Stateside Saison
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #705
Ranked #13,143
3.93 | pDev: 9.92%
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
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Notes: 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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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Of those on BA's page of 50 most-rated saisons, there are only six left that I have a reasonable probability of having (without traveling to the brewery or its state.) Now, there are five with Stateside. It is always a pleasure to check-off what I might have found previously. And having just bought a 4-pack from The Beer Temple, I can review Stateside with different foods. First dive in was a pairing with my world-famous ratatouille. Stateside passed. Even made it better in that this batch had a bit much fennel, so that spice was calmed by Stateside's wheat.

Stateside's big strength is its yeast and this sets it apart from the American micro saison wannabes. Despite a huge rocky head that can emerge, Stateside's yeast does not show as really active in this saison's Looks. Its yeast seems well-constructed and, I'll presume, maintained well. This makes for a full nose and Taste. Very integrated, this follows through in the Feel. Although it is important for me not to drink Stateside too cold as its flavors are fuller as it warms.

This is my fourth saison from Stillwater. I certainly will have any more I can find. I also will try any of their Belgians. Because Stillwater is a gypsy brewer, it has iconoclastic characteristics like Belgian brewers. Maybe that is why Stillwater has figured Belgians out.

6/27/21 Had a second can along with my ratatouille and a simple veggie burger. Both were made better by Stateside. If I find this enough, it could be in my stable of saisons. In the meantime, I'm keeping count over at UnTappd.

Jun 26, 2021
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 16 oz. can with a batch number on the bottom but no dates. Served in a

Appearance: The one finger, white colored head stays around for a while and leaves behind a thin foam layer and a lot of lacing all over the glass. It's a slightly cloudy, straw color.

Smell: It's a fresh aroma of lemon zest, orange and lime. There's a rustic, barnyard note in there too.

Taste: Fruity at first with notes of orange and lemon. There's also some hay in there and a touch of coriander. 

Mouthfeel: It's light, crisp, refreshing and very smooth with medium high carbonation. 

Overall: A very good saison that's easy to drink, crisp, flavorful and refreshing. 

Jun 22, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared 750 ml bottle, at Håndverkerstuene, Oslo. ABV 6.8%. Hazy deep golden colour, moderate white head. Strong spicy aroma, also farmhouse notes, hints of oaked cider. Spicy and fruity flavour, some acidity but not unpleasant. Decent hops. A good and interesting beer.

May 10, 2021
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KeithHartwig from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Opened on 1-13-20 and poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy gold color. Can't see fingers through glass. Thin head with good lacing.

S: Bubble gum and citrus fruits dominate. Background notes of lemongrass and chamomile.

T: Taste follows nose with a prominent combination of pithy citrus and phenolic bubble gum. Some tropical fruitiness follows, but is quickly replaced by an astringent bitterness. I can't tell if the latter is contributed by hops or grain.

M: Biting carbonation and a pithiness that dries the palate. Would be thin and watery if it weren't for the astringency.

O: A refreshing beer that would be best enjoyed on a cool summer evening, or early fall around a campfire. Good take on the style, but could be less astringent. The combination of saison phenolics and hop fruitiness is enticing.

Jan 14, 2021
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the big bottle of indeterminate age, it pours a hazy amber with a nice white head that quickly diminishes to a layer 1/2 inch thick. In the nose, it is a bit funky. In the mouth, it has an interesting flavor of a slight funk and nice malt.

Nov 10, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate in a snifter.
This mighty fine saison pours a chill hazed straw color with a nice head of
white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin clumping layer, and sports
some nice lacing. Nose of pineapple, mango, pine, cracker, white pepper,
and subtle herbal notes with light honey malts, and light farmhouse funky
goodness. Flavors exceed the nose with light pineapple, light papaya,
mango, faint pine, white pepper, cracker, balanced honey sweet malts,
and a nice farmhouse yeast note. Very nice mouth feel; medium light
body, medium light carbonation that is nicely effervescent, and a nice
and lightly funky dry finish.

The best of the saisons I have tried this year.

Of note, this is the "Remastered; 2017 edition", and if this
is the remastered version I say keep it---it is balanced and


Jan 26, 2020
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes 8/20/13: A gentle pour brings forth a hazy deep gold colored brew. The pour produces 3+ fingers of dense, shaving cream-like, lasting, white head that leaves surprisingly few streaks and motes of lace for its size. Aroma is sweet and yeasty; heavy with white fruits, slightly phenolic with a hint of banana and faint coriander. Taste is bready, cracker and pale malts, cotton candy and yeasty fruit notes of peach, pear and white grape with a dry grass hoppiness with sour and bitter flavors in the finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation; peppery and a little slick.

