresh grass, light fruit flavors and a ton of spice. Nice hints of allspice, cinnamon and pepper here. Nice light to medium body feel capped it off very well and the overall drinkability was very nice

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 06:27:32 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 18:21:51 | More by womencantsail
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber color; the modest head sticks around and dots the glass

Smell: Bready, with floral honey tones

Taste: Bready, up front, with developing floral tones, though there is an herbal spice cake character that arrives, after the swallow and lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; moderate carbonation

Overall: A refreshing brew; like the spice cake elements

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 01:45:29 | More by brentk56
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy bright golden color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of rye and spelt malt is easily detectable with some good notes of rustic ester and light residual sugar notes. Taste is a complex mix between some fruity ester with good notes rustic malt with spicy notes of rye malt and light residual sugar notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with excellent level complexity while retaining a very nice level of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 18:29:16 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Thorpe429


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Whole Foods on P St. NW in DC. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pours a mostly-clear light orange-ish color with a 1.5-finger white head and some good spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries quite a bit of saison yeast and accompanying spice plus a little bit of citrus and light malt. Flavor has a touch of malt as the backing plus spice and citrus; light pepper and herbs throughout. Light to medium body with good carbonation. Nice brew, but not my favorite from Stillwater. Still, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 21:57:04 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at DBGB Kitchen & Bar, New York, NY

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with a small tan head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of heather in the nose, along with some floral aromas and hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has initial flavors of heather, hyssop and honeysuckle along with some notes of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a very slight amount of dryness.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is an interesting representation of the style due to the addition of flowers and herbs.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 01:15:50 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, orange-hued body with a tall, frothing, off-white head.

Smell: Modestly malty on the nose, a roundabout sniff of porridge garnished with citrus, with underlying fruity, spicy, floral notes throughout.

Taste: Lightly sweetish honeyed-hay maltiness, a tiny squirt of fresh lemon, and then some inviting, varied floral aspects as a pleasant, balancing peppercorn spiciness (from the grains, yeast, and spice additions) rolls in. Then, some ripe orchard fruits and a half-stick of Juicy Fruit. A wee pinch of nutmeg, mint leaf. Grows fruitier, more floral, and, even a bit more sweet as it warms. Drying finish, well carbonated with a bit of tarrying spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Good blend of flavors, categorically crisp, and no more alcohol than was ever needed, keeping it tasty and refreshing (even in late December).

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 03:54:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 03:49:39 | More by biboergosum
Photo of russpowell


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an slightly hazed effervescent amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Wet cereal, pears & appleskins & honeysuckle

T: Pears, whitegrapes, appleskins & spelt up front, ever so slight pineapple flavor. Damp grain, pineapples, lemons & pears as this warms, with some grapefruit boozey notes & leafy hops. Finishes dry with pineapple, white grape, apricots & leafy hops

MF: Slightly coarse, soft carbonation light bodied

An alright Saison, but not close to one of the better ones from Stillwater as far as overall drinkability & taste goes. Had the potential for greatness...

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 05:19:35 | More by russpowell
Photo of drabmuh


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split with my wife the other night. Served in Stillwater wine glasses. Beer is orangish / amber with a haze and a thin white head that leaves some lacing behind, mild to moderate carbonation.

Aroma is strongly yeasty with a mild bitterness and an estery sweetness.

Beer tastes really nice, I like it a lot. Medium in body, sweet on the front end and throughout is a nice yeast character. The esters make a nice forward palate, sweet, banana, mild bubble gum, the finish has a subtle bitterness that I really enjoy a lot.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 17:13:17 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled November 2011
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a light amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, pale amber tinged, full gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells floral and fruity with notes of hibiscus, red pears, perhaps a touch of floral apple and a general flower nectar that displays lots of honey-like notes. This up front character is supported by some spicy white pepper notes, touches of ginger, a touch of mustiness and a solid phenolic character that is more spice than clove (though some of the latter too).

Spritzy and carbonated up front this serves as a nice foil to the ample sweetness; much of the latter is perceived, accentuated by the ample floral and fruit notes in the flavor. Sweet fruit notes of hibiscus, Macintosh apple, some floral pear, a soft berry character, lots of flower nectar notes and of course a solid honey like character (without the medicinal sweetness that honey has though). There is a slight spiciness towards the finish that has white pepper notes, a touch of young ginger, some phenolic notes in the finish that leans towards plastic perhaps a touch of clove and a slight mustiness.

The nose and the flavor lean a bit too much towards the fruity and floral side of things; it needs more spiciness and / or funkiness to balance out this super fruit and floral character that is on show so well in this beer. This is a touch unbalanced, but in the end is pretty tasty; actually it really reminds me a lot of a Saison I made with Hibiscus, it too really needed some balancing funkiness or spiciness in it. I wonder if the standard French Saison yeast was used in here, I find that this yeast doesn’t supply the bite and balance that my favorite Saison yeasts are able to supply.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:10:46 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Knapp85


3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 19:31:04 | More by Knapp85
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from Stillwater. Looks nice. Smells nice. A good profile of flavors, but not really pushing it or trying to be obnoxious. And that's the key I think. Do it right and do it well, but don't try to be out of control with things. A very well done brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 17:13:04 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Halcyondays


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours an almost murky pale orange with a medium white head, limited lace.

S: Pastry and white pepper mixed with orange peel.

