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Reviews: 99
Hads: 302
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 4.94%
Wants: 13
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 (410 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased and enjoyed in February, 2012.

This pours a golden-orange color with a tight layer of foam. Lovely aroma. I get a light floral ‘wildflowers in bloom’ note which accents the estery aroma. It has a zesty flavor and a real zing to each sip. There’s a light crispness to this that’s all about the flavor. It’s estery, yeasty springtime floral-ness forward. The grain bill has some interesting components but I couldn’t identify or single out some of the specifics, other than an apparent rye zest. But spelt? Heather, honeysuckle & hsyssop?

While I enjoyed this beer tremendously after tasting the Debutante and a Fantome in the same weekend I also found myself wondering if I’ve hit a wall in terms of my ability to detect some of the more subtle and unique variations, or if I’m missing out on some things. (834 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,826 characters)

Photo of DapperGrowler
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this beer out of a bottle. It was really pleasant. The beer poured out of the bottle in a cloudy orange/amber ocular with light foam.

S: Herbal, yeasty, floral, earthy, fruity (citrus)

A: Cloudy, Amber/Orange color with a thin head

T: Citrus (kinda floral on the back)

M: the beer was very crisp

O: this beer was nice to try but almost tasted like a juice. (368 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Lots of spices at first with candy sugar and orange zest. The finish has some lightly funky barnyard aromas.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of spices and orange zest at first. The finish has some musty barnyard flavors and a slight bitterness.

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little watery and under-attenuated.

O: A decent saison, though a little on the simplistic and watery side. Still, it's not bad. (542 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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). (891 characters)

Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into a grand bordeaux wine glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow with thick opacity. A nice finger's worth of frothy white head forms on my pour, which retains nicely. There is reasonable lacing from this white head.

Nose: Up front hay and belgian yeast hit me, as well as some spiciness and grassy qualities. Maybe a bit more strongly Belgian than other Saisons I've experienced.

Taste: Very nice. Definite Belgian spice, yeast, pretty floral and earthy as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, good carbonation, feels very refreshing--however I just returned from running an interval workout so maybe I'm just particularly thirsty.

Overall: A good Belgian-style/Saison. Very crisp and refreshing, certainly above average as a general ale, but I don't know that it's anything particularly special in the genre. That said, it's very good and I would recommend. (861 characters)

Photo of scottyg354
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  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 (618 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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! (1,204 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 (274 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of isitsavage
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.97/5  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. (1,083 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.08/5  rDev -20%
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. (872 characters)

Photo of pleasewearpants
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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 (288 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a tight, white head that leaves not much lacing.

Smells of a bit of bright fruits with grassy and flora hops.

Tastes of some sweet fruits with hop note counters and a bit of spice. Notes of pear and apple lead the way with a bit of grape and lemon zest. A moderate amount of sweetness that I find pleasant. Some bread comes through in the middle and adds body. Ends with grassy notes and spice that counter the fruits. Spicing is a little light for me. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation. I prefer saisons with a more crisp, light feel.

Overall, this is a solid saison, but the price is prohibitive ($11.00 for a 750). (700 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazey amber. Looks like a summer sunset. Finger and a half of off white head. Decent retention.

S- honey kissed dry whisper of pale malt. Seductively floral with out being cloying. Slight musty character with a yeasty finish.

T- honey kissed malt flavor up front. Full floral burst that is balanced and seductive. Musty flavors blend with the floral notes. Yeast flavor with a touch of white wine. Finishes dry with a nice palate cleansing ceral grain.

MF- average slick bready mouthfeel. Average body and soft active carbonation.

D- average drinkability.

Overall a great saison with just the right amount of floral characteristics. One of the beat beers Stillwater has done IMO. (695 characters)

Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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