Oct 27, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best of both worlds saison. love the brewer. enjoyed with crab cake on crusty bread with avacado, salad, olives and a side of watermelon, mint, fetta salad.

a / body is slight hazed honey-amber, topped by a creamy lacing and retentive head.
s / Spice, honey, fruit with dried orange peel, coriander, white pepper, white biscuit.
t / honeyed taste experience, more caramel and sweeter than a belgique, with pepper and cumin to balance. great food beer.
f / mid-light body, cleans up well, peppery finish, crisps what is otherwise wet and sweet.
o / ample, generous, big saison for the price.

Jul 21, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 4/4/19. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with some haze to it; fluffy white head that falls slowly leaving great thick retention and nice lacing. The aromas have some citrus, banana and bubblegum going on. Some hops. Some wheat and malts. The flavors basically follow the nose. More citrus. Some grapefruit coming through. Some fresh grass. More banana and bubblegum in the mix. There's a mild and subtle sweetness to this one, but it's still more on the bitter side. Solid hop flavors. Wheat is there. Malts are there, but doesn't dominate and almost takes a backseat. Finishes juicy and dry at the same time, but it's probably on the drier side. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the fuller side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's very sharp, crisp, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid brew. It kind of has a "Belgian IPA" vibe going on. It's obviously not a traditional example of the style, but it's simply enjoyable stuff. It's refreshing and fitting for the warmer weather. I like it.

Jun 08, 2019
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jjboesen from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Stillwater never disappoints. In the case of this lovely, we have a wonderful representation of a saison. The body is a clear amber with minimal lacing and a modicum of carb bubbles within. I detected a quick nose of green apples; there is a sharp floral bite and a crisp body to even it all out. Nice and easy mouthfeel, along with a crisp body, makes this very approachable to one wishing to try a saison - to see what the fuss is all about. I would recommend a tulip glass. Nuff said. Enjoy.

Jun 07, 2019
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This saison pours an opaque golden yellow color with a medium frothy white head and a somewhat high amount of carbonation. The smell is a little funky / tart and somewhat yeasty as well. The flavors are fruity with orange and grapefruit, a little bit of tartness as well, some grainy malt backbone, a dry spicy yeast, and a little bitter hoppiness. The finish is very crisp and dry. The bitterness lingers a bit. The body is fairly light. It's not exactly my favorite style of saison as I tend to like examples that are a little more evocative of spring rather than summer, with a little more body, florals, and complexity. It's also not my least favorite sub-type of this diverse beer style, overly funky and straying into the sour beer realm. This is very good summer drinking, but it is nothing spectacular or even particularly memorable. I've been more impressed with other beers from Stillwater.

Sep 30, 2018
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mynie from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a pint glass. Hazy pour, dark for the style, with a very nice, soapy white head.

Malt-forward with some zesty yeast in the aroma. Fairly tame for a saison. Could honestly use some mustiness or skunking, but maybe I'm just an old school weirdo for thinking that.

Tastes very American. Light and crisp. Cereal up front, citrusy hops in the middle, an ending that's a combination of soap and peppery yeast and then some fruit hops on the finish. A nice and complex blend with a pleasant, sour aftertaste that lingers heartily.

Like most other Stillwater offerings, this one is good, but not unique or robust enough to justify its price tag.

Jun 12, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stillwater Artisanal Ales "Stateside Saison"
1 Pint can, coded "BBE 07MAY19 PKG 07NOV17 20:46"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I tried to bring up a head on this beer but it kept dropping. I should have gone heavier and gotten a fuller head and then let it die down. My bad. What I've got now is barely a surface covering but it was a nice, creamy cap for a bit, even if a bit short. The body below is a hazy golden in color and a few streams of very tiny bubbles can be seen streaming steadily upwards. The aroma is fairly limited, but what's there is fruity, citrus rind-like and gently mineralish. The flavor is intensely fruity, mainly of orange, but with hints of grapefruit and lime as well as some other tropical fruits. A sweetish, straightforward golden malt bolsters it one one side, and a moderate bitterness balances it on the other leaving a lot of fruitiness to let loose across the middle. I'm not finding any hops specifically but they're what's driving the fruitiness, more so than the yeasty fruitiness which seems to be giving notes of apples and berries. If I had to guess what they've used I'd go for the regular suspects, Amarillo, Mosaic, and Citra but there's something else in there as well. It's bright and fruity and direct which makes it refreshing and very drinkable. At this point I feel I could drink this sweet, fruity, moderately bitter and just slightly tart beauty all day long! Medium bodied with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation that may answer some of the question as to why it doesn't hold a head for too long. But that's OK, I'll take the softer, smoother, almost velvety mouthfeel as a trade-off. I wasn't expecting much from this given the fairly basic, late 70's/early 80's label design but it's really transported me to a comfortable tropical place in my head on this very cold winter day. Two thumbs up!

