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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 28
Gots: 49 | FT: 4
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:
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.

(Beer added by: callmemickey on 03-31-2010)
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Photo of bismarksays


4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-15-2013 10:12:00 | More by bismarksays
Photo of iKrystin


4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-13-2013 21:36:55 | More by iKrystin
Photo of zeledonia


3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to match1112 for another great BIF beer. Tasted 12 January 2013.

It's a gusher, pouring foam out as soon as I pop the cap. Pours a hazy medium golden orange yellow. Two fingers of white head, thick and foamy with lots of teeny tiny little bubbles. Good retention and excellent islands and peninsulas of lacing.

Smell is on the high and light side for a saison. Some pungent yeast. Vinous, with white grapes and flowers. Some fruit as well, unidentifiable citrus. Some herbal hops, plus underripe peaches. I want more depth, more solidity.

Taste is similarly high and light. Grainy, lightly sweet malts that scream "yellow". Second half is a wide smooth bitter fade. Lots of fruit, too - peaches, apricots, a touch of pineapple. Not too much to commend it, not much to offend either.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, fluffy carbonation that lasts. Leaves more tingle than flavor.

A decent saison, though it's not the side of the style that I prefer. Little funk, more light-fruity, flowery, and hoppy than I like. But not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 02:40:25 | More by zeledonia
Photo of strongaf


4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-02-2013 08:34:23 | More by strongaf
Photo of C20Percent


3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden-orange with a big white head of foam on top. Lots of bubble action going on. Nice complexity in the body of the color -- something like a gradient of colors. Preliminary lacing isn't looking that good. But, this is pretty good overall.

S: Citrusy -- mostly lemon, but not the hop forward aroma in IPAs. Yeasty. Bready. Just really -- very strong lemon peel. Some spice in there. Not bad -- actually the aroma is quite strong. Kind of conflicted here. I've smelled Saisons. Just above average to me.

T: Something like a lemony, peppery, yeasty, bready brew. Not bad.

M: Comes across smooth and creamy. Really nice body feel for a Saison -- not feeling very watery. A nice medium body. Most Saisons, I feel, are overcarbonated. This is pushing it, but works fine. Very nice feel.

O: There are some good parts of this brew, and there are some very underwhelming parts of this brew. I can think of dozens of better Saisons and Belgian Ales that I would prefer before this. Not that it's a bad offering. The appearance and Feel are quite nice. Good effort.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 02:21:22 | More by C20Percent
Photo of KVota


2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

01-01-2013 02:15:05 | More by KVota
Photo of sendbeer


3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

12-21-2012 19:55:02 | More by sendbeer
Photo of harrymel


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: unk

Hazy golden with a couple fingers of lingering, wafty cream foam. Smells of co2, spice, a touch of citrus, some clay, a little bit of belgian yeast, and a good dose of light malts. Flavor is legit with yeast, creamed corn, sweet malt and a little touch of coriander and slightest hint of peppercorn. A little bit of herbal hops in there as well. Medium bodied with hi carb and a quick slick finish becomes slightly dry after a moments notice. Really good beer. Everything I've had from this brewer makes me happy.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 04:36:28 | More by harrymel
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-18-2012 00:16:24 | More by MarvinSnyder
Photo of ngeunit1


4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden orange with a big finger frothy off-white head. Fades very slow.

S - Belgian yeast, farmhouse smells, coriander, pepper, sweet grainy malts, light fruits, lemon zest, citrus hops.

T - Sweet grainy malts, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander and pepper, farmhouse, citrus hops, bit of bitterness, honey.

M - Medium bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Smooth with a dry, estery, tart finish.

D - Nice balanced saison. Good yeast character.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 04:43:36 | More by ngeunit1
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Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber and shared with my wife. There's a code underneath(!) the wrapping that says 263 11 - September 20, 2011 bottling date?

Appearance: Gorgeous. Huge stark white head, whipped and mountainous. Smothers the glass with lacing. The light gold body is the right mix of hazy & clear with gusts towards hazy as the bottle empties.

Smell: Citrus, weathered apples, very floral, tiny bit cider-like with good spicing.

Taste: Delicate apples, honey, fruit slices. light spices (especially pepper), hints of crackers and hay.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of zest and carbonation, full body from start to finish and a strong spice-like finish.

