Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
01-22-2012 04:46:03 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +1.8%
On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.
Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, slight spice, and lots of fruity aromas. Taste is the same with some perfume-like flavors. There is also a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with a nice fruity presence.
04-03-2012 01:48:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
10-16-2010 23:23:14 | More by Thorpe429
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that slowly died down but never disappeared.
S: There are moderate aromas of grassy hops, lemon, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of herbs and white wine. Grassy hops dominate the taste, which has a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and crisp on the palate with a high amount of carbonation and a moderate amount of dryness.
D: This is a very interesting saison but needs to be sipped slowly given its intense flavors and the combination of bitterness and dryness.
01-23-2011 05:28:33 | More by metter98
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a billowy "Belgian" head that webs the tulip with lacing
Smell: Toffee malt, with a range of spice (clove, apple/cinnamon, banana spice cake)
Taste: The toffee malt bursts forward, bringing the aromatic spice flavors along to build toward the middle; a touch of funk arrives, after the swallow, along with a vinous character the lingers into the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: A Saison verging on a Dubbel, this beer has a lot of complexity; the more you contemplate it, the more it surprises you
08-16-2013 00:20:41 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Bottle: Poured a bright light orangey color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma consists of fruity ester with dry floral notes form the hops with some light funky yeast notes also discernable. Taste is also a nice mix between some funky notes with floral hops and dry aftertaste. I thought the malt bill was great if maybe a tad too sweet for my own taste. Body was full for style with great carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Very well brewed and something I would seek again fro sure.
11-25-2010 21:11:24 | More by Phyl21ca
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
Incredibly formidable as an authentic Belgian saison, but brewed in Maryland. Although the seemingly perverse juxtaposition, Stillwater delivers on the promise of authenticity when replicating those flavors that are so classic of traditional European farmhouse ales.
Burnish orange in color, and with a honey-amber hue, the beer casts a diffused glow in front of its yeasty haze. Capped by a creamy blanket of off white foam, the beer retains its foam stance through the last sip and laces with intermittent islands of foam along the way.
Spice and fruit captivate the nose with the very first aromatic draw. Dried oranges/orange peel, soft coriander, white pepper, and earthy aniseed balance perfectly against the fruity esters of peaches, pears, apples, and lemons. A smooth scent of biscuit lies just below the spice and fruit and seems to anchor the scent.
But its those bready-sweet flavors that rise first. A brief coating of honey and thinned caramel greets the taste buds first, but then all is washed away by the dry effervescence that carries with it the dry-fruit taste and peppery balance. There's an extended mid palate where the esters of pear, peach, mango, apricot, and apple mingle with aniseed, coriander, cumin, curry, and mustard seed for a delightful earthen spice that edges toward rye malt. Where hops are nowhere to be mentioned, it's the spice and dryness of the beer that carries its balance; and does so wonderfully.
Medium-light in body, the beer is stubborn in giving up all its dextrinous protein. It's creamy body extends well into the finish despite the eruptive carbonation that wants to usher in a quick and fleeting finish. But instead of conflict, this dialogue in body and bubbles provides another layer of complexity that extends beyond the beer's flavor alone. But alas- the alcohol warmth, peppery spice, light acidity, and fleeting malt textures provide the fruity and spicy-dry closure that all saisons deserve.
Where this beer remains creamy as most authentic versions would exhibit champagne-like dryness- this is where I struggle to find characterize the beer properly. As well as a stronger conversation between the fruit and spice would also elevate the beer to compete with classic DuPont examples, then these small details could propel this beer to the best of Belgium.
09-21-2012 05:48:53 | More by BEERchitect
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
A nice gold foil capped 750 that I grabbed out of the fridge on a broiling afternoon day. I just had to have something light and refreshing and this one did the trick nicely. Split into two pint glasses, this one was consumed on 07/03/2010.
Great pour here just cloudy as could be with a huge head of white that seriously looked like it could go on for ever. Settling down after a few moments it left quite an impression on the sides of the glass and really left some nice, intricate lacing all along. Aroma is light grassy notes, pears, apples, touches of a light peppery spice and lots of grain that seemingly brought it all together. As I take the first sip, a wave of light, well carbonated and crisp, clean flavor washes across the palate. Light grasses, heather, herbal flowers, touches of spiced apple and a light tartness that cleans the palate quite well. Very smooth as each sip is seamless and very easy to finish. Long, dry ending leaves you thirsty, yet satisfied and allows the subtle fruit notes to really pop.
Overall a very solid Saison. Stacked up next to the guava grove earlier in the day it certainly held its own.
07-09-2010 23:10:42 | More by mikesgroove
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
07-23-2010 23:32:07 | More by womencantsail
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
750ml bottle - $10.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a muddled, brackish, dark golden body with an initially tall, near white head that fizzles out fairly soon.
Smell: Fresh flowery notes, ripe citrus, orchard fruits, a few drops of buckwheat honey, and a just the right amount of spiciness amongst the base of pilsner and wheat maltiness.
Taste: Pilsner malt backing, seemingly some wheat as well with a round honeyed sweetness. Inviting floral tones, lightly citric citrus. Amply bitter. Sweetish pears, a little white wine. Yeast character is charmingly spicy. Some sweet hints of sugar and honey come forth, but the crisp suds help keep the finish easy-breezy and dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.
Overall: A very nice, very drinkable saison.
11-21-2012 02:14:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Another good Saison from Stillwater here. This brew poured out as a hazy yellow color with a good foamy head on top. The head settles and leaves some scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was floral and grainy. The taste was nicely balanced between some grainy malts and some smooth farhouse funk. Really an interesting brew. The mouthfeel was bubbly but smooth, overall very good stuff.
09-18-2011 02:14:47 | More by Knapp85
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
Into a tulip there's a sturdy, dense cylinder of foam that rises to the rim of the glass. Cloudy haze, bright orange like Sunkist soda. Uneven edges of lacing, solid long lasting retention. Soft pillowy texture to the foam.
A distinct minerality early on, with some herbal sweetness and lemony citrus. Somewhat phenolic, though it's sweetness tends to overpower the phenolic spiciness.
Flavor wavers between sweet and spicy bitterness. Dry grassy aftertaste with some dusty wheat and a touch of alcohol, though its not distracting. Pretty effervescent at first, though it settles down a bit after some time. Feels fairly creamy midway through the glass.
Overall very drinkable, a distinct American Saison.
10-10-2010 02:21:32 | More by emerge077
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
A - Poured out a cloudy, caramel color with golden highlights. It had a one-finger, thick head of egg shell white foam. It left sticky rings of lace.
S - Good estery aroma with apple and pear in the nose.
T - Fruity (apple and pear) and yeasty with a sweet caramel and grain backbone.
M - It was crisp, sharp and had some bite. A light to medium bodied beer with a dry finish.
D - This is a really tasty saison. I'm glad Stillwater finally made it to Missouri.
02-04-2011 13:43:59 | More by zeff80
Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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