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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BA SCORE
88
very good

757 Ratings
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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 31
Gots: 63 | 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 sisuspeed
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. The Stateside Saison reveals a light, clear, pumpkin orange with a big foamy white head on top. Looks great.

Light, crisp citrus on the nose. Floral hops, a bit of sweet malt and some light spices from the yeast. Orange wedge and yeast.

Tipping back the glass reveals a malty profile laden with a decent amount of hop bitterness in the middle and finishing somewhat bittersweet. Grassy towards the end. Citrus is still light and more grapefruit forward. Straw/grassy notes come out more than any of the spicy yeast byproducts. Touch of lemon.

Mouthfeel has a spritzy nature to it. Fairly dry, with lingering bitterness. Pretty good, but I'd like to feel a little more here.

Drinkability is good. This is a fairly refreshing saison with the generous hop addition. Definitely a well crafted brew, but it doesn't quite have the complexity that it's Belgian counterparts contain. However, for a new brewery to kick off with a beer like this is fairly impressive. I'm excited to try a few more of their offerings. Worth checking out.

sisuspeed, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of abuliarose
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, revealing clear amber gold body with lively bubbles under a decent amount of just off-white airy head. Some lacing. Smells aren't too strong, but everpresent is the characteristic barnyard funk with added pepper, some lemon rind, apple and a touch of corn-like vegetable. Put together correctly, very nice. Incorrectly combined, the acidity evokes vomit. This one straddles the fence for me.

Tastes mealy and sweet with a nice vegetable presence and a light grain-dominant finish. The slight acidity lends itself well to the overall flavor, cutting the otherwise higher than average sweetness I am used to in a Saison. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, light-bodied but just sticky enough to leave the palate a reminder of what was there. Decently drinkable, especially on its own and as it warms.

Overall a solid offering and one of the nicer American-style Saisons I've had. Glad to try this one.

abuliarose, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stateside Saison | 14 oz. on tap @ RnH | 6.8% ABV | Aug. 2010

Brewer: Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Glass: Tulip

Appearance:
Light orange with a one-finger head. Forgettable.

Aroma:
Pepper, spicy yeast, cardamom, and other herbs.

Taste:
Caramel, yeast, pepper, lemon zest. There's a nice barnyard earthiness too.

Mouthfeel:
Crisp, clean, medium-bodied, otherwise unremarkable.

Harmony:
Average in just about every way.

Would I get it again?:
I imagine this being the very most average saison. Once I've tried its more impressive peers I'll consider coming around for another go.

Served on: August 20, 2010 @ Rattle 'N Hum

Price = $7.00

BeerNemesis, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of malloyca
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass stein, this has a pleasing, cloudy yellow-gold color with a thick head that settled to 2.5". Aromas of sour green apples, lemon, grains and yeast. This has nice yeasty flavors that combine with citrus and faint herbs. The bitterness and abundant carbonation provide a nice mouthfeel. This is a very refreshing saison.

malloyca, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nellie for sharing this bottle. This is my first beer from Stillwater.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is yeast with some spices and citrus fruit. The flavor is a mix of orange and lemon with some Belgian yeast and assorted spices. A nice drinkable saison. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy deep golden amber color with tons of fluffy bubbly head, white in color.

S-doughy malts up front, saison yeast with that light barnyard funk quality, notes of orange peel and lemon zest, herbal spicy presence, a fair amount of peppery spice.

T-the taste follows the nose, a great doughy malt base, barnyard funky yeast, citrusy orange peel, a light herbal hop presence, peppery spice in the back.

M-medium syrupy body, soft and smooth on the palate, strong carbonation to balance and give a good crisp finish that is slightly dry.

D-great saison, everything you want to see, strong yeast presence, nice bit of hop balance with a solid spicy herbal showing accompanied by a nice peppery spice in the back. the doughy forefront and citrus afterplay give it the balance and complexity you want to see.

cpetrone84, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to beandip for the brew.

A - It pours a fiery, burning peach-orange hue, slightly hazy, and is capped with a stratospheric ivory head that eventually recedes to a persistent soapy froth.

S - Before I even pour this, I know I am in for a treat; I smell the bready-grassy aroma as soon as it is uncapped. This smells as much like (an American) Tripel or BSPA as it does a Saison, which is just fine by me. As it airs out, and on subsequent pours, a floral-perfume lavender fragrance develops, and that knocks the aroma down for me.

T - Pale-Pils malt is strong, along with pristine hops, Belgian yeast-alcohol, and a Champagne-like sparkling dryness. This tastes phenomenal, though I am definitely having trouble tangibly articulating as to why that is. A flavor rundown is in order, regardless. There is bready-biscuity flavor which is balanced by some super-fresh grassy and herbal hop flavors, and there is also a slight nuance of white grape, lemon oil, and honey. Super-impressed with this one; beer tasting like this is what I crave.

