Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
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 babaracas
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with billowing white head. settles to a thin layer, spotty lacing. Smell: apricot, grapefruit peel, floral, more stone fruit sweetness beneath. Taste: nectarine, white grape, blood orange, bready wheat.
Medium- plus bodied, dry, spicy and very slightly chalky finish. Classic yeast character and finish;hoppy and fruit forward.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle ~$2.50. Bright orange color, slightly hazy, filmy head, looks quite good. Aroma is fruity, citrus, hops and at the same time derivative or maybe its just reminiscent of another well-known saison? Fruit flavor, hint of rusty metal, easy to drink. Overall an interesting saison but not something I will purchase again.

Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (illegible date code) into a wine glass.

A-The brew pours pretty clear and light golden in color (I left some sediment in the bottom of the bottle, which would have muddied things up, I assume). The carbonation is visible and active in the glass. The head is about one-finger tall to start with poor retention despite the carbonation.

S-The smell is very floral with a pleasing tropical overtone that reminds me of guava juice and a Hawaiian lei. All those flowers are balanced by a bit of pepper and grass. As the brew warms I detect some alcohol and a bubblegum sweetness.

T-The taste is also very floral with tropical overtones. The mid-palate gives up some lightly bitter grass and a decent hit of pepper spice. The alcohol is mild and sweet, but noticeable. I do not get as much bubblegum on the palate.

M-The feel is medium to light with assertive, chunky carbonation that keeps things moving.

O-This is a very solid saison. I appreciate how drinkable it is, while maintaining a complex flavor profile. The floral flavors are not overly perfumed and there is just a bit of spicy, grassy bitterness to keep things from getting gummy and sweet. If I were to pick nits, I wonder how this brew would be at about 5.5% ABV, so it is more of a table beer? Maybe it would lose some of the complexity, but as is, it is a solid beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a real nice light saison. wheat malt driven, with a great yeast strain happening. pours real cloudy and pale light orange, with a dying off white head and good lace. I smell grazing cattle and white wheat in equal proportion, nothing out of the ordinary, but some real creative stuff here too. almost a Belgian triple, with candy sugar and spunky yeast. I taste wheat malt on the lighter side and a flocculated yeast that just adds tannic funk and coagulated protein density to a beer that should be real delicate otherwise. not a brewers error, but a critique nevertheless. great carbonation and a medium body that would be heavy if it didn't work so damn well. overall a great first beer from this crew, and something I am real eager to get back into. special stuff, and being American made makes it epic compared to its peers. worth your hard earned shrappy!

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

12oz bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $3.50

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads, grains, and citrus juice/zest. There is also some clove and a dry spiciness and a bit of a funk.

Overall – Very drinkable and enough flavour to keep you interested. I actually really enjoyed this one and will be buying more the next time I see it. I also really like the smaller format in 4 packs.

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly firey golden with a white head. Aroma is spicey, some ripe banana, pepper, atouch of lemon and grassy. Flavor is spicey,, lemon, a touch of toasted bread, pepper and a touch of some earthy hops. Again a little alcohol comes through, which detracts just a little. A crisp active mouthfeel. Overall, solid saison that I am really happy to see in Colorado. One I will buy again.

Photo of clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured an orange-like gold with decent head and lace and a funky aroma, some spice and citric notes, and a little bit of spice and yeast but not much else in the fruit department. Taste is more of the same as a smooth, light to medium bodied beer passes my tongue with moderate spiciness, citric hop and light/tropical fruit flavors. Not much sweetness but beer is lively with lots of carbonation. I enjoyed this beer; consider it a simple saison that complements a warm day.

Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a billowy "Belgian" head that webs the tulip with lacing

Smell: Toffee malt, with a range of spice (clove, apple/cinnamon, banana spice cake)

Taste: The toffee malt bursts forward, bringing the aromatic spice flavors along to build toward the middle; a touch of funk arrives, after the swallow, along with a vinous character the lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A Saison verging on a Dubbel, this beer has a lot of complexity; the more you contemplate it, the more it surprises you

Photo of atr2605
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy straw yellow with a fizzy white head with decent retention
S-spicy, lemon zest, yeasty
T-nice and spicy mixed with some more bright citrus combined with a distinct saison yeast characteristic and finishes with more spice on the palate
M-light medium bodied
O-pretty solid and straightforward. I didn't enjoy it as much as some other stuff from Stillwater but still very enjoyable

Photo of Ri0
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - It's a darker shade of yellow (like a ripe inside of a mango) with a 1.5 finger bright white head. Fades quickly and leaves a collar around the glass. Not much for lacing.

S - I can pick on the spice right away. Nice amounts of straw, bread, yeast, and some light citrus, lemon and orange.

T - Boom, this is the most spicy Saison I have had, but it is nicely balanced. Some yeast and bread with plenty of lemon and citrus. Straw, clove, grass. Ends with a pepper kick.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Spicy and dry on the finish.

O - Very nice Saison with a ton of spice. It is well balanced. Nick was nice enough to send it my way.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow bodied beer with slight haze to it. 1 full finger of bone white head that drops down to a thin ring. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Grainy, fruity, floral, and very yeasty. Clove and bananas. Strong notes of spicy purfume.

Taste: slight sweetness that is yeast forward and fruity with mostly bananas. Gritty and grainy. Mid palate white pepper and cloves. Very earthy and a little bit floral. Strong finish of perfume, wheat malts, and moderate hop bitterness tasting of grass and lemons zest.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Super clean and bright beer. A touch of booze. It is also hearty and rustic in character. Dry finish on this beer as well.

Overall: I like this beer, but the perfume flavor is really distracting. I really loved this beer as a base beer that is put into barrels. I have tried the stateside saison that was aged in chardonnay barrels and that beer was awesome!

Photo of cjgiant
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A decent offering from a brewery I haven't been overly impressed with in the past.

A: cloudy golden yellow with a little lacing
S: citrusy and a little bit of yeast
T: lemony and tart, but with a hop back that makes the beer more drinkable than it would otherwise be. Decent carbonation. Taste belies a bit the almost 7% ABV.
M: light dry pull after the tartness that doesn't last too long.
O: not going on my must have again, but I wouldn't shy away from it either. Little too tart up front, but that fades quickly into a fine beer.

Photo of ThickNStout
2.84/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle from Barrels and Barley (Woodstock, GA). 1.99. Date is mighty scrunched but appears to be enjoy by 10/10/13. Served in a Southern Tier tulip snifter.

Pours hazy gold with two fingers of pillowy white head. Decent lacing.

I pick up aromas of yeast, pepper, lemon zest and a strange semi rot smell (that isn't as bad or off-putting as that description makes it seem).

Crisp peppery, lemon peel, clove, mildew, yeast, bitter grassy, hay and a bit of funk.

Slick, medium body with sharp carbonation. Bitter, spicy, yeasty finish.

I'm admittedly no expert on saisons and have only tried a few but this one does nothing to make me want to delve further into the style. It's drinkable enough but the funky spicyness just isn't for me. I prefer the others I've tried like Jailhouse's Reprieve or even the Ovila with mandarins.

Photo of Brew_42
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with light head.

Smells spicy and slightly citrusy .

Tastes of spices (clove, pepper) with some citrus with some slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

Nice drinkability goes down easy.

Im a huge saison fan and this was a decent one.

Photo of Zach136
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Early September 2013 (actual date number rubbed off). Poured into a 3F Wine Glass.

A - Hazy pumpkin with a one finger white head and solid lacing.

S - Citrusy esters, biscuit malt and a touch of pine in the background.

T - Vibrant orange peel and citrus hops. Farmhouse esters take a back seat. The background has some slight biscuit notes, alight alcohol presence and a touch of funk. No acidity.

