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:
338
Reviews:
114
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.13%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
35
For Trade:
1
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1/5  rDev -74%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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2.6/5  rDev -32.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Bodega, but this review is from a bottle extra'd to me by finewinemike. Poured into a Denis Meyers Duvel Tulip.

Appearance
This one is oddly murky. The color is a pale orange. The only thing that really saves the appearance for me is the head. It's long lasting as a thick layering. There are a few spots of slippery lace.

Aroma
The aroma takes a minute of breathing to awaken. Once it does, you are greeted with notes of over ripe banana, pear skins, some clove and other spices. I can swirl up some bandaid aromas, but they are faint and hidden. After a little while I begin to pick out an aroma that makes me picture the yolks of hard boiled eggs. I'm not sure if this is a sulfury smell or what; it just smells like hard boiled eggs.

Taste
Lots of pear covers up most of the banana notes. Apple cider notes grow stronger with warmth. There is a lot of strange spiciness going on here. Lots of mineral type flavors. Some sweetened lemon-lime develops on the finish.

Mouthfeel
Fizzingly expansive carbonation fills the mouth as the beer seems to flash to CO2 as soon as it hits the tongue.

Overall
This was better on tap, as so many beers usually are. This isn't really an off putting beer, its just weird at times and there isn't anything there to make up for it's strangeness.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Pours a thin head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma has lots of honey and a nice floral smell.
The taste starts with a malty sweetness, moves to an even bigger honey sweetness, finishes with a mild lemon bitter note.
The texture is light and crisp.
It's on the sweet side for me but still tasty.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass.

Light, bubbly, hazy yellow in the glass. Large, maybe three fingers of white head.

Smell is yeast, funk, sweetness (honeysuckle?), slightly lemony citrus, very floral.

Crisp in the mouth, a mild tartness, fairly sweet, and some yeast. Slightly herbal but nothing really stands out. For me, kind of an average saison, not super interesting.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Beaver13
3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy golden yellow with a huge fizzy bubbly white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is toasted straw malts with some fruit, floral notes and funky yeast.

The flavor is sweet wheaty malts, some spices (coriander, pepper), a little fruit and earthy yeast with a bit of dry bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK sweet and spicy saison.

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3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky bright golden yellow color with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is sweet fruit and yeast with some grain added. The taste is very close to the nose. Did not work for me.

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3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at The Hulmeville Inn

Debutante has colors consisting of burnt orange with a copper tint in between the lines. Darker than the average saison. No head, or even a skimpy cap, just some straggled popping bubbles, no lace. Smell is pretty dull with a big fruity essense. Kinda artificial. Some small toasted malt along with faded pepper. Not all that pungent, or good for that matter. Taste is not any better. The main taste here is artificial fruit, almost cereal like. Whatever yeasy in here is not a good look. Some small toasted bready malt in the middle rounding out to some grain in the end. Hops are not in the picture, or registering with me. Feel is medium with not a whole lot of activity, the beer is far from dead though, could use a jump start. Not my favorite from Stillwater, this would actually be my least favorite. I could not even stomach my glass.

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3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Complex floral and herbal flavor is more appealing than the rather yeasty/funky aroma.

Feel: Medium-full body with good carbonation.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of nickthetick
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a clouded, opaque over ripened orange into an American shaker with a half finger of white head.

S: sweet oranges, pineapple, butterscotch lifesavers, golden apples, a tiny bit of spice a good malt sweetness.

T: a bit tart, light apples and sweet oranges. A good malt backbone and not as much spice as I am used to in a saison. The sweet yeasty flavors linger on the tongue nicely.

MF: medium body, smooth but good effervescence. A bit sweet but not overly so.

O: a good saison from two home state brewers, but there are many better ones I would search out first

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.85 out of 5 based on 338 ratings.
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