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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stateside SaisonStateside Saison

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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 30
Gots: 61 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

lpotter, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of pitasoup
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
Photo of pdoran10
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
Photo of craytonic
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is a cloudy orange-yellow, erupts out of the bottle into the sink. Fills the glass entirely with foam.

Smell: Lemon grass, oranges, earth/must, grainy malts, hay, spice

Taste: Similar to the aroma, hay, oranges, earth/must, grainy malts, hay, spice

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body leaning towards medium, touch too much carbonation.

Overall: Decent enough saison, nothing memorable.

craytonic, Oct 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Goose Island Clybourn in Chicago.

Appearance - golden-amber with a nice head.

Smell - Hoppy floral aromas upfront with a bit of sweet malt and subdued horsy brett character.

Taste - Moderatley sweet with a nice hoppy bitterness, much hoppier than I would expect from a Saison, but I guess that is what makes it "Stateside." The brett is noticeable, but definitely in the background.

, Oct 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got some bottles of this from a friend that gifted me as part of a mail order beer club. Thanks friend!

Poured from the bottle into a schooner; no obvious best before date.

A - Pours a very dark, cloudy yellow with a fluffy 2 finger head. Moderate streaky lacing down the glass

S - wet grassy hops intermixed with some sour fruit notes

T - slightly (good) skunkiness followed up with some sour fruity and floral notes and ending with a fairly large malt profile and some spice. Bigger malt profile than I'd usually expect in a Saison, maybe that's the stateside element...:)

M - relatively heavy on the tongue with moderate carbonation. Again, a bit heavier than the usual saison. Some light booziness underpinning the structure.

D - goes down nicely, but not quite as refreshing as other saisons.

For me this was a saison with a twist; one could argue it was part way to an American Strong Ale, so frankly seems like a bit of a hybrid. Definitely worth a try - recommended!

DoktorZee, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a translucent goldenrod with a medium white head, solid retention, some lace.

S: Quite hoppy, with grapefruit and pine, hints of esters.

T: A very hoppy Americanized saison, hence the name perhaps. Tons of grass and grapefruit, with some Belgian yeast flavours, notes of coriander and yellow apple.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing, biting carbonation.

O: Very much a saison, but really like they married an IPA with it. I can enjoy that, you'll barely get anything traditional, but if you're a fan of the hops you'll like this

Halcyondays, Oct 08, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Murky golden pour with a big fluffy white head. Lacing and head retention are excellent.

S: Pears and apples. Banana and cloves. A little bit of bread and some quite nice spicy pepper. Hint of citrus. Smell overall is surprisingly mild, otherwise it would have been a 4.5.

T: Taste is similar to the nose with some light citrus and apple flavors. Yeasty. Unfortunately about midway through there is some odd earthy funky taste that really disagrees with me. Kept trying it to see if I could get used to it but couldn't.

M: High carbonation keeps it fairly light. Quite drying.

O: Unfortunately I'm not a fan of funky beers so I couldn't rate it too highly here. I tried to be at least somewhat objective with my other ratings but this was over the top and I poured out most of it.

Dope, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at Craft Ale House, poured into a cervoise glass.

A: Golden yellow body with a fluffly, bubbly and creamy white head. Great retention cap lasting throughout, as well as some seriously sticky lacing around the walls. It's simply a really wonderful looking Saison.

S: Very earthy, mineral notes initially, along with with floral elements and touches of light citrus hops. There is a certain funk character to it but it's not dominating the nose at all. Light bready malts and grains towards the back end. It's a very crisp and refreshing smelling profile.

T: Starts off with lots of doughy, bready and yeasty flavors. It seems fairly one dimensional but there's a peppery and funky kick mid-palate to break things up. Finishes with hints of sweetness from some citrus fruits, orange and lemon. It's not bad, definitely flavorful but no my favorite, though nothing seems really "wrong" with it.

M: Really active in its carbonation, prickly all over the palate but still retains a nice body on it. It's crisp and somewhat light, very nice for the style. Certainly is a highly drinkable beer, without anything nasty in the linger.

This had many good qualities about it from the appearance to feel, but the actual flavors seemed too one dimensional for me. Though, for the style it's plenty good and one I would recommend to try if you get the opportunity.

ShanePB, Oct 05, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium deep gold into a goblet. A fine one-finger head settles in and leaves nice sheets of lacing as I work my way through the glass.

