Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 292
Hads: 863
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 32
Gots: 89 | 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 ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden orange with a big finger frothy off-white head. Fades very slow.

S - Belgian yeast, farmhouse smells, coriander, pepper, sweet grainy malts, light fruits, lemon zest, citrus hops.

T - Sweet grainy malts, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander and pepper, farmhouse, citrus hops, bit of bitterness, honey.

M - Medium bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Smooth with a dry, estery, tart finish.

D - Nice balanced saison. Good yeast character. (454 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, super bubbly sunshine and copper color. The head is overwhelmingly voluminous, often times overflowing my glass with its of white foam even after a delicate pour.

Dry toasted and untoasted barley grains along with herbs and herbal smelling hops make up the brunt of this aroma. A little on the sweeter side than most saisons I've had, but very good nonetheless.

The taste starts with sweet bread grains, some malted and some not. The taste makes me think of sweet scones. The middle has a lovely herbal note that I'm not sure if its the hops or actual herbs added to the boil. Either I taste chammomile and grass. The alate is a little dry, but syrupy at the same time.

Very nise saison that would be a great intro. saison for a new comer to better beer. Then they could work there way to the drier saisons. (823 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, spices, malts,

taste: citrus, spices, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very nice and refreshing beer. would not turn down if offered another.

cheers,
The CPJ (272 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, "Bottled on 2-19-13" So super fresh...nice

Pours medium golden amber, under a large and staying light khaki head. Bubbles slowly continue to rise. Leaves some dense sheeting and some bands of lacing.

Nose is brightly of lemons, oranges, lime, some pepper, and earthy/yeasty goodness.

Flavorful and hopped up saison, flavors picked up on the nose carry onto the palate. Accent on the lime, pepper, earthyness. Also a layer of fruity, and moderatly drying hops.

Well done - complex, fresh and tasty. Go get some. (531 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: burnt orange-gold color, extremely cloudy to the point of being opaque. Has a very small head that disappears very quickly, though a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass keeps a thin layer at the center and around the edges. Zero lacing

S: Extremely fruity, yeasty and spicy. The fruit adds a nice sweetness at the beginning followed by a Belgian-like scent of yeast and cloves. Really a good smelling beer.

T: Taste has a lot going for it. Starts out with a bready yeast flavor, which gives way into a deep peppery spiciness. A heavy dose of alcoholic esters and phenols make the beer seem way heavier than 6.8% ABV. The aftertaste brings in some of fruitiness with a banana-like taste. The initial flavors are slightly muted, but that allows the alcohol and fruit to really shine through.

M: Medium body with lots of tiny bubbles. Goes down easily.

O: Not the most in-your-face saison I've ever had, which, depending on your viewpoint, is either a good thing or a disappointment. I find that this beer is very drinkable and really tasty. With an intense spiciness, taste of alcohol and elements of Belgian beers, this is a really drinkable beer. (1,172 characters)

Photo of popery
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good American saison. Stateside is a light orange beer with big frothy white head. It has a very professional, tattoo art-inspired label. The aroma is fruity with some funk and spice. I smell peppercorns, grapes, lemons, sweet melon and fresh grain. The funk is light, though definitely present. It tastes light to medium dry with good bitterness and funk. The flavor is a bit rounder than the aroma, but it could stand to be drier. I'm having a good time drinking this beer. It's refreshing and full-flavored. The hop choice is interesting without getting in the way of the style. This was a happy surprise. (615 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. The pour is a hazy, appetizing shade of orange with two inches of fine white head. Retention is average. The nose is a nice blend of sweet and flowery aromas. I get faint notes of tropical fruit and herbal, grassy notes as well.

