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

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86
very good

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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Photo of Blanco
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a hazy golden yellow color with a foamy white head on top with a decent lacing. The smell of the beer had an interesting mix of what smelled to me like a lager mixed with a Saison. Interesting combo I'd say. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it was clean and crisp with a good bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer was light bodied with some a good bite in the finish. Overall this brew wasn't too bad, I wasn't too impressed with the beer but it was drinkable nice to try.

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3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Debauched (Import Series Vol. 5) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.