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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 298
Hads: 880
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 33
Gots: 95 | 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 Bendurgin
2.78/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.84/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of errantnight
3.02/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of castry01
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter at Wild Tomato in Sister Bay, WI

Appearance: For better or for worse, my favorite part of this brew. Stateside pours a beautiful deep gold, certainly deeper in complexion than many other saisons, it teases at delicious things to come. Turns out Stateside can walk the walk, but not talk the talk.

Aroma: I could tell I was going to be let down almost immediately. A weak nose on this one, yeasty, with a tad bit of coriander and a black pepper punch at the back. Nothing offensive here, but nothing exciting either.

Taste: Here lies the real let down for me. The taste is just out of balance to my palate. Maybe I had a bum bottle, but I got this huge blast of black pepper with a hint of coriander on the back end of the taste. Whatever flavor are trying to be presented here are completely overwhelmed by the peppery character. To my taste buds, it had this metallic tinge that tasted like it had sat in a can for far too long. Again, not offensive, but not special either.

Mouthfeel: A fairly strong mouthfeel, silky and coating, if the flavors were better this would have been wonderful.

Overall: While I like the work Stillwater does (I like their Small Black saison quite a bit), this beer really let me down. Look elsewhere unless you get it free.

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Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange in color with a creamy 1 finger off white head that faded quickly and left great lacing; the lacing stuck to the glass and slid down very slowly.

Smells of funky yeast, sweet malt, coriander, pepper, light spices, cinnamon, allspice and citrus hops; it was quite a funky aroma that was almost too much.

Tastes like it smells, with funky yeast, sweet malt, coriander, pepper, light spices, cinnamon, allspice, citrus hops, sour fruit like grapefruit and a slight alcohol twang; a very funky beer overall.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light and airy, with very light carbonation, a light body and funky dry aftertaste.

A very tasty beer, but way too funky to be a session beer. A bold beer for those with an adventurous palate, but just not my cup of tea. I'm glad that I tried this, but I won't seek it out again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle with a foil top and rusted pry-off cap split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
6.8% ABV, no date.

Thanks to TheDTrain for choo-chooing this one over to my place!

A - Goldenrod and light apricot orange in color with a hazed-over clarity. After the gusher stopped spilling all over my legs, carpet, etc. it was topped by a loose white head in the glass. Good retention and patchy lace left behind.

S - Notes of lemon citrus and a unique spice aroma. Dusty dirt and clay with yeast is powerful. A very earthy nose with a pilsner malt backing and...maybe some coriander?

T - The different nuances all seem to blend together and get overshadowed by pesky carbonation. Very yeast-driven, it's got white pepper, coriander, earthy clay, and some citrus notes above the malt. Willamet hops provide an earthy backbone and finish to the yeast profile.

M - Extensively and annoyingly carbonated, it's got a bothersome champagne-like tickle in the mouth. Medium-light bodied and quite filling.

O - I'm struggling with this because a) it's way too carbonated and filling and b) it's overly yeasty. A solid attempt but it makes me weary of dropping the coin on their other offerings. Too earthy.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Goldish color...significant lingering head and lace. Aroma of minerals, liquorice, yeast, funk, anise, herbs, spice & fruit. Flavor also has a tongue piecing bitterness. I'm not noticing big hops but there's some there! Minimum malt or sweetness. Rich but some roughness.

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Photo of spicelab
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle thanks to Lukie@IBS.

Cloudy apricot with an immense, fine bubbled and pillowy white head that falls fairly slowly with sparse lacing to a slightly raised ring.

Musty, floral nose with plenty of sour citrus, sweet malt and grassiness behind it. Dominant aromas of grapefruit and lemon pith with some pear and banana esters and everpresent but mild funkiness.

Sweeter initally, although there's still plenty of tart grapefruit, lemon and spicy phenolics. Green apple and wet hay join the esters from the nose.

Light to medium body with seriously busy carbonation that seems connected to a strangely unpleasant sour milk character. Lacks coherence and wrestles with the palate. Not a fan.

