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Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 12
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
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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:
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 roblund
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

roblund, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of GTB
4/5  rDev +4.2%

GTB, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Semi opaque light gold body. Nice lace and retention.

S - Lightly sour with dried flowers, dandelion, honey, and green banana.

T - Smooth opening of malt and honey into an orangey fruit center. Tart, dry hop note on the backend with hay and herbal characteristics.

M - Medium/full and surprisingly creamy for a saison.

O - Sweeter and creamier than traditional for the style, but it works beautifully.

vfgccp, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

mendvicdog, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a one finger fine off-white head and lacing. Aroma of light fruit, floral elements light spicing and a suggestion of sweet caramel malt. Flavor of light fruit with peppery bitterness from the heather, develops nice floral notes in the middle to finish somewhat dry with a touch of rye sourness. A very pleasant flavor progression. Complex variety of flavors, but none dominate, allowing something interesting to develop over the taste. Although light to medium in body, it manages a bit of creaminess in the mouth feel. Another interesting and fun to drink take on the saison style. Nicely done.

LiquidAmber, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of avalon07
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

avalon07, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of thewimperoo
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

thewimperoo, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of DCon
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ The Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar in St. Louis, MO for $9. Tapped from the "Dark" Looking Tap Handle from Stillwater into a 12oz Pint Glass. Stillwater's 750mL bottles are ALWAYS over $15 so I decided to try this on-tap first.

Aroma- Tons of complexity comes from this brew. Huge spices and a fresh/fruit blend is included. Bit of clove as well. Super potent!

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that has good head retention. Has a deep golden colored body but clear. Leaves thick frothing behind.

Flavor- VERY malty and almost a deep grain flavor from the beginning. Spices then come in with a bit of pepper and then prickles at the finish with slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent, Sweet Spices, and then a mixed fruit flavor finishes on the palate.

Overall Impression- A decent Saison by Stillwater/Brewer's Art but not worth the price... I haven't seen this in bottle shops yet but won't be looking to purchase it. Not even taste/flavor for me. The spices were a good contribution to the beer but needed more character.

DCon, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

GarthDanielson, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of benbazi
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a nice pillowy head in my tulip glass.

smells of delicious floral, citus fruits and pepper!

tastes of fruit, earth and delicious pepper spicyness with a right on dry finish.

medium body appropriate carbonation, smooth.

overall this another winner from stillwater, i dig this beer.

benbazi, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden color slightly cloudy with a decent white head and some lacing

S-lemon, floral, and herbal with hints of spice

T-yeasty, spice,floral and earthy flavors with a hint of sourness

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp slightly tart feel

O-a decent Saison, but not in the top tier

MDDMD, Jun 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

pixieskid, May 30, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to 321jeff for yet another stillwater hookup. enjoyed from my stillwater wine glass.

a - the brew poured a murky golden orange with a generous creamy head. the head hung out and left big chunky lacing on the glass. visible carbonation could be seen rising to the surface along the glass' edges. really dark color...opaque, kind of like a pewter orange.

s - as advertised...a nice rustic farmhouse. excellent spicing on the earthy base. soft hint of sweetness, but drowned out by rye and mostly belgian spicing and white pepper.

t - a bit of a let down in the flavor dept. kind of muddled and muted. fairly grainy with lots of spicing. as the beer warmed, some great citric and floral notes came out.

m - cooling and soft, prickly carbonation...somewhat dry finish.

o - overall, not a bad beer, but a bit of a let down. stillwater makes so many excellent saisons, but i found this one to be better than average, but not really at the level that i've come to expect from brian's saisons. enjoyable on a warm memorial day weekend, but lacking in the sweetness to be the perfect beverage for right now. probably more of an end of summer beer than an early summer beer.

cosmicevan, May 27, 2012
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a tulip. Poured a hazy gold with a finger of white head. Floral aroma that I wasn't really a fan of. Also some citrus. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Nice and dry with some Belgian spice in the finish. More citrus in the flavor. Taste was better than the aroma. Not my favorite Stillwater.

homebrewhawk, May 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

simplifytrue, May 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ILiveOffHops, May 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

SPRichard, May 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

ejimhof, May 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

polishkaz, May 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

JohnK17, May 10, 2012
Photo of mltobin
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-draft at The Pony Bar.

Appearance is a hazy orange with two fingers of white head. This collaboration from Stillwater/Brewer`s Art has a a smell of of yeast, spice, honey and lemon. The taste is grains, fruit and bread. Mouthfeel is rather earthy, a musty aspect, finishes rather clean however. A nice farmhouse, that has a bit of barnyard character to it, but not too much, was easily quaffable and would be great way to introduce "newbies" to the style.

mltobin, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of rapidsequence
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle from Pints O'Plenty. I think it was 12 bucks. Again, nice packaging from Stillwater.

Appearance: Hazy dark yellow-orange. Fair head retention and lacing. Not too exciting, but not bad.

Smell: Fruity, earthy, floral, herbal, and clovey-spicy. I know the smell of heather or hyssop, but I smell fresh honeysuckle all the time and that smell is very common in saisons in general. This one too.

Taste: The flavor is much more toward the spicy and clovey. There's an herbal bitterness and a strong peppery flavor too. Some light fruit sweetness in the back, but this is dominated by the spice and herbs.

Mouthfeel: Very nice soft, almost creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is appropriately high, making it feel lively. Finish is pretty dry.

Overall: I usually love Stillwater's saisons, but this one has too many funky additions. Too much spice and the herbal bitterness is too much. Still good, but not great.

rapidsequence, Apr 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

tln13, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

metter98, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

dbrauneis, Apr 19, 2012
Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.