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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 793
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 31
Gots: 69 | 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 ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of papat444
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of swetsastonic
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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!

Photo of mweso2000
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Dank26
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of foxyaardvark27
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of porkinator
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Guden
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Envelopes
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of MCDuhamel
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Gentle pour from a bottle into a tulip produces a 2" thick, cream colored head that dissipates very slowly. Color is hazy blonde.

Smells are typical of the style. Sweet and sour with that barnyard funk and background peppery spice note.

Taste follows through on the aromas. An initial hit of sweet followed by that spicy funk. If you swish it you will get some subdued citrus and fruity esters on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is semi-dry, sweet but crisp.

Overall this is one of my favorite American produced saisons. Nothing reaches out and grabs you. But what it does, it does very well. A very well balanced drinkable beer.

Photo of dbell23
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of psdonnelly
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of champ103
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange/yellow color. A two finger white head forms and gently recedes. Good lacing is left behind.
S: Yeast up front and strong. Kind of a sulfur, mineral, and metallic aroma that I am not a huge fan of. Zesty lemon rind, herbal, lightly floral.
T: Follows the nose with a strong up front yeast component. The sulfur and metallic character is light, but still there. More bready malts, zesty lemons as well.
M/D: A medium body that is very carbonation. Almost too carbonated. Fizzy bubbles sting the tongue. Easy to drink. The sulfur character I get throughout takes away some of the enjoyment for me.

Not bad, I do get a sulfur character that does not mesh for me. I can see why people would like it, just not for me. Still interesting, and something I would recommend.

Photo of grumpygerman
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Googs
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mikeradebaugh
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly formidable as an authentic Belgian saison, but brewed in Maryland. Although the seemingly perverse juxtaposition, Stillwater delivers on the promise of authenticity when replicating those flavors that are so classic of traditional European farmhouse ales.

Burnish orange in color, and with a honey-amber hue, the beer casts a diffused glow in front of its yeasty haze. Capped by a creamy blanket of off white foam, the beer retains its foam stance through the last sip and laces with intermittent islands of foam along the way.

Spice and fruit captivate the nose with the very first aromatic draw. Dried oranges/orange peel, soft coriander, white pepper, and earthy aniseed balance perfectly against the fruity esters of peaches, pears, apples, and lemons. A smooth scent of biscuit lies just below the spice and fruit and seems to anchor the scent.

But its those bready-sweet flavors that rise first. A brief coating of honey and thinned caramel greets the taste buds first, but then all is washed away by the dry effervescence that carries with it the dry-fruit taste and peppery balance. There's an extended mid palate where the esters of pear, peach, mango, apricot, and apple mingle with aniseed, coriander, cumin, curry, and mustard seed for a delightful earthen spice that edges toward rye malt. Where hops are nowhere to be mentioned, it's the spice and dryness of the beer that carries its balance; and does so wonderfully.

Medium-light in body, the beer is stubborn in giving up all its dextrinous protein. It's creamy body extends well into the finish despite the eruptive carbonation that wants to usher in a quick and fleeting finish. But instead of conflict, this dialogue in body and bubbles provides another layer of complexity that extends beyond the beer's flavor alone. But alas- the alcohol warmth, peppery spice, light acidity, and fleeting malt textures provide the fruity and spicy-dry closure that all saisons deserve.

Where this beer remains creamy as most authentic versions would exhibit champagne-like dryness- this is where I struggle to find characterize the beer properly. As well as a stronger conversation between the fruit and spice would also elevate the beer to compete with classic DuPont examples, then these small details could propel this beer to the best of Belgium.

Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
89 out of 100 based on 793 ratings.