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

Debauched (Import Series Vol. 5)Debauched (Import Series Vol. 5)
BA SCORE
69.6%
Liked This Beer
3.86 w/ 112 ratings
Debauched (Import Series Vol. 5)Debauched (Import Series Vol. 5)
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
112
Liked:
78
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
11.66%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the 500ml bottle to two pint glasses with Chico1985. Opening the bottle it was obvious that the hiss was extremely loud and of course the beer started foaming out immediately. Pouring reveals a fairly clear golden brew with a head that takes up about 80% of the pint glasses. Retention is painfully long and lace is thick and plentiful. Appears "infected."

S- Funk fills the room as the bottle is exploding. Smells somewhat like a Gueuze and the funk from the Brett is super strong with some lemony tartness behind that. Light fruits like apples and white grapes come to mind as well.

T- Brett takes over the show here. Dried pineapple, horsey barnyard, cherry pie and some lactic tartness comes to mind. Juniper is certainly present but the smoke I remember from having it on tap seems to be gone. Some spicy and citrus yeast feel.

MF- Considering how the bottle foamed up for over 10 minutes, the mouthfeel is quite foamy with carbonation being at an astronomical level. Slight tartness on the back end in the finish.

Brett flavors dominate for me. I like the Brett feel here and the Juniper is somewhat present. Funky and still worth drinking despite the insane bottle bomb status. I hope more and more Brett forward beers show up on the market.

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Photo of Irish57
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Etan
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a bright straw yellow with a small white head.

S: Sweetish pale malt and nectarine, honey, cloves, light musty funk, dried fruit, floral. Smells nice.

T: More peachy fruitiness, very mild wood smoke, a bit of cobweb, cooked sugar, slightly leafy, vanilla.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: While I wish the brett was more prominent, the restrained hand with the smoke is perfect. Pretty much just a clean, bright saison with a bit of smoke on it.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of brother_kenneth
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of rfkramer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Proclarush
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of VincentFrey
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour / Appearance: Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Deschutes tulip. Very pale coming out of the bottle; a light gold in the glass. Some cloudiness (unsure if bottle conditioned) but mostly a straw to light gold color. Head dissipates quickly, but leaves some lacing. Rim of foam around the edges with carbonation creating an effervescent center. Looks like a nice sipper.

Aroma: Definite smoke or peat taking dominance, with the farmhouse yeast sneaking through in the back. Light hints of juniper and bitter fruit / berries on the end. Pretty complex for something so light. The smoke is certainly welcome, as I was a bit worried it might hold back to much for the yeast to get through. Fears assuaged.

Taste: Lots of smoke, mixed blissfully with the juniper berries. If there is much of a hop presence, it's constrained to earth and dirt types. The juniper and smoke are the real show, with an unexpected light mouthfeel making this very easy to drink. Carbonation, which is average for the style but higher than most beers, leaves a nice tingle. A very pleasant departure from the traditional farmhouse ale or saison.

Overall: Definitely worth a try. Not perfect, but interesting. It's like a lot of fantastic pieces that don't add up to a perfect whole.

Bottom Line: Pick up if you like saisons or rauchbiers. Consider if you just enjoy a bit of experimentation.

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Photo of Screper
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of snowmaggedon
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a frothy, creamy, ivory head that lingers.

Sweet lemon rind, wheat, barnyard notes of horse blanket, and bubblegum esters form the aroma.

Muted lemon weaves throughout the flavor profile, which is oddly sweet and dry at the same time. Bubblegum esters lend sweetness, and the backbone is fairly bready. The finish is slightly peppery, earthy, and dry. Juniper becomes evident in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation.

Very easy drinking beer, but the bubblegum esters are somewhat offputting. Not my favorite style.

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Photo of BKBassist
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of REDAMI
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A - Very lacey cream head on a deep golden pour.

S - Sharply sour, lemon and tart funk.

T - Hot dog water - the taste of a sour beer combined with wood or smoke. Sour with a metallic aftertaste. A woody geuze.

M - Very light, like eating citrus, almost astringent.

Definitely an acquired taste. Something odd happens when you add wood or smoke flavors to saisons, farmhouse ales, or lambics that reminds me of hot dog water. I know people who love these flavors, I'm not one of them.

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Photo of ccrida
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into my Bier Stein snifter, Debauched is pale gold with a white, medium bodied head leaving clingy, foamy lace.

Smell is fantastic, classic lemon pithy saison notes, a little yeasty. Not getting a lot of the juniper, but a nice, subtle smoke note.

Taste is rippingly delicious saison, a bit more evidently avant garde however. There's a notable sweetness, and the juniper is more notable, as is the smoky note. This really harmonizes with the brett in most masterful way I've ever had from these guys, and frankly, it's a top contender period.

Mouthfeel is dry, well carbonated, and very light bodied.

Drinkability is super high. This is an extremely impressive saison, one of the best I've had in memory. Delicious and quaffable, but there's a ton of depth here too. Extremely impressed. I really look forward to the pleasure of revisiting this one.

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Debauched (Import Series Vol. 5) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 69.6% out of 100 with 112 ratings
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