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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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88
very good

757 Ratings
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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 31
Gots: 63 | 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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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangey colour, mostly opaque with lots of cloud. Off-white head, nice and dense with decent lace. Looks good.

Smells quite Belgian. Sweet but a lot of spice - fairly musty with a hint of funk, cardamom and turmeric as well that gets almost stifling - to an extent. The fruity apricot and peach notes come through underneath. Some mild leathery notes and some pine needle resin as well. Nice, and interesting.

Taste is not quite what I expected. Very nutty actually, with pine nuts and almonds dominating the assault. Plenty of caramel malt with a red toffee character, a hint of honey and a slight whisper of chocolate at the back. Spicy yeast notes take over the finish, with a hint of pepper, fennel and coriander. Yeah, malty and nutty on the front that becomes very dry and spicy on the back. Can't say I'm totally blown away, but it's certainly a very pleasant drop.

Bit sizzly, from carbonation and possibly the yeast as well - maybe a bit hot from booze at back? Body is alright, but not enough to totally cover.

Interesting beer, lots of talking points but also the sweetness lends this a drinkability that the yeast mars at times.

laituegonflable, Nov 17, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark haystack yellow with a bright white head that is foamy like a cloud. It's opaque, little hazy.

S: There is some fruit after you get past that leather shoe-strap scent. And don't get me wrong, that leather-like aroma is wonderful. The phenols are nice and blend well with that sweeter malty background.

T: Upfront there is a nice sweetness, similar to the nougat of a chocolate candy. There is a somewhat peppery taste that comes in on the mid palate and it finishes with some funky yeast characters. Bitterness is solid, and not overpowering - it's a great beer.

M: This one is highly carbonated - the head sticks around throughout the entire experience. It has a medium to medium full body which coats the palate and doesn't dry it out.

D: Highly drinkable, yet strong at the same time. This is a beer that I want to share with friends who have yet to experience the wonderfulness of Saison.

tlazaroff, Nov 17, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from 22oz. have had many tastes but this is the first time being able to sit down with a full glass. foil over cap, a bit of rust around the cap, hope that isn't a bad sign. an '10 bottle.

A: golden orange, billowing white head that is foamy and very slow to subside. liquid is slightly hazy but i can make out bubbles rising from the other side of the glass.

S: very fruity at first - pears, bananas, hint of apples and oranges. dust and slight oxidation afterwards, followed by typical saison yeast. a bit of malty sweetness to the smell towards the end, almost honey like.

T: malt forward, a little bit of hop bitterness than back to almost a cloying malt-liquor like sweetness. hints of citrus, orange and lemon are present. has not held up well with aging. bread-like, possibly munich and vienna flavors linger.

M: medium bodied, smooth, carbonated but not astringent, despite the billowing head and constant foaming.

O: tasty beer that didn't hold up to one year of cellaring. somewhat of a disappointment on that front as the fresher version's hops balance the malt much more. i'm a fan and will still seek out, but only when fresh. nice aromas don't match the taste anymore.

pitasoup, Nov 11, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stateside Saison pours out golden color and very hazy into a Ithaca tulip glass. I get about 20 fingers of head that flow out over the brim and take two minutes to settle off.

The smell is some slightly acidic white bread. I get a hint of wheat and mostly a clean malt light profile.

I get a crisp and light breaded malt profile with some resinous hop bitterness in the smell. Some pepper and a slight citrus note come through on the finish. Clean, basic, but complex flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is dry and light to moderate with quite high carbonation which is mostly fine per style, but slightly overboard.

Overall, a well crafted saison with moderate but well done flavors. Slightly more carbonated than I would like. Well made beer, would have again.

pdoran10, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with nice cap of frothy white head, decent retention and lacing. Scent is of hay and dried grain, kiss of citrus, splash of peppery spice, some fresh bread, light watery fruit and a hint o earthy funk. Taste follows scent, milder than anticipated but still blended very well. Medium bodied, dry finish. A good saison which doesn't wow the palate, but is solid in all areas.

rfgetz, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a foamy, exciting head of froth, and a finely hazed orange body. Lace and head are both fine white, leaving some patchy lace. The body is pleasantly light and fluid, as a good Saison should be. Looks very decent for the style.

Nose is fresh and bright, but based almost entirely on the sharp and slightly funky saison yeast. This is a wonderful thing, giving tones of crushed vegetation, pepper, spice and green hay. It's a particularly "Belgian" saison character, despite the name, and a very good example of the art of the saison from a brewery not in the traditional Saison brewing area.

Taste is also good, although there are some oddities to it here. Bright and crisply light body gives a refreshing twang, but this is followed up by a rather nutty character, giving twinges of almond skin and marzipan. Definitely a touch of bitterness on the back, which is odd, but not unpleasant; it gives a clinging finish to an otherwise light and drinkable brew.

Feel is light enough and fluid enough, but the flavours tend to linger longer than you'd expect for a beer with such a slight body.

A pretty interesting saison from Stillwater, and an interesting introduction to the brewery. It has loads of character, and some interesting twists, but manages to keep it all well within the realms of the saison style. That's a hard ask any time, and to do it with such class is quite a skill.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of FatherHennepin
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely appearance, though it seems to have some rather large carbonation bubbles (maybe it was the glass). Aroma is mild, just a little underwhelming. Taste is excellent. Good spiciness and saison rusticity. Nice peppery quality and almost a bit of funkiness. Mouthfeel is fine. Well worth a second or third drink.

FatherHennepin, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of Valmor88
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Distributor brought in a bottle to my workplace, so I got to try one.

A: Orange/gold color with a massive white head. Cloudy appearance. Head retention is excellent - had to let this one sit for a while before I could try it. Nice lacing down the glass as it settles.

S: Citrusy/earthy odor. Some sourness mixed in, too.

T: Funky/citrusy up front. Malty and hoppy finish, with more citrus. Both the malts and hops come through pretty strong. Pretty complex flavor.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. Slight alcohol elements in there, too.

O: A very enjoyable beer. I wouldn't call it a true saison, but it has all the right elements of one. I recommend it.

Valmor88, Oct 26, 2011
Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 757 ratings.