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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
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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Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jacewg, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

smithj4, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of snowmaggedon
4/5  rDev +4.2%

snowmaggedon, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of barczar
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.

barczar, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of BKBassist
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

BKBassist, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of mrchrisray
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

mrchrisray, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of sneaks2210
4/5  rDev +4.2%

sneaks2210, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of REDAMI
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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.

REDAMI, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of ccrida
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

ccrida, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Tone
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Tone, May 01, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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

brentk56, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

nmann08, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of TriageStat
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

TriageStat, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

deapokid, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of TheRuss9585
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

TheRuss9585, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of fortheunheard
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

fortheunheard, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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…

LiquidAmber, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

metter98, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

dbrauneis, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of GTB
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

GTB, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

avalon07, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

oline73, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Bung, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of sludgegnome
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

sludgegnome, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of capeannbass36
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow topped with a 2 finger and growing, fluffy white head that hangs around for a long time. Head is exceptionally dense, as is the medium heavy lacing throughout.

S- Clove spice at first. Some grass. Maybe funk.(what is funk?) Followed by an almost medicinal scent...more like a Band Aid bandage.

T- Similar to smell...a little more intense.

M- Crisp carbonation. A little dry.

O_ I like this. Really wish it was a bit less pricey. Would purchase again.

capeannbass36, Feb 06, 2012
Debauched (Import Series Vol. 5) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.