Stateside Saison | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stateside SaisonStateside Saison

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

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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Reviews: 312 | Ratings: 947
Photo of GrumD
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy with minimal head, although there is some minimal lacing that soon dissipates. The initial smell makes one think of farm-life; funky notes mix pleasingly with notes of the Earth, including grass and a touch of pine. It is wonderfully complex. The taste is impressive with the spicy yet tart flavours mingling to good effect on the tongue. It is a little lacking in maltiness, thus a little thin but hops sustain this beer. More carbonation would be of benefit. An impressive non-saison (still the best) that I would go back to.

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Photo of Eddiesbar
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle from Edgemont Beer and Cigars. Fruity aroma of spice, grain, malt, grass and other earthly components. Not sure what fruit pops...lime, lemon, tangerine and some berry. It’s malty and acidic and so very raw in every way. I like it because it feels well made and complex. I don’t like how it feels grainy and imbalanced.

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Photo of woomThomas
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer is slightly turbid and yellow. The foam is white and comes up right. The foam has small bubbles and disappear quickly. The foam does not leave any direct traces in the glass. The aroma is slightly malty. The smells of bread will and lots of herbs. Here are hints of lemon, some gooseberry and a little clove. Some sweet notes of honey, little guys in Nassan. The taste has a dull malt flavor that is a little brödig. Here are some flavors of lemon, gooseberry, a little honey and cloves. Here are considerably more herbs and a little grassy flavor. Some bitterness sitting in a while. Light to medium body. Moderate to high crispy Carbonic. Herbaceous and fresh in flavor, good balance. A little dry and earthy. Occasionally bitterness which lasts for a while.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

5/6....pours orange copper, somewhat bright. Very little foam remains. Fragrant floral nose, light yeasty undertone. Fruity funky taste, blend of sour and belgian yeasty hop. Slight apple crisp flavor. Big bubble gum flavor but a bit of an acidic aftertaste,

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Photo of SmashAdams
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

UPDATE - The new version in cans is a definite improvement. It's like the big brother of Extra Dry. Crisp and refreshing with lots of nice flavors. A saison at heart with funky notes and nice rustic and tart white grape juice from the Nelson hops. Great balance of flavors.

I enjoyed this saison. It reminded me a bit of a lighter version of Tank 7. Smooth and drinkable. Finishes slightly hoppy with a hint of funk and some bitterness. yb

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Stateside Saison has a fairly thick, off-white head, a mostly hazy orange-gold appearance, some bubble streams, and lots of powdery and not-so-small tan yeast chunks, suspended, throughout. The aroma is of sugary, spiced, white bread, pears, and a bit of brettanomyces. Taste is of those elements, low bitterness, and the white pepper note becomes increasingly prominent, and a bit unpleasant, actually. Mouthfeel is medium, and Stateside Saison finishes semi-dry.


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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow golden color with fizzy white head. Citrus, coriander, other spice, yeast/bread and some light floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with wheat and coriander.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy darker yellow with a white head.

Smell: Earthy and fruity notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of cloves, a little fruity, and earthy tones.

Overall: Good saison, I would have again.

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Photo of stevoj
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slick and tasty saison, light and airy, but substantial head. Lots of hay and grass elements, light peppery spiciness Pale hazy golden, light aroma, some citrus, Taste is light and smooth, citrus, honey. Very nice, enjoyable.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy copper colored with a small white head.

Smelling yeast, a bit of apricot/peach, bread/biscuit, banana.

Tart taste, sensing something off but cant put my finger err palate on it. Bitterness on the finish, not used to that with the saisons ive been trying.
Good not great.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw colored pour with a small white head that fades quickly. Nice yeasty and farmhouse aroma. Taste is mostly grain and grass flavors. Kind of basic for the style but good.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it at Hickory Hollow Barbecue with great shanks. Deep yellow color. Pours with a half inch head. Sweet with a tartness and lots of fruit layers. A nice light alternative.

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Photo of mpk_tx
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft in a tulip glass from World of Beer in College Station, TX. Pours a wonderful golden orange with a nice head. This is a great saison. Highly complex with balanced spice, sweetness, and bitterness. Great medium-bodied frothy mouthfeel as well. Loved it, and will order it if I see it again.

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Photo of LeRose
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into tumbler. It is a deep golden color - I think a bit too dark for the style. Minimal head, lively appearing carbonation.

Aroma - quite weak. Some bready aroma, yeasty and mild spiciness, barely detectable "funk", vaguely fruity. Somewhat undefined, but within the saison family overall.

Taste - a surprising level of bitterness that is noticeable and almost too much. Some sweetness initially, then a jumble of various fruit flavors and mild spice notes. A touch of the floral notes. A little acidity which was welcome, but the bitterness remains noticeable throughout.

Feel - light, not particularly drying, mildly refreshing. Carbonation about right for a saison.

Overall, this is an OK beer that I was glad to try but can't say I would seek out. There are better options more readily available to me which I would prefer. True enough to style, but for me this is not a "keeper".

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Photo of BNLTandem
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: deep yellow, crystal clear, minimal head. Wrong glass again. Pint glass at dca.

