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

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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
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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Quafftastic

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

03-14-2014 23:01:06 | More by Quafftastic
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 04:29:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-05-2014 05:55:21 | More by Texasfan549
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-04-2014 13:14:51 | More by Chico1985
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animal69

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-03-2014 23:04:00 | More by animal69
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Jame515

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-03-2014 05:22:12 | More by Jame515
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-15-2014 14:55:38 | More by Daniellobo
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-12-2014 01:43:38 | More by thegerm87
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-04-2014 01:45:46 | More by brother_kenneth
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rfkramer

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-02-2014 16:51:44 | More by rfkramer
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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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Proclarush

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-19-2014 20:03:28 | More by Proclarush
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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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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-11-2014 07:32:20 | More by CaptDavyJones
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-30-2013 06:21:11 | More by yancot
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VincentFrey

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 02:47:28 | More by VincentFrey
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Screper

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12-24-2013 12:19:27 | More by Screper
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-16-2013 07:01:00 | More by zestar
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-15-2013 17:17:53 | More by jacewg
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smithj4

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-07-2013 18:00:48 | More by smithj4
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snowmaggedon

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a frothy, creamy, ivory head that lingers.

Sweet lemon rind, wheat, barnyard notes of horse blanket, and bubblegum esters form the aroma.

Muted lemon weaves throughout the flavor profile, which is oddly sweet and dry at the same time. Bubblegum esters lend sweetness, and the backbone is fairly bready. The finish is slightly peppery, earthy, and dry. Juniper becomes evident in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation.

Very easy drinking beer, but the bubblegum esters are somewhat offputting. Not my favorite style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2013 00:09:05 | More by barczar
Debauched (Import Series Vol. 5) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.