The beer is medium-bodied and has a very traditional flavor. Up front, the grassy flavors promised by the nose are well-represented. There's a graininess that sits underneath a bouquet of sage, lavender, and dry flowers. At first, I thought the fruity sweetness promised by the nose would fail to materialize, but it surprises you be coming on at mid-palate as the flavors develop. At the back of the mouth, the fruit flavors become pithy and zest-like as lemon and tangerine notes form, drying out the finish and leaving a nice lingering flavor behind.

I've been going out of my way to try several Saisons this summer and this is one of the better ones I've had. It is herbal and flowery like a good Saison should be, but it brings a nice subtle fruitiness to the game that makes a wonderful complement to the more earthy flavors and set it apart from some others I have tried. This is an excellent beer. (1,178 characters)

Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is an attractive hazy gold with a nice ivory head. Medium aroma of yeast and grapefruit. Taste is very good. Some malt, nice and yeasty, with a pleasantly bitter and somewhat dry finish. It's very well balanced. Mouthfeel is excellent. It's a very drinkable beer. An excellent saison. Definitely one to have again. (319 characters)

Photo of Guden
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Super cloudy pineapple juice color with a medium sized white head that has okay retention.

S- Overripe fruit, tangerine and a touch of honey. Nice mix.

T- Up front citrus and pineapple dominate with clean hoppy bitterness building into the finish. Refreshing.

M- Dry with medium carbonation, this is right where it should be.

O- A very good saison, one I will definitely want to revisit. (394 characters)

Photo of admiral
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beautifully crafted saison, full of flavour.

aroma: artificial banana, bubblegum, clove with some tartness

taste: Bubblegum, clove, orange, spice, honey, artificial banana, slight lemon and a touch of grapefruit. A nice dry tartness to it with a good malt backbone. (269 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice beer.
Hazy gold color, thick white head. A bit of delicate lacing.
Lemon aroma mostly. Spicy and peppery. Sweet malt in the background.
A lot more going on in the taste. Lemon first, then pepper and cloves. Bready. An earthiness from the yeast. And, to top it off, some late hops. The flavors all worked well with each other.
A crisp, refreshing beer.
If we ever get some warm weather up here, it would be a perfect beer for a summer day. (450 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 ONovoMexicano
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I brought back a twelve-ounce bottle of this beer from a recent trip to Colorado.

The beer pours a golden color with a well-carbonated head. The head is thin and bubbly, somewhat like a champagne, and leaves a persistent lacing on the sides of the pint glass from which I drank.

On the nose, the first thing that I notice is the heavy citrus notes, much like grapefruit and/or grapefruit rind. It's a mix of sweet and bitter, which is then followed by yeastiness and sweet malt.

The flavor is very much consistent with the smell, as the grapefruit and other citrus notes impart a mellow, yet noticeable and tasty, taste that complements the beers yeast notes well.

The beer is very easy-sipping and even the bitterness from the grapefruit and citrus notes doesn't make this any less drinkable.

Overall, a great saison and one of the more memorable I've had given its crispness and the pronounced citrus aroma and flavor. (928 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light orange in color with a one finger head. Some light lace develops during the session.

Smell: pepper, yeast, and a general spiciness provides a pleasant aroma.

Taste: caramel, yeast, pepper, lemon zest, tart green grapes, and a bit of earthiness. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish with some dryness arriving late. Pepper and yeast lingers long into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: I was looking for a saison and this one definitely satisfied me, Tasty and easy to consume. (529 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 DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Rodman's in DC. I've had this beer on tap a few times, but this is the first time I'm having it out of a bottle. After a disgusting day at work, I need some beer.

Mildly hazy with a *huge* off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a rather gorgeous beer. Plenty of carbonation is visible too. The nose is great. Moderately rustic with a raw, grainy character, mildly bready, mildly pilsner malt-like. Complex but well balanced yeast character is present, with a blend of spices and phenols. White pepper and some floral character are present, there's also a mild hoppiness with a mildly fruity character. A touch of honey rounds out the nose, this is rather excellent.