A huge Sasion fan, but this felt all over the shop to me. There's some promising elements but they seem to fight each other. Concur with a previous reviewer that there are some "off" elements.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

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Photo of Dope
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Murky golden pour with a big fluffy white head. Lacing and head retention are excellent.

S: Pears and apples. Banana and cloves. A little bit of bread and some quite nice spicy pepper. Hint of citrus. Smell overall is surprisingly mild, otherwise it would have been a 4.5.

T: Taste is similar to the nose with some light citrus and apple flavors. Yeasty. Unfortunately about midway through there is some odd earthy funky taste that really disagrees with me. Kept trying it to see if I could get used to it but couldn't.

M: High carbonation keeps it fairly light. Quite drying.

O: Unfortunately I'm not a fan of funky beers so I couldn't rate it too highly here. I tried to be at least somewhat objective with my other ratings but this was over the top and I poured out most of it.

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Photo of Tone
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of fresh malt, hint of hops, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hops, and slight yeast. Overall, not complex, decent appearance and aroma.

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Photo of deapokid
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's in Norristown (6/19/2010). Review from notes. Served in an extremely odd looking Kastell glass.

Liquid is a copper color with a thin head and passively calm carbonation. Lacing shows initially, but passes within seconds. Beer is so unmuddled that it's nearly translucent. I expected at least a touch of murkiness.

The aroma is faint, but hints of basement musk eventually surface. There's also some spicing, like a melange of dried fruit and ginger.

The flavor is tart with a mild funkiness. The opening seems a bit subdued, but the ending has a nice musky bite that is reminiscent of brie or an old sweat-sock (this isn't detrimental).

I did expect more spice notes and the "brett" flavor does take center stage, but for a one-trick pony, it does have a nice trick. It can also be quite refreshing, which is nice on a 90 degree day.

As it warms, more and more barnyard musk seeps in, which makes for an interesting, if not particularly ground-breaking, brew.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I open the cap I get worried... only a small whisp of carbonation ecscapes. It pours a nice orange that is crystal clear and has one finger of head that disapears quickly. No lacing.

Aroma is citrus (lemon) light black pepper and some pilsner malt. Some apricot and yeastiness are evident. The yeast is obviously WY3711.

Taste is quite fruity and mildly spicy. There is a hint of toastiness, light malts and a fruity yeast character. Toward the finish apricots, pears and hop bitterness dominate. Fairly acrid overall.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with medium/high carbonation.

Overall this beer is good and fairly well crafted but falls flat of many examples I have tried that posses much more rustic character, more fruity yeast notes and much higher carbonation.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep golden yellow body with a creamy beige head that last a good bit. There are tiny strands of carbonation that trail to the surface.

S- The dry buttery diacetyl aroma takes on a sweat sock quality as the beer warms and blends into a pear and apricot aroma in the finish.

T- The pear and apricot estery flavor has a soft diacetyl buttery note and a pleasant soft white cheese rind and saison yeast flavor to it. There are some grapefruit pith notes and a peppery hops bite in the finish that has a butter hint that lingers.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a creamy texture in the finish.

O- Lots of pear and buttery flavors that dominate this beer. The fruity esters and saison yeast blend well together but they are not strong enough for the diacetyl that takes over. As the beer warms there is a nice pear and cottage cheese flavor underneath with the yeast and fruit.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a light orange/golden color with light carbonation evident. 3+ fingers of white head with great retention.

s - Smells of orange, citrus, apples, yeast, and spices.

t - Tastes heavily of spices. Also some bready malts, but not much else. No fruit or citrus hops like in the smell. A bit disappointing.

m - Light to medium body with low carbonation. Has a watery feel to it and a dry finish.

d - A decent saison but nothing special. I thought it had a nice smell to it, but not much to the taste or mouthfeel. Not bad at all and very drinkable, but nothing special and I wouldn't look to try again.

