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Stateside Saison | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stateside SaisonStateside Saison
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Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 greenmonstah
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into HF tulip

A - Pours a cloudy light orange-straw with three finger head that lingers for years.

S - Aromas of lemongrass, peppercorn, hay, clove. Plenty to choose from, but it smells just right.

T - Tart, with lemon, clove, yeast, some sweet fruit flavors such as pear.

M - Very effervescent, light body with a slight cloying sweetness. Lingers just long enough, tickling the tongue.

O - A very fine beer indeed. Excellent, standard take on the Americanized Saison. Complexity is there if you look for it, but you can simply drink and enjoy this one on a beautiful spring day and love it without thinking too much.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright & rich honey golden. Uncountable streams of bubbles rapidly rising to a huge white head. A bit of haze (more so on second pour from bomber). Good retention & some alright lace.

S: Fruity citrus & tropical fruit. A bit juicy and sweet. Herbal & grassy behind that. Touch of lemony tartness. Hint of earthy spice. Crackery & biscuity malt background with a bit of aromatic malt sweetness. Just a ghost hint of Belgian / saison funk & phenolics. Sweetness really stands out with time. A bit light on strength and just barely okay for character.

T: big mix of lightly malty & firm sweetness, and herbal hops. There is a floral bit as well that is both honey sweet and oddly soapy. There is a fairly decent crackery pale malt base. Hint of fruits – tropical, stone fruits, & citrus. Lemony tartness mostly has vanished. Herbal aspect gets a bit medicinal middle to end. Some phenolics. Hint of earthy & peppery yeast / saison notes. Herbal, woody, slightly medicinal lingering finish.

M: Quite medium for body – a bit rich for the style actually. Carbonation is balanced fairly high and does lighten it a bit with some prickly lift. Start sweet and stays semi-sweet long into the finish. Finally some spicey bite and an herbal hops drying kicks in. Ghost hint of warming.

D: Most of the right parts are there, but the proportions are all FUBAR. Way too sweet and too herbal. Sort of oddly herbal as well. Not enough peppery / spicy / earthy saison character. Not attenuated and dry enough. Strength without the needed matching robustness and strength of flavor. Still interesting and fair overall.

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Photo of KDawg
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip from a 750ml bottle. Pours a very light gold color that is clear as well. There is a very frothy and big head

very citrus based aromas of papaya, navel oranges, spices and lemons.

medium bodied with very good flavors of lemons, floral and oranges. There is maybe a bit too much carbonation on this but the feel is very good

A very good saison. Very citrus based as opposed to funky. Smooth with a good feel, this is very enjoyable

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Photo of hdofu
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All around a solid as far as this beer goes. The beer pours honeyish gold with a thick white head that evaporates fairly quickly. Smell is kind of like freshly cut bales of hay. Taste is somewhat sweet followed by a bitter taste with a flavor not unlike chamomile but stronger. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth with a bit of an alcohol burn in the finish. The beer goes down easy enough that going back for a second won't be hard to fathom at all. Another example of a good maryland brew

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
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

Appearance:
Light orange with a one-finger head. Forgettable.

Aroma:
Pepper, spicy yeast, cardamom, and other herbs.

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

Mouthfeel:
Crisp, clean, medium-bodied, otherwise unremarkable.

Harmony:
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 MrIncognito
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A - Slightly hazy burnt orange/amber body with plenty of bubbles racing to the top. 2-finger pure white head that retains for the entire experience; literally never fades. The carbonation just keep building that head back up. Beautiful lacing. One of the more pleasing beers to look at.

S - A very good balance of yeast, hops, and sweetness. I love the saison yeast in the nose which is followed by mild citrus peel and just a very light touch of flowery hops.

T&M - Lively carbonation makes this a drier beer, but not nearly as dry as champagne. Still retains a nice thirst-quenching character. I really like the balance of yeast and hops in this beer. A hoppier saison for sure but the yeast keeps telling you it's a Belgian-style saison. Hops give a citrus peel bitterness likened to kumquat and lemon peel. A small dose of candy sugar and malts sweetens things up just a bit.

O - I really liked this and could definitely down a few of these. Saison-dry while remaining refreshing. Great flavors throughout the experience.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't a hgue fan of the first Farmhouse I tried from this guy, let's see what this has to offer...

The basics: $9.99/750ml bottle and 6.8% ABV...A little pricey...

Wonderful yellow amber color. Insanely well carbonated: tiny, slow rising bubbles. Perfect. Head is billowy, smooth and leaves sheets of lacing. Gorgeous looking ale...Top notch...

Aromas are what I'd expect in a nice saison: some soap-like notes. Kinda like a muted Irish Spring. Belgian style spice notes, like coriander. Some citrusy notes - I'm getting lemon peel and grapefruit, but subtle. Very nice. So far this beer is ace...

