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Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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280 Ratings
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 13
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of SysopChris
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Pours a thin head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma has lots of honey and a nice floral smell.
The taste starts with a malty sweetness, moves to an even bigger honey sweetness, finishes with a mild lemon bitter note.
The texture is light and crisp.
It's on the sweet side for me but still tasty.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Stillwater's Debutante a couple weeks ago for $3.09 at Holiday Market. I'm a fan of Biere De Garde's and this one caught my eye and I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks nice, I like the design and it's got that typical Stillwater style to it, it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice cloudy bright golden color that took on more of an apricot color when held to the light with just about two fingers worth of off white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had some better head retention and lacing,

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts some nice funky farmhouse aromas with some musty and wet straw like aromas coming through and it's followed by nice a fruity aroma with a lemon like aroma sticking out the most with some berry like aromas showing up in the background. Towards the end comes a light grainy, sweet malt and spelt like aroma along with some floral and grassy hop aromas. This beer had a good aroma that's pretty inline with the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but just a little lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and they impart the same funky farmhouse like aspects that they did in the aroma and they seem to be just a little lighter. Up next comes that nice fruity aspect that I got in the aroma, but this time it's the berry like aspects that stick out the most and they are followed by a light floral and grassy hop flavor. On the finish comes this nice yogurt like flavor that goes good with the berry aspect and a slightly higher amount of light bitterness with just a slight bit of tartness and it had a nice berry yogurt and farmhouse yeast like aftertaste. This was a good and unique tasting Biere De Garde, I like it.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, slightly refreshing, a little dry on the finish, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, it had most of the aspects that I look for in the style while still being fairly unique and I thought that made this beer memorable. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, fairly crisp, slightly refreshing, a little dry on finish, not filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think two or three of these would be my limit, it's pretty easy drinking and I think it makes for a nice Fall time beer. What I like the most about this beer was the taste, aroma and drinkability, they were all good and worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the head retention, but in the end it wasn't that big of a deal. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was just a nice Biere De Garde and I enjoyed drinking it. It isn't my favorite of the style, but it was one of the better ones I'e had and it's one of the better beers I've had from Stillwater. Good job guys, this was a tasty beer that was a little unique, keep up the good work.

Photo of RavenForBeer
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours amber with a large fading head.
Nose shows bready malt, spicy farmhouse yeast and some soft grainy honey notes.
Flavours imitate a honey saison with amber malt. Some spicy hops and caramel. Finishes gently but well-balanced.

Photo of Jofroi
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Acmac22
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mrjbrown27
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stillwater Débutante has a thin, off-white head, a semi-clear, yellow-gold appearance, and fervent bubble streams. The aroma is of varied, funky spices and white bread, and the flavor is the same. Bitterness is low, here. Mouthfeel is medium, and Stillwater Débutante finishes not so dry and pleasant.

RJT

Photo of DrMindbender
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev -6%

Grain, pear skin, honeysuckle, heather, and lemon pith. Flavor is briney, with echoes of pear taking away that odd flavor, carrying into a dry, powdery finish.

Photo of ACY73
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Dmmflys
2.6/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

As the taste of the European farmhouse extend from Belgium and into France, the character turns more lager-like, maltier and softer with the fruit and spice. While its Belgianesque balance remains intact, it takes a softer and more mellow turn.

Its stern malty pour suggest a bready weight with its swirling haze and milky straw hues. As its creamy head builds, it reveals the flowery character of honeysuckle, heather and mint. Its mellow flavors sooth the early palate with a doughy-sweet introduction.

Its rich cookie dough flavor and feel is given a creamy lift with and abundance of carbonation to keep the taste light and marshmallowy. But with certain grain spiciness, there's a husky earthiness that rides up against peppercorn and pecan skins but without becoming an overly spicy beer.

With a minty and pepper taste gaining steam, the ale's firm texture wavers enough to suggest a malty-dry finish. Any spicy, woodsy or grainy bite is buffered with residual bread texture while its floral bouquet continues to swirl above the palate, extending lightly into aftertaste.

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of JamFuel
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of brbrocc
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/23/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, honey, rye bread, herbal, floral, grass, clove, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, bready malt, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, honey, rye bread, herbal, floral, grass, clove, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, bready malt, and spice flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Biere de Garde style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, bready malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of ADZA
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a cloudy golden hue with a one finger white head and a touch of lacing not much to look at really, the smell is honey, heather, more honey and peppery spices,the mouthfeel is Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and the tastes are Honeysuckle,peppery spices, a touch of apricot and finished quite sweet with honey dominating the finish and overall quite enjoyable and easy to drink but nothinh out of this world cheers.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, spice, yeast, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, spice, yeast, and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with the special ingredients only really coming through in the smell for me.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Flip_Smash
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.