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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stateside SaisonStateside Saison

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BA SCORE
88
very good

740 Ratings
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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 271
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.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into my dogfish Head tulip. Consumed slightly chilled and brought to room temperature.

Appearance: Bright orange in color with a large white fizzy head. Recedes after some time into a nice white lacing.

Aroma: Banana, clove, and some rich earthy tones. A bit of alcohol burn in there as well. Green apple notes balance nicely too.

Taste: All the notes from the aroma are here in nice balance. The earthy and herbal notes are more dominant here. Clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice, dry finish.

Overall, a nice saison with good balance. It never reaches the height of some of the best of the style, but it is nice nonetheless.

Gosox8787, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of scinerd3000
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

10oz draft into a tulip. Reviewed from notes at Teresa's Next Door.

A: hazy hay color with amber highlights. Rasied a fluffy white head. receeded slowly and with good lacing.

S: Hay and grass, corriended and slightly sour

T: Wheat up front, complex spice notes but not overwhelming. Very drinkable. Lemongrass upfront and finishes dry. Slight clove as well wit very slight banana esters. SLight alcohol note on warming.

M: excellent carbonation, dry with bubbles on my tongue. Leaves a clean wheat flavor.

O: Excellent example of a saison and hides the 6.8% very well. Slight alcohol

scinerd3000, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Thanks to Gushue3 for this! Last of a trio of Stillwater he sent...but thankfully, we'll soon be getting Stillwater here! Cant wait!

Pours a light tangerine color, with a brilliant white 3-4 finger head. Effervescent carbonation seems to be a trend with Stillwater and this is no different. Aroma is slightly citrus, but with a pretty big fruity, ester-y, yeasty note. Bits of spices and pepper as well. Tastes lightly peppery, nicely spicy and with big fruity yeast esters. Naturally, it's fairly light and rather crisp with ample carbonation. Normally, stinging carbonation is a bit off-putting, but it's not troublesome here with this style...adds a nice bite to it.

Great saison. I'm really looking forward to seeing this here on the regular!

EgadBananas, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of KMcG
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

Hazy golden color with really nice thick head.  The reduced, but after handing on for a few minutes. A thin translucent foam remained. A little bubblage occurred once settled. 

Smell: musty, malty with phenol kick. The aroma is strong and there is nice bready smell - a hardy country white bread. 

Taste: there is an herbal tone, maybe cilantro and a bready flavor as well.  A slight sweetness comes before it ends with a sharp hoppiness that leaves a tang. Dry finish. 

Mouthfeel: it's a medium to full body beer with decent carbonation.  It's crisp and drinkable. 

KMcG, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%

Transferred from a gold-topped 22-ounce bottle into a tulip.

Behold the stately Princeton-orange brew, hazy with still-living yeast and crowned with a large head of frothy peach-colored bubbles. Carbonation here is hyperactive, and the gentle cascade of liquid explodes with a good two inches of foam. While the head recedes quickly, the aroma rises to fill the void -- earthy farmhouse yeast, coriander, hints of citrusy lemon, herbal hops and musky white grapes are all noticeable.

The flavor is a virtual spice rack, sparkling with hints of coriander, white pepper and clove. Malt, in the form of lightly toasted biscuits and oyster crackers, becomes ever more substantial as the beer warms up. Flashes of honey and sweet white wine keep you guessing while citrusy hops -- added at pretty major levels for a saison -- blend with the bite of lemon peel before the long, herbal finish.

Like most saisons, Stateside is musty and mildly funky, but it's not as typically palate-cleansing as the classics. The carbonation is a bit muted and residual sugars keep the finish from the tongue-swiffering dryness these beers are known for. Likewise, the body's a bit big for the style. The beer's still light, but with enough texture and heft to keep it from pure refreshment.

Stillwater has been very American in its approach to this classic Belgian style. With a big body and an even bigger hop presence, Stateside isn't the most refreshing or stylistically stringent saison out there, but it's a tasty new addition to an Arizona market that’s always ready for newcomers.

Phelps, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Presentation: 750 Belgian-style pop top with foiled cap and nice label.

