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

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Ratings: 107
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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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 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 bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 Blanco
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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 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 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 John_M
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. As good as this looks, it smells even better, with honey, light sour funk, juniper berries and light orange citrus. This beer smells seriously good... The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, but with some nice hoppy bitterness on the finish as well. The bitterness helps to counter the modest sweetness, and adds yet another nice flavor component to the profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with a fairly long, slighty sweet, slightly funky, slightly bitter finish. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol no more than an after thought.

This is pretty damn tasty. Maybe the best yet I've had from Stillwater.

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 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 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.

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

I purchased this 500ml bottle at Food and Friends in Philadelphia for $21.99.

A - Pillowy head that looks like it could actually support some weight, straw colored, strong lacing throughout the course of the beverage.

S - This reminds me of an indoor garden. If you've ever been to Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, this beer reminds me of what it smelled like to roam around the indoor gardens.

T - No overly farmery which is a good thing. It does have a hint of a medicinal taste to it. Nice dryness; not really sweet in the slightest but not bland to the tastebuds at all. Hops are light and airy. The bitterness is really well balanced.

M - Light and pleasant. The feel of this beer feels appropriate for a warm spring day.

O - Price aside, a tasty beer from a interesting brewery.

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

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