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Stateside Saison | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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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.

Added by callmemickey on 03-31-2010

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Photo of Valmor88
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is a cloudy orange-yellow, erupts out of the bottle into the sink. Fills the glass entirely with foam.

Smell: Lemon grass, oranges, earth/must, grainy malts, hay, spice

Taste: Similar to the aroma, hay, oranges, earth/must, grainy malts, hay, spice

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body leaning towards medium, touch too much carbonation.

Overall: Decent enough saison, nothing memorable.

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Photo of
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Goose Island Clybourn in Chicago.

Appearance - golden-amber with a nice head.

Smell - Hoppy floral aromas upfront with a bit of sweet malt and subdued horsy brett character.

Taste - Moderatley sweet with a nice hoppy bitterness, much hoppier than I would expect from a Saison, but I guess that is what makes it "Stateside." The brett is noticeable, but definitely in the background.

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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 Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a translucent goldenrod with a medium white head, solid retention, some lace.

S: Quite hoppy, with grapefruit and pine, hints of esters.

T: A very hoppy Americanized saison, hence the name perhaps. Tons of grass and grapefruit, with some Belgian yeast flavours, notes of coriander and yellow apple.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing, biting carbonation.

O: Very much a saison, but really like they married an IPA with it. I can enjoy that, you'll barely get anything traditional, but if you're a fan of the hops you'll like this

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Photo of Dope
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Murky golden pour with a big fluffy white head. Lacing and head retention are excellent.

S: Pears and apples. Banana and cloves. A little bit of bread and some quite nice spicy pepper. Hint of citrus. Smell overall is surprisingly mild, otherwise it would have been a 4.5.

T: Taste is similar to the nose with some light citrus and apple flavors. Yeasty. Unfortunately about midway through there is some odd earthy funky taste that really disagrees with me. Kept trying it to see if I could get used to it but couldn't.

M: High carbonation keeps it fairly light. Quite drying.

O: Unfortunately I'm not a fan of funky beers so I couldn't rate it too highly here. I tried to be at least somewhat objective with my other ratings but this was over the top and I poured out most of it.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at Craft Ale House, poured into a cervoise glass.

A: Golden yellow body with a fluffly, bubbly and creamy white head. Great retention cap lasting throughout, as well as some seriously sticky lacing around the walls. It's simply a really wonderful looking Saison.

S: Very earthy, mineral notes initially, along with with floral elements and touches of light citrus hops. There is a certain funk character to it but it's not dominating the nose at all. Light bready malts and grains towards the back end. It's a very crisp and refreshing smelling profile.

T: Starts off with lots of doughy, bready and yeasty flavors. It seems fairly one dimensional but there's a peppery and funky kick mid-palate to break things up. Finishes with hints of sweetness from some citrus fruits, orange and lemon. It's not bad, definitely flavorful but no my favorite, though nothing seems really "wrong" with it.

M: Really active in its carbonation, prickly all over the palate but still retains a nice body on it. It's crisp and somewhat light, very nice for the style. Certainly is a highly drinkable beer, without anything nasty in the linger.

This had many good qualities about it from the appearance to feel, but the actual flavors seemed too one dimensional for me. Though, for the style it's plenty good and one I would recommend to try if you get the opportunity.

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Photo of rdickey
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a clear lemon yellow with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch fizzy bubbly white head (almost pop-like).
S: Nice pleasant farmhouse funk, mildly earthy, hint of mineral, and a note of fresh citrus.
T: Citrus hops, white pepper, juniper berries, and in the background subdued farmhouse funk and earthy mineral (wish the farmhouse qualities had a larger presence here).
M: Fresh, light, and crisp. Moderate hop bite. Tingly effervescence. Light-medium body.
D: A solid and easily drinkable saison. Certainly not top-tier though.

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Photo of ElGallo
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a big ass tulip. A light goldish caramel in color. Good head, some lacing to start.

Smells of yeasty bread. Spice. Apple. Taste is peppery but mild with a buttery aftertaste. I taste biscuits when I belch.

Carbontion is a little heavy but not too overwhelming in the mouthfeel.

Drinking this while watching Sideways. Great movie, but why can't someone do a web-only knockoff that focuses on beer instead of wine. Keep it in Cali - Russian River, Bear Republic, Sierra Nevada, etc. I'm seeing it already: "We are not drinking Blue Moon. Do you hear me? We are NOT drinking Blue Moon!"

