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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
Ranking:
#11,916
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
342
pDev:
10.16%
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Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours an almost murky pale orange with a medium white head, limited lace.

S: Pastry and white pepper mixed with orange peel.

T: Banana peel and orange peel with a lot of spice. Notes of cake batter almost seems semi-sweet. Fairly complex, a good flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp carbonation, creamy, fairly smooth.

O: An enjoyable effort, though I didn't find it as drinkable as I thought it should be.

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Photo of impending
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

SF Toronado. Hazy orange bronze body, slightly off white head receded fairly quick, ok lacing.

Exceptional aroma. While classic saison underlies all, above are multiple subtle notes that appear then hide including the heather, honeysuckle and hyssop I suppose (a plant I had to google and whose answer meant nothing) joined by other vague spices.

The flavor does not equal the scent in any measure. Again traditional earthy saison underneath but the subtle notes in the scent are mere whispers in the flavor. Minor pepper followed by minor bitterness trails in the slow fading aftertaste. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel. A more pungent flavor would have been welcomed.
cheers
jd

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Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to jecker for sharing this with me -enjoyed from the 750 poured into a tulip.

The color is dark golden with some sunny aspects and moderate amount of haze which fits the style(spiced saison), the bead is small and the cap is light tan. This has that fresh yeasty, creamy wheat infused aroma I like in certain saisons, the yeast influence brings a slight funk, but mild in comparison to the earthy spice and slight toastiness from the wheat with light fruit ester. The smooth spiced feel is great with a gentle creamy body and slight spiced bitter middle, the edges have some funk from the yeast to keep things interesting, but mainly in the peripheral taste with a light dry texture and gentle yeast fruit with only a slight amount of sweetness from the malt.

This Saison has a lot of yeast driving the flavor, the presence is full on with mild wheat flavors which come off as lightly bready and fresh toasted with slight pear and light funkiness giving an earthy flavor from the yeast. The hops give a light herbal accent bringing out some complexity in the spice additions and the mild bitterness helps to lighten the taste a bit. The toasted wheat presence is high, perhaps there is some oat in the malt too since it is so silky smooth with creamy yeast element in the finish. Overall I found this to be a very high quality and quaffable saison, the spice notes are not out of place and the collaboration is nothing short of excellent which you would expect from two American brewers who know their way around the Belgian styles. A great example of what can happen when inspiration ignites between a couple brewers. Very nice take on the style.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
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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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all saison goodness, though I could use a bit more of it. Nevertheless, I get some nice light clove, some wheat, a hint of honey and some light lemon citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this nicely spiced saison, and I get a bit more intensity than I did on the nose. Also, there's some attractive bitterness in the finish, which helps to counter and balance the modest sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is at most medium modied, and this nicely carbonnated beer finishes well with some light bitterness and spice.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but a solid effort nonetheless.

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Photo of bum732
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Wheat like funk, slight spiciness, some bright fruitiness, some honey and cooked mushrooms.

L: Cloudy amber orange, off-white head with good retention.

T: Some wheat and rye grainy sweetness with some white pepper spiciness. Prominent cereal cracker like tastes prominent throughout. Spicy, medium bitterness leads to a drying in the back of the throat from the rye.

M: Medium full body, medium high carbonation.

Interesting Saison, the spelt and rye are pretty prominent. Not sure how much i liked the spelt, added a strong cereal graininess that i didn't care for. Not one of Stillwater's better efforts, but not bad either.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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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Photo of flavoursaviour
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At TJ's. From the keg, into a tulip, and then into my mouth.

Pours a golden amber with thin head that doesn't retain itself very well.

Aroma of strong yeast, light citrus, butterscotch and prunes or raisons.

Tastes moderately of wheat malt and toasted bread followed by a touch of hop bitterness.

Mouth feels medium bodied with a yeasty, granular tongue coating.

Overall the nose carries the flavor profile, and the head and mouthfeel left something to be desired, but I'd have another one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Whole Foods on P St. NW in DC. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pours a mostly-clear light orange-ish color with a 1.5-finger white head and some good spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries quite a bit of saison yeast and accompanying spice plus a little bit of citrus and light malt. Flavor has a touch of malt as the backing plus spice and citrus; light pepper and herbs throughout. Light to medium body with good carbonation. Nice brew, but not my favorite from Stillwater. Still, definitely worth a try.

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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 glid02
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden color with a slightly off-white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with solid amounts of crisp pears and lighter amounts of musty hops and breadiness. Also present are very slight phenolic spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light and mildly bready malt flavors up front are joined quickly by equal amounts of pears and lemon rinds. Midway through a slight spiciness comes into play, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this beer but it was nothing to write home about. Worth a shot for the saison-lovers out there.

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Photo of Blanco
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Whole Foods

Pours a light orange/dark gold color. White solid head. Decent lacing. Steady streams of really tiny bubbles come up from the bottom of the glass. Smell is very "saison-esque" with some light fruit and a tiny hint of the funk. Definitely has a hint of the farmhouse in it, but seems like it might need some time in a bottle to bring that out. Taste is dry and refreshing. No funk or farmhouse aspects to speak. Some more hints of fruit, tartness, pear, maybe some apple, grass. Extremely smooth and no bite or bitterness to speak. The more sips I take, the more I enjoy this beer.

This is a good beer to give someone's who's curious about the style and you don't want to scare them away with something overpowering or terribly funky. Very solid and perfect for this time of year.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a glass of this at Rattle N Hum in Manhattan's Midtown area. An ok Saison. Not my favorite style and not my favorite beer of this style.

Appearance was a cloudy straw color with a nice amount of carbonation.

Aroma was of grassy yeast. a little bit of bready malt. No hops to speak of.

Flavor was somewhat citrusy, not bad and pretty refreshing.

Overall not a terrible beer but not one I'd order again.

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

Reviewed from notes: Had on draft at Specific Gravity.

appearance: orangish yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: saison yeast, orange peel, grass / hay,

taste: orange peel, citrus, saison spicy yeast,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice complex saison / farmhouse ale. Stillwater amazes me with how many different beers they can create with similar ingredients. Great props goes out to them.

cheers,
the CPj

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a cloudy bronze with a foamy white head that lingered through about half of the drinking session. Big aroma of Belgian yeast, hay, orange, banana. Taste is almost like a dubbel, following the smell a lot, with bready Belgian yeast up front, hay, grass, moss, wildflowers, orange zest and banana peel, mild peppery spice. Medium mouthfeel, pretty drinkable, but a little too much of the yeasty dubbel taste for me, which I'm learning more and more I have to be in the mood for to enjoy.

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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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