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

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Debauched (Import Series Vol. 5)Debauched (Import Series Vol. 5)

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 8
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 10-09-2011)
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of ccrida
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of John_M
4.43/5  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
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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 ColForbinBC
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Double Windsor in Brooklyn, served in a Chimay chalice

The body sits a hazy golden straw color with a firm one finger cap. No discernable lacing, good retention.

The aroma is not like a standard saison. The spice/clove is well-hidden and the bitterness from the juniper and some floral aromas take center stage. Damp hay and a mild earthiness round out this nose. The aroma is soft and pleasing.

On the palate, the floral notes stand a little taller, with the earthiness and apple/pear notes coming out through the middle. Some saddle leather funk pokes through in the finish with a light spice and finishing juniper bitterness.

Medium body, soft and creamy on the palate. The carbonation is high, appropriate for the style.

I really enjoyed this saison. A slightly different take on the classic style with great results. The juniper adds a mellow smoothness and the hop profile lends floral and citrus notes in nice balance.

Photo of Tone
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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 callmemickey
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy straw yellow. Moderate fizzy white head that gently receded, leaving a few wisps of lacing.

S: Wheat, restrained clove, slightly floral, mineral like earthiness. Mild brett-must in the background.

T: Vibrant brett-infused saison. Nice floral-grassy component up front with mild apple/pear fruit notes as well as a nice dry mineral-like component in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied. Effervescent. Crisp, dry, refreshing finish.

O: One of Stillwater's better efforts since their original Stateside saison.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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 larryi86
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A hazy golden color with a huge fluffy white head.

S- Fruity, spicy, yeast. Juniper berries, some citrus, touch of funk/brett, pepper, earthy spices, bready. A very nice smelling beer.

T- Different then the nose. Very floral up front, barnyard finish, juniper berries, citrus, earthy spices, overall a very earthy beer.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry finish.

O- Another good beer from Stillwater. Flavors are well balanced, and this is a nice Saison. I feel that it was pricey, but I wouldn't mind paying for another bottle.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 yourefragile
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's for the Stillwater BBW event.

Pours a hazy straw golden color with a frothy white head; nice lacing down the glass. Pleasant earthy and spicy aroma with mild juniper and wheat. Lighter side of medium body, crisp and refreshing with an interesting wheat tinged spicy saison base with a dry finish and light juniper.

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's taphouse in Baltimore.

Beer is golden with a white head and some lacing on the walls of the glass. Decent retention, hazy, looks like beer.

You can really smell the juniper in this one but it is not fruity or overpowering, just present, soothing.

Beer is wheaty with a nice moderately dry finish. There is some fruitiness on the palate overall. The yeast comes through nice with great floral notes throughout the beer. Another good from Stillwater.

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