M - Light, drying, refreshing and well carbed.

O - Another great, new world hopped farmhouse. Edges out Tank 7 for me by a nose. Stateside's citrus forward hop profile just really pairs well with their yeast strain.

Photo of zac16125
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Teku glass
bottled on: 4/12/13

A: Pours a very hazy dark straw yellow with some orangish hints. 2 fingers width of bright white head builds and then slowly recedes down to nothing. Zero lacing.

S: Yeasty, spicy, and citrusy. Clove, pepper, bready yeast, orange peel, lemon zest, herbaceous/grassy characters. Very nice.

T: Spicy with clove and pepper, orange peel, a bit of barnyard grass, subdued hop bitterness.

M/D: Pretty full bodied for the style, but with a nice heavy carbonation. Drinkability is good.

O: Saison's can be hit or miss for me. Id classify this one as a hit. Nothing exceptional but good nonetheless. Cellar Door is much better IMO though.

Photo of Omnium
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazy straw color, one finger of sudsy head, no lacing.
S - Lots of belgian yeast and spice, clove, apple, orange rind, real earthy undertones.
T - Belgian yeast floods your palate, and gives way to an abundance of spices, some mild hoppiness, and a very deep lingering bitterness.
M - Thick, a bit too much on the spice.
O - Refreshing when absolutely cold, but as it warms up, it harshens up too. Not the best, but not really the worst either. Its a bold saison.

Photo of mntlover
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light orange color sports a big fluffy off white head.

Aroma is light flowery notes with some spice on top of tropical fruits. Not any real funk in the nose.

Taste is light zesty notes mostly lemon on grainy malt base. Plenty of good spicy notes mingled through out. Finish is lingering tropical fruits good spice notes maybe hints of funky notes.

Mouthfeel is on light side with medium peppy carbonation.

Overall its a pretty good saison enjoyable worth having again and again when the saison modes hits.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. The pour is a hazy, appetizing shade of orange with two inches of fine white head. Retention is average. The nose is a nice blend of sweet and flowery aromas. I get faint notes of tropical fruit and herbal, grassy notes as well.

The beer is medium-bodied and has a very traditional flavor. Up front, the grassy flavors promised by the nose are well-represented. There's a graininess that sits underneath a bouquet of sage, lavender, and dry flowers. At first, I thought the fruity sweetness promised by the nose would fail to materialize, but it surprises you be coming on at mid-palate as the flavors develop. At the back of the mouth, the fruit flavors become pithy and zest-like as lemon and tangerine notes form, drying out the finish and leaving a nice lingering flavor behind.

I've been going out of my way to try several Saisons this summer and this is one of the better ones I've had. It is herbal and flowery like a good Saison should be, but it brings a nice subtle fruitiness to the game that makes a wonderful complement to the more earthy flavors and set it apart from some others I have tried. This is an excellent beer.

Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed the Cellar Door quite a bit, let's see how this one stacks up. I see this one most commonly, hopefully it follows the path of Cellar Door.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle into a tumbler with a light golden yellow body, pretty much clear until I get to the last few ounces, slightly hazy. A nice foamy and frothy white cap builds up on the beer to about one finger and retains pretty well. Spotty lace from a head that eventually dies down to a small ring and cloud.

S- Aromatic from a few feet away while pouring. Fairly reminiscent of DuPont right away, a balanced yeast driver aroma. Lemon zest, barnyard grass, Belgian yeast spice and some spicy floral feel.

T- Lemongrass and zest leads the way here with strong flavors of apple (not acetylaldehyde), earthy spices, floral, coriander, bread and barnyard/grass. Some more specific hints include pear, white grape, nutmeg, clove, spicy hops, citrus, banana, light cracked grains and a slight tartness. A big list but most of those are subtle and Saison yeasts bring everything but the kitchen sink.

MF- Light, medium-dry body with a high-end spritzy carbonation. A nice light tartness and just a small hint of bitterness in the finish.

