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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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89
very good

793 Ratings
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Ratings: 793
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 31
Gots: 69 | FT: 4
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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 biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Blue Monk, in Buffalo.

Stateside Saison is a dark and toasty golden and has a semi-obscured complexion; it appears much denser than the brighter, sunnier examples I tend to think of as prototypical for the style. But it's certainly recognizable as a saison and is an attractive beer nonetheless. Likewise, although the Belgians take head propagation more seriously, the level of foamy white suds present here is still more than acceptable.

Like all good and proper saisons, this beer has a lot to say about yeast: an undercurrent of earthy funk scampers throughout the aroma. Over top of it, however, is a distinguishably 'new world' hoppiness that is nonchalantly bitter and more than helpful at creating additional depth to the (predictable) elements of fruits, herbs and spices.

The taste, apparently, is where most of the spiciness has come to settle. Trying to capture the essence of this maladjusted 'spiciness' is like guessing lottery numbers - who knows? Cloves, white pepper, dried oregano, grains of paradise? The one thing I do know for certain is that no actual spices were even used. That's just the magic of yeast.

In order for its flavour to really spring to life, Stateside Saison needed some time to warm. It took me the better part of a half hour to realize just how animatedly zesty and precocious a beer this is. Its crispy, toasty, biscuity pale malts are a compliment of the highest order for all this spicy yeast. It has an interplay of tastes and textures that comes only from top quality ingredients, a clever recipe and an imaginative, adept brewer.

Stillwater is an ironic name for a brewery that is creating so many ripples in the craft-beer pond. The mind behind this outfit is clearly a visionary and, fortunately, one with the proper appreciation and understanding of classic styles to possess the necessary tact when putting his own personal spin on them. Stateside Saison is exactly what it says it is: an homage to old world tradition and a celebration of new world innovation.

Photo of Patrick999
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've not been absolutely thrilled with the other Stillwater beers I've had, but here's to giving another a try!

Poured into a tulip - has the look of a good saison, lots of foam, orangey-gold. Aroma filled the room as I popped the cap. A little mustiness, but mostly orange, lemon and a little grapefruit, from the American and New Zealand hops, I guess. I like. If this is going to be a nice hoppy saison, it bodes well for my liking it.

It tastes pretty much as it smells. Mostly dry and peppery, with some good hints of citrus. Not terribly complicated, but it's still hitting all the right marks for me, for a cleaner non-buggy saison. I like those to have a bit of an assertive hop profile (relative to style), and this one has it.

Good spiky mouthfeel. Here's my Stillwater winner, so far.

Photo of smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the cask into a pint glass. Resembling a strange orange/yellow combonation with a typical opaque body of about 50% see through quality. There's a resemblance of MUD in the bottom of the glass, but a very nice tight white cream head to go with this.

Bouquet is not what to expect from a saison no doubt due to cask quality. Simple yeast, but a medium to mild floral quality also. I actually like this but it does not seem of a typical saison quality.

Taste though is quite unique and rated high on personal preference. A very nice mild quinine factor at first with some really tight fizz, giving way to American stylen IPA hop bitters on the finish with a medium bitters feel. Missing fruit and floral notes in taste. Of course has that wonderful cask butter sensation which gives me a great mouthfeel.

Drinkability gets to be solid but mostly cause this saison out of the cask comes as a cross between and American IPA and a weak Belgian saison minus the things about saisons I don't care for. This beer out of the cask is NOT a typical saison at all so keep that in mind if you are a fan of that style.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My two year anniversary on BA. I am so close to 400 reviews, I'm going to hold out to review a big one, but for now, this seems fitting. One of my favorite styles from a new never tried brewery. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my Bell's Tulip with a hazy golden color and three inches of bellowing head that remind me of a Jolly Pumpkin brew. The head dissipates at a surprisingly quick pace, leaving slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma is as one would expect from a great saison. Thankfully not too sweet - floral qualities, spicy hops, a hint of yeast and banana. Smells dry...inviting.

Taste - Similar to the nose, however, there is a definite leather, barnyard funk present in the flavor that is not so prevalent in the aroma. Not hugely noticeable (i.e. read not nearly as funky/sour as a JP saison) but still a nice touch. However, the sweetness is a bit more overpowering than initially thought. I wish the tartness from this was a bit stronger to overpower the sweetness. I suppose I am biased seeing as I was introduced to Saisons/Farmhouse Ales through JP, which is not typical for the style.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry, great for the style.

Drinkability - A quaffable saison for sure, however, as previously mentioned, this is just a hint too sweet and for the price, I would pick up a JP saison instead. I will say there is no alcohol in the flavor, though I do get a hint of warming in the throat from each sip. If a JP saison was not available, I do think I would pick this second from the others I have tried.

