Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 852
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 32
Gots: 87 | FT: 3
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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 MaximalC
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, cloudy, golden amber color with an infinitely voluminous head of craggy, off-white foam. A torrent of frenzied carbonation populates the glass. The bubbles are surprisingly coarse for a head of this size, but they replenish quickly enough to prop it up for an extensive duration. The presentation is absolutely exquisite. The crisp aroma smells of coriander, clove, and lemon--very light and fresh.

The first thing you notice upon sipping is the searing carbonation that cuts through like a buzzsaw (that monster head had to come from somewhere). I don't know if this is the intended level of carbonation or a byproduct of having been aged nearly a year, but it's all there. The flavor features biscuity malt, grassy hops, and the aforementioned coriander, clove, and citrus twang. Abundant yeast adds a bright, chalky character as well. There are also some earthy notes (dare I say horse blanket?) that come through in the middle and linger into the finish. In taste and texture this is quite akin to a hefeweizen, and were it not for the earthier, grassier components, it could even be mistaken for such. Shades of bubblegum begin to emerge with a little warming, so I can't deny this has some complexity to it.

Over-the-top carbonation notwithstanding, this is one beautiful, tasty saison. There's plenty of complexity to keep the palate occupied, and few beers look prettier sitting in the glass on a hot day. It could probably benefit from a little restraint and refinement, but I like where Stillwater was going with this.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a glowing, hazy golden orange with a mountainous, slowly receding white head.

S: Aromas of biscuit, crackers, minerals, spicy yeast, lactic funk, herbs, lemon, lime, and kumquats fill the nose.

T: Notes of biscuits, crackers, lactic funk, must, spices, grass, herbs, white pepper, bitter orange, kumquats, lemon, and lime fill the mouth. The finish provides a flourish of bitter orange, biscuit, cracker, and spice flavors.

M: Light-to-medium in body and dryish. Carbonation is very active, imparting prickly, tingling sensations in the mouth.

O: A very solid, very respectable saison that is nicely styled and confidently executed.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, dark gold in color, cloudy

Smell: honey, apple, dark wheat, Belgian spices

Taste: honey, apple, dark wheat, Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a dry bitter finish, light bodied and high carbonation

Overall: An above average saison that has nice crisp bitterness and good dryness. The smell and look were excellent however. Worth a try but I have had better in the style.

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 JayQue
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good one!!! It has the yeast and the funk. That's what I want in a Saison. Pours a hazy honey/straw color into a pint glass. Good size delicately bubbly white head with good retention. A little spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell is orange, lemon zest and plenty of yest and a little barnyard funk.

Taste is more of the same. Good funky yeasty flavor with lemon zest and orange. A very good Saison taste.

Mouthfeel is tart and rich enough for the style.

Very impressive. I would gladly buy this one again.

Photo of alphagnome
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/4/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, pear, apple, black pepper, clove, straw, grass, herbal, floral, light bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, hops, and light-moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, pear, apple, black pepper, clove, straw, grass, herbal, floral, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, pear, apple, black pepper, clove, straw, grass, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, hops, and moderate malt flavors; with a great yeast/hop flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, hops, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of danmouer
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice example of a "new" saison...imtrroducing some New World (US and NZ) hops and IBU level cranked up a bit over most traditional beers of the style. Nonetheless, this is a real saison, with the soft, full mouthfeel, richly complex aroma and flavor profile, the mouthfilling efforvesence, sweet-dry finish, and fat dash of spicey-fruity fermentation products in every sip. There may also be some actual spices and fruits contributing, but in an even-handed, understated way. I love that pilsener malt aroma is very much upfront.

I recognize that saisons, in general, have become "big beers," even though I Doubt that the average Belgian farmer tried to "refresh" his seasonal farm workers with 6.5 abv or greater, which has become the trend for this style. Just the same, I do like the alcohol warmth that accompanies the otherwise mouthfilling rich complexity of this rationally-priced premium ale from Maryland.

Good job!!!!

Photo of brianmandell
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy peach color, aroma of sweet orange. Taste is light and refreshing, highlighted by orange peel and a floral and herbal presence. A hint of tartness and a very mild spiciness. Active creamy carbonation. Very easy drinking and enjoyable. I could see this being a crowd pleaser and I nice warm weather beer.