Smell: nice. Little bread, little floral hops, little lemon.

Taste: on the bitter side for a saison, but it has the right tartness and yeast profile

Feel. Nice. Little bit slick. Lingers on the back of the tongue. The tartness comes out in the finish.

Overall a nice drinking beer. I like my saisons a little more "Belgian", maybe with ardennes yeast. But this is completely drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale yellow in color, hazy with a large fluffy white head.

S: Light fruit with citrus notes. Some sweetness with some interesting yeast notes.

T: Fruity with some interesting funk. Citrus peel in there as well as some earthiness, and some wonderful yeast character

M: Medium to medium thick, the carbonation is a little light for the style though.

O: Overall a pretty tasty beer, more earthy than funky, but good.

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Photo of kitch
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl oz bottle that has a bottling date code of 364:14 aka 30th December 2014. It was poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a slightly hazy orange tinted golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma: Bready malts, quite yeasty, hint of coriander, honey and then some fruity banana, pineapple, apple and lemon to end.

Taste: Starts sweeter than expected but ends with a lasting bitterness. Honey and bubblegum upfront, followed by mild or even weak apple juice, and hints of banana, spicy pepper and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: I prefer my saison’s sour whereas this one is hoppy. Having said that, it’s still very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of castry01
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter at Wild Tomato in Sister Bay, WI

Appearance: For better or for worse, my favorite part of this brew. Stateside pours a beautiful deep gold, certainly deeper in complexion than many other saisons, it teases at delicious things to come. Turns out Stateside can walk the walk, but not talk the talk.

Aroma: I could tell I was going to be let down almost immediately. A weak nose on this one, yeasty, with a tad bit of coriander and a black pepper punch at the back. Nothing offensive here, but nothing exciting either.

Taste: Here lies the real let down for me. The taste is just out of balance to my palate. Maybe I had a bum bottle, but I got this huge blast of black pepper with a hint of coriander on the back end of the taste. Whatever flavor are trying to be presented here are completely overwhelmed by the peppery character. To my taste buds, it had this metallic tinge that tasted like it had sat in a can for far too long. Again, not offensive, but not special either.

Mouthfeel: A fairly strong mouthfeel, silky and coating, if the flavors were better this would have been wonderful.

Overall: While I like the work Stillwater does (I like their Small Black saison quite a bit), this beer really let me down. Look elsewhere unless you get it free.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden color with two fingers worth of white rocky head

S-pale bready malt, spices, fruit sweetness, and light yeast

T-taste is similar to the smell with a pale bready backbone, spices, yeast, light stone fruits, light funk, and a mild hop finish

M-medium body, crisp carbonation, dry finish

Overall a flavorful saison with a mix of fruity sweetness and hop bitterness

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy orange tinted gold pour topped by a quickly fizzling 1” off-white foam cap. S: Big fruity, yeasty nose with some American hops in the background T: Saison yeast flavors, pineapple to apricot, faint bubble gum, hints of biscuit, herbal notes with pepper on the end and an off-dry finish. F:Medium to medium light body, medium to medium high carbonation. O: A very fine, full flavored yet well balanced saison.

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Photo of braker649er
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I don't feel knowledgeable about saisons, and admittedly have only liked some. For me, this looked and smelled appealing, and then the taste was the kicker. I was sold on the slightly herbal-flowery, but still robust flavor.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy apricot with huge lovely merengue head
Smell: sweet floral, fruity
Taste: initially quite sweet with the floral and fruity aromas mirrored in the palate. Finish is dryer with a bit of tingling pepper and a mild to moderate bitterness and just a bit of lingering sweetness.
Feel: Effervescent and light

Overall: The Stateside Saison hits all the right notes - the light, effervescent mouthfeel, the initial floral sweetness followed by a drying, slightly bitter finish, and an explosive head. A great saison on the same level as Tank 7 and Ommegang Hennepin.

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Photo of stephens101
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An impatient dirty-white froth covers this reddish-orange brew.

Has a robust aroma with plenty of melon and green apple followed by a touch of lemon and taffy and a slice of vanilla cake.

Taste is complex and fruit-forward with melon, grapefruit and lemon. Beer bread and a perfect hint of funk are noticed upon closer inspection. A nice sprinkling of spice at fruition.

Dry and medium-bodied and hard to put down before the next sip.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale straw and bubbly against a white backlight , more orangy in natural lighting. 1/4 inch white head.some lacing.
smells like spicy bubble gum, some coriander, pepper, breadfruit. a hint of sourness
taste, more breadfruit and spice, less bubblegum, some honey, and a tinny hoppy bitterness. however that sounds, it works and the taste is balanced and full.
feels medium full and smooth, malty, tiny bubbles.
overall a nice spicy little number, not too much anything, well balanced.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice, long lasting lacing;

S: coriander; funk; citrus; a hint of pepper;

T: pretty much follows the nose - a bit less coriander and a bit more citrus; finish is mildly bitter and tart; pepper comes on strong at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not as effervescent as I would expect, but the flavor was great;

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Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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