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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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88
very good

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 30
Gots: 77 | 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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Ratings: 827 | Reviews: 286
Photo of muttyd
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Tone
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of nimrod979
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(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.

Photo of vfgccp
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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.

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Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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