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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BA SCORE
88
very good

819 Ratings
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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 31
Gots: 73 | FT: 3
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Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: callmemickey on 03-31-2010

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 lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of gfreed
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- 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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, super bubbly sunshine and copper color. The head is overwhelmingly voluminous, often times overflowing my glass with its of white foam even after a delicate pour.

Dry toasted and untoasted barley grains along with herbs and herbal smelling hops make up the brunt of this aroma. A little on the sweeter side than most saisons I've had, but very good nonetheless.

The taste starts with sweet bread grains, some malted and some not. The taste makes me think of sweet scones. The middle has a lovely herbal note that I'm not sure if its the hops or actual herbs added to the boil. Either I taste chammomile and grass. The alate is a little dry, but syrupy at the same time.

Very nise saison that would be a great intro. saison for a new comer to better beer. Then they could work there way to the drier saisons.

Photo of alexkeil
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo. Poured what appeared to be a hazy light orange color. It was a little difficult to see in the light from the bar. It had a nice efferescent white head that lasted a good while. The aroma was grainy, yeasty, slightly citrusy. The flavor was a nice balance of yeast character, grainy malt backbone, enough hop bitterness to balance, some lemon and grapefruit citrus, light spiciness, and a wonderful tart dry finish. Light to medium body with lots of carbonation. Enjoyable throughtout with nice changes as the temperature warmed the beer. Would definitely recommend to have as soon as possible and often as possible.

Photo of errantnight
3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

There are three ways you can ruin a saison (that I'm aware of): you can over-spice them, you can under-carbonate them, or you can under-attenuate them. Stateside Saison, despite lovely carbonation and a wonderful, yeast-driven flavor, falls short due to the last point, there.

A hazy golden straw, that moves towards a richer orange hue with the second pour and the addition of a touch of yeast, it pours with a huge, lustrous head... but has exceedingly disappointing retention, leaving just a thin ring around the glass with no real lacing to speak of.

Aroma is musty, yeasty, and floral, with notes of pepper.

On the palate, this is well balanced, firmly but not overly bitter... and disappointingly sweet and full bodied. The barest hint of wheaty twang combined with the fullness provides an appealing note of vinuousness, but even the robust carbonation can't overcome this rich, syrupy sweetness that leaves the beer full bodied. Further, there's notes of high alcohol present, truly unacceptable in a beer of this relatively benign strength (as modern-day saisons go). What flavor IS there is actually quite tasty, and this drinks as an ok sipper, so I'm loathe to drop the "taste" score here to a 2.5, but it probably deserves it.

Overall, there are some exceedingly pleasant notes present in this beer, and it's drinkable as-is. That's the polite side of things. The critical side says they really need to work on their fermentation practices. This beer isn't strong enough to be showing off high alcohols, and there's no reason, particularly when avoiding using the Dupont Saison strain, for this beer not to be far more attenuated.

Shows promise, but for now, entering the dustbin of mediocre American-made saisons. Sad, because the bottle alone makes me want to fall in love.

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

Thanks to finewinemike for the opportunity to taste this Saison. Its one of my favorite styles, and I'm always willing to try new versions.

Poured into my dfh snifter- pours a dark golden color, with some frothy foam, but not too much- it quickly recedes and leaves little cover on the beer. Appearance is overall average. Smell- lemon, wheat, the wheat is overpowering and a little off putting. Taste- sweet, bready, but something that I love about Saisons is really missing here. I love the cracked pepper and coriander flavors, I dont see any of that here. I tried the Stillwater Cellar Door Saison a few days ago, and find it much superior to this one.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle with a foil top and rusted pry-off cap split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
6.8% ABV, no date.

Thanks to TheDTrain for choo-chooing this one over to my place!

A - Goldenrod and light apricot orange in color with a hazed-over clarity. After the gusher stopped spilling all over my legs, carpet, etc. it was topped by a loose white head in the glass. Good retention and patchy lace left behind.

S - Notes of lemon citrus and a unique spice aroma. Dusty dirt and clay with yeast is powerful. A very earthy nose with a pilsner malt backing and...maybe some coriander?

T - The different nuances all seem to blend together and get overshadowed by pesky carbonation. Very yeast-driven, it's got white pepper, coriander, earthy clay, and some citrus notes above the malt. Willamet hops provide an earthy backbone and finish to the yeast profile.

M - Extensively and annoyingly carbonated, it's got a bothersome champagne-like tickle in the mouth. Medium-light bodied and quite filling.

O - I'm struggling with this because a) it's way too carbonated and filling and b) it's overly yeasty. A solid attempt but it makes me weary of dropping the coin on their other offerings. Too earthy.

Photo of trevorjn06
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I open the cap I get worried... only a small whisp of carbonation ecscapes. It pours a nice orange that is crystal clear and has one finger of head that disapears quickly. No lacing.

Aroma is citrus (lemon) light black pepper and some pilsner malt. Some apricot and yeastiness are evident. The yeast is obviously WY3711.

Taste is quite fruity and mildly spicy. There is a hint of toastiness, light malts and a fruity yeast character. Toward the finish apricots, pears and hop bitterness dominate. Fairly acrid overall.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with medium/high carbonation.

