Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 292
Hads: 864
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 31
Gots: 91 | 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 braker649er
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I don't feel knowledgeable about saisons, and admittedly have only liked some. For me, this looked and smelled appealing, and then the taste was the kicker. I was sold on the slightly herbal-flowery, but still robust flavor. (224 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy apricot with huge lovely merengue head
Smell: sweet floral, fruity
Taste: initially quite sweet with the floral and fruity aromas mirrored in the palate. Finish is dryer with a bit of tingling pepper and a mild to moderate bitterness and just a bit of lingering sweetness.
Feel: Effervescent and light

Overall: The Stateside Saison hits all the right notes - the light, effervescent mouthfeel, the initial floral sweetness followed by a drying, slightly bitter finish, and an explosive head. A great saison on the same level as Tank 7 and Ommegang Hennepin. (573 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An impatient dirty-white froth covers this reddish-orange brew.

Has a robust aroma with plenty of melon and green apple followed by a touch of lemon and taffy and a slice of vanilla cake.

Taste is complex and fruit-forward with melon, grapefruit and lemon. Beer bread and a perfect hint of funk are noticed upon closer inspection. A nice sprinkling of spice at fruition.

Dry and medium-bodied and hard to put down before the next sip. (441 characters)

Photo of irrevjim
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale straw and bubbly against a white backlight , more orangy in natural lighting. 1/4 inch white head.some lacing.
smells like spicy bubble gum, some coriander, pepper, breadfruit. a hint of sourness
taste, more breadfruit and spice, less bubblegum, some honey, and a tinny hoppy bitterness. however that sounds, it works and the taste is balanced and full.
feels medium full and smooth, malty, tiny bubbles.
overall a nice spicy little number, not too much anything, well balanced. (483 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice, long lasting lacing;

S: coriander; funk; citrus; a hint of pepper;

T: pretty much follows the nose - a bit less coriander and a bit more citrus; finish is mildly bitter and tart; pepper comes on strong at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not as effervescent as I would expect, but the flavor was great; (420 characters)

Photo of stompilator
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip.

A - Poured a hazy gold, big thin head.

S - Fresh straw, funk, and a bit of citrus.

T - A prominent yet delicate malt flavor provides a nice backbone, adding straw, crunchy, almost bready notes. A lemon-y tartness leads the way, bringing a subtle fruitiness into the mix. A light funk builds up a bit and hangs nicely in the aftertaste, as does a spicy, fruity hop flavor.

M - Medium-light body, refreshing but fairly dry.

O - A well-balanced saison. A great showcase of the style's complex flavors. (544 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. Not as yeasty as some American Farmhouse Ale's. Very drinkable, I would suggest this to someone who was new to the style. I will buy this the next time I see it on the shelf. (202 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle dated 14 June 2013 served in a pilsner glass.

Light golden body, slightly hazy, with an over-sized,creamy, off-white head.

Aroma: dank and herbal, with hints of soft, ripe fruits.

Flavor: usually not my style of beer but this is fairly easy to drink and near minimally funky. Good complexity. Lightly tart and bitter.

Feel: medium-high carbonation; near medium body. (389 characters)

Photo of TastyAdventure
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
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 (318 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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. (1,273 characters)

Photo of snilsen13
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My 100th review, after a long break I'm back.

This beer pours out hazy with that quintessential rocky white head. Lots of bubble streams. High points, just wish it was clearer. Smell is pretty strong a combo of grass/earth and citrus, very complex. It has big complex flavor that brings to mind apricot and spices (coriander perhaps). The flavor is actually a little too complex; this beer should age well. The mouthfeel is pretty prickly clears out quickly enough with a mild, dry, bitter aftertaste.

This is one of the best domestic Saisons I've had - the complexity of the smell and flavor keep me interested. The mouthfeel, however, is very prickly, but the finish is pretty great. This would probably be a fantastic beer from a keg or aged for year in a bottle. (778 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I've been eager to try this one for quite sometime... Two fingers worth of big fizzy slightly off white colored comprised of big and bigger chunky bubbles... Decent retention... The color is pale hazy lemony straw yellow... A light to moderate bit of carbonation can be seen towards the top of the glass in small streaks... The aroma is led by a big punch of lemon zest at the forefront... Some hay and fresh cut grass... Some very subtle Belgian yeast undertones... The aroma is world class... The flavor profile is almost equally exquisite... The lemon zest is again at the forefront... There are rich layer or grassy and earthy notes... The faint Belgian yeast is also quite noticeable palate... There is a faint bit of candied sugars as well... The faintest hint of pepper on the deep finish... The end result is a very nice, deeply complex and world class flavor profile... The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of light bodied... Spry with loads of prickly carbonation... A bit chalky throughout... Color me impressed by this offering... This is a top notch Saison that I would welcome in my glass anytime and one that I would also highly recommend... (1,175 characters)

Photo of dd43
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Bottled sometime in mid-summer, by the looks of the code on the bottle (I believe it lists the day number, in this case day 219 of 2014, which makes its birth date–according to Google–August 7). Holds up just fine more than 4 months later!

Appearance: Beautiful clear straw yellow and tightly bubbled bone white head. Head is extremely persistent. Good to see in Stillwater beers. Have had some disappointly carbonated ones before.

