Debauched (Import Series Vol. 5) - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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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
3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
03-14-2014 04:29:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
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
3.74/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
12-29-2013 02:47:28 | More by VincentFrey
Debauched (Import Series Vol. 5) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.