Overall this beer is good and fairly well crafted but falls flat of many examples I have tried that posses much more rustic character, more fruity yeast notes and much higher carbonation.

Photo of larsenju
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Light copper body with about 3 fingers off a pretty soft pour. I think the bottle is one of the better looking designs I have seen recently, not that bottle design has any influence here.

S-Musty yeast and some herbal hop hit right away and mostly dominate. Some light pear and apricot follow with a little bit of lemon hiding in there as well. The fruits are pretty mellow, and a little pepper and some almost cheese like aromas (think Feta) keep things nice and rustic. The alcohol was kept nicely under wraps, but I might like to see a little more hop complexity.

T-Slightly spicy right away moving into some very nice caramel and biscuit malts. The peppery/earthy hops develop nicely to meet the malt profile, and after a second the fruity yeast stepped up to round things out, I got apricot again, some apple, pear, and just a little peach. Finishing I started to get some phenolic spice along with a little honey sweetness and the first evidence of the musty notes I got out of the aroma. After finishing the beer really dried my palate and the hops really stepped forward with bitterness and a nice earthy pepper quality.

M-High carb and very dry.

D-This beer made my night. Very nicely balanced flavor and a pleasant aroma along with a very nice mouth feel. I see that there are some dry hopped varieties of this beer, I suspect that dry hopping would round out the aroma and make this even better than it already is. I really look forward to a warm summer afternoon with a bottle of this, I think that this would make an excellent refreshing summer beer.

Photo of larryi86
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- Hazy orange with a fluffy three finger with head

S- Yeast, earthy spices, hint of pepper, apples, pear, and citrus notes.

T- Very close to the smell, nice complexity. Finish has a nice strong bitter finish. Everything seems to fit together nicely, from the pepper to the apple flavors.

M- Smooth, crisp.

O- A nice Saison and easy to drink. I feel that I would not want to drink this too often but would like to keep a bottle or two laying around for when I am feeling this.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Smells belgiany.

Pours a hazy orange with a huge offwhite head of more than three fingers. Side view of head is mostly small and medium sized bubbles, top view is like meringue.

Aromas of spicy yeast, lemon drops, light grassiness. Some underlying malt sweetness.

Flavor of lemongrass, lemon zest, black pepper, clean, firm bitterness, slightly astringent, but not in an off way. Pear, alcohol as it warms. Carbonic bite. Finish is long with a lingering bitterness and some fusel heat.

Mouthfeel is prickly from a just right carbonation, a light, mouthcoating bitterness, that gives a little pull at the back of the teeth.

Very drinkable, nice rendition of a saison.

Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, steve's - mineral point

from notes

appearance: straw-orange body, agressive foamy white head - sticky sudsy lacing

smell: grassy, floral citrus - rather well hopped, zesty yeast, apple

taste: well hopped, citrus zest, fresh yeast, white pepper, a touch of spice, sweet apple and pear. stillwater makes some nice saison's - nothing too innovative here, but quite solid

mouthfeel: nice, foamy, fresh

drinkability: good

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't a hgue fan of the first Farmhouse I tried from this guy, let's see what this has to offer...

The basics: $9.99/750ml bottle and 6.8% ABV...A little pricey...

Wonderful yellow amber color. Insanely well carbonated: tiny, slow rising bubbles. Perfect. Head is billowy, smooth and leaves sheets of lacing. Gorgeous looking ale...Top notch...

Aromas are what I'd expect in a nice saison: some soap-like notes. Kinda like a muted Irish Spring. Belgian style spice notes, like coriander. Some citrusy notes - I'm getting lemon peel and grapefruit, but subtle. Very nice. So far this beer is ace...

Whoa Nellie. Flavor is bigger than I expected. Less citrus than I expected. There's a huge malt backbone to this one. It starts with a nice, sharp citrus hit, but it canters away almost immediately. The center sees this big, malty tone surface and then crash to the waves. Very grainy taste. The finish is super long and carries a lot of malt tone with some splashes of hop bitterness here and there. This is well-crafted, but appears to be missing something, to me. I guess I want to see a touch more citrus. Hard to place, but it seems just left of style-center, and not entirely in a good unique way...Very promising ale that is just off the mark flavor-wise, but very close to top tier in all other respects.

What I like most: The beautiful, near-perfect pour. You could make art from just a picture of it.

What I like least: The stylistically challenging flavo profile.

Verdict: too expensive to be a great beer, but very good none the less. Won't cure your hankering for a Saison/Farmhouse though...

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright, glowing orange-peach with two fingers of bright white head.

Aroma of tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, black pepper, grassy hops, lemon and a light funkiness.

Tastes of tropical fruit, pepper, lemon and a bit of funky earthiness.

Medium bodied and slightly dry with a sharp carbonation.

A very drinkable and enjoyable Saison from Stillwater.

Photo of JLeege
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours clear golden color with lots of active carbonation. A huge clumpy white head, leaving good lace and permanent layer of foam atop the beer.