Photo of xnicknj
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a clouded darker orange with some golden tones. An off white head fades slowly into well retained lacing and thick film.

Some fruit and citrus in the nose with lighter spice and faint yeasty funk.

Somewhat sweeter fruit up front with blood orange and apricot. Assorted spices mix in with sone light funk. A bit more of sweetness rides through towards the end. Finishes dry and a little spicy with a barely any hint of alcohol.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, a little dry. Drinks well, light alcohol, and a decent balance between funk and spice. Overall not super impressive but a solid saison.

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

Thanks Al, this is tasty!

Pours a sunshine yellow with a faint red hue. The thick white head is a massive 3 fingers tall and sticks around forever causing very nice lacing.

The bright smell has notes of banana, lemon, apple, and musty yeast.

I would say that the taste features a lot of what I wrote about the smell with the addition of clove. I would say that lemon and apple are the most dominant flavors.

The feel is medium with a nice drying. The interesting thing is how long the grassy sour aftertaste lasts.

This is a solid Saison with a good balance of all reviewing categories. Very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of argock
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.99.

A: Honey-amber hue with thick 2-3 finger nearly white, frothy head with good retention and a scaffolding of lace.

S: Pale maltiness with strong yeast component provide a sweet breadiness but the medicinal, band-aid notes are very strong and mute the malt and herbal hops components.

T: The first half of this bottle was consumed at 50ish degrees, and the latex band-aid qualities were too prominent with puckering dryness. The pale maltiness has a degree of sweetness that could not keep up with the yeasty character. The herbal hops were pretty much lost. With about an hour of warming, the second half of the bottle was much more enjoyable and drinkable with the sweet pale malt complexity coming through and some nice touches of the herbal, lemony, earthy hops character too. The latex, medicinal character was blunted but still supplied the dryness expected for the style.

M: More than expected body with an extremely dry feel overall and very active carbonation to give nice crisp finish.

D: Compared to the Les Bons Voeux of a couple of weeks ago, this brew is simply very good, but it still has a lot to suggest it including components of malty sweetness, citrus-herbal hoppiness, and yeasty farmhouse funk that still packs a good punch of saisony goodness.

Photo of hwwty4
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to the several traders who have sent me bottles of this. I know this has to be at least the 4th bottle I have procured through a trade.

Poured a capped and foiled 750ml into my Dogfish Head globe glass. This beer pours a hazy golden honey with yeast particulates floating around in the glass. The head retention is spectacular. A massive 4 finger head erupted from the bottle and 2 inches of creamy white head are always perched on top of the liquid. The aroma is musty funky up front, almost like a closet full of clothes that hasn't seen daylight in a year. Behind the funk is just a hint of floral and herbal hops. Just a little bit of damp grass. Also at the tail end of the aroma is under ripe tree fruits. Hard pears and apples. The flavor is funky. Damp, musty earth intermingled with hard pears and dried hay. Tasty stuff but the depth of the flavor profile of a great saison just isn't there. Regardless, its tasty stuff. The mouthfeel is dry, but not cat tongue dry. I've had the pleasure of drinking this beer on several occasions. I've even brought it to 2 or 3 tastings and its a great saison. I wish Stillwater distributed to Missouri.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is lemon peel, bready/grainy malt, peppery spice, and a bit of clove and grassy hops. I pick up a strong herbal flavor in this brew, along with some lemon peel, peppery spice, grain/bready malt, bananas, and some grassy hops. Very tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's dry and well carbonated. The soft carbonation makes this easy to drink, and quite refreshing. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd definitely buy this again.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes.
Look: Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Color is a hazy peach with a large head. Large gobs of lasting lace are left behind.
Smell: Bread, lemon rind and pepper. There is a bit of funk in the background.
Taste: Wow, pale malts and spice are the first taste that comes forward. There is some horse-blanket funk and a plantain-like, dry finish. The mouth is a little thin, but it doesn't detract from the beer too much.
Drink: Grab one, very nice saison.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-poured a gorgeous murky orange with a frothy foamy head and lively carbonation into my oversized snifter. looks like a day out in the fields. golden like a summer's day.

S-explodes with candied sweetness. complex smell bursting with candied hops.

T-bittery hop profile, but nicely balanced. rich in flavor and feel. sweeter saison taste - clove, banana, bubblegum, subtle spicing.

M-creamy and smooth. leaves a tingle and then a bittery dry after feel. definitely heavier than most other saisons, but nicer for the transition out of summer into fall.

D-this really is a fantastic beer. recently at a beer event in nyc i sampled some stillwater for the first time and was blown away. in a day of drinking dozens of different beers, the stillwater brew cut through as a clear highlight. stateside saison is a winner and a beer i will be looking for again and again.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed dark orange color. Three fingers of off-white creamy/frothy hybrid head. Great retention and moderate amounts of spotty lacing.