M - Bigger than a Saison, more like the theoretical American Tripel style, still very refreshing.

D - Delicious brew, definitely ISO more (hint, hint Adam...)

ktrillionaire, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light orange in color with a one finger head. Some light lace develops during the session.

Smell: pepper, yeast, and a general spiciness provides a pleasant aroma.

Taste: caramel, yeast, pepper, lemon zest, tart green grapes, and a bit of earthiness. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish with some dryness arriving late. Pepper and yeast lingers long into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: I was looking for a saison and this one definitely satisfied me, Tasty and easy to consume.

Gavage, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michael for this one. Shared at Sour Fest.

A: The pour is a cloudy straw color with a couple of fingers worth of white head.

S: I really enjoyed all the different aromas in this one. Lemon zest, oranges, a slight earthy quality all right up front. Underneath, some bready malts and a light spice.

T: The flavor is similarly interesting. A good mix of spice, citrus, malt, and very mild funk. The pepper is there, but subdued, and works well with the lemon, lemon and orange zest, earth, and slightly sweet malts.

M: The body is light to medium with a pleasant effervescence and slight dryness.

D: Overall, a very solid beer. I really liked this one quite a bit and wouldn't mind having this one again.

womencantsail, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to try this thanks to beandip.

A: huge fluffy pasty white head yeilds from the semi aggressive pour. It produces a mostly clear amber orange colored beer.

N: An interesting Belgian saison nose. Lots of citrus, a little orange peel, spices like coriander seem to come out, but are so light its hard to tell. A light citrus hop aroma also is detected. A slight lemon zest as well. Also some golden malts. Light Belgian style malts too. Not much for a farmhouse like aroma though.

T: A malty flavor to start, dry spicy malts with a saison feel. Slight chewy malt, sweet malts, little Belgian golden malts. Slightly toasty, with hints of spices that I can't put my finger on. Light and airy too, very saison tasting, but farmhouse, not so sure... perhaps my definition of farmhouse is jaded by now. I get a slight fruity sweetness from the malts too.

M: Medium to lighter body with good carbonation.

F: Mostly dry finish, slight lingering creamy malt though. Some spices still there, with a touch of toasted malts lingering. Slight sticky feel as well as the sugars disappear. Slight bitterness, perhaps from hops or just the spices added to it. Almost a slight wheat lingering too, with some Belgian golden malt flavors lingering. Again saison like but not really farmhouse.

jlindros, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of dzni
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I might be totally off-base in what I was getting in this beer, but this is what I got:

A - Golden with a large, foamy head
S - Lemon / citrus, raspberries, cardamom spice
T - Hoppy, yeasty, creamy, hint of berry tartness
M - Medium-bodied, hops noticeable
D - I could drink this all night. Slightly heavier beer with an interesting nose/taste.

dzni, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice gold foil capped 750 that I grabbed out of the fridge on a broiling afternoon day. I just had to have something light and refreshing and this one did the trick nicely. Split into two pint glasses, this one was consumed on 07/03/2010.

Great pour here just cloudy as could be with a huge head of white that seriously looked like it could go on for ever. Settling down after a few moments it left quite an impression on the sides of the glass and really left some nice, intricate lacing all along. Aroma is light grassy notes, pears, apples, touches of a light peppery spice and lots of grain that seemingly brought it all together. As I take the first sip, a wave of light, well carbonated and crisp, clean flavor washes across the palate. Light grasses, heather, herbal flowers, touches of spiced apple and a light tartness that cleans the palate quite well. Very smooth as each sip is seamless and very easy to finish. Long, dry ending leaves you thirsty, yet satisfied and allows the subtle fruit notes to really pop.

Overall a very solid Saison. Stacked up next to the guava grove earlier in the day it certainly held its own.

mikesgroove, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of thepeter
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy but very bright golden orange with a slight bubbly head that leaves small splatches of lace hanging off the glass. The smell is nice and refreshing full of lemon zest, slight amount of funk, earthy tones and citrus sweetness. This tastes very nice, simple not as much complexity as it smelled but still great. Lemons and funk come through with a nice yeasty zest to brign it all together. So easy to drink, light on the tongue and perfect for a summer day. I could drink this all day and would if given the chance.

thepeter, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at about 45 degrees into a Duvel glass.

Wow, pours with 90% head to start - thick, white, and rocky. Decent lacing. Cloudy orange color, with plenty of carbonation flowing up thru the middle.

Aromas of ginger ale, spicy yeast, slight funk. Mostly sweet overall.

Nice flavors of naval oranges, white pepper, white bread. Rather juicy. Slight bretty funk as it warmed. Grassy and soapy in the finish. Pretty dry finish, too.