I like stories.

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blonde pale and opaque. A slight decay in the nose but rather attenuated. Entry into mouth creamy, slightly fruity, with spices (though far from striking) and a subtle aftertaste of roasted malt, which is rather unusual and far from bad.

Unlike her sister, the Cellar Door, the body is more robust, fruity-style hop-edge of a season. One feels the bitterness from hops a good enough that persists in the mouth and the palate.

Drinked at Brian Stillwater Conference @ Delirium Village

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Photo of vandemonian
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stillwater Stateside Saison is a delicious saison that combines the spice that you expect from a saison with the banana flavour that you expect from a hefe. Very nice!

A: Slightly cloudy orange colour and a 5 mm head that fades somewhat but is maintained by good lacing. 4.5

S: Clove, pepper and yeast with the slightly hint of funky cheese. 4

T: Malty with strong clove flavour and a hint of banana. The clove and banana combination reminds me of a Hefe. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4.5

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy white head that leaves some chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and some earthiness.

Tastes of a nice wave of fruits with some underlying spice. Notes of apple, orange, lemon, and some white grapes with a decent sweetness lead off. Bread notes come through and add body to the mix. Some spicy notes come through and add depth along with an earthy bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is another good offering from Stillwater, but I feel like the price is still higher than it should be ($10.95).

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Photo of fo5s
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL served in a saison dupont glass. No apparent dating on the bottle.

A- pours a pale gold with a large, resilient head.

S- grassy, fresh.

T- more tangy than funky...I can't place the hops, but they give it a bit of zest.

M- very dry. Active, springy.

O- overall a very solid saison from the crew at stillwater.

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Photo of mrand01
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque, orange/amber, tons and tons of frothy head, a good inch or so.

S: Yeast, yeast and more yeast. Sweet, fruity notes mixed with a small bit of spiciness. Banana & clove?

T: Yeast, some peppery spiciness and a bit of banana aftertaste.

M: Medium body, tons and tons of head.

O: Just not as excited about this one. I've had it a few times before, and while it is a pretty good example of the style, I'm just too stuck on Fantome.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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

A- cloudy light brown. Decent head that holds for the duration of the drink. Solid lacing.

S- fruity sweetness. Spicy hops. Moderate tart.

T- Very balanced. Spicy, fruity and tart. None seem to exceed the others.

M- medium full. Slightly over moderate carbonation. moderately
dry and sticky finish.

D- quite drinkable. A solid beer but it could be a bit more intense. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into my dogfish Head tulip. Consumed slightly chilled and brought to room temperature.

Appearance: Bright orange in color with a large white fizzy head. Recedes after some time into a nice white lacing.

Aroma: Banana, clove, and some rich earthy tones. A bit of alcohol burn in there as well. Green apple notes balance nicely too.

Taste: All the notes from the aroma are here in nice balance. The earthy and herbal notes are more dominant here. Clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice, dry finish.

Overall, a nice saison with good balance. It never reaches the height of some of the best of the style, but it is nice nonetheless.

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Photo of scinerd3000
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz draft into a tulip. Reviewed from notes at Teresa's Next Door.

A: hazy hay color with amber highlights. Rasied a fluffy white head. receeded slowly and with good lacing.

S: Hay and grass, corriended and slightly sour

T: Wheat up front, complex spice notes but not overwhelming. Very drinkable. Lemongrass upfront and finishes dry. Slight clove as well wit very slight banana esters. SLight alcohol note on warming.

M: excellent carbonation, dry with bubbles on my tongue. Leaves a clean wheat flavor.

O: Excellent example of a saison and hides the 6.8% very well. Slight alcohol

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gushue3 for this! Last of a trio of Stillwater he sent...but thankfully, we'll soon be getting Stillwater here! Cant wait!

Pours a light tangerine color, with a brilliant white 3-4 finger head. Effervescent carbonation seems to be a trend with Stillwater and this is no different. Aroma is slightly citrus, but with a pretty big fruity, ester-y, yeasty note. Bits of spices and pepper as well. Tastes lightly peppery, nicely spicy and with big fruity yeast esters. Naturally, it's fairly light and rather crisp with ample carbonation. Normally, stinging carbonation is a bit off-putting, but it's not troublesome here with this style...adds a nice bite to it.