Smell: Hops pop first in the nose, bringing with them a big dose of citrus. The spiciness that you expect in a saison follows closely behind, along with some subtle herbal notes. A not unpleasant hint of alcohol burn lurks around the edges and hints at the ABV.

Taste: Citrus notes from the hops initially dominate, although huge shots of black pepper keep this from veering off the road and into American IPA territory. There’s not as much funk as I usually prefer in a saison; instead of a barnyard, I get more of a freshly cut lawn. Maybe it has something to do with zoning. Anyway, I wouldn’t grade it down for that aspect; it’s just another way of coming at the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. The finish is crisply bitter but still pretty big; this isn’t one to knock back indiscriminately.

Drinkability: Medium to high, depending on your hop tolerances and preferences.

rdickey, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of mwilbur
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a clear lemon yellow with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch fizzy bubbly white head (almost pop-like).
S: Nice pleasant farmhouse funk, mildly earthy, hint of mineral, and a note of fresh citrus.
T: Citrus hops, white pepper, juniper berries, and in the background subdued farmhouse funk and earthy mineral (wish the farmhouse qualities had a larger presence here).
M: Fresh, light, and crisp. Moderate hop bite. Tingly effervescence. Light-medium body.
D: A solid and easily drinkable saison. Certainly not top-tier though.

mwilbur, Oct 01, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a big ass tulip. A light goldish caramel in color. Good head, some lacing to start.

Smells of yeasty bread. Spice. Apple. Taste is peppery but mild with a buttery aftertaste. I taste biscuits when I belch.

Carbontion is a little heavy but not too overwhelming in the mouthfeel.

Drinking this while watching Sideways. Great movie, but why can't someone do a web-only knockoff that focuses on beer instead of wine. Keep it in Cali - Russian River, Bear Republic, Sierra Nevada, etc. I'm seeing it already: "We are not drinking Blue Moon. Do you hear me? We are NOT drinking Blue Moon!"

I like stories.

ElGallo, Sep 25, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blonde pale and opaque. A slight decay in the nose but rather attenuated. Entry into mouth creamy, slightly fruity, with spices (though far from striking) and a subtle aftertaste of roasted malt, which is rather unusual and far from bad.

Unlike her sister, the Cellar Door, the body is more robust, fruity-style hop-edge of a season. One feels the bitterness from hops a good enough that persists in the mouth and the palate.

Drinked at Brian Stillwater Conference @ Delirium Village

ThaCreep, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stillwater Stateside Saison is a delicious saison that combines the spice that you expect from a saison with the banana flavour that you expect from a hefe. Very nice!

A: Slightly cloudy orange colour and a 5 mm head that fades somewhat but is maintained by good lacing. 4.5

S: Clove, pepper and yeast with the slightly hint of funky cheese. 4

T: Malty with strong clove flavour and a hint of banana. The clove and banana combination reminds me of a Hefe. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4.5

vandemonian, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good Saison from Stillwater here. This brew poured out as a hazy yellow color with a good foamy head on top. The head settles and leaves some scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was floral and grainy. The taste was nicely balanced between some grainy malts and some smooth farhouse funk. Really an interesting brew. The mouthfeel was bubbly but smooth, overall very good stuff.

Knapp85, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy white head that leaves some chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and some earthiness.

Tastes of a nice wave of fruits with some underlying spice. Notes of apple, orange, lemon, and some white grapes with a decent sweetness lead off. Bread notes come through and add body to the mix. Some spicy notes come through and add depth along with an earthy bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is another good offering from Stillwater, but I feel like the price is still higher than it should be ($10.95).

ocelot2500, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of fo5s
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL served in a saison dupont glass. No apparent dating on the bottle.

A- pours a pale gold with a large, resilient head.

S- grassy, fresh.

T- more tangy than funky...I can't place the hops, but they give it a bit of zest.

M- very dry. Active, springy.

O- overall a very solid saison from the crew at stillwater.

fo5s, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of mrand01
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque, orange/amber, tons and tons of frothy head, a good inch or so.

S: Yeast, yeast and more yeast. Sweet, fruity notes mixed with a small bit of spiciness. Banana & clove?

T: Yeast, some peppery spiciness and a bit of banana aftertaste.

M: Medium body, tons and tons of head.

O: Just not as excited about this one. I've had it a few times before, and while it is a pretty good example of the style, I'm just too stuck on Fantome.

mrand01, Sep 15, 2011
Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.