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Debauched (Import Series Vol. 5) - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 10-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with whole juniper bushes, farmhouse ale yeast (brettanomyces) and a touch of smoke. Like a Viking Saison, yeah.
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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 38
Photo of jellikit
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.
Appearance: hazy yellow with a huge head at pour. Upon opening, bottle erupted from the carbonation (not from shaking). Small chunks of yeast at bottom of glass. Docked a few points for that.
Smell: barnyard. Yeast. More county fair where the livestock hang out. Sheep pen at the county fair.
Taste: see above....with a tartness and a funk factor.
Mouthfeel: highly carbonated. Medium body. Dry. Tart.
Overall: this is a great farmhouse ale. Full of funky horse-blanket flavors. Not for your average beer drinker, but a great representation of the style. Well done.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of spice, citrus, funk, zest, cheesy. Taste spice, mild tartness & smokeyness, earthy.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, juniper, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, wheat, bread, musty funk, light wood smoke, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, juniper, pale malt, and light smoke notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, juniper, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, herbal, wood smoke, wheat, bread, light musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness and some slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, juniper, hay, straw, grass, herbal, wheat, bread, light wood smoke, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, juniper, pale malt, and moderate smoke flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked/juniper saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, juniper, pale malt, and moderate smoke flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of JerseyHopHead
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale yellow with minimal head retention. The nose is yeasty with notes of citrus. Comes on with yeast. It's tart but light on the tongue with medium to high carbonation. It finishes sweet and smooth.

I'm not a huge saison fan but this was fairly drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of deschutes_fan
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, cost $10

Pours a hazy pale gold, thin foam head with mild lacing.

Smells is fresh cut grass, citrus.

Taste follows smell with crisp lemon and grass up front. A little orange peel, sour wheat and some mild barnyard funk and maybe some peppercorn. Refreshing and goes down smooth.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, ABV is well hidden and beers goes down

Overall, a good refreshing farmhouse ale with crisp flavors. Perfect for summer time, but overpriced at $10 a bottle.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: 2 finger's width of fluffy white head on a slightly cloudy, vibrantly golden beer.

S: The aroma is light and citrusy, with loads of yeast. There is a medicinal quality to the beer as well. It's an unusual aroma.

T: The beer is quite light, with all the yeast that the aroma suggested. It is lemony, a lot of spices, like coriander, and brings the medicinal found in the aroma, and a lot of yeast bitterness.

M: Light, bitter crispness. Very dry.

O: It is an interesting beer, and quite tasty. Everything works together very nicely. Definite points for originality. I don't think I'd want to drink it every day.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a cloudy straw yellow with one finger of bright white head.

Aroma of lemon, pear, white wine, herbs, and smoke.

Taste? See aroma. Lemon, white wine grapes and herbal notes upfront with a smokey finish. The finish also had a taste that I can only describe as "band aid". Interesting.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

This is one beer that grew on me as I drank it. And bonus points to Stillwater for originality.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white 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, and smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid smoke presence that comes through especially well in the taste.

Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the 500ml bottle to two pint glasses with Chico1985. Opening the bottle it was obvious that the hiss was extremely loud and of course the beer started foaming out immediately. Pouring reveals a fairly clear golden brew with a head that takes up about 80% of the pint glasses. Retention is painfully long and lace is thick and plentiful. Appears "infected."

S- Funk fills the room as the bottle is exploding. Smells somewhat like a Gueuze and the funk from the Brett is super strong with some lemony tartness behind that. Light fruits like apples and white grapes come to mind as well.

T- Brett takes over the show here. Dried pineapple, horsey barnyard, cherry pie and some lactic tartness comes to mind. Juniper is certainly present but the smoke I remember from having it on tap seems to be gone. Some spicy and citrus yeast feel.

MF- Considering how the bottle foamed up for over 10 minutes, the mouthfeel is quite foamy with carbonation being at an astronomical level. Slight tartness on the back end in the finish.

Brett flavors dominate for me. I like the Brett feel here and the Juniper is somewhat present. Funky and still worth drinking despite the insane bottle bomb status. I hope more and more Brett forward beers show up on the market.

Photo of Etan
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a bright straw yellow with a small white head.

S: Sweetish pale malt and nectarine, honey, cloves, light musty funk, dried fruit, floral. Smells nice.

T: More peachy fruitiness, very mild wood smoke, a bit of cobweb, cooked sugar, slightly leafy, vanilla.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: While I wish the brett was more prominent, the restrained hand with the smoke is perfect. Pretty much just a clean, bright saison with a bit of smoke on it.

