Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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88
very good

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 32
Gots: 87 | 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 GOBLIN
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stillwater Artisanal Stateside Saison

Salamanders and summer must ?

Poured into pint glass

A: Good orange hazyness. Lots of floaties

S: Wheat, Oranges and maybe coriander

T: Same as smell with a wierd but not at all bad kinda mustiness taste on the end.

M: Somewhat syrupy, again not bad. Decent carbination.

O: A good beer. Glad I got to try it. I'll have to come back to it after I am able to enjoy some more saisons for another review.

Photo of trappistlover
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Reaper16
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Phelps
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of chris1919
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought in bottle but poured into glass. Way way too much carbonation to enjoy beer as fully as I should be able to. The color and haze are very nice and the smell is fantastic. Unfortunately the dry, somewhat bland taste is quite a disappointment....combine that with the subpar mouthfeel due to the carbonation and I graded this as a bit better than ok. I would drink it again, but only if someone else was buying.

Photo of woosterbill
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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 petacutlasaurus
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of abuliarose
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft Gainesville House of Beer. Pours cloudy orange-yellow with no head. Smells like a mimosa with hints of yeast funk. Taste is pumpkin, butterscotch, banana, caramel. Very unique saison. This is way heavy for the style, but lots of complex flavors going on. Relatively low carbonation to boot. I'm not sure where they were going with this one, or maybe the keg was sitting around a while, but something seems off. Neat flavors, but not what I was looking for int he style.

Photo of ShanePB
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at Craft Ale House, poured into a cervoise glass.

A: Golden yellow body with a fluffly, bubbly and creamy white head. Great retention cap lasting throughout, as well as some seriously sticky lacing around the walls. It's simply a really wonderful looking Saison.

S: Very earthy, mineral notes initially, along with with floral elements and touches of light citrus hops. There is a certain funk character to it but it's not dominating the nose at all. Light bready malts and grains towards the back end. It's a very crisp and refreshing smelling profile.

T: Starts off with lots of doughy, bready and yeasty flavors. It seems fairly one dimensional but there's a peppery and funky kick mid-palate to break things up. Finishes with hints of sweetness from some citrus fruits, orange and lemon. It's not bad, definitely flavorful but no my favorite, though nothing seems really "wrong" with it.

M: Really active in its carbonation, prickly all over the palate but still retains a nice body on it. It's crisp and somewhat light, very nice for the style. Certainly is a highly drinkable beer, without anything nasty in the linger.

This had many good qualities about it from the appearance to feel, but the actual flavors seemed too one dimensional for me. Though, for the style it's plenty good and one I would recommend to try if you get the opportunity.

Photo of dansmcd
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orange body beneath a thick foamy white head with nice lacing.

S - Subtle earthy sourness, with some orange peel.

T - Little bit funky, low hop profile, citrus.

M - Medium carbonation, touch of heat, full body.

O - Not my favourite saison but a solid multi-faceted and interesting beer. Worth a try.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle ~$2.50. Bright orange color, slightly hazy, filmy head, looks quite good. Aroma is fruity, citrus, hops and at the same time derivative or maybe its just reminiscent of another well-known saison? Fruit flavor, hint of rusty metal, easy to drink. Overall an interesting saison but not something I will purchase again.

Photo of C20Percent
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden-orange with a big white head of foam on top. Lots of bubble action going on. Nice complexity in the body of the color -- something like a gradient of colors. Preliminary lacing isn't looking that good. But, this is pretty good overall.

S: Citrusy -- mostly lemon, but not the hop forward aroma in IPAs. Yeasty. Bready. Just really -- very strong lemon peel. Some spice in there. Not bad -- actually the aroma is quite strong. Kind of conflicted here. I've smelled Saisons. Just above average to me.

T: Something like a lemony, peppery, yeasty, bready brew. Not bad.

M: Comes across smooth and creamy. Really nice body feel for a Saison -- not feeling very watery. A nice medium body. Most Saisons, I feel, are overcarbonated. This is pushing it, but works fine. Very nice feel.

O: There are some good parts of this brew, and there are some very underwhelming parts of this brew. I can think of dozens of better Saisons and Belgian Ales that I would prefer before this. Not that it's a bad offering. The appearance and Feel are quite nice. Good effort.

Photo of heygeebee
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes.
Light straw, clumpy lace. Nose and taste are lemons, zest, cloves, spice. Nose is a lot less than taste tho.. Full bodied and in your face from first sip, as is Stillwater's wont, tho the taste does feel somewhat over spiced thus disconnected. Almost like a favour had been added too late. Dry finish and zesty palate
Good drinking tho.

Photo of pitasoup
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from 22oz. have had many tastes but this is the first time being able to sit down with a full glass. foil over cap, a bit of rust around the cap, hope that isn't a bad sign. an '10 bottle.

A: golden orange, billowing white head that is foamy and very slow to subside. liquid is slightly hazy but i can make out bubbles rising from the other side of the glass.

