Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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Reviews by Kinsman:
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Hazy bright orange hue with a dense, sticky, rocky white head that grew quite large with just a light pour into the glass. Faded it quickly enough that I didn't become impatient and left lots of lace behind.
Lemony fruity esters upfront with some grassy/herbal notes as well. A mild phenolic spice note becomes ever more present with each whiff and the saison yeast adds a musty/earthy character in the finish.
Grassy floral character and some graininess account for some of the flavor but the yeast does most of the work on your palate. Lots of peppery and some clove like phenolic notes with a slight hint of citrus along side this. As it warms it finishes with a strong earthy character that really lets you know this is a saison.
Mouthfeel is slightly dry with lively, bubbly, and light mouthfeel. Overall, I'm really enjoying this saison with a stronger musty yeast character than many but it doesn't quite stand out against the best of them.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2011 19:03:35 | More by Kinsman
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Light straw, clumpy lace. Nose and taste are lemons, zest, cloves, spice. Nose is a lot less than taste tho.. Full bodied and in your face from first sip, as is Stillwater's wont, tho the taste does feel somewhat over spiced thus disconnected. Almost like a favour had been added too late. Dry finish and zesty palate
Good drinking tho.
Serving type: on-tap
07-06-2014 07:16:26 | More by heygeebee
3.96/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip
A - Slightly hazy burnt orange/amber body with plenty of bubbles racing to the top. 2-finger pure white head that retains for the entire experience; literally never fades. The carbonation just keep building that head back up. Beautiful lacing. One of the more pleasing beers to look at.
S - A very good balance of yeast, hops, and sweetness. I love the saison yeast in the nose which is followed by mild citrus peel and just a very light touch of flowery hops.
T&M - Lively carbonation makes this a drier beer, but not nearly as dry as champagne. Still retains a nice thirst-quenching character. I really like the balance of yeast and hops in this beer. A hoppier saison for sure but the yeast keeps telling you it's a Belgian-style saison. Hops give a citrus peel bitterness likened to kumquat and lemon peel. A small dose of candy sugar and malts sweetens things up just a bit.
O - I really liked this and could definitely down a few of these. Saison-dry while remaining refreshing. Great flavors throughout the experience.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 13:49:10 | More by MrIncognito
Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.