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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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88
very good

746 Ratings
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Ratings: 746
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 30
Gots: 62 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Stateside Saison pays homage to old world tradition while celebrating new world innovation. Naturally brewed with the finest European malts & fresh aromatic hops from the United States & New Zealand. It’s then fermented using a classic farmhouse ale yeast and bottle conditioned to enhance stability. The outcome is a beer of unique design and exquisite taste, showcasing some of the best attributes of modern-day craft brewing.

(Beer added by: callmemickey on 03-31-2010)
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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL capped bomber poured into an oversize wine glass

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a huge, effervescent paper white cap that rose quickly to fill the glass and forcing me to slow my pour. A decent amount of spider web lacing.

There's a lot going on in this nose. Lemon zest, peppercorns, green apples and pears, oranges, undercooked bread, and a bit of earthiness for good measure. Nearly overwhelming.

The flavor follows the nose almost exactly. Undercooked bread with oranges and lemon peel, rounded out by peppercorns and tart fruity esters (green apple and pear). An underlying saddle leather type funk becomes more prevalent as the beer warms.

A light body that fills the mouth with a chewy body. If that makes any sense. It's light, but it has the billowy characteristic that makes it chewy.

Overall, I really enjoyed this saison. Wonderfully complex and drinkable. A perfect complement to a warm afternoon. And some pretty cool label artwork as well.

ColForbinBC, May 06, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – White head builds nicely and settles at an average rate. Poor lace though. Golden honey body.

S – Light, but complex. Midly peppery, with a touch of booze. Faint lavender, herbal, and barny notes.

T – Soft malt into an herbal-forward citrus note of lemon, cilantro, sage, coriander and orange zest. The back end finishes softer with white pepper and lavender.

M – Great carbination. Medium body. Dry and lightly minerally finish.

O – A great, herbal, spritzy saison.

vfgccp, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of fo5s
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL served in a saison dupont glass. No apparent dating on the bottle.

A- pours a pale gold with a large, resilient head.

S- grassy, fresh.

T- more tangy than funky...I can't place the hops, but they give it a bit of zest.

M- very dry. Active, springy.

O- overall a very solid saison from the crew at stillwater.

fo5s, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of alphagnome
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Murky, dirty yellow body hosts plenty of carbonation and a thin, white head that has mediocre retention and leaves no lacing. The rush of bubbles is actually audible.

Aroma:
Nice and spiced. It's nothing out of character for the style, but it is pleasant and your nose will thank you for this one. Fresh ground pepper and coriander, lemon zest, pungent Belgian yeast, and a hint of leather. Overall it's very sweet and earthy.

Taste:
Quite sweet and pleasantly funky. All attributes noted in the aroma are present in taste. Only the slightest tinge of bitterness immediately upon sipping.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and sweet medium(ish) bodied brew. Gobs of carbonation. Clean and dry finish.

Overall:
Fantastic example of one of my personal favorite styles. This will make a great grillin' companion. Easy to drink and refreshing, you definitely want to add this to your shopping list.

alphagnome, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle (no cork by the way) into my Troubadour tulip.

Mildly cloudy somewhat dark amber liquid topped by a voluminous pearling rocky head of beige. Decent retention, thin amoebic lacing and light glossy legs.

Floral, grassy aromatics with a punch of banana backlit with soft phenolics from the yeast. A faint grainy element suggests a feedyard more than a farmyard, but is welcome none the less.

Very unusual flavor - the hops are quite forward distinguishing this as an American take on the style - the vinuous goose-berry-like flavor suggests Nelson was among the varieties utilized for bittering. This lends a dry mineral-laden fruitiness which works well with the underlying earthy flavors from the yeast. Softer malt flavors and faint white pepper notes come out in the finish. Some tart flavors, suggesting white wine, green apples, and lemon pith dance around the palate as well. Truly unique.

Medium-light bodied, slightly oily perhaps, with spot-on ABV.

