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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 296
Hads: 875
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 31
Gots: 92 | 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 augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle (no cork by the way) into my Troubadour tulip.

Mildly cloudy somewhat dark amber liquid topped by a voluminous pearling rocky head of beige. Decent retention, thin amoebic lacing and light glossy legs.

Floral, grassy aromatics with a punch of banana backlit with soft phenolics from the yeast. A faint grainy element suggests a feedyard more than a farmyard, but is welcome none the less.

Very unusual flavor - the hops are quite forward distinguishing this as an American take on the style - the vinuous goose-berry-like flavor suggests Nelson was among the varieties utilized for bittering. This lends a dry mineral-laden fruitiness which works well with the underlying earthy flavors from the yeast. Softer malt flavors and faint white pepper notes come out in the finish. Some tart flavors, suggesting white wine, green apples, and lemon pith dance around the palate as well. Truly unique.

Medium-light bodied, slightly oily perhaps, with spot-on ABV.

Zesty and hoppy, with a singular flavor profile, the dryness and bitter fruity notes really distinguish this ale from its peers... (1,120 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even a gentle pour is going to get you between three and four finger's worth of light, airy bone white head, the delineation of the bubbles is such that you watch each one pop as the foam disappears, zip for lacing. Fully clear orange rust to zinc color, pales to a yellow tinge around the rims, there's a wealth of bubbles but no beads at all, more like softly falling snow. But going up. Silky smooth nostril presence, fits like a $1,000 suit, which in some ways may not be for the best, as it makes it harder to grab the scents and identify them. In any event, there's suave orange, tangerine, lemon citrus spray, a biscuit and scone breadiness, well blended banana, pineapple, peach, nectarine, yellow apple, cherry fruit scents, no clearly dominant force, no real chocolate but the coriander, cumin spice sweet enough to cover, clean with nary a trace of funk. In the mouth it's medium-bodied and the carbonation foams up quickly, certainly contributes to additional perfume, yet forestalls your ability to really get into the flavors. That said, über-friendly orange, lemon, pink grapefruit citrus as well as apple, pear, peach, apricot, cantaloupe fruit. Anise, mint, chamomile more prevalent here. The yeasty notes soften as well as add cling factor. If you can acclimate to the level of carbonation you'll find that it is a fairly dry beer with good outline and length. Ambitious beer. (1,395 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pour from the bottle is a clear copper gold and a huge head. The head takes quite awhile to settle down. Maybe I should serve this colder than 55 degrees, but this seems like a beer that is eager to be tasted.

Aromas are biscuity malt, and spice mainly coriander and ginger, and some tropical fruit, green grapes and green hops.

Taste is lightly malty and tart at first, with some citrus fruit, sauvignon blanc, and just a little funk. That is balanced nicely by a little caramel. There is some peppery spiciness in the finish, which is dry.

Body is light and carbonation is high, giving this a champagne-like refreshing, cleansing mouthfeel, with just a bit of creaminess.

This is a very enjoyable saison style beer, light in body, yet packed with flavor. When I let my first pour with the huge head settle down, the brew became kind of flat. But that served to highlight the wine-like, acidic quality of the beer. Next time, the beer was colder and I managed a better pour. In that pour, the flavors were much better integrated. Nevertheless, I think it is the citrus/wine acidity that makes this an especially different saison. Food pairers be on the the lookout, this will go with lots of good, spicy foods. Honestly, this could go with any dish that white wine (sauvignon blanc, chardonnay) goes with, and in my opinion, better. (1,347 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Paradiso - Georgetown. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright golden color with a nice white head and hints of orange coloring. Pretty good lacing as it makes its way down. The nose is a bit light, but brings through some hay, orange, lemon, grain, and some light stone fruits. Hints of earth. The taste is similar, with some well integrated flavors. At the same time, there's nothing too deep and most of the flavors are fairly subdued, failing to produce many of the hard-hitting flavors I really look for in a saison. Feel is a bit dry and well carbonated. Overall, this drinks quite well and I'm excited to see what else this new brewery produces. (665 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a DFH wide stemmed snifter.

A: Absolutely gorgeous pour. Cloudy peach color with an incredibly dense and creamy, off-white head that reached about four finger inside the glass and climbed out about three fingers over the rim of the glass. Retention was fantastic and a beautiful lattice-work of sticky lace was left behind.