T: Banana peel and orange peel with a lot of spice. Notes of cake batter almost seems semi-sweet. Fairly complex, a good flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp carbonation, creamy, fairly smooth.

O: An enjoyable effort, though I didn't find it as drinkable as I thought it should be.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 22:32:39 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 20:51:36 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 18:48:46 | More by mdfb79
Photo of akorsak


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jecker shared this with me originally. Didn't take notes so a 750 mL from State Line will suffice.

A: The saison, an American saison per the label, is golden and hazy, a deeper hue that verges on all-out orange. A huge head, over five fingers on the first two pours, doesn't leave any lace behind.

S: The nose is very floral, enough to nearly induce a seasonal allergy attack. While that's a bit of an embellishment, the ale doesn't skimp on the fresh aromas. Fresh cut flowers and chalky aromas are strong, sage and pepper come through later.

T: Chalky, the powdery feel coming from the spice profile. Much like Stillwater's other saisons, the unusual spice profile makes the ale work. Citric flavors mix with the flowers, all overwhelming and yet subtle at the same time. Citrus hops are present, especially closer to the finish. Pepper and sharp spices dominate the finish, sharing the stage with pineapple and more spices. The complexity is right on par with Stillwater's best, this one veering into an equally experimental result. The ale is very lively as well, plenty of carbonation to keep the taste on a path of evolution.

M: The mouthfeel is very lively, packed with more flavors than most saisons put together. The dusty flavors segue nicely into a formidable saison body. Hops near the finish seal the deal with citrusy zest. Well done. I'd say its just a hair behind Cellar Door and Stateside.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 00:39:05 | More by akorsak
Photo of Rifugium


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 03:11:17 | More by Rifugium
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all saison goodness, though I could use a bit more of it. Nevertheless, I get some nice light clove, some wheat, a hint of honey and some light lemon citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this nicely spiced saison, and I get a bit more intensity than I did on the nose. Also, there's some attractive bitterness in the finish, which helps to counter and balance the modest sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is at most medium modied, and this nicely carbonnated beer finishes well with some light bitterness and spice.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but a solid effort nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 19:57:44 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of glid02


4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 15:07:16 | More by glid02
Photo of Slatetank


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to jecker for sharing this with me -enjoyed from the 750 poured into a tulip.

The color is dark golden with some sunny aspects and moderate amount of haze which fits the style(spiced saison), the bead is small and the cap is light tan. This has that fresh yeasty, creamy wheat infused aroma I like in certain saisons, the yeast influence brings a slight funk, but mild in comparison to the earthy spice and slight toastiness from the wheat with light fruit ester. The smooth spiced feel is great with a gentle creamy body and slight spiced bitter middle, the edges have some funk from the yeast to keep things interesting, but mainly in the peripheral taste with a light dry texture and gentle yeast fruit with only a slight amount of sweetness from the malt.

This Saison has a lot of yeast driving the flavor, the presence is full on with mild wheat flavors which come off as lightly bready and fresh toasted with slight pear and light funkiness giving an earthy flavor from the yeast. The hops give a light herbal accent bringing out some complexity in the spice additions and the mild bitterness helps to lighten the taste a bit. The toasted wheat presence is high, perhaps there is some oat in the malt too since it is so silky smooth with creamy yeast element in the finish. Overall I found this to be a very high quality and quaffable saison, the spice notes are not out of place and the collaboration is nothing short of excellent which you would expect from two American brewers who know their way around the Belgian styles. A great example of what can happen when inspiration ignites between a couple brewers. Very nice take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 15:23:53 | More by Slatetank
Photo of smakawhat


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A dull amber and orange muddy yellow appearance, with a soapy off white head and tiny bubbles is made off the pour.

Nose smells like a mix of Belgian Tripel style and Witbier. Mild sour lemon but mostly sweet candy and yeast. Slightly grassy and floral.

Taste is sharp saison bite with punching yeast, and a candy like finish. Very stinging carbon dioxide like palate on the tongue. Chewy malt. Just a bare hint of funk but not much.

Overall a different take, if you are looking for a bretty or funky sour saison this isn't it, but I like the other qualities of this brew considerably on the flipside.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 01:41:23 | More by smakawhat
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at DBGB Kitchen & Bar in New York, NY

A: Pours an extremely hazy golden yellow to orange in color. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduces to a very thin film covering the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Overall the aroma of this beer is not very intense. There are light notes of florals and botanicals - including heather and what might be honeysuckle. Additionally there are some hints of spices.

T: The taste follows the smell. Upfront there is a lot of floral presence and some botanicals. The finish is full of the flavor of the rye including the expected hints of spiciness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. There is a very light hint of dryness, but not as much as I expected for the style.

O: This beer is very refreshing and very easy to drink - I really enjoyed this beer and it is one to get another time. This beer is very much a sessionable beer and definitely one I would enjoy drinking through an entire meal. My only real critique is that I wish there was a little more dryness in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2012 21:11:54 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a massive, long-lasting, creamy head. Average lacing.

S: An unusual aroma: Kind of herbal, kind of floral, kind of spicy. Interesting.

T: Tasted of some malt, spices (cloves, et. al.), a good amount of yeast, and a pronounced herbal quality. The flavor here grew on me as it went on. Very strong forceful. Note: This beer tastes more like a biere de garde than a saison.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Like everything Stillwater makes this one is worth a shot. Not my favorite of theirs, but pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 13:10:02 | More by avalon07
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 16:47:23 | More by GarthDanielson
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Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.