3.75/3.75/4.25/4.25/4.25 = 4.1

Mar 16, 2018
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bubseymour from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Respectable looking beer, but average saison otherwise. Missing sweetness and dry somewhat flavorless finish. Almost bretty but might just be the yeast. Respectable but nothing special.

Oct 26, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold pour, flat. Super peppery - the Belgian yeast is dialed-up to 11. Makes the beer seem way more like a hearty dubbel than a crisp saison, poor representation of the style

Aug 25, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can

Pours foggy hazy amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like bubblegum, grapes, banana, peppery clove spice, lemon, lime, orange citrus, grapefruit, kiwi, cantaloupe, melons, apricot, peach, caramelized bready crackery cereal grain, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like white grapes, bubblegum, banana, peppery clove spice, lemon, lime, orange citrus, grapefruit, kiwi, cantaloupe, melon, apricot, peach, caramelized bready crackery cereal grain, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and soft with moderate low smooth carbonation. Overall a real nice hoppy saison.

Jul 23, 2017
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Dewsby from Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L) Very translucent straw colored. Has a lovely white head with decent retention and lacing.

S) Aromas of light honey with a smidgen of lemon zest. Very subtle and pleasant.

T) Quite mild. It has a pilsneresque malt backbone with just a wee bit of citrus and a little bit of white pepper on the end. The hop profile isn't super complex, mostly just grass, and again, it is quite mild.

F) The feel is actually pretty rich for the style. It is silky, and the head is creamy. Medium high carbonation keeps it refreshing.

O) Not a bad 4pack. Pairs well with food.

Jul 11, 2017
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: I fucked up pouring this beer, but for the sake of assessment I can say this: If I had in fact done a good job it would have poured with a rocky two-finger head, and a hazy, straw gold body, par for the course with excellent retention
S: Dank as hell, with immediate grainy qualities, and a clean hop bit following, some residual (tripel-like) sweetness here, and some earthiness and minerality as well
T: My immediate reaction to this beer is that there is a rather unpleasantly sweet caramel note that to me suggests an unbalanced grain bill, and an under-attenuated beer, that being said, following that there is a grainy profile, with spicy and peppery notes, along with hints of citrus, but that pesky, sugary quality will not subside.
M: dry, well done
O: fix the damn sweetness, this is so close to great, but it's just not, sorry, thanks for playing

Jul 10, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a hazy yet clear yellow/golden body with some noticeable carbonation seen rising, two finger white foamy head rises and then falls leaving some nice foamy clingy lacing gracing the sides of the glass. The smell was a sour yet funky but also muted musty maltiness combined with some citrus, light hops. The taste was a spicy yet sour yet funky through the esters, clove, and hops, sweet yeasty aftertaste, sticky finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a light, mostly sessionable, carbonation is spot on. Overall, what another nicely done saison that I would gladly have again if I could.

Jun 23, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a straw colored brew with a thin and white head. Hazy and cloudy...almost milky in complexion. The aroma. is grassy, with a light fruit and distant malt note. A bit of earth and spice. Fresh in aroma and taste....refreshing and balanced. Fresh-scented hops and orange peel notes. Medium in body and a clean finish. Not bad.

May 26, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a foamy white head that has good retention. Smells of spicy and earthy yeast that gives some phenolic notes, floral hops, clove and toasted malt. Tastes fruity up front, followed by spicy phenolic yeast that gives some musty notes. Earthy and floral hops, clove & toasted malt dry finish. Medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish. A fine example of how good the 4 basic ingredients can be, well done

May 22, 2017
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GrumD from Japan

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Mar 19, 2017
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Eddiesbar from Pennsylvania

3.19/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Jan 28, 2017
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woomThomas from Sweden

3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Jul 02, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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,

Jun 19, 2016
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