Smell: Nose is like a hoppy hefeweizen--lots of yeasty banana, clove, sugar and spicy-herbal notes leap from the glass. One note that really is jumping out at me is mint. Strange but that's what I get.

Taste: Starts mildly sweet and lightly spicy--banana and clove yeast notes very present. Then in the back half, it's like the beer turns old school IPA. It's massively grassy and lightly fruity in its hop profile.

Mouthfeel --What a nice ride on the tongue. Vigorous carbonation makes the fruity/spicy yeast flavors really pop and clear the great dryness from the palate. Outstanding flow from front to back.

In sum, one of the best hoppy saisons I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. The yeast and hops work really well–hop selection here I think was key, as the use of more grassy, clean, and lightly fruity hops play well off the yeast's spiciness. A super beer that is great to see in 4-packs. (1,348 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%

Wow, I am usually a fan of the style but not familiar with the brewer. But I had heard good things so I was optimistic. Bummer! Not a bad initial taste but very off on the finish. A metallic taste that lingers with something that was off. Had a decent saison smell, although still something off, overall barely got over a 3 from me who is generally over average and definitely for this style. Maybe it just caught me on a bad day but for me there was something off that I could not put my finger on. (505 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%

Clear pale straw color. A touch of pepper on the nose with a mild yeastiness but no heavy funk like many of this style. Light bodied with a crisp flavor and a dry finish. This works but it’s nothing I’d order again. (222 characters)

Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Translucent golden brown with a pleasant foamy white head. Scent of alcohol and malts. Tastes is alcohol and fruit without being overly sweet with a faint bitter finish. Carbonation is pleasant for the mouthfeel. Overall a really delightful beer... I feel this review doesn't quite capture it's flavors, very complex and delightful. (332 characters)

Photo of baumaxx1
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance -
Cloudy, yellow colour, fine suspended yeast particles. Pours a thick 2 finger head which dissipates to a thin film after a few drinks. Leaves plenty of lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell -
Smoked, roast, ash, bushfire, hops, leaves, orange, mandarin, citrus rind, pepper - plenty of hops and spice.

Taste -
Citrus rind and hops with a peppery bite - a dry flavour. A yeasty brew, with hints of spice including coriander and cloves. Finishes with an earthy grapefruit bitterness, and strong hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel -
Lively carbonation, but not difficult to drink. Medium body, creamy feel due to the carbonation and finishes clean and dry. Still refreshing despite its dry flavour. Carbonation leaves you feeling slightly bloated though.

Overall -
A strong, full-flavoured brew. Has a quite unique, earthy and peppery flavour on top of the usual hop bitterness. On the bitter side of the scale, and not for everyone, but offers something different to enjoy. Not the easiest drinking beer out and its heavier carbonation bloats slightly. However, good if you're not drinking many, and would pair up well with a spicy vegetable curry, stir fry or some grilled kangaroo which has a charred and grassy/gamey taste to match. (1,242 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coriander leads the way on this beer, and I am not a big fan of that spice. That being said, the body is right, the look is great. were it not for the coriander, this would have been a good to very good beer. (210 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Going into this with an open mind finding a bottle of this for just a dollar with a ?/04/13 date meaning this very beer is at the most a year old. They make great beer so its gonna be drinkable.

A - Not holding against the brewer but this bottle gave me a ton of big thick floaties and a 1/2 inch of head that settles slowly to a sticky lace ring. Color is a hazy orange yellow color.
S - Smell is OK mild fruity rind, some hop bitterness, and a bit of peppery bit still remain just very faint. If anything it doesn't smell skunked.
T - Citrus rind and hop bitterness bite the palate it's hard to believe such a hop bite can be achieved after a year of age! The bad is it taste slightly sour so I am not sure if it is skunked but it taste sort of off. Maybe that was a sediment chunk IDK revisits it taste decent.
M - Still very carbonated with tons of bubbles it is very drinkable but its not as smooth as their other Saisons

Overall AGAIN I went in giving it some leeway for being old and it still has a good taste for a hopped Saison. Worth picking up if you see it discounted. (1,082 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy medium golden amber with a half figer white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of saison yeast, orange citrus, light sweet malt, coriander and clove; spicy. Flavor starts spicy and semi dry, develops semisweet citrus and fruit with a bit of funk the finishes dry with wild yeast funk and saison spice bitterness. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. I really like the flavor progression on this saison, with both dryness and light sweetness alternating. Good fruit and malt flavors and a just enough funk to give it character. Stillwater was the first brewery to turn me on to the saison style and this is an example of how they succeeded. Nice domestic saison. (725 characters)

Photo of shadetree67
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden Orange in color and hazy. Stiff pour yields nearly 4 fingers of head. Great lacing and head retention. I can see that this is highly carbonated.

S: Slight spice from the Belgian yeast but mainly pale malts. Slight orange zest . This bottle is 8 months old, so perhaps that is why I am not detecting any hops.

T: The spice is more prevalent than the smell would suggest. Orange zest. Slightly bitter finish.

M: This coats the mouth - it's quite creamy. Medium to high carbonation. Dry finish (529 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes.
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. (348 characters)

Photo of MrIncognito
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,069 characters)

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Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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