Stateside Saison - French Oak Chips | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dry hopped in the cask, with French oak chips added as well.

Added by DefenCorps on 02-17-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by yourefragile:
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a cask at Max's 72 Hours of Belgium festival.

A: The saison has a decent head, no more than 1/2 a finger but big enough to blanket the ale and leave lace behind. Underneath, the saison itself is an opaque, hazy yellow-honey color.

S: The nose is intense. Floral hops, coriander, and anise, along with a musty funk (quite mild). The complexity is very pleasant.

T: Stateside is appropriate, as the saison has a hop profile that screams 'America'. Hops are citrusy with a floral aspect. The saison's saison aspects include anise, funkiness that is just a little bit wild, a bit of pepper, and a flavor that is best described as dandelion-like (much better than pissenlit). The oak adds a layer of wooden depth, but not so much that it drowns out the saison.

M: The mouthfeel is quite enjoyable. This was my opener and I came back for a second glass shortly thereafter. The hops and dandelion flavors are knock-out.

D: This beer is my draught/cask best in show. A wonderful saison that really knocked my socks off.

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Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on cask at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish yellow with a layer of white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Very herbal and spice filled with a citrus presence from the yeast. Quite light and pleasant.

Taste: Yeast spice with some light citrus notes. The oak mixes with the hop bitterness in the finish of each sip. The bitterness that lingers is a bit too much.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a small amount of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the flavor that the oak added along with the spice, but the bitterness in the finish was a bit too much for the rest of the taste.

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Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a firkin during the real ale festival at the Pratt Street Alehouse today.

The beer pours a hazy tan gold color with very good head retention and plenty of sticky lacing all around. The nose is attrative, with some serious hoppy citrus, pepper and some wood. As good as this beer smells, it's even better on the palate. I get a burst of hoppy citrus, coupled with honey and some serious underlying spice. This beer is just delicious. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with a hugely long and bitter finish. Drinkability is quite good, with the alcohol barely noticeable.

This is a very nice beer.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the cask with a thin white head, which quickly receded to a collar. The body was a very turbid and opaque pale honey color, with no carbonation visible from the sides if the glass.

S- Dominant herbal hop aroma, but not overly aggressive on the hops. Malt is there and crackerlike. There is an overall mustiness to this as well. Smells like a classic farmhouse ale with an American twist. Wonderful.

T- A nice replicate of the nose, featuring a bit more mustiness than anticipated. Finishes long and mildly (pleasantly) bitter with herbal hop character and must. Oakiness is very subtle.

M- A nice med-large body. Textured with unattenuated sugar and suspended yeast. Carbonation is delicate.

D- Very quaffable drink. Multi-dimensional and never overbearing. A very impressive first release from Stillwater.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Max's for 72 Hours of Belgium.

Beautiful golden orange with a thin white head that recedes to a thin disk leaving sheets of lace, this is gorgeous. The nose is solid, dry-hopped and spicy with honey, some fruit with peaches. The hop character is a touch strong. Mild pepper in the back, this is quite refreshing.
The palate opens great with a mild honey sweetness, a great saison barnyard character and a refreshing spiciness. Drying on the finish with some hop flavor and a mild bitterness, thiere's some grainy sweetness. A touch of oak is present, lending some buttery Chardonnay-like character, this beer is light bodied with medium-light carbonation and a great finish. Fresh on cask, it's very enjoyable.

I'm not a big fan of hoppy saisons, and I'd LOVE to try the regular version. A lot of people really loved this, though.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off the pump at Hulmeville Inn in a pint glass.

This spawn of stateside looks pretty much bright golden with some darker shade towards the middle. a nice amount of loose bubbles that died fairly quickly leaving a still beer. Some small bubbles rising. Smell is a mixture of honey, yeast, bread, dank floral hops. With some warming a slight oak pops through with even less vanilla. Taste is excellent. Not overly oaked, just a small amount underneath a barrage oh powerful hops that are tasty but not bitter. In the middle yeast and honey with light fruit and towards the end some oaky wood. The feel is smooth yet crisp. It's a step up from light bodied with a killer body, easy to take down. I could drink a ton of this. I love the regular and this is great as well.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I had this beer on cask at Churchkey but I had it in three forms, on draft, on cask, and on cask with oak chips. The brewer was there and he told me that his favorite was the oak chips version and I completely agree. I'll kind of mash up my reviews but the numbers go with the cask oak version.

Beer is yellow and cloudy, big head and lots of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Its dark yellow.

The aroma is a little odd, its almost Belgian strong ale yeasty aroma. No sulfur.

Beer is smooth and creamy, some bitter in the corners, slightly dry, some fuity, some ethanol (this was completely gone in the oak aged version), overall nice. I can't wait for the other beers.

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Stateside Saison - French Oak Chips from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 10 ratings