Large drinkability. I could hammer these back all day.

p.s. in looking back now over the last four reviews - one month's time - every beer was purchased at Capone's, incl mine. That's just straight silly.

BeerImmediately, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a hazy gold with an orange hue when held up. A white head quickly fizzles out into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, honey cracked wheat, spice, golden raisins, apricots, poached pears, and freshly baked bread.
Taste is of the aromas with a nice, fruity complexity with just a touch of funkiness and floral notes pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, and dry.

weeare138, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of deapokid
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's in Norristown (6/19/2010). Review from notes. Served in an extremely odd looking Kastell glass.

Liquid is a copper color with a thin head and passively calm carbonation. Lacing shows initially, but passes within seconds. Beer is so unmuddled that it's nearly translucent. I expected at least a touch of murkiness.

The aroma is faint, but hints of basement musk eventually surface. There's also some spicing, like a melange of dried fruit and ginger.

The flavor is tart with a mild funkiness. The opening seems a bit subdued, but the ending has a nice musky bite that is reminiscent of brie or an old sweat-sock (this isn't detrimental).

I did expect more spice notes and the "brett" flavor does take center stage, but for a one-trick pony, it does have a nice trick. It can also be quite refreshing, which is nice on a 90 degree day.

As it warms, more and more barnyard musk seeps in, which makes for an interesting, if not particularly ground-breaking, brew.

deapokid, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of meatyard
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at a Capone's Saison event recently, liked it and bought a bottle.

Pours a hazy, yellow/orange with a steady carbonation stream. The head was about 2-fingers of white foam that fell quickly to a cover without lacing.
The smell is tropical fruits, yeast and some spiciness.
The taste has only a very small amount of the fruit as compared to the aroma. What it does have is the spiciness, when cooler, and sweet malt showing up as it warms
Mouthfeel is on the thick side of medium, decently carbonated and very dry.
Drinkability: Is good if you enjoy saisons and like a bit different interpretation of one. Without knowing for sure, since I didn't have them side by side, I feel like the tap version had a better taste than bottled.

meatyard, May 31, 2010
Photo of squaremile
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at a recent BA tasting event. Pours a cloudy lighter yellow with a nice bubbly head. Nose is citrus and funk. Taste is apples mango, barnyard funk, leather, and pink grapefruit. Pretty complex and well flavored. A tiny pinch of sourness and has a pleasant grassy aftertaste that lingers a bit.

squaremile, May 31, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a light orange/golden color with light carbonation evident. 3+ fingers of white head with great retention.

s - Smells of orange, citrus, apples, yeast, and spices.

t - Tastes heavily of spices. Also some bready malts, but not much else. No fruit or citrus hops like in the smell. A bit disappointing.

m - Light to medium body with low carbonation. Has a watery feel to it and a dry finish.

d - A decent saison but nothing special. I thought it had a nice smell to it, but not much to the taste or mouthfeel. Not bad at all and very drinkable, but nothing special and I wouldn't look to try again.

mdfb79, May 19, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber/golden color with a huge head that seems to go on and on and on. I was concerned it might be infected at first. Moderate spicy and earthy aroma. Mildly copper/mettalic like. Very solid malty flavor with enough spiciness to be quite noticeable. Some caramel sweetness though the whole thing. Phenolic and peppery notes. Velvety smooth creaminess considering the spicy bite-quite a solid mouthfeel to it. Just a great US saison. Lives up the the hype I have read about this beer.

lackenhauser, May 14, 2010
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #700. Intentional as I have had a lot of awesome super-hyped brews lately-and I wanted to have something I was personally excited for that isn't as well known-and this is it! 22 oz bottle poured into my large crazy french snifter.

Thanks Michael for introducing this and sending it my way!

A- Body is a pretty translucent medium amber hue. Fogginess is somewhat dynamic. Pours with a large 2+ finger foamy white head. Head has great retention at 1-2 fingers or so. Lots of lacing left behind in the glass. What is keeping me from the 5 is the amber hue-as this style is traditionally more blond-though there is nothing wrong with the amber.

S- Smell is prominently fruity. Peach, apple, pear, apricot, a hint of pineapple and mango. There is also a good amount of floral hops in the nose accenting it as well as a slight bready yeast backbone.

T- Taste is slightly more complex and balanced than the nose. The fruitiness (as described above) is there initially but there is a huge floral accent as well as a lot of peppery spice and prominent bready yeast backbone. The finish is surprisingly dry but the spiciness and floral hop bitterness are kicked up a notch. What lingers is a very mild floral hop bitterness and peppery spice flavor.

M- Body is light to medium weight and drinkable-yet not thin-with a high tingly carbonation.

D- This is an awesome local saison. Much like a hoppy belgian, amber ale. There could be more funk present to make this better for the style-but the beer as is is really good. Saison is one of my favorite styles-I've had the good, the bad, and the ugly... this is a VERY good brew...though a bit of a different example of the style.

