Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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88
very good

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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 32
Gots: 87 | FT: 3
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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 tanarm
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty clear orange hue. Great head retention! Tiny bubbles.

Nose is super grassy and citrusy. Lemongrass. Earthy spice. Chamomile. Floral.

Earthy, yeasty spice upfront. Lemon pepper and grass. Sugary sweet, honeysuckle. Finish is pretty dry though. Fairly complex.

Spritzy mouthfeel, like sprite soda. Pretty refreshing. Medium body.

Overall, very characterful saison. I don't think this is the freshest bottle so not a lot of hoppiness comes through, but that's okay. Perfect for a hot summer day. Would drink this again.

Photo of xnicknj
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a clouded darker orange with some golden tones. An off white head fades slowly into well retained lacing and thick film.

Some fruit and citrus in the nose with lighter spice and faint yeasty funk.

Somewhat sweeter fruit up front with blood orange and apricot. Assorted spices mix in with sone light funk. A bit more of sweetness rides through towards the end. Finishes dry and a little spicy with a barely any hint of alcohol.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, a little dry. Drinks well, light alcohol, and a decent balance between funk and spice. Overall not super impressive but a solid saison.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a translucent goldenrod with a medium white head, solid retention, some lace.

S: Quite hoppy, with grapefruit and pine, hints of esters.

T: A very hoppy Americanized saison, hence the name perhaps. Tons of grass and grapefruit, with some Belgian yeast flavours, notes of coriander and yellow apple.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing, biting carbonation.

O: Very much a saison, but really like they married an IPA with it. I can enjoy that, you'll barely get anything traditional, but if you're a fan of the hops you'll like this

Photo of facundoCNB
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a very clean copper pour with 2 fingers of bright white head which dissipated slowly - great retention. smells of lemongrass, bell peppers, and wheat. not too impressed on the nose. the flavor is typical saison.. a bit on the bitter side. very peppery, lots of yeast flavor, earthy dirt-like bitterness, bready, lemongrass. the bitterness makes it pretty rough on the palate. medium in body with high carbonation.

this is a decent saison. i think personally, it would be a bit better if it weren't so bitter. when combined with the high carbonation, the bitterness just smashes the palate with a dirt like taste that makes this beer kind of hard to drink.

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from some expensive NY place at $14. A farmhouse ale without the farm, nothing funky at all in the aroma. A tasty ale, overcarbonated but still fairly tasty and drinkable. Some orange citrus, some cola, all within some nondescript saison ingredients. Dark coloured with small white head.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz bottle, Bruery tulip, and many thanks to drabmuh via Secret Santa 2010.

Superb very hazy orange gold colored beer and an equally great large bubbled head in almost perfect white. The beer has a soft glow and there are substantial blobs of lace.

This is one of the stronger Saison noses I've come across; vibrant light fruit, white grape, green apple, and peach, with lots of chalky yeast. Maybe there's some tangerine and white pepper.

To me this is what constitutes a good Saison; chalky yeast, light esters, a little pepper, a good dose of light fruits, and some light European malt. Stateside, however, is not dry enough. The malt is too sweet and fruity instead of dry and crackery.

Mouthfeel is very good, though again under attenuation denies a really high score. The massive dose of carbonation works well to moderate the fullish body.

If only this were drier it would be a great Saison. For me it checks all the other boxes. More pepper would be nice too, but this is not that variety of Saison.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy/hazy orangey-yellow. Big billowy white head. The nose on this is really pleasant, very vinous with pineapple and typical spicy saison yeast notes. The taste is a lot different, though. It's very fruity and dry with a strong hoppy bitterness. Something is creamy and buttery here that seems a bit out of whack. The carbonation is huge. Interesting saison.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed dark orange color. Three fingers of off-white creamy/frothy hybrid head. Great retention and moderate amounts of spotty lacing.

3.5 S: Overall pretty dry with a lemony grassiness. Musty basement and cracker malts. As it warms, there a touch of wild apple. Grassy hops, but hops are weak. Not very complex, but not bad.

4.0 T: The taste is a lot more intense than what the nose would suggest. Big hit of cracker, biscuit, and to a lesser extent bready malts. Lots a herbal spiciness in the form of rosemary, parsley, lemongrass and a beavy flowers. Again, this is very dry with wild apple like funkiness. Musky basement funkiness as well. Borderline 4.5.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Plenty of carbonation that isn't quite spritzy and, indeed, a bit too much. Could be creamier as well.

3.5 D: Good beer, but drinkability suffers from the vegetal component. While the herbal flavor is good for a few ounces, it gets old before the second glass. Still, the malts contribute tasty and aggressive flavors. Worth a try.

Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium gold with a light haze and lots of chunky floaties hanging around. Effervescence is mild and the head is a thin finger of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad, altogether.

Smell: quite sweet with a rather malty aroma and a bit of a floral character, but not much in the way of funk. Decent, but not great.

Taste: sweet and floral with a little bit of a funk and a tiny touch of sourness at the end. Bitterness is moderate, but overall the whole thing is quite balanced. Not bad!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge, well-integrated carbonation and a bodacious creaminess. Ba dow!

