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3.84/5
Very Good
342 Ratings
Stillwater / Brewer's Art DebutanteStillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante
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
Ranking:
#12,082
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
342
pDev:
10.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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14
Gots:
35
Trade:
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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice Biere de Garde pours a rustic brownish amber with a modest head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring and thin layer with light lacing. Nose of earthy, musty, yeast laden funk with sweet light honey and herbal notes. Flavors exceed the nose with breaded yeasty goodness that hits on the front, sweet honey and light stone fruits of peaches on the middle, and herbal notes of rye that gives a light white pepper flavor rests soundly on the back and finishes moderately dry and highly quaff-able. A solid beer to keep style that has an artists touch. Great mouth feel, moderately carbonated and easy to sip. Excellent.

Cheers

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Funkwerks oversized snifter. Sipped on while Rembrandt Pussyhorse played in the background.

Apperance: Pours a thin cap of quickly dissipating head atop a golden brown body. Hazy body though there is no yeast floating around. Almost no lacing and just the thinnest of rings.

Aroma: On the nose light peppery phenols and pearish fruity esters. Fresh baked bread biere de garde maltiness under a herbal honey sweetness. Knowing rye and spelt was used in the beer you notice a grainy, almost minty maltiness. Good balance between the sweetness and herbal notes complementing each other.

Taste: Opens with more of that light white pepper note before going into a deep pear skin juiciness. The malts finish out with a lingering floral honey flavor. Snappy yeast and herbs clean up after the sweetness. Mental image of a honey jar label (flowers/beers).

Mf: Medium full body with a lower carbonation. No heat. Sweet and almost creamy.

Overall: A tasty and unique beer that plays well off the biere de garde style. I wouldn't mind a bit more carbonation. If you like a full, sweet slightly peppery beer with botanical notes this is probably for you.

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Photo of GrumD
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy and with little carbonation. The head soon disappears leaving it looking a little lifeless. Almost banana-like nose, perhaps from the yeast. The initial taste is of spice, but nothing overwhelms or impresses. It is also a little sweet for this style (I prefer the French versions, although they too are varied!). The finish is sweet and could perhaps benefit from a little bitter hop hit.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Budlum
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of constantine_272
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange and clear with very low carb and head. Looks flat. Smells of earth, hay, musrooms and musk. Taste kicks off sweet with honey and malt and wheat and quickly gives way to a wide fatty earthy midsection. The middle pallete is big and wide with earthy fermented oats and wheat along with apricot and golden raisin. A decomposing and fermenting green grass finishes tangy and salty in the back of the tongue. Feel is great starting off rich and fatty while a tangy herbal vinegarry grass sharply contrasts and balances. Overall I really like this beer, but its but pretty. I want a little more carbonation and then I'll buy a case of this stuff.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Invinciblejets
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LAp
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler. Pours a honey-amber color with a quickly dissipating head. Nose is of malt, slightly floral with some underlying spice. Taste is muted Belgian spice up front, giving way to a yeasty finish. Almost none of the sourness that accompanies some of the other beers (like Jolly Pumpkin's) in this style. This beer is certainly sweeter than I anticipated, and the "heather, honeysuckle, and hysop" in the description are certainly hard to pick out. That said, overall, I like this beer a great deal. Very reminiscent of Belgian ales, but the Belgian yeast and spice are not too aggressive, and lend just the right amount of complexity when mixed with the subtlest of subtle floral notes.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Amber-gold with fairly anemic head that dissipates to nothing pretty quickly
Smell: Acidic fruit nose - pear, apple, floral
Taste: Moderately sweet gentle floral and fruity, a bit acidic. Very mild finish
Feel: Light body, slightly undercarbonated.

Overall: Not knowing the style, it's hard to decide how well the Debutant fits. In an absolute sense it is a pleasant and flavorful fruity belgian ale with a gentle finish - Pretty enjoyable if somewhat unremarkable. The main disappointment is the lackluster head and seeming undercarbonation, though it's not a dealbreaker. However, after being fairly impressed by the Stateside and Cellar Door saisons it was a bit of a letdown.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold pour with a thin cream colored foam cap. Light lace. Fruit and light dried fruit nose with some light floral notes. Rich fruit, dried apricot palate with some bubble gum in the background. Moderate herbal bitterness. Above average carbonation and a medium body. No one element stands out but they all fall together very well.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clayrock81
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy orangish yellow body with good head and left a lace ring. Aroma has notes of yeast and spices but is pretty non-descript. Spicy, crisp body, light and easy to drink, there is some rye that comes across as giving off a little dryness. Slightly offbalance but still has tropical fruit sweetness along with a touch of citric acidity that adds sharpness to finish.

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Photo of Moonshae_D
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwall76
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mig100
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlvinLin
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of enelson
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sd123
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stillwater / Brewer's Art Debutante from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 342 ratings
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