S: Slightly sweet nose. Big notes of tropical fruit and to a much lesser extent, banana. Around mid glass a big, herbal hop aroma floated up out of the glass that brought with it tangerines, fresh cut grass, toasty wheat, and maybe a hint of cardamom and white pepper.

T: Exactly as above.

M: The initial head generating effervescence calms considerably and leaves a slick and chewy mouthfeel behind. Equal parts sweet, spicy, and dry. As the fruity finish trails off, white pepper makes its' presence felt.

D: This was a wonderful american Saison. Honestly, the only reason it didn't score any higher was its' relative lack of rustic funkiness. Other than that (which isn't even a flaw for crying out loud!) I loved this beer! (1,089 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 shared by Ditmier a while back... Thanks Eric for a new to me brewery to keep an eye on.

Pours with a short lived foamy white head... the brew is hazed orange...

Nose is phenolic with a good backbone of pale malt sweetness and something that makes me think of citrus zest.

Flavor has a big "American feel"... plenty of fruity esters that scream pear and lesser apple... but the citrus crop comes in heavy too.. lemon and tangerine essence... sorta dusty and dry mid palate with just enough malt presence.. bits of white peppercorn and even less but discernible clove.. grassy and floral all at the same time.. finish is big and lingering. Dry and crisp.. lemony.

Very well made.. the American punch is welcome and appreciated.. I like the Continental take with our hometown pride attitude... I wish more brewers could do this.

3.5/4/4.5/4/4 (850 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a tulip there's a sturdy, dense cylinder of foam that rises to the rim of the glass. Cloudy haze, bright orange like Sunkist soda. Uneven edges of lacing, solid long lasting retention. Soft pillowy texture to the foam.

A distinct minerality early on, with some herbal sweetness and lemony citrus. Somewhat phenolic, though it's sweetness tends to overpower the phenolic spiciness.

Flavor wavers between sweet and spicy bitterness. Dry grassy aftertaste with some dusty wheat and a touch of alcohol, though its not distracting. Pretty effervescent at first, though it settles down a bit after some time. Feels fairly creamy midway through the glass.

Overall very drinkable, a distinct American Saison. (708 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Bruery tulip. Big thanks to Matt (drabmuh) for this; I've been looking forward to trying some Stillwater beers for quite awhile.

Pours a warm, cloudy, glowing pale gold-orange - beautiful color. Fat 4-finger fluffy off-white head with a bit of delicate lacing and decent retention. Settles into a long-lasting one-finger cap.

Nose is nice and complex - peppery up front, with some orangey citrus notes, almost a pineapple-orange flavor. There's a light musty farmhouse dankness on top.

Taste is beautiful also - nice mix up front of some nice orangey citrus and just a bit of rich yeastiness, tangy with a bit of a peppery bitterness coming through on the finish. Beautifully floral. Great balance between complexity and just sheer deliciousness. Very nice beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, beautiful crispness to the still-delicate carbonation. Medium-full body, lush and very nicely done.

Nicely drinkable. Beautiful balance between complexity and just sheer beautiful taste. Very well crafted beer, can't wait to try more from Stillwater. (1,061 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i must say the most hunger inducing saison i've had from this brewery. a rather nice collection but this seems to be the one without any particular tricks. this is a quintessential american saison. ingredient are very specific on the bottle but states european malt and american and new zealand hops.

pour is clear and yellow orange with a large head of very thick head at first that seems to be less and less assertive as the bottle gets pour. not as it sit for a quarter of an hour but it seems the carbonation is rich but gone fast. nose not as farmhouse funk and hop fused as others but the hop character is predominant and brisk floral. grassy lemon zest, and a tad herbal but nothing that could be pin pointed. rosemary, thyme or sorts. hearty earthy meat herbs and floral palate. tight on the tongue and cleansing to the point that you want to accommidate the dryness in the mouth. a bit harder on the gums than i would like for the style but still a step above and american. a good example but i lacks the musk i enjoy. or more so does not have the amount i would expect. the herbal quality seems to be broader in that. this is just a soapy interpretation. i like saisons and you should try this only if you are in search of that american fashion of it. that is if jolly pumpkin isn't enough. (1,302 characters)

Photo of popery
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good American saison. Stateside is a light orange beer with big frothy white head. It has a very professional, tattoo art-inspired label. The aroma is fruity with some funk and spice. I smell peppercorns, grapes, lemons, sweet melon and fresh grain. The funk is light, though definitely present. It tastes light to medium dry with good bitterness and funk. The flavor is a bit rounder than the aroma, but it could stand to be drier. I'm having a good time drinking this beer. It's refreshing and full-flavored. The hop choice is interesting without getting in the way of the style. This was a happy surprise. (615 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy amber color with a huge white head that had very good retention. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass. Looks fantastic. Aroma is herbal, woodsy, with a little musty note in the background. The taste was a little bit of a letdown. Heavy phenolic with an almost overwhelming herbal quality. Hay and pepper as well. Dry malt charactor. Bitterness is balanced. Medium body with a soft carbonation that goes well with this beer. Not the flavor profile that really appealed to me. It would probably be a good pairing beer for those so inclined. (553 characters)

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to translucent for sharing this.