Photo of VincentFrey
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour / Appearance: Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Deschutes tulip. Very pale coming out of the bottle; a light gold in the glass. Some cloudiness (unsure if bottle conditioned) but mostly a straw to light gold color. Head dissipates quickly, but leaves some lacing. Rim of foam around the edges with carbonation creating an effervescent center. Looks like a nice sipper.

Aroma: Definite smoke or peat taking dominance, with the farmhouse yeast sneaking through in the back. Light hints of juniper and bitter fruit / berries on the end. Pretty complex for something so light. The smoke is certainly welcome, as I was a bit worried it might hold back to much for the yeast to get through. Fears assuaged.

Taste: Lots of smoke, mixed blissfully with the juniper berries. If there is much of a hop presence, it's constrained to earth and dirt types. The juniper and smoke are the real show, with an unexpected light mouthfeel making this very easy to drink. Carbonation, which is average for the style but higher than most beers, leaves a nice tingle. A very pleasant departure from the traditional farmhouse ale or saison.

Overall: Definitely worth a try. Not perfect, but interesting. It's like a lot of fantastic pieces that don't add up to a perfect whole.

Bottom Line: Pick up if you like saisons or rauchbiers. Consider if you just enjoy a bit of experimentation.

Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a frothy, creamy, ivory head that lingers.

Sweet lemon rind, wheat, barnyard notes of horse blanket, and bubblegum esters form the aroma.

Muted lemon weaves throughout the flavor profile, which is oddly sweet and dry at the same time. Bubblegum esters lend sweetness, and the backbone is fairly bready. The finish is slightly peppery, earthy, and dry. Juniper becomes evident in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation.

Very easy drinking beer, but the bubblegum esters are somewhat offputting. Not my favorite style.

Photo of REDAMI
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A - Very lacey cream head on a deep golden pour.

S - Sharply sour, lemon and tart funk.

T - Hot dog water - the taste of a sour beer combined with wood or smoke. Sour with a metallic aftertaste. A woody geuze.

M - Very light, like eating citrus, almost astringent.

Definitely an acquired taste. Something odd happens when you add wood or smoke flavors to saisons, farmhouse ales, or lambics that reminds me of hot dog water. I know people who love these flavors, I'm not one of them.

Photo of ccrida
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into my Bier Stein snifter, Debauched is pale gold with a white, medium bodied head leaving clingy, foamy lace.

Smell is fantastic, classic lemon pithy saison notes, a little yeasty. Not getting a lot of the juniper, but a nice, subtle smoke note.

Taste is rippingly delicious saison, a bit more evidently avant garde however. There's a notable sweetness, and the juniper is more notable, as is the smoky note. This really harmonizes with the brett in most masterful way I've ever had from these guys, and frankly, it's a top contender period.

Mouthfeel is dry, well carbonated, and very light bodied.

Drinkability is super high. This is an extremely impressive saison, one of the best I've had in memory. Delicious and quaffable, but there's a ton of depth here too. Extremely impressed. I really look forward to the pleasure of revisiting this one.

Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of tartness, citrus, hint of cherry, sweet malt, and hops. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus, tartness, slight hops, hint of yeast, hint of pale malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

Photo of brentk56
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a modest head that still manages to leave plenty of lacing

Smell: The Brett comes through distinctly in the aroma, bringing a chalky/lemony character; the juniper is also very clearly defined though I cannot pick up any smoke

Taste: Chalky and lemony, up front, with the tartness building, in the middle; a bready yeast character joins the lemony tartness, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with frisky carbonation

Overall: Enjoyably tart and refreshing; would be really good in the hot weather

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a light golden amber with a one finger fine white head with great retention and massive lacing. Aroma of light bready malt and citrus fruit, saison yeast; sour. Flavor is citrus, notably lemon, saison yeast and brett with a light juniper component. Finishes with sour citrus and light memories of brett and juniper. I prefer a lighter touch of brett, but the juniper balanced it out somewhat and made this saison interesting. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess and constant carbonation, giving it a nice mouth feel. Obviously well made, not really very complex, but adhering to style. I would have preferred a little more juniper and less brett, but I'm a funky yeast philistine…

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy light golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has light flavors of sourness (though more prominent than the sour aromas in the nose) along with some notes of herbs and then hints of smoke towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The addition of brett definitely makes this an interesting saison to try. The sourness isn't that strong and no traces of alcohol are present in the taste so it's extremely drinkable.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow in color with some light orange highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger to finger and a half tall fizzy white head that reduces rather quickly to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of toasted bready malts with lemon/citrus and spice/herb (like from the juniper). There are stronger flavors of saison yeast and brett + barnyard funkiness.