Photo of thecheapies
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A few chunks of sediment. Golden beer with deep haze. Head is a little disappointing.

Spicy and briny citrus. Sage, white pepper, apricot, lemon peel, and a hint of cantaloupe. Smells bright.

Big leafy herbal notes, peppery notes, a little mushroom, hints of lemony brightness, and a bite of earthy hops. Wheaty malts and a little salinity. Dry finish with moderate bitterness from the hops and herbaceousness. Saison on overdrive.

Very drinkable, minus the chalky feel. Light-medium body. Bouts of carbonation.

An excellent saison. Kickass tasty and true to all of it.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stillwater Artisanal Stateside Saison

Salamanders and summer must ?

Poured into pint glass

A: Good orange hazyness. Lots of floaties

S: Wheat, Oranges and maybe coriander

T: Same as smell with a wierd but not at all bad kinda mustiness taste on the end.

M: Somewhat syrupy, again not bad. Decent carbination.

O: A good beer. Glad I got to try it. I'll have to come back to it after I am able to enjoy some more saisons for another review.

Photo of gollem
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That is a pleasant surprise: a good US saison. (Surprising also is its high ABV.)

Taste and smell are nice and full and yeasty, even skunky. It's not a particularly sour beer, but it is really nice and refreshing, and would make a great companion to a lunch of mussels and fries. While lacking the ultimate depth and complexity, and the grassiness, of the Belgian farmhouse ales (and I kind of miss the typical cloudiness of those beers), this comes really, really close--and at two bucks (for a 12 oz. bottle) on the sales table at Derk's it's a steal, of course.

Definitely a keeper, and kudos to the brewery and to Twelve Percent.

Photo of hillvt4me
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: lighter orange color. good clarity. a finger plus of a white head that leaves a lacing around the edge

Smell: huge farmhouse/belgian yeast smell. banana, citrus and bread, very subtle pepper and spice

Taste: opens up with with citrusy and banana along with belgian yeast. slightly bready throughout and ends with a slightly peppery taste.

Mouthfeel: fairly light. extremely dry.

Overall: a complex and tasty beer. probably the driest beer i have had. definitely worth trying more of stillwater's saisons

Photo of t8s8l8
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

American saison to the fullest. The bitterness is a bit overwhelming but totally appropriate. For the style the beers dryness maximizes the biterness presence. The beer has a great apperance an Orange hue thats a bit hazy. A very appealing.g beer. Creamy texture wheaty. Low head retention, med high carbonation. A nutty slighty fruity aroma and flavor. Dominant nose is spicyness, black pepper

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

Poured bottled dated 12/4/13 into New Belguim globe

A-Pours a hazy yellow colour, huge yellowish white head, which collapses quickly. Good lacing

S-great aromas of wine and bread, also some citrus, yeast, and pepper.

T-Very enjoyable taste of yeast, white wine, bread, peppery notes and hoppy bitternes.

M-Medium bodied with high carbonation and a quick slick finish becomes slightly dry.

O-Great beer by Stillwater I only got one to try I must get some more soon.

Photo of DIM
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Bright, clear golden color; pours with a small, short lived fizzy head.

s: Tart apple and pear with some citrus, minerals, and lightly sweet grains. Plenty of semi-funky saison yeast

t: Dry overall, which suits me just fine. Less apple and pear with minerals than in the nose . Some pithy citrus and classic saison yeast character. Lingering pepper.

m: Light and airy.

o: Really nice saison, but not quite up there with my favorite domestic examples of the style.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A clear pale gold colour with 3 fingers of slightly off-white head. Head quickly dissipates leaving a faint rim of lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Extreamly floral scents of orange flower water with notes of wet wood, earth and leather in the background. Noticeable vegatative scents, possibly squash, on the finish.

T: The taste mirrors the scent with a floral notes upfront together with vegatative and citrus aspects and sweet malts. Slight funkiness comes through as it warms.

M: Medium bodied and crisp with a high carbonation.