Appearance: Poured into a New Belgium globe (Thanx, Alewatcher!). Pours a cloudy goldenrod with hue with a nice ivory cap with decent retention.

Smell: Light, crisp grainy malt, fresh citrus, and something that smells fresh and herbal, kind of like wet meadow grasses/plants. Slightest hint of bubblegum, and something just a tad sharp/spicy.

Taste: Definitely more towards the herbal/bitter side than the aromas suggest. Up front I'm getting a firm, crisp bitterness, nice and snappy. It's definitely on the assertive side of bitter, but the bitterness is really clean. Yellow citrus fruit on the backside. Doesn't really taste like almost 7% abv.

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium.

Overall: Tasty saison; the meadow grass and very light, delicate malt notes are quite nice. The really clean hop bitterness makes this refreshing, even though the somewhat full mouthfeel counters the refreshing aspects of the beer. One of the better fully 'American-style' takes on the style, but still lacking the vibrant fruit/earth/funk that I love so much about the best Belgian and Belgian-style examples.

BedetheVenerable, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours darker than expected; a true honey-brown. It looks pretty much the same color, perhaps a shade lighter, as the amber sap from Jurassic Park that the mosquito was encased in. The bottle initially exploded with foam, but once the beer settled down it resulted in a 1.5 finger head that is fairly soapy and not at all dense. It's hazy, which tells me that this should have some hops to it. I hope it does, because this beer looks more like a Biere de Garde than a Saison.

This is quite malty for a Saison. It doesn't smell like an out-and-out Biere de Garde, but there is an abundance of biscuity malt here. The hop profile is pretty interesting in its lightness: grape leaves, white flowers, dish detergent (this detergent aroma is not coming from the glass; I never use detergent on my beer glassware). Just a kiss of drying phenolic character; I expected more, frankly. There's some sugary sweetness on the back end of the nose. The interplay between malts and yeast is the dominant note on the nose overall. Too much sweetness for me, but there's nothing wrong with how Stateside Saison smells.

The yeast really shines through on the palate. Spicy notes, medicinal & phenolic notes, a unique flavor that tastes like bubblegum meets an Ocean Water slushie from Sonic. The hops, grassy and like white grapes (is this brewed with Nelson Sauvin?), are pretty shy. This beer needs a stronger hop presence, especially with how strongly the malt comes on in the midpalate and through the finish. This isn't the sort of pale malt that I'm used to tasting in the Saison style. Stateside Saison's malt bill tastes, initially, like an Imperial Pilsner; it is very biscuity. But then comes some honest-to-goodness crystal malt. I did not see that splash of caramel coming, and it isn't exactly welcome. The malt character takes on a husky quality, similar to that of an Amber Ale, on the finish. That huskiness is tempered by some yeast/hop interplay. This is a unique approach to the style. It's just too malty. If this were called Stateside Biere de Garde, though, I might give it a 4.5 on taste. Rating to style can seem unfair sometimes.

For such a relatively malty beer, it manages to finish pretty dry (which is a good thing given the ostensible style). This beer is, as you have likely already guessed, a lot thicker and creamier than most other Saisons. This is a bad thing on the whole, but the body size absolutely works given what this beer is trying to achieve.

I am the pickest critic when it comes to the styles that I love most. Saison is the style that I love most above all other styles. So, yes, I might be scoring Stateside Saison by too strict a measure. I can;t help but feel, though, that this should be labeled a Biere de Garde. The two styles are close cousins, obviously. They are both farmhouse ales, and the styles developed in extremely close proximity to each other. This beer just happens to taste like the farmhouse ales of France more than those of Wallonia, Belgium. This is a tasty beer, just not a great example of the Saison style.

Reaper16, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of impending
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy dull tang, frothy head, thick lacing.

Aroma is all yeasty goodness with lots of apricot and a hint of spicy citrus. Restrained old shoes funk.

Apples, pears, pepper & spice in that order. Aftertaste feels like it's about to turn dry but doesn't, has a surprising sweet upturn at the last moment.