Poured into tulip.

Pours a big white head with nice retention. Color is an orange hued gold.

Aroma: Spice notes, yeast, lemon zest, orange peel, cloves.

Taste: Very yeasty with some farmhouse funk. Cloves with hints of bananas. Some crushed black pepper, pears grassy hops, and lemons near the end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fizzy. Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a nice drinking saison. A good representation of the style. Good drinkability as well. (536 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer and split it with a couple friends. This amber ale has a tall white head and a very spicy character. I'm reminded of Coronado's Hoppy Daze Belgian IPA for the big citrus hops mixed with coriander. While the hops rule along with the the Belgian spice character, there are also subtler, earthy notes. And while this is delicious, I think it's distinctly American. (399 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a large chalice, Stateside Saison is spritzy dull gold with a fairly dull white head leaving very light lace. I really dig the old school label, remiscent of a revolutionary war militia flag, stirring nostaglia from my childhood in Baltimore, where this beer was made: +1/2 bias points.

Smell starts out incredibly robust and aromatic. After pouring this, I sat it on the end table for a minute, and the esters were unmistakable from 2 ft way, awesome! Pithy tropical fruits, minty herbal hops. Subsequent pours were yeasty and a bit more aligned with the flavor.

Taste starts out very spicy and sharp, overpowering the wonderful fruity esters on the nose. There's some lime, but it's really just peppery, more so in sensation then the taste of any particular spice, and accentuated by the bitterness of the hops. Like the nose, the yeast tempers this as I work through the bottle, which is a positive here.

Mouthfeel is super crisp, bone dry, more so then tonic water, wow. Super hard water I guess?

Drinkability is pretty good. Certainly thirst quenching. While I hesitate to fault them for the dry minerality that most fail to achieve when then attempt the style, this starts out to such an extreme that it dampens the taste until I pour some yeast in with the second half of the bottle. I recommend to serve it 'mit hefe' by rolling the bottle gently on the table before opening. (1,416 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. The Stateside Saison reveals a light, clear, pumpkin orange with a big foamy white head on top. Looks great.

Light, crisp citrus on the nose. Floral hops, a bit of sweet malt and some light spices from the yeast. Orange wedge and yeast.

Tipping back the glass reveals a malty profile laden with a decent amount of hop bitterness in the middle and finishing somewhat bittersweet. Grassy towards the end. Citrus is still light and more grapefruit forward. Straw/grassy notes come out more than any of the spicy yeast byproducts. Touch of lemon.

Mouthfeel has a spritzy nature to it. Fairly dry, with lingering bitterness. Pretty good, but I'd like to feel a little more here.

Drinkability is good. This is a fairly refreshing saison with the generous hop addition. Definitely a well crafted brew, but it doesn't quite have the complexity that it's Belgian counterparts contain. However, for a new brewery to kick off with a beer like this is fairly impressive. I'm excited to try a few more of their offerings. Worth checking out. (1,076 characters)

Photo of abuliarose
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (921 characters)

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
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

Light orange with a one-finger head. Forgettable.

Pepper, spicy yeast, cardamom, and other herbs.

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

Crisp, clean, medium-bodied, otherwise unremarkable.

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 (678 characters)

Photo of malloyca
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass stein, this has a pleasing, cloudy yellow-gold color with a thick head that settled to 2.5". Aromas of sour green apples, lemon, grains and yeast. This has nice yeasty flavors that combine with citrus and faint herbs. The bitterness and abundant carbonation provide a nice mouthfeel. This is a very refreshing saison. (337 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nellie for sharing this bottle. This is my first beer from Stillwater.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is yeast with some spices and citrus fruit. The flavor is a mix of orange and lemon with some Belgian yeast and assorted spices. A nice drinkable saison. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (335 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy deep golden amber color with tons of fluffy bubbly head, white in color.