Zesty and hoppy, with a singular flavor profile, the dryness and bitter fruity notes really distinguish this ale from its peers...

augustgarage, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Kinsman
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Kinsman, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that slowly died down but never disappeared.
S: There are moderate aromas of grassy hops, lemon, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of herbs and white wine. Grassy hops dominate the taste, which has a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and crisp on the palate with a high amount of carbonation and a moderate amount of dryness.
D: This is a very interesting saison but needs to be sipped slowly given its intense flavors and the combination of bitterness and dryness.

metter98, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of zac16125
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Teku glass
bottled on: 4/12/13

A: Pours a very hazy dark straw yellow with some orangish hints. 2 fingers width of bright white head builds and then slowly recedes down to nothing. Zero lacing.

S: Yeasty, spicy, and citrusy. Clove, pepper, bready yeast, orange peel, lemon zest, herbaceous/grassy characters. Very nice.

T: Spicy with clove and pepper, orange peel, a bit of barnyard grass, subdued hop bitterness.

M/D: Pretty full bodied for the style, but with a nice heavy carbonation. Drinkability is good.

O: Saison's can be hit or miss for me. Id classify this one as a hit. Nothing exceptional but good nonetheless. Cellar Door is much better IMO though.

zac16125, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Lots of head... three or four fingers. I tried a different glass with an even slower pour with the same result. It's a hazy, golden color.

Smells like honey, a flower bouquet, lemon and apricot.

Light malt taste with accompanying sweetness, ripe fruit (apricot and plum).

Lots of bubbles, crisp and smooth with medium body.

Besides all the foam in the pour it's a great beer. Bright and fruity, but not a fruit beer.

Fatehunter, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of hippityhops85
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml beautiful bottle into an Allagash Cervoise Footed Glass. Pours a cloudy ochre with a huge white billowy head. Beautiful beer!!

The nose has excellent earthiness to it. A real funky, old earth smell is the best way I can describe it. There is also a large presence of lemon zest.

The taste is similar to the nose with the funkiness and a larger presence of the lemon zest. Slight tart notes play along well with the lemony funkiness of the brew.

The mouth feel compliments the beer very well. While the carbonation is definitely there it does not overwhelm the beer in the least. Really enjoyable.

This beer is not only an excellent example of the style but just an all-around excellent beer. Stillwater is knocking it out of the park regularly. So happy I can purchase their beer.

hippityhops85, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a tulip there's a sturdy, dense cylinder of foam that rises to the rim of the glass. Cloudy haze, bright orange like Sunkist soda. Uneven edges of lacing, solid long lasting retention. Soft pillowy texture to the foam.

A distinct minerality early on, with some herbal sweetness and lemony citrus. Somewhat phenolic, though it's sweetness tends to overpower the phenolic spiciness.

Flavor wavers between sweet and spicy bitterness. Dry grassy aftertaste with some dusty wheat and a touch of alcohol, though its not distracting. Pretty effervescent at first, though it settles down a bit after some time. Feels fairly creamy midway through the glass.

Overall very drinkable, a distinct American Saison.

emerge077, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright, glowing orange-peach with two fingers of bright white head.

Aroma of tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, black pepper, grassy hops, lemon and a light funkiness.

Tastes of tropical fruit, pepper, lemon and a bit of funky earthiness.

Medium bodied and slightly dry with a sharp carbonation.

A very drinkable and enjoyable Saison from Stillwater.

Monkeyknife, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of BBP
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy light brown. Decent head that holds for the duration of the drink. Solid lacing.

S- fruity sweetness. Spicy hops. Moderate tart.

T- Very balanced. Spicy, fruity and tart. None seem to exceed the others.

M- medium full. Slightly over moderate carbonation. moderately
dry and sticky finish.

D- quite drinkable. A solid beer but it could be a bit more intense. Worth checking out.

BBP, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of muttyd
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle has always grabbed my attention, so I decided to check out this brewery.