The palate is rather unique. Surprisingly juicy from the hops, there's a little grape-like character present (from the Nelson Sauvin, I guess?), as well as a bitterness that's mildly grapefruit-like. The malt character isn't as raw as the nose suggested, and it _is_ whelmed by the hops and the yeast here. Like any good saison, this is quite spicy and moderately phenolic. In fact, the first few sips have a sharpness to them that I can't really describe better. Drying on the finish with hop flavor (grapes, sweetlimes), spicy (white pepper, a little nutmeg-like bitterness) and crisp with plenty of carbonation, this is an enjoyable and refreshing beverage. Very well done, Brian! (1,384 characters)

Photo of larsenju
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Light copper body with about 3 fingers off a pretty soft pour. I think the bottle is one of the better looking designs I have seen recently, not that bottle design has any influence here.

S-Musty yeast and some herbal hop hit right away and mostly dominate. Some light pear and apricot follow with a little bit of lemon hiding in there as well. The fruits are pretty mellow, and a little pepper and some almost cheese like aromas (think Feta) keep things nice and rustic. The alcohol was kept nicely under wraps, but I might like to see a little more hop complexity.

T-Slightly spicy right away moving into some very nice caramel and biscuit malts. The peppery/earthy hops develop nicely to meet the malt profile, and after a second the fruity yeast stepped up to round things out, I got apricot again, some apple, pear, and just a little peach. Finishing I started to get some phenolic spice along with a little honey sweetness and the first evidence of the musty notes I got out of the aroma. After finishing the beer really dried my palate and the hops really stepped forward with bitterness and a nice earthy pepper quality.

M-High carb and very dry.

D-This beer made my night. Very nicely balanced flavor and a pleasant aroma along with a very nice mouth feel. I see that there are some dry hopped varieties of this beer, I suspect that dry hopping would round out the aroma and make this even better than it already is. I really look forward to a warm summer afternoon with a bottle of this, I think that this would make an excellent refreshing summer beer. (1,573 characters)

Photo of Valmor88
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Distributor brought in a bottle to my workplace, so I got to try one.

A: Orange/gold color with a massive white head. Cloudy appearance. Head retention is excellent - had to let this one sit for a while before I could try it. Nice lacing down the glass as it settles.

S: Citrusy/earthy odor. Some sourness mixed in, too.

T: Funky/citrusy up front. Malty and hoppy finish, with more citrus. Both the malts and hops come through pretty strong. Pretty complex flavor.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. Slight alcohol elements in there, too.

O: A very enjoyable beer. I wouldn't call it a true saison, but it has all the right elements of one. I recommend it. (667 characters)

Photo of danmouer
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice example of a "new" saison...imtrroducing some New World (US and NZ) hops and IBU level cranked up a bit over most traditional beers of the style. Nonetheless, this is a real saison, with the soft, full mouthfeel, richly complex aroma and flavor profile, the mouthfilling efforvesence, sweet-dry finish, and fat dash of spicey-fruity fermentation products in every sip. There may also be some actual spices and fruits contributing, but in an even-handed, understated way. I love that pilsener malt aroma is very much upfront.

I recognize that saisons, in general, have become "big beers," even though I Doubt that the average Belgian farmer tried to "refresh" his seasonal farm workers with 6.5 abv or greater, which has become the trend for this style. Just the same, I do like the alcohol warmth that accompanies the otherwise mouthfilling rich complexity of this rationally-priced premium ale from Maryland.

Good job!!!! (946 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Bruery tulip. Big thanks to Matt (drabmuh) for this; I've been looking forward to trying some Stillwater beers for quite awhile.

Pours a warm, cloudy, glowing pale gold-orange - beautiful color. Fat 4-finger fluffy off-white head with a bit of delicate lacing and decent retention. Settles into a long-lasting one-finger cap.

Nose is nice and complex - peppery up front, with some orangey citrus notes, almost a pineapple-orange flavor. There's a light musty farmhouse dankness on top.

