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%
 
 
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14
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan 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, spice, yeast, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, spice, yeast, and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with the special ingredients only really coming through in the smell for me.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i was very excited for this ancient grains type saison with all these botanicals in it, but it came across way too sweet for me, malty vanilla and not quite robust enough saison yeast define the nose and taste of this beer. clearish caramel color with a big bold white head, good looks. so much sweetness here i can't really get any of the botanicals or herbals i was looking most forward to. not sure what the spelt or rye contribute either, all i really get is residual sugar, light like honey, but still pervasive. feel is bogged down by it too, but its very well carbonated. some may enjoy the sweetness, i don't mean to make it sound like a pure sugar bomb because its a lit more interesting than that, the sugar just blocks the most interesting features of this beer for me.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out with a nice rising white head and a cloudy yellowish gold body. The head had a good retention but the lacing wasn't really doing much. The smell of the beer was grainy and didn't really have to much of a farmhouse aroma to me. The taste of the beer had some light spicy notes and some sweet grainy malts that was pretty tasty I thought. The mouthfeel was light and well carbonated and it really when down easy. Overall its a very drinkable beer, it tasted good and left a good impression on me, I would more than likely drink this one again.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at DBGB Kitchen & Bar, New York, NY

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with a small tan head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of heather in the nose, along with some floral aromas and hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has initial flavors of heather, hyssop and honeysuckle along with some notes of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a very slight amount of dryness.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is an interesting representation of the style due to the addition of flowers and herbs.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

As the taste of the European farmhouse extend from Belgium and into France, the character turns more lager-like, maltier and softer with the fruit and spice. While its Belgianesque balance remains intact, it takes a softer and more mellow turn.

Its stern malty pour suggest a bready weight with its swirling haze and milky straw hues. As its creamy head builds, it reveals the flowery character of honeysuckle, heather and mint. Its mellow flavors sooth the early palate with a doughy-sweet introduction.

Its rich cookie dough flavor and feel is given a creamy lift with and abundance of carbonation to keep the taste light and marshmallowy. But with certain grain spiciness, there's a husky earthiness that rides up against peppercorn and pecan skins but without becoming an overly spicy beer.

With a minty and pepper taste gaining steam, the ale's firm texture wavers enough to suggest a malty-dry finish. Any spicy, woodsy or grainy bite is buffered with residual bread texture while its floral bouquet continues to swirl above the palate, extending lightly into aftertaste.

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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml metallic salmon foil capped bottle. Artsy Greco-Roman seeming imagery adorns the label, but is in all likelihood more retro southern culture on the skids in nature.

This beer pours a rather cloudy, medium burnt golden amber hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, and by default, creamy off-white head, which renders a few swaths of Cat in the Hat abode lace around the glass as things quite literally slink away.

It smells of sassy soaked cereal grains - barley, rye, and some sort of adjacent hippie affair - honeyed apple mush, a zippy earthy floral character, subtly spicy cloves, yeasty banana, and a tardy wheat astringency. The taste is more yeasty, grainy multitudinous malts - the usual suspects, well aided and abetted by a further earthy, musty, back forty weirdness, where the crop just ain't quite normal, is it? Earthy, floral, and perfume counter citrus add to the mix, along with a mild dry nuttiness, a bit of white pepper and coriander spiciness, and soft earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are nice and frothy, at first, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, aided or hindered, it's kind of hard to tell, by the tiny, tiny bubbles that seem to be damned near everywhere. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, generally familiar maltiness and apple fruitiness more or less carrying the day.

A tasty enough saison, 'amped' up by the side-stepping grain, and mostly hard to discern floral adjuncts. Another weird, and limited in its wonder Belgian-influenced ale from Stillwater. I grok what they're doing as a gypsy brewer, and avid promoter of (their) local culture, but that hardly blows my skirt up, up here, so between that and the um, beer, it's a big fwuh, and if not that - meh.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber color; the modest head sticks around and dots the glass

Smell: Bready, with floral honey tones

Taste: Bready, up front, with developing floral tones, though there is an herbal spice cake character that arrives, after the swallow and lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; moderate carbonation

Overall: A refreshing brew; like the spice cake elements

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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light golden/amber color with a mild amount of white head and just a little lacing.

Smell: A bit sweet from the malt with a herbal yeasty note and some fruitiness.

Taste: Mildly sweet malt with strong fruit and floral notes. There is a herbal flavor in the background with a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The fruity notes were very pleasant and the flavor was quite well balanced. I would have this again in the future.

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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy bright golden color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of rye and spelt malt is easily detectable with some good notes of rustic ester and light residual sugar notes. Taste is a complex mix between some fruity ester with good notes rustic malt with spicy notes of rye malt and light residual sugar notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with excellent level complexity while retaining a very nice level of drinkability.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/23/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, honey, rye bread, herbal, floral, grass, clove, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, bready malt, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, honey, rye bread, herbal, floral, grass, clove, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, bready malt, and spice flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Biere de Garde style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, bready malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.85 out of 5 based on 338 ratings.
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