Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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Reviews by spoony:
4/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
From a 355 ml bottle (illegible date code) into a wine glass.
A-The brew pours pretty clear and light golden in color (I left some sediment in the bottom of the bottle, which would have muddied things up, I assume). The carbonation is visible and active in the glass. The head is about one-finger tall to start with poor retention despite the carbonation.
S-The smell is very floral with a pleasing tropical overtone that reminds me of guava juice and a Hawaiian lei. All those flowers are balanced by a bit of pepper and grass. As the brew warms I detect some alcohol and a bubblegum sweetness.
T-The taste is also very floral with tropical overtones. The mid-palate gives up some lightly bitter grass and a decent hit of pepper spice. The alcohol is mild and sweet, but noticeable. I do not get as much bubblegum on the palate.
M-The feel is medium to light with assertive, chunky carbonation that keeps things moving.
O-This is a very solid saison. I appreciate how drinkable it is, while maintaining a complex flavor profile. The floral flavors are not overly perfumed and there is just a bit of spicy, grassy bitterness to keep things from getting gummy and sweet. If I were to pick nits, I wonder how this brew would be at about 5.5% ABV, so it is more of a table beer? Maybe it would lose some of the complexity, but as is, it is a solid beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-08-2013 19:37:17 | More by spoony
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3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
330 ml bottle, cloudy golden colour with really good lacing. Smell has some apricot and a full fruity yeast aroma, banana, hay and pale malt, sweet a bit with also a ton of complexity. Taste is got a hefty carbonation with some banana and grape flavours, some cinnamon and bready malts, some peach and slight barny flavours, a bit of a hay overload before coming to a full finish with a bit of a high hop bitterness, finish then dries out. A ballsy full flavoured saison, some of the alcohol comes through and eventually it become apparent this is not up to the highest standards despite a full flavour. Pretty solidly built saison though, lot of flavour and good stylistically, perhaps my criticisms were a bit too harsh as it's quite tasty.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 22:25:28 | More by mick303
3.63/5 rDev -7.6%
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
Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.