Smell- A peppery spice up front with some wet grass underneath. Belgian yeast, with pear and citrus fruits. A slightly doughy quality to this as well.

Taste- Dry throughout the drink, even more so than most saisons. The fruit notes start off, peach, pear, lemon. A bit grassy with light peppery spice in the middle, notes of clove, and a white wine like accent. A little prevailing yeast, and even more citrus on the finish. Tasty.

Mouthfeel- Light & crisp, higher carbonation, very refreshing.

Overall- My first offering from Stillwater Artisanal, had to pick this up after reading the article about Strumke in the BA Mag. This is almost IPA meets Saison and after further rereading the article, that seems to be the aim of this one; so nice job to me for identifying that, and a great job to the brewer for spot-on execution. So far so good, I will be keeping an eye out for more from Stillwater.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Rodman's in DC. I've had this beer on tap a few times, but this is the first time I'm having it out of a bottle. After a disgusting day at work, I need some beer.

Mildly hazy with a *huge* off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a rather gorgeous beer. Plenty of carbonation is visible too. The nose is great. Moderately rustic with a raw, grainy character, mildly bready, mildly pilsner malt-like. Complex but well balanced yeast character is present, with a blend of spices and phenols. White pepper and some floral character are present, there's also a mild hoppiness with a mildly fruity character. A touch of honey rounds out the nose, this is rather excellent.

The palate is rather unique. Surprisingly juicy from the hops, there's a little grape-like character present (from the Nelson Sauvin, I guess?), as well as a bitterness that's mildly grapefruit-like. The malt character isn't as raw as the nose suggested, and it _is_ whelmed by the hops and the yeast here. Like any good saison, this is quite spicy and moderately phenolic. In fact, the first few sips have a sharpness to them that I can't really describe better. Drying on the finish with hop flavor (grapes, sweetlimes), spicy (white pepper, a little nutmeg-like bitterness) and crisp with plenty of carbonation, this is an enjoyable and refreshing beverage. Very well done, Brian!

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

22oz. bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Bottle conditioned. Poured a hazy gold with a thin white head. Citrus and melon in the aroma. Low carbonation, light bodied. Some grainy malt. A little spice and fruit from yeast. I wish this had been a little more crisp and dry. It was a little flabby for me.

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

A: Poured into my Duvel Tulip with a huge white head that almost billowed over the top of the glass and laces nicely. Hazy yellow in color.

S: Substantial amount of funk in this one. Also I'm picking up the alcohol a bit. Grassy hops, and yeast for sure.

T: Light, with a bit of yeast up front. That gives way to a slight bitterness and a dry finish. Hardly any alcohol sensation.

MF: The bottle opened with a huge pop! (Just with a bottle cap, no cork) and sprayed out a little bit. The huge amount of carbonation leaves a nice tingle on the palate.

D: Very drinkable. Very good representation of the style in my opinion. Complex, but not overly dominated by one aspect.

Photo of mclaughlindw4
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle with no head. Clean smell, like a proper saison. After first sip it tastes like a great example of what I like in this style. I taste a little bit of spice, not sure if there is any or if it's just the yeast. Straw color with a little amber and hazy. This is a very good no nonsense saison.

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, caramel color with golden highlights. It had a one-finger, thick head of egg shell white foam. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - Good estery aroma with apple and pear in the nose.

T - Fruity (apple and pear) and yeasty with a sweet caramel and grain backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had some bite. A light to medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a really tasty saison. I'm glad Stillwater finally made it to Missouri.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz bottle, Bruery tulip, and many thanks to drabmuh via Secret Santa 2010.

Superb very hazy orange gold colored beer and an equally great large bubbled head in almost perfect white. The beer has a soft glow and there are substantial blobs of lace.

This is one of the stronger Saison noses I've come across; vibrant light fruit, white grape, green apple, and peach, with lots of chalky yeast. Maybe there's some tangerine and white pepper.

To me this is what constitutes a good Saison; chalky yeast, light esters, a little pepper, a good dose of light fruits, and some light European malt. Stateside, however, is not dry enough. The malt is too sweet and fruity instead of dry and crackery.

Mouthfeel is very good, though again under attenuation denies a really high score. The massive dose of carbonation works well to moderate the fullish body.

If only this were drier it would be a great Saison. For me it checks all the other boxes. More pepper would be nice too, but this is not that variety of Saison.

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that slowly died down but never disappeared.
S: There are moderate aromas of grassy hops, lemon, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of herbs and white wine. Grassy hops dominate the taste, which has a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and crisp on the palate with a high amount of carbonation and a moderate amount of dryness.
D: This is a very interesting saison but needs to be sipped slowly given its intense flavors and the combination of bitterness and dryness.

Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Among the other Stillwater beers, I was less of a fan of their stateside saison. It's unique and interesting, but not my ideal. From the pour you get a sense of what's coming. The head develops rapidly, to an absurd volume. Be very careful on your pour.

So, with that kind of head, you know to expect carbonation - and good lord is it carbonated. It's kind of out of control - which makes it memorable - but that wheaty, fresh taste might suffer. I recommend this to try once, but not a huge fan overall.

Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.