Overall: this is a bit on the sweet side up front, and a bit on the harsher side at the end, but overall is a quite drinkable and appealing saison. Worth a try if you like the style.

Photo of t8s8l8
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

American saison to the fullest. The bitterness is a bit overwhelming but totally appropriate. For the style the beers dryness maximizes the biterness presence. The beer has a great apperance an Orange hue thats a bit hazy. A very appealing.g beer. Creamy texture wheaty. Low head retention, med high carbonation. A nutty slighty fruity aroma and flavor. Dominant nose is spicyness, black pepper

Photo of mwilbur
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a clear lemon yellow with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch fizzy bubbly white head (almost pop-like).
S: Nice pleasant farmhouse funk, mildly earthy, hint of mineral, and a note of fresh citrus.
T: Citrus hops, white pepper, juniper berries, and in the background subdued farmhouse funk and earthy mineral (wish the farmhouse qualities had a larger presence here).
M: Fresh, light, and crisp. Moderate hop bite. Tingly effervescence. Light-medium body.
D: A solid and easily drinkable saison. Certainly not top-tier though.

Photo of bobsy
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Buffalo. A golden pour with a long-lived white head and good lace. Clean grain nose with hints of fruit and spice. Dry flavour with grain, mineral, some floral notes and a light hint of funk. Nothing overly exciting, but a solid rendition. Body, as mentioned, is dry with a pleasing billowy carbonation.

A good saison, but I'm perplexed by its spot on the best in style list - there are far better ones out there.

Photo of pdoran10
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stateside Saison pours out golden color and very hazy into a Ithaca tulip glass. I get about 20 fingers of head that flow out over the brim and take two minutes to settle off.

The smell is some slightly acidic white bread. I get a hint of wheat and mostly a clean malt light profile.

I get a crisp and light breaded malt profile with some resinous hop bitterness in the smell. Some pepper and a slight citrus note come through on the finish. Clean, basic, but complex flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is dry and light to moderate with quite high carbonation which is mostly fine per style, but slightly overboard.

Overall, a well crafted saison with moderate but well done flavors. Slightly more carbonated than I would like. Well made beer, would have again.

Photo of lnashsig
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to finewinemike for the opportunity to taste this Saison. Its one of my favorite styles, and I'm always willing to try new versions.

Poured into my dfh snifter- pours a dark golden color, with some frothy foam, but not too much- it quickly recedes and leaves little cover on the beer. Appearance is overall average. Smell- lemon, wheat, the wheat is overpowering and a little off putting. Taste- sweet, bready, but something that I love about Saisons is really missing here. I love the cracked pepper and coriander flavors, I dont see any of that here. I tried the Stillwater Cellar Door Saison a few days ago, and find it much superior to this one.

Photo of squaremile
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at a recent BA tasting event. Pours a cloudy lighter yellow with a nice bubbly head. Nose is citrus and funk. Taste is apples mango, barnyard funk, leather, and pink grapefruit. Pretty complex and well flavored. A tiny pinch of sourness and has a pleasant grassy aftertaste that lingers a bit.

Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Johnmichaelsen for sending this one to me. Poured into 16oz goblet. Poured a nice oranget-yellow color with a very tall, fluffy, white head that had very long lasting retention but surprisingly low lacing.

The aroma was a nice example of the expected grain, yeast and spice notes that are the reasons I like this style so much. The taste was very similar and typical, just better focused than some examples I've tried. I drank the first part of this bottle while my steak was cooking and had the rest with the meal and the beer went well with everything, including the triple berry pie for desert.

The body was just a little livelier than average. Drinkability was very good, I would certainly have this again. Overall, a slightly better than average example of the style, worth trying if you see it and is probably worth asking for in a trade.

Photo of KMcG
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color with really nice thick head.  The reduced, but after handing on for a few minutes. A thin translucent foam remained. A little bubblage occurred once settled. 

Smell: musty, malty with phenol kick. The aroma is strong and there is nice bready smell - a hardy country white bread. 

Taste: there is an herbal tone, maybe cilantro and a bready flavor as well.  A slight sweetness comes before it ends with a sharp hoppiness that leaves a tang. Dry finish. 

Mouthfeel: it's a medium to full body beer with decent carbonation.  It's crisp and drinkable. 

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Paradiso - Georgetown. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright golden color with a nice white head and hints of orange coloring. Pretty good lacing as it makes its way down. The nose is a bit light, but brings through some hay, orange, lemon, grain, and some light stone fruits. Hints of earth. The taste is similar, with some well integrated flavors. At the same time, there's nothing too deep and most of the flavors are fairly subdued, failing to produce many of the hard-hitting flavors I really look for in a saison. Feel is a bit dry and well carbonated. Overall, this drinks quite well and I'm excited to see what else this new brewery produces.

