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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 31
Gots: 73 | FT: 3
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Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: callmemickey on 03-31-2010

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.
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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Blue Monk, in Buffalo.

Stateside Saison is a dark and toasty golden and has a semi-obscured complexion; it appears much denser than the brighter, sunnier examples I tend to think of as prototypical for the style. But it's certainly recognizable as a saison and is an attractive beer nonetheless. Likewise, although the Belgians take head propagation more seriously, the level of foamy white suds present here is still more than acceptable.

Like all good and proper saisons, this beer has a lot to say about yeast: an undercurrent of earthy funk scampers throughout the aroma. Over top of it, however, is a distinguishably 'new world' hoppiness that is nonchalantly bitter and more than helpful at creating additional depth to the (predictable) elements of fruits, herbs and spices.

The taste, apparently, is where most of the spiciness has come to settle. Trying to capture the essence of this maladjusted 'spiciness' is like guessing lottery numbers - who knows? Cloves, white pepper, dried oregano, grains of paradise? The one thing I do know for certain is that no actual spices were even used. That's just the magic of yeast.

In order for its flavour to really spring to life, Stateside Saison needed some time to warm. It took me the better part of a half hour to realize just how animatedly zesty and precocious a beer this is. Its crispy, toasty, biscuity pale malts are a compliment of the highest order for all this spicy yeast. It has an interplay of tastes and textures that comes only from top quality ingredients, a clever recipe and an imaginative, adept brewer.

Stillwater is an ironic name for a brewery that is creating so many ripples in the craft-beer pond. The mind behind this outfit is clearly a visionary and, fortunately, one with the proper appreciation and understanding of classic styles to possess the necessary tact when putting his own personal spin on them. Stateside Saison is exactly what it says it is: an homage to old world tradition and a celebration of new world innovation.

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft and on cask and the oak aged version.

The draft version was much much clearer than the cask variations of this beer. It is crisp straw yellow with a hint of the brown side. Carbonation is moderate and steady. Head is white and big but falls away and does leave some lacing on the glass. Looks nice.

There is a hint of some hop in the aroma but mostly its a kind of spicy Belgian yeast character of ether and pepper.

Beer is medium bodied and tastes really nice. There is a mild bitterness and the beer finishes cleanly. I enjoyed all three incarnations of this beer but the oak chip aged was slightly better IMO. I hope to get more of this beer.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT.

Pours a hazy golden orange color. 3 inch head, lots of lacing.

Smells include Belgian yeast, sweet floral aromas and oranges.

Similar flavor. Nice juicy citrus flavor to this one- some great orange in here. Bit of sweetness from the grains here as well. Some spicing- black pepper and coriander are what I taste. No real hop flavor that I can determine. Typical Belgian yeast flavors abound too.

Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, well carbonated. Drinkable despite the ABV.

One of the best American made saisons, for sure.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at about 45 degrees into a Duvel glass.

Wow, pours with 90% head to start - thick, white, and rocky. Decent lacing. Cloudy orange color, with plenty of carbonation flowing up thru the middle.

Aromas of ginger ale, spicy yeast, slight funk. Mostly sweet overall.

Nice flavors of naval oranges, white pepper, white bread. Rather juicy. Slight bretty funk as it warmed. Grassy and soapy in the finish. Pretty dry finish, too.

Large drinkability. I could hammer these back all day.

p.s. in looking back now over the last four reviews - one month's time - every beer was purchased at Capone's, incl mine. That's just straight silly.

Photo of DIM
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Bright, clear golden color; pours with a small, short lived fizzy head.

s: Tart apple and pear with some citrus, minerals, and lightly sweet grains. Plenty of semi-funky saison yeast

t: Dry overall, which suits me just fine. Less apple and pear with minerals than in the nose . Some pithy citrus and classic saison yeast character. Lingering pepper.

m: Light and airy.

o: Really nice saison, but not quite up there with my favorite domestic examples of the style.

Photo of alphagnome
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Smells belgiany.

Pours a hazy orange with a huge offwhite head of more than three fingers. Side view of head is mostly small and medium sized bubbles, top view is like meringue.

Aromas of spicy yeast, lemon drops, light grassiness. Some underlying malt sweetness.

Flavor of lemongrass, lemon zest, black pepper, clean, firm bitterness, slightly astringent, but not in an off way. Pear, alcohol as it warms. Carbonic bite. Finish is long with a lingering bitterness and some fusel heat.

Mouthfeel is prickly from a just right carbonation, a light, mouthcoating bitterness, that gives a little pull at the back of the teeth.

Very drinkable, nice rendition of a saison.

Photo of Ri0
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - It's a darker shade of yellow (like a ripe inside of a mango) with a 1.5 finger bright white head. Fades quickly and leaves a collar around the glass. Not much for lacing.

