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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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88
very good

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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 30
Gots: 76 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 826 | Reviews: 286
Photo of DCLAguy11
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of papat444
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber and shared with my wife. There's a code underneath(!) the wrapping that says 263 11 - September 20, 2011 bottling date?

Appearance: Gorgeous. Huge stark white head, whipped and mountainous. Smothers the glass with lacing. The light gold body is the right mix of hazy & clear with gusts towards hazy as the bottle empties.

Smell: Citrus, weathered apples, very floral, tiny bit cider-like with good spicing.

Taste: Delicate apples, honey, fruit slices. light spices (especially pepper), hints of crackers and hay.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of zest and carbonation, full body from start to finish and a strong spice-like finish.

Overall: A very good saison and worth every penny i spent on it.

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of CHickman
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of RavenForBeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of gatornation
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazed light gold color with a white head slight lacing and alot of floaties
S-lemon and spice with light fruit yeast and funk
T-sweet and funky with notes of white fruit leather lemon and spice yeast and hops
M-lemon zest crisp and dry
O-delicious well represents the style nice barnyard fruity hoppy

Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy straw gold with orange hues. Fairly large, light, fluffy, cloud like, white head. Typical for a saison. Good retention leaving a nice sticky lace.

S - Yeast aroma jumps out. There is a slight funk and a nice spice to the beer. Nice hoppy fruitiness with lemon zest leading the way along with some golden and stone fruit. A strong malt backbone (biscuit and breadiness).

T - Similar to the nose. Strong malt backbone throughout. A touch of funk starts out the beer. Spice and yeastiness are pretty strong throughout. Nice fruity hops (lemon leading the way again with some apricot, apple, and pear). A touch of herbal/floralness toward the finish.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation. Pretty dry with just a bit of a zest on the tongue that makes me want to drink some more.

D - Pretty easy to drink with loads of different flavors. It's nice and has me wanting some more although everything just doesn't quite meld together as well as I would like.

Notes: A nice saison. Touch of funk, plenty of yeast and nice hoppiness. I kept going back and forth from really liking it to kind of liking it. It just couldn't hurdle that bar into really liking it for some reason, but I'd like to try it again some time.

Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went to a friend's this last holiday weekend and we cracked this one among others. Poured into a mason jar (that's all we had at the time). Pours a fair honey gold with a big frothy white head on top. Great retention; leaves lots of sticky lace. There are a ton of bubbles rising through this one, feeding the head. The nose is yeasty, tart, earthy, and mildly fruity. Some pineapple noted.

The bubbles create a prickly feel that borders on harsh. I know many of this style are over-carbonated in my experience, but I really wish this was tamed down a smidge. Flavors of pineapple, apple, lemon pepper, dirt, spicy yeast. This is flavorful as all get out. There's a lack of sweetness though, that would help balance it out a bit more.

This was a good domestic take on the style. It's not a style I visit often, but this was good. Thanks, Marco!

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Phelps
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transferred from a gold-topped 22-ounce bottle into a tulip.

Behold the stately Princeton-orange brew, hazy with still-living yeast and crowned with a large head of frothy peach-colored bubbles. Carbonation here is hyperactive, and the gentle cascade of liquid explodes with a good two inches of foam. While the head recedes quickly, the aroma rises to fill the void -- earthy farmhouse yeast, coriander, hints of citrusy lemon, herbal hops and musky white grapes are all noticeable.

The flavor is a virtual spice rack, sparkling with hints of coriander, white pepper and clove. Malt, in the form of lightly toasted biscuits and oyster crackers, becomes ever more substantial as the beer warms up. Flashes of honey and sweet white wine keep you guessing while citrusy hops -- added at pretty major levels for a saison -- blend with the bite of lemon peel before the long, herbal finish.

Like most saisons, Stateside is musty and mildly funky, but it's not as typically palate-cleansing as the classics. The carbonation is a bit muted and residual sugars keep the finish from the tongue-swiffering dryness these beers are known for. Likewise, the body's a bit big for the style. The beer's still light, but with enough texture and heft to keep it from pure refreshment.

Stillwater has been very American in its approach to this classic Belgian style. With a big body and an even bigger hop presence, Stateside isn't the most refreshing or stylistically stringent saison out there, but it's a tasty new addition to an Arizona market that’s always ready for newcomers.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My two year anniversary on BA. I am so close to 400 reviews, I'm going to hold out to review a big one, but for now, this seems fitting. One of my favorite styles from a new never tried brewery. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my Bell's Tulip with a hazy golden color and three inches of bellowing head that remind me of a Jolly Pumpkin brew. The head dissipates at a surprisingly quick pace, leaving slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma is as one would expect from a great saison. Thankfully not too sweet - floral qualities, spicy hops, a hint of yeast and banana. Smells dry...inviting.

Taste - Similar to the nose, however, there is a definite leather, barnyard funk present in the flavor that is not so prevalent in the aroma. Not hugely noticeable (i.e. read not nearly as funky/sour as a JP saison) but still a nice touch. However, the sweetness is a bit more overpowering than initially thought. I wish the tartness from this was a bit stronger to overpower the sweetness. I suppose I am biased seeing as I was introduced to Saisons/Farmhouse Ales through JP, which is not typical for the style.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry, great for the style.

Drinkability - A quaffable saison for sure, however, as previously mentioned, this is just a hint too sweet and for the price, I would pick up a JP saison instead. I will say there is no alcohol in the flavor, though I do get a hint of warming in the throat from each sip. If a JP saison was not available, I do think I would pick this second from the others I have tried.

Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from "bomber' bottle into a wine goblet.
Cloudy, tea/cola color, with an effervescent off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Faint spiciness
Taste-Earthy herbal hop notes, spicy, fruity, subtle toasted malt.
An interesting take on the style. A "brown" Saison if you will. All- around flavorfull food brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mikeburd1128
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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