Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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88
very good

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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 32
Gots: 87 | 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 lnashsig
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to finewinemike for the opportunity to taste this Saison. Its one of my favorite styles, and I'm always willing to try new versions.

Poured into my dfh snifter- pours a dark golden color, with some frothy foam, but not too much- it quickly recedes and leaves little cover on the beer. Appearance is overall average. Smell- lemon, wheat, the wheat is overpowering and a little off putting. Taste- sweet, bready, but something that I love about Saisons is really missing here. I love the cracked pepper and coriander flavors, I dont see any of that here. I tried the Stillwater Cellar Door Saison a few days ago, and find it much superior to this one.

Photo of hagbergl
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Beautiful, vigorous but puffy white head w/decent carbonation an off amber/gold/honey color w/some haze. Very nice.

S-Some limited barnyard funk mingled with fresh mowed hay and grass, with a citrus swing.

T-Nice, with a touch of Band Aid, grassy citrus and yeast.

M-Rich but not overly so with a bit of silkiness, too.

O-I'd buy it again - cool label with alcohol that's in check.

Photo of DenverLogan
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of spacecake9
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of abuliarose
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, revealing clear amber gold body with lively bubbles under a decent amount of just off-white airy head. Some lacing. Smells aren't too strong, but everpresent is the characteristic barnyard funk with added pepper, some lemon rind, apple and a touch of corn-like vegetable. Put together correctly, very nice. Incorrectly combined, the acidity evokes vomit. This one straddles the fence for me.

Tastes mealy and sweet with a nice vegetable presence and a light grain-dominant finish. The slight acidity lends itself well to the overall flavor, cutting the otherwise higher than average sweetness I am used to in a Saison. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, light-bodied but just sticky enough to leave the palate a reminder of what was there. Decently drinkable, especially on its own and as it warms.

Overall a solid offering and one of the nicer American-style Saisons I've had. Glad to try this one.

Photo of nimrod979
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. First pour is a slightly hazy golden color with a huge frothy white head. Very strong and spicy aromas. Lots of fruit aromas; lemons and apricots. Citrusy, and floral hops. There's a lot going on there.

Onto the taste: At first you get the sweet fruity flavors. Lemons, citrus, and apricot with a mix of the hop for a little bittering effect. The finish is more spicy and peppery with a touch of the hops lingering through out. Quite complex and QUITE tasty Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Just overall a truly fantastic beer. Would def. purchase again.

Photo of DoktorZee
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got some bottles of this from a friend that gifted me as part of a mail order beer club. Thanks friend!

Poured from the bottle into a schooner; no obvious best before date.

A - Pours a very dark, cloudy yellow with a fluffy 2 finger head. Moderate streaky lacing down the glass

S - wet grassy hops intermixed with some sour fruit notes

T - slightly (good) skunkiness followed up with some sour fruity and floral notes and ending with a fairly large malt profile and some spice. Bigger malt profile than I'd usually expect in a Saison, maybe that's the stateside element...:)

M - relatively heavy on the tongue with moderate carbonation. Again, a bit heavier than the usual saison. Some light booziness underpinning the structure.

D - goes down nicely, but not quite as refreshing as other saisons.

For me this was a saison with a twist; one could argue it was part way to an American Strong Ale, so frankly seems like a bit of a hybrid. Definitely worth a try - recommended!

Photo of shadetree67
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap to worthy burger sniffer

A: golden honey totally see through with a big fluffy white head that goes away quickly but leaves solid lacing

S:you eat some of the farmhouse smell you expect from saisons but not pungent. On the other hand you can definitely smell the hops

T:fairly hoppy for a saison but I like it that way there is hints of that farmhouse taste but it is more light then bold

M: oily and pretty smooth with a crisp bite but does seem a little thin/watery very drinkable for

O: this is a decent saison but nothing to go crazy over needs more flavor and smell but pretty good drinkable beer worth a try if its not an effort

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy/hazy orangey-yellow. Big billowy white head. The nose on this is really pleasant, very vinous with pineapple and typical spicy saison yeast notes. The taste is a lot different, though. It's very fruity and dry with a strong hoppy bitterness. Something is creamy and buttery here that seems a bit out of whack. The carbonation is huge. Interesting saison.

Photo of daveytheformer
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thick bubbly white head.

Smells floral and peppery.

Tastes are dry and earthy. Pepper spice and lemon zest followed by a nice breadiness.

Mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation. Very drinkable and smooth.

Overall is good. This isn't my first bottle I've had of this beer and I could certainly see buying it again.

Photo of Lolli1315
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow in color with a decent amount of haze in the body. A billowing white bubbly head appears before relinquishing its size to something more manageable. That being said, the head stays around with sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Some ripe fruits with pear and banana lurking beneath. Spicy phenols emerge with some esters throughout the beer. The end becomes a little musty that feels accentuated by the spicy phenols.

T- A sweet malt beginning that has some bread and biscuit in the taste. The middle develops into slight fruit with the pear and banana once again coming to the forefront. Towards the end the beer starts to dry out with some spicy phenols and a slight bitterness accompanying it.

M- Medium bodied with a sweet start that becomes dry int he finish. I would prefer a saison that is a little drier, but still enjoyable.

O- Good first beer from Stillwater. If the beer was slightly drier I think it would make this go a little further. Nonetheless, a great beer.

Photo of TastyAdventure
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Photo of trevorjn06
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of pdoran10
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stateside Saison pours out golden color and very hazy into a Ithaca tulip glass. I get about 20 fingers of head that flow out over the brim and take two minutes to settle off.

The smell is some slightly acidic white bread. I get a hint of wheat and mostly a clean malt light profile.

I get a crisp and light breaded malt profile with some resinous hop bitterness in the smell. Some pepper and a slight citrus note come through on the finish. Clean, basic, but complex flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is dry and light to moderate with quite high carbonation which is mostly fine per style, but slightly overboard.

Overall, a well crafted saison with moderate but well done flavors. Slightly more carbonated than I would like. Well made beer, would have again.

Photo of alphagnome
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Murky, dirty yellow body hosts plenty of carbonation and a thin, white head that has mediocre retention and leaves no lacing. The rush of bubbles is actually audible.

Aroma:
Nice and spiced. It's nothing out of character for the style, but it is pleasant and your nose will thank you for this one. Fresh ground pepper and coriander, lemon zest, pungent Belgian yeast, and a hint of leather. Overall it's very sweet and earthy.

Taste:
Quite sweet and pleasantly funky. All attributes noted in the aroma are present in taste. Only the slightest tinge of bitterness immediately upon sipping.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and sweet medium(ish) bodied brew. Gobs of carbonation. Clean and dry finish.

Overall:
Fantastic example of one of my personal favorite styles. This will make a great grillin' companion. Easy to drink and refreshing, you definitely want to add this to your shopping list.

Photo of squaremile
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at a recent BA tasting event. Pours a cloudy lighter yellow with a nice bubbly head. Nose is citrus and funk. Taste is apples mango, barnyard funk, leather, and pink grapefruit. Pretty complex and well flavored. A tiny pinch of sourness and has a pleasant grassy aftertaste that lingers a bit.

Photo of C20Percent
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden-orange with a big white head of foam on top. Lots of bubble action going on. Nice complexity in the body of the color -- something like a gradient of colors. Preliminary lacing isn't looking that good. But, this is pretty good overall.

S: Citrusy -- mostly lemon, but not the hop forward aroma in IPAs. Yeasty. Bready. Just really -- very strong lemon peel. Some spice in there. Not bad -- actually the aroma is quite strong. Kind of conflicted here. I've smelled Saisons. Just above average to me.

T: Something like a lemony, peppery, yeasty, bready brew. Not bad.

M: Comes across smooth and creamy. Really nice body feel for a Saison -- not feeling very watery. A nice medium body. Most Saisons, I feel, are overcarbonated. This is pushing it, but works fine. Very nice feel.

O: There are some good parts of this brew, and there are some very underwhelming parts of this brew. I can think of dozens of better Saisons and Belgian Ales that I would prefer before this. Not that it's a bad offering. The appearance and Feel are quite nice. Good effort.

Photo of rdickey
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium deep gold into a goblet. A fine one-finger head settles in and leaves nice sheets of lacing as I work my way through the glass.

Smell: Hops pop first in the nose, bringing with them a big dose of citrus. The spiciness that you expect in a saison follows closely behind, along with some subtle herbal notes. A not unpleasant hint of alcohol burn lurks around the edges and hints at the ABV.

