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Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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very good

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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Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
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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3.51/5  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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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