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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with whole juniper bushes, farmhouse ale yeast (brettanomyces) and a touch of smoke. Like a Viking Saison, yeah.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 10-09-2011)
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Reviews by Monkeyknife:
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

03-26-2014 22:13:27 | More by Monkeyknife
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

06-15-2014 15:50:17 | More by acurtis
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-09-2014 23:30:31 | More by Sammy
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snowmaggedon

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-05-2013 22:03:11 | More by snowmaggedon
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jmccraney

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-30-2014 21:43:21 | More by jmccraney
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

07-18-2014 23:50:31 | More by GRG1313
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-26-2014 03:51:31 | More by Eaglefan344
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Bung

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

04-27-2012 01:56:49 | More by Bung
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

500 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a gold color with about an inch and a half frothy white head. The head retention is excellent, and there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is fruity and spicy, it smells like citrus (orange, lemon peel), bready malt/wheat, cloves, juniper, peppery spice and a little bit of funk. Smells like a mix between a hefeweizen and a saison. The brew tastes like peppery spice, orange and lemon peel, wheat, and a bit of an herbal/flowery flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with high but soft carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, I think it's worth a try. But it's not a cheap beer at $13.99 a bottle.

12-23-2011 00:21:26 | More by bluejacket74
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Sanchezrox23

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-14-2014 09:21:49 | More by Sanchezrox23
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

05-19-2014 02:54:35 | More by jaydoc
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +1%

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…

11-13-2012 04:23:48 | More by LiquidAmber
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -17.2%

Light golden color, slightly cloudy with huge white head and incredibly sticky lacing. Head remains extraordinarily strong. Clearly saison yeast smell, slight funk, citrus as well.

Whoa, the taste kicks you in the teeth and is completely different from the smell. I suppose it's the Juniper as it's something I've never tasted before. Slightly medicinal, and herbaceous. It's somewhat offputting. Not the worst taste, but certainly not what I was looking for. This seems to be a common theme in the import series. I love Stillwater's saisons, but the flavor is too unbalanced and spicy. Still, there is a great beer under here somewhere.

11-13-2011 04:04:24 | More by Blanco
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-07-2014 06:36:12 | More by DrBier
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

10-18-2012 01:13:19 | More by metter98
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warpedrevolution

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-18-2014 00:53:48 | More by warpedrevolution
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oline73

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

09-05-2012 01:34:58 | More by oline73
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

02-23-2014 21:25:49 | More by Etan
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Irish57

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

03-01-2014 01:39:13 | More by Irish57
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

03-02-2014 22:13:03 | More by cbutova
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deschutes_fan

Idaho

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

04-26-2014 04:02:32 | More by deschutes_fan
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

10-13-2012 00:32:16 | More by dbrauneis
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

On tap at Max's during today's Stillwater event. Served in a cervoise. Saison brewed with juniper.

Pours a nice golden color with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings a bit of juniper along with a nice earthy presence. Light wheat and a bit of bubble gum and clove. The flavor is mildly spicy with light clove and a bit of earth. Light juniper and a background of wheat. Light-medium body with a touch of alcohol. Slight bitterness to the finish. Really nice.

10-09-2011 20:13:32 | More by Thorpe429
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BKBassist

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-23-2013 07:06:15 | More by BKBassist
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours a huge fizzy head that continues to ruse up and threaten coming over the sides of the glass, in a fluffy fashion rises over the edges and never fades, I have to eventually sip the head to keep it from bubbling over, nice saison fashion, with the beer being a semi hazy golden banana yellow color. The head eventually fades with some pot-marked spots and sticky lacing.

Nose is really interesting, lots of nice light saison malts and light bready toasty malts, light citrus and spices, the usual. It really comes through with the yeast, light funk and farmhouse aromas, a nice dry barnyard funk and little horsehair, almost Brett like but not super funky.

Taste starts with more of the funk but not very funky, barnyard funk but very little horsehair this time. A nice yeast flavor from the farmhouse dry rustic flavors. Then more dry bready malts, a bit of wheat like as well, soft creamy malts even. Then light spices from the yeast, a light nice spice kick and some light lemony like citrus. An interesting bitterness starts to come through with a light spice and hint of booze, bitterness not from hops but maybe spices... Which leads to the finish, a nice dry rustic farmhouse finish, bit of bready malts, pretty dry, more bitterness and spices, a little bit of a sticky like demeanor, and more lemony flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, tons of carbonation.

Overall pretty good, nice funky saison, nose has some real funk, taste is typical farmhouse rustic dry saison, light spices that increase as it goes and bring a light bitterness, bit of lemony citrus, and the slightest hint of booze that seems like its more than it is thanks to the spices I think. Drinkable but not sure if I would pay that much for it again.

11-30-2011 22:49:42 | More by jlindros
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