Taste: Citrus notes from the hops initially dominate, although huge shots of black pepper keep this from veering off the road and into American IPA territory. There’s not as much funk as I usually prefer in a saison; instead of a barnyard, I get more of a freshly cut lawn. Maybe it has something to do with zoning. Anyway, I wouldn’t grade it down for that aspect; it’s just another way of coming at the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. The finish is crisply bitter but still pretty big; this isn’t one to knock back indiscriminately.

Drinkability: Medium to high, depending on your hop tolerances and preferences.

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a hazy gold with tons of apparent carbonation, fluffy white head with some large bubbles. Appeared lively and well carbonated throughout, not much for lacing.

S - smell is a sour, dirty malt character with a citrus hop bite, some nice pine and resin hop character as well.

T - Really amazing taste, nice cereal malt character with a dominating fruitiness, hints of banana and clove with a great hop finish. Bitter and dry on the end, very thirst quenching with a slight lingering sweetness. Nice clean yeast character with only the slightest of Brett funkiness at the end.

M - very light body with ample carbonation and dry finish. Makes a great thirst quencher, much needed sitting in my hot non air conditioned house. didn't read the abv until now, was thinking this was 4.5~ but at 6.8 it is doing a great job at keeping everything balanced, bravo.

O - Great refreshing brew to quaff in the summer, the hoppiness is much appreciated. I also appreciate the fruitiness, there is some mustiness but it is subdued. Will certainly reach for this again.

Photo of BeerGodz
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ the Hulmeville Inn

Look: Bright golden/orange color, cloudy, medium head with decent retention & lacing

Smell: Lemon, spices, sweet malt

Taste: Up Front: Tart, mild funk, sweet malt. Finish: Pepper & spices

Mouthfeel: Medium body & carbonation, with a smooth, dry finish

Drinkability: I could quaff this down ALL day!

Overall Impression: I really liked this Saison. I'd have to say it is my favorite Non-Brett, American Saison I've had to date. It had a small batch hand crafted feel to it, which is a great thing. I'd take this over Hennepin any day!

After dinner I decided to try one of these. Shortly thereafter, I found out that the brewer was there and a Stillwater Event was taking place. I had a chance to chat with him briefly. It turns out that this is his brewery's very first product - how awesome is that! I wish them continued success and I hope all of their offerings are as good as this one! PROST!!!!

Photo of srhoadsy
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gentle pour from a bottle into a tulip produces a 2" thick, cream colored head that dissipates very slowly. Color is hazy blonde.

Smells are typical of the style. Sweet and sour with that barnyard funk and background peppery spice note.

Taste follows through on the aromas. An initial hit of sweet followed by that spicy funk. If you swish it you will get some subdued citrus and fruity esters on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is semi-dry, sweet but crisp.

Overall this is one of my favorite American produced saisons. Nothing reaches out and grabs you. But what it does, it does very well. A very well balanced drinkable beer.

Photo of faernt
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I admit to Saison as being one of my favorite styles. I've been drinking it since DuPont and Silly were the about the only available versions to find here in the Chicago area. I bought this bottle on the recommendation of the beer guys in at Binny's South Loop.

So

This stuff is GOOD!

The guys told me they held it in high regard. Since I knew that this was not the last time we'd be discussing beer...I took their advice. It poured with a wheaty head that clung to the sides of the burgundy glass that I chose for the glass of the evening. The nose had a soapy tartness that was appealing and off-putting at the same time. Good perfume usually does the same thing.

Then I tasted it...and I've had quite a few versions of this style...and my eyes opened. This flavor was big! It's not too sweet...even though sweetness is part of the initial experience. It kicked in four flavors at once. I haven't had that many beers that have done that. (Hair of the Dog). The body of the beer was big...I think it's necessary to have a big body to deliver all four flavors at once ...Botero...
It coated my tongue and I have the pleasure of still drinking some now.

Based upon this beer I'll buy and try all the other Stillwaters on the shelf. Still waters do run deep. Gypsy brewing seems to be the domaine of the obsessed...thank you.

Photo of hillvt4me
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (stamped 9/4/13) into a tulip glass.

A- Cloudy yellow with orange background. Minimal snow white head and decent lacing present. Many tiny bubbles present.

S- sweet smelling yeast, hay and lemons.

T- Bitter grapefruit, yeast , some spice (mild cinnamon) and some herbal notes.

M- Light bodied, subtle carbonation and balanced.

O- Well above average saison, though not nearly an Arthur or any other HF saison.

Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.