Poured gently into a giant Tripel Karmeliet glass. Hazy straw/amber body with an absolutely massive white head. Head was literally 60-70% of the pour. Eventually settles in a good one-inch thick head.

Aroma has lot going on. The yeast funk immediately makes itself known without even moving the glass near my face. After the yeast comes the apple/pear fruity sweetness. Lemon zest, pepper, and grainy malts also in there. Flavor is of mildly-sweet bready malts, lemon zest, peppercorn, and some grassy/earthy hops. Peppery, funky and slightly tart in the finish. Well carbonated, bubbly, and creamy.

Glad I picked up this beer. Will seek out again.

muttyd, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a glowing, hazy golden orange with a mountainous, slowly receding white head.

S: Aromas of biscuit, crackers, minerals, spicy yeast, lactic funk, herbs, lemon, lime, and kumquats fill the nose.

T: Notes of biscuits, crackers, lactic funk, must, spices, grass, herbs, white pepper, bitter orange, kumquats, lemon, and lime fill the mouth. The finish provides a flourish of bitter orange, biscuit, cracker, and spice flavors.

M: Light-to-medium in body and dryish. Carbonation is very active, imparting prickly, tingling sensations in the mouth.

O: A very solid, very respectable saison that is nicely styled and confidently executed.

mrfrancis, May 12, 2014
Photo of crbnfbr
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%

crbnfbr, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A clear pale gold colour with 3 fingers of slightly off-white head. Head quickly dissipates leaving a faint rim of lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Extreamly floral scents of orange flower water with notes of wet wood, earth and leather in the background. Noticeable vegatative scents, possibly squash, on the finish.

T: The taste mirrors the scent with a floral notes upfront together with vegatative and citrus aspects and sweet malts. Slight funkiness comes through as it warms.

M: Medium bodied and crisp with a high carbonation.

O: Unique floralness together with sweet malts and citrus notes - this beer is not a typical saison but is very enjoyable nonetheless.

FondueVoodoo, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of Pinknuggets
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap to worthy burger sniffer

A: golden honey totally see through with a big fluffy white head that goes away quickly but leaves solid lacing

S:you eat some of the farmhouse smell you expect from saisons but not pungent. On the other hand you can definitely smell the hops

T:fairly hoppy for a saison but I like it that way there is hints of that farmhouse taste but it is more light then bold

M: oily and pretty smooth with a crisp bite but does seem a little thin/watery very drinkable for

O: this is a decent saison but nothing to go crazy over needs more flavor and smell but pretty good drinkable beer worth a try if its not an effort

Pinknuggets, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright orange with a chill haze, a head that disappears but leaves a bubbly foam ring and some splashy lace.

Dried malt, some yeast, some peach nectar and perfume, white pepper in the nose.

On the dry side, but just a drop of fruit (needed). Some yeast and white pepper, some woody flavors, moderate bitterness, a little grass. Mild fruit and bitterness at the finish with some light funk.

Nice carbonation here. Light-medium in body. Fizzy on the tongue.

Not as much flavor depth as imported version, but this one works well. Nice balance, easier drinking as you get thru the glass.

OtherShoe2, May 24, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A few chunks of sediment. Golden beer with deep haze. Head is a little disappointing.

Spicy and briny citrus. Sage, white pepper, apricot, lemon peel, and a hint of cantaloupe. Smells bright.

Big leafy herbal notes, peppery notes, a little mushroom, hints of lemony brightness, and a bite of earthy hops. Wheaty malts and a little salinity. Dry finish with moderate bitterness from the hops and herbaceousness. Saison on overdrive.

Very drinkable, minus the chalky feel. Light-medium body. Bouts of carbonation.

An excellent saison. Kickass tasty and true to all of it.

thecheapies, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +1.8%

SmellsofMahagony, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Doomcifer, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +1.8%

JakerLou, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +1.8%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +1.8%

stereosforgeeks, Mar 27, 2013
Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.