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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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296 Reviews
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Reviews: 296
Hads: 875
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 31
Gots: 92 | 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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Reviews: 296 | Hads: 875
Photo of shadetree67
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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 (529 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle, cloudy golden colour with really good lacing. Smell has some apricot and a full fruity yeast aroma, banana, hay and pale malt, sweet a bit with also a ton of complexity. Taste is got a hefty carbonation with some banana and grape flavours, some cinnamon and bready malts, some peach and slight barny flavours, a bit of a hay overload before coming to a full finish with a bit of a high hop bitterness, finish then dries out. A ballsy full flavoured saison, some of the alcohol comes through and eventually it become apparent this is not up to the highest standards despite a full flavour. Pretty solidly built saison though, lot of flavour and good stylistically, perhaps my criticisms were a bit too harsh as it's quite tasty. (742 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes.
Light straw, clumpy lace. Nose and taste are lemons, zest, cloves, spice. Nose is a lot less than taste tho.. Full bodied and in your face from first sip, as is Stillwater's wont, tho the taste does feel somewhat over spiced thus disconnected. Almost like a favour had been added too late. Dry finish and zesty palate
Good drinking tho. (348 characters)

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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Saison yeast, citrus/lemon, bready malts and some peppery spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Saison yeast, citrus/lemon, floral notes, some breadiness and faint pepper.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. (533 characters)

Photo of admiral
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beautifully crafted saison, full of flavour.

aroma: artificial banana, bubblegum, clove with some tartness

taste: Bubblegum, clove, orange, spice, honey, artificial banana, slight lemon and a touch of grapefruit. A nice dry tartness to it with a good malt backbone. (269 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium gold with a light haze and lots of chunky floaties hanging around. Effervescence is mild and the head is a thin finger of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad, altogether.

Smell: quite sweet with a rather malty aroma and a bit of a floral character, but not much in the way of funk. Decent, but not great.

Taste: sweet and floral with a little bit of a funk and a tiny touch of sourness at the end. Bitterness is moderate, but overall the whole thing is quite balanced. Not bad!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge, well-integrated carbonation and a bodacious creaminess. Ba dow!

Overall: this is a bit on the sweet side up front, and a bit on the harsher side at the end, but overall is a quite drinkable and appealing saison. Worth a try if you like the style. (817 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,544 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (314 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,514 characters)

Photo of danmouer
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
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!!!! (946 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.01/5  rDev +1%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of gollem
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of hillvt4me
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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 (520 characters)

Photo of t8s8l8
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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 (394 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.09/5  rDev +3%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (682 characters)

Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
89 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.