More citrus, fruit and floral forward than the Cellar Door for me and reminds me of the classic strain from DuPont in many ways. Stillwater is brewing some damn good Saisons it seems. I gotta track me down some Debaucher to review because that beer was amazing on-tap a few months back.

Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_jess
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A: Poured a lovely, cloudy golden yellow.
Light cream-colored, bubbly head.

S: Citrusy, floral, earthy fragrance. Tart.

T: Fruity. Dry. Kinda floral. Spices.
A little peppery. Hoppy in a subdued way.

M: Fizzy on the tongue. Refreshing. Medium bodied.

O: It was good and flavorful. Very unique.
Just hoppy enough to mix with the interesting
combination of floral, spice, and citrus flavors.

Jess - YeastLoveandHoppiness.blogspot.com

Photo of artoolemomo
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Not much head at all but it does have pretty good retention. The head is a weak cotton white while the body is a dull golden straw which glows a hazy pale straw when held up to the light. Very inviting with bubbles flooding to the top without pause. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- If the bottle hadn't said this was brewed with sage, I would have known. Without a doubt, this is the most dominant aroma from the tulip. The bottle shows more of the Sterling hops in the form of earthy and spicy grassiness. As the sage goes away, there are hints of berry and other fruits. The sage also seems to suggest rosemary as well. Some notes of orange peel, maybe coriander. Very promising aroma profile over all. Some soapiness.

Taste- Lots of citrus, woody and spicy yeast, orange peel. The sage perks up on the finish. This is a very intense and complex beer- not sure whether I like its particular brand of intensity of complexity but I cannot deny the robust nature of this beer. Lots of orange, some berry notes with a foundation of sage that gives it earthy, grassy, almost mineral notes. Spicy esters with hints of banana and clove. There are some grain notes from the wheat but sage is the star of the show in the flavor profile. You will have to like sage to drink this beer. I like sage but fortunately it starts to mellow out to give the other flavors more of a chance to shine.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with some vinous texture. Light zip of carbonation that works well.

Drinkability- Borders on crisp and refreshing. Pretty easygoing. The sage notes are both a positive and a deterrent. I'd probably go with their Stateside instead.

Overall- Very solid beer and very close to being a four. Definitely worth a try (unless you hate sage).

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy/hazy orangey-yellow. Big billowy white head. The nose on this is really pleasant, very vinous with pineapple and typical spicy saison yeast notes. The taste is a lot different, though. It's very fruity and dry with a strong hoppy bitterness. Something is creamy and buttery here that seems a bit out of whack. The carbonation is huge. Interesting saison.

Photo of tanarm
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty clear orange hue. Great head retention! Tiny bubbles.

Nose is super grassy and citrusy. Lemongrass. Earthy spice. Chamomile. Floral.

Earthy, yeasty spice upfront. Lemon pepper and grass. Sugary sweet, honeysuckle. Finish is pretty dry though. Fairly complex.

Spritzy mouthfeel, like sprite soda. Pretty refreshing. Medium body.

Overall, very characterful saison. I don't think this is the freshest bottle so not a lot of hoppiness comes through, but that's okay. Perfect for a hot summer day. Would drink this again.

Photo of alexgash
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle. Bottled 02/19/13.

Some haze in a golden peach body. Nice, rocky, effervescent, light bright beige head. Great lacing up the sides of the tulip. Candyish, slightly fruity malt aromas blend with some faintly metallic cheese funk, and some herbal, vegetal hop notes. Nice yeasty nose overall.

Toasted malts and herbal, woody bitterness up front. Sweetish, slightly fruity banana malt fills in the palate. Peppery, spicy, herbal bitterness around the edges and increases into the finish. Yeasty, slightly funky notes. Dries out some in the finish. Lingering peppery bitterness and bananas. Medium body with a lively feel. A nice, easy drinking saison, with just enough funk and peppery bitterness.

Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.