Great saison. I'm really looking forward to seeing this here on the regular!

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Photo of KMcG
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color with really nice thick head.  The reduced, but after handing on for a few minutes. A thin translucent foam remained. A little bubblage occurred once settled. 

Smell: musty, malty with phenol kick. The aroma is strong and there is nice bready smell - a hardy country white bread. 

Taste: there is an herbal tone, maybe cilantro and a bready flavor as well.  A slight sweetness comes before it ends with a sharp hoppiness that leaves a tang. Dry finish. 

Mouthfeel: it's a medium to full body beer with decent carbonation.  It's crisp and drinkable. 

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Photo of Phelps
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750 Belgian-style pop top with foiled cap and nice label.

Appearance: Poured into a New Belgium globe (Thanx, Alewatcher!). Pours a cloudy goldenrod with hue with a nice ivory cap with decent retention.

Smell: Light, crisp grainy malt, fresh citrus, and something that smells fresh and herbal, kind of like wet meadow grasses/plants. Slightest hint of bubblegum, and something just a tad sharp/spicy.

Taste: Definitely more towards the herbal/bitter side than the aromas suggest. Up front I'm getting a firm, crisp bitterness, nice and snappy. It's definitely on the assertive side of bitter, but the bitterness is really clean. Yellow citrus fruit on the backside. Doesn't really taste like almost 7% abv.

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium.

Overall: Tasty saison; the meadow grass and very light, delicate malt notes are quite nice. The really clean hop bitterness makes this refreshing, even though the somewhat full mouthfeel counters the refreshing aspects of the beer. One of the better fully 'American-style' takes on the style, but still lacking the vibrant fruit/earth/funk that I love so much about the best Belgian and Belgian-style examples.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours darker than expected; a true honey-brown. It looks pretty much the same color, perhaps a shade lighter, as the amber sap from Jurassic Park that the mosquito was encased in. The bottle initially exploded with foam, but once the beer settled down it resulted in a 1.5 finger head that is fairly soapy and not at all dense. It's hazy, which tells me that this should have some hops to it. I hope it does, because this beer looks more like a Biere de Garde than a Saison.

This is quite malty for a Saison. It doesn't smell like an out-and-out Biere de Garde, but there is an abundance of biscuity malt here. The hop profile is pretty interesting in its lightness: grape leaves, white flowers, dish detergent (this detergent aroma is not coming from the glass; I never use detergent on my beer glassware). Just a kiss of drying phenolic character; I expected more, frankly. There's some sugary sweetness on the back end of the nose. The interplay between malts and yeast is the dominant note on the nose overall. Too much sweetness for me, but there's nothing wrong with how Stateside Saison smells.

The yeast really shines through on the palate. Spicy notes, medicinal & phenolic notes, a unique flavor that tastes like bubblegum meets an Ocean Water slushie from Sonic. The hops, grassy and like white grapes (is this brewed with Nelson Sauvin?), are pretty shy. This beer needs a stronger hop presence, especially with how strongly the malt comes on in the midpalate and through the finish. This isn't the sort of pale malt that I'm used to tasting in the Saison style. Stateside Saison's malt bill tastes, initially, like an Imperial Pilsner; it is very biscuity. But then comes some honest-to-goodness crystal malt. I did not see that splash of caramel coming, and it isn't exactly welcome. The malt character takes on a husky quality, similar to that of an Amber Ale, on the finish. That huskiness is tempered by some yeast/hop interplay. This is a unique approach to the style. It's just too malty. If this were called Stateside Biere de Garde, though, I might give it a 4.5 on taste. Rating to style can seem unfair sometimes.

For such a relatively malty beer, it manages to finish pretty dry (which is a good thing given the ostensible style). This beer is, as you have likely already guessed, a lot thicker and creamier than most other Saisons. This is a bad thing on the whole, but the body size absolutely works given what this beer is trying to achieve.

I am the pickest critic when it comes to the styles that I love most. Saison is the style that I love most above all other styles. So, yes, I might be scoring Stateside Saison by too strict a measure. I can;t help but feel, though, that this should be labeled a Biere de Garde. The two styles are close cousins, obviously. They are both farmhouse ales, and the styles developed in extremely close proximity to each other. This beer just happens to taste like the farmhouse ales of France more than those of Wallonia, Belgium. This is a tasty beer, just not a great example of the Saison style.

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Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.