O: Unique floralness together with sweet malts and citrus notes - this beer is not a typical saison but is very enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of jhartley
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a poco grande glass. Really liking the label graphics. Bottle on 09/14/13.

A-Frothy white 1 finger head hazy golden orange body, some sediment in the bottom of the glass.

S-Typical farmhouse funky aromas. Some lemon. Bitter spice smells.

T-Funky yeast, lemon pith. Dry finish with a nice carbonation all the way through to the end. Can keep going back for more and more.

O-A decent beer which would be perfect on a hot summer day.

Photo of Murrhey
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a tulip glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. I'm honestly impressed I was able to get this beer from Maryland here. To be fair though, I think it is Portland spoils.

A- Two-finger frothy white head with minute-long retention. Cloudy orange body with fairly low clarity.

S- Farmhouse yeasts, citrus, lemons. Aromatic and very typical of the style. Nice smelling beer.

T- Citrusy with lemons and oranges. Earthy yeasts. Great flavored saison.

M- Light bodied, subtle carbonation and well balanced.

O- Well above average beer. Enjoyable all-around.

Photo of jzlyo
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is spices, lemons and a hard to describe tangy/sweet/grainy element. The flavor is lemons, spices, citrus, very mild/slight spiciness from the malts and a tart/sour finish. Good complexity and not too spicy, another pretty good ale from Stillwater.

Photo of elNopalero
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a simply fantastic saison, one of standouts.

It pours a vibrant golden straw color with a bold white cap of foam.

There’s a crisp, lightly estered aroma that carries across some spice and fruit mélange—citrus and summer stone fruits play off one another for a pleasing effect.

Wonderful flavor, with a crisp, clean taste of citrusy goodness and a mellow estery character. I loved it.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I brought back a twelve-ounce bottle of this beer from a recent trip to Colorado.

The beer pours a golden color with a well-carbonated head. The head is thin and bubbly, somewhat like a champagne, and leaves a persistent lacing on the sides of the pint glass from which I drank.

On the nose, the first thing that I notice is the heavy citrus notes, much like grapefruit and/or grapefruit rind. It's a mix of sweet and bitter, which is then followed by yeastiness and sweet malt.

The flavor is very much consistent with the smell, as the grapefruit and other citrus notes impart a mellow, yet noticeable and tasty, taste that complements the beers yeast notes well.

The beer is very easy-sipping and even the bitterness from the grapefruit and citrus notes doesn't make this any less drinkable.

Overall, a great saison and one of the more memorable I've had given its crispness and the pronounced citrus aroma and flavor.

Photo of tastybeer
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright glowing yellow, big white head, spotty sparse lace. Aroma is great. Super refreshing clean and stinky citrus, earthy and herbal, doughy chewy malts, spicy and soft, juicy dank fruit and miscellaneous flowers. Taste is all of the above plus sugary through the finish. Briskly carbonated. I like this saison more than many I've had. Really well done. I could proceed to enjoy a lot of these.

Photo of minterro
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought from a liquor mart store in Denver, CO on Colorado ave.

Bottled on 06/14/13. Pour into a snifter. Sunflowers seed in between sips

A&S: green grape sourness, orange zest, coriander spice, light bread tones. Crisp smelling lively looking light orange colored beer. Transparency turns from see-through to translucent as bottom yeast is added to the glass. Light fluffy head that retains extremely well at half finger increment.

T&M: surprisingly powerful upfront, BANG! Huge in your face flavors including citrus (orange and tangerine) and cloves. This upfront flavor becomes less intense as more yeast is added but it give way to a touch of funk. Earthy hops round of the beer nicely in a strong bitter finish. Crisp at first, but not as refreshing as the crispness would led you to believe (as the taste hangs around for a while). Low to medium bodied and on the higher side of medium for carbonation.

Overall: Bought off a store employee's recommendation. I'm loving this brewing company. It is astounding how much respect I have gained for this company in the limited beers I have tried (3 with a 4th in the fridge). Extremely affordable, sitting at 3 bucks a bottle. Very glad Crooked Stave and Stillwater formed this this beer trading alliance. I will promptly be snagging everything that I haven't tried from this company, they are that good!

Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.