Creamy medium bodied mouthfeel. Pairs well with food. So balanced the tip of the tongue doesn't react upon first sipping. Evolves significantly with warmth as the hoppy funk comes forward.
cheers
jd

impending, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

S: Spicy yeastiness with a spot of clove, white pepper and some pils malt. Spicy hoppiness also present with a touch of fruit, pear mostly. Some grass floral notes, wildflowers and mustiness as it warms.

L: Cloudy orangish yellow, huge white carbonated head, solid retention.

T: Semi-sweet belgian malt, some subtle clove and white pepper. Slight peppery bitterness leads to a semi-dry slight musty finish. Some soft honey notes as it warms.

M: Highly carbonated, medium mouthfeel.

Very solid, worth the price? Not sure. I'll definitely try a few more from them.

bum732, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Hazy bright orange hue with a dense, sticky, rocky white head that grew quite large with just a light pour into the glass. Faded it quickly enough that I didn't become impatient and left lots of lace behind.

Lemony fruity esters upfront with some grassy/herbal notes as well. A mild phenolic spice note becomes ever more present with each whiff and the saison yeast adds a musty/earthy character in the finish.

Grassy floral character and some graininess account for some of the flavor but the yeast does most of the work on your palate. Lots of peppery and some clove like phenolic notes with a slight hint of citrus along side this. As it warms it finishes with a strong earthy character that really lets you know this is a saison.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry with lively, bubbly, and light mouthfeel. Overall, I'm really enjoying this saison with a stronger musty yeast character than many but it doesn't quite stand out against the best of them.

Kinsman, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%

(750ml bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with piloow-top white head. Active carbonation. Aroma has lemon, spices, pepper and wheat. Taste is malty sweet, emphasis on malt, with some bittness. I’m not digging the maltiness at all. Medium bodied with oily texture. Slightly bitter finish. Not bad, but too malt forward for my tastes.

trappistlover, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of cneville
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Appearance: Poured out of the bottle with a huge head that settled quickly. Nice yellow color.

Smell: Lemony, with floral undertones. Yeast is also noticeable.

Taste: Yeast is noticeable here as well, maybe a little too much so. Nice sweetness. Finishes strong with a little bitterness, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, alcohol not overwhelming.

Overall: While this was a good beer, it's not my favorite of this style. Would certainly drink again, but won't become a staple.

cneville, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of daveytheformer
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thick bubbly white head.

Smells floral and peppery.

Tastes are dry and earthy. Pepper spice and lemon zest followed by a nice breadiness.

Mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation. Very drinkable and smooth.

Overall is good. This isn't my first bottle I've had of this beer and I could certainly see buying it again.

daveytheformer, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of muttyd
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

This bottle has always grabbed my attention, so I decided to check out this brewery.

Poured gently into a giant Tripel Karmeliet glass. Hazy straw/amber body with an absolutely massive white head. Head was literally 60-70% of the pour. Eventually settles in a good one-inch thick head.

Aroma has lot going on. The yeast funk immediately makes itself known without even moving the glass near my face. After the yeast comes the apple/pear fruity sweetness. Lemon zest, pepper, and grainy malts also in there. Flavor is of mildly-sweet bready malts, lemon zest, peppercorn, and some grassy/earthy hops. Peppery, funky and slightly tart in the finish. Well carbonated, bubbly, and creamy.

Glad I picked up this beer. Will seek out again.

muttyd, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of fresh malt, hint of hops, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hops, and slight yeast. Overall, not complex, decent appearance and aroma.

Tone, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of nimrod979
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

750ml bottle. First pour is a slightly hazy golden color with a huge frothy white head. Very strong and spicy aromas. Lots of fruit aromas; lemons and apricots. Citrusy, and floral hops. There's a lot going on there.

Onto the taste: At first you get the sweet fruity flavors. Lemons, citrus, and apricot with a mix of the hop for a little bittering effect. The finish is more spicy and peppery with a touch of the hops lingering through out. Quite complex and QUITE tasty Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Just overall a truly fantastic beer. Would def. purchase again.

nimrod979, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -14%

(Served in a tulip)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep golden yellow body with a creamy beige head that last a good bit. There are tiny strands of carbonation that trail to the surface.