S - I can pick on the spice right away. Nice amounts of straw, bread, yeast, and some light citrus, lemon and orange.

T - Boom, this is the most spicy Saison I have had, but it is nicely balanced. Some yeast and bread with plenty of lemon and citrus. Straw, clove, grass. Ends with a pepper kick.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Spicy and dry on the finish.

O - Very nice Saison with a ton of spice. It is well balanced. Nick was nice enough to send it my way.

Photo of Shy5
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pinotboy007
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Beautiful, vigorous but puffy white head w/decent carbonation an off amber/gold/honey color w/some haze. Very nice.

S-Some limited barnyard funk mingled with fresh mowed hay and grass, with a citrus swing.

T-Nice, with a touch of Band Aid, grassy citrus and yeast.

M-Rich but not overly so with a bit of silkiness, too.

O-I'd buy it again - cool label with alcohol that's in check.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium golden orange color with a massive and billowing white mountain of foam, carbonation is sprightly and substantial...looks absolutely awesom in the tulip glass!

S - Earthy, dry musty, hay, light peppery phenols, and some sour funk.

T - Apples, white grapes, hay, slightly earthy, and a slightly sour and twangy funk at the end of the sip. The malt is Belgian-like light and crackery with the heavy carbonation adding a crisp ending on the tongue before subsiding to a smooth feel and finish.

M - Awesome amount of prickly carbonation and perfect for the style, light medium body, and a mild alcohol effervesence.

O - I really enjoyed this beer and will buy another bottle soon. This has been sitting in my beer fridge for a few months and no telling how long it was on the shelf prior to that. Regardless, the beer has held up quite well. Worth a try if you're a fan of Saisons.

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.

Photo of scinerd3000
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz draft into a tulip. Reviewed from notes at Teresa's Next Door.

A: hazy hay color with amber highlights. Rasied a fluffy white head. receeded slowly and with good lacing.

S: Hay and grass, corriended and slightly sour

T: Wheat up front, complex spice notes but not overwhelming. Very drinkable. Lemongrass upfront and finishes dry. Slight clove as well wit very slight banana esters. SLight alcohol note on warming.

M: excellent carbonation, dry with bubbles on my tongue. Leaves a clean wheat flavor.

O: Excellent example of a saison and hides the 6.8% very well. Slight alcohol

Photo of FatherHennepin
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely appearance, though it seems to have some rather large carbonation bubbles (maybe it was the glass). Aroma is mild, just a little underwhelming. Taste is excellent. Good spiciness and saison rusticity. Nice peppery quality and almost a bit of funkiness. Mouthfeel is fine. Well worth a second or third drink.

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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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...

Photo of Kinsman
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of atr2605
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy straw yellow with a fizzy white head with decent retention
S-spicy, lemon zest, yeasty
T-nice and spicy mixed with some more bright citrus combined with a distinct saison yeast characteristic and finishes with more spice on the palate
M-light medium bodied
O-pretty solid and straightforward. I didn't enjoy it as much as some other stuff from Stillwater but still very enjoyable

Photo of vfgccp
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of zac16125
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, golden color with two full fingers of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Lots of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by floral notes of straw, clover, sage, lavender, thyme and coriander. I also get notes of Belgian yeast, pineapple, a touch of grapefruit, honey and ginger.

Taste: Very, very good! Strong flavors of bready toasted malt and the aforementioned flavors of honey, pineapple, grapefruit, ginger, sage, lavender, thyme, coriander and honey. There are also lots of citrusy flavors of orange peel and lemon peel. Finally, and strangely, at the finish there is a touch of an unpleasant metallic flavor, sort of coppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly thin, and pretty effervescent as there is quite a good amount of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a really good American version of a Belgian saison. Very nice citrus flavors balanced with a bready, slightly sweet overtone. The only thing keeping this beer from being great or even outstanding is that slight metallic taste in the finish.

Photo of dd43
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mason jar, unfortunately couldn't make out a bottling date.

Three finger head receded to a two finger with surprising resilience, lasting nearly to the end of the glass. Laced all the way down, a heady brew to be sure.

Aromas of coriander and grassy barnyard in relatively equal measure. Very mild orange citrus but the spice/earth qualities overwhelm it. Carbonation isn't immediately noticeable in looking at the beer but the mouthfeel makes it much more apparent. Surprisingly effervescent for the style.

Hop bitterness in the finish was pronounced, combining with the grassy notes to really put the farm in farmhouse saison. The flavor profile stays with you well after you've swallowed this beer.

Another Two Roads production, this is worth trying if you get a chance.

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.

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.

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.

Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.