Stillwater – Debutante Farmhouse Ale: Is a Beire De Garde brewed in by this Gypsy Brewer at Pub Dog Brewing Company in Baltimore, MD at a strength of 6.4% abv and was enjoyed in a snifter glass.
Aroma and Appearance: It pours a cloudy copper colour with 2 fingers of lacy foam, lots of small bubbles and a clear snap, crackle, pop sound emanates from the glass. The aroma is coriander, chili powder, acidic, funky and herbal. There is lots of gunk at the bottom of the bottle, so be sure to cold store for a few days and pour carefully.
Flavour: This farmhouse ale kicks off its flavour with a mix of spicy, floral and musky notes followed by a noticeably thin mouth feel that is quite effervescent, some orange and lemon citrus with yeasty hay-like malt and a crisp and salivating finish.
Overall Impression: I had sampled this before and knew it was a good one, but hot damn it was awesome stuff! I was happy to sit and enjoy this pretty much distraction free to explore it as it developed.
Rating: I give it an awesome rating of 9/10, everything you want in a farmhouse ale is here and I really like this style. Some places have this one sale right now locally, go grab a bottle while you can.
Food Pairing: Spicy and peppery food or a nice creamy Neufchatel cheese would do, or simply enjoy on it’s own without shame.
I am excited to sample a smattering of Stillwater beers I got from the trip to Portland, I’ll be sure to review them all.