3.5 S: Overall pretty dry with a lemony grassiness. Musty basement and cracker malts. As it warms, there a touch of wild apple. Grassy hops, but hops are weak. Not very complex, but not bad.

4.0 T: The taste is a lot more intense than what the nose would suggest. Big hit of cracker, biscuit, and to a lesser extent bready malts. Lots a herbal spiciness in the form of rosemary, parsley, lemongrass and a beavy flowers. Again, this is very dry with wild apple like funkiness. Musky basement funkiness as well. Borderline 4.5.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Plenty of carbonation that isn't quite spritzy and, indeed, a bit too much. Could be creamier as well.

3.5 D: Good beer, but drinkability suffers from the vegetal component. While the herbal flavor is good for a few ounces, it gets old before the second glass. Still, the malts contribute tasty and aggressive flavors. Worth a try.

Photo of bobsy
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Buffalo. A golden pour with a long-lived white head and good lace. Clean grain nose with hints of fruit and spice. Dry flavour with grain, mineral, some floral notes and a light hint of funk. Nothing overly exciting, but a solid rendition. Body, as mentioned, is dry with a pleasing billowy carbonation.

A good saison, but I'm perplexed by its spot on the best in style list - there are far better ones out there.

Photo of timtim
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

burnt gold with a big white head that holds and leaves lots of lace. nose is traditional saison with hints of American-style hops popping up. flowers, fruit, spice (pepper), euro malty sweetness and a bit of country barn all ring out in balance. very impressive. medium body with lively carbonation makes for a nice, prickly, cleansing mouthfeel that goes down way too easy. one of my favorite saisons to date and definitely my favorite American made saison. avant guarde traditional? yum. finally, a breath of fresh air!!

Photo of dlmccabe1
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really drinkable saison and one of the best I've tried. Really dry on the finish with hints of spice coming through. Dryer than any other saison I've tried. Good head retention and color.

A bit of floral hoppiness detected and tartness on the finish. If this was offered in 12oz bottles it'd be an everyday saison for me. 750ml only as far as I know.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright light orangey color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma consists of fruity ester with dry floral notes form the hops with some light funky yeast notes also discernable. Taste is also a nice mix between some funky notes with floral hops and dry aftertaste. I thought the malt bill was great if maybe a tad too sweet for my own taste. Body was full for style with great carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Very well brewed and something I would seek again fro sure.

Photo of CHickman
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange in color with a creamy 1 finger off white head that faded quickly and left great lacing; the lacing stuck to the glass and slid down very slowly.

Smells of funky yeast, sweet malt, coriander, pepper, light spices, cinnamon, allspice and citrus hops; it was quite a funky aroma that was almost too much.

Tastes like it smells, with funky yeast, sweet malt, coriander, pepper, light spices, cinnamon, allspice, citrus hops, sour fruit like grapefruit and a slight alcohol twang; a very funky beer overall.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light and airy, with very light carbonation, a light body and funky dry aftertaste.

A very tasty beer, but way too funky to be a session beer. A bold beer for those with an adventurous palate, but just not my cup of tea. I'm glad that I tried this, but I won't seek it out again.

Photo of chickencoop
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big huge pour with a ton of bubbles and a massive frothy head. Big sweet yeasty notes on the nose, a ton of spice and banana. Taste was a typical saison, very earthy, but with a ton of carbonation that carries through to the finish. Very drinkable once it settles, as well as complex, picking up some funkiness on the end. Very good, glad i grabbed this from the bottom of the fridge.

Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Johnmichaelsen for sending this one to me. Poured into 16oz goblet. Poured a nice oranget-yellow color with a very tall, fluffy, white head that had very long lasting retention but surprisingly low lacing.

The aroma was a nice example of the expected grain, yeast and spice notes that are the reasons I like this style so much. The taste was very similar and typical, just better focused than some examples I've tried. I drank the first part of this bottle while my steak was cooking and had the rest with the meal and the beer went well with everything, including the triple berry pie for desert.

The body was just a little livelier than average. Drinkability was very good, I would certainly have this again. Overall, a slightly better than average example of the style, worth trying if you see it and is probably worth asking for in a trade.

Photo of woosterbill
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Hazy orange body with a finger of frothy white foam. Average retention and light lacing. Good looking beer.

S: Pretty much pure tart, fruity yeast esters - lemon, apple, pear; some light spice as well. A little bit of cheesy funk appears later on. Pretty solid, but a little harsh; some of the funk borders on being vomitous, but in an ok way.

T: Starts out quite tart (pleasantly so), with great fruitiness. It transitions quickly, though, into a harsh, cheesy, bitter funk. Disappointing.