T: Starts out with quite a bit more barnyard funk and brett flavors than the smell would have indicated. There are moderate flavors of toasted/bready malts with saison yeast and light spiciness. There are also some lemon/citrus hints and juniper.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of acidic prickliness and light dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable - I like the take of this being a Viking saison. Nice amounts of funk but not too much or over the top. Easy to drink and one I would certainly enjoy again.

Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Excellent lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of fruit, an herbal quality and the saison barnyard funk.

T: Tasted of light fruit, a little malt, the aforementioned funk (not a whole lot of it), the herbal quality (presumably the juniper), and a slight smokiness (not that noticeable). A sweet, vibrant flavor. While it doesn't exactly conform to the saison style, it's still very tasty.

M: A whole lot of carbonation here, with a prickly finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Another completely drinkable beer from Stillwater. Well made and very, very easy to drink.

Photo of oline73
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy yellow/golden amber color with a ton of white carbonation. The carbonation fades very slowly.

Smell: Very herbal and slightly earthy. I'm getting some light malt and some yeast. Also a very light citrus note.

Taste: More interesting than the smell. I'm still getting some earthy herbal notes. There is some Belgian spice from the yeast, which is one of the flavors that dominates. In the background there is a pleasant fruitiness, some white grape and citrus. The yeast flavor joins with a slight tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with too much carbonation and a dry finish. The carbonation may be due to the age of this bottle.

Overall: The smell wasn't very interesting, but I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. I would search this out again and open it right away.

Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. Bright gold pour, huge billowing white head. Lasted.

Aroma, quite a bit of clove, corriander, estery fruit. Some hay and pepper in there.

Taste, less clove and wheat characteristics here. More earthy spice, white pepper, hay, apple, very light funk. Not bad, don't really get any smoke.

Lighter bodies, quite a bit of carbonation as was apparent. Maybe a tad much. Drinks very easy. I like the slightly lower abv.

Maybe a tad simple tasting, but that seems to be the case with some of the "best" of style offerings for this style. These guys seem to consistently do nice work, worth trying.

Photo of capeannbass36
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow topped with a 2 finger and growing, fluffy white head that hangs around for a long time. Head is exceptionally dense, as is the medium heavy lacing throughout.

S- Clove spice at first. Some grass. Maybe funk.(what is funk?) Followed by an almost medicinal scent...more like a Band Aid bandage.

T- Similar to smell...a little more intense.

M- Crisp carbonation. A little dry.

O_ I like this. Really wish it was a bit less pricey. Would purchase again.

Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Novare Res in Portland ME into a 25 cL glass.

A: Gold with good clarity. Half finger of white head with good lacing. Inviting.

N: Definite yeast in the nose, some funk, some sour apple. Pretty good nose, consistent with a farmhouse.

T: Distinct Belgian spice, some yeasty notes, citrus, honey, not much sour funk as would have expected from the hint of that in the smell.

M: Crisp, nice carbonation, good mouthfeel overall.

O: Good, a nice farmhouse ale though nothing spectacular. Glad I had this one on tap as I seem them going at $13 for a 500mL bottle which is too steep IMO for this beer. I would recommend trying it though for sure.

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing this 500ml bottle with me. Poured into a cervoise, the brew appears a hazed golden yellow with a strong fluffy white cap. A constant stream of bubbles maintains the head with more than a finger of thick forth.

The smell is lemony with hints of fruit. Brett is present really bringing out the farmhouse quality of earth and barn yard notes. Some grainy inclusion like straw blends into grassy hops, funk and cheese. A little bit of sulfur and citrus across the back. A hint I spicy clove is present mixed with even more cheesy notes as it gets warmer.

The taste is clove and peppery with spice. Some fruit indication like dry pear skins, apple and lemon. Dry earthy notes of Brett are midpalate before a drying sense of straw-like grain fills out the profile. A light alcohol inclusion is felt but it works to brin out a rindy fruit flavor that is bitter and grassy.

This is a medium bodied brew with a fizzy feeling level of carbonation. It is light and easy drinking, a very nice example of the style. The cheesy aspects were a bit much at times but there was enough going on to keep me interested through the entire experience.

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Debauched (Import Series Vol. 5) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.