Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
stillwater-artisanal.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
It’s my pleasure to present a collaboration with The Brewer’s Art. A Baltimore institution that helped to pioneer the Belgian beer movement in the States. Brewed with a combination of Spelt & Rye, accented with a blend of Heather, Honeysuckle, and Hyssop. The result is a rustic farmhouse ale displaying earthy tones & floral characteristics while maintaining intricate balance.

Added by StaEva on 06-14-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
337
Reviews:
113
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
35
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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4.68/5  rDev +21.9%

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4.6/5  rDev +19.8%

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4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a nice pillowy head in my tulip glass.

smells of delicious floral, citus fruits and pepper!

tastes of fruit, earth and delicious pepper spicyness with a right on dry finish.

medium body appropriate carbonation, smooth.

overall this another winner from stillwater, i dig this beer.

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Photo of StaEva
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Featured on draft this past weekend at Whole Foods in Devon, PA. I was told by Brian Strumke that this was a blend of Belgian malt, rye, and spelt, with heather, honeysuckle, and hyssop selected to specifically compliment each of the three grains. True alchemy at work in this recipe design...

Pour was a hazy orange/copper color. caramel toned, beautiful two fingers of cream-colored, yeasty head. Retained for most of the glass.

Amazing aromas of mellow orange-citrus, musty, grassy lemon, bread and Belgian fruits. Good funk to it, for sure.

First sip was very citrus-juicy in the middle, with a great imprint of musty funk from the nose. Rustic straw qualities, fresh cut grass, deep earthy moss notes on the exhale— almost getting a smoky reverberation under the earthy herbal flavors that linger on that exhale. Amazing depth, and balanced complexity. Super crisp finish, medium bodied with great prickly carbonation.

I adore this beer. It's better than Hennepin, better than any farmhouse or Saison I've ever had. A true original, you have to try this at all costs.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of larryi86
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Tulip glass

A- A nice orange color with a two finger white that fades somewhat quickly leaving a very active lacing.

S- Earthy herbs and spices, slightly hoppy, yeast, hint of funk.

T- Nice light tart fruit flavor, balanced with nice spiciness, nice complexity.

M- Crisp, clean, smooth, light to medium body.

O- This is another great Saison from Stillwater. This is definitely a unique Saison worth trying, I am glad that I have another bottle to later.

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Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

proper looking with a kind of an off-orange color and a white head. nose reminds me of wildflowers, lemon, herbs, lemony rye seed (if there was such a thing), rye, spelt, lemongrass and carries a buckwheaty/soba umaminess that i can't describe along with a faint fruitiness. great malty base that amplifies and harmonizes with the spice (which also seems to harmonize with the phenols, blurring the line that seperates spice from yeast at work) to create a new melody. such a familiar taste, yet like nothing i've tasted before. well done my friends. dry, spicy, balanced and pleasant. not a trace of booze. the spice never becomes overbearing, and there even is a touch of bitter in the end to zip it up. medium body with a soft feel. wonderful. a bit adventurous, but in a gentle way. another winner from our local heroes!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

golden orange. Lots of haze and cloudiness here with a large two finger high head of white foam that just would not receded. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom to reinforce it.

The aroma was loaded with spices. Hints of lemon and cinnamon where abound here, with a rich earthy mix to it. Lots of almost a nutmeg I am picking up here. The flavor took off right where that left off. A rich mixture of lemon, fresh grass, light fruit flavors and a ton of spice. Nice hints of allspice, cinnamon and pepper here. Nice light to medium body feel capped it off very well and the overall drinkability was very nice

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4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy peach, carbonation clings to the sides, but any deeper in is cloudy. Very nice two inch, off-white head that leaves some pretty decent lacing behind.

Pale malts, earth, lemon and barnyard funk (not a huge amount) make up the smell. Good but simple.

Smooth pale malts and a hint of spice start the taste, yeasty funk (light but nice) follow. There is an earthy middle with hints of lemon, flowers and herbs. Very smooth and complex flow to the taste. Moderate/light body, moderate carbonation, pleasant aftertaste give it high marks in feel.

Stillwater knocked it out of the park with this collaboration. It was very worth the wait, and I'm going back for more.

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4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a one finger fine off-white head and lacing. Aroma of light fruit, floral elements light spicing and a suggestion of sweet caramel malt. Flavor of light fruit with peppery bitterness from the heather, develops nice floral notes in the middle to finish somewhat dry with a touch of rye sourness. A very pleasant flavor progression. Complex variety of flavors, but none dominate, allowing something interesting to develop over the taste. Although light to medium in body, it manages a bit of creaminess in the mouth feel. Another interesting and fun to drink take on the saison style. Nicely done.

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4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased and enjoyed in February, 2012.

This pours a golden-orange color with a tight layer of foam. Lovely aroma. I get a light floral ‘wildflowers in bloom’ note which accents the estery aroma. It has a zesty flavor and a real zing to each sip. There’s a light crispness to this that’s all about the flavor. It’s estery, yeasty springtime floral-ness forward. The grain bill has some interesting components but I couldn’t identify or single out some of the specifics, other than an apparent rye zest. But spelt? Heather, honeysuckle & hsyssop?

While I enjoyed this beer tremendously after tasting the Debutante and a Fantome in the same weekend I also found myself wondering if I’ve hit a wall in terms of my ability to detect some of the more subtle and unique variations, or if I’m missing out on some things.

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Photo of ScottM123
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%

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