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

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 10-09-2011

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.
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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 38
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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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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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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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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.

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4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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