Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BA SCORE
88
very good

797 Ratings
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Ratings: 797
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 31
Gots: 70 | 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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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.

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Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 797 ratings.