Whoa Nellie. Flavor is bigger than I expected. Less citrus than I expected. There's a huge malt backbone to this one. It starts with a nice, sharp citrus hit, but it canters away almost immediately. The center sees this big, malty tone surface and then crash to the waves. Very grainy taste. The finish is super long and carries a lot of malt tone with some splashes of hop bitterness here and there. This is well-crafted, but appears to be missing something, to me. I guess I want to see a touch more citrus. Hard to place, but it seems just left of style-center, and not entirely in a good unique way...Very promising ale that is just off the mark flavor-wise, but very close to top tier in all other respects.

What I like most: The beautiful, near-perfect pour. You could make art from just a picture of it.

What I like least: The stylistically challenging flavo profile.

Verdict: too expensive to be a great beer, but very good none the less. Won't cure your hankering for a Saison/Farmhouse though...

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Photo of trappistlover
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(750ml bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with piloow-top white head. Active carbonation. Aroma has lemon, spices, pepper and wheat. Taste is malty sweet, emphasis on malt, with some bittness. I’m not digging the maltiness at all. Medium bodied with oily texture. Slightly bitter finish. Not bad, but too malt forward for my tastes.

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Photo of muttyd
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle has always grabbed my attention, so I decided to check out this brewery.

Poured gently into a giant Tripel Karmeliet glass. Hazy straw/amber body with an absolutely massive white head. Head was literally 60-70% of the pour. Eventually settles in a good one-inch thick head.

Aroma has lot going on. The yeast funk immediately makes itself known without even moving the glass near my face. After the yeast comes the apple/pear fruity sweetness. Lemon zest, pepper, and grainy malts also in there. Flavor is of mildly-sweet bready malts, lemon zest, peppercorn, and some grassy/earthy hops. Peppery, funky and slightly tart in the finish. Well carbonated, bubbly, and creamy.

Glad I picked up this beer. Will seek out again.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big huge pour with a ton of bubbles and a massive frothy head. Big sweet yeasty notes on the nose, a ton of spice and banana. Taste was a typical saison, very earthy, but with a ton of carbonation that carries through to the finish. Very drinkable once it settles, as well as complex, picking up some funkiness on the end. Very good, glad i grabbed this from the bottom of the fridge.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy copper colored with a small white head.

Smelling yeast, a bit of apricot/peach, bread/biscuit, banana.

Tart taste, sensing something off but cant put my finger err palate on it. Bitterness on the finish, not used to that with the saisons ive been trying.
Good not great.

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Photo of thepeter
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy but very bright golden orange with a slight bubbly head that leaves small splatches of lace hanging off the glass. The smell is nice and refreshing full of lemon zest, slight amount of funk, earthy tones and citrus sweetness. This tastes very nice, simple not as much complexity as it smelled but still great. Lemons and funk come through with a nice yeasty zest to brign it all together. So easy to drink, light on the tongue and perfect for a summer day. I could drink this all day and would if given the chance.

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Photo of JLeege
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours clear golden color with lots of active carbonation. A huge clumpy white head, leaving good lace and permanent layer of foam atop the beer.

Smell- A peppery spice up front with some wet grass underneath. Belgian yeast, with pear and citrus fruits. A slightly doughy quality to this as well.

Taste- Dry throughout the drink, even more so than most saisons. The fruit notes start off, peach, pear, lemon. A bit grassy with light peppery spice in the middle, notes of clove, and a white wine like accent. A little prevailing yeast, and even more citrus on the finish. Tasty.

Mouthfeel- Light & crisp, higher carbonation, very refreshing.

Overall- My first offering from Stillwater Artisanal, had to pick this up after reading the article about Strumke in the BA Mag. This is almost IPA meets Saison and after further rereading the article, that seems to be the aim of this one; so nice job to me for identifying that, and a great job to the brewer for spot-on execution. So far so good, I will be keeping an eye out for more from Stillwater.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of kitch
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl oz bottle that has a bottling date code of 364:14 aka 30th December 2014. It was poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a slightly hazy orange tinted golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma: Bready malts, quite yeasty, hint of coriander, honey and then some fruity banana, pineapple, apple and lemon to end.

Taste: Starts sweeter than expected but ends with a lasting bitterness. Honey and bubblegum upfront, followed by mild or even weak apple juice, and hints of banana, spicy pepper and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: I prefer my saison’s sour whereas this one is hoppy. Having said that, it’s still very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy apricot with huge lovely merengue head
Smell: sweet floral, fruity
Taste: initially quite sweet with the floral and fruity aromas mirrored in the palate. Finish is dryer with a bit of tingling pepper and a mild to moderate bitterness and just a bit of lingering sweetness.
Feel: Effervescent and light

Overall: The Stateside Saison hits all the right notes - the light, effervescent mouthfeel, the initial floral sweetness followed by a drying, slightly bitter finish, and an explosive head. A great saison on the same level as Tank 7 and Ommegang Hennepin.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of shadetree67
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
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 abuliarose
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of Brew_42
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
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 Pinknuggets
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.