Debauched (Import Series Vol. 5) | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with whole juniper bushes, farmhouse ale yeast (brettanomyces) and a touch of smoke. Like a Viking Saison, yeah.

Added by Thorpe429 on 10-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
112
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.48%
 
 
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8
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white 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, and smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid smoke presence that comes through especially well in the taste.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a hazy golden yellow color with a foamy white head on top with a decent lacing. The smell of the beer had an interesting mix of what smelled to me like a lager mixed with a Saison. Interesting combo I'd say. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it was clean and crisp with a good bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer was light bodied with some a good bite in the finish. Overall this brew wasn't too bad, I wasn't too impressed with the beer but it was drinkable nice to try.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy light golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has light flavors of sourness (though more prominent than the sour aromas in the nose) along with some notes of herbs and then hints of smoke towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The addition of brett definitely makes this an interesting saison to try. The sourness isn't that strong and no traces of alcohol are present in the taste so it's extremely drinkable.

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4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a modest head that still manages to leave plenty of lacing

Smell: The Brett comes through distinctly in the aroma, bringing a chalky/lemony character; the juniper is also very clearly defined though I cannot pick up any smoke

Taste: Chalky and lemony, up front, with the tartness building, in the middle; a bready yeast character joins the lemony tartness, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with frisky carbonation

Overall: Enjoyably tart and refreshing; would be really good in the hot weather

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Photo of oline73
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy yellow/golden amber color with a ton of white carbonation. The carbonation fades very slowly.

Smell: Very herbal and slightly earthy. I'm getting some light malt and some yeast. Also a very light citrus note.

Taste: More interesting than the smell. I'm still getting some earthy herbal notes. There is some Belgian spice from the yeast, which is one of the flavors that dominates. In the background there is a pleasant fruitiness, some white grape and citrus. The yeast flavor joins with a slight tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with too much carbonation and a dry finish. The carbonation may be due to the age of this bottle.

Overall: The smell wasn't very interesting, but I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. I would search this out again and open it right away.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, juniper, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, wheat, bread, musty funk, light wood smoke, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, juniper, pale malt, and light smoke notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, juniper, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, herbal, wood smoke, wheat, bread, light musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness and some slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, juniper, hay, straw, grass, herbal, wheat, bread, light wood smoke, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, juniper, pale malt, and moderate smoke flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked/juniper saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, juniper, pale malt, and moderate smoke flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during today's Stillwater event. Served in a cervoise. Saison brewed with juniper.

Pours a nice golden color with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings a bit of juniper along with a nice earthy presence. Light wheat and a bit of bubble gum and clove. The flavor is mildly spicy with light clove and a bit of earth. Light juniper and a background of wheat. Light-medium body with a touch of alcohol. Slight bitterness to the finish. Really nice.

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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge fizzy head that continues to ruse up and threaten coming over the sides of the glass, in a fluffy fashion rises over the edges and never fades, I have to eventually sip the head to keep it from bubbling over, nice saison fashion, with the beer being a semi hazy golden banana yellow color. The head eventually fades with some pot-marked spots and sticky lacing.

Nose is really interesting, lots of nice light saison malts and light bready toasty malts, light citrus and spices, the usual. It really comes through with the yeast, light funk and farmhouse aromas, a nice dry barnyard funk and little horsehair, almost Brett like but not super funky.

Taste starts with more of the funk but not very funky, barnyard funk but very little horsehair this time. A nice yeast flavor from the farmhouse dry rustic flavors. Then more dry bready malts, a bit of wheat like as well, soft creamy malts even. Then light spices from the yeast, a light nice spice kick and some light lemony like citrus. An interesting bitterness starts to come through with a light spice and hint of booze, bitterness not from hops but maybe spices... Which leads to the finish, a nice dry rustic farmhouse finish, bit of bready malts, pretty dry, more bitterness and spices, a little bit of a sticky like demeanor, and more lemony flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, tons of carbonation.

Overall pretty good, nice funky saison, nose has some real funk, taste is typical farmhouse rustic dry saison, light spices that increase as it goes and bring a light bitterness, bit of lemony citrus, and the slightest hint of booze that seems like its more than it is thanks to the spices I think. Drinkable but not sure if I would pay that much for it again.

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4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow in color with some light orange highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger to finger and a half tall fizzy white head that reduces rather quickly to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of toasted bready malts with lemon/citrus and spice/herb (like from the juniper). There are stronger flavors of saison yeast and brett + barnyard funkiness.

T: Starts out with quite a bit more barnyard funk and brett flavors than the smell would have indicated. There are moderate flavors of toasted/bready malts with saison yeast and light spiciness. There are also some lemon/citrus hints and juniper.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of acidic prickliness and light dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable - I like the take of this being a Viking saison. Nice amounts of funk but not too much or over the top. Easy to drink and one I would certainly enjoy again.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of spice, citrus, funk, zest, cheesy. Taste spice, mild tartness & smokeyness, earthy.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing this 500ml bottle with me. Poured into a cervoise, the brew appears a hazed golden yellow with a strong fluffy white cap. A constant stream of bubbles maintains the head with more than a finger of thick forth.

The smell is lemony with hints of fruit. Brett is present really bringing out the farmhouse quality of earth and barn yard notes. Some grainy inclusion like straw blends into grassy hops, funk and cheese. A little bit of sulfur and citrus across the back. A hint I spicy clove is present mixed with even more cheesy notes as it gets warmer.

The taste is clove and peppery with spice. Some fruit indication like dry pear skins, apple and lemon. Dry earthy notes of Brett are midpalate before a drying sense of straw-like grain fills out the profile. A light alcohol inclusion is felt but it works to brin out a rindy fruit flavor that is bitter and grassy.

This is a medium bodied brew with a fizzy feeling level of carbonation. It is light and easy drinking, a very nice example of the style. The cheesy aspects were a bit much at times but there was enough going on to keep me interested through the entire experience.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of tartness, citrus, hint of cherry, sweet malt, and hops. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus, tartness, slight hops, hint of yeast, hint of pale malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a light golden amber with a one finger fine white head with great retention and massive lacing. Aroma of light bready malt and citrus fruit, saison yeast; sour. Flavor is citrus, notably lemon, saison yeast and brett with a light juniper component. Finishes with sour citrus and light memories of brett and juniper. I prefer a lighter touch of brett, but the juniper balanced it out somewhat and made this saison interesting. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess and constant carbonation, giving it a nice mouth feel. Obviously well made, not really very complex, but adhering to style. I would have preferred a little more juniper and less brett, but I'm a funky yeast philistine…

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Debauched (Import Series Vol. 5) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
3.92 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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