Overall: A very good saison and worth every penny i spent on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 20:11:26 | More by papat444
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

11-29-2012 03:55:53 | More by swetsastonic
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went to a friend's this last holiday weekend and we cracked this one among others. Poured into a mason jar (that's all we had at the time). Pours a fair honey gold with a big frothy white head on top. Great retention; leaves lots of sticky lace. There are a ton of bubbles rising through this one, feeding the head. The nose is yeasty, tart, earthy, and mildly fruity. Some pineapple noted.

The bubbles create a prickly feel that borders on harsh. I know many of this style are over-carbonated in my experience, but I really wish this was tamed down a smidge. Flavors of pineapple, apple, lemon pepper, dirt, spicy yeast. This is flavorful as all get out. There's a lack of sweetness though, that would help balance it out a bit more.

This was a good domestic take on the style. It's not a style I visit often, but this was good. Thanks, Marco!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 21:46:43 | More by Onenote81
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-25-2012 13:18:30 | More by mweso2000
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3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft Gainesville House of Beer. Pours cloudy orange-yellow with no head. Smells like a mimosa with hints of yeast funk. Taste is pumpkin, butterscotch, banana, caramel. Very unique saison. This is way heavy for the style, but lots of complex flavors going on. Relatively low carbonation to boot. I'm not sure where they were going with this one, or maybe the keg was sitting around a while, but something seems off. Neat flavors, but not what I was looking for int he style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2012 18:22:28 | More by BMMillsy
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-22-2012 19:43:43 | More by djrn2
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - $10.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a muddled, brackish, dark golden body with an initially tall, near white head that fizzles out fairly soon.

Smell: Fresh flowery notes, ripe citrus, orchard fruits, a few drops of buckwheat honey, and a just the right amount of spiciness amongst the base of pilsner and wheat maltiness.

Taste: Pilsner malt backing, seemingly some wheat as well with a round honeyed sweetness. Inviting floral tones, lightly citric citrus. Amply bitter. Sweetish pears, a little white wine. Yeast character is charmingly spicy. Some sweet hints of sugar and honey come forth, but the crisp suds help keep the finish easy-breezy and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A very nice, very drinkable saison.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 02:14:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Dank26


4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-09-2012 11:03:32 | More by Dank26
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

10-31-2012 21:13:57 | More by foxyaardvark27
Photo of porkinator


3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Final Gravity into tulip glass. Dark golden color with some haze, penny thick creamy white head with medium retention. I think the keg was shaken around a bit, lots of head on initial pour. Aroma gives a tropical fruit smell and the yeast really comes through. Flavor is kinda hot on the back of the tongue. Solid malt flavor and a little sweet, tastes like honey. Mouthfeel is thick, and I like it!

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 06:22:52 | More by porkinator
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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from "bomber' bottle into a wine goblet.
Cloudy, tea/cola color, with an effervescent off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Faint spiciness
Taste-Earthy herbal hop notes, spicy, fruity, subtle toasted malt.
An interesting take on the style. A "brown" Saison if you will. All- around flavorfull food brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 17:51:01 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Guden


4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Super cloudy pineapple juice color with a medium sized white head that has okay retention.

S- Overripe fruit, tangerine and a touch of honey. Nice mix.

T- Up front citrus and pineapple dominate with clean hoppy bitterness building into the finish. Refreshing.

M- Dry with medium carbonation, this is right where it should be.

O- A very good saison, one I will definitely want to revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 03:00:02 | More by Guden
Photo of Envelopes


3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

10-26-2012 14:32:23 | More by Envelopes
Photo of MCDuhamel


4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml crown capped bottle into a tulip. Pours a murky dark gold; opaque from the haze. Forms an enormous meringue-like head that continues to expand well after the pour; several inches follows the beer down the glass. Nose is pepper, crackers, apple skin, and a hint of banana. That all comes through in the flavor as well, with a noticeable graininess in the mid-palette, leading to a a very dry finish. A light hop bitterness is present toward the end. Light-bodied and spritzy, but not "delicate." An excellent saison; perhaps the best American version I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 20:10:56 | More by MCDuhamel
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

10-19-2012 19:34:51 | More by bauermj
Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.