PittBeerGirl, May 13, 2010
Photo of hdofu
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All around a solid as far as this beer goes. The beer pours honeyish gold with a thick white head that evaporates fairly quickly. Smell is kind of like freshly cut bales of hay. Taste is somewhat sweet followed by a bitter taste with a flavor not unlike chamomile but stronger. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth with a bit of an alcohol burn in the finish. The beer goes down easy enough that going back for a second won't be hard to fathom at all. Another example of a good maryland brew

hdofu, May 11, 2010
Photo of Zekezilla
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one at the recent City Paper Brew Fest in Baltimore. It was one of my favorites of the day. I believe this is one of the first Saison's I've tried. Beautiful orange in color, woody and spice in smell and taste. Highly recommended. Will definitely seek this out and other offerings from this brewery.

Zekezilla, May 09, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid, but not overly vigorous pour produces an almost four-finger thick, pale tan colored, crown of froth. The beer is an amber / dark copper color that shows a lightly hazed, lighter version when held up to the light. Earthy, slightly musty Saison-yeast derived character leads the way in the nose with a dry grassy / herbal note in the middle and more musty, almost medicinal phenolics from the fermentation character closing out the finish. Hmm, after contemplating the aroma for a bit I am finally able to notice the hop character; it is not as aggressive as I might prefer, but ultimately does contribute to the aromatic profile of this beer quite nicely. The hops contribute accentuating herbal notes (which I noticed up front) as well as subtle sweet, almost floral grape notes, perhaps a touch of lime-zest, a characteristic musky grape quality. There is a soft honey like note here that makes this smell softly sweet and I wonder if this beer is actually sweet or if this is just from the hops. A malty, biscuit like, slightly whole grain spiciness, and just a rustic, rounded, wholesome grain character starts to become more noticeable as the beer warms up.

The beer tastes quite dry up front but finishes with a musky, light honey-like sweetness, some substantial biscuit like malt character and even a touch of crystal-malt like flavors. This has a substantial bite to it at the get go from the hops and this lingers through to a long, herbal, palate drying, bitter finish. This has the maltiness of a well made Bier-de-Garde, though the major level of hops keeps this from coming off as any-where near sweet. The hops are mainly herbal, sort of grassy in a weed-like way, with some softy Meyer-lemon like touches, a sort of Muscat grape like flavor, a sort of floral nectar not-quite-honey note, and some vaguely tropical fruit like flavors.

The yeast gets into the second pour and adds a definitely yeasty, raw-dough like quality to the nose, a rich haze to the appearance and an earthy bite to the flavor. It also accentuates the rustic fermentation character; notes of pepper, woody ginger, a hint of bell peppers and some clove and other phenolic spice notes. The malt character becomes quite a bit more noticeable in the flavor as well; complex, spicy, rustic and whole grain like in its chewiness, the grain / malt character really provides a richness to the flavor profile. The texture of this beer is not as light and refreshing as one might strictly expect from a typical Saison (the malt / grain adds some viscousness without much sweetness), but it is still quite drinkable. Light, but with some texture and heft so you can't just pound this.

This is a nice Saison; it certainly will be enjoyable to those that like all Saisons including American interpretations. Having said that, for some reason I was expecting something with a paler malt character and a little more hop aggressive; I really like Nelson Sauvin hops and was hoping this had this hop featured as a signature note. Instead the hops, while substantial, play on an equal footing with the yeast character and to a lesser degree the malt (which does actually become quite a bit more noticeable and complex as this warms). It is a bit weird that I feel a touch disappointed from this fantastically tasty brew, due to my preconceived notions on how I would have brewed this particular beer (meaning a Saison with Nelson Sauvin hops). In the end this is very enjoyable and I am quite happy to be polishing off a 750ml bottle of this.

Gueuzedude, May 05, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to akorsak for sharing this 750ml bottle on 4/3/10.

A - Poured a hazy golden/orange body with a fizzy white head that withered away to a thin ring of retention and a slim patch, leaving very little lace around the glass.

S - Earthy herbs and woody notes comprise the initial aroma, followed by toasted grains and seeds, as well as basement notes and a slight musty character. Some light citrusy hop notes also emerge.

T - Opens with sharp herbal notes with a woody character and hint of citrus hops. Some dankness emerges in the middle, suggesting musty basement notes. Finishes with a toasted grainy character and an earthy hop bite.

M - Medium bodied but ultimately pretty watery overall. Finishes rather dry with moderate earthy bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty decent farmhouse style ale, although I found it to be a bit heavy on the earthy notes. Still, this was pretty drinkable overall, though not one of my favorite saisons in the grand scheme of things.

ffejherb, Apr 09, 2010
Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 757 ratings.