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Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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87
very good

201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | 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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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +29.5%

12-16-2011 22:43:19 | More by HopStoopid120
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VaterRoss

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-16-2011 06:10:54 | More by VaterRoss
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-15-2011 06:47:56 | More by twelveinches
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scottyg354

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Too dark for a saison. Head is decent. Thick and creamy, lingers. SOme lacing.

S:Funky, Spicey, Bready. Really your typical saison smell. NOthing spectacular.

T:Funky and bread. Light spice and yeast. Really didn't enjoy this as much as I thouhgt I would. Not to tasty.

M:Smooth and fluffy. This was probably the best characteristic of this brew. Goes down smooth yet crisp.

O: Ok, not the best, but not the worst. Try if you like.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 22:04:30 | More by scottyg354
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ckollias

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 750 ml bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy, golden, copper hue with a huge, 3-finger, white head that last forever, leaves a nice trail down the glass, and ends in a persistent lace.

S: Sweet spicy aroma with hints of fruit in the background.

T: Sweet flavor with a fruity tang up front. Hints of lemon and lots of spices here – heather, huneysuckle and hyssop.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and HIGH carbonation.

O: Interesting beer – seemed strong then 6.4% alcohol, and tasted more like at tripel. I enjoyed it either way – but seemed off for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 01:45:07 | More by ckollias
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Desaparecido

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-07-2011 16:29:42 | More by Desaparecido
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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
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-29-2011 22:09:22 | More by ucsbmullet
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a Surly Darkness glass. Big thanks to Dan for sharing this.

A: Hazy orange body with almost no visible carbonation. Pretty flat looking, even after vigorous swirling. Disappointing.

S: Substantial malt, phenolic spice, and some fruitiness underneath light vanilla. Smells quite Belgian, but more like a Tripel than a Saison. Nice either way.

T: Follows the nose, but even brighter and livelier. Peppery, appley, bready, and a little medicinal. Somewhat boozy, but not bad on that front (although now that I see it's only 6.4% I'm less inclined to be forgiving of any booziness at all). It tastes like an awesome Tripel, so I'm very happy drinking it even as I'm a bit surprised and confused.

M: Medium body, hugely frothy. Where the heck was this carbonation in the (non) head?

O: What a strange beer. It looked like grapefruit juice but smelled, tasted, and felt like a 9% Tripel. And it's supposedly a 6.4% Saison. I'm really not sure what to score it here, since I enjoyed it thoroughly but feel that it deserves to get marked down for being completely off for the style. Oh, well, it's certainly worth drinking, regardless. One of the better Stillwater beers I've had.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 02:10:36 | More by woosterbill
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-27-2011 20:36:15 | More by JAHMUR
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-26-2011 07:05:55 | More by SFLpunk
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at Small Bar, 11/11/11.

A-Pour is a hazy golden honey with a thin ring of off white head.

S-Yeasty, grassy and zesty.

T-White pepper, yeast, slightly fruity, and a bit grainy.

M-Light bodied, dry.

O-Good. Not my favorite beer from either brewery, but decent.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 19:01:15 | More by sholland119
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bmur112

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 21:10:57 | More by bmur112
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gory4d

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-14-2011 17:55:37 | More by gory4d
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. This pours a hazy amber/orange color with three fingers of fluffy white head. It settles to leave some spotty lace.

Fruity in the aroma; like peaches with floral notes and some nice funky yeast. Real good farmhouse aroma here. Somewhat spicy hops on the pallet with hints of fresh fruit and some doughy yeast.

The body is light with linger flavors. The carbonation is a little bit explosive in the mouth.

Not bad here, a little bit much going on but tasty either way. Probably stick with some of their other offerings in the future though.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 03:17:19 | More by Bendurgin
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isitsavage

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 01:26:20 | More by isitsavage
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy peach, carbonation clings to the sides, but any deeper in is cloudy. Very nice two inch, off-white head that leaves some pretty decent lacing behind.

Pale malts, earth, lemon and barnyard funk (not a huge amount) make up the smell. Good but simple.

Smooth pale malts and a hint of spice start the taste, yeasty funk (light but nice) follow. There is an earthy middle with hints of lemon, flowers and herbs. Very smooth and complex flow to the taste. Moderate/light body, moderate carbonation, pleasant aftertaste give it high marks in feel.

Stillwater knocked it out of the park with this collaboration. It was very worth the wait, and I'm going back for more.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 03:50:47 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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drabmuh

Maryland

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
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DeanMoriarty

California

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

Picked up an 750 ML bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Coronado Brewing branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a hazy light honey-like hue with a fat white head that dissipates after a few sips leaving a lingering ring of foam that sticks around from start to finish with no lacing at all.

S: Tons of woody chardonay upfront mixed with spice and fruity esters that give way to crackery yeast and just a slight hint of booze.

T: Much more sweet and malty than the nose suggests, but balanced well by nice bready yeast with a bit of funk to it as well.The booze from the nose is undetectable in the flavor, which is a good thing.

M: Mouthfeel is silky smooth and, in my opinion, is the greatest aspect of this ale. The mellow carbonation lends nicely to the smoothness and the style.

Overall really tasty ale for the style and I could easily drink these all night long. I wish it had a bit more of that funky yeast and a bit less sweetness, but that's just my opinion and it's not like it's going to stop me from drinking more.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 02:30:39 | More by DeanMoriarty
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a Sam Adams pint glass this was a really good-looking beer. Gold in color, fairly large white head that persisted, and excellent carbonation, almost like a vortex.

Sweet, fruity aroma. Earthy/floral. A bit of spice.

Malt taste up front, rye mostly. Sweet, honey. A little citrus. Tang of spice. Herbal hops.

Nice beer. I liked how the spice lingered on.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 20:47:19 | More by lordofthewiens
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oline73

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light golden/amber color with a mild amount of white head and just a little lacing.

Smell: A bit sweet from the malt with a herbal yeasty note and some fruitiness.

Taste: Mildly sweet malt with strong fruit and floral notes. There is a herbal flavor in the background with a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The fruity notes were very pleasant and the flavor was quite well balanced. I would have this again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2011 04:25:17 | More by oline73
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smakawhat

Maryland

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
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 22:48:34 | More by BARFLYB
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pleasewearpants

California

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 23:41:50 | More by pleasewearpants
Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.