S-doughy malts up front, saison yeast with that light barnyard funk quality, notes of orange peel and lemon zest, herbal spicy presence, a fair amount of peppery spice.

T-the taste follows the nose, a great doughy malt base, barnyard funky yeast, citrusy orange peel, a light herbal hop presence, peppery spice in the back.

M-medium syrupy body, soft and smooth on the palate, strong carbonation to balance and give a good crisp finish that is slightly dry.

D-great saison, everything you want to see, strong yeast presence, nice bit of hop balance with a solid spicy herbal showing accompanied by a nice peppery spice in the back. the doughy forefront and citrus afterplay give it the balance and complexity you want to see. (817 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to beandip for the brew.

A - It pours a fiery, burning peach-orange hue, slightly hazy, and is capped with a stratospheric ivory head that eventually recedes to a persistent soapy froth.

S - Before I even pour this, I know I am in for a treat; I smell the bready-grassy aroma as soon as it is uncapped. This smells as much like (an American) Tripel or BSPA as it does a Saison, which is just fine by me. As it airs out, and on subsequent pours, a floral-perfume lavender fragrance develops, and that knocks the aroma down for me.

T - Pale-Pils malt is strong, along with pristine hops, Belgian yeast-alcohol, and a Champagne-like sparkling dryness. This tastes phenomenal, though I am definitely having trouble tangibly articulating as to why that is. A flavor rundown is in order, regardless. There is bready-biscuity flavor which is balanced by some super-fresh grassy and herbal hop flavors, and there is also a slight nuance of white grape, lemon oil, and honey. Super-impressed with this one; beer tasting like this is what I crave.

M - Bigger than a Saison, more like the theoretical American Tripel style, still very refreshing.

D - Delicious brew, definitely ISO more (hint, hint Adam...) (1,212 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light orange in color with a one finger head. Some light lace develops during the session.

Smell: pepper, yeast, and a general spiciness provides a pleasant aroma.

Taste: caramel, yeast, pepper, lemon zest, tart green grapes, and a bit of earthiness. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish with some dryness arriving late. Pepper and yeast lingers long into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: I was looking for a saison and this one definitely satisfied me, Tasty and easy to consume. (529 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michael for this one. Shared at Sour Fest.

A: The pour is a cloudy straw color with a couple of fingers worth of white head.

S: I really enjoyed all the different aromas in this one. Lemon zest, oranges, a slight earthy quality all right up front. Underneath, some bready malts and a light spice.

T: The flavor is similarly interesting. A good mix of spice, citrus, malt, and very mild funk. The pepper is there, but subdued, and works well with the lemon, lemon and orange zest, earth, and slightly sweet malts.

M: The body is light to medium with a pleasant effervescence and slight dryness.

D: Overall, a very solid beer. I really liked this one quite a bit and wouldn't mind having this one again. (716 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to try this thanks to beandip.

A: huge fluffy pasty white head yeilds from the semi aggressive pour. It produces a mostly clear amber orange colored beer.

N: An interesting Belgian saison nose. Lots of citrus, a little orange peel, spices like coriander seem to come out, but are so light its hard to tell. A light citrus hop aroma also is detected. A slight lemon zest as well. Also some golden malts. Light Belgian style malts too. Not much for a farmhouse like aroma though.

T: A malty flavor to start, dry spicy malts with a saison feel. Slight chewy malt, sweet malts, little Belgian golden malts. Slightly toasty, with hints of spices that I can't put my finger on. Light and airy too, very saison tasting, but farmhouse, not so sure... perhaps my definition of farmhouse is jaded by now. I get a slight fruity sweetness from the malts too.

M: Medium to lighter body with good carbonation.

F: Mostly dry finish, slight lingering creamy malt though. Some spices still there, with a touch of toasted malts lingering. Slight sticky feel as well as the sugars disappear. Slight bitterness, perhaps from hops or just the spices added to it. Almost a slight wheat lingering too, with some Belgian golden malt flavors lingering. Again saison like but not really farmhouse. (1,280 characters)

Photo of dzni
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I might be totally off-base in what I was getting in this beer, but this is what I got:

A - Golden with a large, foamy head
S - Lemon / citrus, raspberries, cardamom spice
T - Hoppy, yeasty, creamy, hint of berry tartness
M - Medium-bodied, hops noticeable
D - I could drink this all night. Slightly heavier beer with an interesting nose/taste. (345 characters)

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