S- The dry buttery diacetyl aroma takes on a sweat sock quality as the beer warms and blends into a pear and apricot aroma in the finish.

T- The pear and apricot estery flavor has a soft diacetyl buttery note and a pleasant soft white cheese rind and saison yeast flavor to it. There are some grapefruit pith notes and a peppery hops bite in the finish that has a butter hint that lingers.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a creamy texture in the finish.

O- Lots of pear and buttery flavors that dominate this beer. The fruity esters and saison yeast blend well together but they are not strong enough for the diacetyl that takes over. As the beer warms there is a nice pear and cottage cheese flavor underneath with the yeast and fruit.

rhoadsrage, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

A – White head builds nicely and settles at an average rate. Poor lace though. Golden honey body.

S – Light, but complex. Midly peppery, with a touch of booze. Faint lavender, herbal, and barny notes.

T – Soft malt into an herbal-forward citrus note of lemon, cilantro, sage, coriander and orange zest. The back end finishes softer with white pepper and lavender.

M – Great carbination. Medium body. Dry and lightly minerally finish.

O – A great, herbal, spritzy saison.

vfgccp, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Beer is an attractive hazy gold with a nice ivory head. Medium aroma of yeast and grapefruit. Taste is very good. Some malt, nice and yeasty, with a pleasantly bitter and somewhat dry finish. It's very well balanced. Mouthfeel is excellent. It's a very drinkable beer. An excellent saison. Definitely one to have again.

DoreenAndDave, May 29, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, spices, malts,

taste: citrus, spices, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very nice and refreshing beer. would not turn down if offered another.

cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, May 24, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, fluffy, bright white, long-lasting head. Above average lacing.

S: A spicy, funky, malty aroma. Smells just like a saison should.

T: Tasted of malt, Belgian yeast, spices (pepper, cloves), a little citrus, some hops, and that typical barnyard funk. Slightly more subtle than a lot of other saisons, but very tasty nonetheless.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made, easy to drink beer. Extremely drinkable.

avalon07, May 17, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

A very nice beer.
Hazy gold color, thick white head. A bit of delicate lacing.
Lemon aroma mostly. Spicy and peppery. Sweet malt in the background.
A lot more going on in the taste. Lemon first, then pepper and cloves. Bready. An earthiness from the yeast. And, to top it off, some late hops. The flavors all worked well with each other.
A crisp, refreshing beer.
If we ever get some warm weather up here, it would be a perfect beer for a summer day.

lordofthewiens, May 16, 2011
Photo of gfreed
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%

This was a corrective saison: I split a large bottle with my wife after hacking through a Sam Adams saison earlier in the day. I'd give this an A if not for two things: the soda-poppy carbonation, which adds a needle-pointy edge to everything; and the over-hopping, which adds an acidy feel that belongs in an IPA, not in a saison. I like my saisons with fewer abrasives and a bit more of that pillowy, yeasty taste. If you like to belch, however, this beer will give you championship results.

gfreed, May 08, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

750mL capped bomber poured into an oversize wine glass

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a huge, effervescent paper white cap that rose quickly to fill the glass and forcing me to slow my pour. A decent amount of spider web lacing.

There's a lot going on in this nose. Lemon zest, peppercorns, green apples and pears, oranges, undercooked bread, and a bit of earthiness for good measure. Nearly overwhelming.

The flavor follows the nose almost exactly. Undercooked bread with oranges and lemon peel, rounded out by peppercorns and tart fruity esters (green apple and pear). An underlying saddle leather type funk becomes more prevalent as the beer warms.

A light body that fills the mouth with a chewy body. If that makes any sense. It's light, but it has the billowy characteristic that makes it chewy.

Overall, I really enjoyed this saison. Wonderfully complex and drinkable. A perfect complement to a warm afternoon. And some pretty cool label artwork as well.

ColForbinBC, May 06, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

- from the notes
750 ml bottle
A - hazy gold with a fluffy lasting head.
S - grains with earthy fruits and spices.
T - peppery fruits with a bit of musty grains.
M - crisp medium to heavy body.
D - can easily finish one bottle.
enjoyable even if not and everyday beer.

Beer4Baltimore, Apr 29, 2011
Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.