M: Smooth medium body with a pleasant dose of moderately smooth carbonation. Great.

D: The finish is clean enough to make this easy to drink. The flavor doesn't make me want another one, though.

Notes: I'm sorry I missed out on trying the Cellar Door when it was on tap earlier in the week. As excited as I always am by a new take on a great Belgian style, I don't think I'll be seeking out Stateside again. It's nowhere near as good as, say, Hennepin or Helios, and significantly more expensive.

Cheers!

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky gold with two finger head, above average sized bubbles, some lacing. Smells like some basement, bit of lemon, faint grassy aroma and a hint of spice and banana. Tastes like an over yeasty saison. Too much spice and banana, but some good notes, grassyness and a faint flavor of basement. Too many malt flavors for me, needs to be more simple. Nice effervecent mouthfeel. However a little tough to drink and slightly cloying. Overall I think this beer tastes a bit too much like a golden ale, too many esters.

Photo of shivtim
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber of this in DC. Poured out into a pint.
Slightly hazy copper with orange/red tints. Huge billowey white head that gradually dies down. Lots of bubbles.
Nose is farmy with berry notes. Fruity and sugary. Euro hops typo.
Taste is wet hops, wild, yeasty. Ethanol, slightly chemicaley. Vague "green" flavors.
Nice mouthfeel and drinkability.

Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle (no cork by the way) into my Troubadour tulip.

Mildly cloudy somewhat dark amber liquid topped by a voluminous pearling rocky head of beige. Decent retention, thin amoebic lacing and light glossy legs.

Floral, grassy aromatics with a punch of banana backlit with soft phenolics from the yeast. A faint grainy element suggests a feedyard more than a farmyard, but is welcome none the less.

Very unusual flavor - the hops are quite forward distinguishing this as an American take on the style - the vinuous goose-berry-like flavor suggests Nelson was among the varieties utilized for bittering. This lends a dry mineral-laden fruitiness which works well with the underlying earthy flavors from the yeast. Softer malt flavors and faint white pepper notes come out in the finish. Some tart flavors, suggesting white wine, green apples, and lemon pith dance around the palate as well. Truly unique.

Medium-light bodied, slightly oily perhaps, with spot-on ABV.

Zesty and hoppy, with a singular flavor profile, the dryness and bitter fruity notes really distinguish this ale from its peers...

Photo of farrago
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even a gentle pour is going to get you between three and four finger's worth of light, airy bone white head, the delineation of the bubbles is such that you watch each one pop as the foam disappears, zip for lacing. Fully clear orange rust to zinc color, pales to a yellow tinge around the rims, there's a wealth of bubbles but no beads at all, more like softly falling snow. But going up. Silky smooth nostril presence, fits like a $1,000 suit, which in some ways may not be for the best, as it makes it harder to grab the scents and identify them. In any event, there's suave orange, tangerine, lemon citrus spray, a biscuit and scone breadiness, well blended banana, pineapple, peach, nectarine, yellow apple, cherry fruit scents, no clearly dominant force, no real chocolate but the coriander, cumin spice sweet enough to cover, clean with nary a trace of funk. In the mouth it's medium-bodied and the carbonation foams up quickly, certainly contributes to additional perfume, yet forestalls your ability to really get into the flavors. That said, über-friendly orange, lemon, pink grapefruit citrus as well as apple, pear, peach, apricot, cantaloupe fruit. Anise, mint, chamomile more prevalent here. The yeasty notes soften as well as add cling factor. If you can acclimate to the level of carbonation you'll find that it is a fairly dry beer with good outline and length. Ambitious beer.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pour from the bottle is a clear copper gold and a huge head. The head takes quite awhile to settle down. Maybe I should serve this colder than 55 degrees, but this seems like a beer that is eager to be tasted.

Aromas are biscuity malt, and spice mainly coriander and ginger, and some tropical fruit, green grapes and green hops.

Taste is lightly malty and tart at first, with some citrus fruit, sauvignon blanc, and just a little funk. That is balanced nicely by a little caramel. There is some peppery spiciness in the finish, which is dry.

Body is light and carbonation is high, giving this a champagne-like refreshing, cleansing mouthfeel, with just a bit of creaminess.

This is a very enjoyable saison style beer, light in body, yet packed with flavor. When I let my first pour with the huge head settle down, the brew became kind of flat. But that served to highlight the wine-like, acidic quality of the beer. Next time, the beer was colder and I managed a better pour. In that pour, the flavors were much better integrated. Nevertheless, I think it is the citrus/wine acidity that makes this an especially different saison. Food pairers be on the the lookout, this will go with lots of good, spicy foods. Honestly, this could go with any dish that white wine (sauvignon blanc, chardonnay) goes with, and in my opinion, better.

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