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Photo of champ103
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange/yellow color. A two finger white head forms and gently recedes. Good lacing is left behind.
S: Yeast up front and strong. Kind of a sulfur, mineral, and metallic aroma that I am not a huge fan of. Zesty lemon rind, herbal, lightly floral.
T: Follows the nose with a strong up front yeast component. The sulfur and metallic character is light, but still there. More bready malts, zesty lemons as well.
M/D: A medium body that is very carbonation. Almost too carbonated. Fizzy bubbles sting the tongue. Easy to drink. The sulfur character I get throughout takes away some of the enjoyment for me.

Not bad, I do get a sulfur character that does not mesh for me. I can see why people would like it, just not for me. Still interesting, and something I would recommend.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with light head.

Smells spicy and slightly citrusy .

Tastes of spices (clove, pepper) with some citrus with some slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

Nice drinkability goes down easy.

Im a huge saison fan and this was a decent one.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A decent offering from a brewery I haven't been overly impressed with in the past.

A: cloudy golden yellow with a little lacing
S: citrusy and a little bit of yeast
T: lemony and tart, but with a hop back that makes the beer more drinkable than it would otherwise be. Decent carbonation. Taste belies a bit the almost 7% ABV.
M: light dry pull after the tartness that doesn't last too long.
O: not going on my must have again, but I wouldn't shy away from it either. Little too tart up front, but that fades quickly into a fine beer.

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Photo of craytonic
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is a cloudy orange-yellow, erupts out of the bottle into the sink. Fills the glass entirely with foam.

Smell: Lemon grass, oranges, earth/must, grainy malts, hay, spice

Taste: Similar to the aroma, hay, oranges, earth/must, grainy malts, hay, spice

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body leaning towards medium, touch too much carbonation.

Overall: Decent enough saison, nothing memorable.

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Photo of shivtim
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber of this in DC. Poured out into a pint.
Slightly hazy copper with orange/red tints. Huge billowey white head that gradually dies down. Lots of bubbles.
Nose is farmy with berry notes. Fruity and sugary. Euro hops typo.
Taste is wet hops, wild, yeasty. Ethanol, slightly chemicaley. Vague "green" flavors.
Nice mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to akorsak for sharing this 750ml bottle on 4/3/10.

A - Poured a hazy golden/orange body with a fizzy white head that withered away to a thin ring of retention and a slim patch, leaving very little lace around the glass.

S - Earthy herbs and woody notes comprise the initial aroma, followed by toasted grains and seeds, as well as basement notes and a slight musty character. Some light citrusy hop notes also emerge.

T - Opens with sharp herbal notes with a woody character and hint of citrus hops. Some dankness emerges in the middle, suggesting musty basement notes. Finishes with a toasted grainy character and an earthy hop bite.

M - Medium bodied but ultimately pretty watery overall. Finishes rather dry with moderate earthy bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty decent farmhouse style ale, although I found it to be a bit heavy on the earthy notes. Still, this was pretty drinkable overall, though not one of my favorite saisons in the grand scheme of things.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stateside Saison | 14 oz. on tap @ RnH | 6.8% ABV | Aug. 2010

Brewer: Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Glass: Tulip

Light orange with a one-finger head. Forgettable.

Pepper, spicy yeast, cardamom, and other herbs.

Caramel, yeast, pepper, lemon zest. There's a nice barnyard earthiness too.

Crisp, clean, medium-bodied, otherwise unremarkable.

Average in just about every way.

Would I get it again?:
I imagine this being the very most average saison. Once I've tried its more impressive peers I'll consider coming around for another go.

Served on: August 20, 2010 @ Rattle 'N Hum

Price = $7.00

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Photo of gfreed
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a corrective saison: I split a large bottle with my wife after hacking through a Sam Adams saison earlier in the day. I'd give this an A if not for two things: the soda-poppy carbonation, which adds a needle-pointy edge to everything; and the over-hopping, which adds an acidy feel that belongs in an IPA, not in a saison. I like my saisons with fewer abrasives and a bit more of that pillowy, yeasty taste. If you like to belch, however, this beer will give you championship results.

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Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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