Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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2.73/5 rDev -30.5%
Poured into a tulip. This one pours a hazy golden honey color with about two inches of fluffy white head that settles. A little bit of spotty lace with a solid cap retaining.
Slightly fruity peppery yeast with a little bit of a butter aroma. Dry barnyard aromas. A distinct raspberry aroma lingers. Dirty yeasty flavors with white pepper. Lots of overbearing funk here. Dry with bitter hops rounding this out.
Explosive carbonation here with a light body and an uncomfortable lingering feel. Overall this one is a disappointment. My least favorite of the stillwater offering so far. It really doesn't come together and has some off flavors.
02-05-2012 03:29:20 | More by Bendurgin
2.83/5 rDev -28%
12oz bottle from Barrels and Barley (Woodstock, GA). 1.99. Date is mighty scrunched but appears to be enjoy by 10/10/13. Served in a Southern Tier tulip snifter.
Pours hazy gold with two fingers of pillowy white head. Decent lacing.
I pick up aromas of yeast, pepper, lemon zest and a strange semi rot smell (that isn't as bad or off-putting as that description makes it seem).
Crisp peppery, lemon peel, clove, mildew, yeast, bitter grassy, hay and a bit of funk.
Slick, medium body with sharp carbonation. Bitter, spicy, yeasty finish.
I'm admittedly no expert on saisons and have only tried a few but this one does nothing to make me want to delve further into the style. It's drinkable enough but the funky spicyness just isn't for me. I prefer the others I've tried like Jailhouse's Reprieve or even the Ovila with mandarins.
07-31-2013 03:11:05 | More by ThickNStout
3/5 rDev -23.7%
There are three ways you can ruin a saison (that I'm aware of): you can over-spice them, you can under-carbonate them, or you can under-attenuate them. Stateside Saison, despite lovely carbonation and a wonderful, yeast-driven flavor, falls short due to the last point, there.
A hazy golden straw, that moves towards a richer orange hue with the second pour and the addition of a touch of yeast, it pours with a huge, lustrous head... but has exceedingly disappointing retention, leaving just a thin ring around the glass with no real lacing to speak of.
Aroma is musty, yeasty, and floral, with notes of pepper.
On the palate, this is well balanced, firmly but not overly bitter... and disappointingly sweet and full bodied. The barest hint of wheaty twang combined with the fullness provides an appealing note of vinuousness, but even the robust carbonation can't overcome this rich, syrupy sweetness that leaves the beer full bodied. Further, there's notes of high alcohol present, truly unacceptable in a beer of this relatively benign strength (as modern-day saisons go). What flavor IS there is actually quite tasty, and this drinks as an ok sipper, so I'm loathe to drop the "taste" score here to a 2.5, but it probably deserves it.
Overall, there are some exceedingly pleasant notes present in this beer, and it's drinkable as-is. That's the polite side of things. The critical side says they really need to work on their fermentation practices. This beer isn't strong enough to be showing off high alcohols, and there's no reason, particularly when avoiding using the Dupont Saison strain, for this beer not to be far more attenuated.
Shows promise, but for now, entering the dustbin of mediocre American-made saisons. Sad, because the bottle alone makes me want to fall in love.
04-12-2011 05:53:33 | More by errantnight
Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.