Taste is beautiful also - nice mix up front of some nice orangey citrus and just a bit of rich yeastiness, tangy with a bit of a peppery bitterness coming through on the finish. Beautifully floral. Great balance between complexity and just sheer deliciousness. Very nice beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, beautiful crispness to the still-delicate carbonation. Medium-full body, lush and very nicely done.

Nicely drinkable. Beautiful balance between complexity and just sheer beautiful taste. Very well crafted beer, can't wait to try more from Stillwater. (1,061 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750 mL bottle from the Wine Source.

A: The saison is a golden orange color, bright if not hazed over. A radiant glow, accentuated by the bright afternoon, emerges from the glass. A few stray patches of lace cling to my glass.

S: The nose is fresh, surprisingly hoppy, with enough wild-like aromas to keep me interested. Funk and anise, a powerful combination, start things off right. Citrus fruits follow, accentuating the hoppiness.

T: The funk is forward, leading things off with a bang. Behind it, anise, Belgian yeast, wildflowers and citrus follow (not necessarily in that order). Coriander adds a burst of flavor, followed by floral hops that stand out at the end. The whole time a pale malt base keeps things bready. The saison is very dry, the yeast having sapped the sugars of their strength. A close runner-up to the cask version.

M: The mouthfeel runs all over the place, with sweetness, tartness, citric hops, and bready malts taking turns at the wheel.

D: Very drinkable with a relatively low abv price tag. A serious saison (especially when you consider that it is Stillwater's first release) that I want to have more of. (1,142 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michael for this one. Shared at Sour Fest.

A: The pour is a cloudy straw color with a couple of fingers worth of white head.

S: I really enjoyed all the different aromas in this one. Lemon zest, oranges, a slight earthy quality all right up front. Underneath, some bready malts and a light spice.

T: The flavor is similarly interesting. A good mix of spice, citrus, malt, and very mild funk. The pepper is there, but subdued, and works well with the lemon, lemon and orange zest, earth, and slightly sweet malts.

M: The body is light to medium with a pleasant effervescence and slight dryness.

D: Overall, a very solid beer. I really liked this one quite a bit and wouldn't mind having this one again. (716 characters)

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- from the notes
750 ml bottle
A - hazy gold with a fluffy lasting head.
S - grains with earthy fruits and spices.
T - peppery fruits with a bit of musty grains.
M - crisp medium to heavy body.
D - can easily finish one bottle.
enjoyable even if not and everyday beer. (268 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to the several traders who have sent me bottles of this. I know this has to be at least the 4th bottle I have procured through a trade.

Poured a capped and foiled 750ml into my Dogfish Head globe glass. This beer pours a hazy golden honey with yeast particulates floating around in the glass. The head retention is spectacular. A massive 4 finger head erupted from the bottle and 2 inches of creamy white head are always perched on top of the liquid. The aroma is musty funky up front, almost like a closet full of clothes that hasn't seen daylight in a year. Behind the funk is just a hint of floral and herbal hops. Just a little bit of damp grass. Also at the tail end of the aroma is under ripe tree fruits. Hard pears and apples. The flavor is funky. Damp, musty earth intermingled with hard pears and dried hay. Tasty stuff but the depth of the flavor profile of a great saison just isn't there. Regardless, its tasty stuff. The mouthfeel is dry, but not cat tongue dry. I've had the pleasure of drinking this beer on several occasions. I've even brought it to 2 or 3 tastings and its a great saison. I wish Stillwater distributed to Missouri. (1,162 characters)

Photo of malloyca
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass stein, this has a pleasing, cloudy yellow-gold color with a thick head that settled to 2.5". Aromas of sour green apples, lemon, grains and yeast. This has nice yeasty flavors that combine with citrus and faint herbs. The bitterness and abundant carbonation provide a nice mouthfeel. This is a very refreshing saison. (337 characters)

Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
89 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.