Photo of Monalenard
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this beer pours a lightly hazy copper gold, exactly what i expect from a good saison. it has a huge head, thick, white and pillowy so be careful while pouring. Excellent lacing, the head takes about a minute or two to die down to a finger so thick it looks like you could peel it off. it certainly isn't going anywhere on its own... The smell was that of nothing more than a golden ale. Spice and little else which makes the taste, perhaps even more enjoyable than it is on its own cause, guess what, its a ruse. This is one complex and nicely balanced beer. I am usually not one for spicy beers so saisons are tricky for me. This one has a nice sweet malt flavor, the spice is similar to maybe a belgian dubbel. It's strong, but well complimented. There is also some decent hops presence here. Actually, nothing is very subtle, its all pretty strong but at levels that don't out do one another. Now, with a beer like this you can either add the yeast at the bottom of the bottle or not. This will do one of two things depending on the freshness of the beer. This one is still only about two months old and i made the mistake of not checking before i added the sediment. In the case of a young beer it is going to make it spicier. However, if you have a beer that's been around a little longer, 6 months to a year, you're going to get some added banana bread-ish sweetness and body which is what i was going for without really thinking. Oops. still good but i'm now having my second and enjoying it much more. Mouthfeel is nice, a bit sticky, full, small carbonation. Overall, a really ideal saison. i have a new regular.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky gold with two finger head, above average sized bubbles, some lacing. Smells like some basement, bit of lemon, faint grassy aroma and a hint of spice and banana. Tastes like an over yeasty saison. Too much spice and banana, but some good notes, grassyness and a faint flavor of basement. Too many malt flavors for me, needs to be more simple. Nice effervecent mouthfeel. However a little tough to drink and slightly cloying. Overall I think this beer tastes a bit too much like a golden ale, too many esters.

Photo of hillvt4me
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (stamped 9/4/13) into a tulip glass.

A- Cloudy yellow with orange background. Minimal snow white head and decent lacing present. Many tiny bubbles present.

S- sweet smelling yeast, hay and lemons.

T- Bitter grapefruit, yeast , some spice (mild cinnamon) and some herbal notes.

M- Light bodied, subtle carbonation and balanced.

O- Well above average saison, though not nearly an Arthur or any other HF saison.

Photo of TastyAdventure
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thicker mouthfeel than expected. The Brett produced plenty of that chemical compound that emulates full body.
LOTS of flavor of herbs and spices. Like a highly seasoned roasted turkey. Not really all that dry.
A little too much complexity and assertive spicey/herbiness.
But still a nice, unique example of the style

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Bottle conditioned. Poured a hazy gold with a thin white head. Citrus and melon in the aroma. Low carbonation, light bodied. Some grainy malt. A little spice and fruit from yeast. I wish this had been a little more crisp and dry. It was a little flabby for me.

Photo of SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright & rich honey golden. Uncountable streams of bubbles rapidly rising to a huge white head. A bit of haze (more so on second pour from bomber). Good retention & some alright lace.

S: Fruity citrus & tropical fruit. A bit juicy and sweet. Herbal & grassy behind that. Touch of lemony tartness. Hint of earthy spice. Crackery & biscuity malt background with a bit of aromatic malt sweetness. Just a ghost hint of Belgian / saison funk & phenolics. Sweetness really stands out with time. A bit light on strength and just barely okay for character.

T: big mix of lightly malty & firm sweetness, and herbal hops. There is a floral bit as well that is both honey sweet and oddly soapy. There is a fairly decent crackery pale malt base. Hint of fruits – tropical, stone fruits, & citrus. Lemony tartness mostly has vanished. Herbal aspect gets a bit medicinal middle to end. Some phenolics. Hint of earthy & peppery yeast / saison notes. Herbal, woody, slightly medicinal lingering finish.

M: Quite medium for body – a bit rich for the style actually. Carbonation is balanced fairly high and does lighten it a bit with some prickly lift. Start sweet and stays semi-sweet long into the finish. Finally some spicey bite and an herbal hops drying kicks in. Ghost hint of warming.

D: Most of the right parts are there, but the proportions are all FUBAR. Way too sweet and too herbal. Sort of oddly herbal as well. Not enough peppery / spicy / earthy saison character. Not attenuated and dry enough. Strength without the needed matching robustness and strength of flavor. Still interesting and fair overall.

Photo of pitasoup
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from 22oz. have had many tastes but this is the first time being able to sit down with a full glass. foil over cap, a bit of rust around the cap, hope that isn't a bad sign. an '10 bottle.

A: golden orange, billowing white head that is foamy and very slow to subside. liquid is slightly hazy but i can make out bubbles rising from the other side of the glass.

S: very fruity at first - pears, bananas, hint of apples and oranges. dust and slight oxidation afterwards, followed by typical saison yeast. a bit of malty sweetness to the smell towards the end, almost honey like.

T: malt forward, a little bit of hop bitterness than back to almost a cloying malt-liquor like sweetness. hints of citrus, orange and lemon are present. has not held up well with aging. bread-like, possibly munich and vienna flavors linger.

M: medium bodied, smooth, carbonated but not astringent, despite the billowing head and constant foaming.

O: tasty beer that didn't hold up to one year of cellaring. somewhat of a disappointment on that front as the fresher version's hops balance the malt much more. i'm a fan and will still seek out, but only when fresh. nice aromas don't match the taste anymore.

Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.