S: very fruity at first - pears, bananas, hint of apples and oranges. dust and slight oxidation afterwards, followed by typical saison yeast. a bit of malty sweetness to the smell towards the end, almost honey like.

T: malt forward, a little bit of hop bitterness than back to almost a cloying malt-liquor like sweetness. hints of citrus, orange and lemon are present. has not held up well with aging. bread-like, possibly munich and vienna flavors linger.

M: medium bodied, smooth, carbonated but not astringent, despite the billowing head and constant foaming.

O: tasty beer that didn't hold up to one year of cellaring. somewhat of a disappointment on that front as the fresher version's hops balance the malt much more. i'm a fan and will still seek out, but only when fresh. nice aromas don't match the taste anymore.

Photo of SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright & rich honey golden. Uncountable streams of bubbles rapidly rising to a huge white head. A bit of haze (more so on second pour from bomber). Good retention & some alright lace.

S: Fruity citrus & tropical fruit. A bit juicy and sweet. Herbal & grassy behind that. Touch of lemony tartness. Hint of earthy spice. Crackery & biscuity malt background with a bit of aromatic malt sweetness. Just a ghost hint of Belgian / saison funk & phenolics. Sweetness really stands out with time. A bit light on strength and just barely okay for character.

T: big mix of lightly malty & firm sweetness, and herbal hops. There is a floral bit as well that is both honey sweet and oddly soapy. There is a fairly decent crackery pale malt base. Hint of fruits – tropical, stone fruits, & citrus. Lemony tartness mostly has vanished. Herbal aspect gets a bit medicinal middle to end. Some phenolics. Hint of earthy & peppery yeast / saison notes. Herbal, woody, slightly medicinal lingering finish.

M: Quite medium for body – a bit rich for the style actually. Carbonation is balanced fairly high and does lighten it a bit with some prickly lift. Start sweet and stays semi-sweet long into the finish. Finally some spicey bite and an herbal hops drying kicks in. Ghost hint of warming.

D: Most of the right parts are there, but the proportions are all FUBAR. Way too sweet and too herbal. Sort of oddly herbal as well. Not enough peppery / spicy / earthy saison character. Not attenuated and dry enough. Strength without the needed matching robustness and strength of flavor. Still interesting and fair overall.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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 hillvt4me
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (stamped 9/4/13) into a tulip glass.

A- Cloudy yellow with orange background. Minimal snow white head and decent lacing present. Many tiny bubbles present.

S- sweet smelling yeast, hay and lemons.

T- Bitter grapefruit, yeast , some spice (mild cinnamon) and some herbal notes.

M- Light bodied, subtle carbonation and balanced.

O- Well above average saison, though not nearly an Arthur or any other HF saison.

Photo of TastyAdventure
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thicker mouthfeel than expected. The Brett produced plenty of that chemical compound that emulates full body.
LOTS of flavor of herbs and spices. Like a highly seasoned roasted turkey. Not really all that dry.
A little too much complexity and assertive spicey/herbiness.
But still a nice, unique example of the style

Photo of Monalenard
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this beer pours a lightly hazy copper gold, exactly what i expect from a good saison. it has a huge head, thick, white and pillowy so be careful while pouring. Excellent lacing, the head takes about a minute or two to die down to a finger so thick it looks like you could peel it off. it certainly isn't going anywhere on its own... The smell was that of nothing more than a golden ale. Spice and little else which makes the taste, perhaps even more enjoyable than it is on its own cause, guess what, its a ruse. This is one complex and nicely balanced beer. I am usually not one for spicy beers so saisons are tricky for me. This one has a nice sweet malt flavor, the spice is similar to maybe a belgian dubbel. It's strong, but well complimented. There is also some decent hops presence here. Actually, nothing is very subtle, its all pretty strong but at levels that don't out do one another. Now, with a beer like this you can either add the yeast at the bottom of the bottle or not. This will do one of two things depending on the freshness of the beer. This one is still only about two months old and i made the mistake of not checking before i added the sediment. In the case of a young beer it is going to make it spicier. However, if you have a beer that's been around a little longer, 6 months to a year, you're going to get some added banana bread-ish sweetness and body which is what i was going for without really thinking. Oops. still good but i'm now having my second and enjoying it much more. Mouthfeel is nice, a bit sticky, full, small carbonation. Overall, a really ideal saison. i have a new regular.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
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 KMcG
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Paradiso - Georgetown. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright golden color with a nice white head and hints of orange coloring. Pretty good lacing as it makes its way down. The nose is a bit light, but brings through some hay, orange, lemon, grain, and some light stone fruits. Hints of earth. The taste is similar, with some well integrated flavors. At the same time, there's nothing too deep and most of the flavors are fairly subdued, failing to produce many of the hard-hitting flavors I really look for in a saison. Feel is a bit dry and well carbonated. Overall, this drinks quite well and I'm excited to see what else this new brewery produces.

Photo of lnashsig
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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 squaremile
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.